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

It’s that time of the year when January (the longest month of the year ever!) is coming to an end, there’s a bit of a “stretch in the evenings”, the NEXT Spring/Summer catalogue arrives and you allow yourself to think a little bit about spring. Personally, Spring is definitely my favourite season of the year. I love the new growth, the bright green in the buds on the trees and the gorgeous colours in the spring flowers. I feel Spring is the time of the year when we’re full of expectation for a long lazy, warm summer ahead. The optimism I have is always obviously better than the reality in this country of ours but hey we’ve all gotta hope :)  

For Julia’s eyes I used a pink eyeshadow trio palette from Boots No 17, “Pretty in Pink” that I’ve used from my make-up training days with Oonagh Boman and I still love it and repurchase it when I run out. In the socket/crease line I darkened the purple with a matte purple eyeshadow from MAC “Fig 1.1″. I lined Julia’s eyes with a strong black gel liner by Maybelline and added Ardell 105 false lashes. Gordon’s Chemists in N.Ireland are by far still the cheapest place to buy Eylure and Ardell lashes. On the lips I used “Gentlemen Prefer Pink” by Revlon and finished with Rimmel Vinyl Gloss lipgloss. On Julia’s cheeks I highlighted with the light pink eyeshadow from the Boots No 17 eyeshadow palette and dusted the apples with “Pink Swoon” by MAC. With so much pink it really is important to line the eyes well with black otherwise the eyes can start to look as if you’ve sore eyes so top tip, if using pink eyeshadow, create a “barrier” with a dark liner or dark eyeshadow just at the lash line. In the bottom lash line I used a cream eyeliner “Vow” by Illamasqua. On the lashes I used a black mascara “Falsies” by Maybelline. In Julia’s brows I used a mix of “Omega” eyeshadow and “Charcoal Brown” by MAC just to fill and shape without  being too severe.


For this shot Julia had this gorgeous purple scarf by Biba with her which we decided to reinvent into a hat. To tone in with the colour of the fur I used “Up the Amp” lipstick by MAC on Julia’s lips.


Model: Julia Sokele

Photography: Nigel Fleming

Flowers courtesy of Janice Watt Flower Studio, Dungannon

A week ago or two I had the pleasure of doing Jordan’s make-up for a photo shoot. You may recognise Jordan if you watch “Take Me Out” on a Saturday  night where 30 girls, with the help of Paddy McGuinness, get a date and they go to the Isle of Fernandos aka Tenerife! Well Jordan left her light on (part of the show if you haven’t seen it!) and got picked to go to the Isle of Fernandos (she is still single….:)

For Jordan’s make-up I wanted it to have a Christmassy/winter feel so I did a red lip (“Russian Red” by MAC) and kept her eyes a soft gold smoke, I used colours from the Urban Decay Naked Palette , “Half-Baked” and a touch of “Darkhorse” (smoked with “Handwritten” by MAC) I don’t use the Urban Decay  palette a lot in photographic work as there is a lot of sparkle in the shadows which is not great with flash photography but I love the look at this time of the year for going to a ball or a glamorous night out and even sometimes during the day a subtle glint on the skin is gorgeous and feminine. 


Jordan having her make-up done (both in our big flattering jumpers lol!)

Oonagh from David Graham Hairdressing doing the final touches to Jordan’s tresses


I think Jordan looks a bit like Cindy Crawford (for those of you who remember the supermodel from the 90s!) in this photo







We loved this photo of Jordan so much we decided to use it to promote our  Christmas brochure for the “Lashes & Flashes” Makeover Photo Experience, a brilliant Christmas present, Gift Vouchers available by phone or at the Linen Green.

A couple of weeks ago I did Cathy’s make-up for her engagement photo shoot with her fiance Christopher. Cathy is a part time model and just has the most amazing skin and naturally curly eyelashes so my job was not difficult doing her make-up for the photo shoot. I kept Cathy’s make-up quite natural and did a soft gold smokey eye to compliment Cathy’s beautiful green eyes. All of the colours of Cathy’s eye make-up matched the amazing autumn colours out at Brantry Lough where the photo shoot was.


I “pinked” up Cathy’s lips half way through the photo shoot to match in with the pink in her scarf. 





In the afternoon we were back in the studio and Cathy and Christopher had some “intimate” shots done which is a really lovely thing to do when you’re young, gorgeous and in love! Any of these photos would be great hanging in your bedroom. The definition in Cathy’s eyes and an extra bit of cheek contouring worked well in black and white.




 I haven’t done a blog in such a long time and thought I’d better get my finger out and get blogging. I then realised I have so much to blog so thought I’d start with what I’ve been doing this week so far in my world of make-up. It’s been a great week so far with good variety . Here are a few of the make-ups I  have photos for.

MONDAY – Monday was a lovely start to the week as I was doing Laura’s make-up for her and her fiancé, Mark’s, engagement photo shoot. I met Laura (who is a teacher and model)) when she was modelling for Susan Black Designer’s “Dare to Dream” collection. It was so nice to be doing her make-up for such a special set of photos. Laura doesn’t wear a huge amount of make-up normally so I kept her make-up as close to what she normally looks like, for photos like these it’s not about the make-up at all, just about making the person look natural but flawless and beautiful and it has to blend with the location. 




TUESDAY – On Tuesday evening I had my “Eyes & Brows Make-up Masterclass” from 7pm til 9pm in my make-up studio. It was such a great night and we covered everything starting with a natural eye building it up to a smokey eye, as well as blending, colours, eye shadow colours/types etc. We looked at different eyeliner products, gels, pencils etc, how to do the perfect liner and different ways to fill and shape the brows, the correct symetrics of the brows etc. I think we talked about and I demonstrated as much as I possibly could about anything to do with eye and brow make-up. Melissa was my gorgeous model for the evening and even in this photo with two different eye  and brow looks she still looks fantastic.

Having a ten minute break between eyes and brows with a glass of wine and a few snacks.


Kirsty and Adele who probably have more make-up in their make-up  bags than I do!


WEDNESDAY – On Wednesday Nigel was doing a training day with six photographers so I had the pleasure of doing Kim (the model’s) make-up for the day. As Kim as beautiful clear green eyes, I used one of my favourite eye shadows at the minute, “Coppering” by MAC smoked with “Handwritten” (dark brown) and “Carbon” (matte black) by MAC also. I used Eylure 107 lashes. In this photo I used Rimmel Kate Moss 07 lipstick, a beautiful deep red/wine colour. It went really well with the black and grey of the photo.



So today’s Thursday and we have a “Lashes & Flashes” makeover photoshoot as well as two special occasion make-ups. Tomorrow (Friday) I’m doing make-up for Brenda for family photos in her home and two more “Lashes & Flashes” in the afternoon – photos to follow. And Saturday’s hectic with wedding guest make-up and then quite a few ladies going to the IN Magazine Awards in Belfast :)