Black Magic in Beauty



Black – the colour of power, mystery and rebellion – never seems to go out of style. And whether it’s because the days are getting shorter or the fact that Halloween is around the corner, even beauty brands are now embracing all things ebony.

It all started with the recent appropriation of activated charcoal for cosmetics use, the latest wonder ingredient credited with sucking up impurities and absorbing excess oil. The carbon-based powerhouse has been used in everything from primers and masks to cleansing balms and sheet masks.

More naturally sourced elements followed, including the antioxidant-rich black tea at the heart of Fresh’s anti-ageing skincare collection and the sap of black algae that gives Givenchy’s Le Soin Noir collection its revitalising properties and captivating hue. Nannette de Gaspé, newly launched at Lane Crawford, has even created a proprietary blend of black Tahitian pearl extracts, black-tea ferment and blackcurrant-seed oil to power its Art of Noir skincare collection.

Of course, black is also one of the essential colours when it comes to make-up and this season sees the introduction of chic, limited-edition products from a range of top brands. Don’t miss the selections from Clarins, Nars, Shiseido and other leading brands. As the luxury department store Neiman Marcus is credited with declaring: “Women who wear black lead colourful lives.”


Cool, cleanse and purify with the 100 percent-natural Black Mint Cleanser, which uses activated charcoal and rhassoul clay to wash away pollutants and peppermint and tea tree to wake up tired skin.

High shine and high pigment come together in a new collection of Hardwired Eyeshadows, including the long- wearing Night Breed shade of black with metallic glitter.

Environmental pollutants and free radicals don’t stand a chance against the new Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence, a leave-on treatment designed to soften, strengthen and brighten.

“Magnetically dark eyes” and ultra-long lashes are the look du jour at Clarins this season. Put your own spin on it with this limited-edition waterproof gel eyeliner and brush in deepest darkest black.

The third generation of the cult cream Le Soin Noir harnesses molecules from frozen “black sap of life” algae for even more powerful nourishing, revitalising and anti- ageing benefits.

Paying tribute to the holy ingredient of Byredo founder Ben Gorham’s mother’s homeland of India, Black Saffron combines top notes of saffron, pomelo and juniper berries with a heart of black violet.

Brimming with the brand’s exclusive black diamond truffle extract, Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Revitalizing Mask Noir comes with a custom brush to be used as a first step in the two-step treatment.

Rich in activated charcoal and volcanic-sand extract, the exfoliating Essence Noir Polish treats dryness, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores and uneven skin texture with concentrated enzyme complexes.