Recently, Belfast seen the opening of a very exciting store for both the public and Professional Makeup Artists. Award winning Make-up Artist, Paddy McGurgan, opened Belfast’s very own Makeup Pro Store.
Paddy has hand-picked his favourite brands to be featured in-store from countries all around the world. It’s not only about make-up though, I was so glad to see some excellent skin care products in there too.
The Makeup Pro Store is currently the stage for 9 different brands. Those brands are Embryolisse, Balance Me, Lucy Annabelle, The Makeup Studio, T.LeClerc, Make-up Atelier, Senna Cosmetics, DecoDerm and Paddy’s own range of Makeup Pro Store Brushes.
Paddy gave me a lovely tour of the store and talked me through the brands and product’s he stocks and why.
I got to ask Paddy a few questions very serious and burning questions….
If your shop was on fire and you could only pick one product from each brand , which products would you save?
Balance Me – Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm (Paddy also gave me a tube of this to take home, so I will do a separate review shortly.)
A daily cleanser for cleansing balm addicts! Cleverly packaged in a handy, hygienic tube, our sophisticated 100% natural oil-based balm contains anti-oxidant Arctic cloudberry and gently polishing oatmeal. Sold with muslin cloth. Ideally suited for normal to dry/sensitive skins.£20 for 125ml tube
Embroylisse – BB Cream
An Alcohol-Free, Beauty Balm that softens fine lines and wrinkles, covers imperfections and blemishes and acts as a primer. Hyaluronic Acid moisturizes and plumps the skin. A universal shade that provides bright, even skin tone with a stunning nude effect. A protective treatment against free radicals that effectively combats aging. $39 for 30ml tube
Makeup Studio – Matt Eyeshadows (When I asked him to specify which one would be his number 1, he broke out in a little sweat and he told me he couldn’t possibly choose, as it is like asking someone which of their children they would save! Lol! You gotta love his enthusiasm!)
Compact Matt Eyeshadow in Natural and Extreme Colours. Simple to apply because of the high intensity of the pigment. As well as dry, it can also be applied wet for a more powerful and long-lasting effect.
T.LeClerc – Banane Powder
Amazingly fine and light loose powder based on pure rice starch provides matte finish and visibly smoothes the skin. Poudre T. LeClerc incomparably masters light and hides flaws while magnifying the complexion. This powder is well-tolerated by the most sensitive skin, and also serves as protection against pollution and solar radiation. £36 for 25g tub.
Senna Cosmetics – Flare Eyeshadow – Paddy said he LOVES this product as an eyeshadow, but it also makes the most amazing highlighter!
Beautiful light reflective finish gives buildable coverage that can be soft on the eyes or richly intense. The glossy surface and depth of color and dimension make these colors wearable. $18.00
Make up Pro Store Brush Range – Duo-fibre Foundation Brush
Large Duo Fibre Face brush made of both natural and synthetic fibres. Perfect for lightweight application and blending of fluid, cream or powder. £12.99
DecoDerm – Black Eyeliner Pencil
Eye pencil with a soft and delicate texture to accurately outline the eye contour, giving intensity to the look. Exclusive formula that is easy to apply thanks to a high concentration of pigments that design an intense, elegant and long-lasting line.
Do you have products to suit all budgets?
Yes! The DecoDerm range would be our lowest priced products in store and is great for anyone to start building their makeup collection.
If money isn’t really and object, I would recommend the Senna Cosmetics range.
If you are somewhere in between, I would recommend mixing and matching between the brands. There are certain items you can get away with spending less money on. But for the likes of foundation, I recommend investing more of your money in that area. You can pop into the store any time and our trained staff can help pick products to suit your skin and your budget.
Can you recommend certain Brands for different skin types?
For Combination skin, I recommend the No Transfer Foundation by Makeup Studio. It comes in 31 shades so you can be sure to get a true skin match.
For oily skin, I recommend the Mineralised Foundation by Senna Cosmetics.
What makes the Makeup Pro Store different from the likes of Boots or Debenhams?
All the staff and artists here are trained in all the products and brands which we stock. So where you will go into any of the other stores, those staff will be trained to sell products from their brand only. At the Makeup Pro store we wont be in Sales mode. We will use the products which we believe are best for your skin. The staff here are all Professional Makeup Artists, not Sales Consultants.
Watch our video below to take a quick tour of the Makeup Pro Store and get a sneak peek at all the cosmetics there is in store.
Paddy also has his very own Makeup Academy Space at the Pro Store. Contact Paddy directly for information on his great Makeup Courses or visit http://www.paddymcgurganartist.com
If you would like to try out some of these Cosmetic Brands for yourself pop into the store or make an appointment for a tailored evaulation of your skin and the best products to use. The Makeup Pro store is situated on Belfast’s Royal Avenue (a few doors up from The Belfast Telegraph and facing Biento Madame Bridalwear).