The Make-Up to Buy Right Now

From a self-refreshing foundation from Shiseido to luxurious lipsticks from Gucci, this is the best new make-up to buy this month.

If you’re looking for some spring beauty inspiration, you’re in luck: plenty of easy-to-achieve beauty looks were paraded down the runways at London, New York, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. With a focus on dewy, luminous skin; subtly defined features – think strong cheekbones and brows – and soft pinks and neutral shades, it’s easy to recreate the fresh-faced beauty looks of the fashion world. To get the job done, we’ve rounded up the best new make-up to buy this month.

If you’re tired of feeling like your regular foundation is weighing your skin down, Shiseido Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation ($69) does what other formulations don’t: it provides serious long-wearing coverage that feels more like a second skin. Not only is it breathable and weightless, but it’s also smudge-proof and humidity and sweat resistant making it the perfect foundation for summer. It’s packed with SPF30 to fend off those harmful ways and also creates a protective veil that safeguards skin from pollution.

It is the season to get golden and luminous skin and new RMS Beauty Sensual Skin Trio ($55 from Mecca) is the perfect all-in-one complexion palette to get your skin glowing in time. It features Madeira Bronzer Luminising Powder, Grande Dame Luminising Powder and Demure Blush – an exclusive pressed-powder version to RMS’ best-selling Lip2Cheek formula. Wear them alone or together to create the radiant skin of your dreams.

If you’re hunting for a palette that has it all look no further than Too Faced Watermelon Face + Eyeshadow Breakaway Palette ($72 from Mecca). One side of the cute palettes is fulled with eight high-pigment shadows in a variety of sparkling shades, while the opposite side features a soft pink highlighter, matte candy watermelon blush and a caramelised bronzer. 

Gucci Makeup is finally touching down in New Zealand when David Jones Newmarket opens in the next few weeks – find out more it here. We’re currently coveting the sheer Rouge Ă  Lèvres Voile formulation and Millicent Rose – a soft rose-inspired shade of pink – is the colour we will be wearing this spring.

If you’re after a lip colour that’s a bit bolder, Revlon‘s new Ultra HD Vinyl Lip Polish ($27) arrives just in time to brighten things up for the coming season. The high-shine formula provides serious colour payoff while leaving lips smooth and soft. 

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Brow Perfector ($63) is all you need for seriously defined brows. The clever 3-in-one formula is an eyebrow pencil meets powder meets brush. In three easy steps you’ll have the brows of your dream. Start by filing in your brows with hair-like strokes using the ultra-fine pencil; fill in any sparse areas with the cushion applicator, and finally use the brush to blend, shape and groom.

Dr. Hauschka Natural Spirit Limited Edition Blush Duo 04 ($66) is all you need for a beautiful complexion this season. The two easy-to-wear duo features and apricot and rose shade, is 100 per cent natural and is not tested on animals.

The Skincare Ingredient You Need in Your Routine This Spring

Not all skincare ingredients are created equal. We discover the secret behind Guerlain Abeille Royale and get acquainted with the collection’s newest additions.

Deciphering the sheer abundance of skincare ingredients and which ones you need to be using and which ones you don’t can be tricky business. But if it’s skin-transforming results that you’re after, you’ll want to make sure you’re using skincare that harnesses the power of the most potent skincare ingredients available. 

Honey is at the heart of Guerlain‘s game-changing Abeille Royale collection. However, it’s not by sheer chance that this remarkable ingredient has become the star of the skin health-enhancing range – for over a decade skincare scientists at Guerlain have been closely studying the extraordinary properties and powers of honey. 

Honey’s Healing Properties

Much more than just a golden treasure hiding inside the beehive, nutrient-rich honey is an invaluable skincare ingredient. As one of the world’s oldest food sources, honey has long been cherished right around the world for its impressive natural healing powers. With this in mind, Guerlain decided to take its research into the prized golden elixir further. With Doctor FrĂ©dĂ©ric BontĂ© at the helm and with the collaboration of Professor Desmoulière, professor of physiology and specialist in tissue repair at the University of Limoges’ Pharmacy Faculty, Guerlain has been able to unlock the full potential of honey.

