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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.

The 10 Best beauty under £10

We’re all feeling the pinch at this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reboot the contents of your beauty bag

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

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.

Pic of the Day: Dust reigns at the hell of the north

A huge cloud of dust rises as the Paris-Roubaix peloton crosses one of the many cobbled lanes that make up the legendary race's route. 'The Hell of the North', as it is known, was won yesterday by the Belgian Johan Vansummeren, who upset the favourite and defending champion Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland to steal victory.

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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.

Kurt Cobain's favourites The Vaselines' kiss and make up

It almost feels like the subtitle for our band should be 'The Vaselines: As Endorsed By Nirvana'," says Eugene Kelly. "But we can't avoid that, it's part of our history. If it wasn't for Kurt Cobain we'd be just another group who released a couple of singles and an album, then disappeared into obscurity."