Make Up Pro Store opens new Derry outlet

Make Up Pro Store founder Paddy McGurgan (right) with make-up artist Aaron Toland

COSMETIC retailer Make Up Pro Store has opened a new outlet in Derry in what is an investment of £50,000, adding to its existing portfolio in Belfast and Newry.

The business, founded in 2012 by award-winning make-up artist Paddy McGurgan, has moved from its premises on Pump Street to a 1,600 sq ft space in the Foyleside shopping centre.

It will not only act as a cosmetic store but additionally as a training academy where budding make-up artists can avail of innovative lessons, learning complex techniques from Paddy and a team of highly trained artists.

With the relocation to Foyleside, Make Up Pro Store ( has also expanded its brand offering to include Make Up For Ever, marking the first time it is available in the Derry area.

Paddy McGurgan said: “We're delighted to open in Foyleside. We've been considering a larger space for our Derry customers for some time. Foyleside has been on our radar and it is fantastic to be finally set up within this bustling centre.

"There is a huge audience for cosmetics and innovative make-up brands in the north west and we are confident the public will be thrilled with our new offer. The larger space allows us to not only offer a wider array of products but also gives us more opportunities for in-store events and training sessions.”

Fergal Rafferty, manager at Foyleside, added: “Make Up Pro Store is a wonderful addition to the shopping centre. The popularity of make-up brands has increased rapidly in the past few years and having Make Up Pro Store cements Foyleside as a cosmetics hub, with a huge range of brands available.”

Mr McGurgan has trained more than 650 budding make-up artists in the last six years, giving ambitious individuals the opportunity to work for themselves and set up their own business.

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