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Buff Make-Up range created exclusively for Hessions includes, lips, face, eyes, brushes and tools and pallets available from €15.00 – €50.00 in salon.



The BUFF Make Up Academy was founded by Paul Hession of Hession Hairdressing and internationally renowned make-up artist Paula Callan to offer students the fundamentals of make-up artistry, whether it is to pursue a make- up career or for themselves personally.

The 8 week course programme is designed to teach a wide range of practical and specialised skills using the latest techiques, covering the full spectrum of essential make-up skills for fashion, editorial, runway and bridal using an up-to-date approach to learning make-up within a relaxed, professional environment.

The team of professional tutors is headed up by Paula Callan who has worked with the most renowned names in fashion including Italian Vogue, Tatler, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and numerous international celebrities.

The course fees include tuition for 8 weeks, a full brush set, a selection of BUFF Make Up products and 30% off all additional BUFF Make Up products purchased for the duration of the course. The course also includes a professional photo shoot with a top photographer and models. Each successful graduate will receive a BUFF Make Up Academy Certificate.

The BUFF Make Up Academy also provides advanced master classes in fashion and editorial make up to all graduates which are over a 10 week duration.
Please contact training@buffmakeup.com for course dates and prices.

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There’s barely a person alive who hasn’t heard of Dakota Johnson and her leading role in new film ’50 Shades of Grey’. The 25-year-old is gracefully rising to fame in her own right and is currently rocking all the best red carpets, most recently the 87th Annual Academy Awards.
Dakota wore a stunning floor length red gown from Saint Laurent and her make-up was as equally as stunning and completely flawless.





Here at BUFF, we want to help you recreate Dakota’s red carpet look!


To create Dakota’s flawless, porcelain like base first use BUFF’s Camera Ready Primer, to ensure your make-up and foundation stays all day. Then for flawless foundation, use BUFF Make-Up Liquid HD Foundation and apply with a foundation brush and set it all with BUFF Make-Up Dual powder. Dakota tends to stay away from an overly bronzed or contoured look, so just keep it simple.


Dakota went for a soft smudgy eye, so stick to browns. Use a sweep of BUFF Make-Up eye shadow ‘Berlin’ for the lid. Next blend ‘Hot Pants’ all over the lid and some underneath the bottom lash line for that smokey finish. Apply a lashing of BUFF Make-Up Intense Lash Mascara to complete the eye look.


An ultra-chic red cherry lip is what Dakota was sporting to match her dress at the Oscars. To recreate, use the BUFF Make-Up Lipstick in the shade ‘Code Red’, the perfect finish to this simplistic and elegant look.

All products can be purchased at buffmakeup.com


Kylie Jenner has been causing an online stir recently as her lips continue to grow in size! BUFF Make-Up Creative Director Jessica Moulds gives us the low down on how to re-create Kylie’s signature look!


To create a flawless base apply BUFF Make-Up HD Foundation using a foundation brush, set your foundation with BUFF Make-Up Dual powder.

For the Lips:

“ Use BUFF Make-Up Lip Liner in ‘Rosewood’ to line the lips and create a base for the lipstick, next apply BUFF Make-Up Lipstick ‘Dolce’ to give the illusion of a fuller lip”

For the Eyes:

“For the eyes keep it simple, use BUFF Make-Up eyeshadow ‘Pebbles’ as your base, next blend ‘Ochre’ all over the lid and finish with a winged liner using BUFF Make-Up Gel liner and apply lashing of BUFF Make-Up Intense Lash Mascara to complete the look!”


Products mentioned can be purchased at buffmakeup.com

Want to re-create the look of your favourite celebrity? Tweet us @Buffmakeup with an image of the look you want to know how to re create at home!


Here at buffmakeup.com we have some exciting news to announce! We can’t get enough of beauty bloggers, we love reading their latest tips and tricks and there is nothing more exciting than a product review or ‘get the look’ for the make-up obsessed BUFF team!

We have started a ‘blogger of the month’ series, allowing our lovely readers to learn more about our all time favourite bloggers!

We are delighted to announce the lovely Lisa Molloy as our very first BUFF Make-up blogger of the month!





Keep tuned for a guest blog from Lisa on www.buffmakeup.com in the coming weeks!

Make sure to check out Lisa’s amazing blog at www.pinksugarsparkles.com




Here at BUFF Make Up we are feeling the ‘summertime sadness’ as we say goodbye to summer 2014! We loved experimenting with bright lipsticks on summer nights out and playing with colour to create funky eye make up for some festival fun!

Buff Make Up most popular products for summer 2014 include:

BUFF Make Up HD Foundation

BUFF Make Up Sheer Glo

Quatro Blush Shadow BUFF Make Up


The BUFF Make Up Team had fun creating gorgeous make up looks all summer long, check out some of our summer highlights below!

Sinead O Connor Photoshoot

Back in June we could hardly contain our excitement when BUFF Make Up featured in Allure Magazine (one of New York’s hottest beauty magazines). The immensely talented Make Up artist Leonard Daly used BUFF Make Up to create Sinead O Connor’s stunning transformations!


BUFF Make Up Bloggers event

In July BUFF Make Up held an event for Beauty bloggers. Jessica and Michelle gave the bloggers tutorials on two different make up looks, allowing the beauty bloggers to pick up some great tips and tricks! A great evening was had by all and we are looking forward to the next one already!

 buff blogger evening


Hi Magazine Beauty Awards

This month we were delighted to win not one but TWO awards in the Hi Magazine Beauty Awards 2014. BUFF Make Up Sheer Glo picked up the award for best highlighter and BUFF Make Up Lipsticks were awarded Best Lipsticks!

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BUFF Make Up TV3 photo shoot

Recently the BUFF Make Up team hit the TV3 studios to work on a shoot for Ireland AM.

