Sunday, October 5, 2014

SFX Makeup Workshop: Life-casting. Day 1

by Anne Hutton Makeup & Beauty, Carlow

So today was the first day of our 4 day workshop on SFX Life-casting, led by David Cullen, aka Evil Chimp FX, based here in Carlow.
Today David demonstrated the life-casting on model Suzanne Moran, and we each then went through the process with our partners.
The end-game is to have a life cast of each of our heads, and we can then create all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures on our own faces whenever we like, or make simple generic molds like vampire foreheads, cheek-bones, etc. 

For the workshop we will be creating Zombie-like creatures, monsters, and all sorts of "undead" which we will use in a photo-shoot next Monday, to capture our work... then we can use our creations in the upcoming Zombie Walk for Eigse Festival, in Carlow on October 26th.

My look, which I will create and apply on fellow makeup artist Debbie Mac Donald (Deb FX Makeup) will be based on "Ice Queen", a character from a low budget 2005 straight-to-video horror flop. Debbie and I have worked on several projects for David before so we jumped at the chance to attend this exciting workshop.

Ice Queen 2005

So Day 1 involved us each "life-casting" our partners. Lots of fun and mess!

Some pics of the process...more to follow

Also attending the workshop are a great bunch of artists coming from various creative professions, as well as makeup backgrounds. Attending the workshop are: Debbie Mac Donald, Eamonn Elders, Yvonne Scanlon Bridges, Michelle Hoare, Kelly Brennan, Tee Elliot and Dawn O' Donaghue.
I'll post up lots more photos of everyone's work in the upcoming stages.
Until then...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hayden's baby glow

by Anne Hutton Makeup & Beauty, Carlow

Awww! Look at gorgeous Hayden Panettiere looking radiant and showing her baby bump so elegantly at the recent Emmy awards! To replicate the "glow" (without help from baby!) try mixing a little highlighter, such as Benefit Highbeam in with your foundation x

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Outfit Post Quickie....

Quick outfit post before I go out for a quite drink with the hubby. My top is Yumi International, neckpiece and bracelet are White Leaf and they are all from the new fashion store in the Arboretum Garden Centre in Carlow. Feeling girly and pretty tonight ��

Happy Shopping!!!

Elaine xxx

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My Wall of Style

By Elaine Scully

Last October I had to give up my walk in wardrobe, it was our only spare room and we were having an Au Pair come live with us - just until my youngest son finished primary school in June. Having an Au Pair turned out to be a great experience for the entire family (once I recovered from the loss of my room ha ha).

A couple of weeks ago we sadly said goodbye to our Au Pair, she's possibly the nicest happiest girl I've met. It was an emotional farewell but having my room back did sweeten the loss. I'm still fixing up the room but one of the first things I did was create a feature wall. I own pile after pile of glossy mags and thought it would be fun and creative to make some use for them. My brilliant brainwave was to use them as wallpaper on the main wall of the room. The guys in Woodies are still wondering what I'm on after I asked for advice on what would be best to use to firstly stick magazine pages to the wall and then to protect.

My Tools:
Lots and lots of glossy mags
1 x Cutting knife
1 x Cutting board
Wallpaper paste
1 x Paint brush
1 x Table
1 x 12 year old Son (for pasting the glue on the pages)
1 x Cloth (to smooth out the pages on the wall)
1 x Chair (to stand on to reach the top of the wall)
PVA Adhesive and Sealer

It took me a little over 5 hours!! It was such a fun task but I really was wrecked after it....a truly happy kinda wrecked.

Absolutely thrilled with the results....doesn't it look amaaazing?? My Dad called over while I was in work today and put spot lights on the skirting board, he was so impressed with my wall that he thought the lights would make it even more of a feature.....looking forward to trying out the lights when it gets dark later!! (thanks dad x)

What do you think? Have you done any creative DIY projects in your bedroom or walk in wardrobe??

Elaine xx

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Holiday Diary

By Elaine Scully

Today was my first day back to the day job after 12 glorious days off!!!!!! If you follow me on Facebook or twitter you'll be totally up to date with what I got up to for my hols. I decided from day 1 to keep a holiday diary by posting one piece of info each day on what I got up to :-) It was great fun and I really enjoyed looking back on it today, now that it's all over.

It would be rude to keep my blog readers in the dark so here are the posts and pics from Day 1 all the way through to Day 12......Enjoy!!!!!

Day 1 of 12 days off :-) bought some much needed supplies……Benefit Oxygen Wow foundation in Honey €36. Rimmel scandal eyes waterproof eyeliner in black €4.99. Maybelline super stay gel nail polish in Rose salsa €6.09. All purchased in Sam McCauley's in Fairgreen SC Carlow. They are in the middle of renovations so watch out for new brow bar and makeup hall very soon!!!

Day 2 of 12 days off - bikini shopping in Penney's :-) You know you're irish when a couple of days of sunshine means it's gonna last forever!! I'm off to Sunny Sligo tomorrow……here's hoping my bikini's get lots of wear!!!

Day 3 of 12 days off - drinking wine in a Martini glass outside a tent on a very windy campsite. Roll on tomorrow when we check into the Clarion

Day 4 of 12 days off: back to civilisation steak followed by wine, crunchie mousse and tea yum

Day 5 of 12 days off: we fit a lot in today…cricket on the beach, crepes, crazy golf, pool, jacuzzi, Italian restaurant…and to top it all off I'm wearing cute bows on my toes

Day 6 of 12 days off: picked up a card just for the words, realised I own a lot of A|wear clothes, had a delicious mojito

Day 7 of 12 days off: this week I've been taking time to enjoy the little things and I'm especially loving sharing it all with my big boys…they make me laugh every day all day

Day 8 of 12 days off: chillaxing after a lovely day made up of forest walks, beach fun & visiting family…almost time to get ready for a few drinkies
Day 9 of 12 days off: browsed some vintage, now time for the last supper heading home tomorrow

Day 10 of 12 days off: back home…have my wall and mannie to cheer me up #devotedtofashion

Day 11 of 12 days off: well back to real living today…unpacking, washing, hoovering, cooking, food shopping and family catch ups. Off to cinema now- not so bad

Day 12 of 12 days off: last day had a lazy morning then picked out the outfits for Off Your Rails Style Night in Baltinglass…there are some lovely pieces!!! Have my feet up now for a relaxing evening

Hope you enjoyed it guys!!

Elaine xx

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