Make-up Mas­ter­class New Year’s Eve

Paddy McGur­gan is one of NI’s best-known beauty ex­perts and over the com­ing weeks he’ll tell you all you need to know about the lat­est make-up tech­niques

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - NEW YEAR BEAUTY -

New Year is def­i­nitely one day of the year when sparkle is en­cour­aged. Here is my quick and easy way to nail your New Year’s Eve make-up. For your base rou­tine, I rec­om­mend a medium-full cov­er­age foun­da­tion with a great last­ing power and which also looks flaw­less — and the one foun­da­tion I reach for time and time again is Il­la­masqua skin base foun­da­tion (£33, Make-up Pro Store). This is a gel-based foun­da­tion which has a vast range of shades and tones to ac­com­mo­date any skin tone.

To en­sure your make-up lasts the whole night, add pow­der to give you an ex­tra layer of set­ting. Try Laura Mercier loose set­ting pow­der (£29), an ex­tremely light­weight, sheer and silky set­ting pow­der that con­tains the finest French cash­mere talc and a unique light-re­flect­ing in­gre­di­ent that cre­ates a soft-fo­cus ap­pear­ance for fine lines and im­per­fec­tions. Pow­der bronzer is my favourite way to sculpt and de­fine the face and is tra­di­tion­ally ap­plied with an an­gled or tapered pow­der bronzer brush. The main ar­eas that you should fo­cus on are your tem­ples, then un­der the cheek­bones and along the jaw­line. I go through dif­fer­ent pref­er­ences, but I rec­om­mend try­ing Bour­jois bronz­ing pow­der tanned 52 (£7.99). I love to cre­ate def­i­ni­tion by us­ing blusher on the ap­ples of the cheeks, and I love us­ing Stila con­vert­ible colour in shade peony (£16). If you have tried any Stila blusher, you’ll know they are highly pig­mented, so only the tini­est amount is needed to cre­ate a beau­ti­fully flushed com­plex­ion.

For an ex­tra ad­di­tion of glow, add pow­der high­lighter on the C sec­tion of the face: just above your brow through to your tem­ple and above your cheek. I find pow­der high­lighter more ef­fec­tive as it is your fin­ish­ing touch and will al­ways re­main strong. If you pre­fer a sub­tler touch, opt in­stead for a sub­tle cream high­lighter. For this I love Make-up For­ever’s

pro light fu­sion 1&2 (£29.50). These are two sep­a­rate shades, but I ab­so­lutely adore them when used to­gether — they mix to cre­ate a rose golden blast of ra­di­ance.

For ad­ding drama on the eyes I love us­ing the NARSis­sist eye­shadow palette (£55). Then, to darken fur­ther, I use Make-up Ate­lier wa­ter­proof gel eye­liner (£15). The main new year’s at­trac­tion is glit­ter, and ad­ding small amounts of fine glit­ter will take your eye make-up from nor­mal night out to new year chic. For this try MAC cos­met­ics glit­ter re­flects gold (£16.50). Ap­ply with a flat eye­shadow brush and pack your glit­ter on in small dab­bing mo­tions for max­i­mum im­pact. For a state­ment lip colour, opt for matte to make sure your lip colour stays put all evening. Try May­belline color sen­sa­tional in rebel red (£7.99). This creamy for­mula glides on smoothly and its flex­i­ble, slanted tip ap­pli­ca­tor with ul­tra-soft bris­tles makes it easy to shape your lips.

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