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Holiday looks: 5 top tips for staying fresh in the sun

Paddy McGurgan is one of NI’s best-known beauty experts and every week he tells you all you need to know about the latest make-up techniques

By Paddy McGurgan

Summer has well and truly arrived and, while the temperatures continue to soar, a lot of people are heading off on holiday.

So for this week’s column I have decided to focus on your must-have holiday make-up essentials to last in hot weather. 

Got you covered

I have already explained the importance of incorporating SPF into any skincare routine — and so I highly recommend using SPF in your skincare as well as your sunscreen. For this, try glo therapeutics SPF 40 Facial Moisturiser (£30) which I recently purchased from Bello Tu in Newtownards, and I adored how lightweight this was on the skin. 

Glow for gold

When on holiday we all want to look as dewy and glowing as possible. My favourite way by far of achieving this is using a liquid illuminator and my all-time hero product for illumination has to be Make-up Atelier FLV Primer (£22.50, Make-up Pro Store). If you are prone to shine or are oily in your T Zone, nose and chin area, you can still use this product — just avoid any oil-prone areas and keep the product on the high parts of the face such as the upper cheekbone for maximum glow.

Back to base

As for foundation, some people love full coverage while others prefer a lightweight sheer complexion. I am very much a believer in the #FreeTheFleckle campaign and advise opting for a tinted BB cream for your holiday. This will allow the skin to look fresh, natural and effortless — I recommend Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream SPF 30 (£28). This is an oil-free cream that conceals pores and minimises the appearance of skin unevenness. It contains SPF 30 and gives skin a bright, even tone with a healthy glow.

Powder power

For a holiday setting powder, I want to make sure all excessive shine and oils are mattified. For this I love using the INGLOT Loose Powder in shade 216 (£11). Top tip: when you have patted your loose powder on to the skin, go in again with your large fluffy powder brush and use the very end of the brush in circular motions with little to no pressure. This will buff the powder into the skin and make the skin look airbrushed and gorgeous — and who doesn’t want that?

Bronzed babe

When on holidays, you want to enjoy the beautiful weather and not spend unnecessary time on your make-up, which is why I am a massive believer in using your products in multiple ways. One example of this using your matte bronzer for your contouring but also as your transition colour for a gentle wash of colour across the eyes. Try Benefit Hoola Bronzer (£25.50).

Cheek chic

Just this week I was on an on-location shoot and used a cream blush and loved how vibrant this made the model’s make-up. There are a variety of cream blushers available at the moment and I love the e.l.f. Cream Blush Palette Soft (£7.50). This palette will add a beautiful pop of colour on to the apples of the cheeks and can also be used on your lips. 

Lashing out

False eyelashes are not always an option  on hols — so you will need a mascara you can rely on. For this, my all-time favourite mascara is Make-up Studio Waterproof 3D False Lash Mascara (£13.95). This product is water and sweatproof and keeps lashes soft and nourished. One layer of mascara provides lashes with extra volume, length, and defined curl with a deep black finish.

My top tips for staying fresh in the sun

1. Less is more. When on holiday you can really get away with opting for a soft focus effect in your overall make-up. So apply light handedly to ensure a flawless finish.

Invest in a skin type specific primer based on your own skin, such as mattifying or hydrating.

2. Again, I sound like a broken record, but drinking plenty of water while you are away will do wonders for your skin, reducing the risk of break-outs, fine lines, puffy eyes or dark circles.

3.If you would prefer to keep your eyes bare, contrast this with a strong bold lip such as coral or reds.

4. Setting spray. Always use a setting spray. This will help keep your make-up on for longer. Try Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs And Rosewater (£9.49, Make-up Pro Store) for added nourishment to the skin.

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