Thursday, March 13, 2014

Awards Season- Red Carpet Makeup 2014

by Anne Hutton Makeup and Beauty, Carlow

With the awards season over and done with, I've decided to compile a photo-list of my favourite red-carpet makeups, and some simple tips on how to copy the star's gorgeous makeup looks. Of course I couldn't resist adding a couple of doozies at the end...just my own opinion as a makeup artist.

In no particular order, the awards for Best Red Carpet Makeup go to.....

Cate Blanchett at the Oscars, looking flawless in neutral tones, with glowing peachy cheeks. She has lash extensions on to enhance and open her eyes, and barely-there lipstick. Try a shimmery peach blusher and lots of mascara for Cate's look.

Naomi Watts at the Oscars, sporting a strong red lip, and bang-on-trend with an even stronger brow. Try out your red lippie with minimal eye makeup, and get your brow pencil out and fill out your brows to mimic this look.
Amber Heard at The Golden Globes, showing off her beautiful green eyes with smokey bronze eyeshadow, complimented perfectly with a nude lipstick. It's all about the blending with this look. Layering browns and bronze toned eyeshadows until you have a full-on smokey look like Amber. Finish with lots of macara.

Emma Watson makes it onto my list twice! Firstly for her "old Hollywood" red lipped Oscars look. And secondly for her more sultry BAFTA look. The difference? Paler skin, less eye-makeup and a strong red lip for the Oscars. For the BAFTA's it looks like she had a spray-tan, and her eyebrows and eye-makeup are stronger, and her lips are a more muted red.
Well now, she may have had a few "little jobs" done, but I think Bette looked just fab at the Oscars this year. Her makeup was age-appropriate, with emphasis on her eyes, and plump apricot-toned cheeks. 

Lupita Nyong'o looked radiant at the BAFTAs, with shimmering skin, and a pop of colour on her lips. Her big brown eyes are contrasted beautifully with green-toned smokey eyeshadow - a firm favourite of the actress.Try an illuminating liquid/skin highlighter dabbed all over, or mixed in with your foundation for glowing skin like Lupita.
Flying the flag for super-glam mature ladies at the Golden Globes were Helen Mirren and Judi Dench. Helen is one of my favourite red carpet regulars, always looking elegant and smart, and she has made it onto my favourites lists before. And Judi looks amazing, with her cheeky grin, lumious skin and classic eye makeup.

And now for the not-so-alluring makeups of 2014. The makeup "razzie" awards go to....

I'm sorry Lily, but this is just terrible. Surely when attending the BAFTAs, you have access to the best makeup artists in Britain? Lily's messy black eyes, poorly-shaped eyebrows and her dry looking lips make this the worst look of the season.
I love Jennifer Lawrence, I love her acting, her attitude and her looks, but I don't love this makeup. Her lipstick is crooked and wobbly, and the colour does not suit her, her lash extensions are crooked and it all looks a bit '80s. Meow... yes I know!!

Ahhhh, so now I've got that out of my system, I'd better get back to work! I hope you've enjoyed browsing, and have picked up a few tips along the way.

Anne xx

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Done Deal for Brides

Brides to be if you're on the hunt for your perfect dress Done Deal is worth a look. Check out Darren Kennedy's pick of the gowns here......

Carla wears a Caroline Castiglano
Original price: €4,500 DoneDeal price €1,650

Emma wears a Sanyukta Shresha dress
Original price €3,350 DoneDeal price €1,100

To view more gowns go to

Of course DoneDeal's bridal section isn't just for brides to be.…if you and your gown have had your big day why not make some cash, send your gown to a new home and spend your cash on a new spring wardrobe

Happy Shopping!!!
Elaine xx

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Sindy Shopper

Even though we're living with winter weather we can still shop new season trends by looking to accessories. Add a splash of spring with a Sindy Shopper (€47) from Oasis. The shopper is the perfect size for everyday use and has a longer strap to wear across the body........keeping your hands free for even more new season purchases!!

Also available in Black, Pink, Natural and Blue

Happy Shopping :) 
Elaine x

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How to Enjoy Shopping

by Elaine Scully Styling

So many of my personal shopping clients admit they hate shopping. The majority of the time it's because they don't know what they are shopping for. They hit the shops thinking they have nothing to wear and that they need everything from jeans, to tops, to shoes etc.. If you walk into a shop in this frame of mind, you won't know where to start and naturally will find the entire experience overwhelming and unsuccessful.

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Everyone makes impulse purchases, but most of the time when we shop for items other than clothing - for example for food, electrical items, household items and so on - we know exactly what we need. In a lot of cases, particularly when food shopping we have a shopping list. So what's to stop us having a shopping list for clothes? I find it brilliant - it means every time I splash out on something new I always come home with a piece that I can instantly make outfits from. Every new purchase adds more value and outfit options to my wardrobe. KNOW WHAT YOU NEED

Create this list the same way you make your food shopping list.....instead of checking what your kitchen presses are lacking, suss out what's missing from your wardrobe.....
Do you need some warm layers?
A smart blazer to dress up your denims or your casual dresses?
Lacking the perfect pair of jeans?
Neutral boots to team with your everyday clothes?
Some new statement tops?

