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Make-up masterclass: Beauty treats to help chase away winter blues

Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and this week he's lined up a few of this top make-up treats to help you chase away the winter blues

By Paddy McGurgan

We've made it through the the post Christmas and January blues!

So while December was all about treating someone else, and recent weeks have been about dealing with the repercussions of Christmas, now is the time to really give yourself a treat as January draws to a chilly close.

Here are a few of my top products.

Image Restoring Youth Serum (£42.50) is definitely a treat for any skincare lovers.

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Image Restoring Youth Serum (£42.50)

This highly concentrated blend of peptides and plant-derived stem cell extracts corrects and improves the appearance of lines and wrinkles, resulting in firmer and more elastic skin. The serum also contains powerful fruit extract which acts as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that brightens the skin tone and prevents collagen breakdown.

Laura Mercier have released a new and exciting foundation called Flawless Lumiere Radiance Perfecting Foundation (£36, Debenhams).

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Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Radiance Perfecting Foundation (£36, Debenhams)

This foundation delivers a perfectly glowing finish that looks luminous in any light, providing 15 hours of moisturisation to visibly smooth and soften skin. Powered by Silver Ear Mushroom Extract to hydrate and smooth skin instantly, for maximum skin comfort, it replenishes skin while softening the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The weightless medium to full coverage formula contains flexible polymers which melt into skin to create a long-wearing comfortable second skin and colour-true pigments resist oxidation.

Natural Silk Perfection (£25.50, Make Up Pro Store) is a finely milled lightweight loose powder for setting foundation, giving a soft silky finish.There is a slight bit of warmth in this powder but it does not change the tone of the foundation which is suitable for all skin tones. I adore the texture of this powder as it almost blurs the skin to give an airbrush slightly matte finish. Less is more with this powder, so do not waste your product - apply small amounts at a time and buff in small, light circular motions.

In today's makeup game, blush is an unsung hero. Everybody wears it but very few are writing home about it. Benetint Lip & Cheek Colour, (Benefit, £24.50) has been applauded by many A-listers as it can be applied to the lips and cheeks for a nice, flushed look.

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Benefit (Benefit Benetint Lip & Cheek Colour, £24.50)

If you prefer a muted cheek colour this shade is fabulous and isn't too overpowering. Ideal for day wear, or for anyone who is wary of blush.

If you love a gorgeous bronze eye look, then you have to try The Dolce Vita Luxury Eye Shadow Palette by Charlotte Tilbury (£38).

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The Dolce Vita Luxury Eye Shadow Palette by Charlotte Tilbury (£38)

The champagne, brown, umber and bronze Dolce Vita shades in the palette are designed to harmonise with each other and suit any skin tone. You can create a smooth base with the Prime shade, build up definition with the easy-to-blend Enhance colour, then add definition and drama for evening with the highly pigmented Smoke and light-reflecting Pop shades.

Make up Studio Liquid Liner (£14.50) is my hero eyeliner. It is tiny which means I am in total control of the handle and tip.

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Make up Studio Liquid Liner (£14.50)

The tip is small, but still disperses enough product for me to be happy with my line. This is what I always use on the top lid for my clients and is the most matte black liner I have ever used.

For a full false lash effect it is so important to find your perfect mascara. I recently used Maybelline Colossal Mascara (£6.40, Superdrug) and found its solution is so fine, meaning it does not clump or smudge like other drugstore mascaras.

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Maybelline Colossal Mascara (£6.40, Superdrug)

I have to be honest, as a make-up artist I am loving gloss at the moment, as I find it so effortless, allowing the complexion and other parts of the make up to take centre stage! For a nude lip colour with a touch of pink in gloss form, it has to be e.l.f. Lip Plumping Gloss (£6, Superdrug).

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e.l.f. Lip Plumping Gloss (£6, Superdrug)

This product helps to plump the lips while keeping them nourished and hydrated, leaving them with a soft supple feel.

Paddy's top five tips for a flawless finish

1. If your skin is prone to break-outs, a silicone-free / water-based primer may suit your skin better as it is lighter weight

2. Try to choose a finely milled loose powder with little or no talc, so that this does not catch in any dry areas on the skin and create a patchy effect.

3. If you have areas that are more oily or prone to shine, use a smaller blending brush and add powder to those areas specifically to help combat the skin ie the T zone, nose and chin areas.

4. Make-up setting sprays are specifically designed to prevent make-up meltdown so you hardly have to touch it up day to night.

5. For a fluffy natural brow, use a spoolie brush to comb through your brows, so they look natural and barely touched.

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