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This Beyonce-approved eye primer just got a major upgrade

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We like to look at change as a good thing, so when our go-to products get a revamp we are all ears. Here are a few of our favourite re-imagined classics.

You know an eyeshadow primer’s a winner when it can withstand dance routines as sassy as Beyonce’s. NARS Smudge-Proof Eye Primer Base, £20, is the Run the World singer’s pre-show weapon. It’s a silicone-based primer that’s won countless awards for its superior melt-proofing powers and ability to make a shadow pop. 

Her make-up artist Sir John even trusted the product to keep her eyes on lockdown for her Coachella performance earlier this year. And just when we thought we couldn’t love the super-buy any more, the brains over at NARS have only gone and upgraded it.

But fellow devotees, fear not, the tried-and-tested formula – that made an appearance at the Rodarte SS19 show – hasn’t changed. There are now four tints joining the translucent original – a spectrum of shades that are particularly genius if you’re prone to uneven skin tone or redness. Expect sufficient pigment to disguise while remaining sheer enough to avoid altering your chosen eye shadow colour. 

It’s not the only cult buy that’s recently been given a re-spin, though. Look out for the new-gen versions of these icons, too…

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £16.50: Poppy Delevingne’s favourite

Reinvented classics

What constitutes a beauty legend? How about 125 industry awards? A bottle selling every 15 seconds? They’re the kind of accolades this creamy formula has under its belt – not to mention fans like Holly Willoughby and model Poppy. Paired with the muslin cloth, the cleanser banishes make-up while smoothing and nourishing. In the past, it’s taken on alternative guises with limited edition scents but the latest incarnation – Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Body Gentle Mitt Cleanser, £19 – is the most forward-thinking yet. Thanks to a blend of oils and the accompanying exfoliating glove, limbs are left soft and hydrated. And, yes, THAT signature eucalyptus scent’s still there.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Body Gentle Mitt Cleanser, £19 (left) and Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £16.50 (right)

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, £29: Victoria Beckham’s pick

When ‘naturally matte’ is the order of the day, it’s this ultra-finely-milled powder that make-up artists, like Patrick Ta, turn to. It’s even been spied on VB’s pre-shoot make-up table. The lightest veil keeps shine at bay without a hint of caking. Prefer a radiant finish? Meet Laura Mercier Setting Powder Glow, £29, – a more luminous rendition that works just as well swirled all over as it does targeted on cheekbones. 

Laura Mercier Setting Powder Glow, £29, (left) Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder Translucent, £29, (right)

Bio-Oil, £8.99: supermodel-loved oil

Another super-sell-out, this has won over 300 industry gongs. We’re not surprised. It’s made an appearance in everyone’s bathroom cabinet at some point. Following years of research the oil, that pledges to improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks, has a new high-science sister in the form of Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel, £4.99. It feels just like a lightweight jelly but comes loaded with humectants like urea, hyaluronic acid and glycerin for a serious dose of moisture. It’s a smart winter buy if you find traditional oils too greasy.

Bio-Oil Dry Skin Gel, £4.99, (right) Bio-Oil £8.99

Ardell Demi Wispies, £4.95: Adele’s go-to

Ardell falsies are as much of a red carpet mainstay as a flashback make-up disaster, just ask the devotees including Adele and Lady Gaga. For an amped-up aesthetic, make-up artists often stack two pairs or pop several individuals over the top of a strip. Saving you dosh and faff in equal measures, the new Ardell Studio Effects, £6.49 for a pair, come pre-layered. Like the original, the Demi Wispies version give an elongated, feline shape with fullness at the outer corners. Choose the Wispies alternative if you favour a wide-eyed look – the extra individuals have been placed at the center, instead.

Ardell Studio Effects, £6.49, (left) Ardell Demi Wispies,  £5.49 (right)

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