Triona McCarthy' beauty tips: How nude!
Need some new-season make-up inspiration? Triona McCarthy tries out the must-have trends for spring/summer 2014
Right, so. For the past few weeks, here at Triona's Training, we've been over all the basics in skincare. With those sorted, it's time to tackle the new trends.
After seasons of statement lips and Technicolor eyes, the faces on most of the spring runways were scrubbed clean and sparingly painted in muted shades of nude-on-nude, at shows such as Phillip Lim and Balmain.
It's about fresh-looking skin, and deepening the natural colour of your lips and cheeks.
When going nude, you need the best foundation you can afford, and my money is with Lancome's new Miracle Air de Teint, €36. As the name suggests, it feels like air, it's so light on the skin. You have to feel it to believe it.
But even though it's light, it has the most amazing, natural coverage. Those clever peeps at Lancome have used all kinds of blur technology and light reflectors to give skin a radiant-yet-matte look.
It's well worth trying if you're in the market for a new foundation for spring.
Warming up your complexion with a cream blush formula instead of powder is key for this look.
YSL's new Baby Doll Kiss & Blush, right, €30, is just outstanding. It's a hybrid that, as the name suggests, works on lips and cheeks. This is a sneak preview; it's available in Brown Thomas on April 1.
Blush in a nude shade can appear a bit dusty looking, so try colour 10, Nude Insolent, the textureless, weightless formula means you see colour, but not product. It's perfect for this new look and suits everyone. I have it on my lips and cheeks in my photo, above.
The applicator has a little ball in the centre, so it helps to get the blood flow going.
Apply a highlighter, such as YSL's Touche Eclat, left, €35. Check out the panther-print, limited-edition casing it comes in at the mo. It's wild! You can use it on the brow bone, the Cupid's bow on your lips, and on the bridge of the nose, as well. How nude!
Rise to it
"If you can't handle me at my Lindsay Lohan, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my Beyonce."
This is the kind of stuff I used to come out with to Will when I first met him.
I was coming through a really painful time, and had built walls all around me to protect myself.
Will saw through all the BS-tough-girl nonsense and started breaking down those walls, one brick at a time.
As Beyonce sings: "Remember those walls I built? Well, baby they're tumbling down."
Now, what got me off on this whole tangent is Beyonce's new fragrance, Rise, below left, €22.95. The concept behind the fragrance is female empowerment and finding the inner strength to make women everything they want to be.
The Ken Hirst-designed gold bottle symbolises luminosity, optimism and strength.
Notes include bergamot, apricot, basil sorbet, orchid, freesia, jasmine, cashmere woods, musk and vetiver. So, it smells sweet, but not too sickly, tender yet tantalising.
I hope anyone else that's going through tough times and reading this will take inspiration and realise, like I did, that, even on the darkest night, the sun will Rise again.
Have you heard the news? Luxury is back!
So I'm heading straight to Brown Thomas to check out the exquisite new spring 2014 make-up collection from Tom Ford.
It's the lipsticks in this collection that do it for me. The Tom Ford Spring 2014 Lip Color Sheers, right, €46, are spendy, but spectacular.
I'm delighted to see the super-chic ivory and gold packaging is back after a bit of a hiatus, for a sexy, summer feel.
There are eight shades on offer – a beautiful mix of sexy nudes and hot colours – with ingredients such as vitamins C and E, and shea butter for a light, yet long-lasting, buildable colour and coverage.
You know you want one!
Triona's most wanted
I have seriously sensitive teeth, so I hate having my teeth cleaned, never mind whitened.
However, I long for a bright, white smile like Lily Aldridge, left.
So, when I heard about Pearlys Express Teeth Whitening in Harvey Nichols – which is supposed to be pain-free – I was in there like swimwear.
Previously, peroxide was the ingredient that made teeth-whitening treatments so painful, but it has been banned.
Now you can have a 20-minute Express Teeth-Whiten Treatment, €97, which is great for freshening your gnashers – up to eight shades whiter – but I thought, "To hell, I'll go the whole hog!", and went for the 40-minute Double Express Teeth-Whiten Treatment, €155, for an even better result.
I was given Teeth Brighten Powder to massage into my teeth first, to prep them, and then a treatment tray containing the whitening gel, which you insert into your mouth while a LED light is used.
This was the hard bit.
I've never dribbled and drooled so much in all my life – with shoppers wandering by looking at me!
But I forgot all about this when, 40 minutes later, I had a much whiter smile. I had absolutely no sensitivity afterwards, and followed instructions to stay away from coloured food and drink.
So I went home and drank champagne and ate mashed-potato sangers!
Pearlys Teeth Whitening Bar, Harvey Nichols, Dundrum Town Centre, D16
My lovely friend, author, cancer vixen, and all-round lovely girl, Emma Hannigan, is a bit of a beauty junkie and raves about Fake Bake 60 Minutes Self-Tan Liquid, left, €29, Boots; Debenhams.
The clue is in the name – it develops in an hour.
It's far cheaper than a spray tan, and you don't have to do the walk of shame from a salon looking like an Oompa Loompa.
Emma says it doesn't smell, either, and doesn't transfer on to clothes or bed sheets. Emma puts it on once a week and says it's the longest-lasting tan she has ever used.
To achieve a darker tan, there's no need to reapply. Simply leave it on longer, then rinse off the colour to reveal the tan. Included in the pack is a reusable application mitt and step-by-step advice.
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