Laura Whiston, a writer and fashion and style blogger from Dublin shares her make-up routine with us.
After cleansing and moisturising, it probably takes about 10 -15 minutes to do my make-up depending on where I'm going. Nights out can take twice that time. All in all I've quite a steady hand.
First beauty memories?
When I was eight, much to my Mum's delight, my sister and I decided to make a concoction with her make-up. I think we'd been reading George's Marvelous Medicine at the time and needless to say it was a one-off occasion!
First product ?
Not product exactly but my birthday is on Hallowe'en so it was glittery false eyelashes to go with a fancy dress costume, I'm not sure if I still have them.
What's your top tip?
You can't go wrong with the basics so I ALWAYS check for the foundation line between your neck and face. I probably got that from Cosmopolitan magazine when I was still in school but it serves you well, I think there are times in a girls life when she can smudge a bit and get away with it but the foundation line is the measure.
Do you go out without make up?
No, not unless it is an absolute emergency, and I don't mean a 'bread and milk' type emergency. Noone need ever see me without slap!
In the bag and on the wish-list?
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation SPF15 in the bag and Creme de la Mer is on the list ... I dream of Creme de la Mer .... any offers ?
What's the most you've ever spent on a product and why did you buy it?
I've never really gone too mad, I always used to buy YSL Faux Cils mascara, it was about €25 and it lasts about a month. As good as it is, I always thought it a bit of an overspend seeing as most mascara lasts about 3 months. I'm casting round for a replacement.
Do you tend to go for bargain buys or are you swayed by the adverts?
I'm a consumate shopper, so I never bargain hunt. I'm always convinced that there is some reason why it is cheap. I can be swayed by the amount of sales a product has made, like the Max Factor false lash effect mascara sold over 1million so I'll give that a go defo.
Where do you head for a beauty fix?
Harvey Nichols / Debenhams / House of Fraser. Big departments stores mostly. It's such an assault on the senses.
Is there a trend you would like to see come into fashion?
I wish the whole 60's Twiggy drawn on lashes trend would come back in for a season. I'd love to give that a go. I like fashion that's a bit whimsical.
Who's vanity case would you snoop in?
Christina Aguilera or Dita von Teese - I would love to see just how many (or how few) products it takes to look so pristine.