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Semi-Permanent Make-Up: What’s Worth Investing In?


By Melanie Morris
28th Jul 2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: A model prepares backstage at the Jasper Conran show at London Fashion Week AW14 at Saatchi Gallery on February 15, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Semi-Permanent Make-Up: What’s Worth Investing In?

Make summer maintenance easy with these four semi-permanent cheats.

SEMI-PERMANENT LASHES

Christoph McCormack knows a thing or two about eye enhancements. He’s travelled all over the world tending to various celebrities as well as developing his own range of lashes and technical tools. A set of tailored semi-permanent lashes takes under an hour to apply, feel featherlight when on and with the right care, will last up to six weeks, with a price tag of €120. For summer, combine the tailored lashes with a brow thread and Shellac mani in just 75 minutes, for €165. Christoph Eye Couture, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin 2, christopheyecouture.com.

Paul Smith FW15
Paul Smith FW15

SEMI-PERMANENT BROWS

If you’ve ever wished your freshly done brows could stay that way for just a little longer, this treatment is a gift from the heavens. Get Lorna or Liz Farrelly to apply their brow magic with effects that last up to two years. The treatment is two-part, involving an initial shape and semi-permanent colour in a very natural shade, before a top-up when the client can go bolder. An instant spirit-lifter that will cut down daily make-up prep time. From €650 at The Brow Artist, 124 Ranelagh, Dublin 6, [email protected].

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 14: Actress Eva Mendes takes part in a Q&A following the "Lost River" premiere during the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Topfer Theatre at ZACH on March 14, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SXSW)
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SEMI-PERMANENT EYELINER

An hour-long treatment (including consultation) that will save so much time as well as ensure you’re waterproof over the summer holidays. Anaesthetic cream is used to ensure minimum pain, the shape and style of the liner is agreed upon, and then the therapist gets to work. The pigment fades over time, but results can last up to two years with diligent aftercare. A delicate touch is what’s required here, and Ada Ray comes highly recommended. €350 at The?rapie, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, therapieclinic.com.

Chisato FW 15/16
Chisato FW 15/16

ARTISTIC GEL NAILS AND TOES

Artistic is a coloured gel range that has something for everyone, and great lasting power, making nails look glossy for longer whilst also being more sturdy; €55 for fingers (file and Artistic polish including mini-mani); €55 for toes; upgrade to your favourite mani and/or pedi for pure pampering, at Mink, The Oval, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, mink.ie.