BEAUTY Make-up trends for spring 2014


Make up trends

Make-up trends for spring 2014

Maggie Gibbons

The shops are finally selling off the last of the winter clothes and spring fashion has arrived. Isn’t it lovely to browse the rails feeling the textures, savouring the new colours?
Like the fashion industry the beauty houses have been busy setting the latest make-up trends. This is where fashion differs from beauty for most women – we tend to hold on the same old lipstick, foundation and eye shadow. When did you last buy a different colour lipstick or blusher? Most of us only buy a new mascara when the last one has been pumped to death and has dried out. I have actually run the wand under water to get a bit more use out of it. Shame on me!
Here are some of the trends for spring. See if you’re tempted to try something a little different!
Bright orange lipstick is the shade of the season on all the catwalks, with designers opting for various hues in this colour. Before you freak out at the thought of bright orange, fear not, you can also wear a gorgeous coral and be bang on trend. Will I wave good-bye to my red Lipstick though? Nah!
NYC’s Smooch Proof 16hr Lip Stain Orange ‘On The Go’ (€3.99) is long lasting and gives a lovely sheen. If you’re not sure about the orange trend, then it’s enough to spend. You could also dip your toe in the trend with Revlon’s Colour Burst gloss in Sizzle (€11.20).
When it comes to eye shadow, most of the models were wearing a solid blue or white shadow all over the lid. To recreate the look, try the IsaDora Blue Moon shadow tray (€11.25).
Black liquid eyeliner is great for eye definition – and L’Oréal’s 16hr Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner (€12.49). The IsaDora Colourmatic (€10.25) eye pen needs no sharpener and is easy to apply.
The white nail trend is fresh and new for spring. This minimalist trend, which became popular last year, is great because nicely manicured nails are all that you need. Max Factor Glossfinity Nail Polish (€7.49) is a brilliant range, as it lasts up to seven days. I like the pale Pink Whisper and Opal shades.
Roger and Gallet’s Bois Crème Sublime Gold Shimmer Body Cream (€17.50) is beautifully fragranced, and it contains shimmering golden flecks that give tanned skin a fabulous sheen. Sweep it across the shoulders, arms and legs. Sheer luxury!
With all that ‘glow’ going on you want your hair to be in tip-top condition too. Pantene BB Crème (€5.79) for hair tackles signs of age and damage and leaves a wonderful silky finish. Silvikrin’s new ‘Thickening Lotion’ (€3.85) instantly boosts volume – a fantastic product for thinning hair.
Glow with illuminators, tinted moisturizers, BB and CC creams. Vichy has the perfect solution with Vichy Compact Solaire (€19.50), a cream foundation that provides brilliant coverage with a flawless result, as well as SPF 30.
IsaDora Wake Up Makeup (€16.95) imparts a glorious glow, is fragrance free and suits all skin types. Max Factor’s Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation (€19.99), which includes a serum, achieves a flawless complexion.
Elizabeth Arden’s Flawless Finish Correcting and Highlighting Perfector (€28) is a luxurious concealer pen for erasing signs of fatigue and restoring skin’s radiant glow. It’s suitable for the delicate skin around the eyes – a great solution to those dark circles.
If you’re not a fan of foundation, and prefer to go with your natural skin tone, then mix a bit of serum or primer with your regular moisturiser, massage into your face, use a concealer where it’s needed and you’re good to go!

Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at