The Gloss October issue, on newsstands NOW, features perfect finishing touches for any outfit, with the most desirable accessories around. Here are some fast and effective beauty finishing touches to speed up your back to office routine …
When your make-up’s done but lacks a certain something (or you just look a bit tired around the eyes), line your eyes. A velvety Sisley Phyto Khol Star Mat (€42) in a cool autumnal colour – Chestnut brown, Jungle green, vibrant Peacock blue or Graphite grey – gives an instant edge, even if your make-up is otherwise entirely minimal. And these elegant liners are waterproof, so will stay put. Wing it out for extra drama (see Helen Mirren storming the Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris catwalk this month).
Get back into powder – not a full face, but just to dust onto skin where you need it. Mineral powder is the best way to avoid a shiny nose, though it is a bit more messy than liquid make-up. I’ve been using a little pot of JM Mineral Filter (€26; www.julietmorrowmakeup.com), with a small brush: in six shades, it has a natural SPF of 20, so it’s a final touch that does several jobs in one.
But if you’d rather a porcelain finish, I’d recommend Sisley’s beautifully sheer and weightless Phyto-Teint Nude, the lightest of foundations in a wide range of shades. A luxury choice, true, but with this you know your face is in good hands. If you’ve spotted actress Vanessa Kirby looking surreal on the red carpet recently, this is what’s on her skin, courtesy of Sisley’s “Artist in Residence” this season, make-up artist Jo Baker. €75.
For gleaming skin, there is a simple solution that really works: Chanel’s Baume Essentiel. If your skin looks a bit flat and dull, a few quick streaks of this Multi-Use Glow Stick (€42) high up on cheekbones and across the eyelids can be transformative. Choose Transparent or more bronzey Golden Light, to catch the light and make you glow. I use it each and every time I want my skin to look brighter and glowier, and love it. And there’s a new shade landing on October 15 – watch this space ….
A red lipstick is always a failsafe for looking more “dressed”. Lancome’s L’Absolu Rouge Drama Ink is a punchy but very light and easy to wear finishing touch. These stay on well and come in a range of luscious berry and crimson shades. Available from mid-October from Brown Thomas and Arnotts, €32.50.
Finally, perfume – always the last thing we put on before going anywhere (yes, even a dog walk). Currently, I’m big into Ormonde Jayne Evernia eau de parfum, a mossy, wintry beauty created by perfumer Jayne Pilkington, with soft rose and floral notes with a cashmere cosiness (sandalwood, spice and cardamom). From €135, 50ml, www.ormondejayne.com
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