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Superquinn French Wine and Food Sale Photoshoot

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A little bit of a delayed posting on this shoot really seeing as it took place back in March. I was asked to do the make-up for a Superquinn shoot for the launch of their French Wine & Food Sale which is took place across all their stores from March 28th for three weeks.

To celebrate the launch, Superquinn flew the Michelin award-winning French chef Jean Christophe Novelli over, who had created French themed recipes for them which were all based on local Irish produce.

I was brought in to do his makeup and make sure that when things got a bit hot in the kitchen everyone looked cool!

It was a really quick and fun shoot, I always wondered how they got all those flames on tv…all you need is some oil, a gas cooker and a french man!

Photocall makeup Artist

Behind the scenes Summer Layering Photoshoot

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Fashion Shoot Makeup

I did a shoot the other day and it was an absolute fabulous day, so excuse the poor quality of the pictures, but my phone camera just couldn’t handle the sunshine! I will share the finished photos when they are released. Amber was the model and she is so gorgeous already, we wanted to keep the make-up really simple. As there was alot of skin on show I made sure to really hydrate the skin. I usually use Body Shop’s Strawberry Body Butter, but I recently picked up some in M&S when I was in there recently. I am a huge fan of their tights and salads, a weird combo I know! Well now I can add their body butters to that list too.

On Amber’s face I also really hydrated her skin, but this time with Clinique’s Moisture Surge for Normal/Combination Skin. I love how lightweight and readily absorbed this moisturiser is. Skin just drinks it up and it quenches any thirst meaning it is perfectly prepped for the foundation. She has such great skin with the most beautiful freckles. I lightly evened out her skin tone with MAC Face and Body which created a thin veil allowing her sunkissed skin to glow through.

M.A.C. Face & Body Foundation

For the eyes, I lightly buffed a light peach eyeshadow called Samoa Silk into the contour of the eye and slightly shimmery cream colour called Dazzlelight to soften the edges, both from MAC.

I then lined the eyes with Estee Lauder’s Double Wear stay in place eye pencil in Chocolate which was smudged out and softened. I used my much loved Eyelure 020 False Eyelashes and applied lashings of Lancôme’s Hypnôse Mascara, which is simply THE BEST mascara on the market.

I warmed up her cheeks and décolletage with the Terre Saharienne Collecter bronzer from YSL, the texture is soft and silky. It contains a polymer that works with the skin and helps maintain its moisture level. It also has this gorgeous snake skin print engraved which I nearly wanted to preserve!

Collector terre sahariennen°2

To complete the look I used a little Hush Liptar from OCC Cosmetics dabbed on with my finger to keep it soft and subtle.

Hush Liptar OCC Cosmetics

We had a great days shoot, we were absolutely blessed with the weather. It rained so hard all night that it actually kept me away all night. The day of the shoot wasn’t the best, but as soon as we got to the Farmleigh to shoot, the clouds parted and we were basked in sunshine! Happy days, no need for the wellies that I packed.

Photographer: Therese Ahern @ Fashion Photography Dublin
Stylist: Sarah Williams @ Dublin Fashion Stylist
Model: Amber Jean Rowan @ Morgan the Agency
Hair: Joe Hayes @ Toni & Guy
Makeup: Emma Farrell @ Editorial Makeup

Egg on my Face – Meeting a Desperate Scousewife

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Layla Flaherty Backstage at the Late Late Show

Photo courtesy of Leanne Ledwidge

Well you might remember I wrote about Scouse Brows recently and my trip to Carter Beauty for my HD Brows. Well I was giving the Scouse Brow a hard time and pondering who in their right mind would wear their brows like that. A couple of days later I was surprised to be asked do one of the girls from Desperate Scousewives’ makeup for the Late Late Show. Typical! I shouldn’t have opened my mouth 🙂

Layla Flaherty was over for the Late Late to talk about internet bullying and her experiences. It turns out that Layla is actually Irish and from Galway originally. She moved to Liverpool to follow here best friend who had gone there for college studies.

Before heading over to RTE to do her makeup I was a bit nervous that she would want me to do the Scouse Brow, which would have gone against my very nature of being a makeup artist. However I should not have worried at all as it turns out that she is not a fan of the look either. Infact Marissa from Carter Beauty had also travelled to the studios to ensure there wasn’t a stray hair out of place!

Carter Beauty doing HD Brows on Layla Flaherty

It was lovely to meet Layla and I think she is absolutely gorgeous. You can see her appearance  on RTE Player.