Check out the group selfie below that would give the famous ‘Oscar Selfie’ a run for its money!


Wedding/debs season

Throughout the summer the BUFF Make Up suite has been extremely busy creating gorgeous make up looks. We are very lucky to share a part in special occasions such as weddings and debs. Check out some of the make up looks of summer 2014 below.

If you have a special event coming up or you fancy treating yourself to a make up application for Saturday night out make sure to pop in to the BUFF Make Up suite in Clontarf!

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We are delighted to announce that BUFF Make Up has won not one but two awards in the Hi Magazine Beauty Awards 2014!

Hi mag logo low res


BUFF Make Up Sheer Glo won the award for best highlighter!


BUFF Make Up Lipsticks picked up the award for ‘best lipsticks’



We are absolutely thrilled to have another award under our belt!


American beauty Selena Gomez always looks naturally beautiful!






To get the look with BUFF Make Up keep reading…


  1. To achieve a gorgeous  glow like Selena start off by applying BUFF Make Up Sheer Glo all over the skin, this incandescent liquid lights up the skin giving it an instant youthful glow. Next apply BUFF Make Up award winning HD Foundation using a stipple brush, this lightweight fluid foundation delivers a buildable medium-to-full coverage without looking or feeling heavy on the skin.

BUFF Make Up Sheer Glo €32

  1. Selena’s look is dewy and fresh faced so we don’t want to overload with product, to keep the look youthful apply a light dusting of Quatro Blush Shadow by BUFF Make Up to the apples of your cheeks. Top tip: The Quatro Blush Shadow can be used as eyeshadow, blusher and a highlighter- perfect for travelling!

BUFF Make Up Quatro Blush Shadow €30



  1. For the eyes Selena kept it natural with the main focus on the lips. Apply BUFF Make Up Eye Pencil followed by lashings of BUFF Make Up Intense Lash mascara.

BUFF Make Up Intense Lash Mascara €23

  1. To add some ‘wow’ factor to the look apply BUFF Make Up Lipstick in the shade ‘Russian’, BUFF Make Up lipsticks are enriched with vitamin E so your lips are left feeling soothed, soft and moisturised!

BUFF Make Up Lipstick ‘Russian’ €18


The Hession Hairdressing team have created a hair how to for Selena’s look, to check it out click here!


With summer sadly coming to an end, it doesn’t mean we have to say good bye our golden tan! With BUFF Make Up you can flaunt the bronzed goddess look all year round!

Must have products include BUFF Make Up Bronzer €30, this is no ordinary bronzer, the pressed powder compact provides a sunny disposition with a bronzer that works for all skin tones so if you have pale skin there is no need to be weary as it will match to your skin tone perfectly! BUFF Make Up Bronzer is available in three flattering shades, each with a subtle shimmer that will leave your skin looking effortlessly sun kissed even in the winter months! To use apply in the shape of the number three down each side of the face using a large powder brush.





Next up for faking a radiant glow all year round is BUFF Make Up Sheer Glo €32, this multi tasking highlighter lights up the skin giving it an instant youthful glow. It can be worn alone to subtly brighten up the skin or you can mix it with foundation to achieve a dewy effect to the skin. Sheer Glo gives the skin a radiant and youthful appearance and is available in four different shades:

Movie Star- a pale iridescent liquid, suitable for all skin tones.

Paradise -a peachy bronze shade suitable for medium to dark skin tones.

Fake It – a bronze pearlised iridescent liquid shade suitable for medium to dark skin tones.

Pink Glow – A pink tones iridescent liquid suitable for all skin tones light to dark.





Eyeshadow is another way of prolonging that ‘just back from holiday’ look! Shimmery golden tones make the eyes ‘pop’ and appear bright and beautiful! BUFF Make Up Eyeshadow, €15 in shades ‘Clubbing’ and ‘Boho’ are both great options to give the eyes a gorgeous glow!








Summer is drawing to a close but with BUFF Make Up you can look beautiful and bronzed all year round!

Get the look with BUFF MAKE UP- Smokey Eye

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The Smokey Eye look never goes out of style, this look is seen on the hottest catwalks and is a firm favourite among celebrities!

Follow these simple steps to create a gorgeous smokey eye with BUFF!

1. Use BUFF Eye Pencil in Onyx apply across the lash line and smudge in.

Top tip:   If you have small eyes apply liner starting from the middle of the under eye to the outside of the eye. If your eyes are large feel free to line from corner to corner.

2. Buff out the eyeliner with BUFF Eye Shadow in the shade ‘Brownie’, make sure to spend some time on blending as it is important for this look to be blended in! This highly pigmented Eye Shadow has a hypo allergenic formula which treats sensitive eyes with care.

3. Add BUFF Eyeshadow in the shade ‘Clubbing’ on the bottom lash line.

4. To highlight the eyes and to give an instant ‘pop’ to the look add some BUFF Mineral Icing Sugar in ‘Layer Cake’ to the inner corner of your eyes.

5. To complete the look add lashings of BUFF Intense Lash Mascara, which holds lashes in shape for over 12 hours!

Jessica’s Top Tip:
“If you looking to introduce colour to into your make up look & don’t want a strong lip
why not try blend a bright strong coloured shadow like our BUFF zoom eyeshadow underneath the eye. This will draw attention to your eyes and give you a super creative edge “


Did you know? You can create your own BUFF Eye Shadow Palette which is ON SALE at the minute at an amazing €40, while stocks last!


