Make-up masterclass: Top products for every mum's beauty routine
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
This weekend it is all about mum and we examine how to achieve the perfect Mother's Day make-up look this weekend.
For moisturiser, I love using Embryolisse Lait Creme (£19.99, Make-up Pro Store). This creamy lotion is a six in one multi-tasker comprising primer, moisturiser, make-up remover, repairing mask, an after-shave cream and a baby-care product.
This is a real beauty secret, favoured by dermatologists for decades. It provides the skin with nutrients and water for its balance and helps protect it from aggression. Moisturised and nourished, the skin becomes supple and elastic once more.
If you are a busy mum with stressful mornings getting the kids out to school, or with a newborn, my first top tip is to a use a tinted moisturiser instead of foundation. The benefits of this are that it is lightweight yet adds coverage to the skin as well as providing hydration. Try Note Cosmetics Luminous Moisturising Foundation (£13.85).
When a client initially sits in my chair, I always tailor their make-up to what they love.
Most women go for a flawless but natural finish, and in my opinion this is all down to the powder. For a flawless coverage I always recommend using a lightweight powder to matify and set the skin. For this I love using Make Up Studio Natural Silk Perfection (£25.50).
Then if you (or your clients) want a greater coverage in certain areas such as blemishes or freckles, I love using Illamasqua Powder Foundation (£34). This will add coverage to the skin and give it a matte flawless finish.
As a make-up artist I always get clients aged over 40 who feel they cannot contour the same as they used to. I firmly do not agree with this as I feel that any woman, once they find the right product, can achieve any look they want. Recently I tried blogger and award winner Suzanne Jackson's SoSu Contour Palette (£24.95, www.beautybay.com), which contains a cream contour colour, powder contour and light coloured highlighter.
I love cream products on the skin as they glide and blend beautifully and with a lightweight setting powder can look as effortless as powder.
One of the reoccurring comments I hear from my clients who are mothers are they simply do not have time. This is where I strongly believe in multitasking your make-up routine. If you invest in a highly pigmented bronzer to sculpt and contour the face you can then use the same bronzer as a transition colour through the crease of your eye make-up. One of my favourite high street bronzers to use for sculpting and for high pigment is the Bourjois bronzing powder (£7.99, Boots).
For blusher, it is important to create a pop of colour on the cheeks to lighten and brighten the complexion. To create this I love using NARS Blush in shade MECCA (£23).
Add a concealer pencil to your beauty routine. These are sometimes used in blemish coverage and are usually cream or wax based. It is most often used in the waterline of the eye to brighten tired eyes. Try NudeStix (£24, Cult Beauty) - this formula stays put so it's perfect for creating low maintenance make-up looks that stay flawless.
And we are approaching spring which means that we can say goodbye to nudes and embrace colour and vibrant lip colour. For this I would use MAC lipglass in pink fade (£15). This a rich blend of pigment and moisture to enhance your lip shape whilst keeping your lips hydrated and moist at all times.
Five tips for getting the best from products
1. Multi-use your product for ease and speed. If you have a favourite bronzer, then use this as a soft colour on your eyes for a daytime soft glam look.
2. Ensure any skincare you are using is specific to you now. A skincare product bought five years ago could be completely different to the needs of your skin now.
3. Apply cream-based products in light layers - you can add but is often difficult to take the product away so apply it lightly.
4. Add SPF to your beauty routine to ensure you are protecting your skin in warmer weather.
5. Always use a skin specific primer. If you have a primer and you don't see or feel a difference it is wrong for you. Whether it be for colour correcting, smoothing, mattifying, adding shine or hydration - if you have the right primer, you will know!