Sunday 22 April 2018

Triona's trends: Drop-dead gorgeous

If you’re planning on going to a fancy-dress party this weekend and you’re not sure how to achieve a maquillage that’s sexy rather than scary, fear not. Beauty expert Triona McCarthy has all the best tricks and treats for you this Halloween

Triona McCarthy
Triona McCarthy

I love dressing up, so at Halloween I always go to a fancy-dress party and I make sure that I plan my outfit to perfection.

There was one disastrous time when, in a complete panic, I wore a lampshade at the last minute. Last year I wore a slip dress and carried a picture of Freud, as I was a Freudian slip. If you want to glam it up tonight, I think berry tones and smouldering eyeshadows are perfect for creating a Halloween-vixen look; these shades are ideal to get a really dark look.

The Karaja Skyline collection, available from beauty salons, showcases a range of purples and blacks — perfect for wearing with the lace, leather and ruffle trends this season. The Diamond Black eyeliner, €13, is great for a smudged, sexy eye. Karaja Crystal Gloss, left, €13.50, in No 19, is a rich berry shade, and it’s ideal if you want to achieve a dramatic look, or for a romantic or a gothic lip.

Illamasqua’s Art of Darkness collection, available in BT2, is also very goth, with the navy lipstick, Disciple, right, €17, just perfect for pouting at a party. Finally, get into the spirit of Halloween with Precision Nails’ spooky beauty treats. Try this bewitching shade, Call Me Pumpkin, left, £5.99. Now you’re all ready to hit your favourite haunts.

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Triona's tricks

Don’t know what to do with your leftover pumpkin? Simple. Make a mask — it is Halloween, after all. Pumpkins are full of vitamins A, C and E, all of which heal and protect the skin from free radicals and help slough off dead skin cells. Simply mash up some pumpkin, apply it and leave for 10 minutes, then rinse off. Go on — I scare ya!


Halloween is all about hair-raising happenings, so if you’re longing for shiny, bouncy hair here’s a heads-up. My top tip for follicle finesse is, once a week, to lie in your bath, having already shampooed your hair and applied a hair-and-scalp mask. Then, cover your hair with a damp, hot towel or a shower cap.

The heat in the bathroom and the steam of the bath will help the products to penetrate your hair. Try it for 15 to 20 minutes and just relax. I recently used Yes To Carrots Hair & Scalp Moisturising Mud Mask, below, €10.95, which softens, detangles and adds shine and volume.

Fangs for that

With a busy party season just around the corner, iWhite O2 Professional — “Ireland’s newest and most technologically advanced home teeth-whitening system” — should be your new party treat for your fangs.

It’s no secret that everyone looks and feels more confident with a bright, white smile, and with iWhite O2 Professional it’s claimed you can flaunt yours in record time.

The iWhite peeps claim that you can have white teeth in seven days for less than €30. Now for that science bit: The iWhite O2 Professional smile system, right, uses a dental tray and 14 foam strips, which are activated by oxygen in a compact and easy-to-use mouthpiece.

A daily application for 20 minutes is said to create professional-quality results from the comfort of home. The kit is now available throughout Ireland from retailers including all Unicare and Sam McCauley pharmacies. Get your teeth stuck into it.

Cult product

As a fashion buyer, I bought Irish designer Orla Kiely’s quirky and kitsch range, and watched her empire grow every year. Now Orla has launched her signature fragrance and I’m McLovin’ it.

The cute primrose bottle, with its orange top, right, from €40, fits in perfectly with my Halloween page. This charming fragrance of light floral notes captures Orla’s vision of understated femininity while celebrating her devotion to colour and detail.

Notes include green tea, peach, bergamot, rose, white flowers, chocolate, musks, cedarwood and sandalwood. Orla Kiely fragrances are available from Kilkenny shops, see

Triona's most wanted

I have been known to, em, overindulge on occasion. So I’m delighted I’ve found a beautician to bring me back from the dead. That person is Angela Silke, proprietor of Angela Silke Beauty Therapy Experts in Galway. Angela has a knack for ‘you, only better’ make-up, and she’s also great for tips and tricks. Angela’s hubbie, Raymond, has a hair salon downstairs.

Together they’ll have you looking like brunette beauty Anne Hathaway, left. So, rather than stressing out if you have an event, get everything done under the one roof here. Angela Silke Beauty Therapy Experts and Raymond Skelton Hairdressing, 65 Sli Gheal, Ballymonoeen Rd, Clybaun, Galway, tel: (091) 510026, or see

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