Category Archives: Freelance Make up artist

Mini Interview with Make Up By Andrea Murphy


1. How long are you in the industry?I have always worked with makeup but opened my own mobile business in 2009 and I am very happy to say I have not looked back. I am one of lucky people who can actually say I love my job and mean it.


2. What is your favorite treatment?
I love bridal makeup. It’s the most important day of someone’s life and I’m lucky to work with beautiful brides that want to look like themselves on their big day.

3. Favorite Skincare/Hair product/make up?
I specialize in airbrush makeup. This is the revolutionary new spray on foundation that gives an amazing flawless finish with no touch ups required.

4. Best thing about your job?
Being part of someone’s wedding day. Being with the bride on the build up to her big day, helping her in every way I can and then having the pleasure of being with her and her family when it finally arrives.

5. Who do you most admire in the industry?

I love Pat McGrath. She is an amazingly talented makeup artist who is constantly coming up with creative original ideas. She is a very inspiring lady.

Andrea Murphy is the Winner of RSVP Magazine Best Bridal Make-up Artistry 2013 and in 2012 she was Nominated in the Top 5 Bridal Makeup Artists in Ireland.  She is available for bridal make up and photo shoots nationwide.  To book an appointment with Andrea, call 
0874118007 or visit https://callofbeauty.ie/item/andrea-murphy-make-up-artist

How to get a "slimmer" face using a Chinese ceramic soup spoon and facial oil.

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“It’s free, it feels good, and it works!”

What do you think guys? If you try it out let us know if it works for you. 

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Basic Bridal Beauty Guidelines - Pre-wedding Shots


The day before the pre-wedding shoot:
+ Get your eyebrows professional trimmed (if you are unable to do it yourself)
+ Slap on a mask before heading to bed // Moisturise as much as you can.
+ Apply a generous amount of lip balm too.


On the morning of:

Step 1: Start with a clean and moisturised face, then apply lip balm and make-up base.

Step 2: Use liquid foundation or cream foundation for stronger coverage.

Step 3: Apply concealer only on areas that need the extra coverage like blemishes, dark and/or red spots. You don’t want to have a caked-up face.

Step 4: If you don’t have bronzer or a darker foundation shade, you can always use brown eyeshadow for shading. Apply it around the corners of your face – near the hair line, the sides of your nose (for a sharpening illusion) and the jaw areas (for a slimming illusion). Once satisfied, set with loose/pressed powder.

Step 5: Using an eye primer to help your eye shadow last longer. For this tutorial, I used pink as the base colour and bronze to overlap it.

Step 6: Apply white eyeshadow just at the edge of your eyebrow bone. Highlighting your brow bone will help define your brows, and give your eyes a fresh and widening effect.

Step 7: Time to draw your eyebrows! Don’t stand too close to the mirror while doing it, you’ll need to see your entire face to ensure it’s balanced out.
For the eyes, I used gel liner before a layer of liquid liner to help create a bold, longer-lasting flick. I wouldn’t recommend water lining; instead line as close as you can, from the top – you don’t want it to start smudging as the shoot (and heat) wears on.

Step 8: If falsies are necessary, I’d recommend those half sets that flare out into a longer end – mostly for comfort and easy application. It’ll also complement your lined eyes.

Step 9: Apply a shimmer stick to help pick up the light in photographs, enhancing the nose and cheekbones for that quintessential bridal glow.

Step 10: For a softer, delicate feel, use gold//silver shimmer for the under lines and brown//pink to finish it the other half.

Step 11: Apply a generous amount of blusher. You’ll need it, especially while taking outdoor shots because a natural amount will not translate in the pictures. Use a lip brush for precision, while applying lip colour.

Choose pink for a softer romantic look …

Or red for a classic chic look!

Alright now, off you go! Work it, you blushing bride, you!

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check out https://callofbeauty.ie

Mini Interview with Malvina Barrett the Makeup Artist

1. Tell us a little about yourself


I hate this question! I’m a wife, a mother and a makeup artist. I live in the country side, which I 

love. I have two dogs, Zeus and Socks and hens! I collect weird stuff of sentimental value. I value 

honesty and loyalty. The things that move me the most is when someone does something small 

for me, something I wouldn’t expect like a text to let me know there is something on the TV I might 

like – silly things like that make me feel warm and fuzzy inside! I like to swim, practice Pilates and 

walking but there must be a purpose, like collecting sticks to start the fire! I love my wellies and my 

wheelbarrow for that very reasons.


2. What made you decide that being a makeup artist (MUA) was for you?


I started out as a beauty therapist. I always loved doing makeup for clients and I knew even from 

college that I had a flair for makeup a lot more than my fellow students – I guess I can see people, 

I can see their potential, I sometimes look at people, like in waiting rooms and wish I could get my 

hands on them! I have a good eye and see their hidden beauty. I moved on from beauty therapy 

by studying makeup artistry with Louise Constad who is a celebrity makeup artist in London. That 

course opened my eyes to so much and I realised then that this is what I really wanted to do. I 

then went on to study for the international qualifications (ITEC) and went out on my own 

freelancing. I remember feeling so energised and a little scared at the same time but knew this 

move was so right for me. I felt so happy that I was working everyday doing something I love and I 

still feel like that to this day, I feel lucky.