All products are available at buffmakeup.com

Meet Jessica Moulds, our new Creative Director

Failte! Bienvenido! Welcome! to the new Creative Director of BUFF Make-Up Miss Jessica Moulds. Jessica joins the BUFF team after a working for many years as a Make- Up specialist for international luxe brand, Tom Ford Beauty based in luxury retailers; Brown Thomas.
“Jessica will be a superb addition to the BUFF Make-Up team” said Paul Hession, co-founder of BUFF Make-Up. “Jessica has the skills, knowledge and creative experience to work with us on bringing BUFF Make-Up to the next level. The timing was apt as BUFF prepares to take the range nationwide after considerable demand and success in its first year’.
Jessica began her make-up career at the LA make-up academy, followed by joining the team at Smash Box Cosmetics and then her professional home to date, Tom Ford Beauty. When Jessica is not planning make-up events she can be found teaching make-up master classes which book out weeks in advance.
Jessica will bring her own philosophy here to BUFF in a form of creativity and excellent customer care. “Make up is a form of expression, an opportunity to take chances and be inventive, it allows everyone to enhance what they have or transform their look for any occasion” said Jessica. “ I love people to feel confident and inspired once they leave the chair and in my role with BUFF I hope to develop this young and energetic, vibrant Irish brand to ensure women nationwide have the opportunity to experience this superb makeup range and inject passion into their makeup regime daily”

Jessica Moulds

How-to Create the Perfect Cranberry Eyes with Tara O’Farrell

How to create the perfect smokey eyes makeup look, what products to use and tips. BUFF Make Up video Tutorial with makeup artist Tara O’Farrell.

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How to create the perfect smokey eyes makeup look

How to create the perfect smokey eyes makeup look, what products to use and tips. BUFF Make Up video Tutorial with makeup artist Tara O’Farrell.

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All I want for Christmas is BUFF!!

If you haven’t already sorted out your Christmas shopping for the gorgeous ladies in your life then look no further than BUFF make…. favoured by make up artists, beauty bloggers and many of the most glamorous ladies in the nation!

BUFF Make-Up eye shadow Christmas gift set €30

BUFF Make-Up eye shadows use only the very finest micro powders available. This allows the colours to be easily blended allowing you to create stunning eye looks and on top of that they are also super long lasting. This gift set features three superior quality eye shadows for you to create your perfect eye looks

Christmas box set eyeshadow



Other fabulous gift sets include  the BUFF Lipgloss set, festively named “Plum Pudding”. Contains 6 small pots in a and com es in a gorgeous presentation box (€30)
For glamour on the go the BUFF Lip gloss travel set (€25) is perfect for any actual (or aspiring!) jet-setters out there!


Bestselling BUFF Products

BUFF Foundation (€34 )

Award winning AND bestselling BUFF HD foundation (€34) makes the skin appear really matte and flawless. This liquid water based foundation contains Vitamin E provides light to medium coverage and bes of all it never streaks or cakes.



BUFF Make Up Sheer Glow (€36 )

Fake your way to the most luminous skin of your life, banish all evidence of tiredness with a youthful dewy glow to your skin. Can be worn alone or mixed in with your foundation. Suitable for all skin types



BUFF Gift Vouchers (from €25)

If you are totally undecided don’t forget you can always purchase a BUFF Make Up Gift Voucher allowing your loved one to spend as they please across the whole range at BUFF for all products and even for make up application, make up lessons or for anyone who is getting engaged over the festive season you can even gift wedding party make up! Or how about a fabulous voucher for makeup application and blowdry (€60) be ready to be treated like a VIP while you are there and looking like a VIP when you leave!

gift voucher

How to look great for your Christmas Party with Tara O’Farrell

Some step by step tips from Tara O’Farrell showing you how arrive looking amazing to your Christmas party.
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Makeup Tutorial: How to Contour like Kim Kardashian with Tara O’Farrell

How to Contour like Kim Kardashian with Tara O’Farrell for BUFF Make Up
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Daytime and Party looks for the upcoming season with guest make-up artist Leonard Daly

Last week we hosted a BUFF Beauty Evening to showcase our hot make up looks for day and of course for the upcoming party season! One of guest make-up artists was the fabulous Leonard Daly who is one of Ireland’s top make-up artist and beauty consultants. Leonard has an inpressive client list and is frequently featured on Xposé, Off the Rails, Image Magazine and The Irish Times. While enjoying the BUFF Beauty Evening our guests nibbled on cake pops and were treated to lots of bubbly!

Leonard created two looks on the night. One was a super simple look with very subtle makeup and a strong red lip and the other was a more dramatic look, perfect for the party season.

BUFF Make up subtle day look

BUFF Make up subtle day look

This look is the subtle daytime look, Leonard used BUFF’s HD foundation (€34 ) for this look as this makes the skin appear really matte and flawless. He applied the foundation with his fingers and used a small synthetic brush to apply it as a concealer, that is one of the best things about this foundation, it is buildable.

Leonard preps Fiona

Leonard preps FionaOn Fiona’s eyes we used two of BUFF’s perfectly nude eyeshadows Urban and Carbon (€15 each). Using Carbon on the lash line top and bottom to add a little defination, Leonard then used Urban on the whole lid to add warmth. After adding lashings of BUFF intense lash mascara (€23) Leonard added a touch of BUFF clear lipgloss (€18) to the whole lid to create a glossy lid.

Applying BUFF’s Russian lipstick (€18)

Applying BUFF's Russian lipstick (€18)For the lips Leonard used BUFF’s Russian lipstick (€18). This is the perfect blue-red lipstick and it gave this really subtle look the perfect amount of glamour.

BUFF Make up dramatic party look

BUFF Make up dramatic party lookFor the second look Leonard used a mixture of BUFF Sheer Glow in Movie Star (€36) and BUFF Flawless Finish Liquid foundation (€28). This gave the skin the most wonderful glow. Using one of the BUFF Loose Powder Pots (€26) to set the foundation and Leonard applied a little more on the T-Zone to make sure that Alison did not look too glossy! For the dramatic eyes Leonard first curled the lashes and applied the BUFF black eye liner (€16) to the inner rim of the eye, top and bottom. Leonard then used a gel liner on the top outer lash line and blended it in so it looked super sexy. He then used BUFF Rebel eyeshadow (€15) and blended it on top of the gel liner and blended up towards the brow bone. On the inner corner of the eye he used BUFF Clubbing eyeshadow (€15) to really add a hint of glamour. Leonard then applied about three layers of BUFF intense lash mascara (€23).

