At Sugahfix.com we need little excuse to celebrate the fabulousness of women and were delighted to hear that two of our favourite gals were triumphant trophy winners at the Belfast Telegraph woman of the year awards 2015.
Having had the honour of being a finalist in the Fashion and Beauty category in 2014 I know what an inspirational night the Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year awards is and was thrilled to hear that Pamela Smyth scooped the title of Woman of the year in Fashion and Beauty, and Joyce Craig was honoured with Mum of the year 2015.
Pamela Smyth, Makeup designer on The Fall and Head of crowd makeup on Game of Thrones had has a sensational career. I first met Pamela on a photoshoot for a Paul Stafford hair collection about 15 years ago where I was doing the clothes styling. I was more interested in Pam’s kit of Aveda make-up and skincare and spent most of the shoot playing with eyeshadows and quizzing Pamela for make-up tips. Within weeks I was working part time selling Aveda make-up and skincare for Pamela. Pretty much everything I know about how to apply makeup I’ve been taught by Pamela or picked up watching her do makeup on shoots. It’s been amazing to see her success as she moved into film and TV work.
Such is the growth of the film industry in Northern Ireland that Pamela set up her own Makeup school specialising in makeup and hair for TV and Film to service the demand. The Makeup Dept students have gone on to work on the set of The Fall and Game of Thrones, travelling to Croatia, Malta and Spain to create the stunning battle and crowd scenes seen on the HBO show. The tutors at The Makeup Dept include the legendary Tina Earnshaw who was head of makeup for Titanic with Leonardo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow’s personal makeup artist on Shakespeare in Love, Sliding Doors, The Talented Mr Ripley and Bounce, and more recently as Makeup Designer on Prometheus, The Counsellor, and Exodus Gods and Kings; Conor O’Sullivan who has won many awards for his prosthetic work on Game of Thrones and also famously created The Jokers ‘smile’ on Heath Ledger; and Ashling Nairn who has worked on Clash of the Titans, John Carter, Prometheus, and Game of Thrones. One word – WOW! To pull together some of the film industry’s top make-up artists and bring them to train make-up artists in Belfast is no mean feat but Pamela’s reputation and experience working with the tutors means she can gather up the best in the business. And did we mention she was make-up designer on The Fall? Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan trust Pamela to tell the narrative of the story through the hair and make-up. It’s pretty awesome have this level of talent in Northern Ireland.
Belfast Telegraph Mum of the Year: Joyce Craig
I met Joyce Craig at the Woman of the year awards several years ago as I was supporting my pal Grainne Maher, who I had nominated for Woman of the year in the Fashion & Beauty category. I happened to be seated next to Joyce and had the best nights craic even though it was the first time we met. She’s the sort of lady who you feel you’ve been friends with for a lifetime from the first meeting. Joyce is simply the most positive and courageous woman I’ve ever met. Her positive outlook when anyone else would have been in the depths of despair was beyond inspiring.
Joyce has lost a son and daughter in the past four years but is still one of the most positive and inspirational women there is. Joyce’s precious daughter Nicola passed away in 2011 and earlier this year her talented, tall, handsome son Michael died after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Her only surviving son Christopher, has Cerebral Palsy and requires around the clock care.
Even when Michael was in the hospice Joyce was encouraging us all to support Marie Curie – she is a phenomenal human being. And now she is campaigning to prevent the closure of Stewart Memorial care home where Christopher was looked after when Michael was in the Marie Curie Hospice.
Absolutely inspiring women!
Here are all the winners
Overall Woman of the Year: Maud Kells
Woman of the Year in Education: Charleen Gordon
Sportswoman of the Year: Kelly Gallagher
Woman of the Year in the Health Sector: Roisin Dorrian
Woman of the Year in the Arts: Leesa Harker
Businesswoman of the Year: Janet McCollum
Woman of the Year in the Voluntary Sector: Sister Olive Cooney
For more details and videos of the winners click here.