I’m Aileen Duffy, a professional freelance makeup artist.
Makeup is a form of art expressing the most beautiful version of yourself. It is also a collaboration. Whether it’s makeup for a wedding, a professional fashion photo shoot, or makeup for a night out, it always starts with the chat. We get to know each other. I get to know who you are and what you like and you get to know who I am and what I can do for you.
From there, we settle into the art. I keep myself current with the latest in fashion and makeup and always keep my kit brimming with a wide variety of makeup to suit your needs. It’s important to me that you feel comfortable that whatever your needs or skin type, I can work to complete a flawless makeup application.
I want you to leave my studio or walk down the aisle feeling special and looking your most beautiful.
It’s always lovely to get testimonials from my past brides and make up clients! Delighted to share them here with you…..
“I am very particular about my make-up, and how I want it to look on my face; natural and light. Additionally, although I like the barely there, natural look, my mom and sister are naturally darker than I am so often opt for darker looks. This is why I knew finding a make-up artist for my wedding, who could cater for all three skin types and preferences would be a nightmare, and one that I put on the long finger, until one of Damien’s cousins recommended Aileen.
I met with Aileen in her studio and was instantly put at ease with her relaxed nature and professionalism. Through our chat, and following my trial I knew I had been recommended a true gem who understood immediately the look I wanted. Aileen listened to my concerns, offered skin care/ prep advice, shared tricks of the trade and together we created a very natural wedding day look which carried me into the evening*.
Aileen created the most weightless, beautiful look which survived the first look (tears), speeches (tears) and dancing (gym session!). A true testament to Aileen’s sheer skill have been the number of guests who complimented my look and who have since asked me from her number.
I honestly could have not asked for a better make-up artist; after hearing we were doing a First Look, Aileen suggested staying on to top up my make-up ‘just in case there were tears’ to ensure the make-up was perfect for the Ceremony. Aileen I am eternally grateful for your dedication, passion and flair!
If you are looking for effortless glam, look no further than Aileen!
*Despite dancing into the early hours, it looked great as ‘wake-up make-up’ the next morning too I am ashamed to say!” – Gillian
“Organising a wedding from abroad in just 3 months meant making some quick decisions and trusting that all would turn out fine on the day. One of the better decisions was hiring Aileen. My sister, who was my bridesmaid, took charge of finding a makeup artist for us, and an online search brought her to aileenduffy.com. From the first contact Aileen’s professionalism and warm manner were obvious and we were delighted that she was available for us. Of course Aileen recommended a trial run in order to assess the look we might want and to familiarise herself with our skin type etc, this made perfect sense to us but, unfortunately, due to travelling and Christmas arrangements we were unable to attend. Aileen’s ability to arrive on the day with her fantastic collection of top quality products and just work her magic was remarkable. Having had very little sleep the night before I was feeling a bit stressed and looking very tired as Aileen began, the time spent in her chair was just so relaxing and when her handiwork was revealed I couldn’t believe how she had revitalised me. Besides her obvious talent, Aileen’s warmth and experience in dealing with brides was so reassuring. I was delighted with my sister’s choice and am hoping to be lucky enough to sit in Aileen’s Makeup Chair on some future occasion! Thanks again for everything Aileen’ XX –Emer
“Aileen did my make up as well as my Mother’s and bridesmaids make up for our wedding last year, she was truly super in so many ways. She is a true expert and gives so much detail to everything. She was able to give me ideas at the trial and gave recommendations on the style of makeup I should go with which I found so so helpful. On the morning of the wedding she was at the house on time, and kept on schedule with the make up which was so good as it gave us time for pics and there was no rushing. She stayed in the house to top up lipstick etc just before we left. She made us all feel so relaxed whilst doing an amazing job. Myself Mammy and bridesmaids were so happy with our make up, and we didn’t have to touch it from that morning till early hours of the following morning. I was so lucky to have Aileen do our makeup and would really recommend her” – Sarah
“I was lucky enough to have Aileen recommended to me by a friend when I was organising my wedding. When I first met Aileen I had just started treatment for my acne-ridden skin and was anxious of having my make-up done due to past bad experiences. I can honestly say that Aileen was the best person I met in the lead up to the wedding. She completely put me at my ease and the standard of her work was so good that my skin was flawless after the make-up trial. On the morning of the wedding Aileen was so pleasant and professional. It was a pleasure to have her in my home. She arrived early and worked to her schedule all morning. She gave my mother, my bridesmaids and I individual looks that suited each of our individual styles. Our make-up received so many compliments, photographed well and lasted the full day. I am more than happy to recommend Aileen to any future brides-to-be!” – Emer
“I worked with Aileen after having come across her on a bridal website where she got great reviews.
