Six new makeup releases to ‘add-to-cart’

Feeling the need for a makeup update? There are plenty of new arrivals to shake up your routines. Here are six of the best new options to seek out this month.

Shiseido Pop Powergel Eye Shadows, $50 each

The eye update you’ve been waiting for, Shiseido’s bold new Pop Powergel Eye Shadows, $50 each, have a soft glimmering finish and modern gel texture that delivers intense pigment that stays put without creasing. With nine shades the playful new arrivals up the drama in your winter beauty repertoire. They are ideal for creating a modern, extended cat-eye look for your lids, or using a fluffy eye crease blending brush to deliver a washed halo of colour around the eyes. Trending now? A tonal purple eye, so the soft violet shade should be high on your wish list. 

Laura Mercier Light Catcher Translucent Loose Setting Powders, $63 each

Long revered for its imperceptible veil-like makeup setting powders in subtle skin tones, this month Laura Mercier adds to the range with Translucent Setting Powders in Cosmic Rose, Celestial Light and Honey Star. Each shade adds a touch of glow and radiance while still setting makeup in place without shine for hours on end and skimming over fine lines without emphasising them. 

ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40, $77

ILIA’s new Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 is an exceptionally high-performing all-rounder that fuses colour, coverage and protection in one. It’s a very fluid foundation that gives a fresh, modern finish, enough coverage to even-out redness and imperfections and has skincare wonder ingredient Niacinamide to smooth skin’s texture, as well as hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and squalane to lock in that hydration. All that, and it also has a respectable dose of SPF40 to protect skin from UV damage and premature aging and comes in 30 shades. 

MAC Tempting Fates lipstick, $38 and eyeshadow palette, $108

MAC’s limited edition colour collections are always desirable and on-trend and the latest is no different. Tempting Fates offers six different itemswith numerous colourways, each in sumptuous and richly pigmented shades perfect for the dramatic looks once going out again is on the agenda. The gilt packaging adds to the luxe look. Our pick? The 8-pan ‘Feast Your Eyes’ palette is a alluring ‘just-because purchase if ever we’ve seen one!

Revlon So Fierce! Big Bad Lash Mascara, $27

Doing two jobs at once is the efficiency we love to see in our beauty products, so we’re fans of Revlon’s newest mascara. Volume-building So Fierce! Big Bad Lash Mascara does a beautiful job of defining lashes without smudging, but it also contains lash tinting technology that darkens bare lashes over time. So with daily wear in as little as 7 days you’ll also receive a subtle lash tint that remains when you’re not wearing any makeup. It also has a double sided brush, the different bristles helping to add volume and then gently separate lashes. 

Dior Mono Couleur Couture High Color Eye Shadows, $58 each

Pulling inspiration from the textures and hues of Dior’s vast fashion archive are 21 stunning new eye shadows in 5 different textures – satin, matte, velvet, metallic and glitter – collectively known as Mono Couleur Couture High Color Eye Shadow. 


Hair experts share their ‘stuck at home’ styling tips and treatments 

Hair feeling a bit blah? If you’re confined to home, look on the bright side and use the opportunity to give your hair a little love or consider a low-key, achievable tweak or what you might change next time you’re in the salon. 

We asked the experts how to use this time to your hair’s advantage, and how to get hair in great condition for spring.

Ali Holmes, co-owner, Wildlife Sogo Surry Hills 

Lockdowns are a great opportunity for change  when it comes to your hair. 

Go with your regrowth and be open to what you see. Some people have realised they have feature panels of grey or blonde and we can enhance them. It also allows the hair to recoup and get healthier again allowing us to do whatever we choose. 

People with fringes can wave them as they get longer and create a cool shag with longer lengths up front. Goldwell do a soft colour called Goldwell Colorance, which is a semi-permanent colour mousse and totally non-committal and won’t ruin any changes you might like to make when you get back into the salon.

Try using masks and treatments mixed with leave-in sprays to get hair in great condition. Now’s the time to saturate your hair with moisture and proteins. Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing Mask is fantastic. It has Keratin in it so restores the hair at the same time it moisturises it. I like to use masks and treatments instead of my conditioner at this time of year giving it a good boost. Not all masks and treatments can do this though and need to be followed with a conditioner, so make sure you ask your hairdresser.

Gene ‘Ed’ Edwards, Redken stylist and creative director, Oscar & Co

You can’t go past a great treatment. Moisture is really important and protein is the best as our hair is about 70 percent protein, it always needs more. So while in lockdown take that top knot out and give your hair some love and put a treatment in and leave it in all day. If you don’t have a treatment or mask on hand just put in a bit more conditioner than you normally would use and leave it in all day!

My absolute best products are the Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Range. Ideally you would start with a salon-only prescriptive treatment in this range then take home the shampoo and
conditioner and leave-in perfecting treatment which is my pick for best product. This range will leave your hair feeling soft and silky but also incredibly strong even after one treatment.

L-R: Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Shampoo; Joico Defy Damage Sleepover Overnight Nourishing Treatment; Goldwell Kerasilk Control Intensive Smoothing MaskOribe Power Drops Damage Repair Booster; Kerastase Blond Absolu Huile Cica Extreme Oil.

Felicity Bruce, Joico ambassador and owner, Cocoon Hair Design

This is a great time to try a few things, different partings, different up styles, hair accessories. No one can see you and you can get used to them. I got onto YouTube and Pinterest and tried loads of different ways to wear scarves and wraps in my hair, wore them around the house, now I feel more confident to wear them in public. 

In terms of hair health, good hair results in two ways: inside and out. You need a balanced diet with a focus on healthy hair nutrients, plus a really easy home care regimen. Ask your stylist what they think your hair needs then match it with your lifestyle and how you feel about it, you will come up with the right prescription for your hair needs.

I have also been using Joico Defy Damage Sleepover every day. It is all about bond regeneration, strength, less breakage and maintains colour vibrancy. Simply apply to dry hair before bed, get up in the morning and you don’t need to rinse it out. I have naturally coarse, curly hair that dreads so badly in winter and it has worked it’s magic.

Natasha Archer, master stylist, Mods Hair

Use the opportunity of being stuck at home to treat, treat and treat some more! When it’s time to visit the salon, walk in there with the best canvas possible. Oribe Power Drops Damage Repair Boosters are a game changer.

 Coming into spring if you’re outside, UV protection should be part of your daily routine just as it is with your skin. My fave is Oribe Invisible Defence Universal Protection Spray. It makes the hair feel like silk and it’s also a heat protectant.

Zoe Clark, director, INCO Studio

There are some awesome apps available to try different hair colours and styles. If you have access to salon products, trying a toning conditioner can be the perfect temporary way to try a new colour as they will fade out over time. Using a dry shampoo, texture or powder spray can be an easy way to amplify, add volume and support your style if you’re trying a new shape.

For hair health a treatment or mask is a must. There are some natural ingredients you can mix together if you only have access to your pantry, or ask your salon for their recommendations.  Treatments ensure your locks receive as much protein and moisture as needed.

My newest love is Kerastase Blond Absolu Huile Cica Extreme Oil. It’s a leave-in hair oil for damaged hair, for repair, growth, thickness and it also has heat protection. Perfect if you just want one product to use pre- and- post blow wave that will also repair your hair! It’s divine!