Find out what beauty editor SARAH HALLIWELL is trying this month …
It seems an apt time of year to talk about eyes, and not just glam eyeliners and metallic shadows. Around your eyes is where tiredness shows most noticeably, and the end of the year tends to result in a culmination of dark shadows. If you’re going to splash out on a separate eye cream, look for active ingredients like peptides, skin-tightening caffeine and vitamin C for starters. Only a few of them convince me to invest. First, I’m up for anything that hydrates the eye area (though drinking plenty of water will eliminate those deeper horizontal lines), or covers up the purple shadows at least for a while (I don’t want “24hr wear” around my eyes – it’s too fragile an area for anything that thick). Generally, I find cool gels are the best bet; a rich cream can be clogging. “I keep Perricone MD Cold Plasma Eye on my desk for regular applications (mainly because of its techy-sounding name)”. A beauty-sceptic friend has been impressed with Caudalie’s excellent Eye Lifting Balm with resveratrol. Avène’s Eye Contour Care is refreshing and depuffing, and not overpriced; there’s no denying that YSL’s Rouge d’Or eye creme looks and smells amazing in its chunky gold pot, but at €150 it just blows every budget. Anne Sémonin Express Radiance Ice Cubes, which you use straight from the freezer, aren’t cheap either but really work (they’re a posh spin on Kate Moss’s trick of dunking her face in ice water). For dark circles, first choice is Trish McEvoy’s Eye Lift (€45), as it stays put without looking chalky or powdery. And try distracting from under-eye darkness with a bit of a wet-look sheen on eyelids; my pick is bareMinerals Glimmer eye colour in pewter Celestine (€18; at Brown Thomas and online), used wet for a sheen of cool colour.
JUST ONE THING …
Hi Ho Silver
A streak of silver on an otherwise bare face looks pretty dramatic when worn with your winter black. The gunmetal grey Christian Louboutin Tape a l’Oeil in Iolite has great staying power. And try the steely blue-grey among the excellent range of Marc Jacobs eyeliner colours (€22) – it catches the light in a sultry way without a full tinfoil effect; the Sequins glittery shadows are stunning too (€24.90); try Glam Noir. This is make-up that’s both chic and disco …
Cherry shades dominate this season (see Urban Decay’s Cherry palette through to Tom Ford’s Lost Cherry scent). Perfect pinks we’re using include Emma Hardie’s Pink Clay Detox Mask (€50 at www.Cloud10Beauty.com), to counteract the mince pies (it’s exfoliating and helps clear spots); Glossier’s Generation G lipstick in Crush is a flattering sheer raspberry (€17; www.glossier.com); and Kérastase Elixir Ultime Rose Oil (€37.90): it brings out shine in the dullest hair, has inbuilt heat protection and doubles as a perfume.
THE LIMITED EDITION …
All you’re meant to do this month, it seems, is go partying and wear glitter. However, we’re going for palettes with year-round appeal to get our money’s worth; this Nars Hot Tryst palette (€49) is particularly covetable, with blush and highlighter powders in warm rose and cherry shades. Less practical, but just as pretty, Lancôme’s rose-shaped golden highlighter really should be in a glass display case (€49).
If you’ve ever admired Cate Blanchett’s beauty look, or remember this Vogue shoot of Princess Diana back in the 1990s, you know the work of Mary Greenwell (pictured above with Diana and hairstylist Sam Mc Knight). She’s one of those legendary behind-the-scenes artists and has a mischievous air; when I asked why she never did her own make-up line she told me, “I was too busy having fun!” She was telling me how good Laura Mercier Translucent Glow Powder is, and I’ve been trying it out; usually I’d only use powder on the T-zone, but this is a bit different. It is the original loose powder infused with pearl, so you wear it high up on cheekbones: rather than simply mattifying skin, it brings a radiance, and gives your skin a candlelit glow (€42).
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