Tried and tested: Bobbi Brown Artstick Trio lipliner

Apparently handpicked by Bobbi Brown herself, this trio is all the colour a gal needs to get through the week.

The colours go from chic to poker hot and they last for at least half a day after application.

Harlow Red is a statement lip red with a good brown undertone that works well on paler skin, Brown Berry is great for when you’re going for a more natural look and is great with smokey eyes, while Electric Pink has a lot of red/brown undertones so you won’t make you look like something from 1980s group Bananarama.

Each pack comes with a special supersized pencil sharpener, as artsticks are bigger than your typical chunky pencil lippie. 

You will need to keep the sharpener in your make-up bag — for the artstick to work as a lipliner, it will need to be freshly pointed. 

Once you’ve lined the lip, just fill it in with a blunter tip or with the side of the pencil.

When you find lipstick that stays put there has to be some kind of pay-off.

With a matt finish, these lip products are longer-lasting than conventional lipstick. 

But matt lippies can dry the lips. So if you are using them, exfoliate your lips and/or use lip balm to keep them soft in between. Some people may even like to apply gloss on top.

Available at Brown Thomas for €56 and from www.bobbibrown.co.uk 

— Claire O’Sullivan

TEEN SCHEME

According to a Boots’ survey, 63% of girls feel positive about their looks, but by age 15, skin becomes one of their biggest health concerns. 

A whopping 42% of boys aged 15-17, and 55% of girls in this age group, admit they want clearer skin. 

There is no escaping your hormones — but at least there are more and more products on the market to help keep blemishes and breakouts at bay.

SKIN REPAIR

It can be difficult to find a moisturiser if you have combination skin. We like Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser Normal/Combination Skin, €27 ( www.boots.ie ). 

With borage and avocado oil, beta-carotene and vitamin E, it works a treat every time.

STEAL OF THE WEEK

Tried and tested: Bobbi Brown Artstick Trio lipliner

Get to work on your wobbly bits with Champneys’ five-piece skin-smoothing set. 

Detox-In-A-Box, €45, contains all the seaweed-infused scrubs, mud and body butter you need, plus a massaging tool ( www.boots.ie ).


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