Get Your Game Face On with the Latest Cosmetic Beauty Trends

New, now and noteworthy — beauty editor Janetta Mackay selects the need-to-know key trends in cosmetic care


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Agata Danilova from Clyne Model Management wears Paris Georgia dress $540 and Creeps & Violets earrings $225.

MOODY BLUES: Dive into the world of boutique fragrances where a moment in time or place is replacing flowers and food as olfactory inspiration. Arquiste’s ocean-fresh Sydney Rock Pool eau de parfum, $299, is an example. It came about after founder Carlos Huber took a revitalising dip Downunder in the summer of 2016.

COLOUR PLAY: The mood in makeup is to mix a near-nude face with jolts of expressive colour. YSL’s Pop Illusion Collector Couture Palette for the eyes, $122, typifies the approach in trending shades of blue and yellow. Even easier than eye shadow are vivid crayons and liners.

SOUPED-UP SERUMS: Concentrated serums are subject to beauty’s biggest skin-conditioning claims. Estee Lauder’s new Perfectionist Pro, $158 for 30ml, is laced with advanced peptide technology for a firming effect, while the more fanciful-sounding Farsali Unicorn Essence, $119, uses vitamin-rich berry extracts in this base layer.

SHINE TIME: Holographic makeup is to grown-ups what glitter is to children. Add some trippy iridescence to your look, with M.A.C’s Grand Illusion Glossy Liquid Lipcolour, $50, in bold shades (including blues and greens) or go for the subtle dimensional sheen of Dior Addict Lip Glow, including in Holo Purple.

Elle + Riley jumper $479. Sophie Buhai necklace, $1530, from Simon James.

HELPING HAND: Gadgets are gaining ground as high-tech top-ups to beauty regimens. The NuFace Trinity Device, $518 (top), is promoted as a “5-minute face lift” by micro-current, while Estee Lauder’s Cryotherapy Instand Eye Depuffing Wand, $95, offers a manual approach with its cool core roller for use with the new Resilience Lift gel eye cream, $135.

CULT FOLLOWING: Brands with buzz usually have a “name” founder, such as French celebrity hairdresser Christophe Robin, whose products regularly make “must-have” lists. A favourite is his kind-to-colour Wheat Germ Mask, $55.

COLLAB CRAZE: Companies looking to cut through the commercial clutter love a hot hook-up. The kissable couture match between L’Oreal Paris and Balmain was debuted at Paris Fashion Week and delivers a striking 12-shade lipstick range in designer Olivier Rousteing’s first foray into beauty.

Georgia Alice shirt $599. Sophie Buhai earrings, $840 from Simon James. Hera Saabi ring $170.

BUBBLING UNDER: Korea is a global hot-house for innovative cosmetic trends. Translating right now is its enthusiasm for “bubble” purifying products, typified by this oil-control Mizon Egg White Bubble Cleanser, $25. Clinique has a new bubble mask, $58.

INSIDE OUT: Beauty teas, tonics and supplements are a fast-growing category. It’s best to address your diet first and seek medical advice to back up claims in this area. The Beauty Chef Antioxidant Inner Boost, $49, is a probiotic elixir, while MitoQ promotes using internal options for well-being in tandem with its mitochrondrial skincare.

WELL MASKED: Masks of all manner are a mania right now, even giving rise to multi-masking selfie sites. From using sheet masks to hydrate to charcoal to detoxify, we prefer to relax when using a mask. Antipodes Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask, $49.90, is a homegrown natural approach, using trusty kaolin clay and volcanic mud infused with grape extract.

LUXURY TOUCH: Prestige brands specialise in sensorial and visual treats for customers willing to spend up large on anti-ageing skincare. This gold-capped 10th anniversary limited edition of Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale The Cream uses ingredients from Guerlain’s own orchidarium. The limited edition jar costs $2396 (standard 50ml size $753). Liam coat $499. Hera Saabi earrings $390. Wynn Hamlyn skirt $335.

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