Kick off the World Cup carnival spirit via your cosmetics

SO What if the World Cup isn’t top of your priorities? Revelling in this summer’s Brazilian-inspired beauty turns the football thing into a whole different ball game...

Forget team colours, cosmetics have adopted a bright, Rio-inspired carnival vibe. That doesn’t mean cracking open the face paints but embracing colour with a statement feature, whether it’s bright lips or eye-popping nails.

“Rio summer fever is about to hit. With the World Cup blasted off yesterday, Mardi Gras-inspired beauty is set to be a big trend this summer,” says Louisa Hart, creative trends expert.

Think Rio Carnival — on a restrained day. Kick off your tropical summer with these Brazilian beauties.

BEAUTIFUL GAME

You don’t have to wear a national strip to feel involved with World Cup mania. Footie supporter or not, beauty brands have launched Rio-themed limited editions so you can still play ball.

Devised by make-up artist Gucci Westman, Revlon’s Rio Rush Collection evokes the energy and atmosphere of Brazil. Up your hat trick to a quartet with Revlon’s 16 Hour ColorStay Eyeshadow quad palette in Exotic, combining four impactful shades, €10.35 (Superdrug).

For something more muted, use Clarins’ Colours of Brazil Quartet & Eye Liner Palette. The four summery eyeshadows reflect the sandy beaches of Brazil, while the splash of bright blue liner will ramp up your look, €39.

For statement lips, opt for a punchy red, like Topshop’s matte lipstick in Rio Rio, €12.

TACKLE TALONS

’The’ perfect activity if you’re bored stupid during a 0-0 draw game? Painting your nails with a Rio-inspired colour to embrace the carnival atmosphere — the brighter, the better.

Get creative with a team of colours using OPI’s Brazil Collection minis. The set contains four mini nail lacquers in glittering mushroom, acid pink, turquoise and zingy orange shades, €17.40. Or, for a timeless look, paint on Red Hot Rio Nail Lacquer, €14.35.

Collection took the Brazil theme literally with nail polish colours celebrating the country’s flag (minus the blue). Get a bright Mardi Gras mani with White Out, Canary Yellow or Green Envy (Superdrug).

If you’re celebrating your team’s victory after dark, make an impact with Models Own Iced Neon Nail Polish, which needs to be stored in the fridge to keep the colour intense, €6.12.

EXTRA TIME

Don’t score an own goal by missing out on the finishing touches of your Brazil-inspired look. In the searing tropical heat of Rio de Janeiro, hair is pulled back from the face to show off that Mardi Gras-esque make-up to the max.

For a touch of ostentatious carnival costume, dress up your hair with bright hair accessories for a statement look. Add instant cool to short hair by pulling back with a knotted fabric headband to keep your hair off your face. Go bright and printed.

And before you leave the house to party Brazil-style, stock up your bag with Benefit’s Beauty Score! The limited edition set celebrates World Cup fever with 10 mini beauty champions for face, eyes and cheeks, on special offer €39.50 — score!

Cheat a Brazilian glow with a matte bronzer. Our testers take the shortcut to sun-kissed complexions with three powders:

* 2true All Over Natural Bronzing Powder in No1, €2.55 (Superdrug)

This bronzer looks fairly dark but it’s lighter than expected once applied. Best suited to pale/medium skin tones, the matte finish gives an enviable glow for the tiny price tag.

3/5

* Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in Sun Light, €7.35 (nationwide)

I needed more product than expected to build up a bronze colour because of the lightweight formula. I like the natural-look bronze but probably needed a shade darker for contouring.

3/5

* Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Medium,€34.50 (Brown Thomas)

This chunky compact with mirror contains the bronze shade I’d like to be when I tan naturally. Currently available in seven shades (I went for medium), the soft, matte powder blends easily and has serious staying power.

5/5

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