Triona McCarthy: Brush up on your beauty routine
Make-up, miniatures, skincare and haircare heroes - our beauty boffin has it all right here, right now . . .
Look at my smug mug in this week's pic. I'm a lucky gal. I get to work with some of the best MUAs in the world. Sarah Jane Lanagan, (sarahlanagan.com), is one of the best in the business so I decided to pick her brains while she made me up recently!
Here's what Sarah had to say about the "few key lessons" she has picked up over the years:
1. Lighting. Try to find the best light possible in which to do, or to check your make-up. Natural sunlight is best as you can see everything, from the little bit of foundation that needs more blending to how sharp your eyeliner flick is.
2. Blending. This is the key to achieving that airbrushed finish to skin or creating a soft smokey eye. A lot of people give up when they're 90pc there but if you keep going, it can make all the difference!
3. Balance. We've all heard the 'rule' of dark eyes/nude lip, but if you're unsure, try doing the 'feature' of your look first so you can work out how much more make-up is needed to balance it. For example, if it's a red lip, do your base/foundation, then lipstick, always using a lip brush for precise application, before moving on to eyes. This way you can see how much mascara/liner is needed.
My top tip would be to switch to a clean brush to do any final blending and buffing such as Inglot 36BJF, above, €55 or MAC 187 Duo Fibre Brush, below, €47.50.
I hate waste. I really do. One of my 'things' is cute candles in fancy holders. My most favourite are the Fornasetti ones from seagreen.ie. Once they're finished, I never ever throw out the pots. Instead I use them for my make-up brushes, or the kids' crayons or the pens on my desk. I even pop a tealight into them and get another go out of them.
Good clean family fun
We often bump into Xpose presenter Peter O'Riordan, and his glamorous wife Stephanie at the playground where our kids like to play.
We discuss things like music. Now, you'd think with Peter and I both being from Cork, we'd discuss forgotten choons from Sir Henry's. Oh no. We talk about Little Baby Bum, a YouTube video of songs that magically keeps our kids quiet, and we basically know the full 54-minute playlist off by heart.
The odd time we'll discuss beauty - Steph is an aesthetician - and we all agree that Dr Bronner's 18-in-1 soap, above, from €7.99, is the best thing ever. For all the family.
Use it for washing yourself, your kids, your dogs and your home!
There are plenty of scents to choose from, but I like the hemp peppermint best. Combined with shower steam, it's a great hangover cure. As if any of us know what that feels like anymore!
Sisters Chloe and Poppy Delevingne, above, are Global Brand Ambassadors for System Professional, Wella's premium brand, which has a revolutionary new high-tech, diagnostic system.
With this system called EnergyCode Mapping, your hairdresser examines your hair from root to tip, to diagnose your specific hair needs, as no two people have the same hair. Not even if you're sisters, like Chloe and Poppy.
As John Maher, the proprietor of Queen, see queen.ie, who carries out the hair-mapping treatment in his salons on Dublin's Aungier Street and in Stillorgan told me: "I come to all of these claims ordinarily with a healthy cynicism - being from Tipperary and all - but this is an amazing product range and delivers great results."
Triona's most wanted
As I write this, my brother Brendan is in the States where he's the European ambassador representing tech company Sage at the Invictus Games. My brother Justin is at the American Ball in Beijing. My sisters Anna and Laura, who live in Toronto and Melbourne, respectively, are on a girlie weekend in NYC together. My brothers Aidan and Gavin are in wonderful west Cork and I'm here in my office in Dublin, looking at the rain with two kiddies fighting over the one toy in a sea of other toys, and I couldn't be happier.
It wasn't always like this, though. When my late sister Tricia was ill, we didn't like to go too far afield as we were always on high alert. Tricia herself loved to travel. Just before she passed away she was making plans to go to Japan.
On a recent trip to Tokyo, I thought of Tricia as I rummaged around the pharmacies there for quirky beauty finds. I also popped into Isetan, my favourite department store in Tokyo. The beauty hall is a beauty junkie's paradise. Thankfully, I had my Shiseido Ibuki Quick Fix Mist, above, €28. This is a newbie from the Japanese beauty brand and is small enough to carry in my handbag, The dewy, refreshing gel-mist visibly corrects shine, dehydration, and day-worn, stressed skin.
Isn't it kra kra crazy how the Kardashian's klan kan influence our beauty buys? Recently, Kylie featured Nivea for Men, yes men, Post Shave Balm, above, €6.79, on her Snapchat. She was prepping for a shoot, using it, or rather her MUA using it, as a primer and now, suddenly, the whole world can't get enough of this stuff!
I find it works really well, particularly for oily skin as it's hydrating, yet mattifying.
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