Beauty squad - tricks straight from the couture catwalks
How many women are guilty of concentrating on their make-up from the neck up and on their clothes from the neck down? Our fashion editor set about marrying the two with beauty tricks straight from the couture catwalks and the award season's red carpet
The flawless, covetable beauty looks have almost rivalled the frocks on the red carpet during the awards season to date. Take Irish actress Saoirse Ronan, for example. Her pared back, polished nude skin with just a hint of colour was one of the memorable moments at the SAGS, but how do you achieve that nude on nude look without looking unwell? And how do you do it wearing nude tones too?
The answer, ladies, is here for your perusal. We have a beauty-meets-fashion masterclass with Warren Dowdall and Aidan Corcoran, two of the three-strong 'Beauty Style Team' at Brown Thomas in Grafton Street. For our shoot, the boys explored everything from creating that very '70s, Cindy Crawford 'golden goddess' iconic look, to the very on-trend, earthy tones face favoured by lots of the fash pack, and show us how to achieve that toffee apple look which is so very Kylie Jenner.
Chanel rocked a high impact double layer liner at its haute couture show in Paris last month and when the audience weren't checking out Cara Delevingne's dog on the FROW, they were zooming in with curiosity for Sam McKnight's oversized rolled croissant upstyles which drew the hair off the face - all the better to see Tom Pecheux's double flick of eyeliner.
Aidan Corcoran says the secret to this double liner is a steady hand and always have cotton buds handy. Together with his colleagues Warren, and Nicole Lynch, he will be on hand at the Beauty Blossoms Garden which is part of the Beauty Blossoms event which runs in the Grafton Street store until March 6. It features an interesting mix of the top beauty brands, exciting events and exclusive launches to inspire and delight.
The Beauty Blossoms Garden is a designated 'stay and play' pop-up space where customers can relax free of charge at beauty stations and find the perfect make-up look from a carefully edited selection of the most popular products across the world's best brands. All of the big international visiting artists - including Nars, Dior, Lancôme, Armani, Estée Lauder, Laura Mercier and Charlotte Tilbury - will have booking fees applied for appointments and this is fully redeemable against product. Visit brownthomas.com for more information.
’70s Golden Goddess
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Dolce Vita’ eye palette, €50; YSL Luxurious Mascara Shocking Volume, €32.50; MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork, €21; MAC blusher (used on eye) in Harmony, €24 and Peaches, €24; Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl: Barbarella Brown liquid eye pencil €25; MAC lip liner in Whirl, €17
Louise (below) wears: Stella McCartney ‘Amiel’ dress, €3,375
"This trend is all about creating that soft '70s warmth. Use your peach blusher as eye shadow to instantly warm up your eyes."
The Red Lip
Estée Lauder Plump + Fill Expert Lip Treatment €37; Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Kiss ‘N’ Tell, €22; Giorgio Armani Rouge D’Armani lipstick in #400 €32; NARS Sunset Strip lip gloss €25
"Be sure to choose a red that matches your skin tone. Pink or blue tones work well on a cooler complexion while orange reds look stunning on a warmer skin. Application for this season is less of the painted mouth seen in AW15, and more stained."
Earthy Tones à la Kylie Jenner
MAC Paint Pot in Quite Natural, €21; Charlotte Tilbury ‘The Sophisticate’ eye palette, €50; Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl: Bedroom Black liquid eye pencil, €25; MAC lip liner in Spice, €17; Bobbi Brown lip balm, €21.50
"Use the warmest tones in your skin to guide your colour choices and stick to soft suede textures for your eyes and lips."
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick, €75; Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner in black, €24; Bobbi Brown Tapered eye liner brush, €29.50
"Always have cotton buds at hand to tidy up edges because good liner is all about good tidy-up."
Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15, €45; Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Liner in Denim, €24; MAC eye shadow in Freshwater, €16.50; MAC lip pencil in Oak, €17; Creme de la Mer lip balm, €58
"Blue is probably my favourite trend this season and it's a colour you can rock at any age. To keep it modern and wearable, I use a bright blue as a liner on a bare lid to add a pop with a twist. If you're still a little unsure, a navy liner is a softer alternative."
Saoirse’s Nude On Nude
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, €90; La Prairie Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluid Pure Gold, €458; Laura Mercier Candleglow foundation, €48; Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, €65; MAC blush in Pink Swoon, €20; Bobbi Brown Luxe lip colour in Pink Cloud, €32.50
"Inspired by Saoirse Ronan's look at the SAGs (below), this look is all about the base, so to recreate the look, choose brightening skincare and radiance primers to give your skin a candlelit glow. Choose a foundation with light reflective properties to complete the look."
Photography: Eilish McCormick, assisted by Andrew Rankin
Stylist: Bairbre Power
Make-up: Warren Dowdall and Aidan Corcoran, Brown Thomas beauty stylists
All clothing and accessories: Brown Thomas, brownthomas.com