My Make-Up And Me
This week 2FM music presenter Nikki Hayes shares a few of her beauty tips with Independent Woman.
I don't spend too much time when I'm working. Being on the radio, time is a bit tight so I'll cleanse, tone and moisturise and my make-up takes about 10-15 minutes. When I'm not working I'm pretty relaxed.
First memories of make-up?
In a word - AWFUL. Orange face and white neck seemed to be the result, now I look back at it. Blending was a concept alien to me and I hadn't a clue about tones...I looked like an Oompa-Loompa.
When I was younger it was always Rimmel, as I couldn't afford more.
The first make-up I really invested in was Mac. It was was for a debs with my friend Keith. I can't remember what I spent but it seemed like a lot at the time.
What's your top tip?
Good highlighting. A make-up artist in RTE showed me and I'm eternally grateful. Good highlighting around the neck will make your neck look sleeker and a bit at the top of the cheeks will lift your whole face.
Do you go out without make up...if so what are your rules and why is this the case?
I don't mind not wearing make-up and when I'm not working it will be moisturiser. I'm never totally natural though, as I always keep a bit of mascara handy as I think my eyes look a bit odd without it.
In the bag and on the wish-list?
I have Mac foundation, eye pencil, mascara and lippy and, of course, Vaseline. My wish list would be a filler for my smile lines, so I'm on the lookout.
What's the most you've ever spent on a product and why did you buy it?
I don't really go in for spending a fortune so the most I've ever spent was €85 on a moisturiser that I picked up on a visit to a spa. I probably shocked myself a bit but I had to have it.
Do you tend to go for bargain buys or are you swayed by the adverts?
I only use Mac Smashbox or Elizabeth Arden - I'm a creature of habit really, can't help it.
Where do you shop for a beauty fix?
Brown Thomas or Boots.
Is there a trend you would like to see come back in fashion?
I really love bright colours. I think they work for me and so I always try to work along those lines. It is quite fortunate as brights always tend to come back in one form or another every summer. I don't mind going smokey for the winter.
If you could snoop in anyone's make-up bag, who would it be and why?
Any make-up artist, but nobody in particular. I'm just constantly amazed at the tools they have and the way they can work wonders.
Can you tell us what product, secret or beauty tip that you couldn't live without?
Vaseline .... can highlight the eyelids, cheeks and on the lips. Even when you run out of hair serum, a quick lick here and there will work as a quick fix until you can replenish the bits you're missing. I think everyone should keep a tub for emergencies.