With Mother’s Day just a couple of days away, I hope you all have something lovely planned for your special Mum!
With so many lovely treats we can spoil our Mother’s with, from buying her all time favourite perfume,chocs and flowers. Or the route I love to go down is the craft gifts, heartfelt, time and energy always shows my mum how much I appreciate her. If you’re like me and don’t mind getting the place in a bit of a mess for a little while, have a nose at Pinterest I find it the best place to get my craft ideas!
Our talented makeup artist Lisa had the joy of working on the wonderful Joanna the day of her very special Autumn Wiccan Handfasting wedding. The makeup that Lisa did for this blushing bride was a natural look, and with Lisa on hand for her makeup Joanna was not going to be left disappointed!
Looking absolutely stunning and glowing inside and out and with friends and family not only attending the wedding but also taking part in it. Friends of the lovely couple performed the Wiccan Hanfasting ceremony as high Priestess and Priest for Jon and Joanna. With ever so delicate statement decoration at the wedding crafted and created by Joanna’s lovely mother, the couples theme was taken to the next level in such a gorgeously romantic way.
Moving from one ceremony to another the couple’s second ceremony took place in Zion Church, Rathgar, also decorated beautifully. Keeping in mind all loved ones and not wanting anyone to miss out on the ceremony Joanna made sure that nothing started until everybody was in attendance. Which to me just keeps the entire theme of the wedding going as family and friends played very important roles throughout.
With such a lovely day had by all, we here at the EFC Studios would like to congratulate the lovely couple on such a spectacular day!
Ceremony: Brides parent’s back garden and Zion Church, Rathgar.
Reception: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Wedding dress & shoes: Anne Gregory Design, Newtownmountkennedy.
Jewellery: Carol Shaw Bridal Jewellery, Rathfarnham.
Hair: Kuts n’ Kurls, Rathmines.
Makeup: Lisa Redmond from Emma Farrell Makeup.
Bouquets & Buttonholes.: Blooming Amazing Florists, Ranelagh.
Groomswear: Suitable Company, Duke St.
Cake: Linen Hill Kitchen & Deli, Banbridge.
DJ: Digital DJs.
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
So this is my first official blog post as part of the Emma Farrell Makeup Creative Team. How exciting! In fact, my first blog post ever. Things are heating up at Emma Farrell HQ and the three of us are really excited about working together. I may possibly be the serious one of the three but I am fun….honestly. Anyway, I am looking forward to sharing my experiences, thoughts or general ramblings with you.
The exercise of putting this blog together got me thinking as to how I have arrived at this point, so I thought this would be a good place to start as it features one of my Makeup Artist idols, Alex Box. In 2011 on a regular Sunday, off I went to the local newsagents and bought The Sunday Times newspaper. There are some really cool supplement magazines in the Sunday edition; one of which is the Style magazine. On this day, the cover had an image that captured my attention and imagination immediately. This is the day that started my pursuit of studying makeup. Granted, I had been thinking about it as something I’d like to do already, so perhaps I was already in tune with anything makeup. I had tried lots of things over the years none of which seemed to fit…see there I go, rambling! Ok, focus. The cover was a model wearing a makeup creation by Alex Box. Here it is, unfortunately I was unable to find out the names of the rest of the team, what an amazing job they did, I would love to know who they were. Read More
Hello fellow beauty lovers!
I recently assisted the amazing Lan Nguyen-Grealis, she is one of the busiest, most respected makeup artists in the world with many awards and accolades under her belt. Lan has a very broad international C.V to date with her work in publications such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle and Cosmopolitan, to name but a few. She is self taught with an art background which is very apparent in how she is capable of such beautiful and fashion forward makeup that she creates. The intricate and delicate mix that she blends with beauty and high fashion was one of the reasons that I wanted to do this masterclass. We as makeup artists are inundated with requests to produce a beautiful makeup but when prompted to mix it with an artistic ‘out there’ feel it can be very difficult to strike the right balance, which Lan seems to do so effortlessly. When working on a model it is reminiscent of an artist working on a canvas using building blocks of colour and various different products in order to create depth and texture. She has an innate ability and understanding of the human anatomy which allows her to highlight, contour, correct asymmetric features and disguise what we deem to be imperfections resulting in a small piece of art. Lan demands respect for her art through this ability.
When I heard that Lan was coming to Dublin to do one of her Masterclasses I jumped at the opportunity to assist her. Having attended two of her masterclasses in London, I knew this was a great course to do so recommended my assistant Orlaith do the course. Here she describes her experience:
I, as a makeup artist, am always looking for inspiration and ways to push the boat out so to speak and this masterclass did not fail to disappoint.
The first call of action was a glimpse into the secret kit of Lan Nguyen Grealis 🙂 What I personally liked so much about this was the simplicity of it. By this I mean that she had a certain amount of interchangeable colours and products, allowing any one product to work for any number of uses. I love this methodology.
Initially Lan demonstrated a ‘simple’ dewy high fashion look. This can be one of the most difficult looks to achieve as not only requires skill but a vast amount of restraint! With an intimate group of seven people she talked us through each step allowing for questions and giving thorough and comprehensive answers.
Following this she did a demonstration on darker skin, explaining the skin tones and suitable colours to use. I found this hugely beneficial as I have up to this point mainly dealt with lighter skin.
Smokey eye, statement lip.
Finally Lan delved into the more artistic side of the masterclass experimenting with highlighting, contouring with colours, concentrating on a feature lip with different textures and colour, blocking out eyebrows and how to use facelace. This was probably my favourite part of the class as not only was I inspired but gained a little confidence in that aspect of makeup with the tricks and tips we were given.
Then….we were let loose on one another. As we highlighted and lined Lan passed through the class giving advice and discussing our technique. This was invaluable and even though I made one or two (to say the least :)) mistakes I managed to create something that not only was I proud of but allowing me to continue learning even after Lan has stopped demonstrating.”
This is Orlaith’s recreation of the look on me. I am not a very good model 🙂 Lan is coming back to Dublin this year for another workshop, so if you are interested in partaking in the course get in touch! I will be helping her organise it again and am putting together a list of people. Last time the workshop sold out, so don’t delay in putting your name down so you are not disappointed.
Hope to see you then. Lots of love,