Hair & Makeup at Brown Sugar

April 12, 2012

Daily Digest, Hair & Beauty

Hair & Makeup at Brown Sugar

When TK Maxx asked me to take part in a photoshoot for Enable Ireland, it sent me into a bit of a tizzy.  I’m normally at the other end of the camera and the thoughts of being photographed up close didn’t sit well with me, so I had my hair and makeup done at Brown Sugar, the boutique salon in Dublin’s South William Street.

For makeup, Séana Long, who regularly transforms the faces of Ireland’s movers and shakers, asked what I was after and my brief was simply “good coverage in front of the camera”.  Séana used Kohl cosmetics (Brown Sugar’s own makeup line which has become a household name and make-up bag must-have) and I loved the definition she achieved on my cheeks; it’s definitely not something I’ve ever been able to do myself.

She went for a red lip and black liner –a look I stick to when it’s not a time to experiment with a high fashion and even lent me the red lippie in case I needed to touch up during the shoot.


As for the hair , I went for an up do, a very large bun as you can see! I love this look, ever since I spotted it on the Mary Katrantzou AW12 catwalk – again it’s not something I knew how to do myself.

It involved getting my hair into a high ponytail, smoothing out the front and sides by spritzing with hairspray and combing it through and for the bun itself, the ponytail was split into sections, backcombed like crazy and then pinned into place.

And all that while being served herbal tea and mini muffins. (And watching Glenda Gilson in action she interviewed Séana for a summer makeup look TV slot on Xpose).  Bliss!

The end result

Brown Sugar is sponsoring Better Fashion Week with a ‘Nomadic Shop’ in No. 6 Castle Market St Dublin until 29th April.  The venue will host a selection of Irish designers giving discerning Irish fashionistas the chance to pick up a range of beautiful Irish designs or get their hair and make-up done, all under one roof. For more info on Better Fashion week see our events listing or

Brown Sugar, 50 South William Street, Dublin 2, Tel 01 6169967 and Brown Sugar, 33 Main St Blackrock, Co. Dublin Tel  01 2108630. Brown Sugar on Facebook.

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5 Responses to “Hair & Makeup at Brown Sugar”

  1. Veronica Says:

    Beautiful photo AM – very natural.

  2. Annemarie Says:

    Thanks Veronica! I’d love to be able to do this more often, it was such a treat

  3. Aine Says:

    Looking fab: chic, understated glamour.

  4. natalia Says:

    The necklace is stunning!

  5. Annemarie Says:

    Cheers Aine. @Natalia – I got it at one of Merle OGrady’s sample sales, see

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