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My Day in Beauty with Newstalk’s Dr Ciara Kelly: Minimalism for max effect

by Aisling Keenan
08th Nov 2018

Lunchtime Live on Newstalk is one of the highlights of our radio day, and Ciara Kelly’s expert handling of some of the most contentious topics up for discussion make her a must-listen for us. But on the lighter side of things, what exactly is she carrying around in her makeup bag, and how complex is her skin routine? Turns out, not at all…

“I’m totally crap when it comes to this sort of thing,” Ciara admits. “I wash my face in the shower and use an exfoliating mitt. Then I wash it again in the evening with a face cloth. Both times I use water. And then I put on moisturiser afterwards… thats about it! The only must have I carry in my handbag is a small Vaseline.”


Cleanser… don’t own one
Toner… don’t own one
Moisturiser… Q10 from Lidl and I swear by it
Serum… don’t own one
Eye cream… don’t own one
Mask… don’t own one (there’s a bit of a pattern here)
Hand cream Lidl again (you can tell I’ll never be an influencer)

“I do love the Lidl moisturiser because I’ve skin like the Sahara and it’s one of the few things that has worked to keep it nice and dewy which I’d all but given up hope of.”

Lidl Cien Q10 Day and Night Cream, from €2.99 each


“Don’t smoke, drink rakes of water and wear sunscreen. I drink a lot of water or else I turn into a prune.”


Foundation: Lift and Illuminate by No7
Primer: Nivea for Men Aftershave Balm – a makeup artist told me about it and it works!
Mascara: No7 Stay Perfect
Palette/eyeshadow: MAC brownish ones
Powder: I have a Benefit for highlighter and contour, but no other powder
Brushes: I do use them but forget the brand – they’re purple!!

Nivea For Men Sensitive Post-Shave Balm, €7.39

No7 Lift and Illuminate Foundation, €24


Shampoo: Aussie Miracle Moist
Conditioner: Aussie Miracle Moist
Mask: Don’t own one
Hairspray: Elnett, that famous gold one?
Texture spray: Nope
Brushes: Tangle Teaser
Tools: Nope, just a dryer


“Use dry shampoo!! Oh and root spray to get an extra week or two out of your colour. And I would also say, get regular blow-dries, they make a huge difference.”

L’Oréal Magic Retouch Root Concealer Spray, €12.99

Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner, €3.99