The KISS x essence cosmetics MUA Of The Year Has Been Crowned

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It’s been a busy month at KISS HQ.

In April we launched our second annual KISS x essence cosmetics MUA Of The Year search and this week our winner has been crowned. The talent shown this year has been out of this world and whittling down all of the entries to just 10 finalists and then 1 winner has been incredibly hard.

A public vote, combined with a vote from Team KISS and our celebrity judges found our winner, Ava Gorman.

Ava, whose Instagram handle is @ava_mua has been playing around with makeup since she was a child, but began taking it more seriously when she turned 12. Now at 17 Ava has perfected her craft as both the judges, the public and team KISS agreed that Ava was a very worthy winner of our 2022 search.

Sharing the reason why she entered, she said: “This year I decided to enter as I put my heart and soul into creating makeup looks on Instagram. The more looks I created the better my skills and techniques become which I wanted to put to the test in this year’s competition.”

For Ava, she eats sleeps, and breathes makeup, putting into words exactly what it means to her she tells us: “Makeup is my passion. It’s a way of expressing yourself through such artistic ways. For me, makeup has always been my happy place where I can just be as creative as I want.”

Upon hearing the news that she had won, Ava says that she is still in shock.

“Winning this competition is a massive achievement for me. I still cannot believe it! There was such amazing talent this year which I was personally blown away by and to think I even got into the final was such an amazing goal for me.”

“When I look back now on all the years I have done makeup I think twelve-year-old me would be in complete shock,” she added.

Ava now joins the KISS x essence cosmetics hall of fame as our second ever Teen MUA Of The Year. She will receive a tonne of prizes, including an interview with KISS, a takeover on the essence Instagram account, a hamper full of essence beauty bits, and an exciting photoshoot with one of Ireland’s top photographers.

We’d like to share a special thanks to our guest judges, Ellie Kelly, Charleen Murphy and Aideen Kate for their help with crowning the winner, to our partner essence cosmetics and most importantly to every one of our 2022 entries. Your creativity did not go unnoticed and we’re so proud to see the talent among Irish teens.

Until next year!

Congrats again to Ava Gorman.