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Make Up by Grainne

Kingscourt , Co Cavan
Reviews (35) 5/5
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Grainne Kindlon is a freelance bridal makeup artist based in Kingscourt Co Cavan and travels all over the north east and further for weddings.

Grainne has worked in the beauty industry since 2004. Her  passion is bridal makeup and loves meeting new brides and helping them prepare for their special day. 

“My aim is to put the bride at ease from the moment we meet at the bridal trial. It’s such a personal thing to have your makeup done, it’s so important you feel at ease with your makeup artist. I see it as my job to guide you through the process of deciding a bridal look (talk about your skin type looks you like looks you dislike style of your dress and hair on the day), make it a memorable experience that you will enjoy feel listened to and pampered on the morning of your wedding."

Using all high end products Charlotte Tilbury, Nars, Estée Lauder, Mac there is something to suit everyone in your bridal party.

Have a look through Grainne's photos to get a taste of her work.

Looking forward to hearing from you. 


35 reviews
Quality of service5.0/5
Added 6th Dec 2022
Wedding 2nd Dec 2022
Grainne what can I say what a professional in every single way. She was always so responsive to messages and any queries I had come up to our wedding. We all loved our make up so much (and also the make up / skincare chats!!) Would highly recommend her for any wedding/ event!! Thank you so much again!! Xx
Response from Make Up by Grainne
Thank you Mary ye were so lovely to look after thanks so much for your kind words .. happy Christmas ????
Sandra McCabe
Added 5th Dec 2022
Wedding 26th Nov 2022
Gráinne recently did the makeup for myself and my bridal party. From the moment I had my trial done I knew I was in safe hands, the makeup was just exactly what I wanted, natural and flawless. As soon as Grainne arrived on the wedding morning she had us all at ease, such a calming and relaxed girl even with 6 makeups to complete. Everyone looked fabulous and Grainne stayed until we were leaving incase we needed any touch ups. I would highly recommend Grainne to any future brides
Response from Make Up by Grainne
Thanks so much Sandra thank you for trusting me and allowing me to be part of your morning you were all so lovely wishing you both all the happinesses in the future ,see you soon x
Louise Donohoe
Added 22nd Nov 2022
Wedding 12th Nov 2022
Grainne is just amazing at what she does. She is the most calming and fun presence on the morning of your wedding. My make up & that of my mum and bridesmaid was total perfection. So many commented on how beautiful our make up was. I thought my make up from my trial was amazing and then I looked in the mirror on my wedding day. It was without a doubt the best make up look I have ever had. I couldn’t recommend her enough. Grainne also brings so much more than just the make up, she had music on the go & chatted and created a lovely relaxed atmosphere and even helped with other bits while I was getting into my dress. Thank you so much Grainne x
Roisin Hickey
Added 26th Oct 2022
Wedding 23rd Oct 2022
Grainne made the whole experience of hair and makeup so enjoyable. I booked online for the Sunday wedding of my brother for our group of 5. I also needed hair so she brought Ruth who was also fantastic. We had the most fun and relaxed morning getting ready. All of us were really happy with our makeup and hair and received compliments throughout the day. Even our young sons joined in for some hair styling and photos- can’t thank Grainne enough. I would definitely recommend for a Wedding or event.
Sharon frazer
Added 26th Oct 2022
Wedding 19th Oct 2022
Grainne absolutely did a fantastic job for me and and my bridal party very professional,extremely talented and friendly! We were all delighted with our looks. shes a calm presences on a hectic day!
Emma-louise Mckenna
Added 26th Oct 2022
Wedding 13th Oct 2022
I can not thank this lady enough ???? I don’t wear make up and I taught of every possible reason to cancel my wedding trial as I’m an older bride ????????, but from the second I walked in the door to Grainne’s make up studio she put me at such an ease and I walked out feeling amazing ???????? , We got married the 13.10.22 and grainne was just as amazing the morning of my wedding keeping me calm and making us all beautiful ???? , thank you so much for everything over the last few weeks ???? , lady’s you would not be disappointed with this amazing make-up Queen ????
Response from Make Up by Grainne
Thank you so much Emma for your kind words it was my pleasure to look after you on your special day you were absolutely beautiful ????
Áine Lambe
Added 26th Oct 2022
Wedding 3rd Sep 2022
I couldn't recommend Grainne highly enough! From the first enquiry to the day of the wedding, Grainne was so professional and helpful. She was a pleasure to have with us on the morning of the wedding, putting us all at ease with chats and her playlist! My makeup was flawless, as well as lasting all day (and through a lot of dancing!) it was so lightweight that I nearly forgot I had makeup on! I received so many compliments about it on the day. Thanks again Grainne!
