Triona McCarthy: Colour me in
This season has seen the arrival of colour blocking, with some of fashion’s biggest, boldest and most colourful beauty looks — especially on the eyes— parading the spring/summer runways. Blue-eyed beauty Triona McCarthy shows us how it’s done
Triona's trends: The smoky eye is a classic and easy to do — it’s kinda like the little black dress of make-up! But, to be bang on trend for summer, you need to inject some colour into it.
I find that Max Factor’s Smoky Eye Effect Eyeshadow in Blue Tempest, €9, gives the classic smoky eye a cutting edge. Use the pale shimmer to highlight the inner corner of the eye. Sweep the bright, tapered crayon across the lid and along your lower lash line, gently blending the colour into the crease of your eye socket and around the eye’s outer edge. Next, line your lower lashes with the cult beauty eyeliner Mac Eye Kohl in Smoulder, €17.
Add a highlighter on the brow bones and the inner corners — Benefit’s Finding Mr Bright, €39.50, has everything you need for this look. Then finish with lashings of mascara. As it’s summer, I’m all about waterproof mascara such as Armani’s Eyes to Kill Excess mascara, €29. To get the ultimate colour-block look, team blue eyes with pink lips and orange nails. Strong nail colours highlight any imperfections, so use Chanel’s Base Lumiere Protectrice, €18, to protect your nails and prevent any staining, while Blanc de L’Ongle Base Lissante, €17, will smooth any ridges. I’m still loving Chanel’s Le Vernis Nail Colour, €21, in Mimosa — it’s a bright yellow and this season’s knockout colour.
I’m Queen Eejit of the Eejit people! One of my superpowers is breaking stuff. Eyeshadows are a particular favourite to crack, but thankfully I also know just the thing to mend them. Simply pop the eyeshadow out of its packaging, put it into a make-up palette and crush it. Add a dab of Vaseline or eye cream and voila! Cream eyeshadow.
I nearly had an, um, art attack when I saw the fabilis collaboration between Lush and uber-cool English artist and doodler extraordinaire Jon Burgerman. His crazy, funky, cool edition of Bathtime Favourites, €39.95, contains the bath ballistics Think Pink, Big Blue, Avobath, Honey Bee, Keep it Fluffy, Geo Phyzz, Sex Bomb, Butterball and Blackberry, all in a trendy tin. When asked to comment on it, Jon said: “I thought I’d draw some new little characters. We’ve got some of my characters on there and we’ve got some of the characters made out of soaps and bath ballistics.
They’re all having a lovely time — it’s a party in a tin. They’re very excited, as it’s bath time.” Hmm, when Party McCarthy was asked to comment on it, she said, “I’m an awful dirt bird, so I can’t wait to get those suds all over my body and rub myself clean!” Hahahaha!
I’m all about supporting Irish product ranges, so He-Shi’s range of tanning products is always on my hit list. International tanning expert — or tantalist to the stars, as I like to call him — James Read, who has spray-tanned the likes of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, right, as well as Lady Gaga and Lindsay Lohan, works closely with He-Shi, and has always got great tips and tricks for a natural-looking tan.
One tip he gave me, which I always incorporate into my routine now, is: before applying yourself with tan, rub a wipe around your neck area and armpits, this will make sure there’s no residual excess tan from a previous application. My star product from the range though, is the He-Shi Dark Foaming Mousse, €30. It is super-easy to use, and gives the most gawjus glow eva. He-Shi products are available from selected department stores, salons and day spas. For your nearest stockist, contact Euro Products, tel: (004428) 9044-9744 or see www.euro-products.co.uk
I remember years ago going down town and one of my brothers shouting that I had better pack his, ah, protection for him as he was going on his hols the next day. I don’t think he meant sun protection either! Speaking of protection, are you using any? For your hair, that is!
I’m McLovin Kerastase Nectar Thermique, €12, favoured by Galway hair guru Raymond Skelton. It gives nourishing care with a protective agent for heat-styling tools or hairdryers. I heart multi-use products and this is also a leave-in conditioner. Available from Raymond Skelton Hairdressing, tel: (091) 510-029, or email email@example.com
Triona's most wanted
Yipeee! A new express beauty salon has arrived near me in Sandymount Village, D4, called Mimi’s Beauty Room. It’s run by two lovely lassies: Karen Buckley and Jess Ryan. It was my mum who first spotted it; she went in and got the Shellac nail treatment — you know, the nail colour that lasts for two weeks without chipping or smudging, and with no drying time.
So I was in there like swimwear the next week as I was off to my friend MLG’s wedding in Limerick and, as usual, had left it to the last minute to get me bits done! The new salon features a nail bar and four treatment rooms, offering everything from pedicures to tanning. I got me the multi-awardwinning Rockstar spray-tan, a quick mani and pedi — BTW, for July, the salon is offering a mini-manicure and mini-pedicure for €40 — and some lashes. Yeah, I went totally Triona the Transvestite! Waxing includes Brazilian, Hollywood and Californian, using the top product Perron Rigot, with professional advice on waxing aftercare. With a cute little hair clip from their Sparkle Jewellery range, I was good to go. Mimi’s Beauty Room, 6 Seafort Ave, Sandymount, D4, tel: (01) 207-1916