Hey everyone, so I’m sure that like 90% of you were watching the Brit awards the other night, so what did everyone think?
As always at these ceremony shows there is never a dull moment, from the hot looks on the red carpet, the scandalous pics of the celebs stumbling out of the after party *cough* Ed Sheeran :-), Kanye’s performance being muted, and last but by no means least poor Madonna. Capes are always a bad idea Madonna, I mean even the good superheroes know this 😉 Read More
Yesterday morning my alarm clock radio(totally old school!) went of and the news says that the actor Robin Williams, had died. He had a history of battling addiction and mental health. I immediately felt a great wave of sadness. Here was a man in his sixties, a husband and father, successful and leading a good life who had been overcome and taken by the grips of depression. Of course, I did not know him personally but it resonated with me personally. Someone once said, if you have a broken arm, you go to the doctor, get it seen to, no question, no hiding, no problem. If you’re feeling low, do you do the same?
My first album was Madonna’s self titled album. I had it on tape, a black tape!
That was the beginning of my obsession with all things Madonna, she completely fascinated me, she was the master of her image and she’s has had many. Her intelligence and musicality, abilities as an artist have sometimes been forgotten, not recognised or appreciated because of that same image. Except to those who have worked with her or been a fan of her art.
I went to see the film Maleficent this week. I don’t normally go for Disney films. I think it was the images of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent that made me want to see it. She was one of the Executive Producers on the film.
Visually, I really liked it! The special effects, the forest, the floating horse fish and the three funny little pixies(or maybe they are fairies?) the threatening overgrown vines, Maleficent’s magnificent wings(though these were not in the original character),great! Read More
Very recently I had the pleasure of working on a fashion film for the Irish Designer, David O Malley for the launch of his ‘Entropy’ collection.
I was familiar with his designs already. I’d seen the singer Young Wonder, wear some his designs at Electric Picnic in 2013 and more recently, RTE weather reporter, Jean Byrne wore one of his dresses at the VIP Style Awards. So I jumped at the chance to be part of the fashion film.
He studied at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin and was named ‘one of the ones to watch’ by Vogue Fashion Festival!
Taking inspiration from the style of the designs and a visit to the Design Centre in Dublin, where you will find his collection, I started to put together ideas for the make-up.
For shoots like this, there are always conversations beforehand about the concept or any themes for the overall style of the shoot. My loose plan (I’m a bit of a planner) was graphic lines and monochrome type look. On the day, I used black and white liner, definite lines being the focus and I enhanced each of the models bone structure with contour and highlighting. On Georgia, the thick winged out black liner all over the lid really suited the geometric style of the clothes. I think the white liner on all three of the models looks cool. I love getting a chance to do high fashion make-up.
Here’s the film, I hope you like it! Well done to everyone involved.
With thanks to
The video for David O Malley’s 2014 collection collaboration with Samuel Foxton.
Special thanks to Distinct Model Management and National College of Art & Design, Dublin – Models Georgia, Brian and Ricky. Also, Karl Mac Bellend, Azzy O’Connor, Glen Cullen, Conor Doyle
Hey Lovelies! Happy New Year to everyone
I am so excited about the New Year and all the possibilities that lie ahead of us.I normally would set loads of goals and things I want to achieve around this time. Just before I talk about the future though, I thought it might be nice to see what I have been up to over the year. I was reading an article about positivity and how we should celebrate our successes, I for one find this quite hard, I always criticize myself and focus on what I didn’t achieve rather than celebrating what I did achieve. So this is a step to be less hard on myself!
So last year was a busy year!
I travelled alot, including a trip over the sea for London Fashion Week, where I got to see loads of shows Felder Felder, Sass & Bide and more. I was back to London shortly after for the UK & Ireland Beauty Professional of the year. I was disappointed that I didn’t win as I really put my heart into it. However I entered again and made the finals again, so there is still hope. I was asked to judge the Beauty Professional London Makeup Competition alongside two esteemed makeup artists, Gary Cockerel and Paul Merchant, you can read more about that experience here. I was in Marbella for shoot with Cocoa Brown Tan who have had a meteoric rise to fame since. Not surprising as the tan is fantastic and is brought to you by the lovely Marissa Carter!