Response from Make Up by Grainne
Thank you so much Aine for your kind words I can’t work without the playlist hopefully see you again soon .. kind Regards Grainne
Aisling McArdle
Added 31st Aug 2022
Wedding 27th Aug 2022
Not only was Gráinne a lovely, calming and nerve reducing spirit to have in the house on the wedding morning, our makeup was flawless and “built to last”. I couldn’t recommend her highly enough. She was absolute perfection!!
Response from Make Up by Grainne
Aisling your so kind you had the most infectious smile all morning I’ll always remember it , thanks so much for having me as your makeup artist on your special day ??
Fiona Ryan
Added 29th Aug 2022
Wedding 6th Aug 2022
I can't recommend Grainne enough for the fabulous makeup she does! She has such professionalism in what she does and I knew I could put full faith in her on the day to deliver what my bridesmaids and I were looking for. It makes it even better that she is a friendly gorgeous human who is a calming lovely presence to have on the morning of the wedding. Our makeup was absolutely flawless and last the whole day and night, even with all the hugging and dancing!
Response from Make Up by Grainne
Thank you so much Fiona , thank you for your kindness on the morning after a long drive you gave me such a lovely welcome into your home .. best wishes for the future .. regards Grainne
Niamh Cunningham
Added 16th Aug 2022
Wedding 30th Jul 2022
Grainne was an absolute delight! I had originally had a trial with another make up artist and was so deflated! Grainne paid such care and attention to me, we had many conversations where Grainne took the time to get to know me and my likes and dislikes. She was super professional and my god the results speak for themselves! I had so many compliments about my make up and the coverage was exactly what I wanted; the full face lasted into day two aswell! She really did make me feel like a princess. I was also super impressed with the care and attention she put into my bridesmaids also. I can never thank Grainne enough for contributing to marking my special day even more special.
Rafaela Healy
Added 6th Jan 2023
Wedding 22nd Jul 2022
Grainne os just AMAZING!! She is that calm and happy person you want to be around on your big day! The communication, make up trial.. everything was perfect! I was so beautiful and glad I had her on my big day! Would recommend 1,000 times!
Added 26th Jul 2022
Wedding 4th Jul 2022
Grainne did the make up for my friend Amanda’s wedding, she was so professional and did an amazing job on the whole wedding party. Everyone was so happy with their make up and Grainne was also so friendly and helpful throughout the whole morning!
Groom's family
Added 21st Jun 2022
Wedding 20th Jun 2022
Grainne was brilliant make ups were perfect all day it didn't move even though it was really warm
Ashlee Burns
Added 26th Jul 2022
Wedding 4th Jun 2022
Absolutely loved having Grainne do my make up on the day of my sister in laws wedding. Grainne has a beautiful personality and made everyone feel so relaxed. I felt so beautiful when I looked in the mirror after she was finished waving her magic brushes. Could not recommend her enough.
Amanda Casey
Added 26th Jul 2022
Wedding 4th Jun 2022
Grainne was my makeup artist for my wedding day, she did 6 peoples makeup on the day of my wedding. She done everyone's makeup in plenty of time. She was an absolute gem, she really transformed us all and made me feel and look so beautiful on my wedding day. My bridal party wanted a mix of a glam look and a natural look, Grainne just done exactly what we wanted. If you are thinking of using Grainne for your wedding day you would 100% be making the right decision. She really is so talented! She used Charlotte Tilbury and our make up looked flawless. The day before the wedding I got a really bad rash on my face and Grainne worked her magic and made my skin look perfect. I really cannot recommend her enough, she really went above and beyond on my big day, not only did she do our make up she also helped us all get into her dresses and helped us put on our jewellery, she also made sure to take loads of photos and videos on the morning and made them into a beautiful reel which really meant alot when you are waiting for ages for your wedding video and photos.
Claire Gargan
Added 8th Jun 2022
Wedding 21st May 2022
I had the pleasure of having Grainne look after myself and my bridal party for my wedding. This lady is a true professional in every way. No panic and everything done at ease which created the most relaxed atmosphere. I didn't get a trial done as I have been following Grainne and knew she knows her stuff and between myself and my bridesmaids we felt a million dollars. Makeup lasted until the next day and is absolutley fabulous in photographs. I can't recommend Grainne enough,a really fabulous makeup artist in every way.
Laura Regan
Added 10th Jun 2022
Wedding 14th May 2022
