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The Beauty Edit

Prada Is The Latest Luxury Fashion House To Launch Into Beauty

The biggest fashion houses are not only known for their beautiful collections – many offer enticing beauty lines too.

From makeup to fragrance and skincare, the best beauty products from luxury fashion houses allow you to complete your look and provide a more accessible way to purchase something from your favourite brand.

This is our curated guide to the best beauty buys from luxury fashion houses to add to your wish list.



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Prada is the latest luxury fashion house to launch a full beauty collection and, perhaps predictably, the statement pieces have fast become must-have items for beauty insiders. The eye-catching art deco-inspired packaging is instantly covetable, and it’s also refillable, as a chic way to increase your beauty regime’s eco-credentials.

As for what to add to your wish list, the foundation has been getting a lot of excited reviews, with a 33-shade offering and soft matte finish that makes it seem like you’re not wearing coverage, while still instantly blurring away blemishes. But if you want to invest in just one thing, make it a signature red lipstick. The formula is long-lasting enough that you won’t need to reapply, though you probably won’t be able to resist reaching into your makeup bag to do so, even if only to show the chic shades to your friends.



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The number 5 may just be as synonymous with Chanel as monochrome or intercrossing Cs – such is the vitality behind the fashion house’s classic fragrance and the tale behind its creation. So the story goes, Chanel No.5 is so named as it was the fifth iteration tried by perfumer Ernest Beaux that Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel fell in love with.

The powdery feminine floral, with its heart of jasmine and lily of the valley, can also claim to be the first floral-aldehyde fragrance. Able to add both an airy softness to the florals and heighten the scent’s overall projection, the overdose of aldehydes among the top notes make this fragrance instantly recognisable and a signature scent that will never go out of style.



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Beauty editors often talk about the ‘classic red lip’ and there’s now a wealth of options to help achieve it. But the classic red lipstick arguably belongs to Dior Rouge 999. An iconic blue-red tone which pops on all skin tones, the satin finish allows for both a smooth appearance on your lips and impressive longevity.

The devil though, is truly in the details. The formula is now enriched with red peony and pomegranate flower extracts for a nourishing feel, and is encased in refillable packaging for a small step forward in the sustainability of your beauty routine. Plus, the signature band, featuring the CD initials, is an echo to the fitted waists of the House’s runway look.



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Known for exceptional tailoring and pushing boundaries in fashion, it’s no wonder that Tom Ford creates equally well-balanced and impactful fragrances. With names as striking as the scents themselves – including Rose Prick and F*cking Fabulous – Black Orchid is an industry-wide icon. You can guarantee the scent will delight with its heady spicy floral aroma that really lasts on the skin.

Our beauty editor’s favourite holiday perfume for travel is also a Tom Ford classic, Private Blend Soleil Blanc. The smell of coconut and white florals will transport you to a tropical paradise in a single spritz.




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The makeup offering from Victoria Beckham Beauty goes far beyond helping you simply mirror some of the fashion designer’s iconic looks – although the Satin Kajal Liner does provide VB’s once iconic smoky eye makeup with ease. In fact, the collection offers a chic and ever-growing range of easy-to-use essentials to upgrade your cosmetics case, from smooth, high-pigment lip colours to the new eyeshadow sticks, to cover all occasions.

A clever collaboration with leading skincare brand Augustinus Bader, in the form of a glow-boosting priming moisturiser, is also a standout. As is the fact that the designer has long championed sustainability, with a minimalist approach to ingredient lists as well as minimal plastic and recycled and recyclable packaging for all the products.



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One of the latest luxury fashion designers to enter the beauty realm, Stella McCartney’s skincare line embodies the planet-conscious mindset that has long defined her fashion house. The range is vegan and cruelty-free, with all the formulas designed to nourish and care for the skin. That means it’s wonderful for stressed-out complexions; or anyone who has overused exfoliation or retinoids in their routine of late.

