With the clocks going forward next weekend, it may be time to ring the changes through to your beauty regime too. Rachel Marie Walsh has seven little beauty tricks to update your look for spring
A sparkling finish, a juice-ifying formula and 27 flattering shades make Chanel’s Rouge Coco Flash (pictured above) spring’s best new lipstick. It packs an awful lot of plumping skincare and brightening pigment into Flash’s slender bullet and lips look instantly fuller.
They also feel bigger, I kept touching my face, certain I was making ‘duck lips’ without trying. The shade range breeds choice anxiety, there are ten pinks and two rosewoods alone. And surely you won’t need the five other reds once you’ve tried ‘Ardent,’ with its bluish undertones and intense luminosity?
I pick three pretty, easy to wear shades as the collection’s bestsellers. ‘Boy,’ a soft rosewood you’ll recognise form Keir, ‘Immédiat,’ a fresh pink and ‘Casual,’ a healthy nude peach, are all very versatile and springtime.
Vitamin C queens it over all other brightening ingredients and it is tough to make her behave in high doses.
This powerful antioxidant is difficult to stabilise in skincare and often plays a relatively minor role in products that bear its name. Jean Godfrey-June, the foundation-resisting Beauty Editor of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop, mixes 100 per cent Vitamin C powder with water of a morning and waits about three minutes before applying anything else, in order to maximise exposure.
“It’s brightening, a little tightening and makes everyone’s skin look better,” she tells followers.
Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder, €41 at Arnotts, is 99.8 per cent pure Vitamin C powder topped up with soothing antioxidants like camellia extract and aloe juice. The Ordinary comes through yet again with a new budget option, 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder, €5.80/20g at deciem.com.
You can mix this pure C with water or your favourite skincare. The brand recommends using between a quarter to half a scoop mixed with 5-10 drops of serum or a pea-size of water-based products to lighten up without the drama.
Facials can be a great excuse for some you-time but treating a persistent problem is more cost and time-efficient at home.
Dr Dennis Gross, the Manhattan-based dermatologist to the stars, offers an LED light stick that kills spot-causing bacteria and encourages the healing of existent breakouts. DRx SpotLite Acne Treatment Device, €64 at SpaceNK, which looks something like that memory-wipe device from Men in Black, is an at-home version of machines you may experience during purifying facials.
A blue light penetrates just below skin’s surface to clear bacteria while a red one reduces inflammation, helps prevent scarring and promotes the fading of red marks. The device works to programmed time limits, so skin is never over-exposed and sensitised. It can also be used together with masks, peels and comedone extractors without causing irritation.
Hair accessories may have reached peak-trend this season, as statement clips and studded crowns were all over the catwalks: oversized bows at Emilia Wickstead and headscarves stuffed with roses at Dolce and Gabbana; thick silk band decorated short fringes (another girly spring hair trend) at MiuMiu and Prada; and Givenchy’s extravagant pearl headbands put me in mind of Taylor and Rose’s beautiful creations.
Stylist Ciara O Doherty’s ‘Blair’ Pearl Headband, €45, and ‘Waldorf’ Embellished Headband, €38 at taylorandrose.ie are perfect for debs hairdos and summer weddings.
Lady Gaga’s pastel hair colours this awards season are no festival look. Playful colour has gone grown-up and glamorous this spring, tinting bouffants and voluminous blow-outs at Marc Jacobs and washing through mermaid waves at Giambattista Valli.
Stephanie O’ Keefe, a stylist at Lillie Hair Salon on Tuckey Street, Cork, won first place for her colour at the Alfaparf Milano Fantastic Hairdresser Awards in November. She recommends Alfaparf Milano Pigments, a range of irreverent shades that can be used to change, update or simply freshen your hair colour.
“For example, if you have a tired balayage that you want to take into spring without any major commitment, simply adding some rose-coral pigments gives you a new look instantly,” she says.
Alfaparf Milano Pigments start from €30 as part of an in-salon service, home-use vials from €4.99.
You cannot go wrong with a classic nude nail in springtime, those polishes really do go with everything. CND’s ‘Natural Nudes’ collection, €11.95 each, is devoted to naked hues. ’Field Fox,’ a re-issue, is a suit-everyone nude that was the brand’s best-selling shellac in Ireland last year.
‘Négligée,’ a sheer pink, is a great choice for all-day events, as a chip is never disastrous when a shade’s barely-there. If you’re a proper mani-obsessive, however, you will know that chrome and holographic nails, two of 2018’s biggest nail trends, are teaming up this season.
Chrome nails with a holographic, glittery topcoat are easy to perfect and look out of this world. Nails Inc’s ‘Nail Porn’ Polish Duo, €35, pairs ‘Drty Girl,’ a deep-red chrome that reflects purple, with ‘Always on Top’s holographic rainbow-pink. Lancôme also jumps on the trend with its ‘Café Bônheur’ collection, which includes two limited-edition Le Vernis, €23, in glossy sugar-pink and a spangly peony-sheer.
A bright new fragrance can enhance moods wherever you go. Lots of brands claim to bottle sunshine — Tom Ford ‘Eau de Soleil Blanc’ and Fragonard ‘Soleil’ are two classics — but for sheer girly warmth it is tough to beat Marc Jacobs’ ‘Daisy Dream Sunshine,’ €69/50ml.
This spring 2019 bud in his garden of florals is super sweet. Raspberry top-notes and an orange blossom-heart dry to a base of white musk and solar notes.