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?
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
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
It has been a funny year already this year, as I have had the opportunity to work with five different people from my Panel days already this year! You heard about Neil Delamere in There is Something About Patrick. Well another of these projects was this advert for an Inphographics Design Company called Get Bulb. I got to work with Seamus the producer of the Panel and Diarmuid who was one of the researchers. Another blast from the past on set was the main character Kevin, who I actually worked with on a feature film I did last year called Flat Lake (The Tale of Honkey McSuine). Read More
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.
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.
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.
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,
I was asked to do a last minute old age makeup for a short film called Cnoc An Oir recently. The brief was that the main characters should look 75 years old. Usually for a look like this you would have some lead time to design the makeup from scratch. I would probably have lifecast their heads and custom made silicone prosthetics. On this occasion I had half a day to prepare for the job, so literally had to come up with a design that I could do from my basic kit. I would have liked to do something more complicated, but I was working on something else at the time and of course being in Ireland couldn’t even order in any supplies as they would get here in at least a days time…too late.
I thought that the best way to age a man is to make him bald. I had an old loose bald cap in my kit that I am not sure where it came from. It was waaaay too big, so myself and my assistant Elaine had to alter it to custom fit is to his head. With a bit of crêpe hair, my trusted Skin Illustrator palette and some latex I think we did a great job of creating a realistic old age makeup.
What do you think? Have you tried to do an old age makeup like this before?
Hair and Make-up Designer: Emma Farrell Make-up
Hair and Make-up Assistant: Elaine Finnan
Director: Alexander Le Bas
Main Actor: Peter Le Bas
Main Actress: Elga Fox
As I was saying on facebook and twitter recently I worked on a TV Show called “Ireland’s Beauty Queens” which was on TV3 last week. I did the makeup of the commentators. Below are some screenshots:
A synopsis of the show:
It’s Summertime in Ireland and all over the country local festivals are in full swing and beauty queens are out in force. The banquet tables are laid, the tiaras are polished and hair dryers are on full power. Many of these festivals are run by volunteers – who just want to keep their communities alive. In these tough financial times, the Summer Festival is the biggest source of income for many communities, so they must put on a show that will attract the crowds, bring emigrants home from abroad, give the tourists a fun time and get them spending in the pubs, shops, hotels and restaurants, giving the local economy a much needed shot in the arm. For most people taking part, the high point will always be the crowning of the Queen. In this first programme it’s all about crowning The Blue Jean Country Queen in Athboy, Co. Meath, The Ballyheigue Summer Festival Queen in County Kerry and the Lady of the Erne in Belturbet, Co. Cavan.
In the second programme it’s all about crowning The Charleville Cheese Queen in County Cork. We head north to County Donegal where the little town of Muff comes alive as they crown their Festival Queen. And we sail into the beautiful east coast town of Wicklow as they crown their Regatta Queen. During the Festival in Muff, the local pub, The Squealin Pig is at the heart of the action, and it is here that the Festival Queen will be crowned.