Triona McCarthy's... Inner light
Lit from within with luminous skin? Yes, please! Get on board with the latest make-up trend with our glow-getter
Strobing is the new contouring, darlings! Forget about looking sculpted, right now, it's all about dewy, lit-from-within skin.
Strobing is basically highlighting, applied where the light would naturally hit your face. So, that's cheekbones, brow bones, forehead, down your nose, and on your chin.
A little extra highlighting will make your complexion appear more radiant, and you only need your fingers and a great highlighter to do it.
But beware! Dewy can turn into sweaty, or even shiny super-quick, so here are a few tips and product picks to help you achieve the look.
Mac's Strobe Cream, €33.50, can be worn alone or under foundation, and gives skin a subtle sheen.
Then there's Chantecaille's Liquid Lumiere Illuminator, €37, from Space NK. It's a bit more spendy, but it creates a really youthful look. Made with bamboo and pea extract, it can be used under foundation or dabbed on top of it.
If you're on a budget, you can't beat Botanics Radiance Balm, €3.99, Boots, as it gives a really good glow as well.
While you're in Boots, pick up a No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter, €12.95. You can also apply this to the collarbone for a bit more oomph. Top Tip: Keep everything else matte and avoid using shimmery blushers, bronzers and powders.
This week's trick comes courtesy of fabilis photographer Gerry Mooney. Gerry always makes me apply my foundation/bronzer behind my ears, as he says he photographs so many women who have white ears and a brown face!
So now you have to remember to wash behind your ears and apply make-up there! And put on clean underwear in case you get hit by a bus! #motherknowsbest
So my friend Margaret came with me to the races recently - I was a judge in the best dressed competition. When she got into the car, I asked her what was the schtink coming off her - we're really good friends and both from west Cork, so we can say that kind of thing to each other!
Margaret said it was Carven L'Eau de Toilette, from €42, available from Galway boutique Les Jumelles, see lesjumelles.ie
It just smelt fabulous, really expensive and designery, yet fresh and zesty, so it didn't make Will, my chauffeur, want to gag when I wrestled the bottle out of Margaret's handbag and spritzed myself silly with it!
Created by legendary perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, this scent features floral notes of peony, freesia and white hyacinth, which have been blended with white musks, amber and sandalwood, so the schtink is quite delicate, and perfect for a night out with good friends when you know you're going to have a good time!
Rise and shine
There is a certain je ne sais quoi to the feeling of fresh, shiny, bouncy, blow-dried hair.
It somehow makes me feel like a power player and a playa player all at once, just like Gisele Bundchen, right.
If I'm filming early in the morning, I dash into Di Milo Hair Design in Donnybrook, as they're open from 7am. How handy is that?
Norma Jean or Michelle have me and my long hair blow-dried to perfection in less than 20 minutes, while I drink my complementary cappuccino and devour the chocolate.
Di Milo Hair Design, 25 Donnybrook Rd, Donnybrook, D4, seedimilo.ie
Triona's most wanted
When it comes to investing in a new hair straightner, there are millions on the market, so how do you choose which one? Well if you want healthy hair, which is the trick behind gorgeous locks, you need to invest in something like the Braun Satin Hair Straightener with Iontec Technology, €69.95, from Harvey Norman.
I won't bore you with the science too much, but basically Braun's Iontec technology works by releasing millions of active ions onto the hair to attract moisture particles from the air while styling. This protects the health of the hair and leaves it beautifully soft and shiny.
It also encourages weak and damaged hair to hold on to essential moisture supplies, meaning my hair looks smooth and healthy.
These straightners heat up really fast, with several settings for every hair type, and the plates are seriously smooth, so there's no tugging or breaking when I pull it thorough my hair. #hairhero
Sometimes it's good to go back to the classics, like Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, right, from €47.
The potent single-use capsules, filled with restorative serum to support natural collagen levels, have been a bestseller for over 20 years.
I was filming at The Loop in Dublin Airport lately, and the lady on the counter said she can't keep them in stock because they're so perfect for packing in those little plastic baggies when you're travelling.