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Christmas Makeover! 

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Today's Christmas Makeover candidate is in for a big surprise as she gets some special Afternoon Show treatment, all in time for her Christmas party.

Mary Wood - Mega Mum!
Mary was born and raised in Clondakin and moved to Santry when I got married. We later moved to Dunboyne by way of Modeshill, Mullinahone, Co Tipp. We have been here now for about 10 years.

Mary has four children, one boy (18) and 3 girls (15, 9, 6).
"When I found out what my eldest daughter Emma had done, I initially wanted to kill her but then semi calmed down to my present state of nervousness.

It will be a change to use more than two pieces of makeup to put on my camouflage, I am really looking forward to watching a professional doing my make up and seeing what a clothes stylist would chose as clothes to suit me."

"In the not too distant past when out shopping with my last and newest baby, I was approached by a women who stopped to admire the baby and then proceeded to ask what age my grand-daughter was. Needless to say I was just a mite shocked and vowed to dye the greys to oblivion for ever. So it shall be a big treat to have my hair done by the stylist."


Gary Kavanagh - Hair stylist to the stars

Gary Kavanagh is undoubtedly one of Irelands best known hairdressers. He works constantly in the world of fashion and creates many of the fab looks in our Glossy mags. He has worked with most of the Supermodels, like Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Christy Turlington, Sophie Dahl, and all of Irelands top models . Gary is regular face on our television screens, and is considered by many as the Master of "Make-overs ".
Gary is kept very busy, dividing his time between looking after his many clients at Peter Mark, and looking after the tresses of many of our best known celebrities.

Gary is constantly in demand by many of our visiting celebs, and has worked with them all , from Kylie , to Westlife, Girls Aloud ,Denise van Outen, the list goes on. . . .Gary currently is based at Peter Mark as their Creative Director, and is responsible for the development of their up and coming young talent.

Lisa O'Connor - Make up artist supreme

Lisa O Connor has worked as a makeup artist for the past 14 years with most of the top prestigious cosmetic companies. In 1998 when M.A.C first arrived in Dublin she began her 7 year career working as Makeup Artist and Manager. While working with M.A.C Lisa developed her makeup artist skills as well as working on exciting projects from the MTV awards and The Brown Thomas Supermodel shows.

In July 2004 Lisa decided to move on and start a freelance career under the company name The Beauty Source. In those 2 years she specialised in Bridal, photographic and Fashion makeup. She has built up a regular clientelle including Sile Seoige, Hazel Kaneswaren and also worked with international celebrities including Natalie Imbruglia, Carrie Fisher and Anna Friel. She does regular work in television on Sky News, Take 6 ( new movie review show on channel 6) and created makeup looks for RTEs "You're a Star" and "Celebrity You're a Star".

Lisa also travels Internationally with Peter Mark top stylists were she designs looks for hair shows and competitions as well as working with them in Dublin.

Roxanne Parker - Super Stylist

Styling Work
Roxanne is one of Ireland's hottest young styling talents, styling magazine editorials for the likes of Prudence, Irish Tatler, U Magazine, Image, Confetti, Irish Independent's Weekend Magazine, The Irish Independent, Infant Magazine, You & Your Money, House & Home Interior magazine and Creative Hair.
She has also styled commercial ads for the Conrad International Hotel group in America (Miami & Indianapolis) and Ireland, ads for Heinz, Simple Skincare, Yoplait, Opal Cars, Dubarry Shoes, Waterford Crystal,  Zeba Hair Salon, Umamma Pregnancy Spa, MaryB recruitment & OUTHAUS interiors.


Mary's daughter Emma (15) wrote in to The Afternoon Show to put her hard working mum forward for a makeover:

"Hi my name is Emma Wood. I am writing to you to tell you about my mother. We live in Dunboyne in Co. Meath. I am 15 years old.
My mam has 4 kids; Ciara 6 who just started school, Maria 9, me Emma 15, and Gareth 18. My mother really needs a make over she wears the same style clothes that were in 10 years ago I really think she needs it she's a non stop mom that's always very busy helping in my dad's business and at home doing house work and then doing all the homework with my sisters which is very hard.
She deals with a great amount of stress in her life. I really think my mam deserves it. 4 years ago she lost 2.5 stone through weight watchers and is now a size 12 but is wearing size 16 it took tremendous effort for her to loose this and now I think she needs a wardrobe and a make over to go with it. She just turned 47.
I hope you have read this and I hope my mam gets picked because she really deserves it "

Mary's Dad has just been taken in to hospital but is hoping to be out again in time for Christmas, when Mary will entertain 11 of the family in her home. Mary would love to look a million dollars for this occasion as her only sister is coming home from Canada also and it will be a great family reunion.


Make-up Magic!
Armani luminous silk foundation €35
Cheeks in bobbi brown lip & cheek cream in powder pink €26
Either MAC or another brand using a longlasting one.
Shadows in Mac €15
Mascara lancome hypnose €23

The Style!
Seamlessly Seductive Plunge bra Dunnes €20
'Super Slimmer' knickers, Dunnes Intimates €16
Thigh slimmer briefs, Dunnes €20