What’s in my beauty bag?

Celebrity Salon mentor and beautician Elaine Butler Doolin tells Kirstie McDermott her make-up secrets and favourite products

Elaine Butler Doolin is prone to acne rosacea, so her product choices reflect the great care she puts into her skin. Her favourite products include Vichy’s Pureté Thermale solution. Pictures: Nick Bradshaw

WE’VE just seen Elaine Butler Doolin round up her second stint as mentor to the stars on Celebrity Salon, which finished on TV3 last night. When this glam Dunmore East native isn’t wrangling ex-reality TV types, she’s one busy lady.

Owner of Dublin’s Bespoke Beauty, Elaine is one of those star therapists for whom skincare is a passion — a facial with her is an experience you’ll never forget.

She’s also Social and Personal magazine’s beauty editor and has trialled and tested almost every product available.

CLEAN START: “I’m a big fan of Vichy’s Pureté Thermale Calming Cleansing Micellar Solution (€14.50). It’s a water cleanser and it really suits my skin because it’s so sensitive. I’m prone to acne rosacea so this is really calming. It takes everything off. including eye make-up, plus it’s affordable and easy to get. It’s a one-stop wonder!”

HYDRATE: “Again, because of my skin sensitivities, I find that the best thing for me is Creme de la Mer (from €125). This is great for rosacea, it’s calming and soothing because of the seaweed extract used in it. It’s also very hydrating and makeup goes on beautifully over it!.”

OIL BE BACK: “I’m a big fan of serums and I think you definitely need one with a combination skin type too — they’re great for use on dehydrated areas, for example. I also love Trilogy Rosehip Oil (from €19.95). This is good for the neck and chest and is great for scars — it can helps keep redness down in them.”

BASE MATTERS: “I love Essence Soft and Natural Make Up (€3.99). It’s a mousse foundation and it gives brilliant coverage.! I love to find things that are good at decent prices. It doesn’t matter what it costs, if it’s good, it’s good — and this is.”

TOUCH UP: “Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (€31) is brilliant. I have a grey-blue tone around my eyes and it’s great for that. It covers redness, it helps keep my makeup in place and looking fresh. I don’t have time for touch-ups and I want to look my best for everyone who comes in for a treatment.”

LASH BACK: “I love mascara. !I use Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara (€19) because it has a bend in the brush and that helps makes lashes look thicker and longer. When it’s on they’re just the right length and it doesn’t clump.”

KISS AND MAKE UP: “I’m not a lipstick person, but I love gloss. I like anything that isn’t tacky and I don’t like glosses with glitter — I find them drying. I wouldn’t see my lips as my best feature so I go for nude tones and light pinks or a hint of raspberry. My favourite colour is Estée Lauder Pure Colour Lipgloss in Twilight Petal (€20). I also love Bare Escentuals Buxom glosses too — they give fullness without that stinging sensation.”

SCENTSATIONAL: “Fresh, spicy scents are my favourite. For day I’d go for Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel but my new favourite is Thierry Mugler’s Womanity (from €19.50). I’ve gotten more compliments on this than any other scent. Fellas love it! I love the packaging, it doesn’t smell like anything else — it’s a completely different scent and that’s why it works.”


Favourite brand: I have three: On the lower end, I love La Roche-Posay as it’s ex cellent for sensitive skin and you can buy it anywhere. Mid-priced, Academie is a fantastic salon brand for Irish skins. On the high end, I just adore Creme de la Mer.!

Beauty budget: I spend around €50 a month

Favourite item: I couldn’t be without lip gloss.!

Beauty destination: Cannes, without a doubt. There are two fantastic places there I love. The Shiseido Spa at the Hotel Le Mas Candille in Mougins and the spa at the Hotel Martinez are both out of this world.

Gone, but not forgotten: Lip Plump by Pout. I was devastated when it was discontinued.


Clarins at pharmacies and department stores; Make Up For Ever at Make Up For Ever, 38 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2; Max Factor at Debenhams and pharmacies; Revlon at Boots; Shiseido at department stores and larger pharmacies; Topshop branches nationwide; and Wow Brown at www.wowbrown.com.

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