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Paddy McGurgan's got the right look for Paris catwalk

By Maureen Coleman

He runs two make-up stores in Northern Ireland, teaches the art of cosmetics application and has transformed the faces of celebrities like model Yasmin Le Bon and The Saturdays.

This month Paddy McGurgan, takes on his most exciting project yet – working backstage as a lead make-up artist at Paris Fashion Week.

The Armagh man, who is also a beauty columnist for the Belfast Telegraph's Weekend magazine, has been selected to create the make-up looks for Dutch fashion brand Avelon's catwalk show.

Paddy is the UK Ambassador for Dutch cosmetic range Make-Up Studio and is the sole UK and Ireland distributor.

Dutch Vogue and the Dutch Embassy wanted a local make-up brand on board and after perusing the portfolios of a number of artists who work with Make-Up Studio, decided Paddy was the best man for the job.

He will travel to Paris at the end of the month with two members of his local team, Stevey Lennox and Ellen Lunney. There, he'll meet up with three more make-up artists, who are flying in from the Netherlands. Under Paddy's direction, the team will apply the make-up for up to 17 models, who will be taking to the catwalk for Avelon's Spring/Summer collection on September 29.

Paddy said: "The fashion house had a look at my portfolio and saw some of the more artistic looks that I've come up with.

"I think they were keen on the more adventurous make-up looks I've created, rather than the minimalist ones.

"Avelon's style seems to be fashion-forward but not too crazy, a blend of Christopher Kane and Marc Jacobs. We'll study the collections, test the make-up looks and send them pictures to come up with the right looks."

Paddy has previously worked backstage at Belfast Fashion Week and has made up countless celebrities including Ruby Wax, Christine Bleakley and Mischa Barton.

Paddy said he never thought he'd get a chance to work at Paris Fashion Week.

"To get an opportunity like this is amazing," he added.

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