By Sali Hughes
Think a sheen works only on teens? Think again
A glossy face, while gorgeous on catwalks or in photographs, is usually the result of a makeup artist dabbing a heavy emollient on a model’s complexion for the fleeting moments it must stay in place, and is a look I’ve rarely worn in real life. This is partly because an oily sheen is by its nature ephemeral, but also because I find high shine ageing on all but the very young (powder gets an unfair rap: a judiciously placed dusting over chin, forehead and nose is broadly a good thing).
Chanel’s brilliant new Baume Essentiel stick (£33, 8g) solves both problems. It comes in two finishes, transparent – self explanatory – and “sculpting”, which is misleading since it suggests a contouring product. In fact, the latter is a subtle, glossy, oyster-pink sheen, slight enough for all skin tones and devoid of adolescent spangle. I’ve been using it almost daily on cheekbones and eyelids, enhanced with nothing but mascara. It delivers lots of moisture but just enough dewiness (think a five-minute walk, not a 15-minute steam room) and stays put: I top up no more than once, if my day is merging into an evening out.