Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - BEAUTY -

I’m such a ded­i­cated fol­lower of fash­ion that I’ve even named my chil­dren af­ter dress lengths! Our son, Max­i­m­il­ian, is mostly called Maxi, and our daugh­ter, Seren, is bet­ter known as Mini, and now we have de­cided we’ll call the next one (when we get around to it) Midi! What am I like?

Speak­ing of fash­ion, the big trend beauty-wise right now is li­lac. It’s the new black. Ni­cole Richie and Ire­land Bald­win have been in a pur­ple haze, rock­ing li­lac hair, while, back­stage at Matthew Wil­liamson, Char­lotte Til­bury worked her magic on mod­els, us­ing rich mauve hues on their eyes. Char­lotte likened the pretty pop of colour she cre­ated around the eyes to a bloom­ing hi­bis­cus flower.

This flat­ter­ing shade makes both dark and pale skins pop. I love a lighter smoky eye for sum­mer, and so, the new Es­tee Lauder Magic Smoky Pow­der Shadow Sticks, left, €22.50, make cre­at­ing this look a cinch, as these are, ba­si­cally, pow­der eye-shad­ows in a stick.

There are eight shades to choose from, and Pink Char­coal is the one I’m wear­ing in my photo, above. I ap­ply it straight from the stick and then blend it with my fin­gers, so it’s a re­ally quick, easy way to do eyes. Just re­mem­ber to keep your foun­da­tion light and the rest of your make-up pared-back to keep the li­lac look­ing serene rather than in­tense.

If you’d pre­fer a more sub­tle nod to the trend, then dip your dig­its in No 7 Gel Look Sweet Li­lac, €9. This ul­tra-glossy gel-look pol­ish gives fresh, bright colour and com­plete cov­er­age in one stroke, with su­per shine. Or try my cur­rent ‘goof-proof ’ colour, Art­deco Art Cou­ture nail lac­quer, above, €13, in shade 790. I can ap­ply it while bal­anc­ing ba­bies on my knees!

It’s light enough not to show up any mis­takes, and has just enough of a li­lac hint to look to­tally on trend.

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