My day in beauty with Tara O'Farrell: 'Your skin will thank you for this!'

Tara O'Farrell is an Instagram star, expert make-up artist and one of the incredible IMAGE Beauty Festival speakers - truly sitting among the international industry A-list. Here, we ask her about her personal beauty favourites 


"I start the day by cleansing my skin, and usually pop on a couple of drops of Trilogy Rosehip Oil for a quick boost of hydration.

"I am really trying to wear SPF every day so I usually apply the Image SPF then. Lip balm goes everywhere with me and a mini perfume."

Related: IMAGE Beauty Festival - what it's all about

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Tara's skin picks

Cleanser: Image Vital C
Toner: Pestle & Mortar Exfoliate
Moisturiser: Trilogy Rose Hip Oil
Serum: Elemis Ultra Smart Anti Ageing Serum
Eye cream: Elemis Pro Collagen Eye cream
Mask: Image Vital C overnight masque
Hand cream: Yonka Repairing mandarin hand cream
Is there anything else you use? Ultrapure Witch hazel toner

Elemis Ultra Smart Pro-collagen Complex Serum, €252

"The Elemis serum has to be one of the most amazing serums I have ever tried, it absorbs in to the skin immediately and I have noticed a big difference in my skin."

"Ultrapure Witchhazel is so affordable and for someone with oily skin like me it’s amazing for pores and absorbing excess oil."

Tara's top skincare tip

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"Always double cleanse and as boring as it sounds drink at least two litres of water a day. Your skin will thank you for this!"

Related: Book your IMAGE Beauty Festival tickets

Tara's make-up picks

Foundation: Nars Radiant Longwear
Primer: Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer
Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash
Liner: Benefit Roller liner
Palette/eyeshadow: Benefit Cheekleader Palette
Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Glow Powder
Brushes: Blank Canvas
Lip liner: Sculpted Lip Quad
Tan: HeShi

NARS Radiant Longwear Foundation, €45

"Benefit Cheekleader Palette is a new enough launch from Benefit but I have used it every day since I got it, I use it to contour and on eyes. It’s a perfect multi-use product."

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"Laura Mercier translucent powder has been my favourite powder for years now but they have recently launched the glow version which is an absolute game changer!"

Tara's top makeup tip

"Glow, glow and more glow! Dewy skin looks far more youthful than matte skin.

"If you have oily skin just mattify your t-zone but still remember to add some glow."

Tara's hair picks

Shampoo: Redken High Rise
Conditioner: Moroccanoil Hydration
Mask: Kerastase Masque Chromatique
Hairspray: Schwarzkopf Glued
Texture spray: Moroccanoil
Tools: GHD, Lanai blo hairdryer
Is there anything else you use? Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Lustre Lock Multi-Perfector Daily Shine and Protect Spray

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Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Lustre Lock Multi-Perfector Daily Shine, €25.95

"The Joico product gives the hair the most incredible shine and also protects the hair, and the Schwarzkopf spray is a god send for baby hairs."

Tara's top hair tip

"Use a heat protector before you blow-dry always!"


IMAGE Beauty Festival

Tara O'Farrell will be sharing more beauty inspiration at our upcoming #IMAGEBeautyFest.

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Join the fun at her Dream Team session (Saturday, May 25), with James Patrice, on the Boots Beauty Stage. Tara will perform a live model make-up demo while James offers his unique take on proceedings. Registration is required for this session.

Tickets for IMAGE Beauty Festival are from €45 - available now and spaces are limited. We look forward to seeing you there on May 25-26.

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