A Birthday Makeover

My birthday falls on 8th March – International Women’s Day.  I felt in need of a beauty boost this year, so I booked a makeup lesson with local beautician Nikki Doherty . You can see my “before” photograph below:


I wore a jacket embellished with flowers which I hope to wear to future book signings…

Nikki is a genius with makeup and taught me how to disguise my sagging chin, the red areas on my cheeks, and the under eye shadows…

I learned how to enhance my eyebrows, choose and apply the right colours of eye shadow, and find the right shade of lipstick to suit my colouring.  I had never found a red lipstick that felt right for me, so I was thrilled when Nikki advised me to go for a red with blue tones.  You can see my transformation below:


I usually wear coral or pink shades of lipstick:


When I compared photographs, I preferred the red.  What do you think?




  1. Honest answer: I prefer the pink because it has more impact and goes so well with what you’re wearing. I like that ‘pop’ of colour on you. However, the red is softer so when you’re after a softer look, then the red is better.
    That’s my humble opinion – for what it’s worth.
    You look great! Hope you enjoyed your day. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  2. I’m touched by the connection between two women on your birthday and international women’s day … and then expressing it and connecting more broadly with the world through these blogs. I get a sense of hope and joy – and feel grateful to all the people who’ve taken courageous steps before us to show us how to let ourselves shine for who we are, inside and out. Thank you.

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  3. Oh Brigid what a lovely treat for you!! She chose the perfect colors! You look 10 years younger and I love love love the red lipstick!! Your face looks brighter and alive. Sure hope you take these as only positive comments!! How fun and you look beautiful! xo

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  4. WOW!! Fantastic.. you look lovely without makeup – your eyes sparkle.. and the makeup enhances your features beautifully.. I love the red – it does really suit you and of course – the eyebrows make your eyes ‘pop’ – as my niece who’s a makeup artist would say… I love the ‘new look’ and I’m sure it’s given your confidence for those book signings a real boost.. Fabulous! I’ve had the first microblading session on my eyebrows and am due to have the ‘top up’ next week – after which I’ll be posting about my experience – I love my new brows already too..

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  5. That is a great idea for a birthday treat! I have never found a red I feel happy with either, so I can understand how it must feel to find one…and I love the red look on you! I think it suits you better than the coral and, with the outfit, completes an elegant, sophisticated look without being either aloof or “too” professional. Happy belated birthday, Brigid!

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  6. Happy Birthday! 💐 Love the red for special occasions, pink for everyday 😊 Thank too have found myself in a make-up rut, even more so because I’ve been trying to replace everything with vegan, organic brands, some of which have been very expensive mistakes 😕 I also have the over-plucked eyebrows issue, it’s so difficult finding a pencil to go with grey. You look fabulous 👏🏻

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  7. You look absolutely beautiful with your makeover Bridgid. Belated Happy Birthday too. I’ve plucked my eyebrows to extinction and once had them tattooed/microbladed, (disasterous, I shall never forget the look on my son’s face when he saw me for the first time with these black eyebrows, they improved as they faded and I enjoyed having them, but I don’t want to go down that road again). By the way I like both the lipsticks on you but I like the red best. I also agree with everyone your before photo is lovely too.


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