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Saturday 20 September 2014

Triona's trends: Patriotic St Patrick's Day beauty

Especially for St Patrick’s Day, we’re embracing everything green, white and gold, and Irish. Our beauty expert, Triona McCarthy, gets the party started, right here, right now

Triona McCarthy

Published 16/03/2014 | 02:30

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Triona McCarthy puts the finishing touches to her gold nails.
Triona McCarthy puts the finishing touches to her gold nails.
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Would you look at me being all patriotic this week in my photo, above, with my green top, white skin and gold nails!

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As we're in the middle of tackling the new spring/summer 2014 beauty trends, thankfully talons of gold are in keeping with things round here.

In fact, pastel shades, such as minty green, are bang on trend this season.

Add a little spring to your fingertips this weekend with Spring Meadow, below left, €8, from the new, Limited Edition No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colours.

The ultra-glossy finish, means, in just a few strokes, you'll have a hint of green for the weekend's festivities.

Eimhear Kennedy, No7 Ireland make-up artist, says, "To make the most of these pretty pastels, apply a No7 base coat to prevent your nails from staining, leave to dry, and then apply two coats of nail colour.

"To finish, use a glossy No7 top coat, which will leave the nails lovely and shiny, and prevent the colour from chipping," Eimhear says.

White nails are also having an extended moment.

When I met Made in Chelsea's Binky Felstead recently, she was sporting white nails, which looked really good against her Sun Shimmer-ed skin.

Essie's nail polish in Blanc, above right, €9.99, is a great one to try as it doesn't give you that Tippex look, but more of a soft, sexy white.

Finally, for gold fingers like mine, check out the to-die-for Tom Ford limited-edition nail lacquer, right, €32, in Incandescent, from Brown Thomas.

I love it. The formula is fabulous, and it's foolproof as it doesn't show up mistakes. If you use a top coat – such as Seche Vite Dry Fast, €14, from Boots – it will last a good few days, so you can dazzle dudes with your digits for days on end!

No, I haven't been sniffing the fumes!

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