What's in my beauty bag: Maura Derrane

RTÉ’s Maura Derrane, the glamorous gaeilgeoir, knows her cosmetics. Kirstie McDermott delves deep into her makeup bag to get the goods.

GALWAY gal Maura Derrane has just spent a busy year on the RTÉ couch presenting Four Live, the station’s hugely popular daily magazine programme.

While the show might be on its summer break, that doesn’t mean she’s slowing down. Right now, Maura’s shooting the next season of Feirm Factor for TG4, which will hit TV screens in the new year.

Next up is the 2011 Oireachtas Media Awards with Gala, which Maura will present at Galway’s Meyrick Hotel on May 27.

And as a former magazine beauty editor herself, this glamorous gaeilgeoir knows a thing or two about cosmetics.

BASE MATTERS: “For TV I like a good coverage foundation but I don’t like my skin to feel clogged with product, so Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation (€38) is perfect. It’s very fine on skin, gives good coverage and has a beautiful finish.”

FLUTTER POWER: “I don’t have a lot of lashes, so I go for mascaras with volume and lots of blackness. That’s important to me.! Shiseido The Makeup Advanced Volume Mascara (€24) does both things perfectly.”

BRONZE GODDESS: “For every day a bit of Mac Face and Body foundation takes the bare look off, but I love fake tan for events. My favourite is Wow Brown Ready to Glo (€22). I love that it’s an Irish company and there’s no drying or developing time, the colour is just there instantly. ”

LIP SERVICE: “I love a red lipstick and have about 30 in every single shade of red from the cheapest to most expensive. My current favourite is from Topshop’s makeup range and is called Rio Rio (€12). It’s a bright orange-red and it’s great. Sometimes if I’m going for a 40s look, I’ll just use a red lipliner all over lips for a matte finish instead.”

TALONTASTIC: “Chanel’s Rouge Noir is one I always go back to as it’s such a gorgeous shade, but I’ll try everything. Mavala’s minis are brilliant for travelling, I like Estée Lauder’s new Pure Color polishes and I love mattes — they’re really cool looking. Revlon’s ones in Ruby Ribbon and Emerald City (€9 each) are fantastic.”

GET CHEEKY: “I love blusher! I really like Max Factor’s Miracle Touch Creamy Blush (€10.79). I put this on the apples of my cheeks. It’s a brilliant price, lasts forever and is great for travelling. For bronzer I adore Clarins Mosaique Summer Bronzing Compact (€31), it’s fab.”


Favourite brand: I love the intensity of Chanel products. I go to Japanese brands for skincare and on the budget side of things I’m so impressed by Essence

Beauty budget: I spend about €50 a month

Favourite item: Lipstick wins every time for me

Beauty destination: House of Fraser in Dundrum has the best beauty hall — they’ve loads of brands and lots of interesting and different kind of products. I love walking through there.

Gone, but not forgotten: L’Interdit by Givenchy. It was my first perfume and it was discontinued in the 1990s. Even though it was reintroduced, it’s just not the same. It was so soft and beautiful before.


Clarins at pharmacies and department stores; Make Up For Ever at Make Up For Ever, 38, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2; Max Factor at Debenhams and pharmacies; Revlon at Boots; Shiseido at department stores and larger pharmacies; Topshop branches nationwide; Wow Brown at www.wowbrown.com

Check out Kirstie’s blog at beaut.ie/blog/


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