I cannot recommend this Lady highly enough. Grainne is so genuine, calm and relaxed the type of person you need on the morning of your wedding. She is such a professional and talented Lady and I was delighted with my make-up and the girls make -up which stayed flawless into the night. Grainne also made sure everyone else in the house was taken care of going above and beyond. Thanks Grainne.
Mairead McIntyre
Added 9th Jun 2022
Wedding 29th Apr 2022
Getting my make up done by Grainne was the most relaxing part of my whole wedding day. She is just such a lovely woman. Who made me laugh and and calmed me down just when I needed to. She is simply amazing and made me look fab. The make up lasted the whole day and no touch ups needed. Couldnt recommend this make artist enough to brides to be. All I can say is if you book Grainne it will be the best decision you will make.
Edel OD
Added 1st May 2022
Wedding 18th Apr 2022
I cannot recommend Grainne enough!!! As a person who wears very little make-up, I was fearful that I may not look like myself on the day of my wedding. I came upon Grainnes work online and instantly got in touch with her. She was so understanding. Time didn't allow for a trial and the morning of the weddings I had no fear, as I knew Grainne would work her magic. And so she did. My makeup, that of my sister and my mum was amazing. It was so natural and light. It lasted all day and so many guests commented on our make-up. Not only is Grainne extreme talented but we had a great laugh the morning of the wedding. She made everyone feel so relaxed and went out of her way to make sure we were happy. I cannot recommend Grainne enough. Thank you for making my wedding day so special ????
Charlene Plunkett
Added 19th Apr 2022
Wedding 8th Apr 2022
I could not recommend Grainne enough for anyone on the hunt for a bridal make up artist. I have previously had make up done with Grainne for events throughout the years so I didn't have to think twice when it came to deciding on who I wanted for our special day. The level of care & attention given to each make up application is second to none. We felt amazing & our make up stayed perfect all day long. Thank you so much Grainne!
Cora McAleer
Added 17th Feb 2022
Wedding 13th Feb 2022
Grainne came to our hotel to get us ready as guests to a close family wedding. She went above and beyond to tailor our Make-ups to what we wanted and we were absolutely delighted with them all. It was so lovely chatting away to her whilst she done our Make-ups! Couldn’t have been more happy with how all turned out. X
Added 22nd Feb 2022
Wedding 11th Feb 2022
Grainne was my make up artist, who went above and beyond on the morning of my wedding. A true professional and talented at what she does. Grainne is a lovely person to have on the morning of the wedding, she made me feel relaxed and at complete ease when doing my make up. Grainne brought out the best in each of us and our make up remained flawless through to the wee hours of the morning. Would highly recommend to any future brides. Thanks a million Grainne.
Kelly Tuite
Added 23rd Feb 2022
Wedding 29th Jan 2022
So delighted to have had Grainne as part of our special day, the minute she arrived you could feel her calming presence. Myself and my 4 bridesmaids were delighted with our makeup which remained perfect the whole day, no rush, no panic with each of us getting exactly what we wanted. While completing your makeup grainne has such a lovely way with her, conversation flowing, calming the nerves! Not only did Grainne do makeup for bridal party she went over and above to ensure that other family members were looked after, for me she was my unofficial bridesmaid & I am delighted to have had her part of my special day, an amazing talented girl who takes such pride in her work ensuring you look and feel your best.
Nickael Casserly
Added 27th Oct 2021
Wedding 15th Oct 2021
Grainne went above and beyond on my wedding day. She asked the girls what way they would like there make up incase someone wanted different. Grainne done an amazing job on myself, the bridesmaids and my mam. Our makeup stayed perfect throughout the day! All that needed touching up was our lipstick. Grainne also helped out when the last mad hour came! She kept everyone calm and helped where ever she could help! We would all highly recommend Grainne to any bride for there wedding day.
Kayleigh Galligan
Added 27th Oct 2021
Wedding 1st Oct 2021
Grainne is so talented , professional & kind. I was so happy with my make up on the wedding day , it was exactly what I wanted, so comfortable & lasted all night, my lashes lasted a couple of days!! My bridal party were all so happy with their make up & looked beautiful. On the morning of the wedding Grainne was prompt & calm but also a perfectionist, the perfect make up artist for your wedding day.
Joanne F
Added 27th Oct 2021
Wedding 18th Aug 2021
