BRIGHTEN UP YOUR JANUARY Cheer yourself up with this month with illuminating beauty ideas
LIT FROM WITHIN Support your skin from the inside out. “Eat zinc-rich foods, such as salmon, pumpkin seeds, chickpeas and garlic, and good fats, like flaxseed and oily fish, plus hyaluronic acid-rich foods like root vegetables, greens and beans, and avoid sugar, which makes collagen bonds less elastic,” advises nutritionist Zoe Palmer-Wright. Solgar’s Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Complex (d39.76) contains a specific type of collagen that is easy to absorb and highly concentrated, to support the outer layer of the skin, as well as joint health.
CUSTOM-BLEND Look to concentrated formulas and a “blend your own” approach. Bareminerals’ Brilliant Future Serum, d52, is full of vitamin C for radiance, as is Kiehl’s Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment, d53 at Arnotts, from January 14. Bobbi Brown Remedies target everything from rehydration to calming; try the limited-edition starter set (d30) to see what works best for you.
SUPERFOOD SKINCARE is set to be big this year, with turmeric and kale featuring large, as wellness takes precedence over the idea of “combating” ageing. Chanel’s Blue Serum (d95, from January 13) combines ingredients from the world’s “blue zones”, identified in studies into longevity: so Costa Rican green coffee and Sardinian olive oil are among the actives in this brightening serum.
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SHAKE IT UP Lancôme Juicy Shakers are a fun way to wear lipstick, containing lots of oils to moisturise lips plus
glossy colour in eight new shades, developed with creative director Lisa Eldridge, including this zingy pink. d22, from January 25.
WEAR RED This year, there’s a big focus on red, and new formulas such as Bobbi Brown’s Red Hot Luxe Lip Colours (d32.50), in eight perfect variations of red, are impossible to ignore. Other reds we’re getting out of bed for are Chanel’s Rouge Red nail colour (d25, from January 27), and any of the greatvalue L’Oréal Color Riche reds (palette of six shades, d14.99, at Boots), which are flattering, lasting and smell like sweets.
GET YOUR BLUSH ON MAC’s Strobe cream has long been the gold standard for a liquid highlighters: the new peach, silver and gold tinted versions are now available, though we still love the original, now called Pinklite (d34). This is how catwalk skin always looks so gleaming; MAC’s Terry Barber advises using it as a blush for that “lit from within” rosy glow. Nars is justly famous for creating flattering skin-flushes, too, and the Misconduct blush shade for spring (d31) is effortlessly pretty.
THE JANUARY VISIT A new MAC boutique has opened at Arnotts. Launched in 1984, MAC is still hard to beat for sheer inventiveness and creativity. Who else would come up with a Mariah Carey collection? Director of make-up artistry, Terry Barber, reckons that beauty is getting back to what it should be: “Well-conditioned skin, and highlighting perhaps one feature, lips or eyes,” in reaction to the over-done layers of make-up dominating Instagram. “Skin this season is polished even when it’s quite nude and bare,” he explains. “It is worked and enhanced, with a beautiful amount of shine. Focus less on coverage and more on the surface of the skin.” His secret weapon is Mineralize Time Check Lotion, a moisturiser/primer that’s “brilliant for blurring and filling”. The new Masters collection features the make-up signatures of three key artists behind the catwalk looks each season.
HIDDEN GEM Why you should try Polish skincare Tucked away in Smithfield is a hidden beauty gem. While French names like LA ROCHE-POSAY and VICHY dominate the market in thermal-water cosmetics, Polish brands have long been doing the same – only under the radar. Many of them are stocked at Polish pharmacy Polonia, which opened in 2014: IWOSTIN, for example, is tailored to sensitive and atopic skins, including the popular Capillin collection for skin with reactive capillaries (those who suffer from redness in heat, cold and stress). The mask (¤11.70) really takes down redness, and the Intensely Reducing Redness Day Cream SPF20 (¤13.25) melts into skin. Designed for sensitive and reactive skins, PHARMACERIS is very popular in Poland due to thoroughly researched ingredients and effectiveness. The suncare range is worth noting, particularly Hydrolipid Protective Face Cream SPF50. BIOLIQ is gaining cult status in Poland for their Intense Revitalising Serum (¤10.50), a gel-like serum that’s full of lipids and vitamins to tighten, brighten and hydrate. Zuzia Whelan Polonia, North King Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7, 01 874 7440; www.poloniapharmacy.ie.