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The festive season's a busy and tiring time which can take its toll on your skin. Cover up dark circles and blemishes with these clever concealers

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Mistletoe and wine

Take inspiration from Sir Cliff for your beauty look this season, with berry lips that are as bold as you like, says Rebecca Gonsalves

The 10 best beauty gift sets

Cheap and cheerful or a luxurious treat, there are perfectly packaged stocking fillers to suit every budget and age

How to be beautiful: Bright eyes

Bright colour on the eyes is tricky, even for the committed cosmetics-wearer.

The fashion experts: Smellies in crackers

The world of beauty may already have Christmas gifting wrapped up in the form of sets of smellies, but a host of brands has also branched out into crackers to ensure lunch goes off with a bang. Instead of flinging the usual cheap plastic keyrings into the nooks and crannies of your dining room, there are skincare and beauty miniatures to please the most discerning of guests.

Amy Winehouse portrait acquired by National Portrait Gallery

Marlene Dumas' Amy-Blue goes on display from today

She might be 40, but Hello Kitty is one cool cat

For a cat who's nearing 40, Hello Kitty shows no signs of slowing down – something her global legions of fans will surely be pleased about.

The 10 Best lipsticks

Whether going for a look that is glamorous or gothic, these colourful lippies will have you all smiles for the party season ahead

Postcard from... Barcelona

The sounds of barbers' scissors busily clipping away and the reek of nail varnish remover invaded Barcelona's most emblematic central square, the Plaza de Catalunya, earlier this week in an unusual – but popular – demonstration of public solidarity with those struggling in Spain's worst recession since the 1950s.

Molten metallics

When it comes to beauty, forget about red, white and blue and take inspiration from the medal winners

How To Be Beautiful: Coloured mascaras

Just as the couture catwalks aren't the best place to scout for a new wardrobe (unless your budget ends in six zeroes), the make-up that complements the super-luxe clothes enjoys an equally tenuous relation to the everyday.

Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint SPF15, £21, johnlewis.com

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.

Beauty: The best make-up brushes

1. Lip brush

How do you know what to try?

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

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