Leonard creates a dramatic party look

Leonard creates a dramatic party lookFor the red lips he used a mixture of Play Me from BUFF’s Xtreme Lipstick range (€22) and the BUFF clear gloss (€18). When he had finished the look Leonard realised that he wanted the contours of the face to be more defined so using the smallest amount of BUFF Urban eyeshadow (€15) he applied it on a large slanted brush under Alison’s cheekbones to really bring out her amazing bone structure.

Products used:

Look one – Daytime / Subtle party look

BUFF’s HD foundation (€34 )

BUFF eyeshadow Urban and (€15)

BUFF Eyeshadow Carbon (€15)

BUFF intense lash mascara (€23)

BUFF clear lipgloss (€18)

BUFF’s Russian lipstick (€18)


Look two – Evening / Dramatic party look

BUFF Sheer Glow in Movie Star (€36)

BUFF Flawless Finish Liquid foundation (€28)

BUFF Loose Powder Pots (€26)

BUFF black eye liner (€16)

BUFF Rebel eyeshadow (€15)

BUFF Clubbing eyeshadow (€15)

BUFF intense lash mascara (€23).

BUFF Xtreme Lipstick range in Play Me (€22)

BUFF clear gloss (€18)

BUFF Urban eyeshadow (€15)

All of the products are available in Hession Hairdressing or here online with nationwide delivery at BUFF Online

How To Achieve The Autumn Winter Look: Berry Lips and Neutral eye

Autumn Winter Trend Berry lip and neutral eye make up Tutorial with Tara O’Farrell for BUFF Make Up
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How to achieve the great catwalk glittery eyes

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U Magazine Ace of Base!

One of our uber talented resident make up artists Nicola is regularly sought after for her expert advice and most recently contributed to the fun and fabulous U Magazine! Nicola did a super feature on the perfect base and foundations with her expert advice and tips!  Our award winning BUFF HD Foundation is our go to hero product, a  liquid water based non-comedogenic formula containing Vitamin E for light to medium coverage. It blends perfectly and never streaks or cakes and is a  lightweight formula that helps camouflage skin’s imperfections. BUFF HD Foundation contains Wheat Germ, which improves skin’s elasticity and helps skin blemishes so it is perfect for even the most sensitive skin!

Xpose August Ace of Base

Bridal Make Up Tips with Emma Farrell

Bridal Make-Up Look by Emma Farrell

Bridal make-up tutorial

You’ll see we recently posted a new Bridal make-up tutorial on with the super Emma Farrell and thought you might like to have a step by step guide to follow and accompany the video.

Starting with the eyes:

BUFF by Hessions Mascara - Intense Lash €23

BUFF by Hessions Min Icing Sugar €25

Use Pebbles Eyeshadow as a base, with Urban Eyeshadow all over the lid. Clubbing Eyeshadow adds the perfect pop of sparkle on the centre of the eyelid. Heffner Eyeshadow for extra definition along with perfection eyeshadow on the inner corner of the eye and underneath the brow bone.

Use the gel Black Eyeliner along the lash line, flicking your line upwards and outwards to lift and elongate the eye. To make your eyes appear nice and large Emma recommends using the White Eyeliner Pencil on the waterline to open them up. Apply a gorgeous set of natural yet fluffy false eyelashes to really set off the look, also applying mascara on over the lashes as it helps to bind the natural lash to the artificial one and gives a much cleaner and more natural look to the lashes.



BUFF HD FoundationOnce you have finished the eyes clean up underneath the eyes to remove any fall-out from the eyeshadow. This is Emma’s top tip for wedding make-up as the camera picks up everything! Use the BUFF Camera Ready Primer to smooth out the skin and prepare it for the base. Apply HD Foundation in light motions with a brush. If you buff this into the skin well it gives the appearance of an airbrush finish. Once you have applied the foundation conceal underneath the eyes and any blemishes and to set your flawless face, a light dusting of the BUFF Dual Powder is recommended.

Contour the cheeks, jaw and nose for a slimming look. The flash from the camera can leave your face looking very flat, so this step is not to be skipped for Bridal Make-Up! Highlight above the cheek bones with BUFF Mineral Icing Sugar, this gives a gorgeous dewy glow. Don’t forget about your Melba blusher for a fresh hint of colour.


BUFF by Hessions Lipgloss €18

Finish the look off with a gorgeous natural pink lip look, Emma pencilled in the outline and centre of the lips with lip liner then applied BUFF Nibble Lip-gloss which is perfect on most skin tones!

If you try this look yourself we would love to hear from you and how you get on.

BUFF Make-Up ‘Debs Makeup’ get the look with Tara O’Farrell

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Emma Farrell joins the BUFF Make-Up Artistic Team

As the BUFF Make-Up Artistic team continues to grow, we are delighted to introduce the super talented Emma Farrell. Emma is a highly trained and experienced Make-Up Artist. Her work can be seen in various mediums from magazines, television, film and theatre and her attention to detail and passion for the industry has seen her become one of the most sought after make-up artists and beauty contributors in Ireland.
Emma Farrell

Emma’s make-up can be seen on many TV shows including Xpose, Off the Rails, The Panel, Superstar, Primeval, The Only Viking in the Village, Dirty Old Towns and many more. Her make-up has also appeared in some of Ireland’s top printed media including Prudence, U Magazine, Confetti, Suburbia Magazine, The Wedding Journal, VIP Magazine, GCN, Irish Beauty,  and newspapers nationwide.

