From mascara to red lipstick and highlighter to foundation, THE GLOSS team share their HERO MAKE-UP PRODUCTS …
Sarah Halliwell, Beauty Editor
I know most people cite mascara as the one beauty thing they can’t live without, but for me it’s a dead heat between lipstick and perfume. I feel undressed if I’m missing either. Maybe it’s because my mother always wore red lipstick, but to me it’s always signified instant glamour, and I abhor those ridiculous “rules” dictating ages that you should or shouldn’t wear it. Whether it’s full-on MAC red or a subtle silky Clarins Lip Oil, lip colour is the most fun part of make-up for me. My current passion is Chanel Lip Ink (Rouge Allure Matte Liquid Lip Colour, €35) in nearly neon red, as it stays on miraculously and feels like suede. It was a real highlight to interview Sylvie Legastelois in Paris recently: she is the creative genius behind the design of every Chanel lipstick bullet (including the fabulous click-up ones) and perfume bottle over the past few decades. The best lipsticks are a little work of art. As a scentaholic, I also keep a perfume bottle stashed in every bag, on my desk and in the car for immediate scent uplifts at all times.
Tracy Ormiston, Advertising Sales Director
If I could only have one item of make-up it would be mascara. For me mascara instantly makes the eye wider and brighter banishing pesky signs of tiredness. Le Volume De Chanel Mascara gives my lashes great length, volume and curl (€32, available at Brown Thomas). As for a beauty extravagance, it’s Neom bath oil. Before bed I add a few drops of the “scent to sleep” range containing lavender, sweet basil and jasmine (€48, available from Brown Thomas). I follow this with a spritz of This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, which is a blend of lavender, vetiver and camomile, to guarantee a good night’s sleep (from €22, available from Seagreen Monkstown and pharmacies).
Laura Kenny, Art Editor
I don’t feel like I’m ready to start the day unless I’ve applied a nice red lipstick. I have been through quite a few, but my all-time favourite is Charlotte Tilbury’s Red Carpet Red. I like the matte finish and it’s a long-lasting colour.
Aislinn Coffey, Style Editor
Benefit High Beam (€27.50 at Debenhams). This pink liquid highlighter gives me the cheek and brow bones I don’t have when applied over my make-up. It’s a radiant-look highlighter which lasts all night and is really easy to apply. The pink version (Highbeam) matches my skintone far better than the recommended Benefit Sun Beam (the bronze version).
Penny McCormick, Acting Features Editor
I have never shaken the belief that I have bad skin, which has much to do with my teenage acne, therefore I feel naked without foundation. That said, the on-going quest to find the right foundation has been as frustrating as it is exhilarating. For many years I hot-footed it to the Prescriptives counter in Brown Thomas for their custom-blended foundations and was bereft when the company folded. Chanel’s Vitalumiere is long-standing favourite, and I also like Clinique’s Even Better Makeup and Lancome’s Miracle Cushion – I’ve found that my skin seems to change in tone and colour throughout the year, hence the changes. Love at first sight was undoubtedly Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation, which I now alternate with Shiseido’s Radiant Lifting Foundation.
Síomha Connolly, Assistant Editor
Since discovering Strobe Cream by MAC a couple of years ago I’ve barely gone a day without wearing it. Even when I’m not wearing a full face of make-up I pop a bit on my cheeks or mix a little bit in with my moisturiser and use it all over my face. It gives a nice, gentle glow and makes your skin look really fresh. If I’m looking for some extra coverage I wear MAC Face and Body foundation, which might soon be replaced by their recently released Next to Nothing face colour, a more subtle product that works its magic for a perfect “no make-up make-up” look. For me, there’s nothing worse than feeling like my skin is covered in heavy product so these light foundations are my go-to.
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