At the end of a year abundant with fabulous firsts and unrivalled innovation, we bring you 2017’s best in beauty...
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Scent Of The Year: Gabrielle Chanel eau de parfum, £79
'When Chanel launches their first new olfactory offering in 15 years (the hiatus has seen the reincarnation of existing fragrance franchises like Allure and Chance), it's big news. Named after Gabrielle Chanel herself and crafted by master perfumer Oliver Polge, this beauty of a brew is crafted as an imaginary "Chanel" flower using tuberose, orange blossom and ylang ylang. Wear it on both skin and clothes.'
Hair Hero: Pantene pro-V 3 Minute Miracle repair & protect conditioner, £2.99
'The promise of better hair in three minutes always appeals, but it wasn't until we slathered this on that we fell head over heels. Turns out, not all conditioners are created equal... "Smart Technology" in this one means repairing actives like antioxidants and lipids are released only where needed along the hair shaft, while any excess is rinsed cleanly away.'
Best New Product For Dark Skin: Epara, £45
'Launched by Ozohu Adoh, a Nigerian-born ex accountant, Epara is the first luxe skincare brand targeting women of colour and its arrival caused considerable celebration this year. "The market was not addressing our needs," explains Adoh. "Due to higher levels of melanin, typical problems present differently in darker skin tones. Uneven skin tone caused by hormonal issues or acne scarring can take much longer to heal." The now best-selling and seriously high-achieving organic line includes cleansers, a mask, serums and an eye cream.'
Best Brow Groomer: Glossier Boy Brow
'With this beauty on hand, creating brilliant brows needn't be a laborious three-product process. Smooth, dense pigments cling on to existing hairs for a thicker look, while beeswax holds them in place without feeling flaky or stiff. Hello wow brows.'
The Budget Beauty Fix: l’oréal sublime bronze overnight elixir night for face & body, £14.99
'The tan commandments say dehydrated skin is the nemesis of a perfect glow, so we were thrilled when this innovative tanning hero arrived. Because skin loses up to four times more water at night, those clever bods at L'Oréal Paris added hyaluronic acid, meaning that this product waves bye-bye to patchy colour. We loved how quickly it absorbed and our sheets were white come morning.'
Best Eye Enhancer: Pat McGrath Mothership palette ii, £95.25
'International make-up sensation Pat McGrath puts her 25 years of make-up experience into this iconic eyeshadow palette. It's a cool, cult edit of 10 mesmerising and insanely saturated shades that should be swiped on with abandon. Just add a dash of water to ramp up the molten effect.'
Most Lust-Worthy Lipstick: Nars Powermatte lip pigment in paint, £23
'I love the look of a matte lip. Not so much the drying effect. is formula paints on like a gloss, dries matte, but maintains the flexibility of a balm, so you get that velvety effect minus the uncomfortable aftermath. Seriously clever stuff.'
Ultimate Skincare Staple: Lancôme advance génifique sensitive youth activating + sensitive soothing dual concentrate, £59
'This probiotic-packed upgrade of the iconic serum was an instant hit with the sensitive- skinned souls at Grazia HQ. Socking a serious anti-ageing punch thanks to a potent antioxidant complex, it's the soothing probiotic element that helps to sooth stressed skin over its 30-day course.'
Hair Styling Saviour: GHD contour professional crimper, £95
'Curls, kinks and crimped textures were huge news on this year's runways, so the launch of these stylers from GHD couldn't have come at a better time. Not to be confused with the teenybopper crimpers of yesteryear, these multi- dimensional plates use ceramic heat technology to add texture or stealth volume (simply crimp the undersections where you need added oomph).'
The Pro-Finish Polish: Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit, £34
'Find manicure salons too spenny? This super-cute portable LED lamp will save you loads! Plug it into your laptop, get painting – the polish combines a base coat, colour and topcoat in one – and let the lamp do the setting. Expect high shine, pro-finish tips that last at least a week.'
Most Exciting Skin Tech: Charlotte Tilbury instant Magic facial dry sheet mask, £18
'Supercharged skin in 15 minutes? Don't mind if we do. This revolutionary dry mask has tech bursting from its seams. High doses of active ingredients are imprinted on to the mask and powered into the epidermis with a unique delivery system that works for up to eight hours to smooth, reduce wrinkles, brighten, lift and hydrate. Expect an instantly glowing face.'
Best Innovative Mascara: Dior Diorshow pump ’n’ volume, £22.50
'This unique mascara from Dior realised our desire for creating XXL lashes this year. Before applying, simply squeeze the flexible tube to warm the formula and load its insanely bouncy brush. After, sweep on two or three layers and witness lashes stretched to unseen lengths with not a clump in sight. Hurrah!'
Best Full Coverage Foundation: Clarins pore perfecting mattifying foundation, £28
'Because full-coverage needn't mean full-on coverage... Yep, gone are the days of looking like you're wearing a foundation mask, thanks to the clever so -focus pearls in this lightweight yet brilliantly perfecting base. The addition of skin-nourishing plant extracts means that it left our skin looking flawless and feeling velvety-soft without the associated dryness.'
Breakthrough Brand: Fenty beauty, from £8
'With a belief that make-up is the ultimate means of self- expression and after years of experimenting with the world's best beauty offerings, Rihanna launched a make-up line "so that women everywhere would be included", focusing on the best formulations and traditionally hard-to-match skin tones. Thereafter ensued sell-out international success and days –no weeks – of round-the-block queues. Quite rightly, because this stuff rocks!'
Most Flattering Lightweight Base: MAC next to nothing face colour, £27
'I am forever seeking out foundations that look and feel like I'm wearing nothing. This overachieves in every way. Sure, there are nourishing ingredients, a blurring microsphere and featherweight texture, but all you really need to know is that your face will look bare – but just better.'