The Story So Far
Multi-award winning artist, Paula Callan has earned the moniker as a makeup maven – Ireland’s most in demand celebrity makeup artist, with a career that has spanned over 20 years.
Paula has worked backstage at some of the world’s most prestigious fashion shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York.
She started working as a makeup artist after being scouted as a model at the age of 17 after a year working as a model she realised her passion was making up models not being one! and spent the next 5 years working freelance as a makeup artist before joining M.A.C. as the first ever Senior Artist for Ireland and UK which provided Paula with the perfect platform to showcase her talent and skills, working on projects with top designers such as Alexander McQueen, D-Squared, Ghost and Philip Tracey.
Constantly in hot demand her work featured in top magazines both in Ireland and abroad. Collaborations have seen her work appear in titles such as UK Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire and Irish publications such as IMAGE, Irish Tatler and U Magazine to name a few.
Her expertise and ability to trend cast is renowned, and as such, her insights are in demand by print and online publications seeking articles with her top tips and expert makeup advice. National Irish television station RTE, booked Paula as the weekly makeup artist for ‘Dancing With The Stars’ host, Amanda Byram, including all her public appearances and promotional events for the show. Collaborating with Amanda’s fashion and hair stylist, she designed stunning makeup looks each week.
Paula was also responsible for orchestrating looks for The Brown Thomas International Fashion Show, The Ford Supermodel Show, MTV , Childlinline and Meteor Music Awards in Dublin. Paula’s number is one definitely worth having on speed dial!
Some Faces I've Painted
You have five minutes to get ready what do you use?
"I love Chanel Le Teint Ultra Tenue Foundation. It’s really light and leaves your skin feeling flawless. The next thing I do is curl my lashes; my lashes are naturally short so I need a little curl to make them appear longer. I would always recommend a good lash curler such as Tweezerman Great Grip eyelash curler. Mascara is also hugely important. I always apply my mascara after I curl my lashes; I find the mascara just sticks to the curler if it’s applied beforehand. My favourite mascara is Lancôme Hypnose Mascara.
Another time-saving product I love is the Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzer. It has an amazing whipped texture that just melts into the skin, leaving you looking like you’ve spent the day sunbathing. Finally, a dusting of Chanel Vitalumière Powder. It’s the most 'unpowder' powder you could ever find. It has a fabulous luminosity to it and never feels dry or cakey. I know so many women who are terrified of powder that would love this product."