World Class Beauty
GIRLS FROM IPANEMA: Katia Del Bianco, beauty editor, Marie Claire Brazil
Brazilian women are very beauty- and body-conscious and value novelties - like cute packaging - as much as cutting-edge technologies. We prize pouty lips. One of my staples is Avon Batom Ultra Color Rich Extra Volume SPF 15, which tickles as it revs circulation, making lips fuller. My going-out-dancing gloss is Lancôme Color Fever, which is small enough to fit in my pocket. As great as our hot climate is, oily skin is part of the package. Fixes include Yves Saint Laurent Teint Parfait, an oil-free highlighter, and Yves Saint Laurent Touche éclat. Like so many naturally curly-haired Brazilians, I wear mine straight, thanks to L'Oréal Professionnel Texture Expert Superior Hold Gel. Keeping a fit figure is a must with our famously tiny bikinis. Anticellulite products, like Shiseido Body Creator Aromatic Sculpting Gel, are part of our daily beauty routines. And for perfume, Brazilians love to flirt with new options. My current fave is Prada Infusion D'Iris - light for the office, and stays fresh even if you're out all night.
F. Martin Ramin