Sunday 24 September 2017

Look of the isles - the classic make-up looks of Irish and English women

For the weekend that's in it, our fashion editor explores the subtle differences in the classic make-up looks of Irish and English women - with a comprehensive breakdown from Brown Thomas beauty stylists Aidan Corcoran and Warren Dowdall

Earrings €160, Maria Black; flower embroidered top, €165, Needle & Thread
Earrings €160, Maria Black; flower embroidered top, €165, Needle & Thread
Skater dress, €285; belt, €95, both Maje
Lovelace cut sweater, €420, Zoe Jordan; tassel earrings, €160, Rosantica
London edge
Galway girl
London
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Play to your strengths, I say. When it comes to native beauty, we have so much to be grateful for in Ireland -and thankfully, after years of being seduced by unsightly tango-esque tans, we are finally coming to terms with our pale Celtic complexions.

Step away from those dark foundations, girls, and make the most of our distinctive Irish colouring (complete with freckles, which international make-up artists pencil on because they are regarded as the epitome of cool).

Looking west, you'll find that 'Galway girl' colouring, with head-turning dark hair and compelling eyes - the look is so seductive, it even inspires songs!

This week, we went behind the scenes at Brown Thomas' Art of Beauty event, which runs until March 26 - a mix of bespoke masterclasses and visiting make-up artists sharing insider expertise and this season's beauty trends. We picked the brains of Aidan Corcoran and Warren Dowdall from their in-house Beauty Style Team on how to make the most of paler complexions.

English rose

Hero Product

Laura Mercier Candleglow Powder, €38

Make-up palette base

La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster, €270

La Prairie Line Interception Power Duo (50ml), €310

Sisley Botanical Eye and Lip Contour Balm (30ml), €100

La Mer Perfecting Treatment (50ml), €180

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, €35

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer, €32

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation, €39

Laura Mercier Candleglow Powder, €38

Colour

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Fresh Melon, €28

MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush, €22

Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows in Linda, €27

Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl Barbarella Brown Iconic Liquid Eye Pencil,€25

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in Sophisticate, €50

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Brown, €32.50

MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl, €15.50

Tom Ford Lip Color in Pink Dusk, €48

Fragrance

Jo Malone London Red Roses Cologne (100ml), €109

Top tip

"For those who love a strong brow, brush your brows upwards with Charlotte Tilbury's Legendary Brows to instantly freshen up your make-up look," says Aidan.

Galway girl

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Skater dress, €285; belt, €95, both Maje
 

Hero Product

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, €20

Make-up palette base

La Mer The Revitalizing Hydrating Serum (30ml), €175

La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream (30ml), €140

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue Cream (15ml), €55

Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation Primer, €41

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, €35

NARS Soft Matte Concealer, €30

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, €43

Laura Mercier Candleglow Powder, €38

Colour

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Rose Bloom, €30

MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush, €22

MAC Brow Gel in Clear, €18.50

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eye Color Quad, €74

Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara, €32.50

MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry, €17.50

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, €20

Fragrance

Cloon Keen Atelier Edition Tuberose Eau de Parfum (60ml), €80

Top tip

"Layer your red lipstick a couple of times," says Aidan, "and be sure to blot with tissue in between to make it last for hours on end."

London edge

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London edge
 

Hero Product

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Modern Mercury Highlighter, €58

Make-up palette base

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Recovery Complex II (30ml), €67

Estée Lauder Daywear Advanced Crème Oil-Free SPF25, €55

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Gel Synchronized Complex II (15ml), €51

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Morning Aura Illuminating Crème, €82

MAC Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation, €36.50

Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener, €29

MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Powder, €26.50

Colour

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Maui, €37

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Modern Mercury Highlighter, €58

MAC Brow Gel in Clear, €18.50

MAC Eyebrow Pencil, €18.50

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Vintage Selection, €22

Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara, €29.50

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder in Nude Spice, €40

Fragrance

Estée Lauder Modern Muse Nuit Eau de Parfum (30ml), €65

TOP TIP

"Use the Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder Modern Mercury highlighter to emphasise your best features," says Aidan. "Sweep it on cheekbones, collar bones and the bridge of your nose."

Irish beauty

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Lovelace cut sweater, €420, Zoe Jordan; tassel earrings, €160, Rosantica
 

Hero product

NARS The Multiple in Portofino, €41

Make-up palette base

Armani Prima Glow-on Moisturizing Balm, €85

Sisley Phyto-Blanc Brightening Daily Defense Fluid SPF 50, €245

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, €38

La Prairie Light Fantastic Concealer, €68

Colour

NARS The Multiple in Portofino cream blush, €41

MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl, €20

Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Dusty Rose (lips), €27

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Antigua, €37

BareMinerals Loose Eyeshadow in Sex Kitten, €18

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eye Palette in Dolce Vita, €50

MAC Teddy Eye Pencil, €19

Tom Ford Extreme Mascara, €44

Fragrance

Louise Kennedy Eau de Parfum (50ml), €135

TOP TIP

"It's definitely time for us to embrace the pale," says Warren. "Be sure to choose the correct shade and texture of foundation that showcases your skin - freckles and all! Instead of going for a pinky blush, keep it modern by working in a peach tone. Also, use a bronzer that doesn't read yellow on the skin. I love Antigua by Bobbi Brown, as it adds warmth and a soft glow without creating muddiness on a porcelain complexion."

All clothes and accessories: Brown Thomas

Photography: Eilish McCormick Styling: Bairbre Power Make-up: Warren Dowdall and Aidan Corcoran

Hair: Trudy Hayes, joinravenapp.com

Models: Abby Harris, Distinct Model Management;

Louise Byrne and January Russell, Morgan the Agency

The Art of Beauty event runs at all Brown Thomas and BT2 stores nationwide until March 26. Visit brownthomas.com for details.

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