Beauty: As the A-list embraces DIY, our beauty guru Triona McCarthy is on board

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pologies to Kool and the Gang! Remember the time all the celebs were going make-up-free on Instagram when the lockdown first happened? Well now they’re all gone DIY-mad!

Taylor Swift kicked it all off when she did her own hair and make-up for the launch of her album folklore, and since then Meghan Markle, Lady Gaga and Jameela Jamil have all taken things into their own hands and applied their own maquillage.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I still love getting treated to a full face by the pros from time to time, but if we can achieve great looks at home, then why not make it an everyday thing? It always boosts my mood and sets me up for the day, anyway.

Basically, it’s all down to the products we pick, so this week I’ve a whole heap to run through to get you on the right track. From face treatments to new formulas, you’ll be DIY-ing in no time.

The Trend: Magic wand


Have you spotted yours truly in the Sculpted by Aimee Connolly official campaign yet? I took part to promote the Irish brand’s new range of concealers, Brighten Up, an under-eye liquid concealer; and Complete Cover Up Concealer, both pictured. One thing I couldn’t conceal is that I’m 47 and size 14 – smashing the beauty industry’s taboos – and I couldn’t be more proud. Just call me the next JLo. Working with me (all Covid -19 protocols were observed) was Missy Keating, who, at 19, is young enough to be my daughter. Such a fun day!


The Treatment: Face freshener


I believe the heart doesn’t wrinkle. Can’t say the same about my face, though, and with Will being nearly six years younger than me, I’m all about holding back the years, just like cougar Courtney Cox, pictured.

So when I heard that The Spa at The Merrion Hotel had undergone a revamp, I was in there like swimwear. It has a brand-new entrance on Fitzwilliam Lane, and I popped in for the Biologique Recherche Hydreclat facial, €115 (55 minutes).

This treatment uses the PIGM 400 range and a brightening serum to moisturise and rejuvenate tired-looking skin. There’s also a booster treatment that will tighten pores and make your complexion glow instantly.

My advice would be to box off a morning or afternoon for a bit of ‘me time’ and treat yourself at The Merrion hotel afterwards, too.

And why not top it all off with a nice autumnal walk in nearby Merrion Square?

The Talk: Home hair heroes


The Inkey List Amino Acid Anti-Gray Scalp Treatment


I’m always on the hunt for products that will seriously up the at-home hair-styling game. Give these top picks a whirl – and thank me later.

Do you want to keep your hair’s pigment for longer? The Inkey List Amino Acid Anti-Gray Scalp Treatment, above, €20.99, is an overnight product for the scalp. It contains Darkenyl, which works on the hair follicle to reduce the appearance of grey hair. As it works, it also conditions and softens the hair – while you get your shut-eye.

Next up is The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Hair Treatment, €13.99, which has smoothing and boosting powers to tame frizz and keep hair looking healthy. It can be applied to wet or dry hair, so it’s a great one to keep in the handbag to help tame any flyaways when you’re out and about.

And also on The Inkey List’s erm… list is the Caffeine Stimulating Scalp Treatment, €20.99, which contains caffeine powder and Redensyl to help reduce hair loss and keep the hair follicles healthy by stimulating them. This is another overnight treatment, so the effort involved is minimal effort but the results and great. Win-win. Shop for products by The Inkey List on


Living Proof Instant De-Frizzer


If frizz is the bane of your existence, you might feel like you’ve already tried everything to tame your mane. It can be easy to lose hope but can I suggest trying one more thing: Living Proof Instant De-Frizzer, above, €13.99 for 95ml. It’s a dry conditioning spray that has UV protection and is packed with oils and emollients to smooth things out and restore the hair’s natural balance. Find the Living Proof range on


Keep your eyes peeled for the latest from Chanel at the end of October. Combining the oldie but goodie that is Chanel N°5 perfume, the brand has created five new products for the body. I’m loving The Hair Mist, above, €50, which infuses my locks with the iconic scent. Hints of rose and jasmine make sure my hair stays soft and shiny for the day, too.​

The tools


Morphe x James Charles Artistry Palette


Oh my Gucci, Morphe is now available in BTs. Ask any aspiring MUA, influencer or beauty enthusiast what their top 10 brands are and Morphe – pronounced Murphy – is sure to be included. The ginormous eyeshadow palettes are particularly popular, such as this Morphe x James Charles Artistry Palette, above, €43, with its huge shade range and colourful, Insta-friendly appeal.

The trick

I’m really ti-ti-ti-ticklish! You should see me having a pedicure: I try my best to not laugh, but it’s so ha-ha-ha-hard. If I circle my leg with my hands right beneath the knee – as if I’m choking my knee – it actually helps ease the ticklish feeling. Try it!

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