Lifting your hair colour can transform your look for summer. Warmer, lighter tones are flattering against the skin and a fresh approach with hair colour opens up new wardrobe and beauty choices. But a new shade can throw up one beauty problem: your brow colour now looks too harsh with lightened hair. If you use brow pencil or powder to shape and define sparse brows, go a shade lighter. So if you use brown, switch to light brown. If your brows are full and noticeably too dark for your new hair colour, take the professional route to a brow bar and have them dyed a half shade lighter. But don’t forget: big brows are youthful so don’t over-pluck! Extending a sunless tan so that the colour lasts far longer than the three to five-day norm is as simple as this: alongside the self-tanner that you buy, pick up a gradual tanner from the shelf too. The full-on colour delivered by the self-tan will be kept fresh and vibrant with the daily dose of moisturiser and low-dose colour the gradual tan gives your skin. As brands vary wildly in their tan shades, it’s best to buy both from the same range so there are no mistakes. Bonus: the initial outlay for the two products is outweighed by the fact that, going this route, you will use less self-tanner in the long run and this is usually the pricier product! After a year or two of us enjoying the benefits of BB (blemish balm) creams, CC (colour correct) creams look set to follow the success of the BBs — but how do they differ? Both contain colour, SPF and moisture but where the BB provides nice coverage and primer qualities, the CC is stronger on skincare action, if less so on the make-up side. That said, it would strike me that for mature skin, a CC would be the one to choose: wear it alone or under foundation. Neither a BB nor CC is a substitute for your skincare routine, but they make a good alternative as time-saving products. For CC creams, look to Clinique, L’Oréal Paris and Olay.
Say goodbye to shine with these brilliant blotting sheets that lift away excess oil, returning the skin to a matte finish. Lots of brands have blotting papers — absorbent sheets impregnated with powders to lift oil — but unfortunately they lift away make-up too. MAC’s version have a special film that absorbs the oil, and only the oil. You need these in your kit if shine is an issue for you!
I do love a really clever product, and this concealer/balm ticks all the boxes for ingenuity and performance! Fake Up has a core of solid concealer wrapped in a hydrating balm. To apply, simply sweep beneath the eyes for dark-circle correction and a moisture boost. Throughout the day, you can use your ring finger to reapply some concealer as needed, or tap a little balm onto pesky fine lines around the eyes. Brilliant!
Suitable for all skin types, and a bride’s best friend, this super fixing spray perfectly protects your look from dawn to dusk. The formula contains rose, grapefruit and silica to set make-up and keep shine away for longer. You can spritz it again during the day to ‘refresh’ make-up. Simply close your eyes and spray over your face. This magic mist is a must!
CLARINS FIX MAKE-UP €26, Clarins counters nationwide
BENEFIT FAKE UP €26.50, Benefit counters nationwide