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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Look on the bright side

If Twilight actress Kristen Stewart is coming out of the shadows and adding some colour, we all can

In beauty parlance, nothing says 'summer' quite like bright make-up, and when even Kristen Stewart is flirting with colour you had better believe it's time to follow suit.

These new releases are sure to lift your mood as well as your visage, without leaving you looking like Rainbow Brite's long-lost sister.

> Benefit Cha Cha Tint, €33.50

Benefit are a brand who know a thing or three about creating lust-have lip and cheek tints: cherry-hued Benetint is a cult favourite and poppy-pink Posietint is a staple in my make-up bag.

It looks like they'll have another hit on their hands with Cha Cha Tint, which lands June 25. The latest double-duty addition is a mango-tinted gel and while it's a terrifying orange in the bottle it does blend out on application to give a delicious and very wearable coral flush.

The price is high for 25ml of product, although only a few dots are ever required to achieve the desired effect with Benefit tints so they last (almost) forever.

My Posietint may or may not be nearly three years old, depending on whether you think that's revolting or not and it gets almost daily use.

> Chanel Le Vernis nail polish in Mimosa, €21

Yellow is the only colour for this season's best-dressed nails, and for that you can thank/blame the folks at Chanel.

Their 'it' colour of the moment, Mimosa, is on counters now and it's a cheery buttercup yellow packed with the almost hidden subtle shimmer that's a Chanel characteristic.

Happily, budget options abound if twenty-odd quid is too much to spend on a novelty summer shade. At a weeny €2.79, Catrice Bye Bye Birdie, from Dunnes and Penneys, will let you dabble in this sunshine-y trend without breaking the bank.

Application issues plague all yellow polishes -- even Chanel, dahling -- so multiple coats and lots of patience are required for a streak-free finish.

> Bare Escentuals Pretty Amazing Lip Colour, €18

Himself got a couple of these as a present for me on a recent trip to the States and was only delira at the notion that he'd picked up something I couldn't get this side of the pond.

I decided it was best not to tell him that Bare Escentuals have a counter in BT2.

The liquid lovechild of all the best bits of lipstick and gloss, there are eight bright shades available, all opaque and creamy with surprising staying power and a vinyl shine finish. Simply gorgeous.

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