To mark the arrival of the make-up range XIP Professional, Preen Hair and Beauty Dublin held a glamorous launch night featuring the creations of up and coming designer Ellie Connolly. Exquisite.ie’s Aisling O’Loughlin was there….

XIP Professional launch night: NCAD graduate Ellie Connolly presents her end of her creations at Preen Dublin  Photo: Aisling O’Loughlin

Stepping through the door in Preen on Dame Street Dublin is like arriving at a Dior shoot, so glamorous is the sight of five models looking outer-worldly in feathered, laser cut creations by new designer Ellie Connolly who has, incredibly, just graduated from NCAD. Preen Art Director Lee Stinton, who’s dropped five stone and is fighting fit thanks to the 16:8 diet, shows his skill for plaits with an array of creative swirls.

Preen Art Director Lee Stinton working his magic at the launch night of XIP Professional at Preen Hair and Beauty on Dame Street Dublin   Photo: Aisling O’Loughlin

CREATIVE PLAITS OFFER A MODERN, SOPHISTICATED LOOK THAT’S ELEGANT WITHOUT BEING TOO FORMAL

Plaits created by Preen’s Lee Stinton for the launch of XIP Professional make-up range at the salon  Photo: Aisling O’Loughlin
Artistic plaits and giant earrings for the launch night of XIP Professional at Preen Hair and Beauty Dublin Photo: Aisling O’Loughlin
A play on plaits for the launch night of XIP Professional at Preen Hair and Beauty Dublin Photo: Aisling O’Loughlin

DRAMATIC MAKE-UP

Make-up artist Nadine Reid opts for drama with smokey eyes and dark lips using the newly launched XIP make-up range that has just arrived in Preen.

Straggle strands and plaits combined with a dramatic make-up look from XIP Professional to give a sophisticated, modern look   Photo: Aisling O’Loughlin

The make-up range only came to market last September and already boasts a strong celebrity following from Nicole Scherzinger and Yasmin Le Bon to Tess Daly. With its crisp white and gold packaging and professional grade powders and brushes, XIP is also cruelty free so there’s no worries about animal testing.

More is more for the launch of XIP Professional at Preen Hair and Beauty Dublin   Photo: Aisling O’Loughlin

Highly pigmented eyeshadows create a strong, smokey eye look and Nadine wasn’t holding back, choosing berry tones for the lips along with contoured cheekbones.

XIP Professional arrive at Preen Hair and Beauty Dublin             Photo: Aisling O’Loughlin
Models in Ellie Connolly designs pose for the launch of XIP Professional at Preen Hair and Beauty Dublin  Photo: Aisling O’Loughlin
Make-up artist Nadine Reid, Art Director Lee Stinton and Preen owner Katherine Sweeney at the launch of XIP Professional Photo: Aisling O’Loughlin
XIP Professional Display at Preen Hair and Beauty Dublin    Photo: Aisling O’Loughlin

Preen, which won the Image Business of Beauty Award Best Hair Salon 2017, is busier than ever thanks to the creativity of its team, led by Katherine Sweeney who’s known as one of the best hairstylists in the business having worked as an educator for years. XIP Professional is available to buy at the salon now.

For more information go to PreenDublin.ie