A key standout is the Alter Care Serum, which contains a host of natural ingredients, including protective, antioxidant-rich lingonberry extract, olive squalane and hyaluronic acid to soothe and smooth your skin. Plus, if you are flying soon, stock up on the Travel Essentials set to keep your complexion fresh while you’re in the air.




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From perfume to makeup and skincare, Armani Beauty covers all your beauty needs and is our recommendation for your next big event, because it’s such a confidence-boosting array of products. In particular, the brand’s Luminous Silk Foundation, available in 40 shades, is a multi-award winning foundation for a reason. Its lightweight oil-free coverage perfects uneven tone and redness, with a glow-boosting finish that’s flattering in all lights. You can colour match for your shade online too.

Complete your look with a spritz of Armani Si Passione – a joy-inspiring rose scent that is sure to get you compliments  – and a swipe of Lip Power Long Wear Lipstick in a glossy nude or impactful red. Both will last throughout your networking.



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If any fashion house proves that makeup is the ultimate luxury accessory it’s Valentino and we mean that literally. A true standout, the beautiful lightweight face powder compact from the beauty line is modelled like a clutch bag, so you can actually wear it – both as a statement piece and to touch-up your makeup.

The compact and the rest of the line, which includes refillable lipsticks and a foundation that was developed based on the feedback of over 5000 women across every continent (so you can trust that it’s good), is even more covetable due to the brand’s iconic red and gold colouring and a satisfying heavy click on close. It’s the type of makeup you can’t help but take out of your makeup bag to show off in public.



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Hermès demonstrates how makeup packaging can truly be an art form: you’ll be pulled in by the gorgeous Art Deco cases and stay for the highly pigmented shades across the nail lacquers and lipsticks.

What also sets the brand apart is the uniqueness but still wearability of the colours. You can find inky green and purple polishes that warm all skin tones in a swipe – no wonder they are our recommendation for summer holiday mani-pedis. The wide selection of off-reds, pinks and orange-browns for your lips provide signature shades that feel fresh and subtly different from what everyone else is wearing too, in both satin and matte finishes. Plus, there’s a really good lip balm as well, if you are in the market for a little luxury.



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For anyone dreaming of getting married with a pair of Jimmy Choos on their feet and a matching clutch in their hand, the brand has a range of whimsical fragrances that can also provide the signature scent for your big day and beyond.

The epitome of light, big bouquet fragrances, there’s options for scents that transport you to busy floral fields, alongside skin-nuzzling vanilla aromas and warming but not overpowering ouds. The pinky neutral lip colours are a makeup artist-recommended bridal bag addition too, for their ability to subtly define and warm your complexion.



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Gucci is another luxury fashion house that has mastered beauty products that you want to have as much as collectibles as functional joy-inspiring makeup pieces. Encased in five different patterned packaging – from traditional florals to statement metallic golds – the vast array of lipstick textures and colours in the line up is seriously impressive. That’s because they are designed to encourage creativity and self-expression, just like the fashion house itself.
Aside from lipsticks, the fashion house also has covetable makeup compacts for blush and bronzer, as well as a fragrance line that uses only the most precious of ingredients. Yet, the true standout is arguably the L’Obscur mascara. The long thin wand can reach to even the shortest of your hairs, and the jet black formula brings buildable length and volume by fanning out your lashes.



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Nothing pulls your look together before a big business meeting more than a spritz of a bold yet not overpowering scent and Hugo Boss’ collections for men and women are as well-tailored as their workwear.

The Boss Alive fragrance is the perfect balance between femininity and ‘what are you wearing’ noticeability, with sweet gourmand top notes of apple and vanilla invigorating a heart of Indian Jasmine Sambac and a balancing light woody trail. Boss Bottled Parfum is the one you’ll want to steal from the men in your life. The combination of woods, spices and leather is a confidence boost in a bottle that doesn’t lay heavy in the air or on the skin.


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