Willowberry Nutrient Boost Face Oil review by Debbie Finnegan
Skincare

Pretty Damn Good: the multi-purpose face oil this make-up artist uses for nourished, glowing skin

Welcome to Stylist’s Pretty Damn Good, a weekly series in which different women share the one product – across hair care, skincare, make-up, body and fragrance – that remains a forever staple in their beauty routines.

If you’re anything like us, you may find it hard to switch up your make-up. Despite purchasing that vibrant eyeshadow palette that’s all over TikTok or trying a completely new blush shade, you’re not entirely sure what to do with them and find yourself quickly reverting back to old, safe habits.

That’s where professional make-up artist Debbie Finnegan comes in.

Just scroll through Finnegan’s Instagram page and you’ll find instant inspiration – from a glossy black smoky eye that was inspired by a pair of shiny brogues (yes, it’s as chic as you’re imagining) to how to make teal eyeshadow wearable.

After years as a senior artist at Mac Cosmetics, where she worked on the make-up looks at countless fashion shows and campaigns, Finnegan made the move to go freelance and now creates stunning looks for editorial and brand shoots. She also educates up-and-coming make-up artists, as well as creating social media content, in which she shares useful beauty advice.

But as a make-up artist that’s on the go, what’s the one item Finnegan uses in her own routine and on clients? Here, she tells us.

Debbie Finnegan

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“I can’t go without Willowberry’s Nutrient Boost Face Oil, £26.99. I discovered it when Jenni Retourné, founder of Willowberry, reached out to me in 2018 and we chatted about her range on Instagram. Once I tried it, I became hooked and the face oil is still a bathroom and make-up kit essential almost three years later.

“It contains a nourishing and luxurious blend of chia seed, vitamin E and rosehip oils that plump and feed the skin, leaving a radiant finish. It also helped to calm my lockdown ‘maskne’ and works beautifully under make-up.

“I use it as an extra layer of hydration, protection and anti-aging during my skincare routine. It’s super important to prep the skin well before applying make-up. If this isn’t done correctly, anything you put on top will be compromised. I like to apply a couple of drops onto my skin before moisturiser

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“I also use it as part of my make-up regime. It works beautifully to sheer out a cream product – mix it into your highlighter or blush to get a more real skin-like texture. Or even your foundation for a magical glow. The pipette dispenser means you have full control over how much you use.

“This face oil also has a comforting scent that’s super relaxing, it’s like having a home spa/facial. I like to warm up a few drops between my hands, gently hold my hands in front of my face and slowly inhale and exhale. I thoroughly recommend using it for a quick facial massage to help to de-puff and encourage circulation. I love using it alongside my Jillian Dempsey Gold Bar, £185 – it’s a game changing combo when working with early morning clients.”

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