Divine inspiration

Thai boxing, diamond-dust exfoliators and lashings of lip gloss — find out more about the art of looking like a Victoria’s Secret angel

On the scent of the perfect fragrance

It’s the season of new perfumes, but which ones smell good enough to give?

Sam Leith testing an array of beauty products
©Victoria Birkinshaw

Man meets moisturiser

Male skincare is a booming business. But can avowed soap-and-water man Sam Leith be persuaded to switch to serums?

George Northwood with Alexa Chung at his London salon in April
©Debbie Bragg

The tong weekend

The man behind Alexa Chung’s ‘waves’ now offers lessons on how to do the do

How to give gorgeousness

The best products to prettify, polish and pamper

‘Your Cosmetic Portrait’ pamphlet (1935) by Helena Rubenstein
©The Jewish Museum

Helena Rubinstein: a head for business

A new exhibition looks at how the cosmetics tycoon created a brand in her own image

Fjord fiesta: innovative beauty ideas from the Arctic

The home of minimal furniture and Nordic noir is now getting a name for skincare and cosmetics

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
©Michel Dufour

My brush with the ‘X-Factor’ stylist

Jamie Stevens’ advice on party hair? Do not over-think it. The first attempt at doing something is usually the best

Good vibrations

I suspect my expensive face cloths are covertly used by my husband to give the taps a quick polish

Red lips
©Scott Kleinman/Getty Images

The business of lipstick

From Gucci to Burberry, designer brands are entering the beauty sector. But are lipsticks always lucrative?

Oil rush

Whether it’s argan, coconut, or black rose, this slickest of ingredients can treat your every beauty need

Eight essential beauty looks for autumn

The best new season beauty tricks – from ‘gym hair’ to lo-fi brows

Post-holiday hair care

Masks, oils and ‘anti-shampoos’ – what the leading authorities in hair and scalp health recommend

‘Bikini selfie’ season

I dropped an inch instantly, but expect evil-looking bruising afterwards

The definition of perfect cheekbones

New products that provide a shortcut to striking looks with nothing more invasive than a bronzer brush

Anti-pollution skincare solutions

Tackling the effects of environmental damage is the latest target for anti-ageing products

Beauty insider: The sun’s risk factors

Sunscreen’s role in protecting us might not be as big as previously thought

Go bold with this season’s brightest lipsticks

Trendy young women trade their neutral shades for more adventurous colours

Let’s shed our fitness myths

We women have spent years not finding a ‘cure’. And men come along and claim ownership? I don’t think so

My position on yoga

‘I spent the 90-minute class fuming about how money-grabbing the new yoga had become’

Vintage skincare

Everyone’s new best friend

‘Beauty columnist might not rank highly on many people’s lists of jobs with a strong social purpose, but I beg to differ’

The age of miracles

‘If a tiny, fragile flower can survive harsh conditions, just think what it could do for our skin’

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