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Spring clean: 5 top tips to freshen up your make-up

Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and each week he tells you everything you need to know about the latest make-up techniques

By Paddy McGurgan

It’s been a long, cold winter - and it’s not over yet. However, the stretch in the evenings, the first daffodils bursting into bloom and odd blink of bright sunlight are all sure signs that Spring is most definitely on the way.

All of which means it’s time to refresh your skincare routine and update your make-up bag. Here’s my tips on how to adapt to the changing seasons...

Save your skin

As brighter, warmer days hove into view, suddenly a brisk walk seems quite an inviting prospect. If you’re heading out into the fresh air then I cannot stress enough how important it is to add SPF into your daytime make-up routine.

Our skin is constantly under attack from UVB rays and free radicals which cause sun damage to our skin, increasing the prominence of those pesky fine lines and leaving us looking older.

The simplest way to protect against this is to choose a  moisturiser with SPF such as Vichy Anti Age Cream (Boots, £16.50) which has a rich formula proven to combat the appearance of signs of ageing such as lack of radiance, loss of elasticity and wrinkles. Regular use promises to leave skin supple and looking more radiant.

Conceal those blemishes

During Spring and Summer, it’s good to lose those heavier foundations in place of a barely-there base.

Skin tends to look healthier and many of you tell me you don’t feel the need to cover up as much. The right product will let skin breathe - but also work well enough to leave you looking polished and feeling confident.

As always, concealer is your secret weapon! Make up Forever Ultra HD Concealer (Make up Pro Store Belfast, £20) is lightweight yet delivers highly-pigmented coverage. As it’s a liquid concealer it’s easy to build up the consistency and it works really well on blemishes, redness, dark circles and heightened pigmentation.

It’s worth investing in a ‘fluffy’ brush for applying concealer to ensure that it does not sit in any fine lines and has an airbrushed finish.

Powder power

Yes, I know powder is a highly controversial subject, with clients tending to either love it or hate it.

Essentially it comes down to what you want from your powder, and of course, which powder you choose. In my opinion powder is not a foundation alternative but should be used as an accessory to your make-up routine. I adore using a loose setting powder to set my base and create a blurred flawless effect across the face.

Maybelline Master Fix Loose Translucent Powder (Gordons, £7.99) won’t break the bank but performs really well.

Easy on the eyes

For many juggling school runs and work, a full make-up routine isn’t an option so you need a look that suits your lifestyle.

For spring, pastel tones such as light pinks and champagne colours are beautiful, and can be used as your blush also. If you want to try them out, pick up an Elf Baked Highlighter and Blush compact which is a great multi-tasker and costs a fiver.

Go for gloss

To be a spring goddess, stick with a full glossy lip colour which will make the lips appear plump, hydrated and totally kissable. I love Hawaiian Tropic Moisturising Lip Gloss Island Berry, SPF 25, another bargain buy at £2.49, which will both protect your lips from the sun and give them a seductive glossy sheen.

My five top tips to freshen up your make-up

  1. Invest in an exfoliation facial to leave you feeling fresh-faced and ready for spring.
  2. Again, I always witter on about this, but drinking between two-and-a-half to three litres of water a day is scientifically proven to clear your skin and boost skin cell renewal!
  3. A new season, a new you! Make sure your brushes are in tip-top condition and thoroughly cleaned at least once a week, with a brush soap shampoo.
  4. For a dewy complexion, mix a little bit of your moisturiser into your foundation.
  5. Splash out on a brow gel this season — fluffy, untamed brows are so popular right now so simply comb into place using a brow gel and you are good to go.

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