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Spring starts early in the beauty world and with it comes gorgeous new makeup launches in time for Valentine’s Day.

Check out Rachel Marie Walsh’s top picks for February

Bee Beautiful

How cute is Chantecaille’s Save the Bees eye palette, €90? The French brand aims to raise awareness about the dramatic decline of nature’s pollinators, donating 5% of profits to help protect them. Inspired by colours seen in both the bees’ natural habitat and on the Paris catwalks, it’s a real treasure for your dressing table.

Available and Space NK Dundrum Shopping Centre.

Sweets for your Cheeks (and Lips)

Benefit adds to its range of lip and cheek stains with Lollitint, €34.50, an orchid-pink shade that looks straight out of Barbie’s makeup kit. The liquid tint has a quick-dry, luminous finish. Despite the apparently strong colour, it goes on quite sheer and can be built to suit any skin tone.

The New Nudes

Clinique has picked up on the Spring catwalk trend for nude makeup in a big way with its new “16 Shades of Beige” collection. Choose from Neutral Territory 2, €39, an eight-shadow nude eye palette, and eight beige hues of A Different Nail Enamel, €16 each, the brand’s collection of ophthalmologist-tested polishes for sensitive skin, .

Nude Glow

Bobbi Brown elevates neutral tones with her jewel-inspired “Nude Glow” collection. These products work best with matte foundation, as sparkly makeup on a luminous base can create a greasy look. The Brightening Finishing Powder, €55.50, gives cheeks a subtly flush. Use a large brush and it gives an all-over glow. The Pink Gold Sheer Lip Colour, €26, enhances your skin tone. Get glowing eyes with the Nude Eye Palette, €45, which holds shades of nude, cement sparkle, ballet pink and dove grey. To get Katie Holmes’ (above) pretty look in the ad campaign, Bobbi dusted nude over the lids and lined the upper lashes with a grey pencil. She applied ballet pink to the inner corners and lined the lower lashes with dove grey for subtle definition. She finished with black mascara.

Rich Kisses

Estée Lauder’s new Pure Colour Sculpting Lipsticks, €29 each, offer hydrating, richly-pigmented colour. The formula contains hyaluronic acid to keep lips supple and has a radiant finish. The line’s 30 colours last for up to six hours and continue moisturising throughout. Shades like Impassioned and Dominant are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Sheer Perfection

Nearly naked skin was very popular at the Spring shows, with artists reaching for pore minimising primers backstage at Roberto Cavalli and Isabel Marant. Try Dior Pore Minimizer, €41.50, or Benefit The POREfessional primer, €34.

If you daren’t go so bare, two great new foundations perfect your skin without concealing it. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup, €36, is a comfortable, lightweight base infused with soft-focus mineral crystals and complexion-perfecting, moisturising ingredients like soy lipids, vitamin C and carob.

Lancôme’s newly-reformulated Miracle Air de Teint Foundation, €39, feels light as air and has a super-sheer finish. The light-diffusing formula blurs imperfections without need for extra coverage. A dropper cap ensures you waste none. This product also comes in an impressive range of colours, so you’re sure to find that all-important perfect match. Keep in mind that the SPF15 provided by both these foundations isn’t enough protection from UV rays.

More Lashes, Less Cash

Max Factor’s new Extreme Volume Excess Impact Mascara, €16.99, offers maximum volume for a bargain price. You’ll be batting up a storm after using the right end of the wand to thicken your lashes and the left to add colour and curl.

For something more creative, try L’Oreal Paris Miss Manga Mascara, €11.99, in aqua or plum. Inspired by the girl-women characters in Japanese Manga comics, the cone-shaped wand thickens and separates lashes for a wide-awake look.

Perfect Valentine’s Gift

Louise Kennedy by Louise Kennedy

Designer Louise Kennedy has created her first signature scent to celebrate 30 years in the fashion industry. This exquisite eau de parfum is a sensuous, romantic blend of geranium bourbon, mimosa and Rose de Mai underscored by lemon and bergamot. It is the nicest floral bouquet a woman could wish for this February 14.

Available from Louise Kennedy, 56 Merrion Square, Dublin, and The Marvel Room @ Brown Thomas Dublin.


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