Louise McSharry: “For years I dismissed body makeup as requiring more effort than it was worth – then I tried it and everything changed.”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been absolutely obsessed with following the latest gossip surrounding Don’t Worry Darling. The film, directed by Olivia Wilde and starring Harry Styles and Florence Pugh, recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival amid much rumor and speculation about on-set tension.

With all of this stuff, we have no idea what’s really going on, but the internet takes great delight in analyzing every social media post, facial expression, and statement made by the cast of this film. For example Pugh, who arrived 10 minutes into the press conference, absolutely stunning in a purple outfit and holding an Aperol Spritz. There’s a lot to gossip about, but I was totally blown away by her beautifully even skin.

I’m always amazed at the flawless bodies of famous people. Not so much the size and shape, but the fact that they never seem to have evidence of a bug bite they couldn’t leave alone, a trail where their brother tripped them when they were five, or even a chickenpox scar. Is it that they don’t have the marks of life’s trials and tribulations? No, it’s that they wear body makeup.

For years, I dismissed body makeup as something that was more effort than it was worth. I was worried about patchy application and transfer to my clothes – then I tried it and everything changed. Yes, it’s a bit faff, but with the right product and careful application, you can have the flawless celebrity skin of your dreams.


Dermablend Translucent Setting Powder by Vichy

The secret to wearing body makeup is to use as little as possible. Start with a thin layer – I like to use my fingers or a large, flat stippling brush. Let this dry completely and if you are not happy with the opacity, apply another coat if needed. Thin layers are the secret to long-lasting makeup, whether it’s on the face or body. When you are satisfied with the coverage, apply a thin layer of translucent powder. I like Dermablend Translucent Setting Powder by Vichy for this purpose (€21.50 via boots.ie).


Backstage Face & Body Foundation by Dior

Regarding the product, Backstage Face & Body Foundation by Dior is hard to beat. The formula is thin which makes it perfect to apply layer by layer. It kicks in fairly quickly so you’ll need to move quickly, but the way it sets is what makes it so good for the body. It lasts a long time and wears well, so you don’t have to worry about it during the day and night. Despite its firming power, its finish is skin-like, leaving you looking fresh and radiant rather than unnaturally matte. Unlike some body products, this range comes in 40 shades, so there should be something for everyone.


MAC Studio Radiance Face & Body

MAC Studio Radiance Face & Body (34€ about boots.ie) is another solid option that offers similar opacity and a satin finish, along with a strong color palette. I had a little problem getting it transferred to clothes, but if you don’t wear a bright color or dance hard it will work fine.

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Body Bling by Scott Barnes

If you’re less concerned with covering blemishes and instead want to boost your skin’s shine factor, there are plenty of great products out there. I met makeup artists Body Bling by Scott Barnes (42€ about millies.ie) while conducting one of my routine investigations into what J-Lo looks like the way she looks (amazing). Before she had her own line of beauty products, this was one of her staples. It is a beautiful product that evens out skin tone and adds shimmer. Fenty Beauty Body Lava Body Luminizer (50€ over boots.ie) is another solid option that leaves the body dewy and shiny.


Fenty Beauty Body Lava Body Luminizer

Lost in translation

Pores are small openings in the skin that come in two types – oil pores and sweat pores. This is where oil and sweat can reach the skin’s surface to lubricate it and keep the body cool. Despite what some beauty brands suggest, there is no way to “get rid” of pores. They are an essential part of the healthy functioning of your skin. You can minimize their appearance with exfoliating treatments and products like AHAs or BHAs.

Something old…


Mothership III: Subversive Eyeshadow Palette by Pat McGrath Labs

Pat McGrath launched her makeup line in 2015 after decades in the fashion industry as a makeup artist. Her products are excellent, as you would expect from an artist who has worked on countless iconic runways and Vogue beauty spreads. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but Pat The mothership of McGrath Labs Eyeshadow palettes deliver formula and drama. While some stick to more traditional pink or bronze tones, there are plenty of options that deliver avant-garde inserts. Subversive (160€ about patmcgrath.com) for example includes a collection of hues ranging from a metallic gunmetal to a rich aubergine. These are highly pigmented and contain some of the best shimmer I’ve ever used. There is no doubt that they are an expensive purchase, but makeup lovers will love them.

… Something new


Industrial color pigments by Isamaya Beauty

Isamaya French is a British makeup artist who, at just 33, is widely acclaimed for her editorial beauty looks and wearable art creations. That summer, she launched her first line of industrial-themed products (think Berghain) under the name Isamaya beauty. The line includes mascara, brow gel, and lip polish, but the standout for me is this Industrial color pigments (97 € about selfridges.com). Palettes are so often filled with relatively matte shades these days, so I was thrilled to see that this was all about bold theatrics. The 14 shades range from dark and moody to lighter, sparkly highlights with an emphasis on sparkle and shine.

https://www.independent.ie/style/beauty/makeup/louise-mcsharry-for-years-i-dismissed-body-makeup-as-something-that-would-be-more-hassle-than-it-was-worth-then-i-tried-it-and-everything-changed-41990374.html Louise McSharry: “For years I dismissed body makeup as requiring more effort than it was worth – then I tried it and everything changed.”

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