IFTA The Craft of Make-up in association with MAC Cosmetics

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Jennifer Hegarty, Karen Koster and Linda Mooney

As a member for the Irish Film and Television Academy I was invited to Dublin’s Gibson hotel on Thursday the 29th September 2011 for ‘The Craft of Make-Up’, the Academy’s annual event hosted in association with MAC Cosmetics, featured the work of two IFTA winning Make-Up artists Jennifer Hegarty and Linda Mooney.

The Craft of Makeup Discussion

The event was hosted by Tv3’s Xposé presenter and Karen Koster. Jennifer and Linda share behind the scenes secrets from their award winning careers in film and television. It was a really informative event with a great insight  into the industry.

Jennifer Hegarty Makeup Artist

One of the things that I noted was that as make-up arists they never stop learning. Jennifer said that she started her career by going to London to do a few courses, but that she still learns all the time. She said that the industry changes so fast that you have to keep up with the times. Also it was great to note that there was no overnight success for Jennifer, it was a very slow process. It was through hard work and dedication that she has become the success that she is today. The first time that she actually felt that she had made it was when she did Peter O’Toole’s make-up. She said on meeting him that she found it quite comforting, because he was very nervous that day and it made her realise that everyone is nervous about what they are doing, so you have to keep going and keep doing it. She still enjoys the job and sometimes has to pinch herself when she is on a set in an exotic location. She has worked on films from Lassie, to Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, to Harry Potters, so I am sure she has seen a few! On creating a character, she says that it is usually a collaboration between the Make-up Artist, the Director and the Actor, although it is really about trying to convince them to do what you want :-). The products that she can’t live without are her grease palette and her skin illustrator and her brushes in particular the MAC foundation brush. For people starting out Jennifer would recommend taking up painting. If choosing a school, find out what the background is of the people you would be learning with.

Linda Mooney Makeup Artist

Linda came to her career in a little bit of a different way. She was from a family that did hair and would have seen her mom make wigs for the Abbey. She is a fully trained hair dresser as well as a professional make-up artist. She found herself having to go abroad alot because the union in Ireland is quite restrictive and you can’t really do both. She is fluent in German and spent some time over there. Linda felt that she had really made it when she got to do a Deaf Leppard album cover, she had to turn the clean looking young men into 80s rock stars so lots of backcombing was required! Linda also mentioned is very aware that the women in the industry have missed out on family, that you have to try and strike the balance. She feels that she is a better mother when she is working. She was working with 21 women at the time of the talk and only 3 women out of that had a family.When asked what tools she couldn’t live with out, her immediate response was: Good brushes! When you are starting out Linda thinks you can’t beat being on set, try and get some work experienc. You will realise what it is really like and see what end you would like to go to.

Jennifer Hegarty and Linda Mooney discussing their makeup careers

They are both very warm people and it is easy to see that as well as their skill and talent that their personalities have brought them a long way too. They both touched on having the right personality for the job and being easy to work with and letting things go over your head. Also it is about knowing what battles to fight, when to take a bit more time doing a make-up and when to just let a bit of shine go…. Someone asked a question in the audience about whether they ever looked at another make-up artist’s work and said “what were they thinking” and they both agreed and said that they wouldn’t judge someone else’s work as you never know what kind of stress or what the circumstances were surrounding the job. Never a truer word was spoken! As a makeup artist if the day has run behind, you could sometimes be asked to do a make-up on set with the whole crew looking at you, when usually the make-up could take an hour to do normally!

MAC Makeup Artist Relations

It was a great talk and I hope that the Academy run more events like this in the future. It was great to meet fellow make-up artists and we got a free lippy to boot!

The Ambience Affair – The Fallen

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I am finally catching up with some of the posts that I have meant to do for ages. This is a music video that I did a few months ago with the fantastic band “The Ambience Affair”. This is their new single called The Fallen which is on their debut album “Burials”.

Burials was released through Bluestack Records on October 14th. You can get more information about where they are touring, where to buy their album etc here.

Credits for the video
Produced by: Soul Jacker
Featuring:  Sophie Merry
Camera Assistant: Damien Dunne
Make up: Me @ Music Video Makeup Artist
Special thanks to Lauren Murphy, Julia Davin-Power, Donnacha Coffey


Maverick Sabre – I Need Music Video

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A few months ago I had the pleasure of working with an up and coming star called Maverick Sabre. He is a true gent, originally from London, he moved to New Ross in Wexford and spent his formative years there. He moved back to London to pursue his music career.

