“Make Up is self-confidence applied directly to the face.”
Yesterday I was invited to Forever Young Beauty Salon in Corofin, Co. Clare to have my make-up and lashes applied by the salon proprietor, Amanda McMahon. This was my second time having my make up done by Amanda and I have to say I am very impressed with her technique.
Amanda has 13 years experience in the beauty industry and has completed several courses with a host of well known make up artists such as Derrick Carberry, Paula Callan, Mrs Makeup and Tara O’Farrell to name a few!
From the moment I walked in the door I was won over by how friendly the staff were and the magnificent decor. There is a beautiful make up room which can cater for private parties. You can book a pampering day package and tailor it to suit your budget and needs. A light lunch and a glass of bubbly are also offered – an ideal choice for a bridal party in the lead up to the big day or even just a fun afternoon with the girls! If you can’t come to the salon Amanda can arrange a mobile service which means you can be beautified from the comfort of your own home!
Amanda specialises in bridal make up and works with her clients to find their style and personality. To add that extra comfort to your special day, she will travel to your required destination on the morning of your wedding. Bridal treatments such as a luxury declare facial, hot stone massage, spray tan, waxing, semi-permanent lashes and gel nails can all be incorporated into a package to suit your needs.
I had an event yesterday afternoon in Nenagh followed by a hen party in Galway so having my make up applied was such a treat! We had a chat about colours and products before she applied the make up to get a feel for what type of look I wanted. We decided to focus the look on the eyes with a strong brow, natural lashes and a soft lip.
Amanda used Smashbox Studio Skin foundation which is long wearing and hydrating and great for building medium-to-full coverage. I usually always go with Estée Lauder double wear foundation but it is very heavy for daytime. I found the Smashbox much lighter on my skin but I still got good coverage from it so I would absolutely recommend it. She also used Mac pro longwear concealer which every girl should have in their make up bag! It can cover even the darkest undereye circles and a little goes a really LONG way!
On my eyes Amanda applied Smashbox photo finish lid primer. This creates the perfect canvas for shadow application and helps smooth and perfect your lid. She explained that even if you wear it alone it creates a flawless natural eye. I definitely need to invest in this product! She then used a variety of Mac eyeshadows to achieve a dramatic smokey eye – my favourite!
She contoured using the Pippa Palette…who can resist the Lulu champagne highlighter! Im a tad obsessed with this product…perfect for highlighting your cheekbone.
Next were my lashes! I had semi-permanent lashes for nearly three years and was absolutely addicted to them. They completely ruined my lashes so with much regret I decided to give them up. Now I just stick to individual lashes or a strip when I have an event or special occasion. Amanda applied Revel eyelashes to me which she stocks in her salon. These lashes look really natural and have a thin lash band for easy application. The strip can hold a good coat of adhesive, which ensured the lash held confidentially throughout the day. I absolutely loved these and got lots of compliments. The best part about these is that they are re-usable so you can get 3/4 wears out of them. They are 100% human hair which creates the soft natural appearance. There is a variety to choose from depending on how dramatic you want to go and they retail at €10 per box which includes your glue. The glue dries clear and guarantees to stay on for 48 hours. I will definitely be investing in a couple of boxes! She used the SL008 ones on me.
I didn’t want a strong lip colour so she used a very soft shade with a Penny’s lipstick that I absolutely love! Its a dupe for Mac Velvet Teddy and only costs €2. I will definitely be stocking up!
Finally Amanda did my brows. I LOVE a strong brow and absolutely loved the product she used to create mine. She applied Beautiful Brows on me which is a unique semi-permanent, refillable eyebrow kit that ensures your brows are on fleek at all times…sounds good to me! It works with a stencil and brow powder. These kits are stocked in Forever Young and retail at €40.
We were so busy chatting I forgot to take a picture with her in the salon. Typical! I did manage a quick selfie in the car however! I am obsessed with these lashes… will definitely be investing in a few boxes!
You can follow Amanda on facebook HERE or contact her directly at +353876460327. I was so impressed by her salon and range of treatments and would not hesitate to recommend her. I am already looking forward to my next visit!