Step into spring


Posted on: 7th March, 2017

Category: Image

Contributor: Louise O'Dwyer

This season is all about flawless complexions complemented with mega-feminine lips, sealing the deal with a splash of a seductive or exotic scent! My advice is to find your signature look and scent, something that describes you, and invest in a really good set of make-up brushes; DO NOT USE BRUSHES ON YOUR SKIN THAT YOU HAVE HAD FOR YEARS!

I recently invested in a set of NIMA brushes, brought on to the growing Irish make-up market by longtime make-up artist Niamh Martin. Her aim is to provide professional grade tools at a low cost.

My NIMA set came in a gorgeous cream plush leather pouch. The brushes are manufactured using the most natural fibres and strongest brush ferrules, which means that they will last. They are so soft and rumour has it that they are the closest you can get to the feel of a Chanel brush. Individual brushes retail between €12 and €18, the three-piece Kabuki set is currently €40, the eye kit costs €30. I treated myself to The Starter Set for a mere €45. This kit contains seven professional brushes, a medium pony brush, a flat head Kabuki, a large shader, a concealer brush, a crease blender, a pencil smudge and an angled brow/liner.

If all of the aforementioned brushes just put the fear of God into you, join the club! I didn’t have a clue what to do with them either. I had only ever owned the odd good brush and I certainly didn’t know how to use more than one. Enter daughter. Daughters are great for many things, including make-up tips and what to use where. They have the time to watch endless hours of make-up tutorials and practice until they master the perfect look. After many attempts and lots of rolled eyes and expletives, I signed up for my live tutorial and boy was it worth it. I’m now hooked on my brushes! There is no point in investing in a good set of brushes unless you make it your business to find out exactly how to use them, so either google the hell out of it or ask someone who knows.

A good brush set will transform your look even if you use the cheapest of make-up products. Yes, I love Bobbi Brown and MAC foundation but I am now sneaking in Rimmel Wake Me Up make-up. There is no obvious difference between the brands.

Spring’s best new fragrances are a celebration of all things bold. MIU MIU L’eau Bleue is a lighter version of the original lily-of-the-valley scent and is housed in a transparent blue bottle. I like it; it’s fresh and makes a statement. CAROLINA HERRERA Good Girl is more like a piece of home decor than a beauty product…it is a glorious sleek stiletto that contains a hypnotic combination of jasmine, cocoa and tonka bean. It definitely heats up on your skin; some are calling it the ‘sexiest fragrance around’, so perhaps you should not be wearing it to the office! I do think that it is also worth mentioning DONNA KARAN Liquid Cashmere Aqua (what a mouthful). This is a bit of a contrast to the more bold fragrances storming the market at the moment. It is water-inspired and as light as they come – it smells a bit like ocean air mixed with a breeze of spray-on sunscreen. The best part is that this fragrance lingers, a winner all around. Next time you are in a department store or your local pharmacy, ask about them, have a spray and walk away. See how it blends with your pheromones, if you still love it two hours later, then you know exactly what your next treat will be.

In clothes the colours we should be looking at include a confident shade of blue or green. Shocking yellow is making another appearance; it can be hard on some of us but dark-haired beauties will wear it very well. This season is all about confidence. Like all of us, act as if you have it; I have been successfully doing this for years! Chilli powder, bluebell, orchid, dark salmon, periwinkle, raspberry or watermelon and so on – strong colours for ultra strong women. Believe it or not, the colour is more important than the structure of an outfit this season. You can wear whatever you like, as long as it is a strong, bold colour. Be brave, be daring and start introducing them gradually now. They have a knock-on powerful effect and can add to your confidence, making you stand a little taller and straighter even. Bottom line, this spring and summer is all about having fun, feeling alive and living in the moment.

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