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Holly Carpenter shares her must-have beauty products

Published 02/10/2016 | 11:08

Holly Carpenter at The Pride of Ireland Awards 2016
Holly Carpenter at The Pride of Ireland Awards 2016

Model, blogger and recent Celebrity MasterChef Ireland contestant Holly Carpenter ( is a big beauty buff and masking fan. Below, she gives us the inside track on how she gets that gorgeous, glowing skin.

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What are your hero beauty products?

Fake Up by Benefit; Dipbrow Pomade in medium brown by Anastasia Beverly Hills; Bright Lift Serum by KIKO Milano; Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillow Talk; and my trusty tube of Elizabeth Arden.

What is your usual skincare routine?

I use Image Skin Care Clear Cell Face Wash, and the brand's Illuma Intense Brightening Serum. During the day I wear their Prevention + Daily Matte Moisturiser with SPF 32+.

Do you use masks or multimask? If so, what are the skin benefits you find from using them?

I use a mask at least once a week. Mud masks are great for when I have a breakout at my time of the month. To help brighten my skin, I'll either use a really hydrating gel-based mask or an exfoliating one, which is great for removing dead skin. I think using masks can make me look like I've had a few extra hours' sleep.

What is your favourite skin mask to use?

Right now I'm loving Thirstymud by Glamglow.

What is the biggest mistake women make with their skincare routine?

I think a lot of Irish women are great for lashing on the SPF50 when they're on holidays, but can sometimes forget to wear it on Irish soil.

What is the best tip/trick-of-the-trade you've picked up from modelling?

Before I worked with make-up artists, I hardly ever cleaned my make-up brushes properly. It can be a bit of a chore, but I'll do anything that keeps breakouts at bay!

What is the biggest beauty myth, in your opinion?

That you have to decide on wearing either a bold lip or a smoky eye, never both. I know in many cases less is more, but sometimes you can't beat a red lip AND a smoky eye combo for the full on glam factor.

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