Red, white and blue: Get a ghoulish Halloween look with just three colours, says
Black, white and red are the only colours a great painter needs, according to Titian, and the trio also makes a classic Halloween palette you can use over and over. White foundation is less versatile than red lipstick or black eyeliner, true, but NYX Pro Cosmetics Foundation Mixer,`€10.50, in ‘White’ is can be use alone for a bloodless base on the 31st and to lighten other complexion products thereafter. It creates a demi-matte, opaque finish that is alarming alone but will make your coloured features stand out in bold.
A snow-white layer hides a multitude but It can also look a little flat. Add light and shape to the face by tapping MAC Strobe Cream, €34, on top of cheek bones, patting across highest point of the cheek and along the outer corner of the eye. Then highlight the middle of the chin and the bridge of the nose. This may also be the only time of year where obvious cheek-contouring is not a faux pas. Think of Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent and swipe a bronzing stick from the point in your hairline above your ear to the middle of the underside of your cheekbones (taking the line too close to the mouth n’est pas Jolie) and blend well.
Red lips are a symbol of youth and vitality but also a staple of ghoulish female characters. From Patricia Quinn’s disembodied red lips opening The Rocky Horror Picture Show to Anjelica Huston’s Morticia and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, it is clear that scary girls wear red lipstick. Just don’t forget the tooth-whitening strips/paste. While red lips do something to brighten teeth, an all-white face is a harsh backdrop. There are loads of fabulous red lipsticks out for autumn, Dior Beauty alone had done a whole collection.
For Magenta-like drama it is hard to beat Buxom’s Va-Va Plump Shiny Liquid Lipstick, €18, in ‘Make it Hot,’ which gives lips temporary volume and a PVC-gleam.
Black liner is the most important part of your Halloween makeup. If you were a cat, a mouse or Captain Jack Sparrow you would not need anything else. But with face and lips done there’s really no excuse not to draw a liquid-flick (á la Catwoman, Morticia… ) or a classic smoky eye (e.g.Wednesday Addams, all of the girls from The Craft…). Kajal crayons are useful for the latter as they work as both shadow and pencil. Shiseido’s InkArtist Kajal Liner, €26, is a blend of wax, black pigment and velvety powder you can diffuse into ‘smoke’ with a sponge applicator. There is also a built-in sharpener that helps with cleaner lines.
Synergies, of course, produce results greater than their parts, so when CACI added light therapy to its famous non-surgical facelift (Jennifer Lopez reportedly owns one of their salon-only machines), it sounded like both Botox and lasers were in trouble. A third party study by Welsh skincare specialists Cutest Systems found ten of these ‘Synergy’ treatments reduce wrinkle depth up to 75%, improve skin elasticity up to 88% and reduce red spots by up to 53% in women between 30 and 60.
The non-surgical facelift, CACI’s signature treatment, combines a salon-strength toning session with more conventional facial treatments. Their machine uses micro-current impulses that lift and tone the facial muscles (including the eye area) and the neck, while improving skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Delivered through wands using a water-based antioxidant and peptide serum as conductor, this gives a skin an instantly dewy, glowing appearance.
The light therapy works deep down into skin’s tissue to help repair damaged collagen and encourage the fading of marks and spots. Both the toning and light wands create warm, tightening and occasionally tingling sensations as they work. These steps are followed by a brush with CACI’s “Wrinkle Comb,” a smoothing tool designed to lessen the appearance of fine lines and stimulate collagen production.
The impact of light therapy on skin’s texture after a single session is not much but it does boost circulation in the short term. Light therapy is painless compared to a lasering, which can result in some peeling and increased sensitivity from your first encounter.
The toning makes skin look instantly brighter and better-slept. It is hard to distinguish its effects from those of the comb, if any, though the comb certainly feels more like it is pinching you into shape. Your CACI therapist discusses your goals with you beforehand and this informs the more traditional parts of the treatment: exfoliation, purification, etc. I opted out of the microdermabrasion as it is not an exfoliation method I like, but it is a standard step in ‘Synergy’.
The abrading crystals are used to boost circulation, minimise pores and promote the absorption of the products applied afterwards. Instead I requested extra hydration, so my therapist applied the brand’s Hydro mask. This is an understandably popular pre-party step as it plumps and brightens skin surface fast. The formula is high in hyaluronic acid, soothing maritime extracts and arbutin, a skin-lightening antioxidant. I did not apply makeup afterwards, though results won’t be compromised if you do. An especially nice thing about this facial is that skin does not require a ‘settling down’ period afterwards, as it looks neither red nor blotchy.
- Time: 90 minutes
- Cost: From €100
- Available at CACI&Beauty, Passage West, and Devereaux Nail & Beauty, Douglas, Cork. See caci.ie for further stockists.