(that won’t melt off !)

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

Sunkissed is a word we as­so­ciate with caramel skin tones and pierc­ing turquoise eyes. Not ex­actly the most Ir­ish of looks, is it? Aside from our eye colour, we pretty much must fake the rest. And fake it we shall: there is nothing clever make-up can’t do.

We looked at fake-tan­ning last week — so we’ve the sunkissed body sorted! Just one quick note — if you in­tend to wear fake tan on hol­i­day, bring one that will ab­sorb well in a warmer cli­mate. Creams are out, so take a gel such as He-Shi Gel for Face & Body, €22; it has lots of skin ben­e­fits and will ab­sorb quickly to give a lovely tan that you can build on as needed.

Now for the face — a pale vis­age atop a tanned body is not a good look, so the right make-up is cru­cial. A sim­ple sweep of bronzer all over your face is ef­fec­tive: Art Deco Bronz­ing Pow­der No. 6, €28.15, is per­fect for paler skins and will give a lightly tanned look. If you pre­fer liq­uid, Estée Lauder Bronze God­dess Liq­uid Bronzer, €29, is hard to beat — just ap­ply it on top of your usual base. A new foun­da­tion that is a shade darker is an­other op­tion, but pos­si­bly a waste of money for a fort­night’s hol­i­day.

Pick up some in­ex­pen­sive coloured eye pen­cils. A quick line un­der the lower lashes can dra­mat­i­cally change your look. Keep an eye out for jewel shades in a gel pen­cil for­mula: Avon’s Su­per­shock Lin­ers, €8 each, are ideal. Fin­ish with great mas­cara — Max Fac­tor’s False Lash Ef­fect 24 Hour Mas­cara, €16.25, is a top buy.

You wouldn’t imag­ine cheek colour would be nec­es­sary on top of all that bronzer, but if your skin looks a lit­tle flat, the sheer­est touch of pale pink or peach will lift your whole face. Use pow­der blush with pow­der bronzer and cream blush with cream bronzer. If you are stuck, you should get away with the tini­est smudge of lip­stick on the cheeks in a light shade.

Co­ral is the hot sum­mer shade for lips and it’s in ev­ery nail range too. If you can wear it, do; if not, stick to a gold. A gloss in gold is a make-up bag sta­ple — it can sub­tly warm up a lip shade that is cold or flat and it looks great by it­self too; Chanel’s Lèvres Scin­til­lante in Sirocco, €25.50, is an in­dul­gent buy, but a gor­geous one.

Fi­nally, now that you look sunkissed and beau­ti­ful, you want to stay that way through the day or night. Set your make-up with a spritz of Clar­ins Fix Make-Up, € 25.42, a long-last­ing spray that locks make-up per­fectly into place! laura.ber­ming­ham@mailonsun­day.ie

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