Monday, December 19, 2011

Joanne Christmas party make up and outfit

On Friday night Joanne got dickied up for her work Christmas party and I, of course, told her I was doing her make up, whether she liked it or not.  She bought her dress last weekend in The Secret Closet in Howth, a dinky little shop that has an amazing selection of new and nearly new designer dresses, shoes, handbags, coats, you get the picture.  Everything is less than two years old.  It's run by two sisters, Karen Foley and Lesley O'Toole which is probably why we love it so much!  One of the sisters helped us out so much and of course, I never thought to actually ask her her name but she pulled some dresses that she thought would suit Joanne's shape and she was bang on the money.  Joanne picked the second dress she tried on, a beautiful Karen Millen one shoulder pink and purple dress.  It was €134 so just over her €100 budget but it's just so pretty!

Of course, the photo on the left was the first one I took.  What did Bailey do?  He sees the camera, and gets in front of it, lies down and smiles with his eyes.  No word of a lie.  I have him tormented with photos so much that his automatic response when he sees a camera or phone pointing towards him is to stay still.

Joanne's shoes are from Dorothy Perkins and were €50.  They've a weeny heel and a hidden platform and are the perfect Little Black Shoe.  Her legs are Sally Hansened with the lightest one and ladies, if you're going out bare legged, this is a must have.  It covers veins, takes the blue tinge off your pins and gives a really pretty shimmer along with subtle colour and every girl should have some.  We did but gave ours to the mothership last weekend so we picked one up yesterday in Tescos for €13, money well spent.

Now, on to the make up.  I don't do anyone's make up really.  I'm not a make up artist or anything, I'm just a lunatic that believes that more is more!  I used Avon's Ideal Flawless Liquid Foundation in the shade Ivory all over her face and these are the rest of the products I used.

Eye shadows: Nars Savage Cream Eyeshadow, Nars Swing Cream Eyeshadow, Bourjois eye shadow Blue Magnetique, gold no name shadow from Spain, MUA shadow Shade 9, Bourjois eye shadow Noir Precieux and MAC pigment Antique Gold.  Mascara was Benefit's They're Real.

Cheek products: Chanel Joues Contraste blush in Rose Bronze, MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Refined.

Lips: Rimmel Vinyl Lip Gloss in the shade Outrageous.

I started by applying Nars's Savage Cream Shadow all over the lid and Nars's Swing Cream eye shadow in her crease and blended them in.  These were to create a sticky base for the powder eye shadows to grab on to and stay put for the night.

I applied the golden shadow that I got in Spain on the top of the gold cream shadow and then MUA Shade 19 in the crease, blending as I went.  I also applied it to the inner corner and under the lower lashes to brighten her eyes a bit.

I patted a bit of MAC's pigment in Antique Gold over the lids for a bit of sparkle, if you can't do glitter at Christmas, when can you?!

I used the two Bourjois eye shadows on the outer corners and in the crease to add more definition and took them under the lower lashes but just at the outer half.  Joanne applied her own mascara and put a couple of coats of Benefit's They're Real on upper and lower lashes.

I applied Chanel's Rose Bronze blush to the apples of her cheeks and MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Refined to the tops of her cheekbones and that was it!  I didn't use powder because Joanne has really dry skin at the best of times and it had started to flake a bit when I was applying her foundation.

The look was complete with a quick swipe of Rimmel's Vinyl Lip Gloss in Outrageous, a gorgeous nudey shade.  Off she went out to party the night away!

I love purple and gold together, especially around Christmas.  What do you like to wear on your visage around Christmas?


  1. Swit swoo looking fab Joanne! Heard such good things about that shop. And aww bless little Bailey!

  2. Looking good Joanne! She looks so like you Karen!! I hope you had a great night Joanne!

  3. You look lovely Joanne the dress is fab...... Look at bailey trying to steal the show....


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