‘s research revealed that the scar-healing process and the way signs of ageing are repaired share common features. Thanks to this groundbreaking discovery, Guerlain has been able to harness the power of honey and other ingredients from the beehive to formulate Abeille Royale – a complete range of youth-restoring skincare products.

18 kilometres off the French coast, lies the French island of Ouessant – the home of one of the purest forms of honey and where Guerlain‘s research comes to life. As a UNESCO-designated landmark, Ouessant’s unique and rare bio-diversity has allowed black bees to produce one-of-a-kind honey that has become an integral part of BlackBee Repair Technology’s powerful honey and royal jelly blend.

Abeille Royale

The Innovation Behind the Skincare

Ten years of research have gone into the BlackBee Repair Technology that powers today’s Abeille Royale collection. Over the years, the powerful properties of the BlackBee Repair technology have been used to fight wrinkles, prevent the loss of skin firmness, enhance the skin’s protective barrier and boost luminosity and skin smoothness.

By 2017 Guerlain turned its attention to neuro-ageing, the impact the environment has on skin, how it impacts its resilience and youthfulness and disrupts cell function. As a result, Guerlain has been able to unlock the potential of BlackBee Repair technology as a way to encourage the skin to repair itself. In 2019, the game-changing new iteration of BlackBee Repair’s technology is at the core of the new line of Abeille Royale creams that have been designed to fend off the visible signs of ageing.

A Solution for All Skin Types

Aware that no two complexions are the same and that everyone has unique requirements where their skincare is concerned, Guerlain now offers three Abeille Royale day creams that target the signs of ageing. 

If you’re prone to blemishes, the all-new Mattifying Day Cream means you no longer have to choose between a moisturiser that fights imperfections or banishes the signs of ageing. Instead, the new addition to Abeille Royale combines the best of both worlds. The lightweight formula hydrates skin, controls shine and leaves the complexion velvety smooth. A powerful propolis complex helps to regulate excess oil production and minimise the appearance of enlarged pores.

Guerlain‘s two existing day cream offerings get a reformulation too. Formulated with normal skin in mind, the Abeille Royale Day Cream glides onto skin and is quickly absorbed to give skin an immediate boost and feeling of flawlessness. Abeille Royale Rich Day Cream has been formulated especially for those with dry skin. A nurturing combination of beeswax, light oil and soft butter deeply nourish and hydrate the skin without weighing it down. All three of the day creams are powered by BlackBee Repair technology which has been partnered with a revitalising Vitamin C derivative. Together the two awaken the skin’s cells and kickstart the skin’s healing process. With repeated use, skin appears plumper and more luminous.

No thorough skincare routine is complete without a restorative night cream. Abeille Royale Night Cream melts into skin immediately working overtime as you get your much-needed beauty sleep. The star BlackBee Repair technology is paired with vitamin E which works to enhance skin elasticity and Ouessant honey that combats the enzymes that lead to the deterioration of the skin’s elastin. The result is a formula that provides optimal night-time repair and renewal so you rise and shine with plump, youthful, well-rested skin.

The new Mattifying Day Cream and relaunched Day Cream, Rich Day Cream, and Night Cream join Guerlain’s existing skincare must-haves from the Royale Abeille collection including the iconic Double R Renew & Repair Serum and best-selling Youth Watery Oil.

A Sustainable Statement

Given that it’s a natural resource that is at the heart of Abeille Royale, Guerlain has created various partnerships and programmes that are dedicated to protecting and understanding bees. The on-going commitment to bees and the environment include: a partnership with Observatoire Français d’Apidologie (French Bee Observatory) to help develop beehive stocks across Europe and promote the importance of beekeeping as a profession; the Guerlain Bee University, which is an annual event that brings together leading conservation specialists to identify new solutions and establish best practices; and the Bee School, a programme created to raise awareness with primary school children about the importance of bees and why we need to protect them. 

The Guerlain Abeille Royale Collection is available now from leading department stores Smith & Caughey’s, Ballantynes and David Jones.