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Nadia Breen

West Belfast man 'overwhelmed' as he is awarded two bridal makeup award titles

A West Belfast man has said he was 'overwhelmed' at winning two titles at The Irish Make-Up Awards 2023.

Mark Murray, who travels around for work and has a base on University Street, won Northern Ireland Bridal Makeup Specialist of the Year and was also named Bridal Makeup Specialist of the Year Overall Winner at the Awards.

He has worked at weddings in America, Malta and Spain and has been a makeup artist 'on and off' for about seven years.

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The 52-year-old, who owns, told Be: "I sort of fell into makeup and I was always interested in art. I used to do that, and then I liked being creative so it sort of just brought me there.

"The best part of my job is, I always say, [your wedding day] is the only day in a person's life were everything comes together.

"It's never going to happen again, that you are going to have [the] dress, makeup, hair, nails, cars, food, venue...

"It's such a happy day for people and I really enjoy it."

Mark, who does makeup for all events along with brows and skin too, added: "I feel privileged [when] anyone asks me to do their makeup, but particularly on their wedding day."

The Irish Makeup Awards took place in Dublin on Sunday, February 5.

The Belfast man said: "I travelled down. I never expected to win, I was just happy to be nominated. I felt really chuffed.

"I really didn't think I would even win Northern Ireland never mind All Ireland as well.

"I was just overwhelmed. I just honestly, honestly did not expect it.

Mark added: "I'm really chuffed. I've been working really hard over the past year, particularly after lockdown and trying to get back into the swing of things again.

"So honoured."


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