Instagram is becoming somewhat of a home to many talented makeup artists. It’s now the place to go to check out the latest makeup looks, to get inspiration for your next makeup appointment, and even to decide which foundation you’re going to treat yourself to next. It’s where you’ll find some of the best makeup artists in Ireland. Irish makeup artists are only becoming more talented, creative and are on the up and up. We’ve caught up with Megan O’Connor, who is a rising star in the world of makeup, to chat all things beauty!
Megan O’Connor, or Makeup by Meg, is an Irish makeup artist and YouTuber. From super glam step by step tutorials to being recognised by the global brand Anastacia Beverly Hills. Megan has gone from strength to strength.
Tell us a little about your makeup career, how did it all kick off?
Makeup has always been something I’ve loved ever since a young age. I would always do my friends makeup for discos and that kind of thing. Although, I never thought of trying to pursue it as a career as I went in a different direction in college. I always wanted to do something with makeup. But I felt a degree was necessary to be taken seriously, which is something I don’t have. One day I just had a moment of realisation where I realised life is too short not to pursue something you’re so passionate about, and I started ‘Makeup By Meg’ towards the end of 2016.
What’s your biggest career highlight to date?
One of the biggest things that have happened to me so far has to be being lucky enough to get recognised by Anastasia Beverly Hills and making it onto their PR list! It’s still something I have to pinch myself about daily as I still can’t believe it!
Speaking of highlight, what’s your all-time favourite highlight? For all of us budget beauty lovers!
One of my all-time favourite affordable highlights is the Sleek Precious Metals, it is amazing! Such a bargain and the glow is incredible.
What do you think will be a massive beauty trend for spring/summer ’18?
For Spring Summer I feel like a trend that will never get old is perfectly dewy, flawless skin! Everyone wants to have a healthy glowy complexion for that time of year! And who knows what trends we’ll meet for eyebrows! We saw a lot of different and unusual, to say the least, trends last year!
Check out what beauty trends are on the horizon for spring/summer right here.
What is your ideal spring beauty look?
For me, my ideal Spring beauty look would be healthy, dewy & flawless skin, paired with lovely blossom pink tones, & of course blush! That fresh-faced style of beauty!
Is there anything you’ll miss about winter beauty looks?
I will definitely miss the autumnal tones that so many people go for around winter time, & of course the bold brown toned lips!
Do you have a golden rule to live by when you’re applying your makeup?
A golden rule I live by when applying my makeup would be to ALWAYS do my brows first, without fail! I feel like my brows can make or break my makeup routine. I definitely always give them special attention before starting anything else!
For gals that are all about the glam looks – what’s one tip you can give?
For girls who love a full glam look, I feel like doing eye makeup first is always the best thing to do. So you don’t have to be too precious or worry about fall out ruining the work you’ve put into your face. And the more glow the better! I just feel like it finished off any glam look so perfectly to be shining!
What’s your go-to, in a hurry look?
My go to in hurry look would be a lighter brow filled in using a pencil, to achieve a more natural finish. I would usually do this for work. As well as it being a much quicker process than a gel. Glowing strobe cream to brighten my face, a light dusting of highlight & my favourite nude gloss.
Finally – what are three beauty products that you just can’t live without?
Three products that I definitely couldn’t live without would be brow product, a bright, undereye concealer and strobe cream.
We have to completely agree with Megan on her three favourite products, exactly what’s needed for early mornings! Here at Littlewoods Ireland HQ, we just love the Benefit Goof Proof pencil for quick and easy, yet fabulous brows! Along with YSL Touche Eclat to brighten up our under eye area, and Girl Meets Pearl for dewy skin that’s glowing.