Make-up masterclass: Five tips for keeping skin glowing throughout autumn
Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and each week he tells us all we need to know about the latest make-up techniques and trends
I cannot stress enough how important it is to ensure that your skin is well protected coming into autumn. The dreaded temperature drop will affect your skin and how it reacts to its surrounding environment, especially outdoors.
The first and most vital product I have to recommend is a moisturiser that will not only hydrate but will boost and promote collagen production in the skin. For this, try Mario Badescu's Collagen Moisturiser SPF15, which can be bought for £22 at my Make Up Pro Store. This product is an ultra-lightweight, daily moisturiser and moderate sun protection all-in-one. The collagen-rich formula protects skin from moisture loss and keeps skin plump and smooth without the use of heavy oils and it's suitable for combination and sensitive skin types.
If you want to transform a dry or dull complexion into radiant dewy perfection, then you should probably add an illuminating primer to your beauty routine. You can go in with a product such as Iconic London's Illuminator Drops (£29.99) and buff into the high points of your face, or where you want that added glow.
These drops can bump up the highlight factor of any product in your make-up bag - try adding a few drops to foundation, primer or moisturiser. I also like to use it on the eyes to intensify some looks.
In colder climates our skin can often begin to change, and you may find that you're more prone to break outs and blemishes. This can be due to a number of factors such as a change of diet, hormones or weather. My first and most important piece of advice for anyone experiencing break outs or changes in their skin is to visit a dermatologist or a qualified skincare practitioner. In the meantime however, let me tell you about a good full coverage foundation that blends effortlessly on to the skin, which is something my clients often ask me about.
Make Up Studio's Face it Light Cream Foundation (£27.50) has a lightweight formula and flawless coverage. Using a duo fibre foundation brush, buff the product on to the face - it's buildable, meaning it can be applied lightly for a 'no make-up' make-up look or layered for a full coverage look.
Nothing says "it's autumn" more than a soft-focus effect on your eyebrows - and brow pencils are great for this. I recently used the NYX Micro Brow Pencil (£9) and it is actually my new best friend.
The shades are so accommodating for make-up artist as they come in light, medium and dark shades, perfect for all tones of clients. The shape of the applicator makes it so easy to add natural hair strokes to the brow and I am able to add shape and definition as the end is slightly curved, so it works brilliantly at the arch of the eyebrow and underneath. I really love this product and it gets a massive 10 out of 10 from me!
Prepare a perfect canvas for your eyes with the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (£20) and never worry about smudging, caking or cracking.
The special formula grabs hold of your colour for hours of consistent wear - even the most stubborn shadows stay put with this polymer blend. This product becomes more necessary in colder months as our skin dries out because there's an increased chance of our make-up cracking - and trust me, nothing looks worse, especially if you've just spent hours getting ready!
Barry M's Natural Glow Palette (£7) is an affordable autumn must-have. From the beautiful shade options, I would use the matte shadows to define the eye and create a deep, smoky look which is so 'in' this season.
Then, to catch the light or to add decoration, I would add shimmer shades across the lid or the inner corner. What a quick and easy way to elevate your look without breaking the bank.
I just adore the BPerfect Cosmetics Bad Llama Mascara (£11.99). The brush is quite unique - it has definitive bristles which are firm enough to comb through and coat each lash. For anyone that loves full and dramatic lashes, this is the 'BPerfect' product for you!
As I always say, multi-tasking make-up is the way forward, so when you're shopping for a blusher, choose a cream product. These can be used on the apples of the cheeks for a pop of colour or applied to the lips for a subtle tint. For this, I recommend No. 7's Pop & Glow Cream Blush Stick (£10) which glides seamlessly on to the skin for a natural flush of colour and is easily buildable for a more intense look.
Five tips for keeping skin glowing throughout autumn
1. Add a hydrating mist to your routine as these make the skin look fresh and hydrated. A simple spritz can be used on-the-go for a quick top up.
2. Use a lightweight concealer under the eye and on areas you have blemishes and pigmentation. This will give you a subtle coverage and will not appear thick or caked.
3. Invest in a primer that suits your skin type as this will ensure your make-up lasts throughout the day.
4. Drink water. This will help hydrate and boost the skin's natural glow.
5. Pop a hand cream into your bag to keep your hands and nails moisturised and protected.