Make-up masterclass: 5 ways to take your look from day to night
Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and each week he tells you all you need to know about latest make-up techniques and trends
In the run-up to Christmas I'm inundated with mails from clients wanting help on how to change their make-up from all-day office wear to night-time chic in easy steps.
There are so many ways of adding definition and making your make-up night-time ready. If you are in a rush this festive season and want to build on what you already have on your face, here's how.
For an all-night complexion, if you are applying over the top of your existing foundation, then add in light layers on the skin to avoid the foundation caking in areas. Try Make Up Studio Face It Light Cream Foundation (£27.50). Simply use with a light fluffy blending brush to apply the cream product. This cream consistency builds so effortlessly onto the skin, and if you are in a rush it is perfect, because you are able to build a medium or full coverage in minutes.
Another way to change your make-up is with your bronzing powder and your highlighter. For your bronzer, try a shade darker than normal to sculpt underneath the cheekbones and around the outside of the forehead to shape and sculpt the face. Highlighter on your upper cheek/brow bone can be blinding for any Christmas party. To bronze, try Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder Medium/Dark (£7.99). This bronzer has a beautiful warm undertone, so it blends and contours perfectly on most skin tones without looking harsh or ashen.
For a subtle highlight, try elf Baked Highlighter Moonlight Pearls 704 (£5, Superdrug). If you want a highlight to be very extra, then try Illamasqua Beyond Powder in shade OMG (£34).
The next easy way to add definition is by building and filling in your brows. Even if you prefer a softer brow, small, light hair strokes into the brows will frame the face and leave the eye area more structured. Try the Kevyn Aucoin The Brow Gel Pencil (£23, Space NK), which comes in a range of shades and has an amazingly shaped tip which gives sharp, precise and natural strokes to the brow, filling in sparse areas and defining arches. With this pencil, you can achieve any look, from bold to natural.
Eye make-up is one of the most popular ways of creating a glamorous night-time look. My clients say they want an all-in-one go-to smoky eyeshadow palette. My top pick has to be Limecrime Venus I Palette (£29.50, Make Up Pro Store). At first, this palette may look scary as it contains strong red and pink tones, but reds, purples and cranberry tones are your friends, and add not only drama but a festive hint to any make-up look.
One of the easiest ways to change your make-up from day to night is to add extra drama to the eyes with a black eyeliner. I use a small bullet brush to smudge creamy black kohl pencil through the bottom lash line for added drama. Try Maybelline Master Drama Cream Eyeliner Pencil (£4.99, Boots UK), an oil-free pencil with a soft texture, giving you more ability to smudge underneath and create a smoky effect.
For extra glitz, why not add small amounts of glitter to the lid? Try the NYX Glitter Brilliants (£5.50, Superdrug). They apply so easily onto the eye for minimum fall-out. These glitters come in a range of shades and colours, so you can perfect any look.
5 top tips to take you from day to night
1. Choose a finely milled loose powder with little or no talc, so that it does not catch in any dry areas on the skin and create a patchy effect.
2. Make sure you pick the perfect adhesive for your eye make-up glitter. My favourite glitter glue has to be Make Up Studio Two Way Gel (£16.50, Make Up Pro Store)
3. Want your lip to last longer without the hassle of a drying matte lipstick? Simply separate a tissue and place over your lip. With a large powder brush, lightly pat a little bit of translucent loose powder on to achieve a more matte, longer-lasting lip colour.
4. For a simple way to add drama to any make-up, add false lashes for extra oomph.
5. Prep is key. If you want kissable lips in time for Christmas, invest in a lip scrub to rid the lips of dead skin cells and the effects of winter that often hit our lips first.