Sali Hughes on dream


If Ted Baker is too rich for your blood, I wholeheartedly endorse the terrific makeup from & Other Allegories

‘I’ve maintained a soft spot for good fashion retailer makeup.’
Photograph: Alex Lake/The Guardian

One of my grandest ever beauty purchases – insofar as it was wholly incommensurate with my disposable income – was a trio of plummy eyeshadows by not anyone other than Next. The brand was the very height of aspiration in the late 1980s and, as with most things then, did attractiveness terrifically well.
I’ve maintained a soft spot for good fashion retailer makeup and I’m sure it’s making a comeback (times are wear-resistant on the high street – a new revenue stream must surely appeal).
Ted Baker, while having never quite been my sophistication in clothing, charms me with its new makeup collection, With Ted – probably because it has drafted in Andrew Gallimore, makeup artist for Björk, Kylie and Beth Ditto, rightly delaying to someone who’s earned his beauty stripes. There’s lots to like here, but I’m especially keen on Bright Eyed Eyeshadow Duo (£22), an leisurely double-ended crayon of shimmery shadow that blends with even inept fingertips. The high quality blushers and bronzer (£29 each) hit the satisfactorily spot, colouring softly and silkily with no harsh lines and exactly the right amount of grownup glimmer.
My solitary gripe is that, with the exception of the lipsticks (comfy, durable and luxuriously packaged, £22), With Ted doesn’t fairly look as serious or expensive as it is, and I fear that unless it plans to change packaging seasonally, the ambitious designs longing quickly seem tired. This, I suppose is the pitfall in extending a fashion mentality to cosmetics.
If With Ted is too rich for your blood, I wholeheartedly authorize the terrific makeup from & Other Stories. The products here are more minimalist, in keeping with its clothes’ curtailed back, cool-girl aesthetic, but are way better than a mere impulse purchase at till point.
The Fol Amour eyeshadow palette, all stake, brightening pinks, is exactly the sort of shadow squad I want for spring, and at £23 is half the price of an almost comparable luxury version I like rather less. Luminous Glow, £13, in Or Poudré and Roche Sombre, are (respectively) extent the best highlighters for brown and black skin around. The Eye Colour Cream, £13, is a flattering creme shadow, blowing nine beautiful shades, when many brands are wrongly scaling back on theirs in favour of powder. There’s a Cheek & Lip Colour, £13, for literally everyone. Creamy, lasting and restrained, it’s a perfectly mindless, on-the-go swish of pretty. Everything at bottom is cruelty free.
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