My Make-Up And Me: Gina Boles
Gina Boles is the owner and buyer for the online store giftedbynature.ie. Here she shares a few of her thoughts on all things make-up related.
Every day make-up takes about five mins - moisturiser, brush on foundation (currently L'Oreal), mascara.
If I'm going out I would do my eye make-up and blusher also, so that would add another five to seven minutes.
I don't go for a very made-up look - I have good skin and prefer the natural look.
First beauty memories?
My first memory is using my mother's mascara - she used a 'block' of mascara with a brush. I'm not sure you could get them now.
My first product was probably mascara - not sure the occasion, but my eyelashes are so fair that once I tried mascara I never stopped using it.
What's your top tip?
My mother was absolutely insistent that we didn't get sun on our face, wore sunscreen and sun hats. (She still insists!)
She was also insistent that my sisters and I always wore moisturiser. It was quite forward thinking now I look back at it. The other piece of advice was to always clean make-up off before going to bed, no matter how late. I almost always do.
Do you go out without make-up?
Generally no. If I go without make-up it's because I'm on holidays in a hot country, hanging around a pool all day and I would have a light fake tan on my face.
In the bag and on the wish list?
About twelve eye shadows in brown, grey and nude shades, three or four eyeliner pencils, mascara, foundation, blusher, concealer, eyebrow brush, eyeliner brush, eye shadow brush, foundation brush, several lipsticks and lip liners in handbag. No real wish list - although I'm always searching for a red lipstick that suits me and doesn't make me look tarty!
What's the most you've ever spent on a product and why did you buy it?
I spent a lot (I thought) on my foundation brush which was about thirty euro. I bought it because I had had a make-over as a birthday present and the beautician used one. I think good brushes are the key and women always seem to overlook getting good brushes but the difference is huge.
Do you tend to go for bargain buys or are you swayed by the adverts?
No and no.
Where do you shop for a beauty fix?
The local Boots or the airport.
Is there a trend you would like to see come into fashion?
Probably lashings of dramatic blue eye make up.... I'm beyond the age where that look could ever possibly suit me.
If you could snoop in anyones make-up bag, who would it be and why?
Any of my sisters' bags - so I could try their different colours, lipsticks and eye shadows for a change.
Can you tell us what product, secret or beauty tip that you couldn't live without?
Moisturiser, mascara and sunscreen. Of all of these, moisturiser would be the desert island must-have (and I'd just stay in the shade!).