Thursday, June 28, 2012

Get the Look: Jennifer's Bronzed Glow using BB cream!.

Jennifer looking like a bronzed goddess!
by Anne Hutton Makeup & Beauty, Carlow

False Tan: Check! Golden Highlights: Check!
So what do we do about the face?!

So you're all tanned and gorgeous for the summer - false or natural it doesn't matter to me! (For my amazing False Tan Tips, see or just scroll down a few posts for my blog post)
It's important that we get the face makeup right, or there's a risk of looking "orangey" when trying to match makeup with your tan.

This look is really easy to achieve, just follow my simple steps....

1. Always prep the skin for makeup by cleansing and moisturising well.

2. Instead of foundation, apply a BB cream all over the face. Make sure you match the colour in with your tan.
BB creams are the latest beauty trend worldwide - a cross between moisturiser, bronzer, foundation and smoothing illuminators- and are great to use in place of a tinted moisturiser or foundation for a truly natural look. Use a little concealer around the eyes or on any blemishes if needed.
Three popular BB creams for all budgets: MAC Prep + Prime, Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector and Clinique Age Defence.
Bobbi Brown Shimmer brick.
3. Instead of setting with a mattifying powder, dust a little illuminating bronzer all over the face. Try Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick for a splurge (a multi purpose favourite of mine - my kit wouldn't be without it!), or if you're on a budget try Rimmel Sunshimmer 3 in 1 Shimmering Bronzer. Dust over the forehead & down the nose, accross the cheeks and the chin. You can also dust a little shimmer on the shoulders, collar bones, and down along the arms and legs too.

4. You can pop a little nude shimmery brown eyeshadow on the lids (or use the darker colour on the Bobbi Brown brick. Put plenty of mascara on, top an bottom for definition. Push the lashes upwards with the mascara brush an layer it up to create a wide-eyed look like Jen's. See my last blog post on Mascara for lots of info on mascaras.

5. You'll notice how Jen's eyebrows are really well defined. This frames her eyes and makes her look "groomed". My personal favourite product for this is Benefit Browzings, available in 3 colours. This handy little product allows you to tidy the brows and tame unruly hairs using the pigmented wax, and colour them in and fill in the gaps with the more highly pigmented powder. Magic! If you don't have this product in your makeup bag, try using your eyebrow pencil to fill them in, then brush on a little matt brown eyeshadow to add a little extra colour and depth.

6. Finish up with some of your favourite pinky/nude lip gloss.

I hope you try out this look at home, and enjoy your natural fresh face. I know I've enjoyed trying it on myself, and although I have been sick with a cold the past week (it's summer I know, so shouldn't be allowed!!) I have found that this look really perked me up, and at least I didn't look as ill as I felt!!

Anne xxx


Thursday, June 14, 2012

Mascara Jungle...Choose the Right One for You!

by Anne Hutton Makeup & Beauty Carlow

As a makeup artist, people often ask me about the "best" products. "What's the best mascara?" is a popular one. There really is so much choice out there now that it's difficult to pinpoint the one and only best mascara. We all have very different lashes, and different tastes and preferences too. So to make things a little simpler, here are a few tips you can follow when purchasing your next mascara....

Volumising mascaras are generally quite thick in texture, with a fat brush/wand. The aim is not just to add length but to really add bulk to the lashes. Thickening mascara tends to have more waxes and silicone polymers, which offer a little more flexibility, allowing a few coats to be applied without clumping. This is the best choice for thin or sparse lashes that need some plumping up.
My personal favourite thickening mascaras are Yves St Laurent Volume Effet Fax Cils and Lancome's Hypnose Drama. On a tight budget? Try Maybelline Great Lash.

Lengthening mascaras are generally more fluid in texture, and the wand tends to be longer, and brush bristles tend to be shorter, and better for seperating the lashes and coating each individual lash. They work by adding polymer chains, or tiny fibres to the end of each lash, which gives you the added length. They also tend to be more quick-drying than volumising mascaras. I recommend applying one very good coat of lengthening mascara, and leave it at that, as two or more coats can give that "spidery" built-up look.
My favourite lengthening mascaras are MAC Pro Long Lash and Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Lengthening. On a budget? Try Avon's Super Shock.

