Saturday 1 October 2016

Beauty Panel: The eyes have it

Get your eyes right for spring and the rest will look revived with these five fuss-free finds

Sarah Caden

Published 20/04/2015 | 02:30

Pictured, from left, Urban Decay Mascara Resurrection; YSL Couture Eye Primer in Fair; Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Sapphire; Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in Gold Ashes; Clarins 6-Colour Eye Palette in Garden Escape
Pictured, from left, Urban Decay Mascara Resurrection; YSL Couture Eye Primer in Fair; Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Sapphire; Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in Gold Ashes; Clarins 6-Colour Eye Palette in Garden Escape

There are few easier ways to liven up and lighten up your look than to tweak your eye make-up. A reassessment of your foundation or base is key, too, but a minor adjustment in terms of eyeliner or eyeshadow can make a more playful statement. Even a new mascara will do wonders, if only by way of a psychological shift to spring. Now is the time to inject a bit of colour, lend a little lift, get lighter and brighter.

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We'll make it to the mouth in the coming weeks, but the eyes have it today. Our eyes are where many of us spend most make-up minutes, and mascara remains one of our favourite products, of which we have multiple variations. Today's top favourite is a genius product to recharge and revive your mascara, while another is one of the best eyeshadow primers we've tried in a while.

Both will bring out the best in your existing eye make-up. The rest are a breath of fresh spring air, that will get you away from the browns, blacks and greys that might have predominated around your peepers in recent months. They still have their place, and we're not asking you to go all jade eyeliner and electric-blue mascara, but lighten up. You might like it.

Best Overall

Urban Decay Mascara Resurrection, €13, Debenhams; House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre, D16

This is an oil-free serum that makes the applicator function like a souped-up lash comb. The magic potion defines and separates eyelashes and allows you to put on a further coat of mascara without producing a spider's-legs effect. It's also pretty brilliant as a product to moisten previously applied mascara, again allowing for application of another fresh layer. "This stuff is dangerous, because it could cause you to keep loading on the mascara past the point of reason," said a panellist. "It's perfect for the big-lash lover who has grown out of falsies."

Best Peeper Keeper

YSL Couture Eye Primer in Fair, €28, YSL counters nationwide

As the weather gets warmer, many of us find that our make-up starts to drift. Eyelids can be oddly oily at any time of year, but this gets worse come the warmth. And eyeshadow won't stay put on slippery lids, while eyeliner can slide all over the place, too. A good primer is a good pal. And a good one is not too drying and not too conspicuous. It is a discrete, nude layer that will make your lids look better and your make-up last longer. "It passed the no-drift test, and made my eyeshadow colours seem sharper," one panellist said.

Best Lovely Liner

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Sapphire, €16.50, Estee Lauder counters nationwide

Go on, take a break from black. And we don't mean by straying into safe old brown. Blue can be very flattering as an eyeliner, so long as it's the right blue. Keep the electric for poolside, and nowhere else, unless you're attending a 1980s nostalgia night. Deep blues, like this one, can be very flattering to all eye colours. It makes the whites of the eye seem whiter, too. "The rubbery blender at one end is very good," said a panellist. "And the colour is boldly blue without being too crazy colourful."

Best Luxe Lids

Giorgio Armani Eye Tint in Gold Ashes, €32, Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork

This little tube of magic comes in 12 shades. We love at least eight of them, but this is a vision of lighten-up loveliness. The technology is similar to that which Giorgio Armani has employed in their Maestro foundation and skin tints. In this case, pigment is suspended in a water-based solution that evaporates when you apply it to lids, leaving a non-sticky slick of colour. The bolder colours are full-on, but this one is a layer of light-catching nude metallic. "So simple, so smooth," said one panellist. "A one-stop eye shop."

Best Gorgeous Gaze

Clarins 6-Colour Eye Palette in Garden Escape, €41, Clarins counters nationwide

Do not let the green - the slightly less feared sister of blue eyeshadow - put you off. The two greens in this six-pan palette are very wearable and you don't have to wear the lot at once. Clarins enclose instructions on how to apply some or all, and the shades of green, brown and pink complement each other beautifully, with a velvety, shimmery finish. "The colours blend well and speak of spring growth: not too vivid, but gently fresh," said a panellist.

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