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

In the autumn last year I ran a competition to find a winner for the renaming of my weekly blog which I had initially entitled “Saturday Slap”. My friend Gail had pointed out one day that she didn’t think it was a very classy name for my blog and that I should seriously think of a new name. Well I did think and couldn’t come up with a better name so I decided to run a competition and after some delay and a lot of contemplation over the entries there was one which I just loved. I secretly liked my “Saturday Slap” name and the addition of “Shots” is absolutely perfect as my weekly blog is photographs of my Saturday make-ups – “Saturday Slap Shots”, brilliant!

And the winning entry came from none other than the gorgeous Victoria Dailly :)  

Victoria’s prize was a professional make-up application and a “shot” in the studio under fashion and beauty lighting.  Victoria now lives in Dundee but was over this weekend in Dungannon and came in yesterday for her make-up application and photograph. So here is Victoria’s “shot”, she looks absolutely beautiful….


Victoria and I afterwards in my make-up room.


We have, since Victoria’s competition winning entry, become good “Facebook friends”. We both have a love of watching make-up tutorials, anything expensive and classy with a label (the inner snob in me), anything made by Apple, the Indian Ocean ;) and most of all I really enjoy Victoria’s quick wit so it was really great to meet her properly and do her make-up. A big thank you Victoria for the chocolate buns today, anything with chocolate is always greatly appreciated! :)


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.

I don’t have an official Saturday Slap Shots blog this week of all my lovely make-up ladies I had an absolutely manic week, Friday being my busiest day “like for ever” as my niece says, excuse the overdramatization, but I really have had a very dramatic and traumatic week!

There was a big wedding in the town on Friday with the reception at Farnham Estate and I had around 6 ladies’ make-up to do for that back to back. So I really didn’t have time to breathe let alone get a photo which really was unfortunate as they were all gorgeous and all of their make-ups were different. On Friday evening it was the Hunt Ball in Castle Leslie and I did a few ladies make-up for going there. By the end of Friday I was quite imagining myself lolling around in the spa at Farnham Estate in my big white fluffy dressing gown before sashaying around in my floor length ball gown at Castle Leslie with a glass of champagne….gotta live the dream some way!

And so onto some photos that I do have photographic evidence for this week :) The first set of photos are of the photo shoot Nigel did for Lady Hat Bag for which I did the make-up for the two models, Gemma and Bobbi-Lee. As it was all about the hats the make-up needed to compliment each hat without colour clashing and without taking away from the hats in any way. So I went for a bridal style make-up. Here’s a selection of the photos (a rather large selection as I found it impossible to leave any of these hats out, they are all beautiful!).

Bobbi-Lee doing a fantastic Audrey Hepburn impersonation…


For Bobbi-Lee’s make-up I used a gold pink on her lid, really smoked this up and added a good set of false lashes (107s by Ardell). I used Viva Glam V by Mac on her lips.

For Gemma’s make-up I used a violet pink on her lids and smoked this with a grey and black and also added false lashes. I used “Up the Amp” by MAC on Gemma’s lips and lots of gloss.




So cute! 



A 1920′s cloche style hat…






The next set of photos are of Ciara who came on Saturday for a Lashes and Flashes Model Portfolio – Ciara kindly let us put her “Before” photo up which is not a great look for anybody so a big thank you to her. I started off with a really natural make-up as it is required in any good model portfolio and then added to Ciara’s make-up and made it a lot more fashiony with a couple of different lipsticks too.



I love the colour pink and this is probably my favourite photo from the day, so girly and the pink lipstick suited Ciara so well “Pink Pout” 



And last but certainly not least are the gorgeous Ross girls, Anita and Donna who were going to Ollie’s in Belfast on Saturday night. Anita and Donna are my Linen Green neighbours so they come to me after we both close up shop some Saturdays and before Nigel and I get our weekly Indian takeaway, my exciting Saturday night! On the way out as Nigel had the lighting all set up for Ciara’s photo shoot he took this gorgeous photo of two gorgeous sisters. 

And that is a little piece of my week in the world of make-up! 


In my last blog post I had a couple of photos from the making of our “Lashes and Flashes” makeover photo shoot video. Well, after a day’s shooting and two days editing here is the finished video.

The video shows a Lashes and Flashes makeover from start to finish

TO WIN your own Lashes and Flashes Makeover Photo Shoot Experience, watch the video, and send your answers to these 3 questions in email to
A lucky winner will be picked at random from all entries received on or before 31st March 2012.
Only one entry per person, and we’d love you to ‘like’ our Lashes and Flashes Facebook page.
The questions:
1. What is the name of the designer shopping village where Lashes and Flashes is located?
2. What colour is the hair stylist, David Graham’s tie?
3. How many ‘Before and After’ photos are there?
Good Luck!