This week, and last, I have been really busy with make-up lessons :) I’m not sure why, but I’ve had a real run of lovely ladies wanting to learn how to perfect their own make-up and use all of the copious amounts of products they’ve amassed over time and don’t use or don’t know how to use. We’re probably all the same, we get sucked in by the latest wonder make-up product on the market or a Christmas special offer and end up with so much make-up but seem to continually use the same products over and over in our own wee comfort zone. So a make-up lesson really is a great way to unveil the mystery, as they say, and learn what to do with what we have and how to look and feel more confident, whether it’s everyday make-up or something more dramatic at night. Contact me for more information if you’re interested.

The result of doing all of these make-up lessons (and a fair few bridal trials too!) is that I don’t have very many Saturday Slap Shots but here are the gorgeous girls that I did do occasional make-up for for all of their different events and occasions…






Diane (who’s wedding I did last year, she was going to a wedding as a guest this day :) )


This is Part 2 of our Sunday photo shoot for The Boudoir which I did the make-up for. The first part was at Down Royal Racecourse and in the evening we went to a private estate on the shores of Strangford Lough, which just made me so green with envy that people actually have this incredible lifestyle! Such a beautiful setting and perfect for the style of photos. I know you can’t really see much of the make-up in these photos but I just wanted to share some of the day and what goes on too behind the scenes when I’m doing make-up at a location photo shoot. 

This first picture reminds me of “Take Me Out” (sadly over now) with Paddy McGuiness saying “lets bring on the girls”! Cue… Ria, Keely and Sheena with Donovan doing cameraman in the background


and Nigel (Paddy!) looking for his models…









And all the behind the scenes very important people who make these sort of days possible and great fun….


Finally, this month’s edition of In Magazine is out and I can do a blog about the day and the make-up I did for The Boudoir’s photo shoot at Down Royal Racecourse a few Sunday’s ago (the Sunday it was around 20 degrees :) ) Here is the finished product in print, with credit to me for make-up (I know nobody looks at the credits, but hey, it’s still nice to see your name in a magazine!)

It’s going to be a big blog as there were just so many photos and I really didn’t know how to cut them down. I love the behind the scenes photos and wish there were more  to give a taste of what a great day we had. We spent the first part of the day focusing on doing the photos for In Magazine with the location at Down Royal Racecourse and then in the evening at Strangford Lough doing some more photos for The Boudoir’s portfolio so I’ve split my blogs in two. This is Part 1.

It was an early start, with two of the models meeting me in my make-up studio at 9am for make-up before we drove down to Down Royal Racecourse just outside Lisburn. We had the whole place to ourselves and had one of the bars available for getting ready etc. There were two hairdressers, Denise (sister of Anita and Donna) and her colleague from Hedonist Hair, Michelle. There were three models to do make-up for – Keely, Ria and Sheena.  Nigel was photographer for the day with Donovan (Daddy of The Boudoir) videoing  with his colleague Paul and Teresa (Mummy, The Boudoir) doing “catering” with endless coffee, tea, sandwiches and chocolate and generally doing what mummy’s do and looking after us all brilliantly. Anita and Donna (The Boudoir) obviously had the huge task of organising and styling all of the clothes and looks and the three girls all  looked fabulous. Every outfit they put on we all oohed and ahhed and felt extremely envious. Such chic style and perfect for a day at the races (or a wedding)

The make-up needed to match the theme of the day so I did the three girls’ make-up as I would if I was doing a client’s make-up who was going to the races or a wedding – “flawlessly fabulous’ which is my terminology for these special occasion make-ups :)  

 Ria in early morning make-up at my studio


Some of The Boudoir’s hats

Anita organising the clothes 


Teresa with Denise and Michelle doing hair. Keely and Ria looking a bit bored at this stage! 


Sheena having her make-up done at Down Royal (with Donovan videoing)

Haven’t a clue what Anita’s talking to Ria and Keely about….




Keely taking a call from her agent whilst having Michelle make final adjustments to that fab bun

The two most important parts to any photo shoot, the photographer (obviously he’s very important as he’s my husband!) and champagne!! We LOVE Donna, she’s good at opening champagne!





 One of the first shots of the day




Michelle adjusting hats and hair while Donna arrives with the champagne!







A perfect end to a perfect afternoon at the races!! 

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.