Jane’s Addiction: Spring Is Here

What W’s Beauty Director, Jane Larkworthy, is hooked on this month.


W’s Beauty Editor, Katie Becker, has positively pillowy lips, which makes her an ideal guinea pig for the newest lipsticks. Here, her take. Givenchy Le Rouge in Mandarine Boléro (on her, $36,

“I like its feel and fresh orange-red hue—and it comes in a chic leather case!” Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lipstick in Pastille Violet ($24, “I’m counting on getting stopped on the street and asked about this surprisingly flattering vibrant purple, which is made with food-grade ingredients.” Estée Lauder Limited Edition Pure Color Sheer Rush Lipshine in Hot Fuse (far right, $26, “It’s practically as translucent as lip balm, so I don’t need a mirror to apply it, and the berry color is ultraversatile.”


We tend to think of old hair as gray hair, but the years show up in other ways, too: thinning, dullness, coarser texture. So far, I’ve been hit only with the color change—and I intend to keep it that way. I treat my locks to Pantene Expert Collection AgeDefy Rejuvenating Hydration Masque ($13, a few times a week. It’s packed with three different silicones to strengthen and protect. I’ve also been impressed with Kérastase’s new Initialiste ($60,, which contains essential fatty acids, ceramides, and green tea extract to fortify hair. Like a skin serum, it’s also meant to enhance the results of products applied over it. I like using it alone, actually, and it gets bonus points for preventing one hair woe that knows no age: rainy-day frizz.


It drives me nuts when a designer I adore doesn’t have a scent. Happily, that can no longer be said of Dries Van Noten (left,) who worked with perfume genius Frédéric Malle (right) on Dries Van Noten par Frédéric Malle ($185, “There’s a bit of patchouli,” says Malle of the sandalwood-based brew. “But not dirty patchouli—very high-end patchouli.”


Known for its upscale cleaning products, Caldrea is now launching a body line! I’m loving its Aloe Water Apricot Body Crème ($28,


Attention, fragrance monogamists! If you dabble with a subtly tweaked version of your go-to spritz, it’s not really cheating. Five designers give you the option (from left): Balenciaga Paris L’Eau Rose rounds out the original scent’s signature violet note with cedar and cypress ($90, Dolce & Gabbana Desire contains the same mandarin-and-floral blend as its predecessor, the One, but vanilla-tinged caramel gives warmth ($79, Givenchy Dahlia Noir L’Eau lightens up Dahlia Noir’s sandalwood-and-patchouli profile with neroli and peony ($84, Valentina Assoluto is a more sultry version of its floral forebear, thanks to the addition of mossy chypre and patchouli ($88, Bottega Veneta Eau Légère doubles up on the gardenia in Tomas Maier’s first patchouli- and peppercorn-heavy BV creation, dialing down the intensity ($90,

Photos: Illustrations by Cecilia Carlstedt; still lifes photographed by Tim Hout; Larkworthy: Victoria Will; all other images courtesy of Jane Larkworthy