Our columnist gets techie with two new game-changing gadgets, and also has some wonderful new product picks for glowing skin
L’Oréal is really pulling it out of the (make-up) bag when it comes to tech these days. The French brand has two exciting new gadgets, both of which are set to launch this year, and are sure to change the beauty landscape by making it more inclusive — and I am here for it!
First up is the L’Oréal Hapta, which is a handheld smart make-up applicator for anyone with limited hand or arm movement. The device adds stability, enabling people to apply their make-up themselves. It incorporates technology originally created by a company called Verily, which specialises in making eating utensils easier to use for people who have less mobility. How clever!
Badly shaped brows might be a thing of the past, too, with L’Oréal Brow Magic, an electronic applicator that uses AI technology to give users bespoke arches for their face shape. Developed by L’Oréal in partnership with tech company Prinker, the temporary tattoo printing company, this device makes professional-like results accessible at home. Again, great news for anyone who can’t make it to the salon easily. Prices have not been released yet. See loreal.com.
If you are blessed with super long eyelashes, or perhaps you’re using a growth serum, you’ll be aware of the curse of the spidery bottom line when it comes to mascara. Add mascara to the top lashes, then close your eyes gently straight away. The wet mascara will lightly coat the bottom lashes without going overboard.
Dew you like fresh-looking skin?
I’m always a fan of fresh, dewy, healthy skin, so this week, I’m running through some of the newest skin-enhancing products.
This Mac Hyper Real Serumizer Skin Balancing Hydration Serum, €68, brownthomas.com, is the standout product in the brand’s new Hyper Real range. It’s non-greasy and light, so it lets the skin breathe. It’ll keep make-up looking fresh for 12 hours.
This Sisley Ecological Compound Advanced Formula, from €136, will be available to buy on February 6. It works on two levels — first, it makes the skin more resilient thanks to meadowsweet extract, which works on the skin’s natural immunity. And second, it contains burdock extract. It’s rich in inulin which is a prebiotic sugar that can only be used by the ‘good bacteria’ on the skin’s surface. Available from Brown Thomas.
Biologique Recherche Collagene Originel Serum Authentique, €62 for 8ml, €150 for 30ml, is the French brand’s formula for older skin that stimulates four naturally occurring collagens. We lose collagen as we mature, so this wonder product aims to tone, firm and add density for smoother-looking skin. Find it in selected salons — see biologique-recherche.com/en-ie for details.
Lastly, La Mer The Resurfacing Treatment, €120, is a brand-new exfoliating formula that’s gentle enough to use twice daily. It claims to make a difference after just one use, making skin look more radiant and clear. Available at Harvey Nichols; Brown Thomas, see brownthomas.com.