Now’s the time to SPRING INTO STYLE!

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

Af­ter a rather chilly start to the year we can now fi­nally look for­ward to spring, even if it’s a case of bet­ter late than never. In win­ter, we take a lot of beauty short­cuts. When it’s cold out, we so­cialise less, so why bother with fake tan or nail pol­ish? It’s too much ef­fort. But spring gives us the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to get back into a beauty rou­tine. Easy and in­stantly re­ward­ing, th­ese quick fixes will lift your look with min­i­mum ef­fort...

Ra­di­ance, glow, call it what you will — if you haven’t got it nat­u­rally, fake it. Mimic a dewy fin­ish by mix­ing one third high­light­ing fluid into your reg­u­lar foun­da­tion. Ar­mani’s Fluid Sheer (€42.69, 12 shades) is per­fect for this trick. Af­ter mix­ing, ap­ply to the face with a foun­da­tion brush for a nat­u­ral fin­ish.

A light-re­flect­ing liq­uid con­cealer, like YSL Touche Éclat (€35, seven shades) is a must-have. Use it to paint over lines and gen­tly pat into place. The light-re­flect­ing par­ti­cles lessen the look of fa­cial creases, es­pe­cially nose-to-mouth lines and crow’s feet. Light-re­flec­tive con­cealer can also give a bet­ter pout. Be­fore ap­ply­ing lip- stick, run the con­cealer along the up­per edge of your lip line and lightly pat. This colour lift makes your mouth ap­pear more pro­nounced.

Il­lu­mi­nated skin should be matched by sparkling eyes. Perk up your peep­ers with a nude liner along the in­ner rim of the lower lids. Rim­mel’s Scan­dal’Eyes Wa­ter­proof Nude Liner (€4.95) in­stantly opens the eyes, mak­ing you look well rested. Em­pha­sise your eyes fur­ther by curl­ing the lashes be­fore ap­ply­ing mas­cara; try Tweez­er­man’s Clas­sic curler (€15.50).

Add some vol­ume to clean or next-day hair with a dry sham­poo (Batiste, €2.49) or vol­ume pow­der ( L’Oréal Su­per Dust, €14.95) to get great root lift. For ex­tra shine, smooth some nat­u­ral oil through the ends to ban­ish frizz; try The Body Shop’s Shea Beau­ti­fy­ing Oil (€15).

Don’t ig­nore your nails. This sea­son’s big trend is the nude nail and it cov­ers all neu­tral tones, from light cream to mush­room. Sally Hansen’s Shell We Dance (€8.95) is a uni­ver­sally flat­ter­ing shade against pale skin.

So, make th­ese small changes now to lift your look in time for the warmer weather to come!

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