Make way for the best-in-class makeup, skincare and haircare of the year. All tried, tested, spritzed and sprayed by Team DARE


Jo Hoare, editorial director

Sanctuary Spa Ultra Rich Wet Skin Moisture Miracle

A combination of laziness, being in a rush and not wanting to hang around naked and cold means I used to skip body moisturiser… until I discovered this game-changer that you can apply in the shower.

INC.redible Lid Slick Eye Pigment in Kinda Care Kinda Don’t

High-impact, super-pigmented, true gold
– it’s not easy to pack this much punch into a metallic shadow, but this little beauty manages just that. Use one layer for everyday wear or build up for a full-on foil effect.

Flower Beauty Light Illusion Luminous Makeup

Performing as well as foundations three times the price, this gives enough coverage for bad-skin days while still maintaining a lovely, natural-looking glow.

Natalie Ticehurst, deputy editor

Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon in Laugh Louder

When I don’t want to do a full face, I can’t get enough of these child’s-play crayons – just line and fill your lips for high-impact colour that lasts all day.

Pantene Gold Series Sulfate Free Shampoo

A thrice-weekly blow-dry habit means my delicate, naturally curly hair needs maximum moisture. This free-from-sulphates shampoo is formulated for Afro textures and leaves thirsty curls, kinks and coils shiny and smooth.

Avène B-Protect SPF50+

I’m evangelical about using SPF50 on my face every day, whatever the weather (it’s one of the best derm-approved ways to stave off wrinkles). This non-greasy formula comes with a fit-to-you tint, so I can skip foundation but still look put together.

Mollie Hammond, beauty writer

L’Oréal Paris Glow Chérie Natural Glow Enhancer in Medium

A multipurpose glow-getter, which I mix in with my foundation as well as adding to the high points of my face. My skin instantly appears healthier, more radiant and revived.

B. Bronzing Gradual Express Pre-Shower Tan

I’m our resident fake-tan expert, and I’m not exaggerating when I say I’ve tried them ALL. This allows you to achieve a post-holiday glow all year round simply by applying just before showering. Talk about convenience!

Revolution Pro New Neutral Luxe Shadow Palette

I’m all about having a select group of makeup buys, but this beauty certainly made the cut. I can easily create desk-to-date-night looks with just one palette. 

Annie Whitfield, beauty team coordinator

Superdrug Vitamin C Detox Skincare Super Booster

I’m a sucker for any form of skincare that contains vitamin C. It’s a staple in my everyday routine and a secret weapon for keeping my skin looking refreshed without makeup. This booster is my all-time favourite daily fix.

Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Foundation

Lightweight but full coverage? I’m sold. As if that’s not enough, this foundation has perfected the balance of a dewy, yet not too shiny, base. Add in SPF50 and I’m in awe.

Revolution Skincare Hydration Boost Lightweight Hydrating Gel Cream

After deciding to convert to a gel moisturiser a few years ago, I have made my way through a few potential suitors. But I think I’ve found The One. This is cooling, contains hyaluronic acid (great for lasting hydration) and is less than £10.

Sam Turner, advertising director

L’Oréal Men Expert Charcoal Tissue Mask

My fiancée picked this up for me and I’m now hooked. It mops up excess shine, seems to shrink pores and softens skin at the same time. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for post-beer skin.

B. Men Volcanic Cleansing 4 in 1 Wash

Although working at DARE has upped my grooming game, the fact is, I’m still a minimalist in the bathroom. I like products with more than one purpose, such as this 4-in-1 wash, which cleanses the face, beard, hair and body. It’s my post-gym must-have.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Eau de Toilette, 75ml

I’m all for a signature scent, and this has become my go-to for special events and date nights. It’s masculine, with a hint of citrussy bergamot, which cuts through the coconut wood. Spritz and wait for the compliments to roll in.

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