Individual Lashes….

Posted in Demos with tags , , , , on October 26, 2009 by Made Up With MAKEUP

EYELASHESJust a quick blog on individual lashes… I’ve been practising my speed with individ. lashes  on my sis who loves her fake lashes 🙂 She usually gets up to 2 weeks out of them as I use semi-permanent glue!!! Lashes can be great in phot0graphic situations and can really help open up the eyes…Haven’t used them much on my own eyes but for the practise and for something a little different, I did tonight. The above pic shows Individual_Lashesyou the effect you can achieve. 


Individual look like this... These lashes are a great alternative to strip for all brides and can be applied with regular glue or semi-permanent for a more lasting effect.  I’m liking the effect, might have to put them on more often!!! As with all glue, it is imperative to do a patch test prior to use!!!

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Shoot in Glen of the Downs….

Posted in Shoots with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2009 by Made Up With MAKEUP

Headed off early Friday morning and met with photographers David Frain and Stephen Wall Morris in Wicklow.  My beautiful model for the day was Patricia Ward.  As you can see she’s an Irish beauty who looks a little like Isla Fisher!!  We had a nice hike (20 mins approx) up to the ruins (well nice if you have no bags to carry !!!!

Steve’s idea for the shoot was to create a ferral, unkempt woman who has had no human contact.  His final pictures will be in black and white.

Trisha’ hair was slightly backcomed, some twigs added and the ends sprayed with water. I heavily contoured under her cheekbones and I used mainly grey and black on the eyes creating a dark, sunken effect.  Using the same colours, I smudged these into the lips and along the bottom lip.  I used a little highlight to centre of eyes and centre of lips.  Her dress was dirtied up as was her neck, arms, legs etc. Patricia Ward









Prior to  the above , I created a natural fairyesque look.  Considering we were in the forest and taking into account Trisha’ red hair, I chose green and brown shadows and brown mascara together with a little purple liner for the eyes which helped her hazel eyes pop.  I opted to use a rose liquid blush and pink natural lip colour.  I matched her brows up to her hair colour using powder shadow. Her foundation and powder were matched up to her skintone, followed by eye concealer. 

Trish - Fairyesque Look

Trish - Fairyesque Look

Given that the shoot was a good trek uphill and I had done this once before, I had brought the wellies along and had to bring a limited supply of makeup!! Those that know we, know I love my trolley case but on this occasion I had to bring a small bag -hmmmn maybe I have too many products!!

Dave and Steve kindly allowed myself and Trish a little look through the pics and I can’t wait to see what they do with them. Will post a couple when I have them.  For the moment you’ll have to do with my basic snapshots!! Dave and Steve taught me some more about light and the equipment and its purposes. So a great day all in all.

X FACTOR 2009….

Posted in X FACTOR TALK with tags , , , , , on October 11, 2009 by Made Up With MAKEUP

It has to be said I am a big fan of X Factor.  So much so I even managed to squeeze it into my holiday last weekend.  Luckily for me the bar owner was a big fan too so I got my weekend fix :-).  I love to watch it, not only for the singing but to see how each singer/group will be styled. 

The show was opened by singer Rachel Adedeji singing a Robbie Williams number.  I couldn’t concentrate on her singing as I felt her makeup and sparkly jumper were taking over!!! I was not one bit surprised when Simon said her makeup was ‘repulsive’. 

Tonight Rachel had to battle it out with Kandy Rain to remain in the show.  Although I like Kandy Rain too, I did hope Rachel would stay, purely just to see how she will be styled next week.  Although women of colour can wear bright colours, I felt Rachel’s vibrant  pink lips/cheeks and green eyes was very OTT and the cherry on the cake was the ’80s style jumper!! Hellooo, what was the stylist/MUA thinkin…

Another singer that had work done to her hair was Stacey. I’m a big fan of Stacey’ too. (Okay I basically like them all) But to be honest, I didn’t get her new fringe!! Perhaps others felt this way too. In tonight’ show not only was Rachel’s makeup altered so too was Stacey’ hair.  Stacey looked much prettier and I did prefer Rachel’ makeup but that jumper should be burned!! burned I say!!]

I couldn’t find any pics yet but check out her singing.   Anyhow that’s my rant over…

Product Review….

