NATIONAL AWARDS: Annette O’Brien and Marilyn McSweeney, freelance make-up artists from Killarney who both won national awards. Photo: Michele Crean
By Michelle Crean
It’s not every day you win a national award – but two came to Killarney at the same time as local make-up artists scooped top honours.
Annette O’Brien and Marilyn McSweeney, freelance make-up artists from Killarney were delighted to have each won a local Brides of Kerry award – but were shocked to learn that they both also received awards at the Irish Make-Up Awards 2019 on Sunday night.
Annette, who has worked with Suzanne Jackson of So Sue Me, secured the ‘Celebrity Make-up Artist of the Year’ award beating off some of Ireland’s best at a big celebration of the Irish make-up industry in the Crowne Plaza Dublin Airport Hotel, which was attended by over 400 guests and the glamorous night was hosted by Andrea Hayes.
Just a week earlier she also won ‘Business Woman of the Year’ at the Brides of Kerry Awards.
“It’s my first time winning a national award, I’m thrilled,” Annette told the Killarney Advertiser this week.
“I was up against five others who are top of their industry.”
Annette’s creative drive and experience are highly sought after. Hundreds of satisfied brides and a range of high profile celebrity clients are testament to the high regard with which Annette is held within the profession. Celebrities include Lucy Kennedy, Kathryn Thomas, James Nesbitt, DJ Louise Duffy and Miriam O’Callaghan.
“Thank you to everyone for your support throughout the years. Winning awards reminds me how much I love my job and it’s an added bonus as I have just gone into my freelance work on a full time basis.”
Marilyn was also delighted when she won the ‘Bridal Specialist of the Year 2019’ at the Dublin awards, it was her second award in two weeks as she also won the ‘Wedding Make-up Artist of the Year’ at the Brides of Kerry Awards.
“I haven’t won any awards before,” Marilyn said. “I’m thrilled about receiving the awards. I’d like to thank my brides and clients for their support.”