3. Do you use/have a favourite brand? If so, why?

I use a lot of the top designer brands such as MAC, Laura Mercier, Chanel, Shiseido, Nars, Bobbi 

Brown together with the professional brand Makeup Forever. Out of all of them MAC would be my 

favourite! I have a lot of MAC in my kit and love their brushes too. Brushes are my tools and are 

so important to my job, the MAC brushes are of good quality. I like some of their foundations too 

as they have a massive range of shades, textures and tones. I also use the MAC eyeshadows as I 

find they have a lot of pigment in them as apposed to other brands which have a lot of fillers, you 

can notice this as the eyeshadows become airborne very easily when used if they contain a lot of 

fillers.


4. What do you find is the most common mistake women make when applying makeup?

They select the wrong foundation. I see this a lot when I am doing a makeup lesson with a client, I 

get them to bring in their makeup bags with them so I can have a route around! Very often their 

foundation is shades darker than it should be or it is the wrong foundation type for their skin and 

they are wondering why it is wearing off by lunchtime.


5. Why is it important for someone to use a MUA instead of doing it themselves or getting a 

friend to do it for them?

If someone wants to look the best they can be then a makeup artist will see and have the technical 

know how to go about achieving this. When someone is presented to me, I see them as a blank 

canvas and can straight away see their potential, I will see things like for example; they have 

hooded eyes, so I need to apply a technique to make their eyes bigger or they have big open 

pores so I will factor this in when selecting a foundation so the texture of their skin will be smooth 

like a baby’s bum!


6. What is your most unusual request?

I did makeup for a wedding a while back and the best man had a black eye which I camouflaged, 

he had a great opening line about getting his makeup done that morning for his speech!


7. What is your favourite or perhaps the most exciting aspect of your job?

My favourite is seeing the end result and the look on my clients faces! On occasion, there have 

been tears when someone has forgotten about themselves, forgotten to take time to be good to 

themselves, perhaps not bothering with makeup anymore and has just gotten used to looking the 

same way, then when their makeup is applied they realise that prettiness is still there, they feel 

good about themselves, it can be a wonderful boost to their confidence. I always get really excited 

just before I work on a magazine photoshoot or TV, the adrenalin starts to pump, when I worked on 

TV3 and TG4, there was the excitement of live TV, because you know there are no second 

chances!


8. What gets you up in the morning?

My son! He likes to cannon ball us first thing in the morning like on Garfield; he climbs up on the 

bench at the foot of our bed and jumps!


9. What tips or advice would you give to someone wanting to become a makeup artist?

Watching an experienced makeup artist in action will help you learn so much, try and find someone 
you admire and ask if you can assist them. Hands on experience is key.

Malvina offers a professional Make-up Service in the Galway area.  For more information and to get in touch, check out her profile here;
https://callofbeauty.ie/item/promakeup-by-malvina-barrett
or Call (086)8668267

New Mobile Credit Card Product for your IPhone

It hasn’t reached the UK or Ireland yet, but this new gadget allows you to swipe credit cards and accept payments on your IPhone or IPad!

Square Up was created by the founder of Twitter has backing from VISA, MasterCard and American Express and could be a very useful tool for mobile hairdressers, beauticians, make-up artists and any other freelance service providers who don’t have a credit card facility. 

Professional Eyelash Extensions in Dublin and Kildare

Make-up artist Karen Miley from Lashes Couture offers a Professional Eyelash Extensions service that can last between one to three months.  Her service covers the Kildare and Dublin. She provides a rang of different types of lashes that suit you and her celebrity clients include Anna Friel, Pippa O’Connor and Rosanna Davidson.

Check out her Call of Beauty listing here;

https://callofbeauty.ie/item/lashes-couture

Professional Eyelash Extensions in Dublin and Kildare

Make-up artist Karen Miley from Lashes Couture offers a Professional Eyelash Extensions service that can last between one to three months.  Her service covers the Kildare and Dublin. She provides a rang of different types of lashes that suit you and her celebrity clients include Anna Friel, Pippa O’Connor and Rosanna Davidson. Check out her gallery on this site

http://www.lashextensions.ie/

For more information and to find a make-up artist in your area check out
https://www.callofbeauty.ie

Freelance Make-up artist Cork

For a professional make-up service in the Cork area check out http://www.elaineocallaghan.net
Elaine provides a full make-up service for weddings, debs, graduation or any special occasion, Elaine also has a great blog with lots of beauty and make-up tips.

Other mobile make-up in the Cork area are;

Andrea Mobile Make-up Artist

Special Eyes

For more information check out https://www.callofbeauty.ie

Freelance Make-up artist Cork

For a professional make-up service in the Cork area check out https://callofbeauty.ie/item/elaine-ocallaghan-make-up-artist
Elaine provides a full make-up service for weddings, debs, graduation or any special occasion, Elaine also has a great blog with lots of beauty and make-up tips.

Other mobile make-up in the Cork area are;

Andrea Murphy Make Up Artist
https://callofbeauty.ie/item/andrea-murphy-make-up-artist

Glamour! By Dawn Make Up Artist
https://callofbeauty.ie/item/glamourby-dawn-freelance-make-up-artist

For more information check out https://www.callofbeauty.ie

Freelance Make-up artist Dublin

For a professional Make-up artist in the Dublin area for your wedding, debs, graduation or any special occasion check out the following;

http://www.ajmakeup.com/

http://www.kateoreillymakeup.com

http://www.niamhdarcymakeup.com

http://www.alysonmakeup.com/

http://www.meganhughesmakeup.com

http://www.michellealisonmakeup.webs.com

http://www.angelfacemake-up.com

http://www.kandigloss.moonfruit.com

Lorraine McCann make-up artist

Lady Lashes Make-up artist 

Georgina Feeny Make-up artist

Nikki Kelly Make-up Artist

For more information check out

https://www.callofbeauty.ie