Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Achieve our "Spring Summer Trends Shoot" makeup looks!

by Anne Hutton Makeup & Beauty, Carlow.

After seeing the fab results of our recent photoshoot, with Kath Oniszk Photography, Elaine Scully Styling, and the beautiful Marie Esmonde modelling (see Elaine's post for styling tips and pics), I thought I'd give you some tips on how I achieved Marie's flawless look!


Perfect for Spring/Summer, this simple look involves minimal makeup. Keep the foundation natural and sheer, with a touch of peachy blusher on the cheeks. The focus here is luscious glossy lips - use a peachy pink lipliner, and dab on some lipgloss, mainly on the centre of the lips for a plumping effect.
Under her shades, I kept Marie's eyemakeup minimal, blending neutral eyeshadow colours, a smudge of brown kohl along her top lash-line, and finish with a lick of mascara.

For this gorgeous natural look, keep the foundation same as above. I used a natural pink toned lipstick with a soft sheen - not glossy. Warm brown eyeshadow tones compliment her blue eyes. Keep the colour on the lids light and blend the brown along the socket lines for depth.


To glam it up, I changed Marie's lip colour to deep fuschia pink. Use a strong lip liner and fill in the entire lips, following the natural lip line. Then apply some lipstick in the same colour.
I added mascara top and bottom, some strip false lashes and black liquid eyeliner along her top lash line, keeping underneath her eyes bright and natural. I finished with a pink blusher with a slight shimmer along the cheekbones.

Add some clear lipgloss over the fuschia pink lips for extra sexy statement lips, pictured here!

I hope you've enjoyed our pictures and tips from this shoot,
Anne xx
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Spring Summer Trends Shoot

By Elaine Scully Styling

Very excited about this post...........myself and Anne worked together for the first time on a spring/summer trends shoot last month. We teamed up with the inspirational Kath Oniszk Photography (http://www.facebook.com/#!/Kath.Oniszk) and I'm totally in love with the shots she produced. Modelling for us was the stunning Marie Esmonde (http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=633200214), I have worked with her a lot over the past year, not only is she great fun to be around but she guarantees stunning results.

I sourced all the clothes and accessories from River Island and A|Wear - except for the shoes which were Marie's and the earrings were mine and Marie's. We shot on location at The Dolmen Hotel, Carlow.

These are some of my favourite shots from the shoot


New Nautical - Swallow print tee €20, nautical print circle skirt €35, neon watch €10, coral purse €15, all from A|wear; animal print sunglasses €17, River Island





Colour injection - Floral print cami €25, glamorous dip hem skirt €29.99, mink parka €65, pastel blue ring €10, all from A|wear; shoes models own






Peplum Please - Peplum pleat top €25, navy A-line mini €35, geo print scarf €12, colour block shopper €35, all from A|wear; earrings stylists own; shoes models own




Monochrome Mix - Black cropped top €22, monochrome pencil skirt €30, star print jacket €45, all from River Island; blue heart ring €6, gold ring €10, both from A|wear; earrings models own




Dabble in Print - Navy blazer €53, car print crop shirt €33, navy lace shorts €40, all from River Island; earrings models own



Our shoot was published in The Carlow Nationalist, here's the piece from the paper;



Text from Published Feature 

The spring/summer fashion season begins now girls! Thanks to milder brighter weather, the urge to pick up new season updates can no longer be ignored. The best way to begin your switch over to spring is colour injection. The trend palette is wide open from pretty pastels to lively neons and brilliant brights. Pick your palette and watch your dull neutrals receive an instant spring in their step.

Your transition from winter to spring is underway; our next task is giving a new lease of life to last summer’s closet by dabbling in print. Floral prints have a strong store presence and are in full bloom at this time of year. If you’re looking for a print with more va-va-voom however, then the car print is for you! Straight off the catwalks of Prada, you can grab this designer print with a highstreet price tag in our local River Island.

The Peplum is my personal favourite trend. Flares on the waist of dresses were a hot detail for autumn/winter but this season sees us get our kick for flares through separates. Look no further than A|wear Carlow for peplum skirts, or try tops with a flared waist, perfect for changing the silhouette of a pencil skirt or up-styling your skinnies.

