Make-up masterclass: How to protect your skin in the autumn months
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
As they say in Game of Thrones, winter is coming - and as much as we don't want to admit it, you just have to take one look outside to know it's true.
It's time for us all to change our make-up and skincare products to adapt to the colder climate. Here are some really simple ways to reinvent your beauty routine this autumn/winter...
With darker nights, low temperatures and the return of the school run, our skin can become dull and tired.
But, don't worry, there is a solution - all you need to add is a soft, subtle glow to bring some radiance back to your skin. Try the Clarins Beauty Flash Balm (£31) which is truly a little miracle in a tube. It gives you an instantly brighter complexion, firms, tones and erases any traces of dull, lifeless skin and those pesky fine lines.
If you find that your skin becomes more sensitive in the colder weather then you need to invest in a product that will cleanse without causing any harm or irritation. For this, I recommend Aveeno's Skin Relief Soothing Lotion with Menthol (£7.50).
Inflamed skin can often get painful and itchy - the colloidal oatmeal in this rich balm will help to comfort, while the cooling menthol will soothe any accompanying burn.
Do you want to wake up in the morning with younger-looking skin, without any effort? Try the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Oil (£38) which works by enhancing your skin's natural night-time recovery process.
Granted this is more of a luxury product, but it is totally amazing - and worth it - for anyone who wants to rejuvenate their skin while they sleep for a brighter and replenished complexion. The formula is not only paraben-free, but also 99.8% natural-derived, meaning it's extremely kind to your skin.
For an autumn/winter foundation, I suggest trying E.l.f's Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum (£9) which is super-hydrating, adds dew, minimises the appearance of pores and lines and will be a real saviour to anyone who struggles with a dull or tired complexion. Enjoy healthier skin after each use with the nourishing benefits of goji berry, pomegranate oil, grape seed oil, and vitamins A, C & E.
A combination of cold weather outside and warm conditioned air inside can play havoc with our lips, and can often leave them dry, chapped and sore. A lip balm is a simple prevention or solution for this. Carmex's Lip Balm Moisture Tube (£1.79) is a top handbag must-have - this soothes, moisturises, and relieves, resulting in soft, healthy looking lips.
Autumn/winter beauty doesn't have to be boring, you can still add a touch of glam to your every day routine with a hydrating statement lip colour. Try Collection's Lasting Colour Lipstick in Plum Velvet Purple (£2.99) for a cheap and cheerful way of reinventing your look. These long lasting moisturising lipsticks increase lip hydration by up to 20% and are available in both matte and gloss finishes.
Five tips for protecting your skin in colder weather
1. Check that your moisturiser is fragrance-free. Some aren't, and those with sensitive skin should ideally avoid fragrance products as they can have an irritating effect.
2 Always read the ingredients of all products. Although there are often an array of unrecognisable chemicals, try to stay away from products that are heavily alcohol-based as these can be very potent - especially for those with sensitive skin.
3. When choosing a powder, ensure to choose a finely-milled loose powder with little or no talc, so you don't face the issue of powder catching in dry areas of the skin and creating a patchy finish.
4. Dehydration is a common reason for lip chapping, so it is important to drink plenty of water.
5. If you have sensitive skin, shop for hypo-allergenic products as these won't contain any parabens, reducing the risk of irritation to the skin.