Get Excited! The KISS X Essence MUA Of The Year Is Happening – Here’s What You Need To Know

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After a roaring success last year, the KISS x essence MUA Of The Year is BACK, and this year we’re scouting out some brand new talent.

We’re on the hunt for THE best teen makeup artist in Ireland to crown the KISS x essence cosmetics MUA Of The Year.

Last year, our very worthy winner, 17-year-old Aoife Nolan received the coveted title of KISS x essence cosmetics MUA of The Year, and now, she’s passing on the advice she has for this year’s entries.

“Winning MUA Of The Year with KISS x essence cosmetics opened up so many new doors for my career and has definitely made me gain confidence in myself and my work,” Aoife says.

“My advice for anyone wanting to enter this year – be yourself and give it your all! Be different, your only limit is your mind, so what’s stopping you?”

What’s stopping you for sure, here’s everything you need to know.

What We’re Looking For:

We’re looking for a talented teen makeup artist who has a natural flair for the world of makeup artistry and is changing the makeup game with their show-stopping looks.

What we’re really after is a look that truly shows who you are as a makeup artist. Whether that’s incredibly flawless soft glam, intricate costume looks, or just some head-turning eye/lip art, we want to see what you do best.


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Here’s How To Enter: 

Think the above sounds like you? Great! Here are the details on how you can enter.

-Upload your best look(s) on Instagram, in photo form on your page

-Tell us about yourself in the caption: Name, age, anything else you want us to know (must be aged between 12-19 years)

-Make sure  to tag and follow us @kissdotie and @essence_ireland

-Use the hashtag #KISSSXessenceMUAsearch22

When is the closing date? 

The competition will close on Friday 29nd of April. This means that you have exactly 2 and a half weeks to show us your talent and stand out from the crowd.

From there, our finalists will be announced, from which top beauty influencers Aideen Kate, Charleen Murphy, and Ellie Kelly will choose a winner – along with a combined public vote.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday the 10th of May.

This is what you’ll win:

Along with the prestigious title of KISS x Essence Cosmetics MUA of the year, you’ll also win:

-A takeover on Essence Instagram,

-An exclusive interview on

-A shoot with Evan Doherty showcasing your skills, featured on

-A beauty hamper full of amazing Essence cosmetics products.

Head over to Instagram to enter now, and don’t forget the #KISSSXessenceMUAsearch22

t&cs apply

Your name and age is required for your entry

Please seek parental/guardian permission if you are under 18

Parents/guardians may be contacted to confirm permission during at any stage in the competition