From L.A.’s plastic surgery offices to New York’s runways, the “Irish” look is in.
Irish noses and porcelain skin are all the rage in Hollywood and the fashion world. So Irish ladies: hop out of the tanning bed and raise your upward-pointing noses in the air.
Cosmetic surgeon Rag Kanodia, from the E! channel’s “Dr. 90210,” told Ireland’s Herald that many of his clients request nose jobs complete with an “Irish-looking tip.” Kanodia’s client list reportedly includes A-listers Jennifer Aniston, Ashlee Simpson and Cindy Crawford.
“I love the Irish features, especially the nose,” said Kanodia. “It’s a nose everyone desires. The Irish tip is one of the most wanted, even in L.A.”
The characteristically “Irish” upward-pointed nose tip has long been praised, but that’s not the only physical trait the Irish have going for them.
Kanodia, who was in Dublin swapping non-surgical beauty tips with Irish colleague Dr. Mark Hamilton of Cosmedico Clinic in Wicklow, also praised Irish skin, saying: “One of the best features of Irish people is their skin. The lack of sun here means that there is almost no sun damage to the skin. People here have beautifully silky skin that we don't see in L.A.”
Maura Lynch, Associate Beauty and Fitness Editor at Elle magazine, agrees that the growing popularity of pale skin is partly a health issue. “I think that knowing what we know about sun exposure and its risks, women are slowly coming around to the idea that they don’t need to have a tan to look glamorous,” she said.
Lynch points to “impossibly gorgeous” actresses such as Cate Blanchett as examples of how pale is making its mainstream comeback.
This year, porcelain skin is all the rage in runway shows. Leading make-up artist and P&G Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath created looks for the Fall/Winter shows for Christian Dior, John Galliano, Yohji Yamamoto and Miu Miu that all feature Irish-influenced powdery skin.
“Fair complexions have been reflected on the runways too,” said Lynch. “For the spring shows, where makeup artists typically lay on the bronzer, they opted for more blush instead, giving rosy-cheeked women of Irish heritage an unfair (pun intended) advantage. And based on what I’ve seen, I think porcelain skin will be a take-home trend from the fall runways as well.”
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