Ok so I have a confession, I am obsessed with beauty. Everything about it.
I trained at the start of this year as a Make up artist, at Ciara Daly Make Up, because my obsession was spiraling out of control. Spending hours every night watching youtube tutorials on contouring, smokey eyes and marilyn monroe inspired looks was like an addiction. So I decided to find an outlet to vent my passion and enthusiasm!
Of course now I am hooked line and sinker and I am even more passionate than ever about learning techniques, finding the best products and sourcing top of the line brushes. When Paddy McGurgan’s evening at the make up pro store in Belfast popped up in my news feed, I knew I had to be a part of it and check out Belfast’s newest make up haven.
When we arrived we were greeted with cocktails and canapes. Permitted to walk around and test out the beautiful make up range by the Make up pro studio and Senna, I felt like a kid in a sweet shop. The staff were uber friendly dishing out expert advice and knowledge on the products and tools on offer.
Paddy is a leading make up artist in Ireland and it’s not hard to see why. Extremely charismatic with a positive attitude, and an ability to make every woman feel beautiful, Paddy is a master of his trade. Did anyone know that toner is actually just for oily skin?! Nope me neither! I barely moisturise my skin, let alone cleanse and tone. Here’s to my new skin resolution, thou must cleanse thoroughly and not go to bed after one to many drinks with a full face of make up and wake up with one eyelash stuck halfway down my cheek.
Speaking of eyelashes, I don’t know about you but they have always been the bane of my going out routine. I actually physically panic when trying to put them on, sweaty palms, shaky hands, praying that the glue doesn’t go everywhere. Paddy demostrated eyelash application, dabbing the glue on his hand then running it along the lash band before applying as close to the lash line as possible. He made it look so effortless with a hilarious rendition of every woman’s fear when applying eyelashes, ‘Oh my god, they’re going to dry, they’re going to dry!’
I don’t care what anyone says, blending eyeshadow is a skill. Even after my make up course, I still find it hard to blend seamlessly. Paddy managed to make it look easy with a gorgeous blend of neutral tones. Stevey, Paddy’s colleague (with amazing blue hair), was busy making up her model using yellow and coral tones with flawless skin and burnt orange lips. The blend of colours was not something I would normally wear but they really complimented each other, looking fresh and summery.
Armed with my new make up knowledge and beautiful plum eyeshadow palette (make up atelier, a reasonable £28), I feel ready to take on the world with renewed confidence in my application technique! I strongly recommend Paddy’s workshops, they are great fun and the best way to spend a girly night out.