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Show The World You’re Back With Red Lips

A proclamation of “Woohoo!” right there on your face

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with beauty and the experts we’ve conferred with are picking up on a general consensus for fun, bright, mood-boosting makeup. Here Amy Heffernan, Irish Tatler’s assistant editor shows a fresh new makeup look for our newfound freedom, created using M•A•C Cosmetics products.

After what feels like an eternity of quarantine skincare and minimal Zoom makeup, there seems to be an unspoken, mutual agreement brewing that this summer should be spent making up for lost time and overcompensating for what we couldn’t wear in lockdown.

A particular punchy red lipstick with a vibrant orange hue which has the unique ability to simultaneously boost one’s mood, enhance a tan, and instantly elevate any outfit is how I plan to fete the occasion. A proclamation of “Woohoo!” right there on my face and something that I intend on wearing for sun-drenched rooftop drinks and dining al fresco. 

Perhaps slightly less known than its Face and Body counterpart, M•A•C Studio Waterweight Foundation really comes into its own in warmer weather with an SPF of 30, a Moisture-Fusion Complex to immediately hydrate the skin and a sheer-to-medium coverage that’s delivered via a comfortable fluid formula.

Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation, €36.50, M•A•C Cosmetics – SHOP

Though a red lip with a fresh face sounds great in theory, the intense pop of colour can emphasise any ruddiness or sallowness in the skin, so an even base makes for the best canvas. M•A•C's cult Pro Longwear Concealer is creamy, malleable and works a treat to brighten under the eyes and minimise breakouts, texture or scarring.

Pro Longwear Concealer, €24, M•A•C Cosmetics – SHOP


Choose the right blush, and a whole new dimension to your favourite red lipstick opens up, I find. M•A•C Cream Colour Base in the shade ‘Improper Copper’ imparts colour with a sheer, dewy finish and never competes with the lip.

Cream Colour Base, €24, M•A•C Cosmetics – SHOP

Similarly, with the eyes in this look, I want them to play a supporting role but not steal the show. M•A•C Pro Longwear Paint Pot in ‘Soft Ochre’ works to counteract any bluish undertones on my lids, whilst adding seamless coverage.

Pro Longwear Paint Pot, €22, M•A•C Cosmetics – SHOP

M•A•C's Extended Play Perm Me Up Lash provides instant lift and a curl that lasts up to 16 hours.

Extended Play Perm Me Up Lash, €21, M•A•C Cosmetics – SHOP

Then to the final act; lips worthy of margarita-sipping in the sunshine. I line my lips using M•A•C Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in ‘What A Blast’ and fill them in with M•A•C's Matte Lipstick in the inimitable ‘Lady Danger’.

Lip Pencil, €18.50, M•A•C Cosmetics – SHOP

Mini Matte Lipstick, €14.50, M•A•C Cosmetics – SHOP

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