I wear makeup every day and so I was quite anxious about having something different for my wedding day bridal makeup. Grainne was great - she was so professional in her approach, she listened to me and what I wanted. We had a bridal trial and Grainne put everything into practice. She achieved my desired look both at the trial and on my wedding day! My bridesmaid sisters were also very impressed and happy with Grainnes work. Not only is she a talented makeup artist - she is also a lovely person to have as company on your bridal morning. We look forward to my sisters wedding when Grainne will be our makeup artist again.
Tríona Russell
Added 4th Nov 2022
Wedding 28th Jul 2021
I couldn’t recommend Grainne highly enough. My wedding make up was everything I had hoped for and more. Grainne is amazing at what she does. She is a brilliant makeup artist but also an absolute pleasure and delight to deal with xxx
Lorraine Plunkett
Added 27th Oct 2021
Wedding 1st Jul 2021
Grainne is just simply amazing at what she does in every way. She has a very calm and friendly presence about her. My bridal party absolutely loved her and she had great time & chats for my mam which was so lovely as my mam loves nothing more. She listens to exactly what you want and pulls it off perfectly. As a mature bride of 41 years old I was worried about those dreaded wrinkles/lines and how they’d cover up but Grainne just worked her magic like no one else had done before. So weather your a young or more mature bride and your looking for the perfect makeup artist well Grainne is your your lady all day long Xxx
Sarah Caulfield
Added 3rd Nov 2021
Wedding 15th May 2021
Grainne was amazing on the run up to our Wedding Day. Due to Covid we had to change our date several times and Grainne was so accommodating and supportive. On the morning of the wedding, she kept us all at ease and we didn't have to stress about the order of the morning or how long we had to get ready. The morning was so relaxed and stress free. Myself and my bridal party were delighted with our make up - it lasted all day long. Highly recommend Grainne for your big day!
Added 9th Nov 2021
Wedding 31st Dec 2020
Let me begin by saying, I cannot recommend Grainne highly enough. 10 days before our wedding, my original MUA had to cancel. I was at school (teacher) when I received the message. One of the SNA'S next door to me suggested Grainne. I rang Grainne on my break and she was incredibly helpful straight away. She needed to move a few things around initially which shows how much she cares about her brides and ensured me that everything would be grand. She was so lovely to deal with and chat to on the morning of the wedding and created the most gorgeous look for my mam, my bridesmaids and I. We were thrilled with the final result and all agreed that Grainne was a Saviour! I can't wait to get my make up done with Grainne again!
Amy Keenan
Added 21st Oct 2021
Wedding 12th Sep 2020
Grainne done my makeup for my wedding day, when I say she went above and beyond for me she truely did. I was in the middle of chemo and had lost my hair, my wedding day was not the day I planned, Grainne made me feel so at ease. As a beauty therapist myself, I can be fussy enough and I couldnt point out one fault in my makeup. My makeup stayed on perfect, as you would imagine it was a very emotional day for me due to my personal health problems and my makeup didnt budge. It felt so natural on my skin and just looked flawless throughout the day. My bridesmaids were also very impressed and if I was to repeat the whole day again I would definitely be having Grainne as my makeup artist because she is so beautifully talented and showed me nothing but kindness. ?You will be a very impressed bride, having Grainne part of your day ?
Carleen mc cabe
Added 27th Oct 2021
Wedding 30th Nov 2019
Grainne did my make up for my wedding and she is fantastic at want she dose. She is so calm and made the morning so relaxing and I have been going to her for all my make up appointment. You will not be disappointed when you book her for your wedding day x
Pauline Rowntree
Added 23rd Oct 2021
Wedding 20th Oct 2018
Grainne is amazing at what she does she done all my bridal party for our wedding everyone loved their make up. She is so calm, professional and fun a great addition on your wedding morning ! Couldn’t recommend her enough.
Nuala Harney
Added 7th Jan 2023
Wedding 25th Nov 2017
Grainne is a fantastic make up artist. She done my makeup several times and each time you walk in feeling washed out and drained and some how you leave feeling a million dollars .. She also done my make up for my wedding and I was so pleased with it, it was flawless. She is also really kind and extremely witty and professional. She makes you feel so calm and relaxed on the big day. I would highly recommend Grainne
Gemma Doonan
Added 29th Oct 2021
Wedding 16th Jul 2016
Grainne was so lovely to deal with and did and excellent job on 5 makeup's the morning of my wedding. She has a kind and easy going nature. On the morning of the wedding there was a bit of a disaster with the lipstick I had bought for the day but Grainne sorted it all out with no fuss. She also did a brilliant job with my mums makeup which was a different style to the bride & bridesmaids.
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