Fashion... La Vie est belle
Summer always triggers an overhaul of my skincare and make-up 'wardrobe'. Which seems odd, even to me, as wintertime is when there is rich drama in both weather and colour palettes.
Maybe it is that summer fashion requires skin to be beautiful, subtle and of high quality. All those pale-pink, lemon and gold hues of summer clothing, as you can see from our pages, require skin to be luminous.
Lancome is one of the best known and most valued skincare and make-up brands in Ireland. We feel it is quality and it is good. Lancome product names such as Hypnose Volume-a-Porter mascara and perfumes such as Tresor and La Vie Est Belle are as well known to us as the women in Lancome's advertising campaigns - Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts, Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet. Lancome is a brand that appreciates natural beauty.
This year, Lancome celebrates its 80th birthday. So, today, with Lancome, LIFE celebrates the natural beauty of Irish women, and the best of Irish fashion design - from couturier Jen Kelly and occasion-dress designers Synan O'Mahony and Helen Cody, to ready-to-wear stars such as Lennon Courtney.
We asked some of our favourite, uniquely beautiful Irish models - Pamela Brangan, a regular on the Sunday Independent fashion pages in the early 1990s; Nikki Bonass, another favourite of ours throughout the 2000s; current popular model Teodora Sutra, and rising star Carrie Anne Burton - to not only model some of our favourite designers of 2015, but also show us how to wear Lancome's current make-up looks, under the expert hand of make-up artist Leonard Daly for Lancome Paris.
From all the years I have worked with make-up artists, they have drilled into my head that a good make-up finish requires skin to be prepared well.
It is never too late to start a skincare routine, they all tell me - just start. Starting young is ideal for the best preservation of your skin - though I didn't, and now wish I had. I see women in their 50s and 60s with hardly a line on their face, not from facelifts or Botox, but from the simple act of valuing themselves by looking after their skin.
If you think about it, all of Lancome's campaign faces are beautiful, strong women who we know take care of themselves. Women who value their individuality, are confident and don't feel the need to overdo their make-up. Freedom and being true to oneself are important qualities to them.
They are also qualities we Irish women relate strongly to. We know the games played in the world - but we know who we are and we will stand by our beliefs.
Especially when it's to do with the importance of wearing Lancome Shine Lover while watching Sex and the City.
Photography by Barry McCall,
Styling by Courtney Smith
Fashion edited by Constance Harris
Sunday Indo Life Magazine