Stacey Kilpatrick runs s.a.k.DESIGNS specialising in makeup artistry, face and body painting.  With three employees, she is based in Glenanne, Co. Armagh.  She works freelance and also has a makeup studio.  We spoke to Stacey to find out more … 


What is unique about what you do?


We offer the highest quality service and strive to continually bring innovative ideas to the industry.  In 2012 I was voted Irish Makeup Artist of the Year and my work has been publicised internationally in Warpaint magazine, Gladys (American publication) and Getting Married.

We are the only company in N. Ireland providing the unique experience of ‘baby bump painting’ for pregnant Mums.  I am the N. Ireland representative on FACE which encourages and promotes standards of face painting and am also part of a group of volunteers who teach women going through cancer treatment how to apply make-up.

We are constantly trying to come up with innovative ideas.  For example we work in nightclubs providing face painting as a service for clubbers and last year painted a wedding dress onto a model to promote the Quirky Weddings wedding fair.

I worked as a makeup artist at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Belfast in 2011. I also achieved the Illamasqua Distinction at the 2011 Makeup Artistry Awards and second place at the Oonagh Boman Makeup Excellence Awards.


Is your location important to your creativity?

Not really, as a freelancer I am happy to, and often do, travel to meet the needs of my clients.

High Fashion Makeup Look

What inspires you / do you have creative role models?

My makeup artist role models are Alex Box and Pat McGrath.  While for face/body painting my role models include Mark Reid and Emma Hack.


How did you learn and acquire the skills you use to make your business successful? How do you continue to grow and learn?

My face painting was self taught and I progressed by training with industry leaders such as Mark Reid from Mexico. I trained as a makeup artist in Belfast with Oonagh Boman and in London with Illamasqua. The industry is very fast paced and ever changing and for that reason it is vital to continue to learn.  I do regular workshops to ensure my skills are up to date and the best they can be.  I personally feel you will only grow and become more successful if you always strive to do better and invest in yourself.


What is your biggest business challenge?

Running a business and becoming a Mum whilst continuing to work part time for a charity! I am delighted I have been able to move away from my part time employment and fully focus on the business.


What are your plans for the future?

I plan to continue to provide an excellent service to my customers, get more work published in magazines throughout 2013 and invest time in additional training for myself and my team.  I am also looking at retailing a larger range of cosmetics and face/body paints.


If you had to do it over again, what, if anything, would you do differently?

I wouldn’t really do anything different.  I have worked really hard and am proud of what I have achieved to date.