Monday 20 November 2017

Triona McCarthy says... Orange is the new red

Triona McCarthy went orangey-red for a change. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Triona McCarthy went orangey-red for a change. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Nail colour, fifth avenue by essie
L'Oreal Professionnel's new Hair Touch Up
Matte Revolution in 1975 Red.
Estee Lauder New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum.
Former star of The Hills, Kristin Cavallari.
Nars Audacious Mascara.

From hair colour in a spray can to fabric-softener sheets in your suitcase, this week beauty buff has the best beauty must haves to keep you looking good.

Triona's trends

Recently, on a trip to New York for fashion week, I decided to ditch my usual red mani and pedi, and chose an orangey-red instead. It just felt more contemporary and quirky, I guess,  so it was perfect for the fashion marathon that is New York Fashion Week .

While red is quite classic and grown-up, orange is more eccentric and carefree. I feel I have to watch myself a bit more when I wear red, whereas with orange, I feel it doesn't matter as much if, say, my lipstick isn't perfectly painted on, and I kinda like that, actually.

I still have the nail colour I'm talking about on my nails as I type this - it's fifth avenue by essie, €9.99. How appropriate for New York!

This orangey-red is ideal for this time of year when red feels a little too much. We'll be wearing plenty of red come, ch, ch, ch, Christmas - there, I said it! It dries really quickly, and five days later it's still on my nails with no chips!

For me, the absolute best orangey-red lipstick in the whole wide world is Matte Revolution in 1975 Red, from the limited-edition Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson collection, €30. I'm wearing it in my photo, above, but it looks really good on everyone, not just me, as I've tried it out on a variety of skintones.

I just adore how fresh-looking it makes all the black clothes I wear, but it's especially good when it's worn with khaki as well.

Triona's trick

Having spent years trotting round the world as a fashion buyer, and now as a beauty writer, one thing I always pack is fabric-softener sheets, as not only do they make everything in my suitcase smell fresh, but they double up as a perfume when used on my body or on my hair. #springtimefresh

Touchy subject

If, like me, you start seeing grey hair two weeks after you've had it coloured, then you need L'Oreal Professionnel's new Hair Touch Up,  €14.95.

It's very clever, with its precise targeted-application nozzle and swift spray action, providing coverage with freeze-dry technology so it dries instantly, leaving zero wet or sticky effect, with no colour transfer. It's so simple to use. Just apply it where your unwanted grey hairs are and then brush and style your hair as normal.

Available in four shades - black, brown, light brown and dark blonde - each one is designed to blend away greys and they are all formulated for a natural result in both look and feel. And, best of all, they are water-resistant, sweat-proof and wash out with just one shampoo.

Fake it, girls

I get many lovely messages from people wondering about my skin and how I stay looking well after two babies in two years - like former star of The Hills, Kristin Cavallari.

My secret is, whenever I need a boost, I pop into Dublin's Dr Mulrooney Clinic, run by two sisters, Dr Jane and Dr Katherine Mulrooney. Dr Jane, also a mum of two tinies, sorts me out with a medical facial, aka CFT - combined facial treatment - which consists of a glycolic peel, followed by IPL laser. The glycolic peel brightens the skin, evens out pigmentation and reduces breakouts, while the IPL laser zaps red veins, sun spots and also stimulates collagen, thus plumping the skin.

Dr Mulrooney Clinic, 58 Northumberland Rd, D4, tel: (01) 441-0188/ (087) 738-6307, or see

Triona's most wanted

I have to be successful because I just love expensive shizz! Although I'm good at working out where to save and where to splurge, when it comes to skincare, I always say it's best to invest in a great serum, because they contain the most potent, full-strength concentrations, and are undiluted with cheap base ingredients such as water or glycerin, as is the case with many moisturisers.

Right now, I'm splurging on Estee Lauder New Dimension Shape + Fill Expert Serum, €108. I know it's expensive, but because of my mug being photographed here every week, I can now show how "every angle becomes your best angle", as they say in the blurb.

This innovative serum makes my skin look more lifted and helps my facial contours look more defined, just by rubbing this in! It works in three ways: thanks to the hyaluronic acid, lipids and filaggrin, it works on volume; thanks to a plumping pro-collagen complex, it works on structure; and thanks to the way it boosts elastin and fibronectin, the architects of the skin, it works on definition.

It's a real game-changer, this! I just need to up my game to pay for it!

Cult product

Not wearing make-up at home is great, until I open my iPhone and the front camera is on -HMMOG, it's not pretty!

So I put a little mascara on now, so as not to frighten Gerry, the postman. I was gifted the new Nars Audacious Mascara, €26, at the Alexander Wang SS16 afterparty recently, in New York. Just one coat, using the high-tech, rubbery wand, gently pulls my lashes up, opening up my eyes to make me look more alive.

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