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
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.