Friday 23 February 2018

'I can't believe he is blaming me' - DWTS make-up artist hits back at Hughie over tan claims

Hughie's tan was trending on Twitter during the show
Hughie's tan was trending on Twitter during the show
Hughie Maughan and Emily Barker performing during the Live performance of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars. Photo: Kyran O'Brien Newsdesk Newsdesk

A make-up artist from Dancing with the Stars has hit back at contestant Hughie Maughan for claiming she was behind his heavily bronzed appearance on Sunday night's episode.

Lisa O'Connor, who runs the make-up company WarPaint, claims she had nothing to do with his mahogany appearance.

"I can't believe he is blaming me," she told the Irish Daily Mail.

The make-up artist said that Hughie came to the studio and "kept piling more and more tan" and refused to listen to her advice when she told him he looked "ridiculous".

She added: "It is devastating to have people blame me. It's a shame that such a handsome, funny, charismatic man feels the need to make a mockery of himself on TV for more attention."

The make-up artist, who lists Sharon Corr, Rachel Stevens and Una Healy among her clients, said that she did everything in her power to stop Hughie from walking on stage with his face plastered in bronzer.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio One on Monday, he said his make-up artist used a foundation that was a few shades darker than his skin.

"I sprayed on tan I normally use myself but when I got to the studio yesterday I started sweating [under the lights] and I wiped my face and I ended up looking like a Dalmatian."

He then said his make-up artist, who had worked on The Voice, applied the same foundation on him that she had used on Jamelia.

“There was nothing I could do, I had to go out looking as I did as they didn’t have any other colour left. It was a tan they used on Jamelia when she was doing The Voice two years ago.

"When we put it on we realised how dark it was but it was two minutes to air so I had to walk out wearing it."

His claims were met on social media with calls for his make-up artist to be sacked.

The fake tan disaster was picked up by an American chat show, something which has been "upsetting" for Ms O'Connor.

Hughie took to Twitter on Monday night to take responsibility for his fake tan disaster.

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