From the start she put me at ease. She is very knowledgeable and professional. We sat down for a cup of tea and a discussion about potential ideas for my bridal look when I went for my consultation. She listened to my ideas and incorporated them into an overall plan. On the day I was very stressed due to some things going wrong that morning, but Aileen was a source of calm and peace. She worked on my makeup and we talked about the day ahead of me. She was very very helpful. By the end of my makeup, I was completely calm again and I looked amazing thanks to Aileen’s many skills! I would definitely recommend her. She is so professional, friendly and intelligent, all three qualities you want in someone who you’ve entrusted to make you beautiful on your big day!” – Bronagh
“Aileen was such a beautiful calm and relaxing person to have on the morning of a wedding and the make up was absolutely amazing even at 5 in the morning having danced all night I still looked as fresh as when it first went on (and I have the photos to prove it). Couldn’t say enough to recommend aileen to anyone. Thanks again.” – Fionnula
“Aileen arrived on time and was really friendly and professional on the morning of my wedding in August. Myself and my bridesmaids were all delighted with our makeup, she did a fantastic job. I’d highly recommend Aileen for any occasion!” – Amy
“Hope you are keeping well, just wanted to email you to say thanks so much for your kindness and patience in making us all look fab on the morning of the wedding! Really appreciate you helping my mam & mother in law out too” – Elaine
“Aileen was an absolute star. She was so professional, yet friendly and welcoming. She made us all feel really at ease. She really took the time to make sure we had a look we were comfortable with but that would also bring out the best in us. Aileen was so flexible, easy going yet professional that I couldn’t recommend her enough. All the girls and even my Mom were thrilled with their make up and we are a picky bunch!” – Niamh
“Thank you so much for last Saturday. We were all so natural looking and that’s exactly what we wanted. My Mum was delighted with her make up and no reaction at all. It was like we knew you for years as we were all so relaxed around you. We will definitely be recommending you to others. Thank you so much again” – Emma
“I recently travelled from Dublin to have my bridal make up trial with Aileen in Athlone and I have to say I was delighted I made the trip! Aileen was so welcoming and friendly from the outset and my bridesmaids and I felt at ease from the start. Aileen is a true professional who really listened to what style I wanted and I was so happy with the finished dewy look Aileen achieved, using only the best products including Mac, YSL, Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford and Illuminare. I would not hesitate to recommend Aileen for a bridal trial and I can’t wait to have my make up done again by Aileen on the big day! Thanks again Aileen x” – Elaine
“I cannot recommend Aileen enough for your wedding day. I found Aileen’s website through a Google search and spoke to her via e-mail where I found her extremely warm and friendly. Planning a wedding from Australia had its moments and it meant I didn’t have the luxury of attending trials way in advance of the big day. I visited Aileen at her home a week before the wedding and was made to feel very welcome and I couldn’t have been happier with the finished look. I even took a selfie when I got out to the car, which is so not me! Aileen uses her creative skills alongside quality products to really enhance the features that are already there. Getting ready on the day itself was really memorable and my mother and sister were also really pleased with their look for the big day ahead!” – Joanne
I had Aileen Duffy as my make-up artist for my wedding, and have used Aileen’s services for other special occasions. I would highly recommend Aileen to any bride-to-be or anyone looking to have their make-up done professionally for any occasion. Aileen was a pleasure to deal with, both in the make-up trials before the wedding and on the day. She listened to requests for certain shades etc. and also offered advice and recommendations on what shades and make up suit your skin type. She was a very calming presence on the morning of the wedding. She did the make up for my three bridesmaids and my mother and had us all ready in plenty of time. Our make-up really looked fantastic in the photos and that is thanks to Aileen’s expertise and experience in bridal make up. I would recommend Aileen to anyone who wants to feel extra fabulous for a special occasion! – June
“Aileen was very calming, pleasant, professional and punctual on the morning of my wedding. She couldn’t have been nicer to us all. Aileen was very accommodating with my trial and I left extremely happy and confident in her. I wanted a natural, flawless look which she did and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone” – Lorraine
