‘I’d like to sit beside Alan Carr as he would make you laugh’
Itravel all the time and go to the States for make-up shows at least twice a year. I also visit Paris and Amsterdam to meet with the brands we stock in the shop. I’m more comfortable flying when I don’t have to take my kit with me.
Bringing the whole thing means I have to split it up into flight cases and I live in fear that something will go missing. It hasn’t happened yet, but if I arrived to do a job with an incomplete kit it would be a disaster.
I bring as much onboard with me as I can, but then I need to get through security. I get so stressed when the security staff are handling all of the products and opening things upside down. Now I try to find the woman who wears the most make-up and go to her — she’ll, at least, appreciate what she’s handling.
When I’m flying I bring hydration spray, some fragrance and lip balm because it’s so dehydrating. I can get really irritated eyes, so I bring a little eye gel too. I haven’t had any flying disasters — the odd bumpy landing. I did get lucky once and got upgraded to business class. It was a nightmare trip where I flew from Dublin to London, London to New York, on to Los Angeles after three days and then flew back a couple of days later.
I got upgraded from LA to New York and it think it was because we bored the check-in people so much with the tales of our exhaustion. There were a couple of cancellations in business class so we got those.
I would like to sit beside someone like Alan Carr.
Someone to make you laugh is a good way to spend time on a flight. He’s also interviewed loads of celebrities, so he would be able to give me the inside scoop on all of them.”
Make-up artist Paddy McGurgan lives in Belfast. He says: