Photosession Make-up | CATHERINE FLEMING MAKE-UP

I recently did the makeup for Gemma and Emmette, both models, for a photography workshop day at Nigel Fleming Photography. This was held at Parkanaur. Gemma and Emmette are two gorgeous people so it was just a pleasure doing their makeup. They both have amazing skin and great features which makes applying makeup so much easier. For Emmette I just used MAC Face & Body Foundation, light powder, and slight contouring with vaseline on the lips. As Gemma has beautiful sallow skin and dark eyes I kept the tones in keeping with her skin tone and added false lashes with a pinch of blusher on the cheeks to add bridal prettiness. I also changed her lips to a red lip half way through the day for something different.



Photography by Nigel Fleming Photography

Hair styling by Christopher Kirk

Bridal styling by Serendipity Bridal

Groom styling by Tux and Tails Dungannon

Flowers by The Flower Studio 


Bride – Gemma at Style Academy

Groom – Emmette Dillon










AIMEE – natural makeup first






LYNDSEY- Before & After

Photography by Nigel Fleming Photography 

Most of the time I’m normally doing makeup for “real” brides which is my favourite type of makeup, however it’s nice too to do makeup sometimes for photoshoots and for the models that come to do these. I never really get to meet the groom either at real life weddings let alone do their makeup lol! So on the odd occasion it’s also great having a chance to do some subtle male makeup for a photoshoot/training day. Below I’ve attached some photos from makeup I did for a couple of photography training days my husband Nigel Fleming was running with the theme being bridal. 

The first model is Destiny. As the bouquets were pink toned I keep her eyes these tones also


Destiny with her “husband” Jay who is in fact her boyfriend in real life. I used MAC Face & Body Foundation on Jay just to even out the skin tone and a dust of powder to flatten any shine for the camera flash. 




Photography by Nigel Fleming Photography

Bridal styling by Diamond Bridal

Groom styling by Tux and Tails

Flowers by Flower Studio – Dungannon

Hair styling by Christopher Kirk and James Britton

Venue Parkanaur Manor House

Models Destiny and Jay

Yesterday, the gorgeous Aoife came into the studio for a full model portfolio photoshoot. The first look of a full model portfolio photoshoot  involves doing a very natural look set of photos ie. white vest and jeans, girl next door look so very minimal, barely there makeup. Within a model portfolio there should also be photos that are a bit more fashion based too so I changed Aoife’s makeup to a stronger look and also for a few photos at the end did a more graphic smokey eye with a nude lip.  The makeup for a model portfolio photoshoot should also translate well into black & white photos so the contouring should be good with good definition on the eyes etc. Here’s the four looks (taken on my phone) the first with no makeup at all just as Aoife arrived, then minimal makeup look and then the two more fashion makeup looks. I’ll let you decide which you prefer the best!.


One of the proper professional photos on a big fancy camera with lots of big lighting stands and buttons etc :) Just beautiful. This photo is the third makeup look in my wee montage above. Photography by Nigel Fleming Photography


Grace was recently in the studio for some portfolio photos. It is always a pleasure doing make-up for a face so beautiful and a girl who looks so fantastic in a photo. Grace, as well as being beautiful, highly intelligent (a First Class Honours Degree this year!) is also very thoughtful and brought us a huge box of my favourite ever chocolates – Lindt and a huge jar of coffee – the perfect gift for me!  (I’m very proud the chocolates are still at the top of my cupboard as I’m on a big diet and they are definitely not on my list of what I’m allowed to eat! :( )

Grace with her foundation, cream products and powder  on and some brow filling etc done


After with the eyes completed, contoured and lips finished …….

 I wanted to really wing the eyeliner out strongly so used MAC’s Blacktrack in black and then created a very strong defining line into the socket line with MAC eyeshadow in Charcoal Brown using a MAC pencil brush (239). Grace’s eyes are so blue the black against the eye is further defined. I really defined the brows to bringing them out as far as the liner. I added false lashes to complete the strong look for the eyes.



Grace’s eyes have not been photoshopped and are this blue in reality! Lipstick is “Up the Amp” by MAC