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Make-up masterclass: 4 quick tips for a fresh school run face

Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and over the coming weeks he'll tell you all you need to know about the latest make-up techniques

It is hard to believe that the kids are going back to school already.

I have had so many mums coming in to my studio in the past few weeks for one-to-one make-up lessons on how to create a fast, easy and effective morning make-up routine for the school run. Here are my top tips, products and advice for mums on the go this back to school season.

Your main focus is to employ multi-use products. For your primer, moisturiser and cleanser you should use Embryolisse Lait Creme Moisturiser (£16.99, Make-up Pro Store or Boots). This is an all-in-one multi-use product and will hydrate and prep your skin for the day ahead. You can use this as a make-up remover, a moisturiser to hydrate and prep the skin and it will also act as a primer to help your foundation last longer throughout the day.

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Embryolisse Lait Creme Moisturiser

Next, use a foundation which can be built up easily and quickly. My favourite type of foundation for quick application is cream foundation as it builds instantly on the skin and takes minimal amount of product for a fabulous finish. For this, check out Make-up Studio Face It light cream foundation (£27.50). This a cream based foundation which builds coverage in seconds. Simply apply with a stippling brush in light circular motions for a flawless and fabulous finish.

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Make-up Studio Face It light cream foundation

For added longevity I recommend using a pressed powder or compact powder foundation. There are so many available on the cosmetics market at the moment, one being LA Girl Pro Face Matte Pressed Powder (£6). This evens out the complexion naturally and also creates an additional barrier for anyone with excessive oils in their skin. So, your make-up lasts longer without any or minimal touch-ups.

Another multitasking tip is to invest in a highly pigmented bronzer to sculpt and contour the face - and use the same bronzer as a transition colour through the crease of your eye. One of my favourite drugstore bronzers to use for sculpting and for high pigment is the Bourjois Bronzing Powder in medium/dark (£7.99, Boots). If you want to shape the frame of your face then I highly recommend investing in a tinted brow gel. This is super easy to apply and will give you a long lasting tinted brow effect. Try Gimme brow+ volumizing eyebrow gel (£20.50) which contains tiny microfibres that adhere to skin and hairs, creating natural-looking fullness and definition. The custom tiny, tapered brush provides easy, mess-proof application.

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Bourjois bronzing powder

For a quick and easy full lash and liner I love using Autograph Mascara (£11.50, Marks & Spencer). The brush is perfect for creating a full lash effect as the bristles are made from nylon fibres. This easy-to-use mascara adds volume and length - no false eyelashes required. Enriched with panthenol, the fibres adhere to the lashes making them look fuller and plumper in an instant.

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Autograph Fibrelash Enhancing mascara

For your lips and cheeks, multi-tasking is the way forward. Choose a cream blusher, which can be used on the apples of the cheeks to add a pop of colour and can also be applied to the lips. Try No7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush Stick (£10, Boots), which glides seamlessly onto cheekbones for a subtle, natural healthy flush of colour and is easily buildable for a more intense look.

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No7 cream blush

4  tips for a fresh look that lasts all day

1. Your concealer is your friend. There is nothing like early mornings and late nights to create dark circles, bags under the eyes and puffiness, so try YSL Touche Eclat concealer (£25.50).

2. Invest in a primer that suits your skin type. This will help ensure your make-up lasts through out the day and that you look your best all day.

3. If you are prone to shine, keep a compact pressed powder in your handbag and use whenever needed to abolish shine and make the skin look as matte as possible.

4. Pay close attention to your skin. When you do get some me-time, invest in a mask to help with your skin. There are so many types of masks available depending on your skin type.

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