Northern Ireland beauty expert Paddy McGurgan tells mums in lockdown how to achieve an easy look to see you through a busy day
Whether your child is a newborn, toddler or of school-age, I'm sure your mornings are usually hectic - never mind during a lockdown! That's why, this week, I'm going to talk you busy mums through a super simple and convenient make-up look to set you up for the rest of the day.
My first tip is to use a tinted moisturiser instead of foundation because it'll benefit your skin as well as your time. The clue's in the name, but tinted moisturisers hydrate the skin while adding a subtle, lightweight coverage to mask uneven skin or blemishes - and it gives you that 'no make-up' look. I would highly recommend the NYX Bare With Me tinted skin veil BB cream (£10) which is so smooth and leaves a weightless, breathable finish.
A good concealer can work magic (especially on those busy mornings) to hide tiredness and to brighten the under-eye area. My all-time favourite is Make Up Forever's ultra HD light capturing concealer (£22) which can be purchased on my Make Up Pro Store website. This product is so lightweight and sits beautifully on the skin. I love buffing this product in with a clean fluffy eyeshadow brush as this gives the most flawless coverage without a caked appearance.
Pre-pandemic, one comment I often heard from my clients who are mums was that they simply did not have time to sit down to a full morning routine. That's why I strongly believe in multi-tasking with make-up.
For a killer brow that doesn't take too much time or effort, I would definitely suggest using an eyebrow pencil over any other brow product. Belfast brand Bperfect's Indestructi'Brow (£7.99) has a sharp applicator which is perfect for applying hair strokes in a precise and controlled manner.
This product is smudge, sweat and life proof, so don't worry mums, once your brow is on, it's on, and you get on with your day.
If you invest in a strongly pigmented bronzer to sculpt and contour your face, then you can use that same product as a transitional eye shadow through the crease to add definition to the eyes. It's so quick and effortless, but you'll look like you made an effort. One of my favourite drugstore bronzers to use for this is the Bourjois bronzing powder (£7.99).
Now that you've got your make-up on, you'll want to ensure it stays all day long - and the NYX matte finish setting spray (£7) does the trick. This spray is lightweight, comfortable and works hard to ensure make-up stays put and looks fresh.
Finish off your look with a matte liquid lipstick to ensure all-day wear and minimal top-ups.
These are super easy to apply and you'll look great from the moment you put it on, through your work Zoom calls and right until night time. For this, I would recommend Rimmel's Stay Matte liquid lipsticks (£6.49), especially in the shade Fire Starter, which is a stunning intense red.
Delivering full coverage in one stroke, these lipsticks are kiss-proof, transfer-proof and waterproof, while also being surprisingly comfortable to wear.
1. To really streamline your beauty routine, you can use a cream lipstick as a lip colour as well as a blusher.
2. Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week as this will reach deep into the dermis of the skin and help to relieve texture issues and blemishes.
3. Drink plenty of water. Not only does this have overall health benefits but will also have a wonderful hydrating effect on skin.
4. When choosing a powder be sure to choose a finely milled loose powder with little or no talc, so that product does not catch in any dry areas on the skin and create a patchy effect.
5. Know your skin and ensure that you choose a cleanser that best suits your skin type and needs.