My make-up business has had a makeover :) I now have a much bigger, brighter make-up studio with not one, but four fully dedicated make-up stations, a larger reception area and a fantastic “mini me” called Melissa (although she’s a younger, thinner, more glamorous version)!

I’ve been very lucky over the past few years since becoming a professional make-up artist that my business has gone from strength to strength through my great location in the Linen Green, my dedicated customer service and of course brilliant make-up application ;)

My services include special occasion make-up, bridal make-up, individual make-up lessons and also our “Lashes & Flashes” Makeover Photo Experience. As well as this the “Eyes & Brows” Make-up Masterclasses which I run a couple of times a month are also very popular. Melissa, a qualified beautician with a special interest in make-up, now works with me on Saturdays. I have, over the last few months, fully trained Melissa to do make-up exactly as I was trained. It means that if I am fully booked on a Saturday, rather than not getting your make-up done you now have the option of Melissa being available. We can now also offer make-up for larger groups of ladies for example, hen parties and the “Lashes & Flashes” makeovers and model portfolios.


Melissa doing a great job

My beautiful, bigger and brighter make-up studio

More room for more lovely ladies

The front reception area

The make-up and all important brushes

So please come and visit, we will do our very best to make you look and feel amazing!

Catherine xo

On Friday last I did Joanne’s make-up for her Lashes & Flashes Makeover Photo experience that her husband and two wee boys had bought her as a present for Mother’s Day.

Joanne arrived fresh faced and after we had a discussion about make-up likes and looks we decided to define Joanne’s great blue eyes and smoke them up. I used a soft grey/pink on the lid and then smoked the crease/socket line and under the bottom lash line with a deep purple mixed with a touch of black “Carbon” by MAC.  After loads of black mascara by Clinique I finished the eyes with a set of Eylure 101 false lashes. I also filled and shaped Joanne’s brows with a mixture of eyeliner pencil by GOSH and matte shadow, “Omega” by MAC. On Joanne’s cheeks I contoured with NARS “Laguna” and used the pretty pink powder blush in “Dollymix” by MAC finished with a highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones. 

Such a transformation, just beautiful :)


The package Joanne had starts at £69.95 for professional fashion and photographic make-up application, photo session in our fully equipped photography studio and photo fully edited/re-touched/airbrushed and professionally printed for you 12×8 size. A really great gift for someone, especially for Christmas :) . Contact me on 028 87752766 or call in at the Linen Green.

This Saturday Slap Shots is a mixture of a couple of weeks as I missed doing a Saturday Slap Shots blog last week due to “Sunny Slaps’ and then my photo editor was a bit busy to edit all the photos I was nagging him to edit :)

So finally I have culminated all the lovely ladies I had the opportunity to get photos of.  Last Saturday was manic so I don’t have photos unfortunately of everyone :( Some of the make-ups I might not fully remember all the products but will have a good go at trying to where possible.

Tanya is my first make-up that I definitely do remember. As some of you may know I have started getting my eyebrows threaded and can highly recommend threading for shaping of the eyebrow. Eyebrows are so important to adding shape to the face and one of my favourite parts of make-up is filling and shaping eyebrows. Well, I am always asked do I not find it sore and I didnt really know what to compare the “pain” to. I don’t really find eyebrow threading sore and a couple of weeks ago I was at the dentist having a check up and the dentist said he’d do a clean and polish – three of my most unfavourite words to hear the dentist saying. I find cleaning and polishing one of the sorest, most uncomfortable 5/10 mins experience and so now I always say if you can stick getting a clean and polish, threading is easy!! Well, back to Tanya…. Tanya is a dentist :) I said to her while I was doing her make-up that I wouldn’t talk work (her work) to her but it’s like being friendly with a doctor, you just can’t help yourself! I think she may be one of the best looking and nicest dentists and it really was a pleasure doing her make-up as she likes make-up. On Tanya’s eyes I used a mixture of NARS “Eurydice” and an Urban Decay one called “Ransom” and really smoked them up with “Fig.1″ by MAC (a deep purple)

The next make-up is Kathryn, who coincidentally, talking about doctors, is doing medicine at Queens and was having her make-up done for going to a medical formal in Le Mon House Hotel. Kathryn really isn’t a big make-up person so we discussed how much make-up before and her comfort level and I think she was pretty pleased with the finished result. On Kathryn’s eyes I added a touch of royal blue ” “to compliment her dress and added black gel liner on the top lash line to really contrast between the blue of her eyes. For the lips I used “Latino” by Rimmel.


