Tips, tricks and fixes


Maggie Gibbons

I was rushing out the door the other morning to catch a train when I knocked over my bronzing powder, and watched in horror as it smashed into tiny pieces. As soon as I arrived home I got cracking on putting it all together again by mashing the broken pieces into a powder, then adding a couple of drops of rubbing alcohol, before stirring into a paste. I then left it to set, and voila! Good as new. It got me thinking about skin and make-up fixes and solutions, and I thought I’d share a few discoveries with you.

Make-up liquifyier
I came by Inglot Duraline recently which is a mini miracle. If you haven’t yet discovered it then it’s time to grab yourself a bottle immediately. It’s a silicone that transforms any powder into a liquid. It revives dried-out mascara and even restores concealer and foundation. You can turn your eye shadow into eyeliner with it. Buy at Inglot stores or online at It costs €12 and could be one of your best little investments ever.

Skin-tone evener
Color correction is about concealing skin problems like redness, dark circles and dull skin. I’m mad about the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC cream, which combines three colours in one pigment, apricot for dark circles, white for brightening, and green for redness. It’s also very hydrating. Available in chemists nationwide, for about €11.99.
Catrice’s Allround Concealer palette (a snip at €4.50) is great. It gives a light coverage though, so get something creamier if you have serious blemishes.

Dull-skin reviver
Combat dull, dry skin with Pestle and Mortar’s Pure Hyaluronic Serum, which is infused with the most-beneficial ingredients, like hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. This is an amazing serum that delivers intense hydration and plumps up the skin. It’s in selected chemists, including Golden’s in Westport, and it costs €43.99. Highly recommended.
We can’t forget the men here as they too suffer with dry, dull skin. Payot Homme Soin Reveil is a hydrating cream that awakens the complexion with a delightful, fresh feeling to combat skin fatigue. Available in chemists nationwide at €36.
If skin is a bit wrinkly, then he might prefer Payot Optimale Soin Total Wrinkle Smoothing Fluid, also €36, which helps to smooth expression lines.

Lipstick tricks
If you get lipstick on your teeth, stick your finger in your mouth while making an O shape. Slowly draw your finger out and the lipstick will be on your finger … not your lips. Sounds gross, but works, I promise!
When it comes to preventing bleeding lipstick, apply a thin line of concealer around lips and line with a NYX Wonder Pencil (a bargain at €5.99) before putting on your lipstick. This pencil is my hero product for lipstick problems. It comes in three shades, light, medium and deep. It can also be used to brighten the inner eye corners. Available at Shaws nationwide and selected chemists.

Nail-polish thinner
I find nail polish lasts no time, so when it starts thickening I add Nail Tek Polish Thinner which extends and restores the polish. I get it online at Another trick is to add a tiny bit of nail polish remover, and the polish is good to go again; just don’t add too much or you will destroy the formula.

Hair strengthener
Redken Extreme Mega Mask strengthens damaged hair to leave you with shining, healthy locks. Comb through after washing and leave on for about five minutes. The effect lasts for up to three washes. It’s not cheap at €31, but it could well save you money in the long run. Available from hair salons nationwide.

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