Archive: June 2015

Shaz Awards Continue to 'Make Up' Northern Ireland's Top Talent

30 June 2015

The make up industry’s coveted Shaz Awards, founded by businesswoman Ciara Daly, who has been working in the make up industry for over a decade, recently returned to Belfast for a sixth consecutive year.  Nine illustrious awards were up for grabs on the night and the audience was packed with some of Northern Ireland’s leading make up artists, models and photographers all shortlisted for the top prizes.

Ciara’s Lisburn Road based make up academy is one of Ireland’s most sought after training facilities, offering courses for beginners to more experienced artists; and it has created and nurtured some of Ireland’s freshest creative talent.

The Shaz Awards, named after Ciara’s mother Sharon who sadly passed away in 2006, were created to celebrate and encourage creative talent within the burgeoning make up industry by celebrating excellence and creativity. 

Ciara said at the awards, “What a fantastic way to celebrate another year of unbelievable talent.  I am constantly in awe of the work produced by the skills of our current and former students. I created the awards not only to recognise this incredible work, but also to credit the inspirational stories and development of the students’ careers. I’m so glad I did because we’ve seen some real talent shine through.”


She continued: “I have been so inspired throughout the years by my students and without such talent and dedication, the Shaz Awards could not have returned for its sixth year.  It has been a pleasure to work alongside these students who have touched me with their stories, compassion, determination and talent and I think it is important that this is recognised through the awards. ”


The judges for the awards included photographerGlenn Norwood, online retailer Samantha Lemon Bell, hairdresser Lee Stinton and make-up artist Nuala Campbell.


List of winners:


  1. Photoshoot of the Year - Aileen Traynor

  2. Retailer of the Year - Janette Aiken

  3. Photographer of the Year - Tony Webster

  4. Hairdresser of the Year - James Wallace

  5. Face of Ciara Daly - Claire Gunn

  6. Student of the Year - Heather Cromie

  7. Team Member of the Year - Ashley Daly

  8. Phoenix Award - Andrea Kirwan

  9. Creative Award - Judged on evening by panel of 4 – Eimear Scullion – Tribal Princess

Shaz Awards Back for Sixth Year

23 June 2015

The Make Up industry’s coveted Shaz Awards return for their sixth consecutive year this month, and will see make up artists, models and photographers among the winners at the glamorous ceremony.


Created by renowned make up artist Ciara Daly, who has been working in the make up industry for over a decade and boasts a busy make up academy as well as a globally successful brush range to her name, the awards are named after Ciara’s mother Sharon, affectionately known as Shaz, who passed away suddenly in 2006. They aim to celebrate and encourage creative talent within the make up industry by celebrating excellence and creativity. 


Ciara Daly’s make up academy, based on the Lisburn Road, is one of Ireland’s most sought after training facilities, offering courses for beginners to more experienced artists; and it has created and nurtured some of Ireland’s freshest creative talent.   Business has gone from strength to strength with courses being booked out months in advance, and her workforce doubling in size,  thanks to her newest ‘HERO House Parties’ concept.  The parties see leading make up artists making house visits across the country, and delivering insightful tutorials which educate on the use of key products, using Ciara’s professional brush collections.    The Ciara Daly range of brushes and make up products are sold worldwide, currently available in 130 retailers over Ireland and the UK, but these awards, were created to recognise the amazing talent much closer to home.


Ciara said, “I’m beyond pleased that the Shaz Awards are back for the sixth year in a row.  I am constantly in awe of the talent and work produced by the skills of our current and former students and this year is no exception.  It is not only to recognise their incredible work that I created these awards but also to credit the inspirational stories and development of the students’ careers.”


She continued, “However it should not be said that the Shaz awards were created to only recognise the incredible talent of the students of the Ciara Daly make up academy, but also the work of other artists out there.  Over the past few years Northern Ireland’s industry has boomed with fabulous campaigns and a bustling movie and television industry, creating some fabulous looks and allowing make-up artists to hone their craft on their own doorsteps.”


The awards also support the ‘Feeding Dreams’ charity, which is a charity founded by former student and Ciara’s long term close friend Arlene Gormley who uprooted from Belfast to help build schools for disadvantaged children in Cambodia. Feeding Dreams provides free education to four hundred children and young adults.


