Monday 23 April 2018

Triona McCarthy on how to get that wow factor

Triona McCarthy knows how to master a make-up mishap. Photo: Mark Condren.
Triona McCarthy knows how to master a make-up mishap. Photo: Mark Condren.
Super glossy: Model Sarah Morrissey. Photo: VIP.
Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream.
Cloon Keen Lavender Linen Spray.
Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect shampoo.

Triona McCarthy

The must-have palette, the hot place to go, hair and skin heroes and how to master a make-up mishap - Triona McCarthy has it all!

Triona's trends

Since I had Maxi and Mini, my life is all about make-up . . . make-up mishaps! No, not panda eyes and tide marks, but mashed-up make-up and half-eaten lipsticks, as they love nothing more than messing in 'Mummy's make-ups', sticking their paws into palettes and crushing up all the colours.

But guess what, gals? I actually know how to make those itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny bits of dust whole again. This trick works on eyeshadow, blusher, bronzer and pressed powder.

Simply sweep up the powder, and if there are any solid pieces left in the container, break those up into a powder with a spoon. Add a few drops of alcohol - preferably rubbing alcohol - to the container, and mix into a paste. Keep mixing it until it goes nice and smooth. Next, using the back of the spoon, press the paste into the container and smooth it out. Let it dry and then - ta-dah! - fixed.

To fix a favourite lipstick, wave a lit match under the broken piece until it's slightly melted, then put it back on the base, swivel it down and put it in the fridge for half an hour.

Perfect again.

Another trick I use is to spray Cloon Keen Lavender Linen Spray, below, €15, from, on everything! This is basically like a posh Febreze, and takes away the smell of you-know-what from cushions, carpets, the lot.

A Neom Happiness candle, above, €36, also helps fix me - as these candles work to change your mood by filling the air with natural goodness.

Triona's trick

Have you got peach-fuzz hair on your face? Foundation can really emphasise facial hair, so rather than shaving your face, once your foundation and powder is done, use a foundation brush to brush those baby hairs down, so that they lay flat against your skin. Simples!

Yes, Yes, Yes!

Feast your eyes on this Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look Palette, right, €75. In one container, it has everything I ever needed, you ever needed, we all bloody ever needed, to make us look good in five minutes flat. I adore it, and wish I'd come out with it!

I know I'm gushing, but when something is this good, I'm gonna gush!

It's basically colour-by-numbers, and it works because Charlotte has made it really simple, with instructions and numbers, so you can't muck it up.

It's very well edited, with a mix of matte and shimmer formulas, so you have Eye Brighten; Eye Enhance; Eye Smoke; Face Bronzer; Swish & Pop Blusher; and Face Highlighter options. All you need after you've done your base is a few brushes, add mascara and a lipstick, and that's it. I keep mine in my bag, as it's great when I'm on the go.

And trust me, any men reading - buy this for your missus. Tell her that Triona told you to, and you'll be in the good books forever!

One-stop shop

Make-up artist, cool gal and creative genius Paula Callan has a new baby, Callan & Co - The Experience. It's super swanky, and I want to live there now and look like a super-glossy and groomed gal, just like model Sarah Morrissey, right - who tried out the salon before the recent Peter Mark VIP Style Awards.

Callan & Co - The Experience, the hottest new creative hub in town, is a one-stop-shop. You can have your hair done, make-up applied, tan, nails, lashes, brows, the works. They also stock Hourglass cosmetics; the James Read range, their own CallanBerry brushes and Ouai, the fabulous haircare range that's all over the Kardashian clan's Snapchat.

Callan & Co - The Experience, 1 St Mary's Rd, D4, tel: (01) 668-0060, or see

Triona's most wanted

Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect shampoo.

"Oh, everybody's starry-eyed

And everybody glows!" Especially me. Well, my hair does, anyways, since I began using the Pantene Pro-V range which singer Ellie Goulding, who kindly sang the intro there for us, is the face of. Or, should I say hair of!

"I put my hair through a lot of heat styling and colouring, especially when I'm touring. Pantene Pro-V is my ultimate hair saviour as it keeps my hair strong and at its most beautiful," says Ellie.

Like Ellie, I colour my hair a hell of a lot as I'm going seriously grey, and, as I work on TV, I have it styled and blown to bits.

I particularly like the Pantene Pro-V Repair & Protect shampoo, above, and the Repair & Protect conditioner, both €4.39.

Now, normally I'm more of a salon-haircare kinda gal, but I started using this supermarket brand as the technology is pretty amazing.

There's antioxidant damage-blocker technology, only found in their shampoo, which helps to reduce the build-up of damaging mineral impurities from tap water in hair, while the conditioner contains histidine, a miracle molecule that penetrates deep into the layers of the hair so, the makers claim, it can reverse years of hair damage more effectively.

So yeah, "anything could happen" when you use this!

Cult product

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream.

A cult beauty product for over 30 years and my own personal favourite handcream for, like, ever, Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, has launched a collection of three mini limited-editions, in white tea leaf, fig leaf, and orange leaf, above, adding to the legendary formula which nourishes, regenerates and beautifies hands and nails. Best of all, they're only €10 a pop.

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