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What's in my makeup bag? Niamh Cullen

Having a rummage through our favourite faces’ wares.

EACH WEEK, WE’LL be taking a peek into some of our faves’ makeup bags to see their must-have products, because we’re nosey. This week, it’s the turn of MAC makeup artist Niamh CullenYou can follow her Instagram here.




Her earliest makeup memories

“I had no real interest in makeup until I was about 16. I’ll never forget my first attempt was when I got one of the Benefit face kit boxes.

I legged it home and gave myself the biggest HD brow with nothing else on my face, venturing out full on in love with myself – I’ll never get over the looks I got that day. From that day, I learned that less is more.”

“My go-to for every day is a soft blown out orange eye paired with a glossy lip. But I’m no stranger to a winged liner, I love the freedom and versatility that comes with makeup so I’m always changing my look up.

Her makeup bag and what’s inside


“Skin care to me is the most vital step in any makeup routine. The La Roche Posay Eye Contour eye-cream is brilliant for  more sensitive skin and if you find your under eye gets dehydrated quite a bit.

MAC Fix + is so hydrating, with cucumber and green tea extracts it’s soothing on the skin. You can spray this on your face throughout the day to keep your makeup looking fresh

MAC Strobe Cream is another go-to for me. It’s an illuminating moisturiser that I mix in with my foundation for a dewy finish. Love using this on no makeup days by itself as well just to freshen up my face

“The Chanel bronzing makeup base is a new one for me but I am absolutely OBSESSED with it already! Anyone fair skinned like me I would definitely recommend as it’s the perfect bronzing shade. It looks so natural and soft on the skin as well, because of the creamy texture – amazing addition to the makeup bag.

“I’m a big fan of a dramatic lash but I hate wearing false ones, so the MAC In Extreme 3D mascara is a lifesaver! It adds crazy volume and length giving the illusion of false lashes without all the hassle

“For me a glossy lip is essential for summertime! The Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb gloss is the perfect shade for every day wear and isn’t sticky which is a factor that would turn me off for sure. It’s quite thick so there’s no need for a lipstick base. Plus it smells like watermelon – what’s not to love?”

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