Ciara said: “I have continued to support the charity ‘Feeding Dreams’ through the Shaz awards, as its ethos lies so close to my heart.  ‘Feeding Dreams’ is a charity that helps give disadvantaged children an opportunity to learn and progress and truly better their outlook on life, and I am excited to visit in August to help out and really see where the money goes.  Similarly, over the years, I have been inspired by the stories and passion of so many of our own students and watched as they have put their energy into learning a new skill in make up artistry, and it is fantastic to see such dedication and a desire to grow.  This is why I created our Phoenix Award in the first year and this usually goes to the artist who has inspired me the most by rising from the ashes, so to speak.” 


She continued “Although the awards are predominantly considered to be a celebration of those working in make up, they’re also designed to celebrate other creative talents aligned with the industry.   That’s why I’ve ensured to include awards for photographer of the year and model of the year, who make up artists obviously work very closely with.  I wanted it to be a celebration of all talents within this exciting and creative industry.”


The judges for the awards will include photographerGlenn Norwood, stylist Jamie Russell, hairdresser Lee Stinton and make-up artist Nuala Campbell.There will be nine categories which are Photoshoot of the Year, Retailer of the Year, Face of Ciara Daly Make Up, Photographer of the Year, Hairdreser of the Year, Team Member of the Year, Student of the Year, Creative make Up Award and Ciara’s personal favourite, the Phoenix Award.


The awards will take place on Sunday 28 June at AM:PM’s Cabaret Supper Club at 8pm.  Tickets for the awards are available now from and are priced at £25 which will include a complimentary West Coast Cooler on arrival, with live entertainment and a goodie bag.

The Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2016 launches...

05 June 2015
After five hugely successful years seeing secondary and grammar schools’ students’ work appear on red carpets and catwalks across the world, plus an expansion to Scotland, the 2016 Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture competition this week launched its 2016 competition with an ever-enticing list of prizes - including cash, iPads and trips to film premieres in London - for artistic and fashion-minded young people. 
Breakfast radio presenters Pete Snodden and Rebecca McKinney joined some of last year’s finalists wearing dresses that give future entrants a taster of what to expect from Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2016. 
The recycled fashion competition is open to all secondary and grammar school students in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Their challenge is to create an outfit of any shape or form, with the stipulation that it is made from recycled materials. Entrants must get their hands on industrial, electrical, commercial and domestic waste products and transform them into pieces of fashion art.  
Judges for the competition have included model and TV presenter Vogue Williams as well as TV stylist Darren Kennedy, Rosanna Davison, and international model Faye Dinsmore. As with previous years there will be four regional heats in Dublin, Derry, Limerick, and Castlebar. The Grand Final, featuring the top 80 dresses, will take place in the 3Arena, Dublin in April 2016. 
Commenting on the launch, Sean Sheehan, Regional Director, NI at Bank of Ireland UK, said “We're absolutely delighted to be sponsoring Junk Kouture for the fifth year running.  The competition has a unique way of empowering young people to hone their creative skills and meet others with similar interests.  Bank of Ireland UK’s sponsorship of the competition gives us a great opportunity to meet with our school partners and customers and to celebrate the artistic flair and talent of some of the most bold and innovative young people in Northern Ireland.” 
Elizabeth Curran, founder of Junk Kouture said: “Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture doesn’t just inspire outstanding creativity in young people, but also highlights the importance of environmentally aware behaviour and mindfulness of how much we consume and how much we throw away. Once again I’m really looking forward to seeing how the students reinvent waste such as old plastics, paper, bottles, wires, lambs’ wool and even hosepipes to turn them into couture!”
Eimear Lavery, Head of Art & Design at Holy Trinity School in Cookstown said at the launch: “During my five years taking part in the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture fashion and art competition, I have found it an extremely rewarding experience for all pupils right from Year Eight, through to GCSE and A level Art and Design. Not only does the competition encourage secondary school pupils of all ages to recycle and use waste materials to create innovative fashion, it gives them confidence-building opportunities to participate in live professional fashion shows and photo shoots. I have found the competition to be a great way of motivating pupils, building on their self-confidence and encouraging them to use their creative talents. Many schools, including our own, have developed school-wide recycling programmes for specific materials to support their participating pupils, so it is great for team-building and morale too.  Most importantly though,  I have found that the pupils can use their fashion and accessory Junk Kouture designs and development work as an integral part of their GCSE and A level examinations. I would recommend all Art and Design to encourage their pupils to participate in the Junk Kouture 2016 competition as it doesn’t conflict what is in the curriculum, it actually complements it as well as contributing to the children’s wider societal education.”  
With some great prizes on offer, the clock is now ticking for students and teachers alike to get creative over the summer months. Online applications will close in January 2016. For further information and entry criteria visit: or  Alternatively, please email 
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