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Romeo and Juliet, Sid and Nancy, Courtney and Kurt. Those are the types of relationships that end in tragedy. Fresh skin and a popping lip, however, are a match made in beauty heaven. Since it is the month of lurve, we’re looking to our beauty cabinet to find the perfect pairs that always have a fairy tale ending. From dynamic skin care duos to complementary fragrances, these items are better together—like, one-does-the-cooking-the-other-does-the-dishes kind of compatible. Proof that true love exists.
When it comes to makeup that feels modern and cool, think of a bold lip as the boss in the relationship. Kosas limited-edition lipstick shade, Violet Fury, is a fiery magenta with a high-pigment hue that will make your heart beat fast. Keep skin fresh and dewy with a soft-spoken, glimmering highlight. Kosas’ Colour & Light Creme Palette in Tropic Equinox has a creamy, sink-into-the-skin formula that is the ideal foil for a loud lip.
Take your fragrance relationship to the next level with complementary scents that have more layers than a seven-tiered chocolate torte. Diptyque’s Eau Rose Hair Mist, a limited-edition release for Valentine’s Day, offers a refreshing take on the classic scent, enveloping your locks in the gorgeous floral fragrance while nourishing, protecting and adding shine to your strands. Wear with Bastide’s Hand Cream in Figue d'Ete for exceptional, head-turning, “wh at-are-you-wearing?” sillage. Similarly, Maison Francis Kurkidjian’s Hair Mists are sure to feed your fragrance obsession, pairing exquisitely with their eau de parfums. For your palms, Bastide’s Hand Cream in Figue adds another dimens ion to this fresh and juicy fig fragrance when paired with Figue Amour EDT.
When your lip balm obsession verges on codependency, this is the perfect pair for you. Mecca Cosmetica’s Lip De-Luscious Glide will go with you everywhere, it will be friends with your friends, it will even take up kickboxing with you if you want. It’s packed with vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and a hint of colour that will tell you you look beautiful (because, you do). When it comes to cozying up at night, Mecca Cosmetica’s Lip De-Luscious Treatment will look after your lips and nourish them while you sleep, for plump kissable lips by morning.
Skipping SPF is as unquestionable as watching the next episode of Ozark when your S.O. is at a work dinner. Don’t do it if you know what’s good for you. Sunscreen, like Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen 50+, protects your skin against harmful UV rays and helps prevent premature ageing. Pair your sunscreen with vitamin C (Drunk Elephant C-Firma Serum is a favourite) for superior antioxidant protection. It can even boost the efficacy of your sunscreen, while helping to reduce signs of sun damage, fade pigmentation and smooth skin tone.
There for you in the best of (skin) times and the worst, this energetic double act resolves skin issues together for a clear, hydrated complexion. Salicylic acid, as found in Drunk Elephant’s T.L.C Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel Pads, resurfaces skin and helps clear congestion. Opt for a lightweight hyaluronic acid-based moisturiser or serum to follow, such as, Drunk Elephant B-Hydra or Dr. Dennis Gross Marine Moisture Cushion that will keep your skin hydrated and comfortable without clogging pores.
“You make me want to be a better person.” That’s basically what your treatments and serums are saying to your essence. Not only does essence infuse the deep layers of your skin with actives, it also allows your subsequent treatments to work harder and better. Take AmorePacific’s Vintage Single Extract Essence for example. This prebiotic, anti-ageing formula smooths texture and creates a clear, toned complexion that’s prepped and ready for the serum of your choice. We’re loving Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Super Anti-Ageing Serum as it’s packed with active antioxidant and anti-inflammatory ingredients that nourish the skin and help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
When you think about perfect couples no match is more “finish each other’s sentences” than NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and Radiant Creamy Concealer. The sheer, glowy coverage of the foundation gives you that got-your-back coverage while still allowing your skin to really be itself, hydrating and providing all-day wear. The concealer then swoops in to “love” your imperfections and help out with things like dark circles. Now that’s commitment!
Words by Romy ErdosJanuary 2019
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