Posted in Make-up Buys on October 9, 2009 by Made Up With MAKEUP

So I finally got to try the Bobbi Brown nude eyeshadow palette which ultimately led to a purchase!!  The verdict is I really like it.  Saved myself a couple of Euros by buying in Duty Free too.  What you get for your hard earned cash is six shades and the textures range from matt, metallic  to shimmer.    As travelling light is something I can find difficult, this product is really handy.  It’s slimline, has a mirror and what’s really cool is the shadows are in duo (2 per compartment) which you can pop out and exchange with either blush or foundation.  So basically one could bring their foundation, blush and shadow all in one handy palette if needs be.  I found the caviar shade doubled up as a good liner and the metallic shades applied with a damp brush helped to create a really metallic eye.  I tried some shades on my friend Helen who has a more sallow complexion and hazel eyes and loved the results…This would make a great gift!!

I use Bobbi Brown Professional MUA palette which contains all shades of concealers/correctors.  I suggested to Helen the eye concealers which comes with a sheer lightweight powder.  This actually comes with a puff also which is really cool.  You get your concealer, powder & puff to set!! How perfect is that…

So a big thumbs up for these two products…

Duty Free Shopping….

Posted in Make-up Buys with tags , , , , on September 28, 2009 by Made Up With MAKEUP

Getting really excited as I always do prior to a trip.  Why, well simply because of Duty Free Shopping!!  I’ve rang ahead and the Bobby Brown nude pallette is in stock.  Yipeee, cannot wait to buy it, try it and talk about it.  So will let you know how Duty Free shopping goes and if I come across any other beauty must-haves….

On my last trip abroad, I came across a brand KIKO.  This brand were in Ireland at one stage but alas no more….  The products were so cheap.  I purchased some shadows, a gold body glitter and a fabulous gloss lippy in a stick (pretty much likes a lip glaze)….I believe they can be bought in Spain, Italy and Germany etc. Will certainly be looking out for more of these products…Cheap and cheerful, gotta love it!!


Foundation Talk – Part I

Posted in foundation talk with tags , , , , , , on September 19, 2009 by Made Up With MAKEUP

Okay, some more info on foundation.  Just to reiterate the function of foundation is to even out skin tone.  Now firstly what skin type are you (a) Oily (b) Dry (c) Normal-combination????  This plays an important part in determining the correct product to use. 

(A) – Oily:

Powder is a must….You could opt for a powder compact or an oil-free foundation with powder to set…

Available in many shades

Available in many shades

Armani Luminous Silk

Oil-Free Foundation









 (B)- DRY

Powder foundations would be too drying so better to use a creamy or moisture rich liquid  foundation. Mac Moisture Blend Steer clear of matt foundations….

 MAC Moisture Blend Compact

Comes with sponge (Happy Days) *Don’t forget to clean your sponge weekly and discard monthly….



(C) – Normal to Combination:

Powder compact could be used.  Liquid foundation also followed with powder to set.


My experience with my own skin plus coming across many skin types, has lead me to believe that one may have dry skin or oily skin but there can be areas on the face which may need to be treated a little differently.  For e.g. picture this – It’s winter, the heating is on, the harsh winds blowing, it is possible you could suffer with some dry spots on the face i.e. the cheek area perhaps.  So you would apply your foundation as usual.  Perhaps opt to skip any powder over the cheek area and use a cream blush rather than a powder one!

I will talk about skin types, products and ways to determine your type in a later blog.

Rushing off to see X Factor…Love to see Cheryl and Danni’ makeup…



Wish List….

Posted in Make-up Buys with tags , , , on September 14, 2009 by Made Up With MAKEUP

Hi All,

Pretty tired today, been doing alot of jogging/walking plus was very privileged to see some great photographers in action yesterday.  I got to work with a beautiful model in studio and outdoors at some great locations…Really excited to get the pics…

Anyhows getting onto the topic ‘Wish List’, well I’ve decided over time to put up some links to products that I simply must have!!

So todays one is the new Bobby Brown Autumn product ‘Nude eyes Palette’   Haven’t had the time yet to pop in store to investigate further but I have a strong feeling I’ll like it….