Don’t be overwhelmed by catwalk trends. View them as your inspiration for style and not as a rule book. For our shoot I was inspired by the Monochrome Look (blocks of black and white) from the runways of Chanel and Lanvin. I spiced this trend up by teaming it with a star print jacket from River Island. You too can do the same. Select details from your favourite trends and mix with your existing wardrobe or take a trend and add your personal twist.



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Friday, April 20, 2012

Cheeky Little Nail Fruits!


 by Anne Hutton Makeup & Beauty, Carlow



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Check it out...how cute! Cheeky little fruits on your nails! You can decorate your nails in a matter of seconds with these trendy little designs which are super-easy to apply. Pick up Essence Nail Fruits for only €2.49 at Penneys, Dunnes, and pharmacies nationwide. For a realy fruity punch, match them up with fruity lips (for fruity lips, see previous blog or see Anne's Beauty Tips Folder in Facebook: Anne Hutton Makeup & Beauty: Photo's)
 Enjoy! Anne xx
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

No Tango Tans Please!

by Anne Hutton Makeup & Beauty, Carlow.

Summer is coming and it's time to get those pins looking pretty! If you're feeling a little pale and pasty after a long season of winter woolies, then it's time to add a summer glow to your skin.

Here are some of my top tips and tricks for a perfectly real looking false tan, every time!


1. A day or two beforehand, exfoliate your skin from head-to-toe to remove any dead or dry skin cells from the surface. Moisturise well after this. (see my previous blog post about "Baby soft skin" for more on this)

2. Shower beforehand, and don't apply body lotion, as this may block the self tanning ingredients from penetrating the skin properly (resulting in a patchy, streaky tan). If you have a dry skintype use a self-tan with built in moisturiser. If your skin is more oily, a gel or water-based formula will work well.

There are great choices on the market now for dry skins.

A good budget range
3. You can, however, apply a small amount of light moisturiser on rough areas such as heels and elbows. Allow it to soak in well before applying your tan.

4. Use gloves or a mitt to avoid tangoed hands, and apply carefully to your hands at the very end.
You can lightly rub over areas that tend to streak, such as knees, underarms, elbows, ankles etc with a dry cotton pad (or an old soft towel) to blend.



Face self tanner and bronzer by Lancome

5. On the face, first cleanse, tone and use a light moisturiser. Use a seperate self-tan suitable for the face. Some body tans can be used on the face, but most are designed only for the body and may block pores or cause irritation on the face. At the end, use a dry cotton pad and rub over the edges of the face and the eyebrows etc. to prevent build-up.

6. Wash hands carefully, but try not to remove all the tan from the backs of the hands.

7. For a finishing touch, use bronzing powder to add extra glow and shimmer to the chest & shoulders, and down along the centre of the legs & arms for a slimming effect.

Note: To fix a streak or dark patch, use cotton pads soaked in a strong toner with alcohol, and moisturise well.

Also, the best way to get a nice deep colour is to apply it a couple of times over a couple of days, rather than piling on lots in one go.
Happy Tanning!!
Anne xxx
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Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Legs

By Elaine Scully Styling

Easter weekend is here and it seems the weather is letting us down yet again. It goes without saying that we'll be cheering ourselves up by indulging in baskets of chocolate eggs, but why not lift your style spirits by splurging on a pair of EASTER LEGS! Now when I say splurging, for just €17 you can pick up a new trouser in Penneys, which is my first stop for inspirational leggy treats.

Lilac Blouse, €15; Printed Capri Trouser, €17; Pink Suede Courts €10, Penneys Ireland

Next up is an eastern floral print trouser from Warehouse. The key to pulling this look off - as you can see - is to keep it simple and team with a plain vest or tee. A block colour blazer would make this look more wearable with the current outdoor temperature. With this cut of trouser you may be conscious of your hips, so pair with wedges or heels to lengthen your silhouette, also choose a jacket with strong shoulders.

Eastern trouser, €50, Warehouse

Metallic is a strong trend this season for casual wear and many highstreet stores have a shimmering option for your summer jeans. I adore the below pair from Oasis and I have also spotted similar styles in A|wear and Warehouse.

Metallic jeans, Oasis

We never tire of denims and this season they have received a major makeover - the printed denim! Available in every highstreet store they are printed with cherries, blooms and stripes to name a few. Boasting a price tag of €26 the below pair from www.boohoo.com are definitely worth a try!


Elisa Vintage floral skinny jeans, €26, boohoo.com

Enjoy your Easter Eggs Legs ;)

Elaine xx
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