Saturday 24 March 2018

Purple Haze: Triona McCarthy's seasonal quick-fixes

Triona McCarthy says the flattering purple shade makes both dark and pale skins pop. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Triona McCarthy says the flattering purple shade makes both dark and pale skins pop. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Lancome's Advanced Genifique Yeux Light Pearl Eye
Bag: Marks & Spencer Global Escape Tahiti Exotic Monoi collection
Aveda Thickening Tonic
Estee Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Sticks
Kate Moss

Triona McCarthy

Big eyes, hair repair, nail salvation and make-up bag detoxing: for a series of seasonal quick-fixes, our beauty expert has it all, right here, right now

Triona's trends

I'm such a dedicated follower of fashion that I've even named my children after dress lengths! Our son, Maximilian, is mostly called Maxi, and our daughter, Seren, is better known as Mini, and now we have decided we'll call the next one (when we get around to it) Midi! What am I like?

Speaking of fashion, the big trend beauty-wise right now is lilac. It's the new black. Nicole Richie and Ireland Baldwin have been in a purple haze, rocking lilac hair, while, backstage at Matthew Williamson, Charlotte Tilbury worked her magic on models, using rich mauve hues on their eyes. Charlotte likened the pretty pop of colour she created around the eyes to a blooming hibiscus flower.

This flattering shade makes both dark and pale skins pop. I love a lighter smoky eye for summer, and so, the new Estee Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Sticks, €22.50, make creating this look a cinch, as these are, basically, powder eye-shadows in a stick.

Estee Lauder Magic Smoky Powder Shadow Sticks

There are eight shades to choose from, and Pink Charcoal is the one I'm wearing in my photo, above. I apply it straight from the stick and then blend it with my fingers, so it's a really quick, easy way to do eyes. Just remember to keep your foundation light and the rest of your make-up pared-back to keep the lilac looking serene rather than intense.

If you'd prefer a more subtle nod to the trend, then dip your digits in No 7 Gel Look Sweet Lilac, €9. This ultra-glossy gel-look polish gives fresh, bright colour and complete coverage in one stroke, with super shine. Or try my current 'goof-proof' colour, Artdeco Art Couture nail lacquer, €13, in shade 790. I can apply it while balancing babies on my knees!


It's light enough not to show up any mistakes, and has just enough of a lilac hint to look totally on trend.

Triona's trick

Necessity is the mother of invention and brilliant beauty secrets!

Recently, I noticed my nails were chipped just before going on TV. Not good. So what did I do, with only minutes to spare? I simply popped a glittery polish over them. It perfectly disguised any imperfections and I got two more days out of my manicure. #winwin

Beauty booty

If you're reading this, chances are you own a lot of make-up! Time to get it organised. Empty your entire make-up collection onto a table. Now, be ruthless. I think it's better to have no products than bad ones.

Stuck in a colour rut? Are you buying the same shades over and over and not getting any new looks? How many brown eye shadows have you got? Organise your products into colour families.

How old is your mascara? Remember, mascara only lasts a few months, then it dries up and becomes full of bacteria. Conjunctivitis is not a good look this summer.

Sharpen all your pencils and clean your brushes, then list what you're missing and go shopping!

Now all you need is a new cosmetics bag, such as this very summery one from the Marks & Spencer Global Escape Tahiti Exotic Monoi collection, €13.50.

Bag: Marks & Spencer Global Escape Tahiti Exotic Monoi collection

Keeping the make-up you use every day in a fancy new cosmetic bag is sure to keep your space more organised - plus, you'll know where everything is, in case you need to grab something quickly on your way out.

Strictly entre nouse

A holiday or a wedding coming up? Are you scared to wear sandals? Do your hands look horrendous? Wanna get polished up like Kate Moss, the original supermodel? For a thorough foot-and-hand overhaul, check out the beautiful Noir Hand and Foot Spa, tucked away underneath Alan Keville for Hair, at 2 South Anne St, D2. If you're after something a little cooler than a French polish, Gosha Masek is the nail-art supremo to see. Gosha's work can be seen on Ireland's most stylish peeps.

For top-quality treatments in soothing surroundings, Noir is hard to beat, with its serene treatment booths for manis and pedis, using only the best brands like Opi and CND. Now don't go telling anyone, it's our little secret!

Noir Hand and Foot Spa, tel: (01) 675-0022, or see

Triona's most wanted

Pregnancy hair is fecking fantas-thick! I loved my lustrous mane, but once I stopped nursing Mini: poof! I'm practically going bald. I've mainly lost thickness around the hairline, so my hair looks very fine at the front, like a man with a receding hairline! My hair seems to be falling out at an alarming rate, but actually, it's just temporary. During the normal cycle of hair growth, some hair is lost every day, but during pregnancy, the increased levels of oestrogen in the body keep hair in the growing phase of its cycle.

Hair that would normally fall out stays put, resulting in thicker hair. However, after birth, oestrogen levels decline and all the hair that was in a resting phase begins to fall out. Often, this doesn't happen until three months after delivery.

In my photo, above, I've used Aveda Thickening Tonic, €23, to instantly thicken my hair by adding lightweight bulk. I spray it on, and immediately I feel it expanding each strand. It also gives hair great hold, so no more slidey, floppy ponytails.

Aveda Thickening Tonic

Aloe and wheat amino acids add body and shine, kelp hydrates, and echinacea soothes. So it's part styling product, part treatment, and gives my hair a good day of body and bounce.

Cult product

Lancome's Genifique Yeux Light Pearl serum was launched in 2012 and it quickly became a cult classic. Now we have the updated version, Lancome's Advanced Genifique Yeux Light Pearl Eye, Illuminator,  €55, and I absolutely love it. I swear it has reduced and softened the lines around my eyes, the result of two pregnancies in two years.

Lancome's Advanced Genifique Yeux Light Pearl Eye

The eye serum works to create bigger, more youthful eyes by reducing dark circles and diminishing eye bags to make eyes appear larger.

The magic ingredients work wonders, while the applicator is great for massaging in the serum with its cooling sensation.

My eyes now look as big as my seven-month-old's. Pity about the 90-year-old-looking face!

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