Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Christine Bleakley's make-up secrets

This dark, honey-skinned TV presenter always knows how to look her best. Make-up artist Paddy McGurgan delves into some of her style secrets.

TV presenter Christine Bleakley

Christine has naturally flawless skin but given the nature of her job, heavy lighting and the constant application of powder to reduce shine on TV screens, she has to be wary of dehydration. So, as often as she can fit it into her hectic schedule, Christine enjoys treating herself to a nice hydrating facial.



If you find that getting to a beauty salon isn’t an option for you then you can follow a new trend and do it at home.

For dry skin, mix one egg yolk, one teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of olive oil with some vitamin E oil, if you have it. Smooth on and leave for 15 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Voila!

Christine’s skin maintains a honey glow all year round but given our appalling summer, and the risk of skin cancer, it’s best to fake it. One of the best products on the market is a ‘tan in a can’ from an Australian company called Model Co.

The airbrush spray can be used as a false tan or lightly over a base colour just to deepen.

It’s available online at local e-tailer www.jasonshankey.co.uk, but if that’s out of your price range, then try Sally Hansen — it instantly bronzes, smoothes and gives flawless legs and even arms. It has been my secret weapon for years (it also has an optically slimming effect, always an added bonus!).

Christine enjoys having fun with her make-up, changing it constantly whether it be to match a particular outfit or just to try out a current trend. Sometimes it’s all about the eyes, other times she sports a vibrant lip colour. One thing that’s a staple, though, is that she always has a good eye primer on to make her eye makeup last all day.

One of my favourites has got to be Laura Mercier’s Wheat as it’s suitable for nearly everyone. Apply it all over the lid from under brow to lash line — even by itself with lashings of mascara it looks great!

For eye shadow colours, select three shades which are variations on the same colour. Put the lightest colour on the brow bone, the medium shade on the lid, and the darkest hue in the crease. This will emphasise the shape of the eyes and make them stand out.

My top tip here is don’t use all shimmered eye shadows. That would be slightly reminiscent of Lily Savage in her Blackpool days. Instead use some matt shadows — two shimmers at the very most!

Christine is definitely a lip gloss fan, always having a few different shades in her bag. Any make-up can be revamped simply by changing the lip colour.

For the natural look try MAC lip liner in Spice. This is the shade thought to most closely resemble natural lip colour.

Christine has a great full lip line but if you are not blessed with luscious lips try some lip-plumping products. Again I have to say the Model Co Lip Plump (right) product works every time. Don’t panic if your lips start to tingle, you won’t look like Pete Burns.

STYLE STAR: Christine skin always has a healthy, honey glow

CHOICE: Lip liner pencils and tensor cream

EMPHASIS: Mascara

CAN TAN: Quick fix

SLIMMING: Self tan

VIBRANT: Lip liner

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