Make-up Mas­ter­class Party glam­our

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

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - BEAUTY -

So­cial me­dia is sat­u­rated with glam­orous and glit­ter­ing makeup looks at the mo­ment — and here is my step-by-step guide to the per­fect night-time smoky eye make-up look for your Christ­mas party this fes­tive sea­son. PRIMED AND READY For win­ter, what all clients want most is longevity in their com­plex­ion and a smooth even fin­ish on their base — and the most ef­fec­tive way to achieve this is through your primer choice. Choose a primer that will nour­ish the skin, but will not add oil or ex­cess mois­ture. I love us­ing Make Up Ate­lier Base An­tishine Primer (£18.50, Make Up Pro Store), a mild mat­ti­fy­ing primer that coun­ter­acts shine and mat­ti­fies ar­eas where shine and oil would nor­mally ap­pear. I find this a to­tal life­saver, when I am cre­at­ing night-time make-up, as I know this primer will give the client the all-night wear they need.

I would also use a smooth­ing primer. Un­less you are one of the Kar­dashi­ans, you will have ar­eas of tex­tures and places on the skin that have raised pores, blem­ishes and so on. A smooth­ing primer is an amaz­ing coun­ter­ac­tion for this, as it is su­per light­weight on the skin but acts as a thin layer to even and smooth out the com­plex­ion. Revlon Pho­toReady Pore Re­duc­ing Primer (£12.99) helps your make-up stay put whilst min­imis­ing the look of pores. It uses high def­i­ni­tion fil­ter tech­nol­ogy to cap­ture any light to mimic photo fil­ters for a per­fected selfie-ready look, min­imis­ing the ap­pear­ance of pores to give a matte look and even out skin tex­ture. GLOW­ING SKIN I was re­cently sent Shideido’s new Syn­chro Skin Glow (£32, John Lewis) and I am in love. The first thing I do when I try out a new foun­da­tion is try it on the back of my hand. It helps me get to grips with the con­sis­tency and the tex­ture, and I love how light­weight the tex­ture is but how full cov­er­age it is in re­al­ity. This is a il­lu­mi­nat­ing foun­da­tion that in­fuses fresh hy­dra­tion and syn­chro­nises with skin for a healthy bril­liant glow. It adds lu­mi­nos­ity and dew to the skin and blends beau­ti­fully for a glow­ing com­plex­ion. PER­FECT BROW To achieve the per­fect brow, there are so many dif­fer­ent prod­ucts you can buy. How­ever, I re­cently tried an amaz­ing set of prod­ucts from Wet n Wild Los An­ge­les called the Ul­ti­mate Brow Set, and it re­ally does what it says. It con­tains a five-piece set with all the essen­tials to shape, smooth, de­fine, and main­tain per­fect eye­brows — tweez­ers, brow brush, two brow pow­ders, and a brow set­ting wax. It also con­tains an ul­ti­mate brow mas­cara — which in­stantly fills in brows and holds them in place for per­fect def­i­ni­tion. It also has an ul­ti­mate brow re­tractable pen­cil which al­lows you to fill in and de­fine your brows with this unique tri­an­gu­lar pen­cil tip. It cre­ates strokes small enough to look like your finest hairs and sharp­ens the edges of those brows with rub-re­sis­tant pig­ments. Brush and blend it all out with the pen­cil’s built-in spoolie. It also con­tains an ul­ti­mate brow high­light, all for a bar­gain £12.95! SMOKY EYE-SHADOW What I hear from my clients is that sin­gle eye-shad­ows here and there are too much ef­fort for a woman on the go, and they want an all-in-one go-to smoky eye-shadow pal­ette. My top pick for this has to be Make up Ate­lier Eye­shadow Pal­ette in shade ‘T19’ (£28, Make Up Pro Store). At first glance this pal­ette may look fright­en­ing, but I as­sure you that plum, pur­ple and cran­berry tones are your friends, and add not only drama but a fes­tive hint to any make-up look. FES­TIVE GLIT­TER­ING What is a cake with­out its ic­ing? Think of your glit­ter in the same way — the dec­o­ra­tion to any look. For Christ­mas, take full ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity to be a glit­ter ball! I am such a lover of the Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glit­ter in shade S806 (£13.50, Make Up Pro Store), the con­sis­tency is so easy to use and as it is finely milled you have min­i­mal fall-out. Sim­ply use a flat eye­shadow brush to ap­ply and pack your glit­ter on.

The most ef­fec­tive way of cre­at­ing a night-time glam­orous look is to don a strong red lip­stick. Max Fac­tor have re­leased a new lip glaze for­mula called Max Fac­tor Honey Lac­quer (£9.99, Boots). This prod­uct is su­per-pig­mented and has a gloss fin­ish so it is per­fect for any­one who does not like a dry­ing ef­fect on the lips. This prod­uct comes in a range of shades, so you will def­i­nitely find the prod­uct for you!

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