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Behind the Scenes – Ariana

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fashion photo shoot headshots

Hi Ladies,

Here’s some shots from a recent photo shoot I did with Ariana for their Spring Summer 2014 look book.

The main theme throughout was a fresh and light  look –  in keeping with their bright Srping/Summer line.

You can see above that I also did a slightly darker brown and gold smoky eye for a more evening feel.

Fresh spring makeup

There were some really beautiful shots on the day so I’ll let you know when they’re ready to share with you!


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Belfast Fashion Week Launch Shoot

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 Belfast Fashion Week 2013

I was up in Belfast last week for a photoshoot for the launch of the Belfast Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013. I was doing the nails this time, so something a little different from my usual role. Here are some behind the scenes pics taken by the videographer Aislinn Hagan.

Behind the Scenes Belfast Fashion Week Photoshoot
I did the nails for Michelle Doherty who some of you might remember from Phantom FM here in Dublin. I used to love her show, so was great to meet her! She is now living in London working as an actress no less! We went for three different looks which I prepped on false nails and just used extra strong doublesided tape to stick them on Michelle. It just makes everything alot quicker, so there is no faffing about waiting for nail varnish to dry.  Below is a pointed red nail that I did.

Then to the left is a pink ombre nail and to the right a two toned grey manicure with small and large glitter spray accent on the left of the tip. I did mini tutorial videos on instagram, so I will try and post those seperately along with the products I used to get the look.
Belfast Fashion Week NailsHere is a little video of the day too. It was a great day and it was lovely working with the team. Also it was nice to see another make-up artist in action and I got to have a nosy around Paddy’s kit,  discovered lots of new products that I must try.

Model: Michelle Doherty
Stylist: Sean Loughran
Make-up: Paddy McGurgan
Hair: Andrew Mulvenna
Client: Cathy Martin PR
Photographer: Khara Pringle
Videographer: Aislinn Hagan

Let me know what you think of the nails anyway.

Lots of love,


Behind the Scenes: Buff Makeup Bridal Video

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Buff wedding look


Hello All,

A couple of weeks ago I did a video in Hession’s Drumcondra for Buff Makeup. I did a very simple and classic bridal look. Excited to see the video very soon but in the mean time here’s a few teaser shots!

Buff wedding makeup

I am really impressed with the quality of Buff Makeup, also the variety of colours in the eyeshadows for such a new range is phenominal. I will be posting a full product breakdown when the video goes live.

Buff eyes

Until then, lots of love,

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Behind the Scenes: Honor Fitzismons Autumn/Winter Collection 2013

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PicMonkey Collage

Hi Lovelies,

Here’s a few behind the scenes shots of a recent shoot I worked on for Honor Fitzsimons AW 13  look book. Honor is an Irish Designer and was nominated in ONES TO WATCH category at Irish Fashion and Innovation Awards. I can totally understand why as her work is beautiful.  This collection will be stocked in Brown Thomas and I will definitely be paying them a visit!


For the make-up we went for a deep burgundy lip, which I mattified with eyeshadow. I made the eyebrows full and strong, yet still natural. The skin was very natural with only subtle contouring. Li-ann has the best skin so only had to go for a light covering of MAC’s Face and Body Foundation.

emma farrell makeup artist

The hair was kept nice and straight and smoothed with shine spray to give it a wet slick look. I will post the final pictures which were taken by Conor later.

Model: Li-Ann Small Distinct Model Managment
Makeup Artist:Me! Emma Farrell
Photographer: Conor Clinch
Designer: Honor Fitzsimmons
What do you think of the look? Is this something you would try at home yourself?

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Behind the Scenes: Siopaella on Xposé

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PicMonkey Collage

Hello my fellow beauty enthusiasts,

This week  I was working on a fashion segment for Xposé featuring Siopaella. Siopaella  are a fantastic  swap boutique featuring new and used designer clothing and accessories. With items varying from Chanel and Louis Vuitton to American Apparel we were drooling over some of the beautiful pieces on Siopaella’s rails! Read More

Behind the Scenes – Body Art

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dragon bodypainting

Hello Fellow Makeup Lovers,

Here’s a few behind the scenes shots from a recent bodypainting shoot that I did. The photographer Edel first came to me with the idea to do a bodypainting based on the idea of a dragon. She just sort of left me to run with it, so I gathered some inspiration from a Terry Pratchett book I have called Discworld.

