ROME REMEDIES: Antonella Bussi, beauty editor, Marie Claire Italy Italians are born with a strong sense of aesthetics, which we cultivate in design, art, fashion - and on our faces. Full makeup - strong eyes and lips - is making a comeback. I love red lipstick from Chanel and black Lancôme Cils Design Pro mascara. A few drops of Chanel Pro Lumière Professional Finish Makeup SPF 15 perfects skin and keeps it matte all day long. Thick, wavy hair comes with the territory here, and one terrific way of taming it is with an Italian product, Davines MOMO Moisturizing Anti-Aging Daily Cream hair masque. Its super-nourishing ingredients - jojoba oil, rice protein, and walnut extract - are all-natural. Italians adore Mediterranean scents like fig and bergamot. I love Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Shower Gel and Diptyque Phylosykos perfume.
F. Martin Ramin
AFRICAN QUEENS: Helen Clemson, beauty editor, Marie Claire South Africa Because of the limited access we have to products here, most women are mass-brand loyalists. You'll often hear someone say, "I'm a real Revlon girl." But imports are arriving quickly. I've just become obsessed with MAC Eye Shadow Frost in Satin Taupe and L'Oreal Paris Telescopic Mascara in Carbon Black. Most women are more into haircare than makeup, though. For thinning hair, shampoos containing rooibos, a plant indigenous to South Africa, add body. I also use Nioxin's range of care and styling products. When the air gets drier in late spring (this month), the most effective moisturizers are Clarins HydraQuench Cream for Normal to Dry Skin and Kiehl's Creme de Corps. And it's naturally very fragrant here, so soft, sensual musky scents work best. Narciso Rodriguez for Her fits the bill.
F. Martin Ramin