Waterproof mascara is great for wedding days, holidays and wet weather (if you can brave the outdoors), but I wouldn't recommend it for everyday use. They contain a water-repellant solvent which can be a bit harsh on the lashes for everyday use. They are also harder to remove so you will need a good quality eye makeup remover to avoid excessive rubbing around the delicate eye area.
Again, Lancome are a good reliable source for WP mascara. Try Hypnose. I've even worn it at a waterpark on holiday and not a smudge!

If in doubt, ask at your local cosmetic counter for some advice, or a sample to try at home.
I hope that this was in some way helpful, and that your next mascara purchase is your best!
Anne xx


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Dream Packing

By Elaine Scully Styling

I styled a mega studio shoot last month for photographer Maria McGrail. We had three models and seventeen looks - it was a long and extremely exciting day of shooting. The clothes and accessories I sourced from; Vila, Only and Heatons in Fairgreen Shopping Centre Carlow; Tresor in Rathwood Garden Centre Tullow; and Kwilla in Kilkenny.

My vision for this shoot was to create summer holiday looks. I adore outfit planning for holidays (not so much the ironing and packing part) and having no immediate hopes of jetting off to somewhere sunny this summer, you could say, this was in effect me dreaming about packing.

Travel on Trend and in Comfort

Evita blazer misty rose, €39.95, Birdelle tank top €16.95, Funky Seven highwaist jegging grey, €19.95, Gitte shop necklace cream, €12.95, all from Only @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre. The TeaShed Cup €5, Kwilla. Ring stylists own. Model Erin O'Connor

Rose Westa denim waistcoat, €19.95, Image sleeveless print top, €19.95, Maki long ankle dress, €19.95, Lobster necklace, €6.95 all from Only @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre

Mio solid blazer rouge red, €34.95, Bow shirt, €14.95 both from Only @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Model Erin O'Connor.

Bird print top, €26.95, Ero tunic dessert flower (worn under top), €39.95, Funky highwaist leggings black, €34.95, all from Vila @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Apple ring, €45, Cassette print cushion cover, €26, both from Kwilla

Poolside Pieces

Turquoise St Tropez bikini, €10, Stripe jersey tube dress (worn as skirt), €8, Stripe platform wedge, €25, Pink stripe umbrella, €7, all from Heatons @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Tatty Devine neon owl brooch, €22.50, Kwilla

Print tankini top, €7, Heatons @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Glasses stylists own. Model, Lena Zellerhoff.

Bright spot tankini €12 (incl matching bottoms not shown), Bright strip bikini set, €7, both from Heatons @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Tatty Devine anchor chain, €17, Tatty Devine mustache chain, €32, both from Kwilla

Sight Seeing

Gipta printed dress, €29.95, Chow crochet top, €24.95, Vila @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Watch and head scarf stylists own. Model, Erin O'Connor.

Freddy chiffon shirt, €19.95, Vectra s/s knit top, €19.95, Funky highwaist leggings Summer Yellow, €34.95, Gitte shop necklace, €6.95, all from Only @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Louise Buchan spoon purse, €39.50, Kwilla

Bird print dress, Tresor @ Rathwood Garden Centre. Floral print cushion cover, €26, Buchan spoon purse, €39.50, both from Kwilla. Yellow flask, stylists own. Bicyle from studio. Model, Lena Zellerhoff.

Rosebud sleeveless shirt, €29.95, Runner floral dress, €21.95, both from Vila @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Bird Iphone cover, €25.50, Kwilla. Bangle stylists own. Model, Erin O'Connor.

Becca cream flower bolero, €34.95, Lenora green print top, €19.95, Funky highwaist denim shorts, €29.95, all from Vila @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Floral peeptoe wedge, €25, Heatons, Green apple ring, €45, Kwilla. Glasses stylists own

Anzu top white/hot pink, €19.95, Fleur marine stripe dress, €34.95, both from Vila @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Headpiece created by Stylist. Model, Erin O'Connor.

Black top, models own. RinaScimento black scarf detail trouser, €92.95, Odeon orange shoe, €59.95, both from Tresor @ Rathwood Garden Centre. Bird chain necklace, €45, Kwilla. Model, Lena Zellerhoff.

and of course some Quiet Nights In ;)

Maxi Boost bra pint animal print, €10, Contrast lace brief, €5, both from Heatons @Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Bird chain necklace, €45, Mustache double ring, €10, both from Kwilla

Maxi Boost animal print bra, €10, Sultry waist cincher, €12, both from Heatons @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Neckpiece stylists own. Model, Lena Zellerhoff.

