Make-up masterclass: Top products for a glam Love Island-inspired look
Northern Ireland beauty expert Paddy McGurgan shares his favourite products and top tips for keeping your make-up fresh on holiday - just like the reality stars
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks, then you will have watched - or at least heard about - Love Island.
Love it or hate it, the reality TV show is a massive trend that young people are now following and looking towards for beauty and fashion advice. As most women will understand, keeping a full make-up look while on holiday can often be a struggle, so it must be tough on the 'Islanders' who appear on TV almost every night in front of millions of viewers. Here are my top tips on how to get the Love Island look...
For an easy, wearable summer look, your skin needs to look hydrated and you can achieve this by applying a dewy primer before your foundation. Try the Cover FX Dewy Primer (£30, Space NK) to achieve a radiant complexion. This product is formulated with peptides, humectants and hyaluronic acid which work to condition the skin with every application.
If you want to wear make-up during the day, I really do recommend adding a foundation with SPF to your routine as this will ensure that your skin is protected from the sun's harmful rays. There are so many different foundations that are rich in SPF, but one of my favourites to use is the Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow Nourishing Fusion SPF 30 (£40).
The formula works to enhance your complexion with a fresh and natural-looking radiance, thanks to a surprisingly light texture, coupled with a perfecting buildable coverage. There is no water in the Maestro Glow - instead, it contains a high concentration of oils which leaves the skin feeling comfortable all day, without a sticky or oily finish.
For long-lasting wear, it is important that you set your foundation to prevent the normal effects of hot weather - sweat and shine. Use a pressed powder in problem areas. Try Benefit's 'Hello Flawless' Pressed Powder (£29, Debenhams) which is a silky powder that glides on naturally sheer and layers beautifully for customised coverage with SPF protection.
This is a great product to use but I advise that you use little amounts when applying as this is a super-pigmented powder and it takes very little product to achieve ideal coverage.
I recommend spending some time with your brows - this is a great way of looking put-together without wearing lots of make-up. Adding definition to your brows will frame your face nicely and will create a tonal gradient within your look.
To do this, you will need a really good eyebrow gel, a must-have if you love strong brows.
One of my favourite brow gels is the Benefit Gimme Brow (£20.50) which will comb your eyebrows into place while adding a slight tint to fill in your brows.
The next step is a powder or pomade, depending on your preference.
Personally, I love the Ardell Brow Pomade (£7.99) for it's creamy consistency which glides through the brow, adding strong pigmentation.
For a holiday day-time look, you probably want to define your eyes, but it's important that you don't add too much attention as the eyes are on of the areas on the face most prone to shine.
My favourite technique involves applying a light colour in the inner corner of the eye for a brightening effect, then a transition colour on the crease to soften the colour into the skin and finally a medium-brown tone on the outer corner to achieve definition.
I really love the NIP+FAB Make Up Eyeshadow Palette 12g Sculpted 1 (£6.49) because the colours are muted but are varied enough to use for all different looks.
If you're a glossy girl, don't worry, there are plenty of lip options for you this season. Lip glosses had gone out of trend for a while as matte lips reigned supreme, but I have definitely seen a change in the past year or two.
Gloss formulas have been reinvented to get rid of the stereotypical stickiness that often comes to mind when you hear the word 'gloss'. I love using the Kiko Hydra Lipgloss in Natural Beige (£7.90).
The soft texture feels wonderful, blending in to the lips and leaving them smooth and radiant. The lip gloss is available in 30 amazing colours and a variety of finishes: transparent, highly pigmented, shiny and pearly. The non-sticky texture is long-lasting, making your lips look extra plump all day.