Last year I worked on a production for Detroit Public Television called A Celtic Awakening. The production team flew over from the States and they employed local actors and crew, including me! I got to work with the fantastic singer Faith-Marion Robinson who came to Ireland to record the backing visuals to her live show. She sings alot of old Irish songs, so wanted to come here to show the beautiful scenery that our country has to offer. Everything was meant to be from years gone by so the hair and make-up was traditional and old worldly.
Here is a little taster of the video:
It was a fantastic job, which had me travelling all over Ireland, seeing the best that the country’s tourist sites have to offer. One of my favourite spots was the rope bridge near Bushmills, it was so pretty and somewhat scary crossing it! We stayed the night in the Bushmills Hotel, which was the most amazing place to stay, really warm and felt homely with open fires and comfy furnishings.
Traditional Irish Village of Craggaunowen. This is a fantastic celtic village in Co.Clare that has been restored, which created the perfect setting for one of her songs.
I wish jobs like this came along more often, I love travelling and really enjoyed getting to see loads of Ireland, we live in such a scenic country which is the perfect backdrop for film and television. More productions need to be made in Ireland!
Where is your favourite place to visit in Ireland?
You might of seen this already but for those of you who didn’t I had a little article on the Irish Times Blog: Fash Mob you can check it out here. I also posted it here incase you are too lazy to click the link
Cher is rocking a beautiful fresh faced look with soft pastels, but has given it a modern twist, with a pop of lavender on the lip.
To create this look yourself you need to start with luminous flawless skin. To get the glowing base, prep the skin with an iridescent primer like MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream. If you have oily skin they now have a light version. To even out the skin tone use a foundation on the centre of your face blending up and outwards. Lancome Teint Miracle is the perfect foundation to create this beautiful fresh look. Cher has no hint of undereye circles, but for those of us that might not be as well rested, a heavy duty concealer like Benefit’s Erase Paste is just the ticket. Use a soft sheer powder like MAC Mineralise Skin Finish to set the make-up but not lose any of the luminosity. To recreate Cher’s envious bone structure contouring with any matt bronzer or taupe eyeshadow is essential. Lightly sweep this on with a soft blusher brush in a C-Shape going from the side of the forehead around and under the cheek bones. Blend this out to avoid the heavy look popularised by the 80s! After this is applied use a subtle peachy blusher like Benefit Coralista on the apples of the cheeks to keep the skin tone healthy looking.
With Urban Decays 24/7 Eyeshadow pencil in Delinquent generously line around the top and bottom lashline, smudge this out gently with a dense brush, I love No.7s Smokey Eyeliner Brush (which happily is free with the €7.50 Boots vouchers). This creates a soft wash of purple. Layered on top of this is a dramatic black eyeliner. Use a waterproof gel liner like BobbI Brown Black Ink and a very thin brush (I like to use a small watercolour paintbrush from the Art and Hobby Shop). Thickly line the eyes on top, coming to a slight point at the outter edges. Then line the bottom waterline with an Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion. This is by far THE BEST black eyeliner out there, as once dry it is waterproof and doesn’t budge. To finish of the eyes, apply feathery lashes that add volume and density. The Illamasqua No.16s are great, although there are no Illamsqua stores in Ireland anymore you can still buy their products online. Top this with lashings of mascara to blend them in.
Complete the look with a fantastic lippy from Barry M called Palest Lavender. Top this up with YSL Golden Lavender lip gloss to create sparkle and shine. It is a more unusual choice for the lips, but is a great alternative to a nude lip and surprisingly suits most complexions, so go on try it!
I am finally catching up with some of the posts that I have meant to do for ages. This is a music video that I did a few months ago with the fantastic band “The Ambience Affair”. This is their new single called The Fallen which is on their debut album “Burials”.
Burials was released through Bluestack Records on October 14th. You can get more information about where they are touring, where to buy their album etc here.
Credits for the video
Produced by: Soul Jacker
Featuring: Sophie Merry
Camera Assistant: Damien Dunne
Make up: Me @ Music Video Makeup Artist
Special thanks to Lauren Murphy, Julia Davin-Power, Donnacha Coffey
A few months ago I had the pleasure of working with an up and coming star called Maverick Sabre. He is a true gent, originally from London, he moved to New Ross in Wexford and spent his formative years there. He moved back to London to pursue his music career.
We filmed most of the video in Co. Wexford, we were so lucky because we did alot of filming outside and the weather was absolutely splitting the rocks!
It was a very quick 2-day shoot, so there was alot to fit in to that short space! We travelled from Rosslare, to Wexford Town, New Ross, Greystones and the Dublin Mountains.
You might remember some weeks ago I shared some behind the scenes photographs of the Music Video for “My Little Honda 50“. I shared the actual video later on facebook, but for those that didn’t catch it there I thought I would post it up on the blog too.
It is very tongue in cheek and was quite a bit of craic!
I did a Music Video with Hazel Entertainments for Seamus Moore a musician from London a couple of weeks ago called, “My Honda 50″. The song itself is written by Thomas Tuohy a musician from Timahoe, Co. Kildare. Christy Moore did a cover of this song last year on the Late Late Show.
It was a really fun and interesting shoot to work on. I got to hand lay some facial hair for this Desert Prince Look:
Also got to do other interesting character make-ups like Sgt Kelly – Garda , Beetle Juice, the Blues Brothers, a priest, a convict, a doctor, a gangster and a nun.
He also had a little accident
And of course had a bit of a scrape. Get the plaster!
This is the make-up for the music video set in Dublin that I did with Carl Barat last year. We filmed it in one of the oldest pubs in Dublin, The Brazen Head. It was a pretty extreme day as they got all the people to talk about their lost loves. It meant that we filmed a whole load of people talking about their experiences and some really sad, harrowing tales of losing loved ones. The people divulged some pretty personal stories, everything from death, hurt, cheating on a partner to miscarriages.
Carl seemed to be really sympathetic and genuinely moved by everybody’s story. It made me think that these kind of tales were exactly what he was trying to channel in this song. He was very appreciative of every person telling their individual tale.
The day itself flew by and it was great getting to work with a professional team from London. I hope to work with the gang in Agile Films again in the future as they seem to be doing loads of interesting projects.
I am really looking forward to doing the Make-Up for the show: “The Story of Motown” in the Olympia tonight. I am sure that it is going to be a fantastic night out and if you haven’t got your tickets already get them now for the bargain price of €25!
I have been doing some research and absolutely love the glamour and flair of the Motown Musicians. Diana Ross, the Supremes, Gladys Knight, Teena Marie, The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas all make up this fantastic music genre.