Wednesday 22 November 2017

My make-up and me: Caroline Barry

Caroline is a red lipstick fan
Caroline is a red lipstick fan

Sinead Van Kampen

Caroline Barry is a make-up artist originally from Cork. As well as a penchant for statement lipsticks, she also writes a fashion blog in the guise of her alter-ego Penny Dreadful ( Here she shares a few thoughts about all things make-up.

Morning routine?

I like to spend lots of time on my skin, cleansing and toning are a must in the morning and of course a good dollop of face cream.

First beauty memories?

It would have to be borrowing my mum's Avon make-up sneakily for discos. It makes me shudder to think about the colors I used - blue eye shadows and red lipstick. I knew no better, I thought I was the bee's knees. So lots of glitter and those awful hair mascaras. I think though, in my defence, it was the mid-90s.

First product?

Growing up in West Cork we used to go to this horrible underage disco called the boiler room. The first piece of make-up I bought was a horrible red lipstick (God knows where from). It's funny because now red lipstick is probably the only piece of my travelling make-up kit I can't live without. I have to have my red lipstick and it's become my fall back item.

I would definitely recommend Chanel or MAC's ruby woo for the job.

What's your top tip?

Can't for the life remember who told me to do this, but always use a lipliner with your lipstick. Especially if you're using red lipstick, strong lipstick colour does bleed out. It's overlooked but if you add a lipliner you'll make it stay put.

Do you leave the house without make up?

I try not to - although if I'm in a rebellious mood I try to sneak out without. It usually ends in tears though when you bump into someone you know. I at least try to make sure that on my day off I have my lipstick on and my brows done, especially the brows, which I'm really into at the moment - it takes five minutes with a pencil yet it changes your whole face shape.

In the bag and on the wish-list?

At the moment I am using a lot of MAC, Benefit and Make-Up Store make-up. I got sent some amazing concealer from Make-Up Store. It has eucalyptus and peppermint oil in it so that it doesn't just cover, it also heals while you’re wearing it. And it can cover up for even the latest of nights out. As for a wish list, I would have to say that the new blushers from MAC's blush ombre looks amazing. I'm dying to try them.

What's the most you've ever spent on a product and why did you buy it?

I bought a full make-up kit from Make-Up Forever for €200, it was definitely worth the money. As a make-up artist I can't work without it.

Do you tend to go for bargain buys or are you swayed by the adverts?

Bargain buys can be tricky. If it is from a well known brand who are offering discounts or promotions then yes. If it's a brand I don't know I'm not too easily convinced.

You have to be careful about using make-up. There are so many irritants and chemicals that can cause damage if you are not careful. It may sound like a bargain getting an eyeliner for next to nothing but getting rid of eye infections isn't so cheap.

Where do you shop for a beauty fix?

I used to pop into MAC if I needed a make-up fix. But now, I have just discovered Make-Up store make-up. It's easy to use, professional and with a great line of products. I invested in some pieces recently which have blown me away. They also produce a magazine which you can pick up for free which is full of make-up tricks and tips, interviews with the newest make-up artists and advice from professionals.

Is there a trend you would like to see come into fashion?

I try to update my look as much as possible. However my coloring does not suit the girly pinks and sorbet shades which are currently in vogue. I suit a nude base, shaped eyebrow, black eyeliner and red lipstick, which doesn't seem to ever go out of style. I think once you find the look that suits, you can carry it off with confidence.

If you could snoop inside someone else’s make-up bag, who would it be and why?

It has to be Lady Gaga. I love that dressing up is an event for her. Her collection of viva la glam lipsticks with Cyndi Lauper is great. Really vibrant and intense colour. I wouldn't just stop at her make-up bag, I'd go through her wardrobe too.

Can you tell us what product, secret or beauty tip that you couldn't live without?

I'm going to go back to the eyebrows again. It takes seconds to do. I have three different styles of products which I alternate to get different effects, but for every day use I would suggest Avon's glimmerstick pencil which is easy to use, takes a few seconds and gives a perfect finish. Just remember to arch your eyebrow while drawing and to take the time to get the right colour for your hair and skin tone.

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