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Excitement is building ahead of the launch of Fame — Lady Gaga’s perfume — which debuts in less than a month across Europe and the States. The black-coloured scent is a dark, mysterious blend of honey, saffron and apricot nectar infused with crushed tiger orchids: a vampy fragrance if ever there was one! But while we wait for it to hit our stores, beauty buffs in Tokyo have been enjoying an exclusive Gaga experience since the beginning of August. A pop-up shop created by Gaga and her team invites shoppers to try the scent while enjoying black food and black drinks, all served by shirtless male models. We can only hope that there are similar plans for when the scent launches around Ireland next month. Chance would be a fine thing!
Wedding make-up should be radiant and elegant, for a timeless snapshot of you at your very best on the happiest day of your life. Except that it is a long day and there are hours of photos, so how do you stay picture perfect? Face facts: while you do want a natural finish and to hide any blemishes, you do not want shine or redness. So skip your regular powder and pop a powder foundation into your clutch. Ideal for mattifying touch-ups during the day, it will help maintain coverage, so in the last shot of the night you will look as fresh as you did in the first. Apply only as necessary and with a light touch!
SPOTTED: NEW TREND!
What have Scarlett Johansson, Blake Lively and Dita Von Teese got in common? Aside from being stunningly beautiful, they all have this season’s must-have accessory: a beauty spot or birthmark. Dita’s is tattooed on, apparently, but Scarlett and Blake are naturally blessed with pretty moles à la Marilyn Monroe and Cindy Crawford. And the new season will be all about the ‘beauty spot’. Chanel make-up director Peter Philips sent models down the Cruise Collection 2012 catwalk sporting the velvet interlocked CCs of the brand’s logo on their cheeks; others followed suit with Swarovski crystals and sequins glued to faces. Start practising now with a dot of eye liner. Adventurous types, try re-creating the runway look and attach a single sequin or crystal to your cheekbone with a tiny dot of eyelash glue, for a big statement on a night out! CLINIQUE BOTTOM LASH MASCARA €14, Clinique counters nationwide This mascara has a legion of dedicated fans, and it is somewhat unique in the mascara world, as it was designed for the lower lashes only. With the plethora of giant brushes on the market, applying mascara on the lower lash fringe is difficult to do, so a very tiny brush makes sense. But the real bonus with this mascara is that you can build coats, getting a false-lash effect for standout eyes. DIORSHOW MASCARA €30.50, from Dior counters nationwide The mascara that has cult status is consistently popular with make-up artists and women alike. It has a creamy, buildable formula that allows time to create a falselash effect, and the brush is perfectly shaped to coat every little eyelash. There is a waterproof version, also exceptionally popular, that’s great for holidays, warmer weather and, of course, for brides on their big day when emotions are high! L’ORÉAL PARIS EXTRA VOLUME COLLAGEN MASCARA €14.99, stockists nationwide There’s little doubt that volume is usually the top requirement from a mascara — and you certainly get it from this L’Oréal offering. It’s enriched with collagen and hyaluronic acid to plump the hairs, but it’s the soft waxes that give the formula a supple quality on the lashes, so no more brittle, flaky mascara. Apply two to three coats to super effect. Available in black and waterproof.