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When we think of lipstick shades that anyone can pull off, we think of the nudes, the pinks and the classic reds. They're the fool-proof ones, right? 

Most woman shy away from dark hues – especially on a daily basis – but this new shade seems to hit the mark for every skin tone out there. 

Tom Ford's lip colour, Matte in Black Dahlia has been described as a balanced shade by make-up artists because it has a slightly cool undertone as well as a hint of warmth to it. 

Elle tested the shade on a number of women and found that just one quick swipe of this delicious hue will totally set up for the day:








As part of a new S! TV series, we'll be finding out the answers to some of our viewers' most pressing beauty questions, with the help of make-up artist Stephan Ulvund Øien from IsaDora Global. 

This week, Stephan tells us his secret to creating the perfect eye-look. As much as we may love certain eyeshadows, the trick is to only use one that is tailored to your skin tone.

Watch how Stephan easily creates a totally flawless look. 


If celebrities like Mila, Miley, and Katy aren't afraid to step out in the spotlight fresh-faced (if we can call it that) than we shouldn't be either. 

Unfortunately this bravery rarely stretches to the first time your partner sees you without make up on, a sadly inevitable event.

But for most of us it is usually (and thankfully) an anticlimactic moment: we build it up and up in our heads and then our partners usually don’t even notice. Phew!

But it is good to know that we are not all alone in feeling like this. A survey was carried out by the skincare team at The Loop in Dublin and Cork airports which confirmed our fears.

They found that one in five women wait three months before daring to reveal their make-up free faces to their partners.

Surprisingly, they also found that we are far more likely to reveal our naked bodies to our significant others than our bare faces. Almost half of the respondents said that they would ditch the clothes after a month while 16 percent said they would do so immediately.

The survey also found out which nation Irish women are the most jealous of when it comes to skincare and complexions. The answer was France, with three out of five dubbing them as their ‘skin idols’.

A huge 70 percent of respondents said that the gently sun-kissed complexion was their favourite skin tone while 22 percent went for the pale and interesting look. Overdoing your tan is definitely out with a low three percent opting for the perma-tan look.

The Loop in Terminal 1 of Dublin Airport has just unveiled its new beauty hall and it holds loads of our favourite brands including Estee Lauder, Lancome and Elizabeth Arden. 



With the media constantly giving us a false image of what women should look like, plenty of girls feel pressured to look as good as celebrities. They think that revealing a bit of extra cleavage and wearing overly tight clothing will get them there.

But while celebs may get away with it, we can’t. Here are some ways you can steal the spotlight without overdoing it:

Bright colors
Wearing colors that pop is a sure way to draw people’s attention. Electric blues and fuchsias are perfect.

Know your colors
Wearing colors that flatter you is another sure way to attract attention. Dress for your skin tone and eye color and watch how you’ll shine.

With little effort, you can automatically draw attention to your face by wearing earrings or a necklace. Extra pieces like shawls, hats or sunglasses are what separate a normal outfit from an eye-catching one.

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