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

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

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