Makeup Artist

Tuesday 1 December 2015

BNTM is back, with a little bit of Cork!

I cannot wait for Britain's Next Top Model to return this January and after a two year break, I think it's gonna be a good one. Not only do we have Abbey Clancy as head judge, we also have a Corkonian, Hayley Dunne making her debut..

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Christmas Gift Inspo

The Christmas Season has arrived, are you struggling to find a gift idea?
Whether it's your Sister, your Mum or that special lady in your life. I have some gift inspirations for you.


Thursday 19 November 2015

The Party Season ~ Dresses

Want the perfect dress for the Christmas season? Have a look at a few of my faves.

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Winter Rescue Facial

The cold snap is upon us so make sure you start to look after your skin. 
Introducing the Eve Taylor Winter Rescue Facial.


Monday 26 October 2015

Autumn in Killarney

We spent a few hours wandering around the National Park in Killarney today - the leaves are just so beautiful.


Sunday 25 October 2015

How to: Halloween Makeup

Want to learn how to create scars, burns, bruises for a Halloween makeup?? 


Tuesday 20 October 2015

New product at Le Beau Beauty Salon

We have just launched a new product at the salon Le Beau Beauty . Introducing OPI's Infinite Shine...


Wednesday 5 August 2015

Makeup demos in West Cork

Make sure you come see me this Thursday night (6th)  at The Ardfield Summer Festival, in Clonakilty, West Cork.  

Wednesday 29 July 2015


If you are planning a quick getaway with your girlies, this just might interest you.. tell only your best friends...

I had a few days off recently and decided to take a break to the sun. Marbella, Spain, was top of the list for this. 
Just over two hours on the plane, the sunshine awaits you.


Thursday 11 June 2015

June Inspiration | Weekend Style

Tyler suedette lace up boots available in grey,black or dark brown €49. Folkster

Deep V plunge leotard €45. Folkster

Tuesday 26 May 2015

The brushes you need in your life

My work tools are the most important thing to me and I am so particular about what I use on my clients.   I am also a creature of habit, why change something if your happy, right?

I was on a shoot recently with a fellow MUA and we spent about an hour going through each others kits. It's great to hear what other MUA's love and what they feel is essential in their kit. And it was there that I picked up a NIMA Brush for the first time. And ohhh I fell in love..


Tuesday 12 May 2015

Mac Summer Makeup

Are you looking for a fresh, dewy summer makeup? Here is my latest tutorial for an easy makeup routine using Mac Cosmetics that can be done in just 10 minutes!
All products are listed below the video for you, comment if you have any questions. Or drop by at the salon (Le Beau) for an application.

Let me know what you think!

A x


Thursday 30 April 2015

Wearable - Editorial - Bridal - by Mac Cosmetics

At the beginning of the week I went to Dublin for a Pro Bridal Mac Masterclass. These are always my favourite as I get to see a glimpse of runway looks but also the looks that my client will love. The overall makeup was quite natural yet flawless.


Thursday 23 April 2015

Do you want a natural alternative to botox & fillers?

After a long Winter my skin was craving some care and attention. After a few months of harsh weather, central heating and lack of hydration, my skin definitely needed some TLC.
 Do you ever feel that a regular, hands-on facial just isn't enough? Well, I was introduced to the new Biotec Facials from Elemis and I can't wait to tell you all about it.

The Killarney Park Hotel is nestled in the centre of Killarney town and it is here, at The Elemis Spa, that you will find the facial that everyone is talking about. I just couldn't wait to visit and check it out for myself.


Tuesday 21 April 2015

Whitefawn Boutique S/S Lookbook

If ever your visiting West Cork make sure you visit Whitefawn Boutique in Clonakilty. A hidden treasure on the main street run by two very stylish, local girls. Hilary & Katie are the face of Whitefawn Boutique and are there to help you choose beautiful pieces of "soft feminine styles with a mixture of subtle edge".

I was delighted to work with the girls recently on their Spring/Summer Lookbook shoot. 7AM on a sunny but freezing morning in Clonakilty I started the makeup. Both girls styled and modelled in the shoot (their talents are endless) and the fabulous Anna Groniecka Photography took the pics.

Have a look at the pictures - all pieces are available in store now. Follow them on Facebook and you can find all the new stock and even order on line! Great when I'm not at home in Clonakilty & I see something I love!


Wednesday 8 April 2015

A delightful afternoon at Castlemartyr Resort

During the Easter season I was due a catch-up with Helena and we headed off to Castlemartyr Resort for Afternoon Tea.
The sun's rays were streaming down as we made our way along the driveway to the Resort, passing the Castle ruins and watching golfers tee-off. Pity we don't play ourselves - I imagine this is the perfect place for a round of golf - such quiteness in a surreal setting of woodlands - just bliss.

When walking towards the Manor House it almost takes your breath away. Origionally, construction took place in the 17th century and today the Manor House is restored to its original grandeur and it is so magnificent.


Friday 27 March 2015

Gold Glitter & smokey eye cut crease tutorial

Here is this week's tutorial. I have created a makeup for a special occasion, maybe a birthday, engagement or it can be worn on a night out. Lots of glitter with this one :)


Mac shadows: vanilla, coppering, black tied, carbon, espresso, all that glitters.
Mac Paint Pot - Stifile
Catrice Liquid Liner in Black
YSL Shocking Mascara
Urban Decay Black Eyeliner

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipdown Pomade in Medium Brown

Mac Prep & Prime primer
Mac Prolongwear concealer NC20
Mac Studio Fix Fluid NC25
Mac Sheer Pressed Powder NC30
Mac Blush - Fleur Power
Prep & Prime - Radiance Rose
L'oreal Glam bronze for contouring

Mac Liner - Pink Treats
Mac Lipstick Hue

If you have any questions on the tutorial or products leave a comment below and I will get back to you.   You can subscribe to my YouTube Channel - click HERE and hit the RED SUBSCRIBE button.

