Backstage at &lsquo,The Voice&rsquo,, Lauren Murphy is tasked with prepping contestants for their moment in the spotlight, says Katie Wright. How to do beauty makeup.
&ldquo,IF you paint on a dirty canvas, you&rsquo,ll notice the flaws. It&rsquo,s the same with make-up,&rdquo, says Lauren Murphy, pictured, setting out her cosmetic commandments.
As Nivea&rsquo,s professional make-up artist on The Voice UK (the final airs this weekend on TV3) 31-year-old knows preparation is everything, to ensure contestants look flawless while singing their hearts out on live Saturday night TV.
Skincare aside, what&rsquo,s the difference between make-up backstage versus real life?
&ldquo,Make-up for TV is a lot stronger and a lot heavier,&rdquo, says Lauren.
&ldquo,It still needs to be well-blended and look perfect, because we&rsquo,re in HD TV now, but it needs to have staying power, it has to hold up under the TV lights and on camera.&rdquo,
However, there&rsquo,s one celebrity-inspired beauty trend the chirpy brunette thinks needs to die: contouring.
&ldquo,It&rsquo,s just gone a little bit too far for my liking. I wouldn&rsquo,t ever do heavy contouring on TV, it&rsquo,s more for photo shoots,&rdquo, she explains.
&ldquo,For photo shoots it&rsquo,s really good, but walking down the high street, you don&rsquo,t need this big, heavy contour.&rdquo,
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That said, she has tonnes of top-notch insider advice to share from The Voice.
Here&rsquo,s Lauren&rsquo,s guide on how to get spotlight-ready in real life...
IN TERMS OF PREP, WHAT SKINCARE SHOULD WE USE?
&ldquo,I use the Nivea Double Effect Make-up Remover, because nine times out of 10, the contestants will come in with some residue of mascara.
"I use micellar water on the skin and I always do a double cleanse. Wipe it over once and then repeat again to remove oils and any build up on the skin.&rdquo,
Nivea Daily Essentials Double Effect Make-up Remover, &euro,3.19, and Nivea Daily Essentials Sensitive 3in1 Micellar Cleansing Water, &euro,4.41, both from Boots
HOW DO YOU ENSURE A LONG-LASTING FLAWLESS FINISH?
&ldquo,I use Makeup Forever HD Foundation a lot, that&rsquo,s definitely one of my go-tos for the stage. And I can&rsquo,t be without concealer. I love Nars Creamy Concealers, they&rsquo,re great for under the eyes.&rdquo,
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation, &euro,39, Debenhams
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger, &euro,30, Brown Thomas
SHOULD WE BOTHER WITH POWDER?
&ldquo,Powder is a must because when your skin starts to shine, it&rsquo,s really noticeable. On TV, if the camera picks up any shine, it looks like you&rsquo,re sweating. I use Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, it&rsquo,s great for touch-ups.&rdquo,
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, &euro,42, Brown Thomas
WHAT&rsquo,S YOUR FAVOURITE EYE PRODUCT?
&ldquo,Stila&rsquo,s spring range, Glitter Underground, is amazing. I love to add the glittery liquid eyeshadow to the centre of the lid, just to add a touch of sparkle and make it pop.&rdquo,
Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter &, Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Kitten Karma, &euro,27.50
ARE YOU A FAN OF THE MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK TREND?
&ldquo,I&rsquo,m loving them, but there are some dodgy ones out there! Nars have a lovely collection, they&rsquo,re not drying. If you&rsquo,re going to use one, make sure your lips are in good condition and hydrated with a lip balm.&rdquo,
Nars Velvet Lip Glide, &euro,26, Brown Thomas
WHICH LUXURY PRODUCT IS WORTH SPLASHING OUT ON?
&ldquo,I love Chantecaille Glide Silk Infused Eyeliners, they&rsquo,re beautiful on the eyes &mdash, I use the olive green one a lot.&rdquo,
Chantecaille Luster Glide Silk Infused Eyeliner in Olive Brocade, &euro,28.84, Space NK
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... AND YOUR BEST BUDGET BUY?
&ldquo,Burt&rsquo,s Bees have launched an amazing new lipstick. It&rsquo,s so moisturising and hydrating you feel like you&rsquo,re just wearing lip balm.&rdquo,
Burt&rsquo,s Bees Lipstick in Tulip Tide, &euro,11.99
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