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Make-up masterclass: How to look polished on a conference call from home

Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and this week he shares his tips for looking good while doing our bit and working from home

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NI beauty expert Paddy McGurgan shares his tips on looking good while doing our bit and working from home

NI beauty expert Paddy McGurgan shares his tips on looking good while doing our bit and working from home

No7 pop and glow cream blush stick (£10)

No7 pop and glow cream blush stick (£10)

Make up Studio's translucent powder (£19.50)

Make up Studio's translucent powder (£19.50)

Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation (£42).

Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation (£42).

Maybelline's Fit Me concealer (£5.99)

Maybelline's Fit Me concealer (£5.99)

Make Up For Ever pro bronze fusion (£28)

Make Up For Ever pro bronze fusion (£28)

NI beauty expert Paddy McGurgan shares his tips on looking good while doing our bit and working from home

We are certainly in a different way of living at the moment during the Covid-19 pandemic. As most of us are now working from home, and may be subjected to video conference calls, we still need to look our business-ready best - well from the waist up anyway!

You may be lounging in your PJ bottoms, but an office make-up look is needed to maintain your business prowess even when you are not in the boardroom. Here are a few quick and easy ways to create your conference call make-up look.

Foundation

For every great make-up application, there's an even greater base underneath. To really ace your base, it's important to invest your beauty budget into a decent foundation, as this is one of the staples of all make-up routines. Being a make-up artist, I work with a range of different products, however one I have recently picked up again after a long time is the Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation (£42).

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Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation (£42).

Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation (£42).

Giorgio Armani luminous silk foundation (£42).

It really is luminous and the formula allows the product to glide on weightlessly for a flawless, lit-from-within glow - a stunningly natural look, perfect for video conference calls. Enriched with Micro-fil technology that helps to sculpt and brighten the complexion, this buildable coverage foundation blurs imperfections and does a wonderful job at improving the skin's texture.

Concealer

When purchasing a concealer, ensure you are choosing a product that fits your skin and the areas and tones that you want to correct or conceal. The most common areas clients want corrected are often the under-eye area, around the nose and if they have any pigmentation or redness in their cheeks. For this, the finer the texture of the product is, the more natural and flawless your finish will be, giving you the 'I woke up like this' look that is ideal for a video call with colleagues. Maybelline's Fit Me concealer (£5.99) is without a doubt an affordable and lightweight option for this.

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Maybelline's Fit Me concealer (£5.99)

Maybelline's Fit Me concealer (£5.99)

Maybelline's Fit Me concealer (£5.99)

It is lightweight and comes in a variety of shades, so you are able to be picky with the exact tone of your concealer. Although, you should usually opt for between 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation as you want to lighten and brighten the complexion, but also want the colour to fade seamlessly into the skin without being noticeable.

Here's a little tip for applying concealer: Using the applicator, place a small amount of product on the back of your hand and warm it up with either your finger or a small fluffy blending brush, then apply under the eye in a light-handed motion, back and forth, to gain a natural coverage.

Bronzer

Now, we're all probably looking a little bit pale due to the amount of time spent indoors during the lockdown, which is why you should add a touch of bronzer to your working from home beauty routine. I would definitely recommend the Make Up For Ever pro bronze fusion (£28) - simply apply all over the outside of the face with a fluffy powder brush for a subtle but warm and healthy glow.

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Make Up For Ever pro bronze fusion (£28)

Make Up For Ever pro bronze fusion (£28)

Make Up For Ever pro bronze fusion (£28)

This bronzer has diffused powders with golden shimmers to create an all-over warmth and contour to the face, perfect for creating or enhancing the look of tanned skin. If you'd like to add that extra bit of effort, without any real effort at all, you can also use this bronzer as a soft wash of colour through the crease of your eyelid to create a bronzed, business-ready look in minutes.

Loose powder

Are you using a loose powder in your make-up routine? If so, have you checked the talc content? Talc is a massive contributing factor to how much product will catch in unwanted areas, such as texture and fine lines. Always check the talc content of loose powders. Or, just follow my simple solution and use a lightweight, loose translucent powder. This is always my number one go-to product when setting any complexion and my all-time favourite power has to be Make up Studio's translucent powder (£19.50).

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Make up Studio's translucent powder (£19.50)

Make up Studio's translucent powder (£19.50)

Make up Studio's translucent powder (£19.50)

Simply take a large powder brush and using small amounts of product, press on to the skin with the side of your brush. Then go back in again and very lightly - with minimal pressure on your brush - buff into the skin in a circular motion. This will accelerate the powder buffing and staying on the skin, so your complexion is conference call ready at any time in the day.

Blusher

Another great way to add a healthy colour to your skin is to apply a little bit of blusher.

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No7 pop and glow cream blush stick (£10)

No7 pop and glow cream blush stick (£10)

No7 pop and glow cream blush stick (£10)

The No7 pop and glow cream blush stick (£10) is a great multi-use product which can be used as a blusher and on the lips for a subtle lip colour. This is a super quick and effortless finishing touch to your make-up look.

Belfast Telegraph