Ten essential vintage and retro beauty products Benefit – High Beam Created in 1976 by twins Jean and Jane, the Benefit brand fused their beauty knowledge with a wacky sense of humour. Their answers to a gal’s ultimate beauty dilemmas resulted in wonder products like luminescent complexion enhancer, High Beam. The ‘Supermodel in a bottle’ gives even the dullest, tired skin a radiant, dewy glow. Perfect for the morning after the party. You’ll look more like you’ve been power-walking, than power-napping. £16.50 www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk Chanel – No 5 Chanel’s first ever fragrance needs no introduction. If we were to recommend one vintage perfume, it would have to be Chanel No. 5, which Coco first introduced in 1921. Five was Coco’s lucky number so no surprise it’s estimated that a bottle of the sophisticated Jasmine-infused best seller is sold worldwide every 30 seconds. $155 for 0.50oz of perfume. www.chanel.com YSL – Touché Éclat Yves Saint Laurent’s brilliant instant highlighter, Touché Éclat rivals Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream in the miracle stakes, claiming to be ‘eight hours of sleep in a pen.’ If you can’t afford to wear YSL, then this is the perfect handbag-sized piece of luxury. The cream gives a miraculous glow to the complexion, so use liberally around the eyes, chin and sides of nose. You’ll see the effect much more if you apply over foundation or powder rather than relying on as a concealer. A little pick me up! $40. www.yslbeautyus.com 2 Responses lindsay May 22nd, 2011 ive always been into 40s and 50s pinups and old hollywood glamour and am always looking for cool vintage inspired beauty products. i have ALOT of these-the benefit bathina, the besame lipstick, cold cream (ponds, not boots), as well as coty airspun powder and some soap and glory and glamourflage items. i feel like rita hayworth when i use them! lindsay September 1st, 2011 awesome list! i have quite a few of the products you mentioned, including the benefit bathina, besame (lipstick, not compact) and the elizabeth arden 8 hr cream with the vintage1950s packaging. i also use cold cream but pond’s brand.