Roscommon woman named bridal MUA of the year for 2023

Audrey O’Connor

A County Roscommon woman has been named as the Bridal Makeup Artist of the Year for the second time at the 2023 Weddings Online Awards, which took place at the Mullingar Park Hotel.

Audrey O’Connor from Togher, Taughmaconnell runs Essence of Beauty, a makeup and beauty studio based at Riverview, Main Street, Ballinasloe.

Audrey had previously won the award in 2019 and this year’s citation described her as “a multi-award winning makeup artist with over 100 years’ experience in the bridal industry. Audrey is known for her professionalism, while maintaining a friendly and relaxed nature, making her the perfect addition to any bride’s wedding preparations”.

Audrey has trained with leading makeup artists including Paula Callan, James Molloy and Derrick Carberry and has attended workshops with celebrity Mario Dedivanovic, who is most famous for his work with Kim Kardashian.

Her reputation as a professional makeup artist has also allowed here to work with Gok Wan and Danielle Mahon on their Fashion & Beauty Collective Road Show, as a brand ambassador for the leading cosmetic brand Shiseido and more recently as the makeup artist for ‘Confetti Live’, Confetti magazine’s annual bridal event held in the K Club.

Audrey’s work has also been featured in magazines such as VIP and Confetti.