Friday 28 October 2016

Beauty: Easy on the eyes - protecting the 'windows to the soul'

Triona McCarthy

Published 27/04/2015 | 02:30

Triona McCarthy has advice on 'TLC' for your eyes. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Triona McCarthy has advice on 'TLC' for your eyes. Photo: Gerry Mooney
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Today, our beauty expert shows us how to give the 'windows to the soul' some very special TLC - Triona's Loving Care

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No matter what comes out of our mouths, our eyes speak the truth. However, the skin around our eyes is very delicate; it is prone to lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles, due to the thousands of facial contractions caused daily by smiling, blinking, laughing, and crying.

So how do we protect the 'windows to our soul'?

Wear sunglasses: I love Celine's must-have, oversized style, as they are stylish yet practical. In addition to shielding your eyes, sunglasses protect the delicate skin around them from the sun's rays. A hat will also do the trick.

Use SPF: I can't emphasise enough how important it is to protect the skin around your eyes from the sun, not only because the sun hardens and wrinkles the skin, but because it also stimulates the production of the pigment, melanin, exacerbating dark circles.

Sleep: Try to get eight hours.Puffiness can be caused by an accumulation of fluid in the eye area. Try sleeping with your head a little higher, so this fluid cannot accumulate as easily.

Use an eyecream: Image Skincare's Vital C Hydrating Eye Recovery Gel,  €36, contains a blend of nourishing antioxidants that also reduces the appearance of fine lines and prevents the breakdown of collagen.

Zelens Triple-Action Advanced Eye Cream,  €95, is what I used after having my second baby, Seren, as I really needed a serious, results-driven product to tackle fine lines and dark circles. It's spendy, but it's really worth it when you see how it performs.

Top Tip: I apply my eye cream before moisturising so that it doesn't all get mixed up. I use my ring finger to apply it, as this is your weakest finger.Try it.

Triona's trick

To fake a longer, fuller-looking ponytail for free, without resorting to those cheap, nasty fake ponytails, simply divide your hair into two ponytails. Make the first one using all the hair above your ears, and do the other at the nape of your neck. The top ponytail falls over the bottom one, hiding your hair bobble, so it looks like one long, lush ponytail.

The white factor

Factor 500 is what my children will need if they're like their dad, Will, a rather dashing redhead. Will only has to look out the window at the sun, and I swear he gets another freckle and starts turning lobster-ish red.

I have typical Irish milk-bottle-white skin, with a tinge of blue. With genes like that, my family - ironically called the Whites - have definitely got the SPF factor!

So while there isn't a factor 500 available just yet, we'll stick with factor 50 from La Roche Posay's Anthelios range. We love this brand because it really works.

I've been trying out their new Anthelios Smoothing Optical Blur, €19.50. I use it in the morning as my make-up base, or as a make-up primer if I'm on TV and need heavier coverage.

THis is La Roche-Posay's first high sun protection that blurs skin defects, smoothes and unifies. It's lovely on my skin, and the fact that it has more than twice the European standard of UVA protection and contains no parabens and no perfume, makes it a must-have.

Cult product

I can always tell if somebody's hair is a home-dye job by the dull, flat-looking, non-shiny, too-dark hue. The difference being that, in a salon, a colourist will treat the roots and lengths of the hair differently - previously coloured strands will soak up more of the dye, as they're more porous than the rest of the hair.

Now, however, there's a newbie on the home hair-dye scene, Vidal Sassoon's Salonist,  €13.99. It gives salon-style results, with colour that is blended and full of rich depths and tones, as it uses the same method and tools as in a salon.

Instead of one bottle of dye for your whole head, the kit includes two coordinating hues, one for your roots, and one for mid-lengths and ends. #foolproof

Making scents

I love anything to do with perfume, even the book and film of the same name, starring Rachel Hurd-Wood.

I've dreamed of making my own fragrance, so I nearly did a backflip off my computer when I saw that are having a one-day perfume-making event, where you can learn all about scent and make your own perfume to take home!

London indie-perfumer Sarah McCartney of 4160 Tuesdays, an award-winning microperfumery that hand-makes perfume in London, is hosting the day on Saturday, May 9, in Dublin, from 10am to 4.30pm at TIMA, 30 Upper Fitzwilliam St, D2, costing €155 for early bird and €170 onwards.See

Triona's most wanted

"I look at husbands the same way I look at tattoos. I want one, but I can't decide what I want, and I don't want to be stuck with one I'm just going to grow to hate and have to have surgically removed later."

Margaret Cho's quotes crack me up, although I'm very happy with my choice of husband. I can't say the same about tattoos, and thank heavens I didn't get a tramp stamp back in the day.

So I'm McLovin the new trend for temporary gold tattoos, such as these ones from River Island, €6. Designed to look like lavish jewellery, they're an easy and instant way to dress up an outfit.

Hello festivals, parties, weddings, and holidays!

Wear them as bracelets, armlets, anklets, rings, or midi-rings. To apply, just cut one to size and use water to moisten and attach it; it will last for four to six days. You can remove the tattoos with olive oil or baby oil. So now, you can totally pretend you're a former wild child with these, if only for le weekend.

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