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MAR­I­LYN’S SE­CRETS

This month we’re mark­ing 50 years since Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe’s un­timely death. How­ever many beau­ti­ful stars have graced the sil­ver screen since 1962, her elec­tric beauty has held us in awe for half a cen­tury. While most of Mar­i­lyn’s fab­u­lous fash­ions are now fa­mous, her beauty pref­er­ences seem to have been for­got­ten... But now I’ve un­earthed a few! Ac­cord­ing to di­rec­tor Billy Wilder, she had an in­can­des­cent com­plex­ion. Word is that Mar­i­lyn slathered on lay­ers of Nivea cold cream be­fore film­ing and this would have made her skin glow. To wash away the heavy the­atri­cal make-up from film­ing, she used Shu Ue­mura’s cleans­ing oil with ex­actly 15 splashes of cold wa­ter. At the time of her death, her make-up case con­tained pots of Hun­gar­ian brand Erno Las­zlo skin­care as well as El­iz­a­beth Ar­den eye lin­ers, false lashes and shad­ows. The bag was auc­tioned in 1999 by Christie’s with a re­serve of €800-€1,200, but sold for €200,000!

STRAW­BER­RIES AND SUN CREAM?

As if we needed an­other ex­cuse to en­joy na­ture’s sweet­est fruit... but ac­cord­ing to a study at a lead­ing Ital­ian univer­sity, straw­ber­ries have come up trumps for pro­tect­ing skin from UVA dam­age. A team of Ital­ian and Span­ish sci­en­tists at the Univer­sità Po­litec­nica delle Marche have shown how a straw­berry ex­tract added to a hu­man skin-cell cul­ture worked to pro­tect the skin cells and in­hibit dam­age — af­ter be­ing ex­posed to a burst of ul­tra­vi­o­let rays that was the equiv­a­lent of 90 min­utes of Mediter­ranean sun­light. These re­sults could well see the straw­ber­ries be­come a sta­ple of our SPF skin­care.

GET­TING YOUR GLOW ON

With the new school term and au­tumn just around the cor­ner, it feels like we’re about to be crushed in the grip of dull, dark days again. But with one sim­ple make-up change, your com­plex­ion can stay glow­ing and bril­liant right into win­ter. A care­fully ap­plied touch of high­lighter liq­uid un­der your foun­da­tion, or in­deed mixed in with your base, can lift even the dullest or most tired face. Ben­e­fit’s High Beam, €26.50, or MAC’s Strobe Liq­uid, €31.50, are the most pop­u­lar, but any light-re­flec­tive liq­uid or primer will give that much-needed lu­mi­nos­ity. KIEHL’S CLEARLY COR­REC­TIVE DARK SPOT SO­LU­TION €41, Wick­low St and Dun­drum Town Cen­tre, Dublin Dark-spot cor­rec­tors have flooded the mar­ket in re­cent years, each brand de­vel­op­ing their own mostly botan­i­cal blends to com­bat these age spots. Kiehl’s for­mu­la­tion might be the most ad­vanced yet, with a small-mol­e­cule vi­ta­min C to quickly erase spots in as lit­tle as four to 12 weeks — far less time than other brands of­fer. Suit­able too for sen­si­tive skin. LANCÔME GÉNIFIQUE YEUX LIGHT-PEARL €49, avail­able in Brown Thomas stores now and on coun­ters na­tion­wide from 1 Septem­ber This new tech­nol­ogy works ex­clu­sively on the del­i­cate eye area to com­bine the best of Génifique’s age-bust­ing in­gre­di­ents with adapted shi­atsu mas­sage move­ments to im­prove lines, wrin­kles, dark cir­cles and puffi­ness. If you’re a fan of Génifique for the face, neck and dé­col­leté, you’ll love this unique eye serum. IM­AGE AGE­LESS TO­TAL PURE HYALURONIC ACID €63; check re­nais­sance­skin­care.com for stock­ists Im­age is a US brand that of­fers Ir­ish women the chance to use clin­i­cian for­mu­las (with tai­lor-made rec­om­men­da­tions) at prices you’d see in a depart­ment store. This liq­uid is small but pow­er­ful: hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight and is su­perb for dry skin. Use morn­ing and night on dry, de­hy­drated or in­flamed skin for in­stant plump­ing and smooth­ing.

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