Thinking is the operative word

20.05.2020 | Phoebe McDowell

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We’re beginning to rouse from a period of hibernation, giddy for the idea of an old life in a new world. Coffee will surely have to be administered intravenously while we see friends and family on government sanctioned do-si-dos. Wardrobes and make-up bags will begin to creak back to life, as we try to approximate good outfits and better faces. If quarantine was about revelling in our own lazy and unjudgeable filth, our emergence out of it should entail some level of spectacle, or overexertion at least. Where better a place to start than make-up. Dizzying lashes? A face that’s been bathed in sun (not one that’s been hung out of the window at spasmodic intervals)? Skilfully linear liner? Lips so juicy-looking they could pop? See below. 


Glass skin? Really? Well yes, actually. A high-shine, crystal clear finish that will speak to the salubrious effects of lockdown. You know like, a reduced alcohol intake, endless exercise, earlier nights and pollution free commutes. Even if you haven’t. Smush a bit on your decolletage, too.

Kevyn Aucoin Glass Glow Face Extension Shades, £26


Despite the 17 Bank Holidays in lockdown, your face is a not-so-appealing shade of sallow. A big brush fully cloaks sorry skin in health and holidays, and also gets rid of uneven skin tone and texture thanks to airbrush technology. "I wanted to create the impossible for powder," says Tilbury, who might well have done just that.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer, £39



Drizzle a drop in your foundation, or simply pat with your finger on top, along your cheekbones, down your nose, and above your Cupid’s bow. The kind of expensive, drenched-looking highlight that Chanel has become synonymous with. 

Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Highlighting Fluid in Sunkissed Pearly Glow, £38


As the name suggests, expect skincare and make-up benefits. Concealing pigments to hide the initial imperfections and discolouration, and ingredients to ameliorate the appearance of them in the long run. By which we mean this long run right here, where notions of time are elastic. How long have we been in lockdown for again?

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer, £30


Masks might cover your mouth when you’re patrolling pavements but that’s even more reason to apply a high-shine gloss, on which precisely no hair will stick. And in a suits-all shade of dusted, lacquered pink.

NARS Loaded Lip Lacquer in in Young Hearts, £23


Like you’ve been sucking on a lolly that’s left a jewel-like hint of glazed colour, and a heap of conditioning properties. Some lolly, eh? 

Beauté Peau de Clé Lip Glorifier Tint in N3, £40

for smokey eyes  

In edible and quaffable shades of coffee, caramel and chocolate, with a sparkling champagne to highlight under your brow, cracking a good eye with this requires little to no skill. Just as well really, because any surplus skill has been usurped by the kitchen. 

Victoria Beckham Smoky Eye Brick in Silk,£48

for illumination 

Fervent Guerlain fans will tell anyone that’ll listen about these pearlescent, candy coloured balls that cast you in iridescent light come rain or shine. And oh, the smell.

Guerlain Brazilian Fizz, £46.50

for base

This new cult brand, a New York City export, has been received to rapturous applause, not least because a whizzy algorithm helps find you your perfect foundation, from the shade and texture, to the finish. Unsurprising then that of the 100,000 glowing reviews of the foundation, 50,000 are FIVE STAR.

IL MAKIAGE Woke Up Like This Foundation, £36

for cheeks

With the power to take your face from 2 to 3D, the power of blush is in its placement. Higher up, on an angle to sculpt, or on the apples of cheeks for youthful vitality. Of the peach, pink and lilac shades, there’s a matte and shimmery of the shade in each compact.

DEAR Dahlia Blooming Edition Paradise Dual Palette Blusher Duo, £26

for lashes 

A mascara from someone otherwise so vocally committed to fake lashes was always going to be good. Four years in the making, the double ended wand has two formulas, one for lengthening, and the other for volumising. The bristles on both are long and spindly ensuring you can prize every last lash out for your entrance at your first post-quarantine party.

Huda Beauty Legit Lashes, £24

for brows

A precision tipped pencil to mimic hairs, and a gel soaked brush to fashion stray - ok very stray - hairs into some semblance of arched order.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Brow Wow Duo, £34