Beauty Make-over Winner

The lucky winner of this year’s beauty make-over competition was Josceline Ayers from Carlow. Josceline was delighted to win and really enjoyed the full day of pampering.

‘It was an amazing day, I loved every minute of it, everyone was so nice and I really enjoyed being pampered and looking fabulous. It was such a great treat, thanks to everyone involved’ said Josceline.

Her day began with a brow treatment from Leah Holohan from the Benefit Brow Bar at Sam McCauley’s in the Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Carlow. At the Benefit Brow Bar they focus on creating the perfect brow for each individual. They achieve this by brow mapping and the benefit team chats with each individual to ascertain what look they are hoping to achieve. Leah tinted Josceline’s brows to make them appear fuller and give them more definition, but kept it natural as Josceline didn’t want to go to dark. Leah then waxed, and tweezed her brows to give them some shape but also keeping the thickness in the brows. The treatment concluded with concealing and filling in the brows. The treatment gave Josceline’s brows more definition and gave her whole face an instant lift.

The next stage of the transformation was a visit to lash technician Debbie Gibney Byrne for a full set of mink eyelash extensions. These extensions transform your lashes into longer, thicker culture, creating natural-looking lashes. One extension is applied to one natural lash using a super-sensitive lash glue. You will be amazed at how lightweight the lashes are and how beautifully enhanced your eyes will look. For Josceline, Debbie created a natural mascara look using luxurious mink lash extensions applied to every lash resulting in an effect similar to a glossy coating of black mascara with additional length, volume and curl to the natural lashes.  The lashes are weightless and do not damage your own natural lashes. Semi-permanent lashes for around 3-4 weeks before they need to be refilled.

Josceline also had a shellac manicure with Gellicious Nail and Beauty Studio in Graigcullen, Carlow.  She opted for the on trend French Ombré, which is a classic twist on the French manicure as the white is subtle and gradually fades into the pink. The ombré effect is one of the most requested nails looks in Gellicious Nails and Beauty studio. ‘We created a soft shape to maintain a natural look. We used shellac with a strong protein base which gives the nails extra strength and support. We worked with her own natural nail length without applying nail extensions.’ Says Kathy, owner of Gellicious nails.

Next stop was a visit to Lynda Maher Hair Studio, where the team treated Josceline to a complete hair make-over. Jo wanted to remain blonde in colour but needed to change the tone of her over all colour. ‘

We applied a full head of Schwarzkopf professional highlights to even out and provide Josceline with multi tones of blondes and added texture. We used a combination of four different tones and also gave her an intense Schwarzkopf professional fibre plex treatment to restore and protect her hair. We created softness and movement to Josceline’s haircut and also allowed her to maintain her length, said Niamh from Lynda Maher’s hair studio.

I completed her look with a natural make-up that Jo would be able to recreate at home. I kept the base fresh and dewy, focussing the attention on Jo’s eyes. I primed the skin and then used Catrice HD foundation in 010 €7.90.  I then focused on Josceline’s eyes and made them the focal point of her face, using warm browns and cranberry’s to create the look. I used eyeshadows from Inglot’s Coco and Berry palettes. I completed the look with a natural, wearable lipstick, Velvet Teddy from MAC.

Last stop was to Thomas Sunderland’s photography studio in Carlow. Thomas has built a reputation as a professional and highly-respected photographer. His relaxed and fun approach put Jo at ease and captured some gorgeous photos of Josceline to complete her transformation.

This would not have been possible without the amazing team which helped to achieve the make-over.

Beauty make-over team

Benefit brow arch and tint, Leah Holohan Benefit, Sam McCauley’s, Fairgreen

Semi-permanent mink eyelash extensions by Debbie Gibney Byrne

Hair by the Team in Lynda Maher Hair Studio

Nails by Gellicious Nails & Beauty Studio

Make-up by Sara Ashmore Kehoe

Photoshoot by Thomas Sunderland Photography