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Marie Therese Byrne, makeup tutor insight

We are absolutely delighted to share an insight into one of our dedicated and hugely experienced makeup tutors Marie Therese Byrne. Those who decide to study here are in the very best of hands.

Makeup has always been a true passion for Marie Therese who always a hobby while working in the travel sector but on taking voluntary redundancy at the end of 2005 decided to pursue her real passion. Marie completed a makeup course and admits hasn’t looked back since with advice that it's never too late to pursue your dreams.

Marie Therese comes with vast amounts of experience within the sector. As well as teaching makeup since 2009 she also has sound experience across the makeup and fashion industry.  She was head Makeup Artist for Dublin Fashion Festival in both 2012 and 2013 and has worked at London Fashion Week.  

She works across tv, film and theatre with significant ongoing experience work for the makeup department in Virgin Media Television Ireland (formerly TV3), some shows for RTE and several short films. Marie Therese also works regularly in the Gate Theatre as hair & makeup manager for many of their productions. 

Marie Therese also brings international experience as part of her skillset having worked in Dubai in 2016/17 as a freelance makeup artist and for school theatrical productions. 

Other responsibilities include representing several brands across public and trade shows and acting as brand ambassador and head makeup artist for an organic makeup company and skincare brands.

Marie Therese understands that it’s a very competitive industry but if you work hard there is a place for everyone.   “I have learned not to try compare myself to anyone and to strive to be the best makeup artist and tutor that I can be.  Although it's a competitive industry, I find that if you work hard, and never stop learning and improving, then you will find your own place in this industry”.

Marie Therese constantly reminds all her students of this and loves to help encourage them to believe in themselves and to see how far they've come.

“I love when a student gets that ‘lightbulb/Eureka’ moment when they manage to master their flicked eyeliner or perfect lip and realise themselves how far they've come or how much they've improved”. 

One standout moment for Marie Therese has been when a parent came up to her at graduation to thank her and to say how thrilled she was to see how much her daughter had grown over the year she taught her.  From being a very shy country girl to being able to speak in public and not stop talking about how much she loved what she's now doing. This student has since become one of Ireland's top social media/makeup artists and deserves all the credit as she threw herself into every work experience offer and excelled in assignments and exams. “To see such a fantastic person excel makes me feel so proud of her and makes my job so much more worthwhile”.   

“I’m a very lucky person to be able to combine both of my passions and turn them into my career- in makeup and teaching! In the words of Albert Einstein, ​Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Never be afraid to use your imagination or creativity!”

Marie Therese teaches on our full-time makeup artistry course. For full details call us on 01 8920007.

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