Wednesday 22 February 2017

Make-Up: Candy colours

Published 28/02/2012 | 14:40

Clockwise from left: Shiseido
Shimmering Rouge in Sorbet; Giorgio
Armani Sheer Blush in Tourmaline
Pink; Essence Colour & Go Quick Drying
Nail Polish in C’est La Vie; Lancome
Ombre Absolue Palette in Vert Tendresse;
Mac Plushglass in Fashion Fanatic
Clockwise from left: Shiseido Shimmering Rouge in Sorbet; Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in Tourmaline Pink; Essence Colour & Go Quick Drying Nail Polish in C’est La Vie; Lancome Ombre Absolue Palette in Vert Tendresse; Mac Plushglass in Fashion Fanatic

Officially, we know, spring started on February 1, but it felt anything but springlike as the only truly cold snap occurred exactly then.

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Now, at month’s end, though, it’s time for us to get all fresh and fanciful, even if the weather isn’t getting springy with us. One of this spring’s biggest make-up trends is an array of candy colours ranging from cherry-blossom pinks through to boiled-sweet greens, and from full-impact hues to the sweetly subtle.

Lip glosses, in particular, are popping up in all manner of sweet-shop shades and their addition can tweak your make-up look sufficiently to bring you up to date. When it comes to eyes, the colour-phobes will find that just a dab of pretty pigment on the inside corner of the eye can really pep up your appearance. And once you get a taste, you may not be able to stop.

Overall, it’s a girlish look, but you don’t have to be a girl to pull it off. A rule of thumb might be the more you have in years, the less candy you need — which is a rule that goes beyond make-up, of course.

BEST OVERALL

Shiseido Shimmering Rouge in Sorbet, €25, selected pharmacies and department stores nationwide A gorgeous colour and texture, this is a wonderfully girlish pink; it’s so shiny it’s almost glossy and has a bit of blue in the mix, so teeth look whiter. Take care that lips have a smooth surface, though, or it will look messy — try rubbing your lips gently with a soft toothbrush and using a lip balm before you use the lipstick. “An almost Sixties baby pink,” said a panellist, “but the very modern glossy-but-not-gloss texture means it doesn’t have that thick, Tippex effect.”

BEST SWEET EYES

Lancome Ombre Absolue Palette in Vert Tendresse, €45, Lancome counters nationwide Inspired by the candy colours of macaroons, the spring make-up from Lancome is pretty across the board and very easy to wear. This quad is very fresh and eye-opening and is particularly pleasing with brown eyes, but surprisingly good with blues, too. “Lancome always have great instruction leaflets,” said a panellist, “and used as prescribed, I got several great effects from what I thought was a slightly scary palette.” BEST SUGARY LIPS Mac Plushglass in Fashion Fanatic, €19, Brown Thomas and BT2 The dream gloss is one that gives amazing shine but is minimally sticky; this product achieves that aim, as well as containing an impressive amount of pigment. Creamy candy at its most sugary, with a hint of shimmer and good staying power. “It’s beautifully bubblegum in colour,” says a panellist, “the minty hit on the lips is a nice touch and the lack of tackiness is a big bonus.”

BEST BONBON BARGAIN

Essence Colour & Go Quick Drying Nail Polish in C’est La Vie, €1.49, available nationwide A good-quality polish in a small bottle, with a wide brush and at a good price: this ticks all the boxes. The colour is the pale-orange end of coral, which means it will lift the pallor of winter-white hands or feet. A cheap and easy way to inject some fizz into your appearance. “Very easy to apply and a real brightener when I’m still wearing my winter black, but feeling a bit more spring-like,” one panellist said.

BEST CANDY CHEEKS

Giorgio Armani Sheer Blush in Tourmaline Pink, €49.50, Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork The soft, super-flattering translucency of this blush is achieved by blending extremely fine beige, white and pink powders. It looks very pale in the compact, but has a wonderfully softening effect on the face. It’s not a dramatic hit of candy, but a product that will have people commenting on how well-rested you look. As if awoken from hibernation, as it were. “So pretty, like I’d been lightly pinched on the cheeks,” a panellist said. Sarah Caden

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