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How To Be Beautiful: Tried and trusted products

Beauty, like fashion, feeds on novelty only to a certain extent. Cosmetics' shades and textures change seasonally with the clothes they accompany on the catwalks, but in the same way that there are some things in your wardrobe that thankfully stay pretty much the same year-in, year-out (the classic white tee, a trench coat, your pants… that kind of thing), there are a few essentials in your make-up bag that rarely alter.

The fashion experts: The best lip balms

Sometimes it seems that the world can be divided into two types of people – those who can live without lip balm and those who can't. I'm firmly in the second camp – and never more so than in the deep midwinter, when icy winds and drying central heating conspire to shred my lips.

How To Be Beautiful: Tinted moisturisers

Ask any supermodel or film star to list the contents of their off-duty make-up bag, and you can be certain that tinted moisturiser will get a mention, usually as part of an emphatically minimal kit. Understandable, of course, that anyone whose job demands wearing a tonne of slap should want to scale it back on days off. But the (slightly smug) subtext is that if you've lucked out with your genetic make-up, there's not a lot more that needs doing: cosmetic featherweights, such as tinted moisturiser, will suffice. Conversely, we mere mortals often reach for the full-on foundation bottle in the belief that only heavy-duty help will do.

Say no to the scalpel

So you'd never have a facelift – but what about a little 'help'? The newest hi-tech, non-invasive treatments can have dramatic effects – but not all of them are for the fainthearted

Album: Guillemots, Walk the River (Polydor)

Strange days for Guillemots, with frontman Fyfe Dangerfield now a top-10 pop star in his own right (albeit via a Billy Joel cover and John Lewis ad), but the band's third album ought to see their collective profile edge ahead.

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Carola Long: Laura Mercier Bonne Mine palette

French-born make-up guru Laura Mercier is renowned for products that create a natural, but polished finish and her new Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Palette For Face and Cheeks really does deliver a fresh, lightly sunkissed look.