Carolyn McHugh is a freelance mobile make up artist, specialising in wedding and special occasion make up based in the west of Ireland.
She works regularly with The International School of Make up Artistry as well as Asset Models Agency and Catwalk Models Agency.
She has worked on some of Irelands best known faces and is one of the make up artists for Dublin Fashion Week.
Her ethos is to enhace individual beauty and create a tailored look for each bride/client.
Carolyn is available to travel to your home/hotel for your makeup needs and works alongside an award winning hairdresser (Melissa Moran) for wedding bookings.
You can contact Carolyn though her facebook page All About Faces or on 0879651581
Carolyn McHugh's Interview
All About Faces - Make up by Carolyn McHugh
When and why did you establish your business:
I established my business two years ago. I have always had a huge interest in make up and beauty but unfortunately life got in the way of me pursuing my dreams to be a make up artist.
A few years ago the time seemed right for me to invest in myself and I availed of the opportunity to go and study make up and Ive never looked back since !!
What qualifications do you hold?
I have an ITEC qualification in Make up Artistry.
Thus is an Internationally recognised qualification meaning I can work anywhere in the world.
It is the highest standard of make up artistry qualification you can hold.
I also have a Diploma in Make up Artistry from the International School of Make up Artistry.
This September I will be pursuing more of my dreams by studying for an ITEC Lecturing qualification.
This will allow me to teach Make up Artistry in colleges all over the world.
What brands of cosmetics do you use? My clients skin and their make up finish is extremely important to me therefore I only use luxury brands of make up on my clients.
I use MAC, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Charlotte Tilbury, Estee Lauder, Shesido, and Makeup Forever.
If a client has a preference for a certain make up brand I will happily purchase that for their use.
Do you have a booking fee?
Yes I have a booking fee for all wedding party bookings.
The booking fee is adapted to suit the clients circumstances and the size of their bridal party.
There is no booking fee for special occasion make up bookings from my salon/studio
Do you have a cancellation fee?
Any deposit paid for a wedding party booking is non refundable.
Thankfully I have never had a cancellation yet so have not had to implement that. The reason the deposit is non refundable is that I secure dates for brides without a deposit as others are often looking for the same date.
Can cosmetics be used if a client has a skin allergy or severe acne?
I always carry out a skin analysis on each of my clients to determine their skin type and to recognise any allergies they may have.
This helps me to determine the correct product for my client.
Acne is one of the most common skin disorders.
I always treat a client with acne with sensitivity and sincerity.
I carry a range of products in my kit specifically designed to be used on clients with acne.
What does a session with you consist of? I always talk my clients trough their skin type and recommend products to suit their skin type.
Most people are unaware what type of skin type they are so are usually delighted to have this service provided to them. After discussing the type of make up look a client would like I apply a make up look to suit their face shape, eye shape etc. One make up look does not suit all.
My ethos is to enhance individual beauty and create a tailored look for each bride/client.
What are your prices?
I charge E35 for a professional makeup application for a special occasion at my salon.
I can travel to a clients house, depending on location I may apply a small travel cost.
For bridal parties I tailor the price based on their needs, location and amount of clients in their bridal party.
All prices are available on request.
Where are you based:
I am based in Ballinrobe, Co Mayo and I also work from Tigh Gruaige Hair Salon in Claremorris also.
I travel nationwide for my clients and bridal parties.
Distance is no problem !!
How do you advertise?
I advertise though facebook "All About Faces" and instagram @allaboutfacesmua.
I also advertise in newspapers and wedding magazines.
I have recently had a full page article published in the spring edition of Weddings Now Magazine.