Born and raised in a small village called Mullaghbawn at the foothills of Slieve Gullion Mountiain, Co. Armagh located just outside of Newry. Lynda grew up in a loving home alongside her Sister Gillian, Brother Neill, Mum Leontia, Dad Aidan and Grandmother Alice. With a normal childhood Lynda began to develop extreme acne at the age of nine resulting in many trips to the doctors surgery and many skincare routines and trials in an attempt to relieve her symptoms.
Developing an interest in skincare and beauty Lynda attended Newry College of Further Education to study an NVQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy, followed on by a year attending Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School in Belfast where she obtained Diplomas in C.I.D.E.S.C.O which is the world’s prestigious qualification for Aesthetics and Beauty Therapy and C.I.B.T.A.C who are a leading awarding body on Beauty Therapy, proud of their International recognition for producing graduates of the highest calibre. From here her career blossomed and her interest in makeup lead her to train with leading names in the makeup industry and training at the Oonagh Bowman School of Makeup Belfast, L.A Academy Dublin and The London School of Media Makeup. Lynda was determined to make a name for herself and opened her own Makeup and Beauty Lounge and Spa in her home village.
Her goals were set however amidst her early days in the Industry Lynda was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of 25. This resulted in 12 sessions of Chemotherapy, Lynda was feeling the effects of treatment, loosing her hair and her skin was changing also feeling very dry, itchy and sensitive. Applying makeup was part of her daily routine in the days before, during and after treatment however as treatment progressed Lynda felt that some of the products she was using were not kind to her skin often irritating the skin more and making it almost impossible for her to wear some products. After a year Lynda finally got the all clear from the hospital and was able to move forward with a new goal and inspiration to help others “Look Good & Feel Good”.
Determination is always at the forefront of Lynda’s mind and it was at this stage she set herself the goal to develop her own makeup brand that would also work as a treatment, a makeup brand that young girls with acne could wear that would not block their pores and cause more acne, that people going through all types of treatment could wear to treat the skin in difficult times and also a makeup brand that would do all the things Makeup Artists, all age ranges and skin types could wear that would be much more than just coverage but also a treatment for the skin.
Research is key to such a product and after researching for a long time to find the kindest ingredients that could be used to help treat your skin Lynda launched her own luxury line of Makeup Lynda Strain Makeup. In collaboration with Ireland's First Lady of Country Music Susan McCann made up of two lines – Love Lynda and Susan McCann – String of Diamonds and with over 100 products in the range Lynda along with Susan had created a luxury brand in which also works as a treatment for the skin, with each product having its own unique treatment and many products having a dual use.
Working as a Makeup Artist on many high profile events, working Internationally on Photo shoots and Lynda's dream of working on television productions such as Electric Burma, Opry an Luir, Irish Country Music awards, Shauna's Country, RTE's ICA Bootcamp, Lynda knew she also needed a product that would be long lasting, photo ready and flawless for the cameras.
Lynda specialises in Bridal, SFX, Television , Photographic and Night time Makeup and is passionate to pass on her wealth of knowledge, education and experience by providing Makeup Tips & Tricks Workshops.
The sky is the limit for Lynda Strain with many new products in the pipeline for release.
The ‘Love Lynda’ range of Makeup comes from Lynda’s love of Makeup and her love of the people that she surrounds herself with by having each product named after people that are special to her.The ‘Love Lynda’ range has everything a woman could ask for. From the shimmer in her eye-shadows to the glow from her illuminators, the ‘Love Lynda’ range is perfect for a young lady who adores Make-up and that also wants to treat her skin.
Susan McCann is a well-known lady from the Irish Country Scene who is celebrating over 40 successful years in the music business and has been a great family friend of Lynda’s for many years. As well as having a love for singing, Susan also has a love of Makeup . When trying to come up with names for her makeup line, Susan automatically thought of ‘The String Of Diamonds’ as this is the name of her biggest selling album.
“Love Lynda” and Susan McCann “String of Diamonds”Make-up is available from Lynda Strain Make-up Artist & Beauty Lounge in Mullaghbawn, Newry, Co.Armagh
Tel:+44 28 3088 9427
Solis Lough Eske Castle Hotel & Spa, Co Donegal
Tel: +353 74 972 5100
Del Loughran Hairdressing & Makeup, Co Tyrone
Tel: +44 28 8075 7369