The annual Image Business of Beauty Awards have become an enormous date in the beauty industry’s calendar, and are recognised as a hugely significant award for any beauty brand or individual to win.

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This year was bigger and more impressive than ever with hundreds of the country’s most glamorous people gathering at The Clayton Hotel on Dublin’s Burlington Road.

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With an utterly fabulous Alice in Wonderland theme complete with a fake grass pathway, props-a-plenty, human-size flowers and Instagram-worthy cocktails, it was clear that months and months of planning and prep had been put into a really memorable night.

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I sat with a great gang of gals from The Brow Artist in Ranelagh, plus fellow ambassador Samantha Mumba, and had the best time! The atmosphere in the ballroom was electric – and the air was no doubt buzzing with litres of hairspray and perfume too 🙂

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My long-sleeve lace dress was from Cari’s Closet (€200) and I loved how comfortable I felt in it all night.

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My earrings are the Citrine Flowers Earrings (€149) from Lauryn Rose, and I loved their golden colour against the red, plus they really sparkle in the light. 

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I got my hair done by the talented Kay Burns of Couture Freelance styling, who came to my house to tend to my locks. She suggested a vintage look with curls to go with the dress, and I loved the finished look. It’s different to what I normally go for and stayed in place all night. 

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While I often work with makeup artists for big events, I decided to do my own face for this one as it was a Sunday and most people are enjoying their day off. 

Here is what I used to achieve the look:

Primer:

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Benefit PoreFessional (€34) to smooth skin and minimise pores. 

Foundation:

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MAC Studio Fix Foundation (€32) in NC40 for excellent coverage and staying power. 

Concealer:

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MAC Mineralize Concealer (€24.50) in NC20 for a smooth and flawless finish.  

Powder:

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MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Pressed Powder (€26.50) for the lightest finish and no caked look. 

 

Contour Palette:

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Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow (€64) for a flattering contour under cheekbones, jaw and on the outer edges of my forehead, and a candlelit glow on cheekbones, brow bones and down the centre of my nose. 

Blusher:

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The Balm Hot Mama (€19) for a peachy pink rosy glow with flattering specks of shimmering gold. 

Highlighter:

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The Golden Sheen in the Sculpted Palette by Aimee Connolly (€24.95), for a shimmering golden glow across my cheekbones.

Brows:

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The Sleek Makeup Brow Kit (€11.99). I used these small, angular brushes to fill in gaps in my brows with a smooth, dark and matte shade. 

Lips:

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MAC Lip Pencil in Spice (€17.50) to line my lips. 

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MAC Lipstick in Myth (€20) for a soft, creamy beige lip.  

Eyes:

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I brushed Racy Kacy eyeshadow by The Balm (€11.95) along my lower lash line and into the sockets of my eyes, blending well.

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To add darkness and depth, I dabbed Dance in the Dark (top right) from the MAC Warm Neutral palette (€59.50) into the creases of my eyelids and the outer edges of my lower lash line, and again blended well.

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Along my lower lash line, I dabbed MAC Dazzleshadow in Let’s Roll (€21) for extra sparkle and that pretty reddish hue you can see in the photo above. 

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For even more glitter, I swept Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow (£23) into the inner corners of my eyes. 

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I used Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Eye Liner (€7.49) to create that feline flick along my upper lash line.

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The black pencil used along my lower lash line is the Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil (€4.79). 

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I finished my eyes with The Rocket Volum’ Express mascara from Maybelline (€11.99). 

 

Lashes: 

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SoSu Lashes in Sara (€5.95), for a full, natural finish. 

Makeup Brushes:

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I use the Niré (£29.95) range, bought on Amazon and given to me by my brother for Christmas and absolutely love them 🙂 They’re soft, excellent for blending and don’t shed. 

 

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