Thursday 24 May 2018

Mwah, mwah: Triona McCarthy on your 2016 beauty overhaul

Triona McCarthy spills her beauty secrets. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Triona McCarthy spills her beauty secrets. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Delarom Aqualixir Serum Ultra Hydrant.
L'Oreal La Vie en Rose collection of lipsticks.
Fake Up benefit's best concealer
Forever young: Rachel Weisz. Photo: Getty
Helmies Nail Helmets.

Triona McCarthy

January is the perfect time to commence a beauty overhaul, so start 2016 as you mean to go on, says our beauty buff, who has skincare and make-up must-dos

Triona's trends

You're going to think I'm joking here, but I promise you, I'm not. OK, here goes! You can actually use a red lipstick under your eyes to help conceal dark circles.

The bright-red shade will neutralise the blue and purple tones that cause dark circles in the first place; just follow the lippie with concealer. This trick works best on darker skin tones, I've found. Go on, try it and see for yourself.

Now, nude lippie just doesn't suit me. It seems like every other gal I know can rock a nude lip without looking like they just died. I've tried every nude lipstick out there, but they just make me look horrendous, and because I've quite a round face, if my lips are the same colour as my skin, I just look like a balloon!

A nudey-pink works better on me. So, I spoke to the universe, and the beauty gods decided to bring out L'Oreal La Vie en Rose collection of lipsticks, €10.99 each, with five different shades of pink designed to suit a range of skintones. Just like the previous Sheer Nudes and Matte Reds collections, each shade is customised to match their ambassadors - Blake Lively, Liya Kebede, Eva Longoria - these ladies' pinks are pictured below - Naomi Watts and Helen Mirren.

I loved Blake's colour in the Matte Reds collection, and again I love her pink in this collection, but I've gone completely insane for Eva's one - it's a peachy-pink that's feminine but not too girly.

It's supposed to be more for darker-skinned peeps, but somehow it works really well on my pale-blue Irish skin, and now I can't do without it!

Triona's trick

Oh no! It's a long time until payday and your roots are showing, but if you'd sooner shave your head than dye your hair yourself, them fix your roots with some eyeshadow that matches the colour of your hair.

Simply dab it onto your roots carefully with an eyeshadow brush or a cotton bud. #dyeityourself

Forever young

Does the forty-something Rachel Weisz, ever seem to age? The actress looks great - really fresh and natural.

Apparently she likes to look after her skin the old-fashioned way, with really good products, facials and lots of massage.

That's exactly what I felt I needed when my face felt puffier than usual from all the festive-season fun, so I decided to visit Everyoung in Dun Laoghaire. I'd heard that Iris has the most incredible hands, and was the therapist to see for her de-puffing, rejuvenating facial called the Personalised Facial, €135.

For an hour-and-a-half, Iris deep-cleansed, massaged, tightened and firmed my skin with a combination of products like the cell-renewing Elastine Soft Mask, and used some amazing massage techniques.

Honestly, I felt as if my face had had a workout, as I left the salon with gorgeous, glowing skin.

Everyoung, 64a George's St Upr, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, tel: (01) 230-2745 or see

Giving the finger

Regular readers know how I love brightly coloured nails and that I often paint them at my desk, while writing. I've just done them - and now they're wearing these little Helmies, right. The soft, lightweight helmets fit over each of my nails once they're touch-dry, to prevent bumps, chips and smudges, allowing me to get on with my work.

The name makes me giggle, but the design is not to be laughed at, as the open back means I still have sensory touch, so I can continue to use my iPhone and laptop.

I bought mine on for £7.99 (around €11) for a pack of 10 finger helmies and two big-toe helmies to try out, as they have a genius pedi pack as well.

Triona's most wanted

'And there was a beautiful view, but nobody could see. Cause everybody on the island was saying, "Look at me!"'

I've been listening to a lot of Laurie Anderson over Christmas, including that song, Language Is A Virus, or watching her on YouTube, on my iPhone.

And that's the thing, everybody really is saying 'look at me, look at me' in this Snapchat-happy, social-media obsessed, fake, Facebook-ing world we live in.

Sometimes I really do hope some peeps will some day get to have the life they pretend they have!

'Fake it until you make it' seems to be their motto, and fake up, €26.99, is also benefit's best concealer, as the crease-control hydrating formula boosts hydration, hides dark circles and diffuses fine lines.

It never settles, and neither should you!

Fab skin

Delarom, a heavenly new skincare range by Christine Benet, of Decleor and Darphin fame, values the traditions of nature. It utilises plant extracts and gorgeous essential oils to cleanse, restructure, nourish and protect skin, using balancing, stress-relieving scents such as sweet orange oil. Try this amazing Delarom Aqualixir Serum Ultra Hydrant, €77, for a super skin boost.


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