BEAUTY Pippa’s tips and tricks


MODEL INSIGHTS Ciara Galvin (left) and Pippa O’Connor at the Powerscourt Hotel, Wicklow.

Diary of a home bird
Ciara Galvin

IT seems these days we are all in pursuit of that little secret that will help us look our best. Last week at the plush Powerscourt Hotel in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, model and blogger Pippa O’Connor hosted a well-attended day of fashion and beauty to share all the tricks of the trade.
‘Pippa’s Fashion Factory’ was designed to be an event where style meets real life. I went along with my sister to see the latest trends for Spring/Summer 2015, watch a makeup masterclass by professional artist Tara O’Farrell and get tips on perfecting the easiest and quickest hairstyles.
Tips were given throughout the day during informal Q&As, while Tara demonstrated a smokey-eye look and celebrity hairdresser Tori Keane styled a dressy ponytail look.
Believe me when I say, some of the tips were revelations, from using nude eyeliner to make the eye appear bigger, to curling your hair in a ponytail to fake a full head of curls.
And you don’t have to spend a fortune on makeup to get the desired effect: Tara admitted that she never spends more than €6 or €7 on a mascara. Products such as fake eyelashes and lipliners can be bought from good old Penneys and pharmacies that stock a range of good-value makeup brands like L’oreal and NYX. However, top-quality products were the pick of the day when it came to makeup brushes (Blank Canvas) and foundation (Stila).

Make-up Dos and Don’ts

  • Apply primer before foundation – it will even out skin and ensure your makeup will last
  • Always press powder on to skin to set foundation properly
  • Never apply foundation with your fingers, your hands will warm up the product and leave extra oils on the skin after application
  • Never try on makeup and buy it straight away – it takes 20 minutes for makeup to set on your skin, so try it on, go for a coffee, come back and see does it suit then

Trend Alert
I caught up with Pippa during the day and asked her what we should be looking out for in the style stakes this year.
“Grey is huge – grey everything – also pastels, and I’m loving the nautical look. For summer it’s going to be bright, pinks, florals, and ripped jeans are here to stay.”

Next week
Pippa’s ‘desert island must-haves’.

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