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The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -


Can we fi­nally say good­bye to tango tans? This sum­mer, the hottest shade for skin bronz­ing is the Au-tan (au­tum­nal tan) or Fash­ion Tan, a look that is more ra­di­ant sheen and less neon glow! Tan ex­pert Marissa Carter of Carter Beauty in Black­rock, Dublin, says, ‘It’s no longer cool to per­ma­nently look like you’ve just jet­ted back from a fives­tar lux­ury hol­i­day. A much more dig­ni­fied and nat­u­ral tan has been spot­ted on the red car­pet and fash­ion run­ways this year.’ To get the per­fect Au-tan, she rec­om­mends the fol­low­ing: ‘To en­sure an even tan, dry-brush be­fore you shower or use an ex­fo­li­at­ing mitt with an oil-free body wash to get rid of any dead skin. If you have dark cir­cles around your eyes, ap­ply Vase­line to the area be­fore get­ting spray-tanned. This will act as a bar­rier and means the skin around your eyes won’t darken fur­ther. If you have fair eye­brows, ap­ply some Vase­line through them too so the tan doesn’t make them go orange!’


Of course, the eas­i­est way of all to repli­cate sunkissed skin is with bronzer. When ap­plied over a foun­da­tion that matches the skin, bronzer adds shape to the face as well as colour. Go for a golden shade rather than brown, with min­i­mal shim­mer. Liq­uid, cream or pow­der — the decision is yours but if you add blush too, keep to the same for­mu­la­tion to avoid look­ing caked. Ap­ply bronzer around the fore­head, tem­ples, jaw, cheek­bones and chin to cre­ate def­i­ni­tion, then add a rosy blush to the ap­ples of the cheeks for a youth­ful fin­ish. Use the same blush shade in lip­stick and sweep some bronzer across your eye­lids for a great, and nat­u­ral-seem­ing, sunkissed look.


There was wild spec­u­la­tion last year around the fash­ion and beauty se­crets of the Wills and Kate wed­ding, in­clud­ing which fra­grance the soon-to-be Duchess of Cam­bridge would wear. Well, now we know — it was called Il­lu­minum, cre­ated by Fort­num & Ma­son, and is avail­able now to buy. The scent is truly bridal: top notes of white gar­de­nia and lily wrapped around a jas­mine heart, un­der­scored by a warm and sul­try am­ber fin­ish — a del­i­cate and mod­ern flo­ral bou­quet of white flow­ers. Prices start at €85 for 50ml; check out fort­nu­mand­ma­ ahead of your own big day, should you want to wear the scent of a real-life princess! PAI KUKUI & JO­JOBA BEAD SKIN BRIGHT­EN­ING EX­FO­LIA­TOR, €25, paiskin­ Pai of­fers or­ganic skin­care so­lu­tions for sen­si­tive sorts, and as you’d ex­pect the range con­tains some re­ally beau­ti­ful botan­i­cal ex­tracts. This new ex­fo­lia­tor is ev­ery­thing a reg­u­lar scrub isn’t — gen­tle, mois­tur­is­ing and up­lift­ing. The gel-to-milk for­mula is sub­lime and the skin-smooth­ing ac­tion comes from soft wax jo­joba beads. A joy to use. Your skin will love it! GIELLY GREEN RE­PAIR MASK, €35.50, giel­ly­ A ex­cel­lent niche brand is al­ways a great find, and this bou­tique range from London-based sa­lon Gielly Green is par­tic­u­larly spec­tac­u­lar. En­riched with mud min­er­als and pow­er­ful oils such as ar­gan, olive, jo­joba and sesame, the mask gives coarse, un­ruly or colour-treated hair a ma­jor mois­ture boost. Treat your­self to soft, nour­ished hair with just a 10-15 minute ses­sion ev­ery week. E45 IN­TENSE RE­COV­ERY LO­TION, €5.69, widely avail­able na­tion­wide Long-time fam­ily favourite brand E45 has so­lu­tions for all skin woes and this new daily body lo­tion is ideal for those with dry or dry and sen­si­tive skin. Per­fume-free and non-greasy (which will make it pop­u­lar with men), the lo­tion is spe­cially for­mu­lated to give you softer skin in just two weeks by lock­ing in mois­ture. Ap­ply lib­er­ally all over ev­ery day af­ter bathing.

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