So that's it: Summer is officially over. And while we're not really looking forward to colder temperatures, dark evenings and getting reacquainted with those dreaded tights, it's not all bad news. The new season does bring with it cosy cashmere knits, log fires and The Great British Bake Off. But what's even more exciting than that (in our opinion, anyway) is the influx of new beauty products hitting the shelves right about now.
There are hundreds of beauty products launching right now, but as they all promise to make skin glowier, hair swishier and brows bushier, it can be tricky to work out which ones are actually worth adding to your basket. Luckily for you, we've done the legwork: We've ransacked the Byrdie beauty cupboard, piling on serum after serum, swatching dozens of lipsticks and testing every mascara to hit our desks to bring you this—our definitive guide to new autumn beauty buys.
From the contour product that trumps the rest to the new and rather novel way to apply fragrance (via the chicest hand sanitizer around—yes, really), these aren't just simply flash-in-the-pan success stories—they're the sort of future cult classics you'll rebuy for years to come. Sound good? Click through for our edit of the 15 new beauty products that will see you through autumn and beyond.
Hand sanitiser isn't known for being the chicest. Well, until now. Byredo's souped-up hand cream is seriously raising our antibac game. It hydrates, lends hands a subtle scent and kills bacteria in one fell swoop. Frivolous, yes, but completely necessary.
If you struggle to find a foundation that lasts beyond lunchtime, you're going to want to try this one. Definitely suited to those who prefer hefty coverage, it contains mineral pigments engineered to mimic the natural lipids found in the skin. In short, it melds with skin and stays put, rather than slipping and sliding down cheeks before you've even had a chance to finish your morning coffee.
If you're on that eternal search for loosely tousled hair, you've probably tried every salt spray going, but this one is a true game changer. First, the ultra-fine mist makes sure you're not left with any sticky clumps, and then the formula combines salt particles for movement and shape with sugar particles that take away any of the crispiness. It's great for giving guts to curls that have a tendency to drop throughout the day too. It goes on sale September 14, but you can sign up to the waiting list now.
You know those fine, feathery lines that appear across the forehead when you've been a bit lax on the water intake? Yeah, they've been haunting us too. This clever primer contains tiny particles that nestle into fine lines as well as optical blurring powders that diffuse their appearance smoothing your forehead quicker than you can down a glass of the cold stuff.
There's been a lot of, er, buzz surrounding honey in the beauty arena for a while, such is it power to soften and brighten tired skin. And this gently foaming cleanser delivers it by the bucketload. Nourishing honey is teamed with vitamin-rich royal jelly extract to pump hydration back into skin all whilst peeling away the daily build up of grime, pollution and makeup. It's our new shortcut to that elusive post-facial glow.
If you're still spritzing your fragrance from a bottle, welcome to the future. Inspired by her obsession with applying perfume oils with an artist's paintbrush every morning, Jo Malone has taken the concept one step further with these new fragrance brushes. One click delivers a shot of light, scented gel into the brush head. Simply swipe over collarbones, and as the gel evaporates, it leaves behind a surprisingly heavy hit of perfume that lasts for hours.
Ombré lips aren't just a passing Instagram fad. Actually, tracing the lip line with a subtly darker hue while filling in the centre of the lips with a lighter shade is an genius way of making them look fuller. And Dior's new lipsticks deliver the effect in a single swipe. Oh, and they come in a five universally flattering metallic shades so you can cross that shimmer lip trend off too.
Micellar water probably became the cornerstone of your skincare regimen a long time ago, but what about your hair routine? This super-lightweight shampoo utilises that same technology, working like a hoover to suck up every last speck of dirt, sweat and grease from the scalp without drying hair out. Better still, it contains patented molecules that neutralise unwanted scents, so hair will still smell fresh even after you've sweated your way through an intense barre class.
Flimsy brows, beware—Benefit's new palette offers up a two-shade ultra-fine powder that will bolster brows in the most realistic way possible. First, work out the perfect brow shape for your face; then use the darkest shade to pad out volume where the brow starts, and the lighter shade to draw in those feathery hairs at the tail.
Itchy, sensitive skin is a problem that affects many of us and often leads to some rather vicious scratching sessions. Yes, that might offer instant relief, scratching can do more damage in the long run (including inflammation and reduced barrier function). Enter, the Lipikar AP+ Stick. Like a Pritt Stick without the glue, the balm offers instant relief, thanks to a potent mix of anti-inflammatory Madecassoside and skin-strengthening shea butter. Keep this in your handbag for when the next itch strikes.
When it comes to mascara, Nars's Audacious Mascara is pretty special. It's one of the glossiest formulas out there, and we also love the bumper-size brush that comes dotted with clever little hooks to grip lashes, coating them from root to tip, and curling them in the process. And now it comes in this warm terra-cotta shade that'll make blue eyes pop.
The combination of chillier temperatures and harsh central heating is a foolproof recipe for dehydrated skin. Slide this "booster" into your skincare regimen right before moisturiser and it'll work to reverse the effects of the changing seasons. As light as water, it contains a generous helping of Pentavitin, a plant botanical with a molecular structure completely identical to the hydrators found naturally in the skin. It bonds to skin cells and acts like a plug to lock in moisture reserves.
She won our hearts (and space in our makeup bags) with her first Estée Lauder collaboration, and now VB is back with a second collection that's even more covetable than the last. Case in point: this shimmery face gloss. It's the closest you'll get to potted sunshine. Pat onto cheekbones, across eyelids and even along the front of shins, and the golden flecks will lend any skintone a covetable just-back-from-Santorini sheen.
Our love for contouring shows no sign of waning, largely fuelled by an influx of incredible contour kits. But makeup aficionado Charlotte Tilbury has masterminded the ultimate shortcut to Gigi-esque cheekbones: the contour wand. The silky formula melds to skin like no other, while the fluffy sponge makes blending a doddle. Muddy stripes are officially a thing of the past.
If autumn’s new nail-colour trends are anything to go by, picking a polish shade at your next manicure appointment isn't going to be easy. But Chanel's new dove-grey shade is a good place to start—it's so understated that it'll go with everything in your wardrobe. Stock up.
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