Wednesday 20 November 2019

Triona McCarthy: Spring forward

Celebrate spring with a make-up bag makeover. Our beauty expert Triona McCarthy has all the products to bring some light into your life and your new make-up bag

Triona McCarthy

Triona's trends: Is your make-up bag filled with dried-up old mascaras, broken bronzers and blushers in bits? You’re in need of a spring make-up bag makeover.

Just think about it: you wouldn’t hesitate to chuck out mouldy food, and the same principle applies to lotions and potions you put on your skin. Most beauty products, if you check them, have a ‘period after opening’ indicator, denoted by a symbol of an open pot, which has the number of months of safe use written inside. So do a spring clean and chuck out anything that is dried up or is in bits. While you’re at it, grab yourself a new make-up bag like this lil beauty by Anya Hindmarch, €50, from Seagreen, Monkstown.

Now, what to put in it? A new lippie is an inexpensive way to update your look. Keep up with this spring’s pastel trend by sticking to flirty lippies with soft pink, peach and coral tones. I’m McLovin the new No7 Spring Limited Edition Lipsticks in Brigitte or Grace, €13.45. If you prefer a gloss, the new 17 Endless Shine Lip Gloss, €5.69, really lasts. Now is also the time to buy a new moisturiser. It should contain an SPF of at least 15. Hissyfit, the cult range of mineral-enriched beauty products combining Australian botanical extracts and the latest advanced sunscreen technology, will keep the skin well protected. Saving

Face Anti-Ageing Foundation SPF 50+, €25, from House of Fraser, is make-up coverage and ultimate protection in one handy tube.

Triona's tricks

Now I’ve told y’all before, I’m no domestic goddess — more of a domestic Godhelpus — but I am a great scrubber. Ceramic hair straighteners or curling tongs are something a lot of peeps forget to clean. Burn marks from stuck-on styling products make them work less effectively, as the plates need to be smooth to smooth hair. To remove build-up, warm your tongs and use a wet wipe to clean them.

Wand woman

You know me and my passion for mascaras — I’m loving the new Maybelline One By One mascara, €12.99, which is part of their highly acclaimed Volum’ Express mascara family.

It instantly defined each and every one of my lashes with its Lash Catcher wand. This is a new, slimmer, hourglassstem design that does as it says on the tin — it captures, coats and de-clumps lashes, which enables corner-to-corner coverage by not blocking your line of sight.

Top tip: Sweep the brush upwards from root to tip to add volume to each lash. Continue building lashes until you reach your desired look. Do not let your lashes dry between coats.

Locks of hair

The latest hair craze cruising celebrity circles is Easilocks. The reusable-human-hair extension system requires no heat, no glue, no sewing or braiding and claims to cause no stress or damage to the natural hair. The extended hair is attached to the natural hair using microscopic-sized Easilocks. These are tiny copper cylinders, about the size of an earring back.

The method is guaranteed to last three months, and the hair is reusable. The application can be reversed, unlocking the hair and leaving the natural hair intact. Easilocks say the extensions are undetectable.

They’re available from Ebano Hair Salon, D1, from €450 per full head of extensions, tel: (01) 817-0950, or see

Cult product

I’ve decided I only want to go out with men who find me hilariously funny. Is that too much to ask of a rich man? Ha! I love a laugh, I do. But lately I’ve noticed when laughing and looking in the mirror — as you do — that my teeth aren’t as white as I’d like.

So I got some Pearl Drops Instant White Ultra, €9. It’s like a concealer for teeth. A paint-on tooth-whitening veneer that’s shaped like a lip gloss, so it’ll fit in your make-up bag, and can be applied as little or as often as you want. The veneer coating is easy to remove by brushing with a toothbrush at the end of the day.

Triona's most wanted

I’ve got three bloody chinny chin chins that I hate. So, whenever I think my face needs a lil help, I rock up to Bellaza Beauty where proprietor Sue Machesney sorts me out.

Her latest wonder treatment is the Tenor skin-tightening procedure — often known as the non-surgical facelift. The breakthrough FDA-recognised Tenor technology uses heat energy and radio frequency, which improves the circulation by tightening and plumping loose skin and fine lines. It works, they say, by draining retained fluids under the eyes, the cheeks and around the jaw and neckline, while releasing toxins into the lymph, giving you the glowing, healthy skin you have always dreamed of.

It is perfect for anyone who, like me, is seeking to achieve a more sculpted look around the jawline. The clinic is offering six treatments for €600 — usually it’s €900.

Bellaza Beauty Clinic, 27 Ranelagh Road, D6, tel: (01) 496-3484, or see

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