Black, white, and red are stun­ning au­tumn colours to help you stand out from the crowd, says

Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Inside - Rachel Marie Walsh

Black, white and red are the only colours a great painter needs, ac­cord­ing to Ti­tian, and the trio also makes a clas­sic Hal­loween pal­ette you can use over and over. White foun­da­tion is less ver­sa­tile than red lipstick or black eye­liner, true, but NYX Pro Cos­met­ics Foun­da­tion Mixer,`€10.50, in ‘White’ is can be use alone for a blood­less base on the 31st and to lighten other complexion prod­ucts there­after. It cre­ates a demi­matte, opaque fin­ish that is alarm­ing alone but will make your coloured fea­tures stand out in bold.

A snow-white layer hides a mul­ti­tude but It can also look a lit­tle flat. Add light and shape to the face by tap­ping MAC Strobe Cream, €34, on top of cheek bones, pat­ting across high­est point of the cheek and along the outer cor­ner of the eye. Then high­light the mid­dle of the chin and the bridge of the nose. This may also be the only time of year where ob­vi­ous cheek-con­tour­ing is not a faux pas. Think of An­gelina Jolie’s Malef­i­cent and swipe a bronz­ing stick from the point in your hair­line above your ear to the mid­dle of the un­der­side of your cheek­bones (tak­ing the line too close to the mouth n’est pas Jolie) and blend well.

Red lips are a sym­bol of youth and vi­tal­ity but also a sta­ple of ghoul­ish fe­male char­ac­ters. From Pa­tri­cia Quinn’s dis­em­bod­ied red lips open­ing The Rocky Hor­ror Pic­ture Show to An­jel­ica Hus­ton’s Mor­ti­cia and Mar­got Rob­bie’s Har­ley Quinn, it is clear that scary girls wear red lipstick. Just don’t for­get the tooth-whiten­ing strips/paste. While red lips do some­thing to brighten teeth, an all-white face is a harsh back­drop. There are loads of fab­u­lous red lip­sticks out for au­tumn, Dior Beauty alone had done a whole col­lec­tion.

For Ma­genta-like drama it is hard to beat Buxom’s Va-Va Plump Shiny Liq­uid Lipstick, €18, in ‘Make it Hot,’ which gives lips tem­po­rary vol­ume and a PVC-gleam.

Black liner is the most im­por­tant part of your Hal­loween makeup. If you were a cat, a mouse or Cap­tain Jack Spar­row you would not need any­thing else. But with face and lips done there’s re­ally no ex­cuse not to draw a liq­uid-flick (á la Cat­woman, Mor­ti­cia… ) or a clas­sic smoky eye (e.g.Wed­nes­day Ad­dams, all of the girls from The Craft…). Ka­jal crayons are use­ful for the latter as they work as both shadow and pen­cil. Shi­seido’s InkArtist Ka­jal Liner, €26, is a blend of wax, black pig­ment and vel­vety pow­der you can dif­fuse into ‘smoke’ with a sponge ap­pli­ca­tor. There is also a built-in sharp­ener that helps with cleaner lines.

Treat­ment of the Month: CACI Syn­ergy Fa­cial Treat­ment

Syn­er­gies, of course, pro­duce re­sults greater than their parts, so when Caci added light ther­apy to its fa­mous non-sur­gi­cal facelift (Jen­nifer Lopez re­port­edly owns one of their salon-only ma­chines), it sounded like both Bo­tox and lasers were in trou­ble. A third party study by Welsh skin­care spe­cial­ists Cutest Sys­tems found ten of th­ese ‘Syn­ergy’ treat­ments re­duce wrin­kle depth up to 75%, im­prove skin elas­tic­ity up to 88% and re­duce red spots by up to 53% in women be­tween 30 and 60.

The non-sur­gi­cal facelift, Caci’s sig­na­ture treat­ment, com­bines a salon-strength ton­ing ses­sion with more con­ven­tional fa­cial treat­ments. Their ma­chine uses mi­cro-cur­rent im­pulses that lift and tone the fa­cial mus­cles (in­clud­ing the eye area) and the neck, while im­prov­ing skin elas­tic­ity and re­duc­ing the ap­pear­ance of fine lines and wrin­kles. De­liv­ered through wands us­ing a wa­ter-based an­tiox­i­dant and pep­tide serum as con­duc­tor, this gives a skin an in­stantly dewy, glow­ing ap­pear­ance. The light ther­apy works deep down into skin’s tis­sue to help re­pair dam­aged col­la­gen and en­cour­age the fad­ing of marks and spots. Both the ton­ing and light wands cre­ate warm, tight­en­ing and oc­ca­sion­ally tin­gling sen­sa­tions as they work. Th­ese steps are fol­lowed by a brush with Caci’s “Wrin­kle Comb,” a smooth­ing tool de­signed to lessen the ap­pear­ance of fine lines and stim­u­late col­la­gen pro­duc­tion. The im­pact of light ther­apy on skin’s tex­ture af­ter a sin­gle ses­sion is not much but it does boost cir­cu­la­tion in the short term. Light ther­apy is pain­less com­pared to a laser­ing, which can re­sult in some peel­ing and in­creased sen­si­tiv­ity from your first en­counter.

The ton­ing makes skin look in­stantly brighter and bet­ter-slept. It is hard to dis­tin­guish its ef­fects from those of the comb, if any, though the comb cer­tainly feels more like it is pinch­ing you into shape. Your Caci ther­a­pist dis­cusses your goals with you be­fore­hand and this in­forms the more tra­di­tional parts of the treat­ment: ex­fo­li­a­tion, pu­rifi­ca­tion, etc. I opted out of the mi­cro­der­mabra­sion as it is not an ex­fo­li­a­tion method I like, but it is a stan­dard step in ‘Syn­ergy’. The abrad­ing crys­tals are used to boost cir­cu­la­tion, min­imise pores and pro­mote the ab­sorp­tion of the prod­ucts ap­plied af­ter­wards. In­stead I re­quested ex­tra hy­dra­tion, so my ther­a­pist ap­plied the brand’s Hy­dra­tone mask. This is an un­der­stand­ably pop­u­lar pre-party step as it plumps and bright­ens skin sur­face fast. The for­mula is high in hyaluronic acid, sooth­ing mar­itime ex­tracts and ar­butin, a skin-light­en­ing an­tiox­i­dant. I did not ap­ply makeup af­ter­wards, though re­sults won’t be com­pro­mised if you do. An es­pe­cially nice thing about this fa­cial is that skin does not re­quire a ‘set­tling down’ pe­riod af­ter­wards, as it looks nei­ther red nor blotchy, Time: 90 min­utes

Cost: From €100

Avail­able at Caci&Beauty, Pas­sage West, and Dev­ereaux Nail & Beauty, Douglas, Cork. See for fur­ther stock­ists. >> CACI com­bines a salon-strength ton­ing ses­sion with more con­ven­tional treat­ments.

Shi­seido Ka­jal Ink (above), Buxom VaVa Voom Lac­quer Chanel SS19 (left).

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