Through the course of her work Emma has worked with many famous  faces including Jason Donovan, Mary Byrne, Caprice, Maverick Sabre, Georgia Salpa. Mairead Farrell, Nadia Forde, Fionnuala Flanagan, Emmett Scanlan, Brian Dowling, Charlene McKenna, members of the Munster Rugby team and Irish Football Team to name a few.

This year Emma was asked to judge the Professional Beauty Awards in London alongside esteemed make-up artist Gary Cockerill. She was also in the running for a UK & Ireland wide award herself as the Professional Beauty Make-up Professional of the Year 2013 and she made it to the final five.

Emma’s can’t live without her favourite Buff Make Up Camera Ready Primer which she swears by for keeping your make-up in place all day long!!

Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Models visit us at the BUFF Make-Up Suite

We were delighted to work our magic on the gorgeous gals from BINTM in advance of their action packed weekend in Dublin with their host with the most, Holly Carpenter! Holly is certainly keeping good company with the current judging panel consisting of Elle Macpherson, Tyson Beckford, and fashion designer, pop star, model, and former X Factor Judge Dannii Minogue.

Nicola with Naomi

The series features a group of young female contestants who live together in a house for several weeks while taking part in challenges, photo shoots and meetings with members of the modelling industry.

We were delighted to have Holly visit us at the BUFF Make Up Suite along with hair to die for with the Hession Hairdressing Team with her model pals Naomi Pelkiewicz, Saffron Williams and Sophie Ellson.

Holly to win!

Stellar Magazine: Sarah Morrissey

Delighted to see the new issue of Stellar magazine on shelf jam packed with great reading, fashion, beauty and advice as always. We were even more thrilled to see the gorgeous Sarah Morrissey list BUFF Make-Up as her go to place for cosmetics!!

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In the spotlight…Nicola Cuddy

Our BUFF family and artistic team is continuing to grow and as it does we want to let you get to know some of our make up artists a little better. Today under the spotlight is the uber talented Nicola Cuddy!

After extensive travelling and living in the States Nicola returned to Ireland 7 years ago and trained as a makeup artist  and having worked with the likes of  Armani we are delighted to have her as a part of our BUFF Team.

Nicola Cuddy

With an extensive portfolio Nicola’s work is flawless, an extremely talented make up artist, Nicola has worked with The Morning Show, The Late Late show,  L’Oreal and with a string of Irish personalities including Gráinne and Síle Seoige, Sinead Desmond, Jennifer Maguire and Bláthnaid Ni Chofaigh to name but a few. Nicola has also featured in top Irish magazines such as IMAGE,RSVP, VIP, Xpose magazine, TV Now, Life Magazine and the RTÉ Guide to mention a few. She has also worked her magic at prestigious events such as the IFTAS, VIP Style Awards and TV Now Awards. . Nicola has showcased her amazing talent leaving clients wanting more and our lovely friends in the media booking her frequently!


Irish Tatler Punk Out Shoot

It’s always wonderful to see the results of the super team work that goes on behind the scenes in creating a shoot and this month Paula was on hand using BUFF Make Up to create a Punk look for their Punk Out themed shoot for their July issue! We reckon there will be a lot of people looking to pick up the Malinda lipstick after seeing this!

Irish Tatler July 2013




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Guest blog by Yavanna Evans of MakeUpMonster.ie

If there’s one thing I’ve learned the hard way it’s that if you don’t look after your skin, no amount of makeup will be able to cover it. Now every girl (including me) suffers with the odd spot or areas of redness or sensitivity but all skin woes can be tackled and a good skincare routine can be just as beneficial as a good makeup routine.

L'Oreal Micellar Water


Firstly, you need a good cleanser. For quick and easy cleansing, Micellar waters are fabulous at removing every speck of makeup (including stubborn mascara) and leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed. I’m loving L’Oreal’s Micellar Solution at the moment.




I’m also a big believer in using something to tone the skin after cleansing but find traditional toners quite harsh on my skin. However I found my essential product in La Roche Posay’s Thermal Water. This is a multi-purpose product that quickly became essential. I use this every night before my face creams to make sure my skin is completely clean and to tone it. It’s also great on irritated, sensitive skin or just to refresh your makeup. Try the pharmacies for this one as they’re more expensive in Boots.

For the night’s when you want a slightly deeper clean, face masks and scrubs are the way to go. I have two top picks and the first one is fantastic for oily and combo skin. Vichy’s Normaderm 3-in-1 cleanser is an excellent scrub for slogging away dry skin and then sets as a mask that does absolute wonders on clogged pores. For dry and sensitive skin, my other top pick is Sanctuary’s Moisture Boosting Mask which comes in sachet form in Boots. This really helps with dry skin and feels lovely on and you’ll easily get a few masks from each sachet so it’s great value!


Finally, oils and creams are your next best friend. I adore A’Kin’s Cellular Radiance Serum for hydration without grease, La Roche Posay Nutritic Intense Riche for my eternally dry skin while NeoStrata’s new Enlighten range is next on my list for getting brighter skin and tackling pigmentation!

Akin Cellular Radiance Serum Styled €24.99

I believe you can get good skincare at every price so do your research, shop smart and before you’ll know it, you’ll find your skin and makeup is looking better than ever!



Get Up Close and Personal with our HD Foundation!

We have decided to bring you the low down on different products within the BUFF Make Up range over the coming weeks and given the rave reports in the media and the awards are racking up, we thought only fitting to get up close and personal with our award winning BUFF Make Up HD Foundation!

HD Foundation

This little miracle worker has picked up award in top Irish glossies IMAGE, Irish Tatler, Social & Personal magazine and RSVP and is a favourite among Irish celebrities and top models!

