And The Winner Is… Meet The KISS x Essence MUA Of The Year

Meet Ireland's top teen makeup artist.

The votes are in.

A huge congratulations to Aoife Nolan who has just been crowned our first ever MUA Of The Year!

Aoife, aka @aoifenolanmua is 17 and has been doing makeup for about 2 years.

When entering she said: “I never saw myself making this my job when I first started out playing around with makeup, but then when I started to you get more into it, it made me realize I can have a job that I have a great passion about but still call it my job? To me when I do makeup I don’t even see it as being “work” to me it’s my happy place.”

She added: “There is nothing I put more work into than I do my page. I love seeing myself grow each day and come out with new skills. I love inspiring people, and seeing people recreate my work makes me so happy. And I see myself being nothing more than an artist. I love creating for all yous!”


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Aoife stunned the judges with her unique and creative beauty looks.

Judge Aideen Kate (@aideenkate) was wowed by Aoife’s entry, commenting:  “This is so fresh and summery, and I love the flowers in it too!”

Ellie Kelly (@EllieKellyy) added similar sentiments, commending Aoife on her skills, saying: “I really love all the attention to detail that went into this look!”


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Our third judge, Serena Cleary (@makeupbySerenaCleary) added: “You can really see how passionate and creative Aoife is through her makeup looks. I really love her use of colour and flawless blending”

Aoife is now crowed the first-ever KISS x Essence MUA Of The Year and is named Ireland’s best teen makeup artist by!

She’ll also get an exclusive interview on about her talent, passion and inspiration behind her looks.

Our partners, essence cosmetics will also be featuring her on their page and give her a chance to do an Instagram takeover on their stories.

Finally, she’ll receive a hamper full of beauty bits from essence cosmetics so she can continue to create incredible looks.

Earlier this month, we launched our KISS x Essence Cosmetics MUA Of The Year search and were amazed by the incredible response.

We had over 400 entries and each and every one of them were so impressive. From glam makeup we’d love to sport on a night out with friends, to jaw-dropping SFX looks that would get you a place working on the next Marvel movie, there is no shortage of talented teens in Ireland.

After much deliberation, we whittled it down to just 10 finalists. Your support for the 10 MUAs was incredible, we love to see you all sharing your love for your favourite looks.

We combined verdicts from our judges, three of the biggest beauty influencers in the country, along with votes on Instagram to find our #1.

If you didn’t win the top spot, please don’t be disheartened, we’ve got lots of exciting things planned for Irish MUAs in the near future, and hey, there’s always next year!

Congrats again to Aoife Nolan.

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