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My Day in Beauty with Debbie O’Donnell: ‘Since having my two boys my skin has changed’


by Aisling Keenan
24th Jan 2019
My Day in Beauty with Debbie O’Donnell: ‘Since having my two boys my skin has changed’

Executive producer of Virgin Media’s XPOSÉ and one of Image Magazine’s Creative Businesswoman of the Year winners, Debbie O’Donnell shares her expertly curated beauty loves…

“First thing I do when I get up is moisturise. My skin is particularly dry at this time of the year with the heating and fire on 24/7. Since having my two boys, my skin has changed a lot, the older I get the drier my skin gets. Serum is a big part of my morning routine too. But THE single most important part of my morning routine is sun block, no matter what the weather. The pocket size La Roche-Posay SPF 50+ never leaves my handbag, I like it because there is no residue under my foundation while other SPFs create a white hue under your makeup.”

DEBBIE’S SKINCARE PICKS

Cleanser: Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser
Moisturiser: Lancôme Absolu Precious Cells Day Cream which has a built-in SPF15 and La Mer Cool Gel Cream
Serum: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum or Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate
Mask: The Shiseido Waso purifying off mask (my nod to J beauty)
Hand cream: Chanel’s La Crème Main Texture Riche which has the coolest bottle
Sun block: La Roche-Posay SPF 50+

Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser, from €9
2 Shiseido Waso Purifying Peel-Off Mask, €35
3 Chanel La Crème Main Texture Riche, €56

DEBBIE’S TOP SKINCARE TIP

“My top skincare tip is to start wearing sunblock under your foundation – as young as you can. The higher the factor the better. If someone had told me this tip when I was in my teens then I’d be looking 10 years younger (well, five anyway!). Don’t take for granted that your foundation (or tinted moisturiser) has SPF built-in, always check the bottle.”

DEBBIE’S MAKEUP PICKS

Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation. I like this foundation because I don’t like full coverage on my skin and this allows my skin to breathe.
Primer: Controversially I use MAC Strobe Cream as a primer
Mascara: Benefit’s Bad Gal Bang and Max Factor Volume Infusion Mascara
Liner: Since I’ve been a teen, one of my main makeup staples has been liquid eyeliner. My favourite is Boots No 7 Stay Perfect Liquid Liner
Brushes: The AYU Brush Set, super soft
Concealer: NARS Matte Concealer in the handbag-friendly pot, this is my gold star concealer. A winner on every level. I also love the Charlotte Tilbury retoucher pen one
Blush: NARS Liquid Blush in Orgasm, it’s easier and faster to apply than before
Highlighter: YSL Touche Éclat Shimmer Stick and the Carter Beauty Blaze Mini Highlighter Palette
Lipstick: JLO x Inglot Matte Nude lipstick. I love this collaboration.
Lipgloss: The ‘Debbie’ nude lipgloss from Carter Beauty, I love it!

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation SPF15, €42
2 NARS Liquid Blush in Orgasm, €31
3 MAC Strobe Cream, €34

DEBBIE’S TOP MAKEUP TIP

“Never forget your concealer! I don’t leave the house without at least two in my bag, in my car and at my desk. If I have a late night or a particularly early morning then concealer is my best friend, it hides a multitude and deletes any signs of tiredness.”

DEBBIE’S HAIR PICKS

Shampoo: With thick and coarse hair Kérastase has always been my go-to, the Densifique Bain Densité is particularly good
Conditioner: Kevin Murphy Blonde Angel
Hairspray: Sam McKnight Modern Hairspray
Styling spray: Aveda Speed of Light blow-dry accelerator spray
Brushes: GHD’s paddle travel brush, beautiful for unruly hair like mine
Tools: The Dyson Airwrap, it’s revolutionary

  1. Kevin Murphy Blonde.Angel.Wash, €24
  2. Dyson Airwrap, €499
  3. Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, €30

“If there’s one product I’ve a soft spot for its Bumble & Bumble’s Surf Spray, it actually does create that ‘just out of bed’ tousled look, I promise! It’s handy because everyone in the family can use it, I spray it on my boys’ hair when we’re on holidays it creates a beachy look.”

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