sarah lanagan

New Shoot: Social & Personal Magazine September 2012

Shot by Johnny Savage and styled by Lisa Marie McCarroll in the beautiful surrounds of Leixlip Castle, this stunning pool side editorial is currently being featured in the September issue of Social & Personal magazine. For the make-up and hair I kept everything very natural aside from a shot of deep, ruby red on the lips which was created using Maybelline’s lip stain in Shy Red as a base which was then topped up with Fatal Red lipstick and finally a coat of the new 10 Hr Tint Gloss in Endless Ruby to seal it all in and create an added depth.


Make-up & Hair styling: Sarah Lanagan // Photography: Johnny Savage // Styling: Lisa Marie Mc Carroll // Model: Allana Blake @ Morgan The Agency

Irish Times Interview... Make-up Artist Sarah Lanagan

A few weeks ago, with the lovely back drop of Avoca’s cafe I met up with Rosemary MacCabe from The Irish Times to do an interview about all things make-up and beauty related. As you can imagine the fact I was actually being asked to talk about my favourite things (rather than just typing away for the blog) was a lot of fun! If you’d like to read about my personal top picks, routines and tips for saving money - there’s a little link here.

In the article I mentioned a lot of things… including L'occitane’s fantastic Angelica Eye Gel & Miller Harris, a brand that isn’t too well known over here in Ireland but is well worth checking out. Available in Arnotts, they do exquisite candles, shower gels and hand creams that not only smell beautiful but hydrate skin & leave you looking and feeling gorgeous.  

The picture above is from Stellar Magazine. Make-up by Sarah Lanagan

Fragrance: Bell Jar Technology

Have you ever found yourself wondering how a fragrance can claim to have “notes of Malaysian summer rain” or a hint of “Parisian cinnamon apple cake” and just thought… hmm, are they just trying to make it sound as fancy as possible? As far fetched as something might sound, the creator of that fragrance will have gone to great lengths to capture that specific smell, using a very specialised method called Head space or Bell Jar technology. 

With this method, a glass jar is used to cover certain foods, plants, flowers and even  their environment (eg. dry earth or dew on leaves) from which the air can be extracted, allowing for a much more specialised scent to be added to the eventual perfume. A perfect example of this would be Marc Jacobs’ new splash fragrances which include Hibisicus, Kumquat and my favourite; Rain which literally smells like a garden fresh after an April shower, with hints of amber, strawberries and flowers - making it a perfect, light summer scent.  

Marc Jacobs fragrances are available in Brown Thomas

Trend Alert: White Blonde Hair

White blonde is a really strong trend in hair colour this season but not only because the sun is out and people want to go lighter! Last year, designers leant much more towards softer, natural tones but with so many vibrant prints, hues and colours emerging in both fashion and beauty there was always going to be a shift towards more dramatic looks for hair too. Having a neutral tone to your hair also offers versatility when choosing wardrobe and make-up too so if you’re thinking of getting your hair bleached up this is the season for it!

Quick Tip: Always ensure you’ve got a really good deep conditioning treatment available so that you’re hair won’t suffer too much dehydration from a bleach up. Shu Uemura’s nourishing Moisture Velvet Treatment mask will keep your hair looking healthy and feeling soft if used 3 times a week. 

Shu Uemura Hair care is available in Kazumi Salon, Molesworth St. 

Photo Shoot: U Magazine

A few weeks ago I did a New York, Loft Party style editorial for U Magazine with photographer Johnny Savage and stylist Angela Scanlon; here are some of the shots from the current issue. With the theme of New York in place, it seemed only fitting to use the Big Apple’s main make-up brand; Maybelline! I used their Dream Satin liquid foundation on all the girls to give their skin a healthy glow and then added a touch of brightness under eyes, brows & on cheek bones with the new Dream Lumi Touch concealer/highlighter pen.

As metallics are big news in make-up land this season, Model Naoise (above) is wearing the new EyeStudio shadow in Bronze Seduction which really brings blue eyes to life. I also mixed a little of it with a lip balm to create the neutral matte effect lip colour.

To create the smokey eye for Lauren O (Left) I smudged some black kohl pencil into the lash line and blended it, then added depth with Maybelline’s Gel Eyeliner. For Lauren B (right) make-up was kept simple & natural with Dream Touch cream blusher in “Apricot” and lashings of the new Colossal Catseyes Mascara. Lips were kept soft, with both girls in this shot wearing a soft, neutral shade called “Rosewood Pearl” from the Colour Sensational Pearls lip colour range. 