RSVP Beauty Awards 2013

                      RSVP Beauty Awards 2013Image Beauty Award 2013

BUFF HD Foundation, €34 is a Hi- Definition foundation perfectly suited for close up encounters! BUFF HD Foundation has a modern superior formula that is luxurious, luminous, lightweight and long wearing all in one. It contains high levels of collagen for an instant anti-ageing result, the formula creates medium to full coverage, water resistant, non-crease and non transferable! Don’t just take our word for it; here are some of the reasons why it has been chosen as product of the month!

Suzanne Jackson- sosueme.ie “The BUFF HD foundation has a medium-high coverage and evens out the complexion, hiding redness, and reducing the obviousness of minor blemishes and freckles- completely covering them! This foundation is not oily or heavy and seems to “set” on its own without a powder. The finish is semi matte-to glowy and lasts all night! I love it!!”

Emma Henderson for Beaut.ie “I did like the formula and finish of this product. It’s very thin and spreadable, and about a half a pump was needed to cover my entire face. It also blends really well and the coverage is better than the consistency would lead you to believe.”

Tara O’Farrell – Make Up Artist, tara-makeup.com “I have been using this on a lot of my clients and have been receiving lots of positive feedback. It has excellent coverage without looking too heavy.”

Irish Tatler Beauty Award 2013/14Social and Personal Beauty Award


We are thrilled to have picked up another award or our super HD Foundation. RSVP Magazine announced their 2013 Beauty Awards this month and BUFF Make Up did it yet again!

RSVP Beauty Awards 2013

RSVP Beauty Awards 2013


This week we are delighted to launch the new BUFF Make Up PRO Club; a dedicated service for professional make-up artists and industry members alike! Since we launched BUFF Make Up, we have been inundated with requests from industry professionals to purchase BUFF Make Up for professional use and as such the PRO Club has been born!

BUFF Make Up Range

BUFF Make Up Range

The BUFF Make Up PRO Club offers professional make-up artists, stylists, models, TV Talent and media access to our PRO Club discount programme (up to 30%). Our website is set up to allow you apply online, alternatively it will allow you to download the application form and send it into BUFF Make Up Suite, c/o Hession Hairdressing, 4 Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3.

Our team is growing

With daily shoots, team members on location, at our make up suite and generally spreading the word on our award winning brand…(yes I’m sure you have heard us mention on more than one occasion that we have picked up an array of beauty awards already in our infancy from IMAGE, Irish Tatler and Social & Personal) we are getting ready to introduce you to our ever expanding BUFF Make Up Team.

First up this week is the gorgeous and talented make up artist Tara O’Farrell, Tara has been working in the beauty industry for the past seven years encompassing all areas of make-up from commercials, film & TV, fashion shoots, models portfolios, fashion shows and weddings. Tara’s experience as a model has afforded her a unique perspective of both sides the industry allowing her to  draw from a wealth of knowledge and experience both in front and behind the camera.

 Tara O'Farrell

Jamelia Shoot for VIP Magazine

The team at VIP Magazine are always fun to work with and this occasion was no different as we joined forces with our dream team crew at Hession Hairdressing and looked after the extremely beautiful Jamelia recently for their front cover shoot. Have a peep at some of the results from the day below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jamelia Shoot in VIP MagazineJamelia Shoot for VIP Magazine

BUFF Make Up dominates at the VIP Style Awards

So as we get ready to celebrate 6 months of BUFF Make Up  – it feels longer:) we were delighted to see old friends and new choose the BUFF Make Up Team to create their flawless faces for such a big night in the industry as this years VIP Style Awards. We had the pleasure of seeing many a familiar face visit us at our BUFF Make Up Suite at Hessions in Clontarf on Friday before they took to the red carpet and in particular a real treat to have looked after the gorgeous Kathryn Thomas who was crowed the VIP Style Awards Most Stylish Woman! Check out some of the pix and we’ll be sure to share some of the key make-up products and colours used over the coming days…

Kathryn Thomas pictured wearing Lya Solis dress and BUFF Make Up. Hair by Hession Hairdressing

Kathryn Thomas pictured wearing Lya Solis dress and BUFF Make Up. Hair by Hession Hairdressing  

Lisa Cannon pictured at the VIP Style Awards wearing Suzanne Neville, BUFF Make Up & hair by Hession Hairdressing

Lisa Cannon pictured at the VIP Style Awards wearing Suzanne Neville, BUFF Make Up & hair by Hession Hairdressing

Alison Canavan and Thalia Heffernan both wearing BUFF Make Up and Hair by Hession Hairdressing

Alison Canavan and Thalia Heffernan both wearing BUFF Make Up and Hair by Hession Hairdressing


Holly Carpenter wearing Louise Kennedy, BUFF Make Up and Hair by Hession Hairdressing

Holly Carpenter wearing Louise Kennedy, BUFF Make Up and Hair by Hession Hairdressing



BUFF Make Up online store launches

It’s felt like a long time coming but we have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring you online shopping for BUFF Make Up and it was a real achievement to see our online store go live in the past few weeks and start getting your feedback on your new 24/7 shopping experience! While the range has been available to purchase at Hession Hairdressing in Drumcondra and Clontarf we were getting numerous requests nationwide to purchase the award winning range, yes did we mention we’ve picked up 3 awards this month! com!  Make up + online store = heaven! xxx

BUFF Make Up at Hessions




Irish Tatler Beauty Award is ours!

