Saturday 22 October 2016

Bare faced: Triona McCarthy on the barely there look

Triona McCarthy

Published 11/01/2016 | 00:00

Masterclass in minimalist make-up: Triona McCarthy. Photo: Tony Gavin
Masterclass in minimalist make-up: Triona McCarthy. Photo: Tony Gavin
Adriana Lima. Photo: Getty
Chanel's Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation
Imedeen Time Perfection
Ocean Bloom
The Falsies Push Up Drama mascara
Maybelline Master Sculpt

Need to know about the barely there make-up look, the purest skincare range getting rave reviews, and the laziest hair hack? Read on, as our beauty buff reveals all.

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Triona's trends


Wondering what we'll be wearing on our faces this season? I hit New York Fashion Week (NYFW) to find out, so now I'm going to talk you through the trends and translate them from the runway to everyday.

First up is a master-class in minimalist make-up, which continued to rule the runways at NYFW. I popped backstage at the Wes Gordon show, where Maybelline New York make-up artist Dominique, a devilishly handsome Dutch dude, created flawless, 'barely there' make-up on the models. After applying foundation, he used Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer, €10.79, under the eyes and around the nose and mouth. I've been using this myself - it's perfect for touch-ups, and doesn't ruin the rest of my make-up by going patchy. Next, he contoured with Maybelline Master Sculpt, above, €10.75, a compact that makes contouring so simple, as it has a sculpting shade, a bronze shade and a subtle highlighter and mirror. There's a teeny brush with the Master Sculpt, but I prefer my CallanBerry No 17 brush, €35, see

He really focused on the brows, adding pigment using Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara, €7.69, for a fuller brow. I got a sneak peek of the new The Falsies Push Up Drama mascara, below, €12.30, which is not out until next month. It gave the longest, most pushed-up lashes ever. This is a fresh-faced look you can wear every day. Add a red lip, like I did in my photograph, above, for night-time glamour.


Triona's trick

Messy buns are my go-to hair-in-a-hurry look as they're meant to look, well, messy.

However, if I need to look a bit more put-together, I add a hairband or a scarf to hide my greasy hair and, best of all, it's a key trend this season. Go luxe with a Louis Vuitton scarf, or try some vintage stores for bargain buys.


West Cork wonder


I've just discovered Ocean Bloom, above, a pure, natural, organic seaweed-skincare line made on the Beara Peninsula in beautiful west Cork, my home turf.

Creator Cheryl Cleminson told me she never had any intention of making a skincare range, but when Alfie, her second grandson, was born with baby eczema, he was quite poorly with it.

An aromatherapist with nearly 20 years experience, Cheryl started using seaweed and oils to heal him, with amazing results - since then, she has made oils and creams with seaweed to heal burns and help skin problems.

"My skincare is for people with lovely skin or sore skin; it's gentle enough for babies or the elderly, and it's pure and can be used if someone is undergoing treatment of any kind, as it's free of parabens, SLS, petrochemicals and silicones," she says.

I'm getting great results with the Seaweed Scar Oil, €19, on my C-section scar.


One-stop shop

Check out Ebano Ballinteer, which is a one-stop shop for hair, nails, tan, make-up, laser . . . basically everything you can think of to look as good as Adriana Lima - all in spa-like surroundings, and they're open until 9pm most nights!

The staff are super-friendly and talented. Charlene mani-d and pedi-d me perfectly after the most amazing Dermalogica facial, during which she did some extraction - a bonus, as a lot of salons don't do this anymore. Then Jenny did my colour with my fave Olaplex treatment, before I thanked the very glam proprietor, Karan Burke. She told me that she recently opened The Clinic @Ebano, to offer her loyal clients some high-end skin treatments as well.

Ebano Ballinteer, Unit 1-2 Ballinteer Shopping Centre, D16, tel: (01) 298-7921, or see

Triona's most wanted


Shh! I want to tell you a whisper, as Maxi, my two-year-old, would say. OK, here goes - I've been unfaithful to my foundation! Regular readers will know how I've adored the same foundation for, like, ever. Even after testing thousands of others, I always go back to my beloved.

But then, Chanel's Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation, above, €45, came into my life, and, em, don't tell you-know-who, but we are in The Love.

It's not on counters until this Friday - however, I had a secret rendezvous to see if we were suited, and let me tell you, it's everything I ever wanted in a foundation.

The clue is in the name - it gives healthy, glowing skin. I can't actually feel it on my face, which I adore, and you can't really see it either, if you know what I mean, which is bang on trend. So it - OK, cliche alert - looks like me, only better.

It has just the right amount of coverage; it has SPF 25; it has kalanchoe extract - the plant known for its ability to adapt to different climates - so it boosts its hydrating and antioxidant properties; and, because of all the fancy optical technology, it cleverly mimics an outdoor glow.

Simply apply it with fingertips for a sheer finish, or invest in the Chanel Foundation Brush No 6, €36.50, like I did, to really buff it into your skin.

Cult product


I always reach for Imedeen at this time of year, when I need an extra boost. The makers claim this supplement works from the inside out to nourish the deep dermal layerof the skin, to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Imedeen Time Perfection, €49.99, above, is for 40+ lassies like me; Prime Renewal, €59.99, is for post-menopausal women; and Derma One, €39.99, tackles the first signs of ageing.

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