I'm Danielle Murphy, a professional make up artist who has been in the business of beauty for 16 years now. My work has spanned from fashion, TV and commercial work to beauty writing for the likes of Cosmopolitan, teaching both professional courses and private lessons to bridal make up. I have felt the adrenalin of working backstage at London Fashion Week, stood for 12 hours in freezing fields on music videos, trained others how to become make up artists and applied the final touches before seeing beautiful brides off to be married. Each experience is equally rewarding, hard work and exhilarating.
I spent several years working in London for MAC Cosmetics both in retail as well as on major events including The BAFTAs, London Fashion Week and The British Soap Awards. I returned to Dublin in 2007 continuing on a freelance basis to look after clients from all walks of life. More recently again I taught at The Jemma Kidd Make Up School in London until they closed their doors in 2012. I've painted the faces of everyday men and women and also well known actors, musicians and fashion models. In my experience, what never changes is every woman's desire to look absolutely gorgeous and yet still feel like themselves.
I constantly get asked “do you love your job?” and I can honestly say I am truly loving what I do and doing what I love! Each day is so different. I may be writing a quick piece on how to apply liquid liner in the morning, rushing over that evening to RTE to do a guest's make up for the Late Late Show and then up the following morning at the dawn to join a family as they prepare their daughter or sister for one of the biggest days of her life. There's no hiding behind a desk or at the other end of a phone in this job. I cannot fake it and thankfully I'm still passionate about trying out new products and cult beauty brands and I always look forward to meeting new clients.