Make-up masterclass: Top five tips for busy mums
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
Working mums everywhere are on-the-go again as their children are back to school this week, which means they have little or no time for their usual, summer make-up routine. Beauty and skincare can often be a luxury, but there are reasonable options out there.
Here's how you achieve an effortless and affordable look in a matter of minutes...
Let me start off by saying I totally detest make-up wipes - these are not for anyone's face. I know most women are guilty of reaching for wipes because they offer a convenient way of removing make-up. STOP! Natural skincare brand Balance Me have an oil-based cleanser, the Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm (£20, Make Up Pro Store), containing jojoba beads which break down make-up particles, making it easy to wash away with a hot cloth. Ideally, you should be removing your make-up before bed, so why not add this to your night time routine? It's a fuss-free, organic and healthy way to cleanse your skin, and it's definitely worth a try.
Nothing says 'I'm awake' more than bright eyes, so start your morning beauty routine with a brightening concealer, such as the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (£25). Quick and easy to apply, simply use the applicator brush then pat and roll into the skin for instant results.
Most women want their skin to look dewy, fresh and flawless in the morning, which is why I recommend the all-rounder foundation that offers a natural, illuminated finish - Giorgio Armani's Beauty Power Fabric Foundation (£40). I love the texture of this product as it blends and buffs beautifully into the skin, and you can build up the coverage so easily. It is a tad on the expensive side, but a little goes a long way with this product, so if you decide to have a splurge, you should definitely consider purchasing this.
Mums are always telling me that they simply do not have time to do their make-up, never mind an extensive beauty routine, This is why I strongly believe in multi-purpose products. For example, if you invest in a highly-pigmented bronzer, you can use this same product as a transition eye-shadow in the crease of your eye. One of my favourite drugstore bronzers for this is the Bourjois Bronzing Powder (£7.99).
If you are always on the go, then chances are you are doing a school or nursery run then heading to work, and you could be rubbing your tired eyes without even realising. The secret to avoiding 'panda eyes' is to invest in a waterproof mascara. Try Maybelline's Classic Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara (£5.99) - this will give you a false lash effect that will not budge, smudge or be rubbed off.
Adding a strong lip colour is the easiest way to spruce up your look with minimal effort. So, if you want or need to skip the eye make-up, a classic red lip can always come to the rescue. For this, there really is only one red lip in my life - MakeUp Studio's XOXO red lipstick (£14.95) is the single most pigmented red lip colour I have ever used. The finish isn't tacky and the colour longevity is phenomenal!
Five top tips for mums on-the-go
1. Early mornings and late nights are often the reason for dark circles, bags under the eyes and puffiness. In this case, your concealer is your friend.
2. Opt for a cream blusher over a powder option. It will give you a fresh and dewy pop of colour on your cheeks - and it can also be used on the lips for a subtle tint.
3. Invest in a primer that suits your skin type to ensure your make-up lasts from morning right through to night.
4. If you have oily skin and are prone to shine throughout the day, keep a compact pressed powder in your handbag or nappy bag and use when necessary.
5. When you do get some 'me-time', treat yourself with a soothing face mask. There are so many options available depending on your skin type, dryness, congestion, oil levels, etc.