Wow, what a month, we didn’t think it could get any better when we found ourselves the recipients of a 3rd award! We were thrilled this week to pick up an award from the fantastic team over at Irish Tatler! This hot to trot glossy fashion and beauty bible ran their annual search for the best buys for beauty for the year, pioneering beauty secrets and skincare and it is an honour to say BUFF Make Up was up there with the best ! Champagne all round xxx

Irish Tatler Beauty Award 2013/14Irish Tatler Beauty Awards

BUFF Make Up picks up it’s first IMAGE Beauty Award

Celebrating all things beautiful, IMAGE magazine beauty awards, celebrated it’s 10th year and we were delighted to be chosen as their ‘Best long- Wear Foundation’ and it our first year entering! Their foundation category was for surreal skin, complexion perfectors that can’t be beaten. ‘ This is like Studio Fix, which has been my go-to base since I first discovered make-up; but for me, it’s a touch better, in that it does not build up after you apply it a few times throughout the day.’ said Judge and Make-up Artist, Kate Rose Crean

BEAUTY AWARDS WINNER 2013 Best Long Wear Foundation: BUFF HD FoundationIMAGE Magazine Beauty Awards 2013

BUFF Make Up Wins Social & Personal Magazine Best Beauty Buy

With BUFF Make Up launched less than 6 months, we were delighted to be awarded ‘Best High Definition Foundation’ by Social & Personal Magazine and their Best Beauty Buys for 2013. They championed our ‘great long-lasting coverage’.  Things are looking bright for BUFF Make Up!

Social & Personal Best Beauty Buys 2013Best High Definition Foundation

BUFF Make Up shoots with Awear online

Awear Online Shoot this week!

Awear Online Shoot this week!

Another busy week at BUFF Make Up Head Quarters as we were off shooting with the ever on trend Awear for their online shoot…can’t wait to see the final results and we’ll be sure to share them with all our faithful fashionistas!

Xpose Magazine ‘Home Grown Beauty Brands’

Xpose magazine March

Thrilled to see BUFF Make Up featured in the new edition of XPOSE Magazine by Emma Henderson and her low down on Home Grown Beauty Brands. BUFF Make Up ‘Has amassed a small army of fans for its on-trend shade selection and quality formula’. We certainly think so!:)

Kathryn Thomas graces front cover of VIP Magazine wearing BUFF Make Up

The free spirit behind the TV Face, Kathryn Thomas, graced the front cover of VIP Magazine this month and the BUFF Make Up Team was delighted to be on hand to make sure her face was fabulously flawless on the day! Stunning, no doubt you’ll all agree!

Kathryn Thomas front cover of VIP Magazine March 2013

Kathryn Thomas front cover of VIP Magazine March 2013VIP Magazine interviewing TV Star Kathryn Thomas wearing our lovely BUFF Make Up!

VIP Magazine interviewing TV Star Kathryn Thomas wearing our lovely BUFF Make Up!

Rebecca Creighton Promo Shots, yes another gorgeous BUFF Gal

We had the pleasure of the company of the gorgeous Rebecca Creighton recently as she prepared her promo shots for her new album! You will remember Dubliner Rebecca from X Factor when she was put together with two other female singers to form Belle Amie. Last year Rebecca quit Belle Amie to pursue a solo career and explore new genres of music and we were thrilled to help her look the part on the day! Another BUFF Gal in the making….Rebecca Creighton

Lorna Claire Weightman our latest ‘BUFF’ gal

We were delighted to team up last week with www.Styleisle.ie founder fashionista, stylist, presenter and all round fun loving fashion gal Lorna Claire Weightman as her partner for make up and hair on her whirl wind trip to London Fashion Week which is still in full swing! Lorna visited us at the BUFF Make Up Suite for a one to one lesson to go through the tips, tricks and a range of looks that would work whether she was attending shows during the day or evening parties! Hessions made sure she was armed with trends and know how on having great hair for the week and we are looking forward to seeing the snaps as LFW AW 13 draws to a close!

Lorna Claire Weightman pictured at BUFF Make Up Suite, Hession Hairdressing Clontarf

Lorna Claire Weightman pictured at BUFF Make Up Suite, Hession Hairdressing Clontarf


We LOVE Amanda Byram ‘I’m a ‘BUFF’ gal!

It was a whirl wind week for TV Presenter Amanda Byram as she flew into Dublin from her adopted home of London to launch Sky Broadband and we had front row seats as we looked after her make up for her press calls and TV appearances on Ireland AM!  And we all took to twitter to watch her every step of the way and needless to say we were thrilled when she claimed herself as a ‘BUFF’ gal….a huge fan of our range!! Amanda Byram a 'BUFF' gal!

AWear Spring Collection 2013 featuring BUFF Make Up & Hessions

We were delighted to be brought on board to create the look for the spring photocall for AWear this week. The photocall was hosted on location on the gorgeous terrace of the Merrion Hotel and our dream team partners at Hession Hairdressing created the hair  on the day. Here is a sneak peak of the shots courtesy of Collins Agency and if you want to purchase any of the items visit www.awearonline.com A Wear Spring Launch 2013


We took part in Showcase Ireland last weekend and it was fantastic to see exhibitors, designers, stylists and models show what’s distinctive about Irish fashion that appeals to to people all over the world, we’ve loved doing the make up for the gorgeous models using our new @Buffmakeup range. Check us out here on Xpose  Xpose, TV 3 featuring Showcase Ireland and BUFF Make Up


IMAGE Magazine

We just wanted to drool over our front cover with IMAGE Magazine in January and their Military inspired feature…check out the BUFF Make Up!

image mag january 2013

Sile Seoige Sports BUFF Make Up for LIFE Magazine Shoot

BUFF Make Up used on shoot with Sile Seoige  Sile Seoige featured on front cover of Life MagazineLife Magazine

January Shoot in Irish Tatler

Get the Look with BUFF Make Up

It’s been a busy month at BUFF Make Up Headquarters at Hessions with huge support flowing in from our friends in the media, we’ve seen our new range feature in IMAGE, Tatler, VIP Magazine, Sunday Independent Life Magazine to name a few and the interest and support just keeps flowing! Check out our recent shoot that featured in the January edition of Irish Tatler. We were thrilled to work with an amazing team as always our Hessions Hairdressing team along with photographer German Collins, stylist Sinead Keenan and models from 1st Options Model Agency.



