Saturday 22 October 2016

Face time: Triona McCarthy on how to make your face glow

Triona McCarthy

Published 22/08/2016 | 02:30

Triona McCarthy have vowed to spend more face time on herself. Photo: Tony Gavin
Triona McCarthy have vowed to spend more face time on herself. Photo: Tony Gavin
Hair Glitter from Topshop
Mac Studio QuikTrik Stick
Charlotte Tilbury's Scent of a Dream
Garnier's SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask
Gorgeously glam: Catherine Zeta Jones

Our ever-lovable, heartfelt beauty guru has the latest skinfo to make your face glow, and a scent to make your pheromones flow

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Triona's trends

Who doesn't love a little FaceTime? I'm always on FaceTime on my iPhone to my two sisters, as Laura lives in Oz and Anna is in the US.

The camera never lies, and I often reel in horror at my visage, and vow to spend more face time on me!

I know it can be hard to find the time but, trust me, the difference a mask can make to give your complexion a much-needed boost is unbelievable.

Post-travel or pre-party, or whatever has you looking a bit ugh, try one of these masks, as your skin, after all, is a telltale indicator of how good you feel.

Origins new GinZing Peel-Off Mask, left, €30, not only looks fab with its very Insta-friendly rose-gold tone, but it refreshes my face in only fifteen minutes. The peel-off formula instantly lifts away dull skin to reveal the fresh skin underneath. The weird satisfaction I get from peeling it off, makes it my must-have at the mo.

Another very budget-friendly find is Garnier's SkinActive Moisture Bomb Tissue Mask, below, €2.30. I love Korean-inspired tissue masks, and this one is infused with pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid, and plant serum.

I keep them in the fridge for an extra sensory pleasure.

Top Tip: There's always loads of excess serum in this mask, so I use the extra product on the back of my hands for an extra pampering treat.


Triona's trick

We have my one-year-old daughter Mini to thank for this week's trick. She broke my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick into smithereens, just as I had popped some BB cream on the back of my hand. While I was scooping up the debris, I popped some of it onto the BB cream, and, as if by magic, I had a home-made highlighter cream, just like a strobe cream.

Double trouble


I've had the same best friend since I was four years old. Mary O'Mahony - or Mary Beltrante, as she's now known - is like a sister to me, and even though she lives in La Jolla in San Diego, California, we are still besties.

Mary was my first, em, makeover candidate, in my pretendy TV show Transformers, which we played when we were kids.

I'd have loved this Mac Studio QuikTrik Stick, above, €36.50. These double-ended, multi-use sticks are just so versatile, and they totally trasform any look with a quick swipe. The clue is in the name. I use them to contour and highlight, but I also lash them onto my lips and eyes.

There are six different sticks to choose from, but the Ginger Spiked/Counterpoint combination, left, which has a gold shimmer on one end and a pale pink on the other end, is my favourite.

They blend beautifully, so you can customise the intensity. Swipe it on for a natural 'lit from within' look, or layer it for a more intense strobe-like effect.

Glamour girl


I had a racy time at the Galway Races recently when I was there to judge Best Headpiece at House Hotel, along with the lovely Lisa Cannon.

Lisa, just like her lookalike, Catherine Zeta Jones, above, is always gorgeously glam, so I popped into GeneVieve Nail & Beauty, a new nail salon at 6 Castle Market, D2, to get my own glam going on before I left for the west.

The two-storey salon has everything from threading, tinting, HD Brows, lashes, facials, make-up application and waxing, but I only had time for a quick Gelish two-week mani and pedi with Justina.

I'll be back to try the Eye Trio, €25, which includes eyebrow, eyelash tint and shape. They also have 15pc off all Lycon waxing. Tel: (01) 515-7000, or see

Triona's most wanted


Charlotte Tilbury has done it again, with her first foray into fragrance, Scent of a Dream, below right, from €60, and I was hooked. Natch!

Before I even tried it, I read how Charlotte said: "I have been mixing my own secret scent for years and have been fascinated by the idea that one's perfume can attract others, and also change the energy frequency of the people and environment around you. I believe you can use Scent of a Dream to create an emotional pathway with someone else's energy centres: their brain, heart and sex receptors, igniting the senses. You can directly alter their state of mind and body through this scent. It sparks a subliminal key to attraction."

Now if that doesn't have you running to Brown Thomas to try it, I don't know what will!

Charlotte mixed her own scent for over thirty years, but she consulted with neuroscientists and a world renowned 'nose' to create this "mind-altering fleurotic perfume".

It includes floral extracts and musks, as well as notes of amber, lemon and black pepper and a compound called hedione, extracted from magnolias, which - wait for it - apparently reacts with the body's own pheromones for a proven neurological effect.

Expect another sell-out, just like her famous Magic Cream.

Cult product


Ironically enough, I thought I was too old for the granny-hair trend, too not-bothered about the mermaid-hair trend, but the glitter roots - that trend got me!

I always say glitter is my favourite colour, so I picked up some Hair Glitter, above, in Topshop, €10. I brushed my hair into a middle parting, sprayed a little hairspray over the roots section, sprinkled the glitter on and, voila, I was like a young wan!

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