Beauty editor SARAH HALLIWELL gathers all the latest BEAUTY HIGHLIGHTS for September that you should know about, including new SMOKY PALETTES, rose-tinted scents and genuinely magical foundations…
1.JUST LANDED: SMOKIN’ HOT
Beauty counters are groaning under the weight of gorgeous collections of neutrals for eyes, inspired by the success of Urban Decay’s Naked palettes – especially new Naked Smoky (€46, at Debenhams), currently creating stampedes everywhere. Other investments that feature versatile, adaptable colours we can wear all year include MAC Neutrals (€75), two palettes filled with wearable shades, and Smashbox’s comprehensive ShapeMatters (€60), for brows and contouring as well as eyes.
2. ONE TO WATCH OUT FOR: MAGIC MAKEUP
GIORGIO ARMANI Luminous Silk, now 15 years old, is one of those word- of-mouth products that there’s no going back from. I know a 70-something whose skin looks so good I thought she must be paying visits to Blackrock Clinic, until I discovered her secret: she is evangelical about the light-diffusing, skin-blurring abilities of Luminous Silk. It’s now available as a powder that compresses the make-up wizardry into a neat black compact. Luminous Silk Compact €45; refills €24.
3. THIS MONTH WE’RE WEARING: FRESH SCENTS
DESIGNER SCENTS: In its understated black bottle that conjures a laser-cut effect, ALAIA eau de parfum is every bit as cool and intriguing as the designer’s clothes,
but thankfully a bit more affordable (from €57); it’s also available as a shower gel and body lotion.
ROSE TINTS: The power of rose is age-old but rose doesn’t have to mean old-fashioned. Here are four of the best ways to wear it: 1 AERIN Rose Oil is a precious blend for skin and hair, €62. 2 BOBBI BROWN Luxe Lip Colour in Neutral Rose captures dusty blooms in a single bullet. €29.50. 3 NUXE Splendieuse Masque with porcelain rose packs Asian skincare knowhow into a ten-minute, pigment-busting treatment. €35 for six.
For more, see our September issue of THE GLOSS Magazine, which is out today, free with The Irish Times — don’t forget to pick up your copy.