We filmed most of the video in Co. Wexford, we were so lucky because we did alot of filming outside and the weather was absolutely splitting the rocks!

It was a very quick 2-day shoot, so there was alot to fit in to that short space! We travelled from Rosslare, to Wexford Town, New Ross, Greystones and the Dublin Mountains.

Double rainbows while shooting the Maverick Sabre Music Video!

Inside the Diner while shooting the Maverick Sabre Music Video

The beautiful beach while shooting the Maverick Sabre Music Video

Georgia Salpa and Tara O’Farrell Creatures of the Night

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As you might have seen on twitter I got to do a few Halloween makeups this year. Not as many as in previous years because I have been really busy working on The Savage Eye 3 (will post about that in the future).

I did Tara O’Farrell and Georgia Salpa’s makeup for the Creatures of the Night Photocall for Miller.

Halloween Makeup Creatures of the Night

It was a sultry scary look that compromised of a black smokey eye, blood red lips,  paired with freaky yellow contacts and vampire fangs.

Halloween Makeup Dublin Tara O'Farrell

We had hoped that it would hit one or two newspapers, but we lucked out as it made it into the Sun, Metro, Mirror and Star. We even got a front cover!

Georgia Salpa Makeup Dublin

To create the look I used:

Graftobian HD Airbrush Foundation in Dessert Sand
Contoured with a darker shade airbrush colour
MAC Skin Finish Powder in Dark for additional contouring
MAC Blacktrack Gel Liner
Nars Night Breed Eyeshadow
Rimmel Black Eyeliner on the lips
Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Lipstick in Red
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Black

Photographer: Conor Healy @ CH Photography
Models: Tara O’Farrell & Georgia Salpa @ AR Model Agency
Hair and Makeup: Me @ PR Hair and Makeup

The Makeup Show Europe 2011 – Part 1

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I was delighted to attend The Make-up Show Europe which took place in Berlin. I had such a blast! It was really inspirational to meet my make-up heroes! I thought I would do a few posts about the event as there was so much to see and do!

I managed to attend two workshops, 7 talks, show my book to 5 people and buy ALOT of make-up!

This video is of one of the talks that was given by one of my favourite brands, Make-up Forever. It was hosted by Jacques Waneph one of the founders of make-up forever. He told us all about the company while the demo was going on. He talked about brand’s humble beginnings when they had to live on sandwiches and sell their car to get enough money to make eyeshadows and how they initially got Kryolan to manufacture their foundations.

He also discussed how the brand has grown over the years, the new product innovations and a very exciting brush range that will soon launch…watch this space! What I found fascinating were all the anecdotes of how they developed products, learning from Make-up Artists along the way.

There was also some beautiful bodypainting taking place all through the weekend at the Make-up Forever counter.

Make-up Forever Dublin

Makeup Forever Bodpainting Dublin

Makeup Forever Shop Dublin

Behind the Scenes: The Only Viking in the Village

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Back-combed Viking hair television makeupScary Viking Hair and Makeup DublinMedieval Scenery WexfordMedieval Makeup and Hair for TelevisionThis was a television show I did this summer. It is a Mind the Gap Production called The Only Viking in the Village. I had the opportunity to work with Neil Delamere again. We worked together on the Panel, but unfortunately that has been cancelled, so it was great to team up again on another show. This was a load of fun because I got the opportunity to do some interesting make-up, including rotting teeth and blood!

Of course I used alot of special effects products from Kryolan and Ben Nye to achieve this. As well as my airbrush for the Medieval Maid. Watch out for the show coming up on RTE soon.

Producers: Mind the Gap Films
Talent Pictured: Bernadette McGloughlin @ Assets, Ciarán, Philip
Make-up: Emma Farrell @ Television Makeup Artist
Make-up Assistant: Caoimhe Arrigan from Graceful Faces 










Photocall: Rowntree Fruit Pastille Sours

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Sour Pastilles Face Painting Dublin

Mine artists Barry Roe, Donna Lyons, Ronan Carroll, Gary Deegan and Amy McDonald pictured with model Georgia Salpa at the launch of Rowntrees new Sour Pastilles Happy Chewsday campaign. Picture Jason Clarke Photography.


Sour Fruit Pastille Launch Facepainter


Sour Fruit Pastille Launch Dublin Facepainter


This was some facepainting that I did a couple of months ago for the Fruit Pastilles Sours launch, back when it was actually sunny! Used Kryolan Aquacolors and some MAC Glitter Pigments.