makeup classes

Sharon McCormack runs makeup classes in Sligo and Roscommon throughout the year

Bridal Skincare Steps

Looking after your skin is always important.  We tend to give it a little more TLC on the lead up to special events!

Unfortunately all weddings are postponed at the moment, it is important to continue caring for your skin and prepping it for your Wedding Day.

Caring for your skin is vital.  You can never start this process too early nor it is never too late to start!

  • Cleanse your skin day & night, always remove your make up.
  • Try and get your recommended sleep of 6-8 hours.
  • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water, you can never overdo this step !
  • Wear SPF
  • Use skin-specific skincare products especially your moisturiser
  • Wear eye cream day and night!
  • Get fresh air, great for your skin and your well-being!


Morning Routine

  • Cleanse- This gets rid of any dirt, left over make up and clogging elements.
  • Cleanse again- This works deep into your pores and leaves your skin squeaky clean
  • Serum- I would never skip this step, a serum penetrates deeper into your skin leaving your skin with a firm and smooth texture. Serums lock in moisture.
  • Moisturiser-It is important to use the correct moisturiser for your skin type. Moisturising keeps your skin cells healthy. Using a cream with an SPF will protect your skin from sun damage!
  • Eye cream- These creams are generally are a thicker cream so they nourish the thin layer of skin around your eyes. Eye creams cater for all issues: puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and dullness!
  • Not everyone adds primer to their skin routine but I think it is an important step especially if you are going to apply make up shortly afterwards! Primer protects your skin and acts as a barrier between your skin and make up! If you don’t have an SPF in your moisturiser then maybe have it in your primer!

Night-time Skin care routine

  • Cleanse- same as day time routine
  • Cleanse again
  • Toner- Restores your skins ph balance! Also known to prevent ingrown hairs.
  • Serum- Same as day time routine.
  • Face oil- A personal favourite of mine. Apart from loving the feeling of the oil, it really is a magic product! Using facial oil continuously can reverse aging by improving skin elasticity!
  • Eye cream- same as day time routine.


Recommended extra skincare:  Exfoliate and Masks.

Benefits of exfoliating your skin:

  • Cleans and purifies clogged pores
  • Gets rid of dead skin cells
  • Helps skincare penetrate deep into the skin
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Boosts circulation

Benefits of using facial masks:

  • Increase hydration
  • Refines skin pores
  • Helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Encourages even skin tone
  • Firmer skin.



There are 2 types of exfoliation used with skincare, mechanical and chemical, both have different ways of working but both end up with the same goal- renew new fresh skin cells beneath the upper surface of the skin!


There are two major types of chemical exfoliators: alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). AHAs is ideal for sensitive and mature skin giving extra hydration to the skin while BHAs works great with oily and acne prone skin types.




These exfoliating methods are facial scrubs or sometimes rough cloths and brushes. Scrubs are easy use and just as effective as a chemical exfoliator. There are many types of scrubs. Depending on your skin type it is important to choose the scrub for you! Most scrubs have tiny particles in them to remove dead skin cells and some have larger particles and can be harsh to your skin particularly if you have sensitive skin so be careful when choosing yours. A mild exfoliator can be suited to all skin types.


Face Masks

  • Sheet masks- Suitable for all skin types, the most versatile of all the masks.
  • Clay (or mud) masks- Great for oily and acne prone skin, the clay and mud help absorb toxins from your skin.
  • Cream masks- Ideal for dry skin, a real boost of hydration. Suitable for mature skin also.
  • Peel-off masks- Can be aimed for acne/oily skin with large pores. Great for refining pores.
  • Gel masks- Soothing & cooling, great treatment for dehydrated, dry and sensitive skin.
  • Charcoal masks- Work best on oily and acne prone skin types.
  • Sleep masks- If you’re looking for a hydrated boost, this will lift your dry dull skin.

Note: To care for your skin you will need to know your skin type: Oily, Dry, Sensitive, Dehydrated, Combination or Mature etc! Choosing your skincare regime will depend on your skin type!

The Benefits of wearing cream make up

All you need to know about Cream Make Up

The Benefits:

-Easy & quick application

-Creates a fresh natural youthful appearance

-Looks great on all skin types

-Leaves your skin looking hydrated, glowing and dewy

-No cracking, caking or sitting into fine lines

-Easily touched up!


I am a big fan of cream based make up for your everyday quick looks! If you are busy like most of us and you don’t have time for a full face of make up but yet want to make a little effort then the cream products are perfect for you!  Application can be so quick and these products need very little skill!  They are easily applied and you can use your hands & fingers, brushes are not essential! Cream products really leave your skin looking hydrated and fresh!  Great for all skin types but especially for dry/mature skin. It really brings back a natural dewy look to your skin!



Cream foundation will give your skin a more smooth and youthful appearance. The make up does not set, crack or cake on the skin! The cream texture almost sits on your skin and moves with it giving it the freedom to breathe. Suitable for all skin types especially dry and mature skin. The cream foundation will minimise wrinkles and fine lines which we do not want emphasised! Overall a beautiful fresh finish!

