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Beauty 101 with Ruth Bergin

We caught up with the amazing makeup artist that is Ruth Bergin to chat all things beauty!

In the run-up to festival season, who could be better to have beauty chats with than the queen of festival makeup herself?  We caught up with Ruth Bergin to chat all things beauty!  Ruth is a freelance makeup artist who creates stunning everyday looks, as well as gorgeous, glittery makeup looks that are ideal for any kind of festival.  Really, did you even go to a festival if you’re not decked out in glitter?  Keep reading to find out about Ruth’s makeup artist career, her favourite products and much more!


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Tell us a little about your makeup career – when did it kick off?

My makeup career is actually still quite new!  I have always loved makeup but when I was going through school and deciding what to do, as crazy as it sounds now, makeup wasn’t a prominent thing at all, let alone a common career path.  It didn’t even cross my mind to become a makeup artist!  I was doing Fine Art in college before I decided to pursue makeup.  I was enrolled to do makeup, stage and screen design in IADT after leaving fine art and decided a week before I was due to start to do a year-long makeup course instead to fast track things.  Then, I got a job in Mac while I was in college and then started in Inglot when I graduated about three years ago now, and that completely changed my life.  It seemed everything fell into place for me once I decided I was doing makeup.  I have worked for myself for about a year and a half now.

What’s your biggest career highlight to date?

My career highlight hopefully has yet to come!  I think having the courage to go out on my own and it be a success has been the highlight so far.  The year with the Inglot pro team was also a highlight, made such great friends and had a blast! 

Speaking of highlight, what’s your all-time favourite highlighter?

Becca Champagne Pop, without a doubt!

Check out our favourite dupe for Champagne Pop right here!

What do you think will be a massive beauty trend for spring/summer ’18?

I think soft glam, smokey unstructured eye makeup, glowy skin and glossy lips are really in. More like what you would see Emily Ratajkowski rocking on the red carpet.  A lot of my clients are starting to go for a more paired back look too!

What is your ideal spring beauty look?

For me, it’s all about fresh skin, freckles and bronzed glow for spring/summer!  I also love a red-orange bold lip! 

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Is there anything you’ll miss about winter beauty looks?

There’s not much I’m gonna miss about winter, it’s so hard to wear a full face in winter with harsh winds and rubbing it all onto a scarf.  I do love a good red or berry lip though during the winter. 

Do you have a golden rule to live by when you’re applying your makeup?

I would never put foundation on without cleaning my face and applying serum, moisturiser and an illuminating primer.

Beauty 101 with Ruth Bergin on blog.littlewoodsireland.ieFor gals that are all about the glam looks – what’s one tip you can give?

For glam looks it’s all about lashes, highlighter and glossy lips!

What’s your go-to, in a hurry look?

I always throw on a red lip when I’m in a hurry to make myself look more finished, Kat Von D ‘Malice’ is my favourite or Inglot 39.

Check out our favourite budget buy red lipstick right here.

Finally – what are three beauty products that you just can’t live without?

I can’t live without concealer, highlighter and lipliner/lipsticks and lashes.

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We’re such big fans of Ruth’s looks!  In particular, the creative festival looks have to be our favourites!  Speaking of festivals, check out the essential festival guide right here!


Amie Edmonds

Amie is a beauty fanatic, tan addict, clothes wearer, candle lighter and a tea & coffee drinker who strongly believes in the ‘treat yourself’ motto. Hobbies include endless Instagram scrolling, adding way too many items to her online basket and laughing at dog memes.

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