Make-up masterclass: Five ways to spring clean your make-up bag
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
We are well and truly beginning to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, so this is the time to give your make-up a spring clean. Here are my top ways to give your make-up bag a refresh.
For mature skin or anyone conscious of fine lines and wrinkles, it can often be hard to counteract any discoloration in the skin, especially under the eye as some concealers can be very heavy in areas and highlight fine lines. I highly recommend using a lightweight liquid concealer to buff under the eye or on any blemish to correct redness. Try Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector (£23.50, Boots UK), an ultra-sheer concealer that works to cancel out colour noise around the delicate eye area.
All about the base
I am certainly not a sunlight-fearing make-up artist, but as we approach warmer weather, it really is so important to add SPF into your beauty routine. One of the easiest ways to add SPF to your beauty routine is to incorporate it into your foundation. There are so many different types of SPF-rich foundations but one of my favourites is the Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Nourishing Fusion SPF 30 (£40). Despite its fluid texture, Maestro Glow contains no water, instead containing a high concentration of oils in a formula that leaves skin feeling comfortable all day, without having an oily effect.
Cream contouring is fantastic for applying heavier coverage or creating a more sculpted contour on the skin.
Pro tip: Apply a cream-based bronzer immediately after liquid foundation for a more natural finish. Dip a flat foundation brush into the cream bronzer, and create a line starting under the cheekbone and working upward toward the ear. Use a buffing brush or beauty blender to blend it in. Apply the bronzer to the forehead, along the hairline (making sure to blend it right up to the hairline so there aren't any visible lines or streaking) and jawline, finishing on both sides of the nose with a concealer brush. Now, blend, blend, blend!
Two of my favourite cream contour palettes have to be the SoSue Me Cream Contour Palette (£24.95, Gordons Chemist) and e.l.f. Cream Contour Palette (£7.99) - I love how rich and creamy these products are.
One of the recurring comments from my clients who are mums is that they simply do not have time. I strongly believe in multi-tasking your make-up routine - if you invest in a highly pigmented bronzer to contour the face you can use the same bronzer as a transition colour through the crease of your eye make-up. One of my favourite drugstore bronzers to use for sculpting is the Bourjois Bronzing Powder in Medium/Dark (£7.99, Boots UK).
Pressed is best
For all-day wear, a lightweight translucent finishing powder is best for helping to soften the appearance of fine lines and pores. NYX Professional Makeup High Definition Finish Setting Powder (£9, Boots) is ideal. This silky pressed powder has a fresh matte finish and comes in a single shade that is universal to almost all skin tones.
For extra radiance and dew, I love using Classy Champagne highlighter (£20), a powder highlight that acts as a shimmer eyeshadow. The rose golden shimmer is super-pigmented so you really get more for your money and it takes very little product to achieve your look. Use with a small fan brush just above the cheekbone for a natural pop of highlight.
For a spring goddess look - and to achieve the look of a plumper pout - you need to try the Lip Strobe Collection from beauty guru Huda Beauty. Some are beautifully iridescent, and others are packed with rich pigments or have subtle, glimmering glitter bases. Layer them over your favourite liquid matte lipsticks to create your own unique finish. I love using the shade Angelic (£17, Cult Beauty).
Paddy's five tips for 'a new season, a new you'
1. Invest in an exfoliation facial to help rid your skin of the winter harshness that it has been exposed to, and leave you feeling fresh faced and ready for spring.
2. Again, I always witter on about this, but drinking between 2.5-3 litres of water per day is scientifically proven to clear your skin and boost skin cell renewal.
3. A new season, a new you! Make sure your brushes are in tip top condition and thoroughly cleaned at least once a week, with a brush soap shampoo.
4. For added dew to your skin, mix a little bit of your moisturiser into your foundation - this will allow the make-up to look dewy, fresh and barely there.
5. Invest in a brow gel this season. Fluffy, untamed brows are so popular, so simply comb into place using a brow gel and you are good to go to rock the day.