Maxi Boost pink animal print bra, €10, matching brief, €3.50, Heatons @ Fairgreen Shopping Centre. Shoes models own. Arty Smarty Necklaces, €26, €28, bird print purse, €5, all from Kwilla

Photography; Maria McGrail
Stylist; Elaine Scully
Makeup; Alana Witter
Models; Erin O'Connor and Lena Zellerhoff


Peroni Moda Awards Seek Aspiring ROI Fashion Designers

By Elaine Scully Styling

Peroni Moda Awards are seeking talented fashion designers - this is an amazing opportunity for aspiring designers residing in the Republic of Ireland - one other thing you must be 25 or over. Entrants must create a complete fashion look that celebrates the iconic Peroni Nastro Azzurro Blue ribbon. Ten finalists will then be chosen to create their design and send it down the catwalk in front of Ireland's fashion influeners at the Peroni Moda Awards in Dublin in October 2012.

The designer with the best look will win a trip for two to....MILAN....The winner will also get the opportunity to work with Italian fashion designer Marco De Vincenzo as he prepares his Autumn/Winter '13 collection for his show in Milan Fashion Week. Plus the lucky winning designer will have the chance to be featured in 2 full spreads in IMAGE magazine and Tatler Man!!!

Get some Italian Inspiration from the man himself Marco De Vincenzo with his Spring/Summer 2012 Olimpia collection which is available to purchase at The Design Centre in Powerscourt Town Centre, Dublin.

Photographer Leon Farrell

Photographer Leon Farrell

Photographer Leon Farrell

Entries close at 5pm on 10th August 2012. For more information contact

Friday, June 1, 2012

Don't Let Heat Rash Ruin Your Holiday!

by Anne Hutton Makeup & Beauty

So it's that time of year again, and we all love a bit of sun on our skin. We might not be lucky enough to have weather like last week's heat wave all summer in Ireland, but some of you lucky lads and lassies will be going further afield for some holiday sunshine.

So here's some info on one of our hot weather enemies, heat rash, aka prickly heat.....

So what causes Heat Rash?
Well, it's all in the name... Our bodies sweat in order to cool us down, from the surface, when we overheat.  A heat rash occurs when sweat ducts become clogged and the sweat can't get to the surface of the skin. Instead, it becomes trapped beneath the skin's surface, allowing the high salt content in our sweat to cause an inflammation or rash. It's this trapped sweat that causes the tiny water blisters you see on the skin's surface. It can also be red, itchy and sore.
Tight clothing, un-breathable fabrics, and heavy, oily creams or lotions which clog sweat ducts in the skin can all contribute to prickly heat. It may also occur as a side effect to certain medications.

Who is at risk? 
It's more common in babies and the elderly, but it can affect anybody of any age.

What can we do to prevent it? 
Loose fitting cotton is best.
Drinking lots and lots of water is always helpful for our body temperature regulation, and of course hydration, allowing us to "sweat it out" properly.
Cotton Cotton Cotton!! The best fabric to allow our skin to breathe. Lycra, polyester and nylon are the enemies!
Avoid the harsh mid-day sun. Too hot!
Avoid skin burning, not just because it can cause skin cancer, but because sunburn inhibits our skin's ability to sweat properly....which causes prickly heat!
Cool showers and baths, using mild soap. Pat the skin dry, don't rub. Oh and carry around a hand fan (too obvious?!)
Some people swear by using medicated powders such as Dettol Powder, or even just plain, unperfumed talcum powder on the areas that tend to be affected. Individuals are affected differently so it's trial and error really.
Avoid greasy, oily sun creams, and heavily fragranced products. Use light textured good quality creams only. (Aveeno, Clinique, Lancome, Garnier & Neutrogena do popular non-greasy sun creams)
Some people find that regular exfoliation helps. This makes sense as it will get rid of dead skin cells, which may block the pores, thus causing the rash.

So you've gone and got it anyway, what now?
Calamine lotion is known to be helpful to soothe and calm the skin.
You could try a low dose steroid cream, such as a light cream containing Hydrocortisone  (this would be my personal last resort but may be necessary if it's persistent.)
Anti-histamines are also popular (ask your doctor)
Stay cool, and follow my tips above, and it should go away itself.
If you're in a bad way, go to the doctor and get a prescription for something a little stronger.

I hope that this was helpful in some way to all you holiday-makers (jealous = me!)
I'll have to hope for another heatwave here in Ireland before I need to follow my own advice here!

Anne xxx

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