Enjoy, A x


Wednesday 25 March 2015

It's Shemazing!

I am delighted that I have been featured on SHEmazing's "Beauty Blogger of the Week". Have a read of the interview below...


Wednesday 11 March 2015

How To: Highlight & Contour For beginners

Check out this week's tutorial. So many of you have asked for this one - a highlight and contour tutorial. Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions.
A x


Saturday 7 March 2015

Glitz and Glam at The Europe Hotel

Last night I attended the Kerry Fashion Week Awards at The Europe Hotel, Killarney. And was it one glamorous night! I was so honoured to be a finalist in the "Makeup Artist of The Year" category. Myself & Ciara had a fun afternoon of prepping for a great night ahead!

A quick trip to Cathriona Rohan Hair Salon in Castlegregory to sort the locks! Thanks so much to you & Grace for doing a super job as always!


Tuesday 3 March 2015

Smokey Eye Tutorial - For Green & Brown Eyes

Have a look at my latest makeup tutorial. I now have a YouTube Channel which you can subscribe to (below the video on YouTube)  and I would love you to comment and let me know what you think! All products are listed below.
A x


Mac shadows: vanilla, coppering, black tied, carbon,nylon.
L’oreal bronzer used on the cut-crease
Catrice Liquid Liner in Black
YSL Shocking Mascara
Urban Decay - Midnight Cowboy Rides Again

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipdown Pomade in Medium Brown

Mac Prep & Prime primer
Mac Prolongwear consealer NC20
Kiko illuminating stick
Makeup Forever HD Foundation No 127
Mac Blush - Melba & Dollymix
Powder Highlighter - picked it up in NewLook but you can get them in Bobbi Brown

Fuchsia Lipliner in Flesh
Mac Lipstick Myth

Wednesday 25 February 2015

A little bit of Heaven

Do you ever feel like a peaceful break? Somewhere close but far enough to get away from it all?

You all know or have heard of Inchydoney Lodge & Spa in West Cork. I know this hotel quite well. I grew up a few miles away from the hotel and I started my beauty career in their prestigious Spa. I am a regular makeup artist for weddings at the hotel so, to say I know it well, is an understatement.

So when I got to go there I was so excited to spend time as a guest rather than in work mode. 

As soon as we arrived we decided not to budge from the hotel for the whole 2 days - it's so easy to take a quick trip to Clonakilty for a wander which I love doing so much but, I really wanted to enjoy every single minute at Inchydoney and quoting John Spillane - "Wake up to the sound of the sea"

We arrived to "The Island" (as locals call it) on one of the best days - lots of sunshine and so, so mild. Not a puff in the air, hard to believe for January! We checked in and immediately relaxed into the soft, comfy couches with an Irish Mist (a signature liquor by Inchydoney) while our luggage was taken care of. Exactly what we needed after our 2 hour drive.


Thursday 19 February 2015

Irelands Top MUA

Opened my emails this evening to more fantastic news... I have just been nominated for "Ireland's Most Talented MUA" with RSVP Magazine, yay!
It is such an honour to see my name among the top MUA of Ireland - I am thrilled!
If you wish to vote for me you can do so HERE - thank you for your love & support

Lots of celebrating this weekend, A x


Tuesday 17 February 2015

NYFW Fall 15

Here's a quick look at the NYFW Fall makeup trends so far. The makeup look for each designer is pretty without being overly done. Nude or barely-there lips all round with fresh, bright skin. Very feminine and elegant. 

Have a look at my favourite runway makeup:


Pat McGrath for MAC Cosmetics

Val Garland for MAC Cosmetics

Sarah Lucero for Stila

Pat McGrath for MAC Cosmetics

Benkamin Puckey for Sephora

James Kaliardos for MAC Cosmetics

Lottie for Maybelline NY


Charlotte Tilbury

And some street style looks that I love:






Which is your favourite makeup look? We have 2 more days till NYFW ends so I will update if I see anything striking on the runways. A x


Friday 13 February 2015

x x Happy Valentines x x

Happy Valentines everyone! I hope you will have a great weekend whether it be with your loved one, your family or friends. I have finally got around to another makeup tutorial and this one is super easy! You can pick out what part you like and adjust it to your own makeup. Enjoy the tutorial and please let me know if you'd like to see any other tutorial done - leave your comments in the box below this post!


Laura Mercier Radiance Primer
Mac Prolong Concealer in NC20
Makeup Forever HD Foundation No 123
L'oreal Glam Bronzer in Brunette
Satin de Chanel Radiance Powder
Mac Blusher in Fleur Power

Mac eyeshadow: Nylon, Quarry, Shadowy Lady
Urban Decay eyeshadow: Bordello, Last Call & Snatch
Mac Fluidline in Black Traxx
Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara in Black
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipdown Pomade in Medium Brown
Lashes available at Le Beau Beauty

Mac lipstick in Syrup

Brushes used for eyes:
Fluffy brush: 224 Mac
Pencil brush: 219 Mac
Flat Shader: 213 Mac
Eyeliner: 266 Mac
Crease brush: 239 Mac

Thanks for watching, A x


Monday 9 February 2015

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