Per­fect sum­mer tints

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - NEWS -

Sum­mer al­ways trig­gers an over­haul of my skin­care and make-up ‘wardrobe’. Which seems odd, even to me, as win­ter­time is when there is rich drama in both weather and colour pal­ettes.

Maybe it is that sum­mer fash­ion re­quires skin to be beau­ti­ful, sub­tle and of high qual­ity. All those palepink, le­mon and gold hues of sum­mer cloth­ing, as you can see from our pages, re­quire skin to be lu­mi­nous.

Lancome is one of the best known and most val­ued skin­care and make-up brands in Ire­land. We feel it is qual­ity and it is good. Lancome prod­uct names such as Hypnose Vol­ume-a-Porter mas­cara and per­fumes such as Tre­sor and La Vie Est Belle are as well known to us as the women in Lancome’s advertising cam­paigns — Lupita Ny­ong’o, Ju­lia Roberts, Pene­lope Cruz and Kate Winslet. Lancome is a brand that ap­pre­ci­ates nat­u­ral beauty.

This year, Lancome cel­e­brates its 80th birth­day. So, to­day, with Lancome, LIFE cel­e­brates the nat­u­ral beauty of Ir­ish women, and the best of Ir­ish fash­ion de­sign — from cou­turier Jen Kelly and oc­ca­sion-dress de­sign­ers Sy­nan O’Ma­hony and He­len Cody, to ready-to-wear stars such as Len­non Court­ney.

We asked some of our favourite, uniquely beau­ti­ful Ir­ish mod­els — Pamela Bran­gan, a reg­u­lar on the Sun­day In­de­pen­dent fash­ion pages in the early 1990s; Nikki Bonass, another favourite of ours through­out the 2000s; cur­rent pop­u­lar model Teodora Su­tra, and ris­ing star Car­rie Anne Bur­ton — to not only model some of our favourite de­sign­ers of 2015, but also show us how to wear Lancome’s cur­rent make-up looks, un­der the ex­pert hand of make-up artist Leonard Daly for Lancome Paris.

From all the years I have worked with make-up artists, they have drilled into my head that a good make-up fin­ish re­quires skin to be pre­pared well.

It is never too late to start a skin­care rou­tine, they all tell me — just start. Start­ing young is ideal for the best preser­va­tion of your skin — though I didn’t, and now wish I had. I see women in their 50s and 60s with hardly a line on their face, not from facelifts or Bo­tox, but from the sim­ple act of valu­ing them­selves by look­ing af­ter their skin.

If you think about it, all of Lancome’s cam­paign faces are beau­ti­ful, strong women who we know take care of them­selves. Women who value their in­di­vid­u­al­ity, are con­fi­dent and don’t feel the need to overdo their make-up. Free­dom and be­ing true to one­self are im­por­tant qual­i­ties to them.

They are also qual­i­ties we Ir­ish women re­late strongly to. We know the games played in the world — but we know who we are and we will stand by our be­liefs.

Es­pe­cially when it’s to do with the im­por­tance of wear­ing Lancome Shine Lover while watch­ing Sex and the City.

Pho­tog­ra­phyBARRY MCCALLby Styling by COURT­NEY SMITH Fash­ion edited by CON­STANCE HARRIS

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