“Aileen did the most wonderful job for both myself, my sister and my mother. We had a small private ceremony first and then a large reception several weeks later and Aileen came to our house on both occasions to do our makeup. Not only were we delighted with her work, which made us all feel so beautiful and looking our best, but she was an absolute joy to have in the house on both mornings. She is so courteous, efficient and helpful. I cannot recommend her highly enough and would not hesitate to use her again for any future events.” – Monica
Just a quick note to express my sincere thanks for the fab make up you always done for me. Ive always found Aileen extremely professional and more importantly friendly and very welcoming. She made me feel at ease from the moment I walked in and I always felt nice and comfortable. Aileen uses fantastic top of art make up which i just adore and the range she has is every girls dream. I live in envy. I don’t know how she does it but the make up just goes fantastic, absolutely flawless and it just stays on absolutely amazing all day long. It’s like Aileen can read your mind for the type of make up you want. I often find that you tell make up artists/beauticans want eye make up you want and you end up with something completely different, that they didn’t understand what I meant, but not with Aileen. She always gets it bang on the mark.The proof was definitely in the pudding as they say when Aileen did my make up for my xmas party in Edinburgh. Aileen done my make up that morning before I left, so around 8 hours later, which included a bus journey to the airport, a flight to Edinburgh, another bus journey into the city and a walk to our apartment and the numerous drinks we had along the way and all i needed to do before we went out that night was throw on the guna and re apply my lip stick which is pretty darn amazing. Usually I’d be all shiny and my make up would be all cakey and it d just be a pure disaster but with Aileen’s make up it was like she had only done it before I went out that night. – Emer
Aileen was brilliant from day1! From the tutorial to the day of the wedding she really took her time getting to know what type of look you were going for. My whole family loved her, even my Mom who was nervous about getting her makeup done. Not only is she excellent at her job but she so friendly and really got into the spirit of things the morning of the wedding. I cannot recommend this lady highly enough! – Mary
Aileen was my makeup artist on my wedding day and I cannot speak highly enough of the job she did for both myself and my bridal party. Aileen was really helpful in advising the different colours and tones that would suit my skin in the run up to the wedding. On the morning of the wedding Aileen arrived at my home bright and early and got to work on my bridal party, ensuring that she spent the allocated time on each of the girls which meant there was ample amont of time to work on my makeup and no one felt rushed. Aileen was extremely professional but also knew exactly how to relax me as the nerves started to set in! She stayed right up until it was time for me to leave for the church adding her final touches and to say I was delighted with the outcome is an understatement. I absolutely loved mine and the bridesmaids makeup, it was so flawless and we all got so many compliments on the day. I would highly recommend Aileen and her service to any furture brides. Thanks so much Aileen! – Eimear
Aileen did my make up for my brothers wedding in May 2015 along with my sister and mother. She was very professional, calm and friendly. She has a passion for her work and you can see that with the final results. She did a fantastic job tailoring the makeup to our individual complexion and style. We were all delighted with the results,so much so we have re-booked her for another family wedding next year. I would highly recommend her to anyone! – Suzanne
I have no hesitation in highly recommending Aileen. She worked wonders on me for my wedding day, and remained both super friendly and professional throughout – even when a phone call from an absent friend meant I cried intermittently for about half an hour as she valiantly tried to apply my foundation! Aileen listened to the vague ideas I had when I visited for a trial, and transformed those ideas into a look that worked perfectly for my bridesmaids and I. There’s no drama with her. She just calmly goes about her work, which I found really soothing. If you’re looking for professionalism, friendliness and amazing make-up, Aileen is the woman for you. – Laura
Aileen was the perfect choice when it came to finding a make-up artist for our “groomsmaids”. Being two guys (with great taste!) we knew what looked good but had no idea how it was all created! We wished to create a simple look, soft with pastel feel to match our colour theme and natural, but created in a way that would work for our three bridesmaids and my future mother-in-law that also complimented each individuals own tastes. For all three it was their first time to be a bridesmaid so this made it extra special for them all and so of course they all really wanted to look their best! – George