Make-up: Sarah Lanagan    Stylist: Angela Scanlon    Hair: David Cashman   Photographer: Johnny Savage (Images Copyright 2011)  

Amazing: Art created using make-up

Make-up has the ability to pick us up when we look tired, conceal flaws, sculpt bone structure and bring out our best features, but when an artist gets their hands on it something special and unexpected can happen. Here are some of my favourite pieces of art created using make-up…  

The sculpture above is named 1M3 de beauté; a 330lb block of YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick molded into one solid piece by the French artist Fabrice Hyber as part of his current exibition in the Palais de Tokyo. The thinking behind this is that as a medium, lipstick is ”a material that permanently moves…a work that is never finished”. 

Nathalie Irish is an American artist based in Houston Texas best known for creating portraits of famous pop culture icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Kurt Cobain.  Her art is brought to life through different techniques, including blending lipstick and even applying it and then kissing the canvas to create texture. 

Exploring the idea of individuality and modern femininity, South American artist Livia Marin sculpted 2015 unique lipsticks into chess-like pieces as part of one of her exhibitions.

This is a shot of Nick Munier (best known as one of the hosts of Masterchef Ireland but a respected artist in his own right) from a series I worked on last year. The idea was to use make-up as a way to bring the artist personally back into their own work by making them a physical part of it. I used a combination of classic face paints, brushes & palette knives to mimic his painting. 

All art featured is copyright to the artist mentioned above. 

Handbag Confidential: Simone Gannon, Make-Up Artist

Handbag Confidential is back and this time I’ve been having a good old snoop inside the bag of Simone Gannon, a fellow make-up artist and beauty blogger. Simone lives in the exotic location of Bahrain and works extensively throughout the middle east as well as internationally for clients such as Grazia, Mango and Time Out Magazine, whilst also lending a helping hand as the resident beauty expert for the website

So what does a fabulous, international make-up artist carry in her handbag for emergencies? Here are Simone’s top 5 beauty essentials she can’t live without..   

1) Poppy King Lipstick for no7. “Allure”: This was part of the Poppy King for No. 7 range that came out earlier this year. I like this shade in particular as it’s one that works for both day and night. The colour doesn’t require perfect application, its nice and soft on the lips and the bullet it’s packaged in is absolutely tiny, so again perfect for the handbag.

2) Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara: One of the best volumizing mascara’s I’ve ever used and has a permanent place in my handbag. The packaging is super sleek too!

3) Calvin Klein “Summer”: My scent of the summer! So fresh and zesty, the bottle is too big to carry around so I picked up a travel sized version in the airport recently for on the go! 

4) Soap & Glory Hand Food: I love this handcream for a number of reasons; it smells fantastic and does exactly what it’s supposed to do, the dinky travel size is perfect for carrying around as I already have way too many things in my handbag and my best friend gave it to me, so it reminds me of her! 

5) MAC Studio Fix Compact: I’ve used this compact for quite awhile because I like the formula, there’s a great little mirror with in a sponge applicator. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve whipped this out in a taxi, at a job or before a meeting I’d be a very wealthy woman. It’s kept me shine free for many years.

For more information on Simone and her work visit the blog Simone Loves Make-up. Also, check out her interview with Pretty Easy here!

My Work: U Magazine Paris Photo Shoot

These images are taken from a shoot I worked on doing both make-up & hair over in Paris last month along with photographer Daniel Holfeld, stylist Courtney Smith and model Kelly Horrigan from Morgan the Agency. In keeping with the location, we felt a relaxed timeless feel would work best which, for me, translated into soft chocolate and beige tones for make-up and taupe nails.  Hair was pretty straight forward on this job as the bob is actually a wig; the only thing I did was chop into the layers to give more texture. 

I used NARS cosmetics to create this look on Kelly starting by applying a thin veil of the new Radiant Cream Foundation followed by a light dusting of pressed powder in two shades to contour bone structure. The two tones in Bellissima Duo Eye Shadow were perfect to contour eyes and then add highlight to the inner corners and along the brow bone. To give lips a natural sheen I used NARS Satin Lipstick in Honolulu Honey.

To see the full editorial shoot check out page 42 of the current issue of U Magazine, out now! Photographs copyright to Daniel Holfeld 2013. NARS cosmetics are available in Brown Thomas or online. 

