November 09, 2011

Sinéad's Graduation: Make-up, Hair, Outfit, Pictures and more!

As you may or may not know, I graduated from University yesterday. Yes, that’s right, I now have a degree in Journalism and some lovely letters after my name!

I wasn’t actually much looking forward to it and contemplated not going but, the promise of a new dress and a meal out won me over and, looking back, I’m really glad I went. The ceremony was lovely and, err, ceremonious and I had a great day with my family.

As I do for all big events, I treated myself to getting my make-up done in MAC. Usually when I get this done, I am attending a night time event and go really dramatic with my look. However, given the nature of my graduation and the fact that it was a daytime event, I wanted my eyes to be less dramatic and opted for a smokey brown-bronze eye with some amazing lashes and a strong brow. I asked my artist, Amy, to pay particular attention to my skin as I had to get photographs taken and wanted it to look as flawless as possible. I finished the look off with a bold, bright berry-coloured lip.

I loved the final result and got tonnes of compliments on it throughout the day which was nice! I’ve included pictures below of my make-up, hair, my dress and, of course, my graduation attire (Shexy!)!

Prolongwear Foundation in NC15
Prolongwear Concealer in NC15 (mixed with foundation)
Studio Fix Powder in NC15
Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus (Contour)
Studio Finish Concealer in NC15
Blush in Well Dressed

 Eyeshadow in Cork 
Eyeshadow in Mulch
Eyeshadow in Shroom 
Fluidline in Blacktrack
Eye Kohl in Teddy
False Lashes Mascara
False Lashes #7
Brow Pencil in Lingering

Lipstick in Plumful
Lip Liner in Plum

I really hated removing this make-up at the end of the (very long!) day. I know a lot of people who have gotten their make-up done in MAC and have hated it but, I think the key is to be very clear in what you want with the MUA. Tell them what the event is, what you’ll be wearing and, importantly, what you don’t want.

MAC artists, by nature, are very heavy handed so, if you want a safe look with a natural application, this probably isn’t where you should be getting your make-up done! In my case, I explained to Amy that it was daytime so I wanted something marginally neutral, that pictures would be taken so the foundation needed to photograph well and that I still wanted my usual bold lip colour and that’s exactly what she gave me. Granted, I happily sit there with my eyes closed and let the artist work away on me because, I trust them imperatively. I’ve had my make-up done by MAC upwards of 10 times now and I’ve never been disappointed.

When you get your make-up done in MAC, you pay €40 but, this is redeemable against product. I am going to London for 5 days after Christmas so, I was quite practical and restrained and just picked up the lip combination for my look and a new Mineralize Skinfinish Natural!

I did my hair myself before I went to MAC. I knew that the (God awful) cap would make a dent in my hair if I left it straight so, I opted to curl it instead. I used a combination of ghd curls and those made with my Babyliss curling wand. I then teased the crown of my head to give it some volume, doused the whole lot in hairspray and threw it up in a bun so that the curls wouldn’t fall while I was getting made up. The final result was Big Hair, a messy tangle of curls that I loved and looked well under the cap.

The dress I wore was from a local boutique, Diffusion, and was by the brand Twin Set. I am kind of obsessed with this dress even though it is just a plain black dress. It's super fitted with the most amazing seaming and panelling that creates a gorgeous silhouette. There are cool puffy shoulders (I love big shoulders!) and a flattering scoop-cum-v-neck. Simple but, I think it works!

Dress: Twin Set
Shoes: Christian Louboutin 
Tights: Penneys

And, here's the obligatory shots of me in my cap and gown and also one with my friend Jade. Dee and I have known Jade since we were aged 4/5 so, it was pretty cool to come up through school with her and then graduate at the same time!

I also got some presents yesterday which I wasn't expecting at all! It was mostly money and a lovely bouquet of flowers but, my godparents also got me a set of my favourite shampoo, Redken All Soft so, I was happy to say the least!

Phew! That was a long post! Well done if you got this far! 


  1. Ah congrats mrs, you looked gowjus :) Must get my make up done in MAC sometime, I sense a triangular visit to MAC pour make up application!

  2. I'm considering not going to my graduation. The thought of getting on stage, bleurgh. Makes me weak with the nerves. Also, the cap really offends me. You might have swayed me though, with the new make-up and dress!

    Congrats on graduating! x

  3. Congratulations lady. May I also commend your fabulous spelling, grammar and sentence construction. Reading your posts are a joy!!!

  4. @Karen Tis a date! Though it would probably be hard to converse triangularly across the floor in BTs.

    @Lorraine The stage was my main worry as well but, you don't look at the audience and there are so many people graduating that you're barely noticed!

    @Girlwiththeskew-earring Thanks so much! That's actually such a compliment because poorly written posts are my pet peeve! x

  5. You look lovely Sinead! I've never had my make up done in MAC before... will definitely consider it now though. As you say, I suppose you just need to be firm about what you do and don't want!

  6. We don't need to converse, we are generally always thinking the same thing hehe sure we can always text from beside each other ;P

  7. @Lauren Thanks! It's definitely worth it!

    @Karen True dat...though we'd need to keep it on the DL...never know who would turn up accidentally on purpose!!

  8. makeup looks great, mineralize skinfinish is my fave ever. i refused to wear my cap! yours looks good though!

  9. I got professional pictures taken after and made him take them with and without the stupid cap! Hated it! x

  10. Congratulations Sinead! You looked fab, I don't know how you managed to make a cap & gown look good but you did! I am SO envious of your hair, it's fabulous. The MUA did a brilliant job too, lovely make-up - it just goes to show that you have to be upfront about what look you want and make sure they know what you need, it's gorgeous. Well done again! :)x

  11. Congratulations Sinead! You have such beautiful blue eyes :) and u look gorgeous in that outfit!

  12. @MissGreenEyes Thanks so much! I don't know about making the cap and gown look good though, couldn't wait to get out of it! x

    @Pooja_G Thanks hun, really loved my dress! x

  13. I love Plumful lipsticks, I only have 3 MAC lipsticks but plumful is sooo nice.


  14. You sure looked pretty, flawless skin indeed!

  15. Congrats! You looked lovely! :)
    Lucy x

  16. Ahhh Sinead you looked stunning - make up, dress, even your gown! My gown was so huge on me it just drowned me :S I totally know what you mean about not feeling like graduating, I was in a total strop the morning of mine, both of my parents almost missed it, and I knew I had to pack and move out of my flat that evening, add a complete refusal that I was leaving uni and yeah, I didn't feel like it. I'm so glad I went though, it was a fab day, I got to sit between my two best mates, and had a fabulous time :D

    Ohhh to go backa nd do it all all over again!

    Steph xx

  17. Congrats Sinead, you look fab. Your skin looks flawless and I love the lippie.


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