A host of new lines, wild colours and brands with an almost cult following are spicing up the local beauty scene. Whether you are after the funky shades (lavender eyeliner and teal-blue nail polish) preferred by Japanese hipsters and made by niche brands, or prefer the cool, classy offerings of big cosmetic companies, the summer offers plenty of opportunities to refresh your make-up drawer. New to Hong Kong is a line from French fashion house Ted Lapidus - but do not let the brand's couture origins fool you. The cosmetics line, called 'Fou d'Elle', is produced in Japan and targeted at young Asians; colours are blazing, the packaging is cute and prices are modest (between $38 and $78). Also creating a stir on the beauty front is a product from hip American brand Urban Decay. 'Urban FX' is a blend of pulverised holographic film and crystalline micro-glitter, designed to be mixed with make-up to bring a layer of dazzle. Fans sprinkle it in lip gloss, hair gel, body powder and even body lotions to sparkle things up - the only place it should not be used is near the eyes. French brand Nuxe - favoured by supermodels - is also soon to be launched in Hong Kong. Available through Joyce, the upscale line is based on traditional principles of aromatherapy and phyto-therapy, and includes a complete collection of face-, body- and hair-care products. If you are after something a bit more establishment, Helena Rubenstein has just put out what it claims is the most potent mascara yet. 'Vertiginous' is supposed to endow the user with extra-curly lashes. Rubenstein has a long history of specialising in mascara - the first waterproof product was made by her in 1939. 'Vertiginous' comes in colours ranging from black to plum and costs $190. And last, another brand popular among the young and trendy is the Japanese-made Kesalan Patharan. The autumn-winter colours - which vary between bold and vivid and cool and pale - will be available in Hong Kong early next month. A top Japanese make-up artist and an executive from Kesalan Patharan are in Hong Kong on Thursday to explain the wild, young appeal of the line. For more information, call Melina Lew of B & W Publicity at 2811 3036.