Of course once you have your list this doesn't mean your next trip to your local shops involves ticking everything off this list - Prioritise your needs. Denims are one of the toughest items to shop for and take patience, time, and lots and lots of trying on. So if denims are on your list you must ensure they get a shopping trip all of their own!

Another advantage of knowing what it is you are shopping for is you don't have to rummage through every rail in every store. If you are shopping for new tops, know what shops are worth visiting and when you are in each shop only look at tops. Don't get distracted, or worse still overwhelmed by the vast selection of clothing and accessories in each shop. You are focused - You are a Smart Shopper - You will Enjoy Shopping - You will have Something to wear :-)

Happy Shopping!!
Elaine xx 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year New Wardrobe

By Elaine Scully Styling

Ladies the oh so common scene of standing in front of your wardrobe and moaning ‘I’ve nothing to wear’ is very seldom due to a shortage of clothes. The big issue is lack of wearable clothing, AND - you’re not going to like this - an unorganised wardrobe.

Most wardrobes are overflowing with clothes that, don’t fit, need altering or items which you have nothing to team with. You’ll probably have noticed that your messy bulging wardrobe also means you tend to only wear what’s at the front of your wardrobe over and over again!

Purchasing more clothes is never going to be the solution to having nothing to wear and for most of us it is now no longer an option – we need to start making the most of what we already own by becoming familiar with our wardrobes. I know this is going to sound mind-numbing but the only answer is to clear out your wardrobe.....only clothes you wear should take up valuable hanging space.

To begin take everything out of your wardrobe one item at a time. Each item of clothing needs to be placed in 1 of 3 clothing piles

Pile 1​ Clothes you wear regularly; 
pieces that compliment your shape and colouring

Pile 2 ​Clothes you might wear; 
items you love but need altering or customising.

Pile 3​ Clothes you don’t wear; 
pieces that don’t fit, have lost their shape or look, or items you have never worn.

Pile 1 goes back into your wardrobe. Never hang clothes in organised outfits as this only limits the amount of looks you can create. Instead hang all tops together, jackets with jackets, dresses with dresses etc.. This will make creating outfits much easier.

Pile 2 only returns to your wardrobe once altered.

Pile 3 is to NOT to go back in your wardrobe. Anything that is not in wearable condition should go to a clothing bank. The remaining items that are in good condition could be material for money making there are many sites and even pages on facebook that allow you to sell your unwanteds. Another option is to donate them to a local Charity shop.

As you work your way through your wardrobe you will come across pieces you would love to wear but have nothing to wear them with. So make yourself a little shopping list as you go. This list should stay in your purse. The next time you’re about to make an impulse purchase – check your list – if it’s not on it then don’t buy it. However if this purchase can be worn with at least three of your existing items of clothing then it is a valuable addition to your wardrobe. The key to remember from now on is – every purchase you make should increase your outfit choices. You are now ready to begin growing a wearable wardrobe :)

Elaine xx

Friday, December 20, 2013

Grab and Go Dresses

By Elaine Scully Styling

'Tis the season to party - so make sure girls you're prepared by stocking up your wardrobe with grab and go dresses. I've had great fun window shopping party dresses, while watching my sons and nieces play wii sports and of course singing along to Christmas that's what I call an afternoon off :-)

Here are my favourite 5, flattering, easy wear, timeless dresses to get you through the season.............

ASOS wrap pencil dress with bustier detail €61.65 ASOS
Available in sizes 4 to 18

Sequin wrap dress €75 Oasis
only size left is L - also comes in gold and the sizes available are XS and L

Panelled drop waist dress €104 Warehouse
Available in sizes 6 to 16

ASOS lace mix midi dress €61.65 ASOS
only sizes left are 6, 8 and 18

Lovedrobe mesh neck dress €57.50 SimplyBe
Available in sizes 16,18,20, 24, 28, 30

Happy Shopping!!!
Elaine xx

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Warehouse have Christmas Covered

By Elaine Scully Styling

Yesterday Warehouse kicked off an exclusive promotion instore and online on everything you need for the Christmas season

           25% off Party wear
           25% off Leather
           25% off Bags
           20% off Knitwear

I'm loving their inspirational looks.......the 2 degrees look.....the 10 minute till closing look.......the still going strong look.......the unwrapped look........the white xmas look
Especially love this look - the key pieces to creating this outfit are the faux fur coat and skinnies in my all time fave colour...............

My must-have piece from this look............

Happy Shopping!!!
Elaine xx