I knew I wanted to have a play with vibrant colours, so I chose bright primary colours that would really pop when placed together, namely the blue and yellow. Alison our amazing alternative model has the most fantastic hair with streaks of yellow pink and blue through it, so I used these in my designs.
Body Paint Face

I used Kryolan bodypaints, Coastal Scents Eyeshadows and MAC Pigments. For the eyebrows I used a body jewellery piece from www.bodybrilliance.ie which I cut up and painted over. I think that they added a lovely 3D effect. Will definitely be using them again on future bodypainting projects.

Body Jewellery

I also tried out the Kryolan airbrush paints for the first time and I was really impressed with them! I have used OCC, Temptu and Graftobian and I felt that these were better than all of them, great pigment, yet still flowed through the airbrush well.

Kryolan Airstream Airbrush Makeup

I’ve gotten a lot of requests lately for a bodypainting course which I plan to schedule for October 6th 2013. If you are interested, please email me to put your name on the list. I will send you out some more information about the course when I have it.

In the meantime please let me know what you think of the Dragon. Will share the official pics when I get them.

Lots of Love,
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Models: Alison Cullinan – Alternative Freelance Model
Bodypainting:Me! Emma Farrell
Bodypainting Assistant: Stefania Maniscalco
Photographer: Edel Kelly – Secret Boudoir


Behind the Scenes: Cold Lillies Spring Summer 2013 Lookbook

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Laura from Distinct Model Management

Hello my fellow beauty loving friends,

I hope you are keeping well and looking forward to Mothers Day this Sunday! You might remember last year I did a photoshoot with Coldlilies, the fashion professionals style-edit of the best independent jewellery designers’ collections. You can see the behind the scenes here and I will be posting the actual finished pictures from the shoot later this week.

Well we were at it again! This time we were shooting the Spring Summer 2013 Lookbook. Unfortunately the weather was brrr freezing! So the poor model Laura braved the elements all in the name of a good shot! Poor Brian was freezing too, but men never get as much sympathy do they 🙂

Coldlillies Spring Summer Lookbook 2013 Behind the Scenes

Here is a cool little video that Don put together. What do you think?

The SS13 Collection will be available to buy at Coldlilies.com from Monday, 4th March 2013.

Models: Brian Ormonde Murphy and Laura Sexton from Distinct Model Management
Hair Stylist: Daniel Sheridan
Make-up: Me! Emma Farrell
Stylist: Karen McGovern from My Style NYC
Photographer: Anita Sadowska
Filmographer: Don Horne
Client: Coldlilies

Lots of love,


A Celtic Awakening Music Video

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A Celtic Awakening

Last year I worked on a production for Detroit Public Television called A Celtic Awakening. The production team flew over from the States and they employed local actors and crew, including me! I got to work with the fantastic singer Faith-Marion Robinson who came to Ireland to record the backing visuals to her live show. She sings alot of old Irish songs, so wanted to come here to show the beautiful scenery that our country has to offer. Everything was meant to be from years gone by so the hair and make-up was traditional and old worldly.

Here is a little taster of the video:

It was a fantastic job, which had me travelling all over Ireland, seeing the best that the country’s tourist sites have to offer. One of my favourite spots was the rope bridge near Bushmills, it was so pretty and somewhat scary crossing it! We stayed the night in the Bushmills Hotel, which was the most amazing place to stay, really warm and felt homely with open fires and comfy furnishings.

The Ropewalk Bridge

Traditional Irish Village of Craggaunowen.  This is a fantastic celtic village in Co.Clare that has been restored, which created the perfect setting for one of her songs.

Traditional Irish Village Craggaunowen

I wish jobs like this came along more often, I love travelling and really enjoyed getting to see loads of Ireland, we live in such a scenic country which is the perfect backdrop for film and television. More productions need to be made in Ireland!

Where is your favourite place to visit in Ireland?

Lots of love,



Tan Organic – Turning the Grey Area Green

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Tan Organic Bodypainter

I got to work on a really interesting project recently for Tan Organic. They wanted to come up with some unique images for a new PR Campaign around the fact that they are the worlds first and only Eco Certified organic tan.

I bodypainted the girls using Kryolan Aquacolours and then used some tinted clay over this to get some texture. On top of this I threw MAC Pigments and Glitters. I made the garlands and headpieces out of burlap, moss and fake trees for a model railway, fresh flowers and leaves.

