Our columnist turns highbrow as she looks back at the eye-conic looks of the 1990s, and some other trends that are worth revisiting
By now, I’m sure most of us have ugly-cried to Adele’s new song Easy On Me. Or is it just me? I love a good cry — it releases excess stress hormones such as cortisol. But back to Adele. I think we were all suitably blown away by her Vogue covers — she appeared simultaneously on the November editions of American and British Vogue — and how open she has been about her divorce. She also spoke candidly about how exercise has helped with her anxiety and how it was never about weight loss, which is a great message. But can we take a moment for her consistently brilliant make-up? She was always amazing at pulling off a good winged eyeliner, and the new video for Easy On Me features her eye-conic (sorry!) lewk. We have New Zealand-born make-up artist Michael Ashton to thank for it, as he was the first to try a wing on Adele in 2007. He recommends starting from the outer corner and working inwards; doing so helps your hand create a straighter line, apparently. So next time you’ve had a good ol’ stress-busting cry and need to redo your wings, begin at the outer end of your lash line, and work towards the middle. Then, draw a fine line from the inner corner of the eye to join the lines together and finish by doing the flick at an upward angle towards the temple.
Combat dry, frizzy hair for good this winter by elevating your hair-washing routine. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to three tablespoons of very mild and gentle shampoo, wet your scalp and massage it in, then rinse. The oil will lock in moisture and act as a protective barrier, meaning less frizziness. Hurrah!
It’s no surprise that the young people of today are embracing old trends that were around when most of them were a mere twinkle in their mamas’ eyes. A few weeks ago, I even came across a gal pinching her cheeks and nose for a faux blusher effect — the oldest trick in the book, eh?
The latest trend to make waves is the claw clip. Synonymous with Jennifer Aniston in Rachel Green Friends mode and Julia Roberts in the ’90s, now the likes of Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber have got their claws in (sorry!). From big ones and small ones to metallic ones or tortoiseshell, TikTok is ablaze with tricks and easy updos that can be achieved. They’re also much kinder to your strands than hair ties. I picked up this brass one, €19 on cosstores.com. I have to hand it to the youth of today, sometimes they know a good trend when they see one.
The 1990s really have a lot to answer for when it comes to my eyebrows. What possessed me to pluck the bejaysus out of them, I’ll never know. And I’m sure I’m not alone. Thankfully, modern lotions and potions are a godsend, with a selection of growth serums for brows and lashes that really work. Here’s my edit of some of the best out there.
First up is RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner, €130 (this product may be subject to import duty and tax), revitalash.ie. It’s the one that started it all really, and this stuff works if a lack of visible lashes is getting you down. The original lash growth serum is packed with its trademarked Biopeptin complex, ginseng and sweet japonica. There’s also wheat protein, an element found in many hair-thickening treatments. Apply it once a day and see your lashes become more visible in about five weeks — literally in front of your eyes. Check out the extensive range, which now also includes a shampoo, brow products and mascaras.
I am in love with beauty products that kill two birds with one stone (or cotton pad), so say hello to this Aurelia London Conditioning Eye and Lash Cleanser, €41.95, lookfantastic.ie. It actually stimulates the hair growth as it cleanses away each day. Perfect for busy parents, it’s a multi-tasking godsend that contains PROTIDA™ , which is a probiotic technology, along with a mix of gentle ingredients that remove make-up and nourish the hair on your lashes and brows in the process.
A firm fave of mine since it launched is Bare Minerals Strength & Length Serum-infused Brow Gel, €22. This vegan gel promotes hair growth and aims to give you fuller brows in about eight weeks, but instantly fills in sparse areas each time you use it. It’s available in four shades; honey, chestnut, coffee, and a clear option if you don’t want any colour.
And for your budget beauty option, look no further than Primark/Penneys. The Lash Enhancing Serum, €16, primark.ie works to give the lashes more volume and lift before a smidge of mascara even comes close. And — if all else fails — falsies are always our friend. Primark has a range of false lashes that cost from €4. Find these products as part of the Beauty Coup range. Thanks, Penneys.