Emerged from lockdown with a (beauty) identity crisis? Add these products to your wishlist

We’re livin’ la vida (post) lockdown and boy does it feel good. But needless to say, after months of a low-fuss face, diving back into ‘real life’ beauty can feel daunting – in the same way asking the bartender for your Aperol spritz last weekend left you feeling all giddy. As always, we are here to help; if you’ve emerged from your lockdown cocoon with a beauty identity crisis on your hands – and with the festive season just around the corner – take a deep breath as we show you where to start.


With such a powerful connection to your emotions and memories, a new fragrance has the power to change your mindset altogether, making a scent switch-up the first step to finding yourself in this brave new world.

It might be the perfect time to try the cult favourite you’ve been considering for a while. Maison Francis Kurkdjian’s Baccarat Rouge 540 EDP is indulgent and smells expensive – an instant b oost of self-confidence, perfect for getting back out there.

There’s also the lingering, mysterious Le Labo Santal 33, the one you want to wear in a room full of strangers. And yes, Byredo’s Gypsy Water EDP is still as good as you remember.

For something to suit the season, Vilhelm Parfumerie’s Mango Skin Eau De Parfum is the one; alternatively, try Diptyque’s Do Son – it’s a fresh bouquet of blooming white florals, that will get you compliments.

If you’re an indecisive Libran, multifaceted Gemini or just want options, try a discovery set; D.S. & DURGA’s More Smash Hits Vol.2 and Tom Ford’s Soleil Atomizer Trio Set are equally great picks.

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For some, solitude sparks creativity; for others, a lack of connection causes inspiration to run dry. To reignite your imagination, why not grace your lids with a new eyeshadow shade? That first dent into an untouched palette may be satisfying enough in itself. That, and new colours, textures and combinations to play with, will offer a look other than the bare lids that peered back at you through the Zoom screen.

In terms of new picks (considering you might already have the Too Faced and Urban Decay classics), Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Eye Palette Smokey Eyes is like four palettes in one and makes choosing a look (and actually achieving it) surprisingly easy. If you’re the type to purchase a palette but get overwhelmed by the smorgasbord of colour, this cleverly arranged 12-pan pick will change your (beauty) life.

If, like your fragrance, you work seasonally, NARS’ Summer Solstice Eyeshadow Palette is a warm, bronzy, no-brainer. And for those taking baby steps back into eyeshadow, look to MECCA MAX: the brand’s limited-edition Eyeshadow Quads are bite-sized but buttery and their bestselling Dream Queen Eye and Face Palette is practically fool-proof.

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Missed hair appointments, obnoxious regrowth and scraggly ends left the locked-down yearning for those long-awaited good hair days.

In addition to new fringe-trimming skills, it’s the lessons of good-quality products, gentle drying and TikTok-inspired styling that we’ll take into ‘real’ life. That’s why you should put Gisou, Aquis and ghd at the top of your list.

Gisou, for their Honey Infused Haircare Set, which features minis of the brand’s famously nourishing and strengthening hair wash, conditioner, mask and oil, each powered by honey from the bees in the founder’s family garden.

Aquis’ Rapid Dry Turban, because let’ s be realistic; we no longer have the luxury of a full day (and nowhere to be) to let our hair air-dry.

And ghd’s Unplugged Cordless Hair Straightener – because if you can be somewhere other than in inside your home, seize the moment – without compromising on Matilda Djerf bangs, Bella Hadid sleekness, or good old beachy waves.

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