Handmade: Soaps from Berlin

This week I was over in Berlin and whilst pottering around near Museum Island came across a lovely little market which had lots of stalls jammed with everything from one-off original paintings to wood carvings, jewelry and leather work. These gorgeous, handmade soaps caught my eye most though; made with essential oils and real petals they smelled beautiful so of course I had to pick up one or two (or 3…) Above are Strawberry & cream for softening skin, Peppermint to revitalise & Germanium for relaxation. 

L'Occitane Competition: Winners Announced

The time has come to announce the very lucky winners of the beautiful L'Occitane competition! There was an amazing response so firstly thank you to everyone who entered and you were all correct in answering “C” as the brand is originally from France. So, lets see who has won shall we??

Congratulations to the winners……… 

Spring Cherry Gift Box: Miriam Ahern and Bennie Reilly

Shea Butter Hand Cream 150ml: Katheryn O'Neill, Mary Theresa O'Sullivan, Jing Sui, Sue Carroll and  Penny Igaya

The winners were all been notified by email on Monday 25th February. If any winner fails to redeem their prize then another entrant will be chosen to receive it. 

Photo Shoot: Sleep Thieves

A few weeks back I did a photo shoot with Sleep Thieves, one of Dublin’s hottest electro pop bands and the wonderful photographer Sean Jackson; above is one of the pictures from the shoot. Currently, the band are gearing up to release a video for the newest single “Hope is Dead”, which I also did hair & make-up for earlier on in the year (check out some of the screen grabs here!) 

Listen to Sleep Thieves via their Facebook page or buy the album on their official website

My Work: LIFE Magazine Paris Photo Shoot

A couple of months ago I was over in Paris working alongside photographer Daniel Holfeld, stylist Courtney Smith and the beautiful model Kelly from Morgan the Agency. Here are a few images taken which were featured in LIFE magazine earlier this month. Make-up was kept light a fresh with a light pink gloss and delicate pearl shimmer on eyes whilst hair was given a wave using my trusty Babyliss wand. 

Photographer: Daniel Holfeld // Styling: Courtney Smith // Make-up & Hair: Sarah Lanagan // Model: Kelly H @ Morgan the Agency.  All clothes available in Heatons Department stores now. 

Keep Well: Better You DLUX 1000 daily vitamin D spray

Given that we’re not too fortunate on the sunshine front here in Ireland (especially this week!) it’s not surprising the an estimated 50% of us are deficient in Vitamin D.  Known as the “sunshine vitamin”, it plays an integral role in making sure the immune systems function properly and aids in the absorption of minerals such as calcium and phosphorous which keep skin, bones, teeth and muscle tissue healthy. 

The easiest way to ensure you’re receiving vitamin D is with the help of a supplement such as Better You DLUX 1000 daily vitamin D spray, which contains 100% of the recommended daily allowance and is absorbed directly into the body’s system for quick and effective results. Sourced from natural ingredients such as coconut oil, sunflower lecithin and peppermint the spray is suitable for vegetarians, children and for use during pregnancy. 

Better You DLUX 1000 daily vitamin D spray is available for €7.95 from pharmacies nationwide. Click here for stockist details.

My Work: Editorial for Irish Brides Magazine

Newly published in the Summer 2013 issue of Irish Brides Magazine these images are taken from an editorial that I worked on along with photographer Lee Malone, Stylist Tanya Grimson and hair stylist Sarah Jane McCarthy in the beautiful location of Luttrellstown castle. The idea was to create a bridal shoot that was modern and fashion forward rather than traditional so accessories were over-sized, hair was swept up and make-up was given a little oomph thanks to a pop of colour on model Carrie-Anne’s lips.

In terms of make-up used I started with NARS sheer glow as a base with Benefit High Beam blended across the cheeks. For contour and to sculpt Carrie-Anne’s (admittedly already amazing) cheekbones I chose a matte, taupe blush by MAC and then dusted her face with Make Up Forever HD Loose Powder. Brows were given added definition with Catrice Eyebrow Kit whilst eyes were kept minimal with a wash of Laura Mercier Topaz eye shadow and then a couple of coats of Lancome Hypnose Mascara. For lips I chose to use one of my favourite lipsticks; Tom Ford True Coral.

Photographer: Lee Malone // Make-up: Sarah Lanagan // Stylist: Tanya Grimson // Hair: Sarah Jane McCarthy // Model: Carrie Anne @ Morgan The Agency. All images copyright to Lee Malone 2013. To see the full editorial pick up a copy of Irish Brides prices €5.50.