Saturday 14 December 2019

Triona's Trends: Lips it!

Triona McCarthy. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Triona McCarthy. Photo: Gerry Mooney

If red lips don’t rock your world, pick up a pink, or go grunge with blue. This week, our beauty expert Triona McCarthy shows us how to pull off the current trend for dark lips.

Triona's trends

My new beauty obsession? Statement-making make-up.

Oh yes! You see, I’m a bit broke and can’t afford the latest statement bag or shoe — so I just show off with make-up instead. This season’s shows were awash with statement lips, ranging from super-glossy reds, to deep deep berry hues, outlandish hot orange and even blue.

Yes, Illamasqua’s Disciple Lipstick, below, €17, is a very dark, navy-blue lipstick from their new collection, called Art of Darkness. This lippie is so dark it is almost black, and it’s what the total hipsters are wearing for that grunge look. Blue doesn’t drain the colour from your face in the way a jet black might. It’s softer against your skintone.

For my photo, I got Amanda Sharkey from Illamasqua to try a goth lip on me, and we opted for their Intense Lipgloss in Hermetic, €15. First, we prepped my lips by rubbing them with an old toothbrush. Then, we layered on Carmex Strawberry Moisturising Lip Balm, right, €3.98, the latest introduction to this cult-favourite lip-balm collection.

FYI, all you lip-colour-crazy peeps — Lipstick Queen at Space NK in Harvey Nicks does every single shade you need in a lip colour, in both sheer and matt formulas.

I’m loving their Chinatown Glossy Pencil, below, €24, in Thriller. These pencils use shea butter, vitamin E and sunflower-seed oil to moisturise lips and give a sheer splash of colour. Now, lips or eyes is the make-up rule — never both — so play down your eye make-up to pull off this look.

Triona's tricks

Don't let the ‘lip’ in lipstick limit you to just using it on your lips, ladies.

If your beige lipstick — which was all the rage during the summer — is looking for something to do, why not pat it on any ugly party-related injuries, such as bruises? It’s also good for leg veins. Seriously.

The shade counteracts the blue tinge. Like it? I love it!

Got it nailed

I’m like Buffy the Nail Filer, as I liken ridges on nails to wrinkles on the skin — they’re just not good.

This season, I’m all about Boots Curved Seven Way File and Buffer, right, €5.25. If all that nail art has taken its toll, try this block. The combination file and buffer has seven surfaces that file, shape, smooth and shine.

Get your nails looking fab by following these steps:

1. Use surface one followed by surface two to shape your nails. Always file from the edge of your nails to the centre, using long, smooth strokes.

2. Use surface three to neaten the edges of your nails.

3. Use surface six to buff your nails, followed by surface seven to create a high-gloss finish. This last step can be repeated every few days to maintain a natural shine.

4. Once a month, you should use surface four followed by surface five to remove any ridges on the surface of your nails. Hands up if you like this!

Flyaway hair

I can’t get B.o.B’s song, featuring Hayley Williams, outta my head.

Can we pretend that airplanes In the night sky Are like shooting stars? I could really use a wish right now, wish right now, wish right now, Yeah, I could use a dream or a genie or a wish, To go back to a place much simpler than this. Cause after all the partyin’ and smashin’ and crashin,’ And all the glitz and the glam and the fashion, And all the pandemonium and all the madness, There comes a time where you fade to the blackness. And when you're staring at that phone in your lap, And you hoping but them people never call you back, But that's just how the story unfolds, You get another hand soon after you fold.

Hayley, with her distinctive red hair, is a bit of a fashion icon. Caring for her coloured hair is vital.

Products such as Wella SP Color Save Shampoo, €17.50, Conditioner, €19.50 and Mask, €21.99, will lock the colour into your hair and protect against colour fading.

Cult product

I take my job very seriously and devote my time trying to find new ways to keep you — the Mna na hEireann — looking good. My latest discovery is Bepanthen, right, €3.99. Now, most mummies out there will recognise this as a nappy cream. But, according to my latest research, fortysomething Catherine Bailey— the Agent Provocateur model married to photographer David Bailey — reckons this is the secret behind her flawless skin. I tested this wonder cream, which contains Pro Vitamin 5, and put it on my slot on Xpose on TV3 — and the feedback was fantastic.

Triona's most wanted

I’m all for saving time and money, so I decided to go to the award-winning Kazumi salon to try out their Brazilian Blowout, from €200. This is a quicker, milder version of the other semi-permanent conditioning treatments.

Jackie Fay, Kazumi’s salon manager, treated my tresses and, 90 minutes later, my hair was frizz-free and effortlessly manageable with what everybody wants: plenty of body and bounce, and without that awful poker-straight look you can get with other versions. This treatment creates a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate the dreaded frizz and to smooth the cuticle.

Unlike similar treatments, you can shower right away. But the big news: once I wash my hair with the Brazilian Blowout Acai Anti-Frizz Shampoo, left, ¤29.95, and Conditioner they recommend, my hair dries sleek and frizz-free, just as if it had been professionally blown out. I just shampoo, condition, and brush. Kazumi, 36 Molesworth St, D2, tel: (01) 678-5004

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