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Festive Makeover

Monday, 14 December 2009

We all like to look our best at Christmas and start the new year feeling refreshed!

Makeover Candidate - Kerrie O'Halloran

Kerrie O'Halloran is a 26 year old private in the Irish Defence Forces. Over the last few years she has been overseas to Liberia, Lebanon, and Kosovo, and she is hoping to travel to Chad next year.

Kerrie's daily uniform

Brown Boots
Combat shirt
Smock Jacket
Red Beret
Hair in bun

Hair Stylist - Gary Kavanagh - Creative Director of Peter Mark's

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.

Make up artist - Ken Boylan

"Ken originally wanted to be an actor, but realised quite soon that he preferred the makeup side of things. He left drama college to do a makeup artistry course and has since enjoyed a varied career that has taken him to Paris, Milan and London.

After his initial training in Dublin, Ken went to Italy where he spent two seasons working as a makeup artist for the Opera di Verona, and on returning home he continued in film and theatre for a while before he wanted to move on to fashion work. He moved to a position in Blue Eriu, where he gained experience with most of the key brands in the makeup world and began to work on fashion shoots representing the store.

His first shoot for Hot Press magazine led to many more with all the major Irish publications including Tatler, Image, Who, VIP, RTE Guide and many wedding magazines. He has worked with all the top photographers, stylists and models in Ireland.

He headed the team at Armani Cosmetics in Brown Thomas for three years and was responsible for all their promotional shoots and shows in Ireland, including the UCD and Trinity fashion shows. He also worked alongside Georgio Armani chief makeup artist, Pat McGrath, in London at many top level Armani events.

He is a regular contributor on Off The Rails, where his recognisable makeup style is showcased in the fashion shoots and more frequently on the makeover features where the candidates rave about their new looks!

Ken has quite a celebrity following counting the Seoige sisters and Victoria Smurfit as regular clients. He has also made up the faces of Minnie Driver, Mischa Barton, Zoe Lucker, Pamela Flood, Caroline Morahan, Linda Martin and Glenda Gilsen along with all the Irish models."

Fashion Stylist - Roxanne Parker

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.
As a journalist she currently writes, compiles and styles the 'Fashion Dilemma' column every 2nd Wednesday in the Irish Independent.

-As features writer for the Irish Independent she travelled to Russia, New York, Greece, London and L.A., covering a broad range of feature topics for the magazine.
- U Magazine: book reviews, features and celebrity interviews.
-Irish Tatler: Features and interviews.
-Woman's Way Magazine: human-interest features, celebrity and real people interviews and health and fashion features.
- Image Magazine: fashion and health related features.
- Irish Wedding Diary: fashion editor.
-Reporter, features writer and fashion editor for The Dublin Daily.
-Feature writer for the Sunday Tribune's I Magazine.
-Columnist and features writer for the Evening Herald.

Credits for Kerrie's final reveal outfit:

Black jersey shrug €35, by J'aime La vie from Carraig Donn, 19 Stores Nationwide-

Pink satin ruched strapless dress with zip front detail, €250, Unique Boutique from The Project Arnotts, Jervis Street Shopping Centre, D1 and selected boutiques across the country for further Unique Boutique stockists tel: 042938089

Black suede high-heels, €120, Carl Scarpa,

Black opaque support tights, €8, M&S, nationwide

Tummy & thigh slimmer support underwear, €30 by M&S, nationwide

Black and silver drop earrings, €8
Multistone black cocktail ring €12
Black mesh envelope clutch €28

26 stores nationwide, with new store openings in Jervis St, Blackrock, Clonmel and Maynooth

With special Thanks to Unique Boutique at The Project Arnotts, Jervis Street Shopping Centre, D1 M&S Pulse Accessories Carl Scarpa and Caraig Donn for kindly gifting Kerrie will all the clothes for her makeover outfit.

Credit for clothes show by stylist Roxanne Parker on the Rails & mannequin.

On the manniquinn:

One shoulder black sequin dress, €250 by Unique Boutique from the Project Arnotts, Jervis St Shopping Centre, D1 and selected boutiques nationwide, for further stockists tel: 0429380890

Multi coloured dress with black sleeves and black waist band, €41.50, M&S

On the Rail:
Navy lace jacket, €40, a|wear
green sleeveless satin dress with black tulle skirt, €110 by Peoples Market, The Project Arnotts, Jervis St Shopping Centre

Black suede shoe with gold tip toe, €125, Carl Scarpa

On Roxanne
Mustard print dress with black skirt section, €100 by Peoples Market as above

Style tips to achieve Kerrie's look:

Avoid ankle straps and chunky shoes/shoe-boots that cut off the Lenght of your legs and hide your ankles. Your ankles are the slimmest part of the body and help make your legs look more shapely, enhance their shape with high-heel cut low in the front with will help elongate your legs.

To fake endless legs match your shoes and your tights- black opaques and black shoes will make your legs seem like they go on forever.

Drop a dress size in an instant by wearing support tights and magic knickers- the double power of these suction garment's will really help fake a more slender waist line in an instant. M&S support tights cost €8- a whole €28 less then the premium brand yet work a treat while M&S' Tummy&Thigh slimmer pants are €30- that's €60 less than branded magic knickers! Why not use the money saved on splashing out on your dream party dress- not that's what i call real chic-onomics!

Use a dress with a Trompe L'oeil effect- dresses which use an optical illusion to make the wearer appear slimmer by using clever colour blocking panels to shape and contour the body, such as dark panels at the waist to shade in the waistline and make it appear thinner or magic dark panels down the front that draw the eye down and confuse the eye into believing your figure looks more slender

Elongate your neck with long drop earrings- these will instantly make your face look thinner and your neck longer and slimmer.

A large cocktail ring makes hands look more slender and delicate- avoid thin rings which only emphasise stumpy fingers.

Always use a glamorous clutch bag for evening wear- nothing spoil a party look faster then a day-time strappy shoulder bag!