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A QUICK BOOST!
You don’t need a boob job to make your cleavage look more ample! Try this simple make-up trick. Put on a push-up bra and get a matte bronzer powder and big blusher brush. In a sweeping motion to avoid obvious lines, apply the colour from the inside of the cleavage up and out about an inch or so over the breast. Below this line, sweep a shimmery highlighter powder to add to the illusion of a more voluptuous cleavage. The trick has infinitely more staying power if you can replicate the colour shading and highlighting with water-resistant products. Long-time tan favourite Coty Sunshimmer Instant Tan has been released in both a Light and Medium Matte liquid. Apply in exactly the same way with a blusher brush, but, if you do, remember to clean the brush properly afterward.
THE ‘WIDE AWAKE’ FAKE
The pressures and strains of modern life do nothing for our looks; stress cruelly and visibly takes its toll. So, what to do for a special occasion when you want to look your best? If you have no time or money to spare for a facial, your skin saviour will have to be make-up. To mimic a more youthful look, you need brighter eyes, radiant skin and a big smile. For the eyes, use a pointed blending sponge and apply some silver or pale gold to the inner corner of the lid. Some like to apply it on the bottom lash line to match but this doesn’t work for every woman, so top lid is best. For radiant skin, sweep a pale pink blush powder upwards in an arc over the cheekbone towards the ear. And for a better smile, choose your lipstick carefully — and keep it cold. Cool tones make teeth look whiter. A classic blue- toned red or berry works well. If you aren’t sure, buy a blue or black clear lip gloss and apply over lipstick; it will convert your colour to cold immediately.
Humidity, the enemy of a good blowdry, is the bane of many of us during the summer months. To fight the frizz, there are a few items you need to keep to hand. A heat-protection spray spritzed on towel-dried hair will protect against damage from styling devices but also from external heat during the day, lowering the risk of frizz. Once your hair is dry, switch the dryer to cool, blast the scalp for a few minutes and feel for any damp spots. If your hair is thick, rub a pea-size amount of serum through the length (skip this if you have fine hair). Finish the styling with a misting of humidity-resistant hair spray all over. ROGER & GALLET FLEUR D’OSMANTHUS BEAUTY OIL €26.50, pharmacies nationwide Dry skin and parched hair are going to require a little indulgence if you’ve been neglecting your beauty routine during the colder months. This dry oil spray contains apricot kernel, sesame and sweet almond oils plus the vitamin powerhouses of A, B and E for exceptional nourishment. Smooth a drop or two through your hair and lavish on the body. BUTTER LONDON MUCKY PUPS FOOT WIPES €16 for 30, Harvey Nichols, Dublin and Belfast Free from chemical irritants, these foot wipes offer instant, fresh, clean relief for tired feet. One of four Butter London foot products (the others are Kitten Heels Powder Finish Foot Creme, Rock Off Callus Remover and Stiletto Stick Hydrating Heel Balm), they were inspired by foot-sore models during London Fashion Week. MOROCCANOIL ORIGINAL TREATMENT OIL €38, salons nationwide Just the smallest dose of this residue-free protective and replenishing oil for hair boosts the benefits of any conditioner or masque treatment. Use it before or after styling and you’ll be rewarded with healthy-looking hair that retains shine, suppleness and is resistant to frizziness. Women all over the world swear by this cult product so keep a bottle to hand for bad hair days.