New season brings dramatic looks


’60s TWIST Chanel’s autumn/winter 2017/18 hair and makeup emphasises lashes and lips for a modern take on a 1960s look. 


Maggie Gibbons

Last week we looked at what’s in vogue apparel-wise for the autumn/winter 2017/18 season – but just as the clothes on our backs will be influenced by the runway designs, so too is the make-up we wear.  
Models sashayed down the catwalks looking gorgeous, with eyes taking centre stage. Twiggy-style lashes, black kohl eyeliner, neon eyeshadows and red smudged lips were key trends.
The bold, black eyeliner and clumpy mascara combine to create a dramatic effect, very reminiscent of the 60s. Blue eyeshadow dominated, though there were plenty of purples, pinks and greens with metallics in bronze and copper.

Glow lights
Catwalk skin textures appeared dewy, almost luminous. Glowing skin has been a huge beauty focus in recent years – and nothing has changed this season. If anything, the beauty industry has upped the ante with products that leave skin looking positively radiant.
Serums are like supercharged moisturizers. The Burren Perfumery Organic Facial Serum ( is my hero product, it penetrates deep down into the skin. I use the Rosehip Organic Oil (€22.50) as a skin treatment, but get the Herb Garden serum (€30) for young skins and Atlantic Coast Serum for dry, damaged skins.
Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation (€42) offers natural coverage with a hint of dewyness. Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow (€42) can be used under or over foundation for a perked up look.
NYX Born to Glow liquid illuminator (€9.49) is a fab inexpensive highlighter, available in two shades, Gleam and Sunbeam.
Primers blur imperfections and boost radiance. Max Factor’s Face Finity all-day primer is a great little worker and good value at €13.99. Bourjois Happy Light Serum Primer (€15.99) does a great job on brightening skin, as well as extending the life of your make up.
If you’re not a concealer girl and wonder what all the fuss is about, then you would be well advised to take yourself into Aldi for the Lacura Concealer Pen which knocks the socks off all its hugely expensive competitors. Wonderful for undereye shadows. Available in two shades at a cost of €4.99. You will be indebted to me for recommending it!
For those who like warmth, Max Factor Crème Puff Blush (€11.49) baked blusher gives an instant sunkissed look.

Bleached-out brows
Before you go all panicky you can still wear bold eyebrows, but this season bleached out brows were very much in evidence on the runways.
Big brow lovers will be impressed by NYX’s brilliant Micro Brow Pencil (€10.50), which allows you to draw on very fine hairs to give the appearance of a fuller brow. If you prefer powder, then check out Benefit Brow Zings (€28). If thinning eyebrows is a problem, Benefit do Gimme Brow (€24) for added volume.

Blur, blot, smudge, soften
Smudged lipstick gave lip lines a blurry appearance. This is a strange trend. It’s great if you want to put the lippy on without a mirror, with absolutely no need for liner. Imagine lips that have been kissed and you get the idea. I can’t see it catching on though (the smudging, not the kissing!). Colours range from red to orange and fuchsia. Mac Ruby Woo (€20) still remains one of the top-selling red lipsticks. I used it for a while but abandoned it (too drying) in favour of Flormar long-wearing lipstick (€5.95). Selected chemists nationwide.

Hail the nail
When it comes to nails, take your pick from crystals, sequins, pressed flowers – these trends were everywhere. Rest assured the statement manicure is the big thing. I even saw nails pierced with chainmail. Ouch!
Sally Hansen has a great range of long-lasting polishes. The Complete Salon Manicure (€8.99) gives a professional finish. It promises ten days without chipping, but I’ve never got more than about five. Maybe I work too hard?

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