Earth Bodypainting


Bodypainting Assistant: Caoimhe Arrigan
Photographer: Miss Aniela
Models: Annie Kirwan and Aoife McCamley


Here is the press release: 

TanOrganic the Worlds First and Only Eco Certified Aloe Vera Based Sunless Tan

TanOrganic is officially the first and only aloe vera based sunless tan in the world to be Eco Certified, having just been awarded with the highest eco standard. After months of paperwork and audits TanOrganic has proven to the Ecocert group that all aspects of the tan from seed to bottle is organic. Produced in Ireland, TanOrganic the most successful ever Irish Dragons’ Den investment is now set to be the biggest worldwide Dragons’ success story, with distribution in Kuwait, Chile, Australia, USA, New Zealand, South Africa and across Europe.

Beauty guru and co-author of the Green Beauty Bible, Sarah Stacey was in Dublin last week to congratulate TanOrganic on becoming a world first. Sarah comments at the TanOrganic Eco launch; “Huge congratulations to Noelle and all her TanOrganic team not least Gavin Duffy, her Irish ‘Dragon’ for gaining much converted Ecocert accreditation. Not only is TanOrganic sunless tan a great product; who doesn’t want a gorgeous healthy golden glow as we go into autumn? But now consumers can be certain that it is truly pure and natural”.

So who are EcoCert? Since 1991, the EcoCert Group have become one of the worlds most recognizable eco certification body. Consistent with its commitment to organic farming, Ecocert has opted to put its technical expertise to use in supporting the environment, developing its own specifications for the inspection and certification of products, systems and services including those in the cosmetics industry.

Currently there are only around 1,000 companies being supported by Ecocert. When taken into consideration the size of the international cosmetic industry it is only then that you realize how tiny the natural and organic sector really is.

Noelle O’Connor, owner of TanOrganic, insisted, “This has been the aim since day one”. TanOrganic prides itself on being a 100% natural and organic sunless tanning solution. Noelle envisioned the Ecocert accreditation, as a way of proving to people TanOrganic is the real deal. As they say, “it does exactly what it says on the tin” but in this case bottle.

So why make your product eco certified? On cosmetics labels, unlike food labels, words such as ‘herbal,’ ‘natural,’ even ‘organic’, have no legal definition. That means that anybody can put anything in a bottle and call it ‘natural or Organic’ as long as there is just one ingredient that is natural or organic, at times as low as .001% of the product. And they do!” The consumer needs to be educated on distinguishing the difference between the certified natural and organic products and the natural and organic labels. Now with the Ecocert seal of approval sunless tan  consumers can feel confident using TanOrganic that it is natural and it is not just making the organic claim.

So how does one become eco certified? Noelle O’Connor remarked that there was 18 months of hard work put into the application. A lifetime in a dynamic business industry but it was always her goal for the company. After contacting the Ecocert group Noelle embarked on an extensive journey of ticking boxes, filing out forms and serious internal audits.

After becoming the very first certification body to develop standards for “natural and organic cosmetics” in 2003, the Ecocert specification was drawn up in conjunction with all stakeholders in the value chain, i.e. experts, suppliers, manufactures, distributors, consumers and development organisations.

“There was an audit on everything, the ingredients farm, the raw materials, the manufacturing plant, the filling plant and it didn’t stop there. Our office and financial department had a full audit so that every invoice and purchase could be related back to an organic and reliable source. It was tiresome but 100% worth it in the end” responds Noelle O’Connor when asked about the Ecocert process.

After 18 months of internal and external audits, ten small novels of forms to be filled out and an enormous amount of time and money, TanOrganic became a world’s first. The only aloe vera based sunless tan in the world tan that can truly call itself natural and organic by EcoCert standards.

Since its appearance on ‘The Dragon’s Den’, TanOrganic has prided itself on being 100% natural and organic, with no preservatives, parabens, perfumes, synthetic colours or alcohol. This proclamation was beginning to get lost in a sea of cosmetics that were all trying to say the same thing. Noelle was determined to get her product recognized by the consumer as “the genuine article”.

Now the first and only eco certified aloe vera based sunless tan in the world, TanOrganic users can be confident that what they are putting on their skin is natural, is organic and is the only sunless tan in the world that is.

To learn more about the Ecocert group visit www.ecocert.com. TanOrganic can be found in all good pharmacies and beauty salons nationwide or at www.tanorganic.com.


Hope you like the images, let me know what you think.

Lots of love,