Beauty Spot

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - NEWS -

This month is a piv­otal time in the life of fash­ion-ed­i­to­rial and celebrity make-up artist, Paula Cal­lan. Hav­ing co-founded Brown Sugar, with her former hus­band, Mark O’Ke­effe, and, a few years after, Cal­lanBerry, with fel­low make-up artist, Derek Car­berry, Paula has just opened her first ever solo ven­ture, Cal­lan & Co — The Ex­pe­ri­ence, just op­po­site the Dy­lan Ho­tel, Dublin 4.

Paula’s vi­sion for the new salon is unique: to be un­like any salon we have seen be­fore. A one-stop des­ti­na­tion for ev­ery con­ceiv­able beauty need.

“It doesn’t look like a salon — it could be a bou­tique res­tau­rant or ho­tel,” Paula ex­plains. “It is a place where you can get every­thing you need done un­der one roof. We will have hair, make-up, nails, brows, lashes, tan­ning, fa­cials, mas­sage — every­thing beauty.”

Based in the former Ex­presso Bar Cafe build­ing, from the out­side, the salon does not look big. But that is an il­lu­sion. Once you go past the ele­gant re­cep­tion, com­plete with beauty, hair and gift ideas, you en­ter the world of Cal­lan & Co — The Ex­pe­ri­ence, and wit­ness all that it of­fers, in­clud­ing orig­i­nal con­cepts for brides and bridal par­ties.

“One of the main rea­sons I opened the salon is that a lot of my work is brid­ere­lated. That was kind of an ac­ci­dent, be­cause I come from fash­ion-ed­i­to­rial work,” Paula ex­plains. “But over the years of work­ing with brides, I got to know them well; many be­come friends. And al­ways, al­ways, after­wards they would be call­ing me, look­ing for a per­son who did a good tan, or good brows. I’d then go look­ing for my lit­tle black book. So I started think­ing about how I don’t do those ser­vices, but I know good peo­ple who do. Now a lot of the peo­ple who were in my lit­tle black book are work­ing in Cal­lan & Co — The Ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Fash­ion-ed­i­to­rial hair­styl­ist, Michael Leong, is one such valu­able name that can be booked through Cal­lan & Co — The Ex­pe­ri­ence. Part of Paula’s vi­sion is that Cal­lan & Co — The Ex­pe­ri­ence of­fers unique pack­ages for brides, from two weeks to a six-month cam­paign, to prep their skin and hair to op­ti­mum lev­els. Also, in part­ner­ship with the Dy­lan Ho­tel, Cal­lan & Co — The Ex­pe­ri­ence has great al­ter­na­tive op­tions to the typ­i­cal hen party.

Ex­clu­sive to Cal­lan & Co — The Ex­pe­ri­ence are Kevyn Au­coin make-up, and James Read skin-lux­u­ri­ous tan­ning prod­ucts, which are used on the mod­els in the Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret high-oc­tane shows.

“I have spent a long time choos­ing the prod­ucts that will be in my salon. I will only have items in the salon that I truly love,” Paula says. Cal­lan & Co — The Ex­pe­ri­ence also car­ries Stila make-up, Cal­lanBerry make-up brushes, hair care by Shu Ue­mura and Keras­tase. Colour will be L’Oreal and L’Oreal Pro­fes­sion­nel, nails by essie and skin­care and fa­cials by De­cleor.

“You know, this is com­pletely a dream come true. I al­ways wanted a home and this is it,” Paula tells me. “Hope­fully, for­ever.”

Photography by KIP CAR­ROLL Styling by NIKKI CUM­MINS BLACK Fash­ion edited by CON­STANCE HAR­RIS

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