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Make-up masterclass: four tips for a Belsonic festival look that will last all night

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

NI beauty expert Paddy McGurgan shares the latest make-up techniques and trends
NI beauty expert Paddy McGurgan shares the latest make-up techniques and trends
Paddy McGurgan's Make-Up Masterclass June 15
Barry M Fine Glitter Dust (£4.59)
Revolution Eyebrow Pomade (£6)
Tatti Lashes (£10)
Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in shade Buttercupcake (£10.95)
Make-Up Studio Silver Shimmer Effects (£17.50)
Huda Beauty's Emerald Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette (£25)

Festival fever has finally reached Belfast as we will see an array of headline acts performing at the Belsonic music festival this month and at Belfast Vital in August. For every make-up enthusiast, this means two things - colour and glitter - my favourite!

The freedom of festival make-up means that there are so many ways to incorporate colour and glitter into your look - here are a few easy ways to do just that...

For a festival-ready glow, try using gold or silver tones on the skin. These will be picked up beautifully by concert lighting and leave your skin with a stunning, shimmery colour. I recommend the Make-Up Studio Silver Shimmer Effects (£17.50) because it can be used as a base or can be mixed with foundation, and both methods will help you achieve a glowing complexion.

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Make-Up Studio Silver Shimmer Effects (£17.50)

Statement brows (strong and defined) are staple when it comes to festival-inspired looks. The product you use will depend on personal preference and how bold you like your eyebrows to look, however if you love a strong brow then you must ensure that you use a high-coverage brow product. For a defined, night-time brow, try Revolution's Eyebrow Pomade (£6) which is smudge-proof, thus providing long-lasting and flawless brows. Use a sharp angle brush and a light hand to create your preferred brow shape as this will ensure that any product will be applied as lightly and evenly as possible.

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Revolution Eyebrow Pomade (£6)

What I love most about festival make-up is that there are no rules - there is complete freedom with your colour combinations, and the bolder, the better! Reach for vivid colours such as blues, greens, yellows and pinks this season. Here are my favourite shadows to use for each of these shades...

For blue tones, I absolutely adore using the Make-Up Studio Eyeshadow Lumieres (£15) which are highly-pigmented, baked-powder eyeshadows with an intense shiny finish. These can be used wet or dry and pack beautifully on to the lid. I love the shade 'Blue Emerald' which is a lovely sea blue tone.

When using a green shade, I always feel you need more than one colour to create warmth and definition on the eyes, as green can appear a little bit flat. Add light, medium and dark tones for extra drama. For this, I recommend using Huda Beauty's Emerald Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette (£25) which contains six due-chrome shimmers and three creamy matte shadows.

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Huda Beauty's Emerald Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette (£25)

Yellow is such a fun eyeshadow colour to play with and I have so many favourites. Try the Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in shade Buttercupcake (£10.95) or the MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Chrome Yellow (£14).

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Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in shade Buttercupcake (£10.95)

For a popping pink shade, I love using Make-Up Studio Eyeshadow in a Box in shade 54 (£16) which is a perfect crease colour and will ensure that all eyes are on you!

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Paddy McGurgan's Make-Up Masterclass June 15

As I've mentioned before, winged eyeliner is a quick way to add dramatic vibes to your festival look. Again, I recommend Make-Up Studio's Black Micro Tip Liquid Liner (£14.50), which is a go-to for me, or the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (£16). These are both extremely sharp liners which will help you achieve an precise, extended wing.

For festival glam, you must add glitter. Try the Barry M Fine Glitter Dust (£4.59) which is almost like a pigment, but it contains reflective glitter particles which will give your skin that added sparkle. These are very finely milled, meaning they build easily upon each other, allowing you to achieve a variety of looks from super subtle to vibrant and intense.

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Barry M Fine Glitter Dust (£4.59)

Add the finishing touch to your look with a pair of fluffy strip lashes that will really make your eyes 'pop' in person and in pictures. I think Tatti Lashes (£10) are fabulous because they are lightweight but still add extra drama to your look - and they are reusable!

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Tatti Lashes (£10)

Four quick tips for achieving a festival-ready look

1. Festivals require make-up longevity, so always bring your lip colour with you, or opt for a matte finish for all-night wear.

2. Glitter everywhere! Do not be afraid to use glitter in your upper cheek bones, hair and of course your eyes.

3. Festival season is usually during the warmer months, so do not forget your SPF to keep your skin protected.

4. Always apply large/chunky glitter with a glitter glue or adhesive to ensure minimal to no fall-out.

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