Joanne is ‘made up’ with new career as make-up artist in the movies!

WHILE most of us are looking forward to April for a welcome Easter break, one Cushendall woman is preparing for a star-studded date in April - her very own movie premiere!

Hair stylist Joanne McNaughton (BELOW RIGHT) will be travelling to Belfast for the opening night of a Larry lamb film “Cowboys and Dissidents”, a film for which she provided her much sought-after hair and make-up skills.

A 32-year-old mum, Joanne decided a few years ago to make a huge career change from bank official to hair stylist and make-up artist.

Studying at night classes while working full-time was not an easy task, as well as looking after three sons, but Joanne worked her way along local salons, building up her expertise and looking out for new hair ideas.

But it was an invitation to work on a tourism project photo-shoot which lead her into the glamorous world of movies.

“I was asked by a client to recreate the story of the Children of Lir for a photo-shoot to advertise the Glens and to show what it has to offer tourists. The Children of Lir (PICTURED ABOVE RIGHT) tells the story of the banished children being magically transformed into swans to roam wild on the sea of Moyle.

“The shoot was a big success and the photos were used in many publications and for the Tourist Board and this gave me the confidence to go further.”

A meeting with Jacqui Booth in the make-up department of the BBC lead Joanne into even more exciting avenues.

“We both attained a Masterclass Certificate in lace front wig fitting and Jacqui has been a great help and continued support to me ever since,” said Joanne.

“Jacqui has done it all in TV land for make-up in over 25 years within the industry and last year we both worked on the HBO series Game of Thrones together.”

Joanne’s latest venture was working on the Will Moloney-directed film “Cowboys and Dissidents”.

“The film has made it to Belfast Film Festival and was included in the Chicago Film Festival last week also.

“I did hair and make up on it and I actually made the whole crew lunch on my second day - Thai green curry! So multi-tasking is definitely the name of the game,” she joked.

As well as the exciting world of TV and film photo-shoots, Joanne also works on hair and make-up for many charity fashion shows.

“I always do them free obviously for the charity involved,” she said,

“There is nothing like finally finding something that you love to do and being able to make a career with it.”