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Ryder Cup Wags: Make-up artist Paddy helps Europe's women with their war paint

Exclusive: Belfast Telegraph beauty columnist is the special guest of Alison Clarke

By Una Brankin

The 2016 Ryder Cup golfers have some of the most glamorous other-halves the sport has seen, led by our own Alison Clarke, European team captain Darren's wife.

And to make sure they look their very best, Belfast Telegraph beauty columnist Paddy McGurgan is on hand in Minnesota to look after the image-conscious WAGs' war paint.

Tradition dictates that team captains' wives choose her fellow WAGs' outfits for the prestigious tournament. Model agency boss Alison has gone one step further to ensure the ladies look perfect for their official photoshoot and opening night gala by bringing along Paddy, one of Northern Ireland's leading make-up artists.

"I've just done Erica Stoll's make-up - Rory McIlroy's fiancee - for the photoshoot, and she's stunning," said Paddy during a break from his duties last night.

"She's blonde and tanned, and has blue green eyes and beautiful skin.

"She doesn't like a lot of eye make-up and we've kept the look soft."

Originally from rural Co Armagh, Paddy has worked with supermodels and international brand names such as MAC, Stila, NARS and Laura Mercier. For the Ryder Cup he has brought his own ranges from his store on Belfast's Royal Avenue. "The whole palette is going down very well with everyone," said Paddy, who also has stores in Newry and Londonderry. "Some girls want their eyes emphasised more than others and we're using fake eyelashes - not vulgar ones, though. Nice, subtle, natural ones.

"A lot of them have sun-kissed complexions so I'm working with warmer tones - corals on the cheeks and champagne and mud browns on the eyes. Alison loves her statement corals. She'd feel naked without her coral lipstick.

"She has beautiful skin too, so I only need to use a BB cream to give her a perfect flawless finish. She's quite dark as she's been away, so she only needs a little bit of bronzer and some lashes."

Paddy flew to Minnesota from London on Monday with Alison and the rest of the European team's wives and girlfriends. Although he has been at the forefront of the fashion scene for many years, the Ryder Cup is the first golfing event he has been hired for.

"I enjoyed meeting Lee Westwood's girlfriend Helen Storey, she's very glossy. And Nicole, Danny Willett's wife, from Yorkshire, is very glamorous and has beautiful blue eyes. She loved the make-up.

"Most of them have good eyebrows. The Cara Delevingne fuller brow is still in but not as full-on. The girls have tailored the shape to suit their individual faces. A lot of the look is driven by what's seen on social media."

Paddy is shying away from the severe strobing look that was popular earlier this year but is using a bit of contouring, popularised recently by Kim Kardashian and her sisters.

"I use contouring very softly to enhance the features - some highlighter above the blusher to capture the light in photos and give a radiant look," he said. "I've been applying foundation, where required, on the WAGs with a micro-fibre brush.

"I also use up to three different primers, depending on the needs of the skin - some are slightly dehydrated from flying - and to add luminosity or anti-shine qualities."

For last night's opening gala Paddy was in demand to touch up the WAGs' soft look for the day-time photoshoot, with heavier smoky eye make-up and berry lips.

"It's very full-on here but we're being looked after very well and put up in the Hilton. It's a very, very well organised event and Alison is doing us proud with her input, looking after the European team's ladies.

"I've bumped into a couple of celebrities already.

"We had the magician Dynamo for our after-dinner entertainment last night and I saw Niall Horan from One Direction, who's here for the celebrity warm-ups.

"It's all very exciting but I haven't a clue about golf, I must admit," he added.

"And no, I'm not tempted to take it up. I think I'm safer wielding a make-up brush than a nine-iron!"

Paddy McGurgan writes every week in the Belfast Telegraph's Weekend magazine

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