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Siun Lennon: Ranking my top five make up artists in Laois

Make-up and make-up artistry is a booming trend that has taken over Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and everything in between.

Makeup looks which were once reserved for models and celebrities are now being created by local makeup artists (or MUAs) with exceptional skill and ease.

For this list we have looked at some of the most successful makeup artists from Abbeyleix, Portarlington, Rosenallis and Mountmellick who have built their name or have businesses which continue to grow.


1 – Ruth Bergin

Abbeyleix-born Ruth began her makeup career at Inglot Dundrum and has graduated onto launching her own successful career giving workshops and doing freelance work in both Laois and Dublin.

Ruth now has a massive online following of 15,776 on Facebook and 28,200 followers on Instagram. But this girl is more than just her following, and has successfully built her success through hard-work, dedication and some serious festival-inspired looks.

Instagram: ruthberginmakeupartist

2 – Blush Beauty Bar Portarlington

Opened in May 2012, Blush Beauty Bar has gone from strength to strength, thanks to the seriously talented duo of Lydia Maher and Emer Farrell.

The girls seem to have mastered all aspects of the craft, including re-creating the much-coveted P Louise makeup looks. Blush Beauty Bar stretches out from makeup and has a wide-range of services including HD brows, waxing, manicures, facials, tanning and massages.

Instagram: lydiamakeupartist and emerf23                  

3 – Niamh Brown

Portlaoise-born Niamh works for Urban Decay and is now a successful make-up artist in her own right. Although usually based in Limerick, Niamh has now opened her own studio on lower Main Street, Portlaoise.

Niamh has already gained a successful following on Instagram and which continues to grow. A make-up session in Niamh’s will have you feeling like you’ve spent the last hour chatting to a friend, and came out with exceptional makeup.

Instagram: niamhbrown1

4 – Sarah Jane O’Reilly

Mountmellick girl Sarah Jane is the number one go-to MUA for dramatic makeup looks. Form mermaid looks to P Louise eyes this girl gets it right everytime. If you’re looking for bright, bold Instagram-inspired eye makeup look no further than Sarah Jane.

Instagram: makeupbysarahjane.irl

5 – Ciara Dooley

Ciara is a relatively new kid on the block but her makeup skills bring her up with the best of them. Honing her skills at Vanity X Makeup in Dublin, you can now pop into Ciara in Shaws Portlaoise or at her studio based at home, where she is sure to leave you glowing everytime.

Instagram: ciaradooleymakeup

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