We’re taking a lighthearted look at the shows inspiring some brilliant beauty looks …
Black Narcissus: BLUSH
I didn’t madly enjoy the TV version of Black Narcissus – too many nuns, too much endless bleakness (just what we don’t need now) – but I did like the softly flushed cheeks and lips, suggesting cold winds up there in the Himalayas. It made me dig out a suitably pale-rose blush – Vieve’s Sunset Blush in Cherub will do the trick (from March, £23stg, www.vieve.co.uk), or Estée Lauder’s limited-edition Rebellious Rose cheek colour, a blendable cream to powder formula (€36, from February 28, www.esteelauder.co.uk). TV shows are helping us to realise that blush can be supremely flattering – see also Bridgerton – so hold the bronzer, reach for the flush…
Pieces of a Woman: BLACK LINER, BEACHY HAIR
This utterly harrowing drama is emphatically not for everyone (definitely don’t watch if you’re pregnant). But Vanessa Kirby’s star quality shines in every scene. And her beachy blonde hair has a major supporting role, while her sharp nick of black eyeliner made us reach for our kohl (YSL’s Waterproof Eye Pencil, €27 at Boots, is the blackest of black). A distinctly shallow view of the show, it’s true – but we had to focus on something other than the trauma to get through it. We’d recommend Sam McKnight’s Cool Girl texture spray, but it’s hard to get hold of here – instead, use L’Oréal’s Tecni.Art Pli spray for a bit of volume, like all the pros (you rarely meet a pro hairdresser who doesn’t use it, in fact). It works, and smells great. €16.70, available at www.zeba.ie.
Hair-wise, I should also mention Netflix hit, Call my Agent – those of us who have finally discovered this show, several seasons in, are loving its French style and star quality (there are cameos from legends such as Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Adjani). Forget the execrable Emily in Paris, this is a far more sophisticated Parisian show, with some chic style. Apart from Andréa’s endlessly cool pared-back wardrobe and make-up, I loved Belgian actress Cécile de France’s (pictured top) gorgeous golden bedhair and huge scarves (not to mention the way she rejects having her face done, aged 40). Worth a watch.
The Serpent: SEVENTIES VIBE
The protagonist’s pale blue suit (I’ve yearned for one since Bowie’s Life on Mars) along with Jenna’s peach silk robe (perfect wfh wear, surely), headscarves and giant sunglasses makes this show a style leader. My memories of the 1970s are all burgundy cords, unflattering polonecks and bowl haircuts – far from flattering. But we can get behind this prettier take. If you’re aspiring to Jenna’s shiny, softly waved hair while at home, the Dyson Corrale (perhaps, along with a good coffee machine, the best investment buy of the past year, €491, www.dyson.ie) can help, creating easy waves with less heat damage. For daily care, Kevin Murphy’s new Scalp.Spa range (from €28) offers a hair detox (ideal if you’ve been piling on the dry shampoo – this gets rid of product buildup with a gentle exfoliation). Plus it smells great and looks good in the bathroom. Find it at salons such as www.TheSpace.ie in Drumcondra and www.kevinmurphystore.ie.
The Queen’s Gambit: SKIN PERFECTION
YouTube is flooded with make-up tutorials trying to capture Anya Taylor-Joy’s pristine skin in The Queen’s Gambit – the hair and make-up reflects the story as it goes along, mirroring both Beth Harmon’s brilliance and precision and her breakdowns.
Shiseido’s new Synchro Skin Radiant Lifting Foundation SPF30, a weightless, medium-to-full coverage foundation is the closest thing to Taylor-Joy’s skin in a bottle (though she is 24, so we’re not expecting miracles). With light-adjusting technology, this foundation is all about a luminous finish, as well as protecting your skin from wrinkle-inducing UV rays (and it comes in 30 shades). Available at Arnotts and pharmacies nationwide, €49.50.
Bake Off: NOEL, JUST GENERALLY
Noel Fielding in Bake Off is something of a style icon in our house – the statement jumpers, the shaggy hair of changing colours and the excellent black eyeliner. If you’re not familiar with him, his vibe is Saint Laurent on acid. We’re staying away from the black box dye, but did you know that Chanel do a liquid longwear waterproof eyeliner in their cult Rouge Noir shade? You do now. Le Liner de Chanel in Rouge Noir, €37, at www.Boots.ie.
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