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