Make-up masterclass: Paddy McGurgan's top lip prep tips
Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and over the coming weeks he'll tell you all you need to know about the latest make-up techniques
This week we have really begun to see the first signs of spring, with Easter this weekend and the days of Storms Emma, Ophelia and the Beast from the East a distant memory.
I always get asked what my hero lip products are and how to accommodate a variety of clients. Here are my favourites.
For the coming season, light hues on the lips are bang on trend, so if you prefer the texture of your lip product to be matte, I really have only one option: LimeCrime Velvetine's (£15.95, Make-up Pro Store). These matte liquid lipsticks are long wearing, super pigmented and come with a lip-perfecting applicator that makes them easy to apply. My favourite shades are Gigi (above), Elle, Marshmallow and Buffy.
If you are more of a glossy girl, then there are plenty of options for you. Recently, gloss went out of trend while matte reigned supreme, but I have seen a change in this in the last year or two.
Gloss formulations have been reinvented. You no longer get the stereotypical stickiness that people often think of when they hear the term 'gloss'. Gloss looks beautiful and effortless on the skin - it allows the lips to appear fuller, hydrated and very au naturale.
I love using the KIKO Hydra Lipgloss (£7.90, in shade 02 Natural Beige). The soft texture feels wonderful, blending into the lips and leaving them smooth and radiant, and the non-sticky texture is long-lasting. The lip gloss is available in 30 amazing colours and a variety of finishes: transparent, highly pigmented, shiny and pearly.
Another lipgloss that is amazing for this season is MAC Cosmetics Dazzleglass in shade Baby Sparks (£15.50). This lip gloss dazzles with light and shine to bring an exciting three-dimensional pop to your lips.
Large particle pearls reflect and refract light to mimic the brilliance of quartz and opal crystals.
The lipgloss provides exceptional shine with a crystalline iridescence, and it glides on with a non-sticky, non-tacky, lightweight and moisturising texture.
If you prefer your coverage to be more sheer and also love a balm-like texture, then you definitely need to try Clinque Chubby Sticks (£18.50).
Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm is a lip treatment with sheer colour that relieves dry, cracked lips and provides immediate moisturisation.
The unique pencil-style applicator provides easy to apply, sheer and soft lip colour and rolls up for ease of use.
My favourite shade in this range is Mega Melon.
Paddy's top lip prep tips
1. Exfoliate your lips. Your lips are just like the rest of your body and are subject to free radicals, and dead skin cells can build up. Use LUSH Lip Scrub Bubblegum (£5.95, right), one of my all-time favourites, to breathe new life into your lips.
2. Always use a lip liner. Even if you have the most perfect lip shape in the world, a lip liner will create definition and give you a guideline for your lip colour.
3. Try before you buy. Just like with other types of cosmetics, lip colours have undertones as well, and you can test whether a colour will suit your skin tone and complexion before you buy. Make sure you are happy with the warmth of the product and that it enhances your skin tone and complexion.
4. If you are using a lip colour and feel you have applied too much or that it is flaking, simply blot off using a tissue. This will help your lip colour last longer and get rid of irritating excess.
5. Make sure your lip colour is grab and go-worthy. By this I mean that you should go for a product that's easy to apply and can be used for touch-ups easily with little to no hassle.