Friday 21 October 2016

Backstage beauty with Clara McSweeney

Published 12/06/2016 | 02:30

Model Clara McSweeney from Macroom in Cork
Model Clara McSweeney from Macroom in Cork
Iris model Clara McSweeney
Bellamianta tan
Benefit Boing concealer
Burt's Bees

Nineteen-year-old Irish model Clara McSweeney has attracted agencies from across the world, including the model industry big hitter, IMG. Here the Andrea Roche teenage model ( shares some of her beauty secrets with us.

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What is your daily beauty routine?

Every morning I wake up and wash my face with La Roche-Posay Toleriane cleansing milk then I use Garnier Ambre Solaire suncream as my moisturiser. Sometimes I pat some coconut oil onto my skin too! I repeat this before I go to sleep.

Do you wear sunscreen all year-round?

Yes. I wear it every single day on my face - I use it as my moisturiser because I love the dewy, fresh effect it leaves on my skin.

Have you ever had skin issues?

Yes. I suffered from severe acne when I was around 17 but thankfully got through it and now my skin couldn't be any better!

What are your top five make-up items?


Burt's Bees Wild Cherry lip balm, L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara, Max Factor Lipfinity Lasting lip-tint, Benefit boing concealer (above) and Rimmel London professional eyebrow pencil.

Who do you follow on social media for beauty looks/trends?

I follow Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's snapchat because she posts videos of short make-up tutorials where she uses her own range of make-up which is available in Marks and Spencer.

Do you wear tan?


Yes, I do wear tan, but only if I was going out on a night out with my friends and was wearing a short dress or something! If I chose to wear jeans then I wouldn't bother. I absolutely love Bellamianta tan (above).

Who is your hair and make-up girl crush/ beauty icon?

Probably Candice Swanepoel. I love the way she never overdoes it with the make-up and hair and always keeps it natural, only enhancing what she already has.

What are the top tips/ beauty hacks you learned through your career?

Well everyone knows this but I think drinking lots of water is one of the best things you can do for your exterior and interior. It keeps you hydrated and I found when I suffered from acne that drinking about two litres a day really helped.

What product would you never leave the house without?


A lip balm! I take it with me in my pocket everywhere I go. I love Burts Bees lip balms (above).

What advise would you give to teenagers regarding their skincare?

Keep it simple. Don't go crazy buying all these expensive creams and having routines with 10 steps in them. I found that since I stopped over-washing and exfoliating my face and using suncream as my moisturiser my skin is much better!

Instagram:  @claramcsweeney

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