AWARD: Local make-up artist Annette O’Brien has received her first business award.

By Michelle Crean


One local businesswoman who is in the glamour game has been awarded ‘Make-up Artist of the Year 2020’ by the Irish Enterprise Awards.

Annette O’Brien Make-up Artist in Killarney, has won numerous awards in recent years – but this is the first business award that she has secured.

“I was nominated for an award from the Irish Enterprise Awards at the beginning of the year under the category ‘Makeup Artist of the Year 2020’,” Annette explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“This is the first business award that I have won.”

An interview was held at the beginning of the year where she explained how she built her make-up business up after 14 years of running a beauty salon.

“I explained how I learned so much about running a business, starting off with only a little background in it. I also feel marketing is now a massive part of the beauty/make-up industry and explained the ways I try to market myself differently from others in the industry. I’ve learned so much and I love something new every single day.”

On the down side, she said that unfortunately, due to COVID-19, there was no presentation ceremony.

“I was thrilled to get a phone call last week to say I had won the award as I really didn’t know how the interview went!”