I also got to travel to the South of France for Maud’s Wedding from Maud in Cahoots, which was one of the most romantic weddings I have ever been to. Talking about weddings, I got to share in the joy of over sixty wedding days, making brides and their wedding parties look and feel like a million dollars. I also got the opportunity to instil confidence ala Gok Wan at the Secret Boudoir, where I did the hair and make-up for almost one hundred and fifty ladies this year.
I also worked with many great fashion brands throughout the year including Adidas, Aria Clothing and Coldlilies to name a few. I also represented many beauty brands, including Buff Makeup, Butter London Makeup, Beauty Matters and National Beauty. Doing shots, editorials, tutorials and ambassadorship.
Writing played a big part in my year, the blog grew from strength to strength. I contributed to U Magazine, Stellar, Your Nails Magazine, VIP Magazine as well as a few Newspapers. As always I worked on a few tv shows throughout the year including Something About St. Patrick, Xpose, Next Years News. However this year was a time of big change as I stepped out from behind the camera and actually made some appearances myself. (Well that is if you don’t include the time that I was in the blooper reel for The Panel, I came out to powder Craig Doyle and he fell of his chair, was very funny!) I appeared on Xpose a few times and also the Today Show. The Today Show was really nerve wrecking as it had to be live and I was working with kids! Of course one of the kids Conor decided on air he didn’t want to have his facepainted and teetered precariously on the edge of having a complete melt down. As the saying goes, no kids or animals 😉
It has been a great year and it is only when I put finger to keyboard (the modern day pen to paper) that I realised how busy I was. I think because I love every minute of my job sometimes I don’t feel like I am working! This year I hope to do much of the same. I would like to do more TV appearances, writing, brand representation and of course make-up! I would also like to work at London Fashion Week. I am booked on something else this coming season, but am aiming to make it happen in September! So if you know anyone looking for someone pass on my name please 😉
What about you? I would love to hear what you have achieved this year. Is there anything in particular you are proud of? What would you like to achieve this year?
Happy New Year! Let’s make this a good one.
Lots of love,
I got the opportunity to work with Neil Delamere again this year on his new TV Show called There is Something About St. Patrick, which was fantastic as always. I worked with Neil on both The Panel and the IFTA award winning show The Only Viking in the Village, all of which were truly hilarious.
I was assisted by the lovely Elaine Finnan and Beth Young. Our days mostly consisted of very basic make-up seeing as it is set so far back in history. So our main concern was looking after hair, ensuring that it was styled appropriately. We also had to make sure that the Pagans looked rough and ready!
Here are some behind the scene snaps from the shoot. Clockwise from the top left picture:
1.) My assistant Beth with her “Emma Farrell Makeup” the imposter 😉
2.) The lads on a long boat out to sea…they are anchored right?
3.) Inside Drimnagh Castle
4.) Exterior of Drimnagh Castle on a clear but freeezing day!
Here is a little teaser to whet your appetite. Be sure to tune into St. Patrick on RTE 1 @ 10.15pm and let me know what you think.
Lots of love,
WATCH NEIL DELAMERE GO IN SEARCH OF ST PATRICK – THURSDAY MARCH 14TH – 10:15PM RTE ONE!
THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT PATRICK will see one of Ireland’s top comedians, Neil Delamere, travel the length and breadth of the country (and beyond) to meet experts, historians and St Patrick’s Day revellers, to discover the truth about our Patron Saint. Along the way he’ll take to the stand-up stage to share his hilarious and often irreverent observations about St Patrick, while comedy sketches starring some of Ireland’s best comedic talent, will show us an entirely new side to the Patrick we thought we knew.
Not content to just separate the truth about Patrick from the myth, Neil will physically get to grips with life in Ireland during Patrick’s time. He’ll experience pagan customs, wrangle snakes, get kidnapped and taken across rough seas, climb Croagh Patrick barefoot, eat, dress and travel like Patrick, all in an attempt to figure out the man behind the Mitre.