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Beauty apps for your smart­phone or tablet can be great for pick­ing up tips be­fore you shop. Many are free on iTunes and one of the best, ModiFace, has had an in­ter­est­ing up­date of late. ModiFace is a vir­tual make-up tool that lets you up­load a photo of your­self and mod­ify it with end­less com­bi­na­tions of make-up and hair. With the new ver­sion, you can try skin­care op­tions too. If you’ve a par­tic­u­lar ail­ment, such as red­ness or dark spots, the app can show how to cor­rect or dis­guise it. An in­ter­ac­tive beauty ad­viser can an­swer re­quests such as, ‘Find me eye shadow un­der €10,’ or ‘Make me up for my date tonight.’ Even if you aren’t plan­ning any pur­chases, the new ModiFace is still a fun, free app to have. Check it out on iTunes.


There is an oh-so-sim­ple eye trend headed our way for Au­tumn/Win­ter that even be­gin­ners could mas­ter. It is a take on the smoky eye that all ages can wear with­out feel­ing overly made up. The ‘choco­late smoky eye’ is one for all eye colours too. Here’s how it’s done: take a choco­late brown pow­der shadow and sweep it all across the eye­lid, stop­ping short of the socket line. Blend away any harsh edges, nat­u­rally. Then, us­ing a black eye liner (pen­cil is prefer­able to liq­uid), line the up­per lash line and the in­ner lower lid. Get an eye­lash curler and pump the up­per lashes 2-3 times for max­i­mum curl and def­i­ni­tion, and add a few coats of black mas­cara. That’s it, easy! Try it and see how the lush deep brown makes your eye colour re­ally pop!


If eye fash­ion trends aren’t your thing, the eas­i­est way to nail a dra­matic look can be the state­ment lip. Al­ways a fea­ture on any red car­pet, and as time­less a look as you’ll get, a pic­tureper­fect red or pink is a sure head turner. Some skill is re­quired, and a match­ing lip-liner pen­cil will help get the shape and hold the colour in place. You can pick a nude pen­cil but this re­quires full cov­er­age with the lip­stick — so it’s not a good choice if you have any fine lines around your lips since there’ll be more chance of colour bleed. Solid matte colour is this year’s key fin­ish — any shine will date the look. Matte lip­sticks now have added con­di­tion­ing agents so you don’t need gloss. Seek bright colours with cold, blue un­der­tones to make your teeth look whiter. Strik­ing! NUXE CLEANS­ING WA­TER WITH PETALS OF ROSE €14.90, phar­ma­cies na­tion­wide Sooth­ing rose wa­ter is the key in­gre­di­ent in this cleanser for face, eyes and lips tai­lored to sen­si­tive skin. Flower wa­ters are col­lected dur­ing the dis­til­la­tion of es­sen­tial oils and are a light essence of the flower that re­tain some prop­er­ties of the ex­tracted oil. Rose wa­ter is pow­er­ful in skin care be­cause it is sooth­ing and soft­en­ing. Ap­ply with a cot­ton pad; no need to rinse. SHU UE­MURA VOL­UME MAKER €40, tel: 01 604 5935 for stock­ists As hair trends go, ‘big hair’ re­mains pop­u­lar — and vo­lu­mis­ing pow­ders are the sim­plest, quick­est way to put some oomph into your roots. They dif­fer from dry sham­poos in that they aren’t look­ing to mop up oil; in­stead they of­fer in­stant vol­ume to clean hair. Vol­ume Maker has a brush to dis­trib­ute the vo­lu­mis­ing pow­der more evenly. Hail high hair: this is a won­der prod­uct! CLAR­INS EYE­BROW KIT €39.65, Clar­ins coun­ters na­tion­wide If you don’t know about this al­ready, Clar­ins eye­brow kit is the best you can buy. Inside the com­pact is a mini tweez­ers, brow brush, shadow and liner brush. There are three brow colours for what­ever hair colour is, which dou­ble as eye shadow if nec­es­sary, brow wax to set the colour and fi­nally a buff-pink shade to brighten tired lids. See, best kit ever — noth­ing else could fit in there!

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