It's official – Cheryl Cole is a Beauty Icon

Singer edges Victoria Beckham out of poll

Cheryl is the star who has most influenced our beauty purchases this year, according to a recent Superdrug survey 

It's no surprise that Cheryl Cole's outstanding success as the newest member of The X-Factor judging panel hasn't just been limited to popularity polls.

Research by Superdrug shows she's an official Beauty Icon of the year, too – the woman who has most influenced the sales of cosmetics to the rest of us throughout the year.

The survey was conducted amongst 2500 women who were asked to select the people most likely to have them picking out a new lipstick, or popping a can of hairspray into their shopping basket, in order to emulate the beacons of beauty they most admire.

But it's not just pretty young things who have made that top ten, with 59-year-old Twiggy at number seven and 51-year-old Fern Britton taking eighth place.

Surprisingly, several famous faces have dropped out of the top ten this year, most notably Kelly Brook and Victoria Beckham who were last year's number two and four respectively.

Fearne Cotton, number five last year, Gemma Atkinson, number seven, Alesha Dixon, number eight, Lily Allen, ninth, and Jordan, tenth, have all also disappeared from the ten favourites.

Here's who those Superdrug customers reckon are this year's most inspirational beauties:

Superdrug Beauty Icons 2008

1. Cheryl Cole (27%)

2. Keira Knightley (9%)

3. Kate Winslet (8%)

4. Holly Willoughby (7%)

5. Kylie (7%)

6. Kate Moss (6.5%)

7. Twiggy (4%)

8. Fern Britton (3.5%)

9. Carla Bruni (3%)

10. Tess Daly (3%)

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