Wings of desire: understated makeup with a flourish

I coaxed makeup out of its hiatus a while ago. In fact, I’ve become more experimental with colour. But I know many are still reluctant to go the whole hog. And that’s fine. You don’t have to usher in makeup by caking your face in colours. Low-key nude lips – which can run the gamut from pinky beige to deep brown – natural brows, minimal mascara and swapping full-coverage foundation for concealer provide an understated but “done” look. If you fancy adding a flourish sans colour, nothing beats an exaggerated winged eye.

  1. Benefit Powmade Brow Pomade £19.50, benefitcosmetics.com
  2. By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Balm £29, byterry.com
  3. Morphe Make It Big Liquid Liner £12, uk.morphe.com
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Magic Touch Concealer £27, cultbeauty.co.uk
  5. Kjaer Weis Im-Possible Mascara £30, net-a-porter.com

I can’t do without… This balm that stands out in a starry new range by Bobbi Brown
Calling everyone seeking no-makeup makeup products that are multitasking, chic and consciously formulated. Two words: Jones Road. The founder is Bobbi Brown. Yes, the one behind the behemoth makeup brand that bears her name. Except she completely walked away from it five years ago. Jones Road is her first foray back into makeup. And it’s brilliant. Which shouldn’t be surprising, because Brown is a pioneer. As a makeup artist in the 90s she went against the ‘more is more’ wave, choosing instead to lead the minimalism revolution. The antithesis of piling it on – excessive contouring is her nemesis – she has always championed neutral makeup that brings out your best. Jones Road follows this ethos and every product is a star. The Face Pencil – a foundation-meets-concealer pencil – is easy to apply, easy to cart around and impossible to overuse. The Cool Gloss is non sticky and feels more like a hydrating lip balm. The inky-black mascara has already won awards for its volumising prowess. The Hippie Stick is a smart hydrator for the face, body, lips, hair… My favourite, however, is the Miracle Balm. This light-reflecting balm, which comes in six shades, leaves a sheer, subtle gloss on your eyelids and lips, and is sublime as a highlighter and overall face tint. It is the embodiment of ‘no makeup make up’. Exactly what Jones Road is about. Jones Road Miracle Balm, £34, jonesroadbeauty.com