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The Beauty Glossary by Sarah Halliwell


Beauty editor Sarah Halliwell on what’s NEW THIS MONTH

Chanel Métiers d’Art 2018/19 show.

Were still trying to get our heads round the idea of moisturising our face eight times a day – as Elizabeth Hurley apparently claims to do in a recent interview (and even more often for her neck). This is baffling on so many levels – the time! The cost! How does she get anything else done? Does being over 50 really have to be so high-maintenance? In reality, paying attention to your neck as early as you can is probably a good idea – take your moisturiser all the way down to your chest – as it does get forgotten. And applying serums and creams onto cleansed, damp skin makes them work better (hence the Asian concept of using a lotion first). And if skin feels dry throughout the day, keep a good facial mist on your desk or in your bag for a regular blast of moisture; Caudalie’s Elixir is the most refreshing, while the upcoming My Clarins Re-Fresh Hydrating Beauty Mist, with organic coconut water, is too good to reserve only for the 20-year-olds, and good value too (€19.50, from February). And for a naturally luxurious approach to healthier skin, I’m booking in to try a Tata Harper facial, newly available at Arnotts.

I loved talking beauty with Leonard Daly this month, as part of a new video series. We had to be firmly edited as we spent hours enthusing about our favourite things. One tip I gleaned from him that really works: if your skin tends to be dry, try using Clarins’ Blue Orchid oil liberally over your face at night – you’ll wake up with super-soft skin the next morning. We also discussed his love of Lancôme mascara (“the best”), our passion for Violette’s cool colour collections for Estée Lauder, and the serums we swear by. Though we’re certainly not applying them eight times a day …

Three things to try this month: 

GLOW STICKS: Our skin is meant to glow with health, naturally, but in January it tends to be dull and over-centrally-heated. So we’re making the most of the many “glow sticks” coming up in the spring collections: they make glossy skin the easiest thing to achieve (and it’s far more flattering than hard-edged contouring). Just swipe on Chanel’s balmy Multi-Use Glow Sticks (€42), which reflect light on your cheekbones in the lightest way. And look out for a truckload of shimmery, glowy twist-ups on the way. Bring on brighter, balmier days …



BARE NECESSITIES: We badly need a shot of colour this month, and lipstick gives the quickest instant uplift. I love a great powdery matte, but in the winter something a bit more nourishing for dry lips is necessary. I’ve been trying out bareMinerals barePRO lipsticks, which have more than feisty colour to recommend them: they’re vegan-friendly, free of talc, mineral oil and synthetic fragrance. They just glide on. €33, at Brown Thomas.



HIGH LINER: If we were in any doubt about the general excellence and dramatic impact an inky eyeliner can have, Chanel’s Métiers d’Art 2018/19 show demonstrated how to walk like an Egyptian. Cleopatra is, yet again, a key beauty inspiration – think hints of gold and plenty of kohl. If you’re inspired to go big on your liner, consider an eye base; I’m not big on primers generally, but around the eyes it can really help. Leonard Daly put me on to Clarins’ Instant Concealer as the best stay-put formula – and Louise Sheehan, Training Manager for Clarins, points out that it’s especially suitable for the eye area (beneath, and over the eyelid as well). As it contains caffeine, it’s great for depuffing and pepping up, particularly before an evening out. From €22.


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