Melanie Morris' April Beauty Favourites

Melanie Morris discovers a new haul of make-up, fragrance and skincare heroes.

Pale and interesting
While colour appears everywhere this spring, sometimes less can be more. Step forward Tom Ford Beauty, with a pure vision for the season ahead, featuring skin-enhancing make-up that focuses on a clear complexion, beautiful nudes and a hint of summery colour. New additions to the ever-extending beauty line include eyeliners, cream colours, lip stylos, and a new shade of the iconic Shade & Illuminate to add gentle dimension to the face.

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1 Tom Ford Cream Color for Eyes in Siren Blue, €37
2 Lip Color Shine in Suede Nude, €37
3 Shade & Illuminate palette in Lavish Pink, €68
4 High Definition Eyeliner in Black, €37

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Magic drops
Custom-blend skincare just became more accessible, thanks to the launch of Clarins Boosters, €39 each, available in three variants - Energy, Repair and Detox. Simply choose what your skin is in need of, add a few drops to your favourite skincare, and avail of the boosting benefits for as long as you need. Tackles most common issues, fighting fatigue, calming irritation and decongesting. It's like a cocktail for your face.

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Tried and tested
Bright, gleaming skin must be one of the most coveted beauty assets, and yet one of the hardest to maintain. The environment, stress, hormones, lifestyle, diet and lack of sleep all wreak havoc on the complexion, as does the passing of time. Elizabeth Arden's new holy trinity of illuminating products - a Day Serum, €75, Night Capsules, €80, and twice-weekly Retexturising Pads, €55, all come tried and tested by yours truly, and the change in my skin is startlingly noticeable. The light, 5% glycolic of the pads brings instant smoothness, while breaking one of the capsules on the face each evening has evened texture and aided overnight regeneration. The daily serum, meanwhile, preps skin for make-up while maintaining health and brilliance. A trio of investments well worth making. Exclusively at Arnotts.

See the rest of Melanie Morris' make-up, fragrance and skincare heroes in the April issue of IMAGE, on shelves now.?

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