With spring imminent and winter having firmly left the building, March is a good time to transition to a newer, brighter skincare, makeup and perfume repertoire. With new formulations, better delivery methods and higher standards of efficacy, there’s so much in the beauty world to be excited for this month. Whether you’re in the market for a game-changing retinol, an intoxicating floral scent or an eyeshadow palettethat’ll really let you play—we’ve curated the best from new beauty releases for you to choose from. Scroll ahead to find out how you can amp up your routine, starting now
Pick personalised skincare potions
Clinique iD, Rs 3,800
Fresh out of Clinique laboratories is a concoction that tries to build a bridge between customisation, constant nourishment needs and serious skin issues. How it works: You pick your hydration base according to your skin type (jelly, lotion or an oil-free gel). Combine it with their five active cartridges based on your primary skin concern—from irritation and uneven texture to fatigue and wrinkles. With 15 possible combinations, this time we’re letting our skin decide for itself.
Use retinol right
Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules, Rs 5,510
The queen of all skin solutions—from uneven skin tone to wrinkles—retinol isn’t going anywhere, but it’s important to use it in the right amount and in its freshest form. Arden is making that possible with its Retinol Ceramide Capsules that hold just enough product for a single use—so you squeeze it at its optimal potency and let your skin soak it in. We’re more than happy to pop these kind of happy pills into our purses, guilt-free.
Let science back nature
Clarins Extra-Firming Jour, Rs 5,200
The Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream is a blend of…
Oats: It’s full of vitamins and minerals that help moisturise skin, while the grain’s sugars firm it up.
Shea: Shea butter is extremely rich in unsaponifiables— the component of vegetable oils with the most antioxidants, which help keep skin supple. These natural ingredients together help smoothen skin and boost its youthfulness, while science brings them to you in a jar!
Beat the dry spell with the right haircare
René Furterer Karité Hydra Shine Mask, Rs 1,700
Through great, not-so-good, and so-bad-I’ll-stay-in-today hair days, dehydration never ceases to come back. You style, you spray, you snip—and while strands withstand it all, the burden shows at the end of a day when the dull and dry scream for attention. René Furterer heard those cries and bottled up shea oil with their restructuring complex cimentrio in their new range. It strengthens hair’s protective barrier and prevents water loss. Next step? Bring on those styling tools!
Sisterhood of the travelling scents
Gucci Bloom Acqua di Fiori EDP (100ml), Rs 8,550; Memo Paris Tiger’s Nest EDP (75ml), Rs 18,700
Two of our favourites play olfactory odes to mountains, meadows and exotic flora from India and beyond.
Flowers of south India: With Acqua di Fiori, Gucci Bloom goes green, as green galbanum and delicate cassis buds add dewiness to the signature floral. The Rangoon creeper sourced from south India marries tuberose and jasmine, teleporting us to a lush garden of blooms both dainty and heady.
Valleys of Bhutan: Named and inspired by the Bhutanese mountaintop monastery, Tiger’s Nest by Memo Paris is an intense blend of absinthe oil, saffron, amber and incense, with soft touches of rose, vanilla and ylang ylang. Spritz the scent and shut your eyes right after—it might transport you to the sacred space where temple vibrations and the aroma of incense and amber linger the air.
Smashbox L.A Cover Shot Eye Palette, Rs 6,500
From a bold technicolour canvas to subtle shimmer on your inner corners, this eyeshadow palette lets you create more looks than the dos you have RSVP-ed for. Here’s how we’re wearing it.
Tip #1: Give boring black a boot and use a deep purple for an exaggerated shiny winged eye.
Image: Getty, Anna Sui
Tip #2: Dust a lot of glittering gold in your inner corners and a little all over your lids.
Image: Getty, Esteban Cortazar
Tip #3: Mix and match your favourite colours for a poppy statement eye.
Image: Getty, Temperley London
Tip #4: This shimmery peachy nude makes for a great daytime smoky.