My favourites:        Bobbi Brown stick foundation   &  MAC studio tech foundation






Eye Shadows

Most of the cream eyeshadows have a glossy or satin base. The cream eyeshadow doesn’t need much work with application, it is very easy to apply using both fingers or brushes. It is creaseless and that makes it good for dry or mature skin as it doesn’t crack!

My favourites:    Stila Glow & Glitter liquid eyeshadows  and  Giorgio Armani eye tint liquid eyeshadow






Cream blushes are very moisturising and dewy. They give a youthful and natural appearance. Apply light layers with your fingers or synthetic brush! Great product on dry or mature skin.

My favourites:       Stila convertible colour   &   MAC blush creme






A cream bronzer has a natural sheen due to its cream texture. It leaves your skin looking dewy and fresh To give a subtle appearance apply light layers and build up to desired contour look!

My Favourite:   Benefit Hoola quickie contour stick






A cream highlighter creates a fab subtle glow that is very natural looking. Cream highlighters are never shimmery! Great for dry skin or any skin seeking a natural dewy appearance

My Favourites:     Sculpted by Aimee cream highlighters    &    Benefit Watt’s Up






Cream lipsticks are very moisturising and easy to wear. The waxy texture clings to your lips without creating dryness. The long-lasting formula is very smooth and looks great on! Ideal for women with smaller lips who are looking to create a fuller lip look!

My favourites:   MAC Satin, Cremesheen & Amplified lipsticks  and  Charlotte Tilbury k.i.s.s.i.n.g lipsticks

The Pro’s & Con’s to using both Cream & Powder make up products

Cream Make Up Pro’s

Cream Make Up Con’s

Easy to apply Eye cream shadows can crease
No brushes required-use hands only Can appear shiny especially if you have oily skin
Great for all skin types-esp dry/mature skin Not very blenable
Only need to use small amounts as highly pigmented Not as long lasting as powders
Leaves your skin with a hydrated dewy glow appearance You can’t apply creams on top of powders

Powder Make Up Pro’s

Powder Make Up Con’s

Creates a flawless matte finish Requires technique especially on the eyes
Easier blend especially eye shadows Can age the skin as powders can settle into lines & wrinkles
Make up lasts longer using powder Doesn’t appear as natural looking as the powder is obvious
Helps preventing creasing Can make dry skin flakey
Helps oily skin by absorbing oils from the skin Excess powders can make the skin look dry and dehydrated


If you like a natural, dewy youthful uber quick look then give this demo a try!

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No powders !! All liquid & cream based products.. A fresh natural look for all skin types especially dry/tired/mature skin! The dewiness really gives your skin a hydrated lift in all the right places! This quick simple youthful look takes minimum effort and can be applied with hands only! This glow can be achieved by everyone ! @bobbibrownuk vitamin enriched face base @sculpedbyaimee beauty base pearl @narsissist sheer glow foundation @lauramercier flawless fusion ultra-longwear concealer @benefit_ire Hoola quickie contour stick @stilacosmetics convertible dual lip & cheek cream in lillium @sculptedbyaimee champagne cream highlighter @giorgioarmani eye tint in sunset @benefit goof proof & gimme brows shade 3 @lancome hypnose in black @maccosmetics bombshell #makeupvideo #makeuptutorials #sharonmccormackmua #nopowders #allliquidandcream #glowy #dewyskin #naturalglow #quarantinenails #quarantineroots #lovewhatyoudo #sundayvibes #youthful #freshskin #hydratedskin

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Thank you for reading my little piece today! I hope you enjoyed it and maybe picked up a few tricks of the trade.

 Love, Sharon xxx

4-Week Makeup Course in Sligo [BOOKED OUT]

makeup2Get the Essential FESTIVE Make Up looks in time for the biggest Party Season this year !!

Learn how to recreate all the hottest looks of the season at Sharon McCormack’s 4-week makeup course in Sligo Town.
Week 1:
The Basic’s- Learn how to create a flawless complexion, enhance your natural features by using the art of contouring & highlighting!
Week 2:
All about the Eyes- Create natural, smokey and gorgeous colour looks.
Week 3:
Vintage Looks- Learn the liquid liner technique, dramatic brows and master the perfect red lipstick application!
Week 4:
Dramatic- Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle !! Finish the course with a contemporary festive smokey eye using pigments to make yours eyes sparkle, also complimenting the look with some daring lipstick shades! Anything goes !!

Date: Nov 19th & Nov 26th and Dec 3rd & Dec 10th
Time: Wednesdays 7-9pm
Place: Kaos Hair Salon
Payment: €190

A full set of make-up brushes are essential for the duration of the course. We offer a discount on a Crown make up brush set which is sold in the salon on the night! All skincare and MAC make up will be supplied on each evening of the course. Limited places so book now and save your place! For more information email info@sharonmccormack or call 0861990418