Ruth Griffin: How to shine like a star on New Year's Eve
Stargazer Carl Sagan said: "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." I think of these words often, especially at the turning of the new year. We're on the cusp of something new. As we head into 2019, and a generally bleak first month, it's worth remembering that it is named for the Roman god Janus, who was said to have two faces: one looking back at the year that was and the other looking forward to all that is yet to come.
Janus was the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, duality, doorways, passages and endings. So with that in mind, I take stock of all the lovely, funny, positive, heart-filled experiences I've had over the last year, and try also to extract the lessons worth learning from the year's more challenging experiences. I remain hopeful and open that 2019 will bring "something incredible waiting to be known". All this cosmic stargazing has me looking to the heavens for some beauty beauts that will have you feeling stellar, whatever your plans are for New Year's Eve. Whether at home or on a night out, we have some goodies that will have you looking like a goddess as you ring in 2019.
4 knockout NYE looks
THE LOOK: Strong, liquid berry lipstick pout, teamed with porcelain skin and loose, ethereal hair.
USE: Stila Kiss Me Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Kit, €28, from pharmacies nationwide and Harvey Nichols. This liquid lipstick has the added benefit of staying put all day (and all night) and it's smudge-proof - perfect for some midnight smooching!
THE LOOK: If you're staying home this New Year's Eve and looking forward to a cosy night in, but you still fancy a small bit of pampering and a beauty boost, why not book a brow makeover and see in the new year with a new brow look?
USE: Make an appointment with brow master Kim O'Sullivan at her new Brow Lab at Dublin's Brown Thomas Beauty Lounge. I booked in for her Tailored Brow Experience, €50, and I'm hooked. She waxed, shaped and tinted my brows into tip-top shape for Christmas and New Year.
THE LOOK: Festive red lips
USE: Huda Beauty Metallic Power Bullet Lipstick in NYE, €21, from Brown Thomas, Arnotts, Sephora and feelunique.com. The make-up maestros have created a limited-edition festive red lipstick especially for New Year's Eve 2018. This lippy is a teeny bit metallic and laced with a mix of multi-reflective glitter, kaleidoscopic pearl pigments and golden, undertoned shimmer for a high-impact 3D finish - so you can enjoy the loose glitter effect, without the mess.
THE LOOK: Dewy, golden skin, starlit glossy eyelids and neutral lips.
USE: Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation, €36;
Estée Lauder Eye Gloss By Violette, €28;
NARS Wanted Cheek Palette, €49;
Tom Ford Eye Colour Quad, €74, all from Brown Thomas nationwide.
Stars in your eyes
Catrice have created the most gorgeous astrology-themed eye shadow palette that will have your peepers looking starry eyed in a jiffy - and at a wallet-saving price too! Catrice Astrology Eye Palette, €15, from pharmacies and Penneys stores nationwide.