Looks for BUFF Make UpCreated using BUFF Make  Up!

Hession Hairdressing & Paula Callan launch Buff Makeup

In what is set to be one of the most exciting collaborations in hair and make-up in Ireland of late, Hession Hairdressing is proud to announce that they have teamed up with the internationally acclaimed make-up artist Paula Callan to offer clients a new luxurious make-up suite, extensive make-up services and their most exciting project, a new professional make up line, BUFF Make up which will launch in late November. The new BUFF Make Up Suite is set to open Thursday November 15th 2012 at Hessions in Clontarf Tel 01 8330110 for an appointment!

BUFF Make Up will be available exclusively in salon as of November 26th.

Xpose film our new shoot for BUFF Make Up

It was all systems go last week as we shot our first ever BUFF Make Up Shoot last weekwith our ‘Dream Team’.

Shot at the famous Bond Street Studio of internationally renowned photographer Barry McCall and the place where many a famous face have looked down the lens! Paula and Vivien turned blank canvas’ into works of art on the gorgeous models from 1st Options Model Agency and  Paul and the Hessions team were on hand to ensure luscious locks were order of the day.
We were joined on the day by TV Presenter Glenda Gilson and the Xpose film crew to have sneak peek behind the scenes in advance of the highly anticipated arrival of BUFF Make Up. We’re looking forward to sharing the results of the shoot and off course Xpose really soon!

In the press






Gorgeous looks for Warehouse featured in the Sunday Independent, Life Magazine fashion shoot at the weekend with make up using our very own BUFF Make up!



BUFF Make Up to get an outing at Cheerio’s Childline Concert

BUFF Make Up is getting ready to make its debut at the Cheerio’s Childline Concert later this month as our very own Vivien Pomeroy is set to head up the backstage make up team. To date, Childline has benefitted to the tune of €4.2 million from the previous concerts, which have been held annually since 1997. With The Script, Little Mix, JLS, Stooshe and Jedward confirmed to headline this year’s concert it’s sure to make for some great backstage fun and we look forward to sharing some of the highlights with you!

About Company Biography


The time had come for something new, fresh and beautiful and of superior quality;something that would make women nationwide feel good and look good so the journey began to bring you a new luxury make up brand! In what has been the most exciting collaborations in hair and make-up in Ireland of late, Hession Hairdressing brought on board the internationally acclaimed make-up artist Paula Callan to help create a new luxurious make-up suite, extensive make-up services and their most exciting project to date, to bring you a professional make up line, BUFF Make up. The BUFF brand is continuing to grow and pick up highly coveted awards in the beauty industry along with the introduction of additional products in the BUFF Make Up range and an ever expanding BUFF PRO Make Up Team and brand ambassadors to the development of the BUFF Make Up Academy and the team of trainers.

The BUFF Make Up Suite is now open at Hessions in Clontarf Tel 01 8330110 for an appointment and the award winning BUFF Make Up range is now available to purchase online from www.buffmakeup.com and www.hessionhairdressing.com


Paula Callan is reputed as being one of Ireland’s most sought after Makeup artists and with a career that has spanned over 15 years, Paula has worked backstage at some of the world’s most prestigious fashion shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York while researching the latest ingredients and products and what combinations make outstanding performance cosmetics!
She started working as a makeup artist for an up and coming photographer and spent 5 years working freelance as both a makeup artist and a stylist before joining M.A.C. as a PRO Senior Artist. This 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.
Paula was also responsible for orchestrating looks for The Brown Thomas International Fashion Show, The Ford Supermodel Show and MTV Music Awards in Dublin. Celebrity clients include; Scarlett Johansson, Jodi Kidd, Ruby Wax, Anna Kornacova, Sophie Dahl, Girls Aloud, Sting and Amanda Byram. A portfolio that includes names such as Helena Christiansen, Yasmin le Bon, Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum and Rachel Hunter Paula’s number is one so definitely worth having on speed dial!


For over 20 years Paul Hession has been weaving his magic with a scissors to give style and panache to the heads of Dublin! As the son of renowned hairdressing champion Frank Hession, Paul has clearly inherited both the talent and creativity of his father, and is now fully established as one of the leading figures in Irish Hairdressing today.

Paul began his training with Vidal Sassoon in the 1980’s and since then has demonstrated his skill in the art of hairstyling through many genres from fashion to advertising to TV and music. Since taking over the family business from his father in 2001, Paul has successfully utilized his passion, creativity and experience within the salon to express his own individuality and identity and in 2009 added a second salon in Clontarf to the Hession Hairdressing portfolio encompassing everything he felt a salon should be. 2012 saw the start of a new collaboration for the family business as he adds a new make-up brand to the Hession mix and Make Up Suite.

Paul has styled for a variety of projects for Ireland’s leading magazines and newspapers, and is in constant demand to share his expertise in both private consultations and public events. His work can be seen in top Irish publications as well as British publications and he is also a regular face on top rated TV shows Off the Rails and Ireland AM and a regular contributor on radio panels. Not only that, but the salon has styled for some of the top international fashion shows in Ireland, such as Christian Dior and Stella McCartney.

About Hessions…

In it’s second generation, Hession is a brand that is synonymous with creative, inspired, dynamic hairstyling. Founded by Frank Hession, the tradition of excellence is still growing through son Paul and daughter Susan who have been inspired by the uncompromising dedication to quality of their father and added their own flair and contemporary creativity.

It’s a formula that works: With a dedicated clientele of locals and celebrities, Hession has completely renovated the flagship salon in Drumcondra and opened a new salon in Clontarf in recent years.
Hessions like to utilize their passion, creativity and experience to express individuality and identity with both salons being everything to you that a salon should!

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