The next couple of photos are of Lisa, who you’ve probably seen on my blog previously. Lisa was going to a wedding on Saturday and was in really early to have her make-up done before going over to Bridget in David Graham Hairdressing to have her hair done. Her look was really classic – red lips “Russian Red” by MAC and a gold/bronze eye with black gel liner and finished with Ardell Demi Wispies false lashes – beautiful.  Bridget kindly took these two photos and gave them to me today for my blog. Hair by Bridget.



Louise was in with me on Saturday afternoon last thing as she was going out on a girls night out in Newry. Louise loves make-up and so it was great when she said she was probably wearing black – cue lots of eye colour :) On Louise’s eyes I used a “retro-speck” by MAC, randomly chosen by Louise from my make-up box which I used on the lid and then changed into something different altogether by adding a deep red by Urban Decay and smoked with a navy “Contrast” from MAC finished with lots of MAC Black Track gel liner and Ardell “Demi Wispies” lashes. Louise’s lipstick is “Coral Queen” by Rimmel.  Photo taken on my phone so not the best.


Michelle was going to a wedding on Saturday morning and had her make-up done for the first time with me. She has a great eye for eyeshadow and we kept her eyeshadow goldy bronze colours to tie in with her head piece. I also finished her eyes with MAC Black Track gel liner on the top lash line and again some Ardell Demi Wisipie lashes. Michelle’s lipstick is MAC Viva Glam V. Photo again taken on my phone.


Donna was having her make-up done a couple of weeks ago for going to do some Rose of Tralee duties and I took this photo at the door on her way out with my phone so again not the best quality!


We have also done a few “Lashes and Flashes” makeover photo shoots the last couple of weeks. The first is Denise who had her hair done first of all by David Graham Hairdressing and then over to me for make-up and her  beauty photo in the studio with Nigel.


Edel was going to a wedding on the Friday so tied a “Lashes and Flashes” makeover experience in with going to the wedding, so after hair, make-up and photo she was ready to go! A great idea.

Anne bought her mum one of our “Lashes and Flashes” Mother’s Day packages and her and her mum (Sheila) came last Friday for their make-up and photo. They both had an individual photo as well as this gorgeous one of the two of them together.

This week my blog is more of a “Friday Slap Shots” than “Saturday” as I thought the Linen Green was closed on the Saturday (St Patricks Day) so told this to everyone who phoned. So apologises to anyone who was looking for an appointment on Saturday, I was giving myself the day off but then had to work :(  

The first photo is of Eimear who was going to a wedding in Donegal on Friday. I have done Eimear’s make-up before as she was a model in The Boudoir fashion show. Eimear likes her eyes dark and she really suits it too. Her dress was a baby pink colour so I added I used “Gleam” by Mac on the lid and then smoked this with “Carbon” and “Handwritten” with Bobbi Brown black gel liner and finished with false lashes. On Eimear’s lips I used “Up the Amp” by Mac mixed with “Politely Pink” to make it a bit more pink than purple to match Eimear’s dress. Below is the studio photo Nigel took of Eimear on the way out and then the whole look with hair, dress etc at the wedding…..

Joey was also going to a wedding on Friday, this time in Armagh. On Joey’s eyes, which are such a clear gorgeous blue, I used a soft pink from the Urban Decay Naked Palette  and smoked this with “Handwritten” by Mac (dark matte brown). On Joey’s cheeks I contoured with “Hoola” by Benefit and used “Orgasm” blush by NARS with Bobbi Brown Brick highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones. For Joey’s lips I used one of my favourite lipsticks – “Latino” by Rimmel”.


 Eimear has been on my blog a few times as I do her make-up if she has anything special to go to and I also did  her bridal make-up at the start of December last year. Eimear was also going to a wedding in Armagh on Friday. I used “Woodwinked” by Mac on Eimear’s eyelid smoked with “Carbon” by Mac and “Nylon” under the brow bone and in the tear duct. I finished with Eylure 107s false lashes (Gordon’s Chemists are still the cheapest place to buy false eyelashes!) On Eimear’s lips I used “Ruby Woo” and mixed in a bit of “Lady Danger” in the centre of the lips to warm it up a bit – both by Mac.


 Lisa had a Lashes and Flashes makeover photo experience this week and it was really great doing her make-up as she loves make-up and was open to doing something she wouldn’t normally wear herself. After discussing colours, we decided to go for a really rich rusty red colour for Lisa’s eyes – “Heat” by Urban Decay. It worked brilliantly with Lisa’s really dark brown eyes, and really brought out her eyes. I lined Lisa’s eyes with black gel liner not top and in the lower waterline (Avon’s Supershock black gel liner). I kept Lisa’s lips a nude colour so as not to clash with her eyes.


