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Make-up artist spotlight: Sarah Jane Lanagan

So a couple of weeks ago I sat down for lunch in Avoca (let’s face it, my favourite place) with Sarah Jane Lanagan, a hair and make-up artist, to have a chat about her routine, her favourite products, her favourite …

Thu, Jul 7, 2011, 10:30


So a couple of weeks ago I sat down for lunch in Avoca (let’s face it, my favourite place) with Sarah Jane Lanagan, a hair and make-up artist, to have a chat about her routine, her favourite products, her favourite looks, and her work in general . . .

“I started using Dermalogica precleanse a while ago. It’s a bit like Shu Uemura oil, really cleansing. I saw a massive difference. Your skin just feels so clean – you can use it to take off your make-up, too. My skin was oily and combination before, but now it’s quite normal. Initially I wasn’t sure about it, but I tried three sampel packs and my pores got really clear. I’m sick of using masks and then you get breakouts. The precleanse gets rid of make-up, then I use UltraCalming cleanser from Dermalogica as well. It’s for sensitive skin. So the precleanser gets rid of external dirt, while the cleanser is to clean your skin.

Trilogy have an anti-ageing serum – all their stuff is organic, which is nice. I had quite bad lines in their forehead, and since I started using it, they’ve gone. Then Dermalogica Active Moist – literally for hydrating your skin. Most of us have dehydrated skin, you know, which isn’t a type; it’s a condition. Dehydration is skin lacking in water – so your skin creates more oil. I’d actually been overtreating my skin. If you get rid of all of your products and strip it back, use some sensitive stuff, it can rebalance it.”

“I then use Lancome foundation – the silky matte. I used to be good at moisturising my body, but then I got really busy. A friend gave me a grapefruit moisturiser by Ren, that smells lovely. I use a shower pouffe to exfoliate, because it does all the work for you.

“On my hair I’m using Sebastian products [you can buy them in Queen on Aungier St and Eve @ The Grooming Rooms on Clarendon St] because my hair is bleached – I use the mask conditioner and the volumising shampoo. All of their stuff smells amazing.”

What products should people save on?

“Definitely lip gloss, because you get lots of variety. The Balm do really nice ones, and Rimmel ones are lovely. Max Factor mascaras are really good, and Maybelline, you know, were the first people to make it. The new Maybelline gel eyeliner is really good – it’s about €11. It’s in a pot and comes with its own brush. Barry M is brilliant for colour blocking, and I love their nail polishes.”

What about new products? Any in particular you’d recommend?

“I really like Hot Mama by The Balm, at A|Wear and Make-Up Forever – you can wear it as an eyeshadow, too. It’s like Nars Orgasm – it’s lovely.”

“Lancome Teint Miracle foundation – you don’t need much, but it makes your skin look really perfect.

“Also, L’Occitane‘s new roll-on eye cream is brilliant, from the Angelica range. The ball is metal and the cream is really cooling. I put it on at night – it totally works, and I’m not really one for eye creams.”

Miller Harris is a real artisan perfumer – it’s in Arnotts and they do a citron shower gel that is unbelievable. You only need a really small amount. They do amazing candles, too.”

“Lastly, Armani Eyes to Kill are so amazing – you have to check them out. It looks like marble or volcanic rock, they’re so beautiful. They’re not cream or powder, and they’re 24-hour wear.”

Finally, I asked Sarah what’s in her make-up bag.

“The best concealer ever is Laura Mercier secret camouflage – my brother recently went to the US and I asked him to bring me some back because the price difference is insane. I’ve then got loose powder – super matt powder by Make-Up Forever. You don’t need to retouch during the day, which is great. I’m currently using Hot Mama by The Balm (above) as blusher, and I don’t really use bronzer. I don’t tan so there’s not much point in bronzing. I use Touche Éclat underneath my eyes and on my cheekbones, and down my nose. It’s great on the top of the lip, too. I then use Lancome precision or a Shiseido pen eyeliner. For lips, I just tend to use balm. I like the Trilogy Everything balm. It’s like Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream, except it smells nice.”

As a bonus, Sarah (read her blog here) wants to offer one Fash Mob reader a free make-up session. So, before a night out, Sarah will do up your face in that way that only make-up artists can – all you have to do is comment below!

The competition closes on Friday, July 15th, at midnight. The judge’s decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into. The make-up session will be based in Dublin, so entrants must be Dublin-based or willing to travel (sorry!).

Finally, if you’re a make-up artist, hairdresser, photographer, and you want to be featured on Fash Mob, e-mail me: and we’ll make the magic happen!