Sinead had a real day of pampering on Wednesday. She had her hair done in Toni & Guy on the Lisburn Road before coming to me for make-up. Then after her professional beauty headshot she had to head back to Belfast for an Accountancy graduation reception. Apologies I can’t remember what products I used on Sinead as it is now a week but she really looks flawless in this photo and loved her wee pampering afternoon. Not a bad way to spend a day! 



I also had another couple of special occasion make-ups this week which I don’t have photos of unfortunately (Bridget and Bridgeen)  and their make-ups were just as beautiful. I try to get as many photographs as possible but sometimes with timings it’s not always possible and sometimes people just don’t want their photograph taken which I totally understand :)


This week’s “Saturday Slaps” are a real mixture of occasion make-up, different reasons for having make-up applied and different make-up looks from beautiful, elegant bridal make-up trials to more frivolous, fun, going out for the night make-up. But at the end to the day, we all look a lot better with a bit of make-up :)

The first is Caroline who was going to a wedding, the ceremony being in Monaghan and then on to the beautiful Larchfield Estate near Lisburn for the reception. Caroline’s eye make-up was a gorgeous purple colour ( I mixed “Ransom” and “Fishnet” by Urban Decay) to match the purple colour of her dress. She brought a piece of the material which is always really good as adding just the tiniest bit of the outfit colour can really bring out the eyes. You can’t see the purple in this photo unfortunately, must speak to the photographer…. I used Ardell Demi Wispies false lashes to finish off Caroline’s eyes. If you’re unsure about false lashes always ask and I can just set them on to see what you think with no commitment.

Caroline at the reception

The next three girls who I did make-up for could be summed up with this…….  

….. these three sisters have courage as well as all having a great sense of humour, two of the most admirable qualities a person can have :) . They are three sisters, Andrea, Diane and Gillian and they  were going to The Northern Ireland Stroke Awards March 2012 in the Culloden Hotel as Dianne was receiving an award.  Three sisters, three very different looks but one afternoon full of laughs.



Dianne – A huge congratulations to Dianne on receiving the Award.



  At the Awards ceremony in The Culloden – beautiful :)


“I’m bulletproof, nothing to lose
Fire away, fire away
Ricochet, you take your aim
Fire away, fire away
You shoot me down but I won’t fall
I am titanium”
No, I haven’t lost the plot….I LOVE this song and the next make-up brief reminded me of this song at the time :) Catherine’s make-up brief was that she had two shows to do that day, back to back, and then had an after show party that night as it was the last night of a three week performance so her make-up had to last! So, although, Catherine likes a dewy look make-up, she totally understood that we had to add and buff a lot of powder to make her make-up last. Hopefully it did and she still looked as stunning that night. Also, forget the make-up for a second, I want her teeth!


The next  make-up I really loved doing. Nigel and I go to Viscount’s Restaurant maybe once a week for tea and the odd Sunday for Sunday lunch and Lynn always stood out as the nicest, most genuine woman, always  friendly and always stops for a chat even if she isn’t on our table. So, as we always get the best service from Lynn, in Viscounts, it was only right that we returned the favour and made her feel extra special. Lynn was recently 50 and used some of her birthday money to treat herself to a Lashes and Flashes makeover experience. After having her hair styled with David Graham Hairdressing I did her make-up and then she had her photograph taken in the studio with Nigel. Then she had booked to go out for dinner with her husband, what a great day :) She seemed to really enjoy the whole experience and her photos are fabulous.

The next Lashes and Flashes makeover experience is such a good story. I’ve done Dolores’ make-up a few times on a Saturday afternoon after she finishes work (she is a hairdresser) and  love doing her make-up as she loves make-up and is always open to new ideas. Dolores started out a real nude lips girl and after bravely letting me put a deep purple on her lips one Saturday, has never looked back! She was also a real lover of fake tan and has also gone a lot paler with her skin colour which she really suits. One of the times Dolores was in Nigel wanted to take a photo for my Saturday blog and Dolores nearly had to be dragged kicking and screaming for a photo, she really does hate having her photo taken. So I was super shocked when her boyfriend Michael phoned me to arrange a Lashes and Flashes makeover photo experience. I actually tried to talk him out of it but he insisted and I booked her in. Michael told her only the night before and I think after she’d got over the initial shock and messaged me in a panic, reluctantly agreed to come. However, after ten minutes in David’s hands I think she came round a bit :) She loved her hair and in the end I think she really did enjoy it. Dolores’s afternoon consisted of Michael booking her the day off work, her hair styled by David Graham, make-up by me with a glass of champagne, photo in the studio with Nigel, a retail therapy trip to The Boudoir and then dinner that night in Donaghmore. What a lucky girl and a really lovely girl who I’m very fond of. Fantastic photo.