My Kildare Life with Aoife McDonnell

Make up artist and PA to top fashion bloggers

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My Kildare Life with Aoife

Aoife is originally from Lucan and began primary school in Lexlip. She moved to Kildare 17 years ago and continued primary school in Derrinturn. She went to secondary school in Oaklands Community College, Edenderry. She's the eldest of three.

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST KILDARE MEMORY?

It’s actually a silly one, but it has stuck and is still a running joke with us. Soon after we moved to Kildare, a neighbour invited us over and asked us if we would like a packet of Tayto crisps each. We said yes and soon figured Tayto was the name given to every brand of crisps around here. My brother, who was was a devastated four-year-old at the time, wept the whole way home because he was given a bag of Walkers and not real Tayto. It definitely must be a country thing!

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT KILDARE?

Its location, for me. It’s a little space of peace and quiet I’m lucky to call home, but not far from the city! I am always on the go and in my car, so for me, personally, being close to Dublin is necessary for work, and as the rest of our family live there; but there’s a lot to be said to be able to drive home out of the hustle and bustle at the end of the day.

WHAT'S YOUR IDEAL DAY SPENT IN KILDARE?

My typical day out depends on my mood! I absolutely love going for a walk in Donadea Forest either with a friend and our dogs, on my own or with my boyfriend Sean. I love it, it’s local for me and and really clears my mind. Finishing off with a bite to eat afterwards is always a winner. For a bit of fun, I love a midweek trip (when it’s not too busy) to BASE in Celbridge for bowling, games, drinks and nibbles after work.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANT IN KILDARE?

Breakfast and lunch — it’s the An-Tea-Que Cafe in Clane, it’s a great spot.

Their streaky bacon and pancakes are to die for!

For dinner, drinks and a brilliant atmosphere, something that’ll really hit the spot is Town in Lexlip.

CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOUR WORK AS A MAKEUP ARTIST, AND PA TO TWO LEADING IRISH BLOGGERS?

I work in MAC in T2 Dublin Airport. I’m the media product specialist in there at the moment, too which includes creating all of the fun and creative looks the team wear every week, managing any new collections on counter and keeping the team inspired and creative with trends.

I’ve just graduated from Maynooth University where I studied a double honors in Business and Sociology and I’ve also done my ITEC Make Up course, so I really feel challenged in both areas in MAC, in a good way of course, and I am all about it.

Then in my spare time, I help out two of my friends with all of their admin and super busy schedules.

I met both Grace (FacesByGrace) and Ali (Ali Dee Hairstyle) a couple of years back and we clicked instantly. Grace, I was already following on social media and really loved her content! At the time she was working in Boots in Liffey Valley on a makeup counter and I plucked up the courage to go and introduce myself as a fan.

Just after she had her little girl Sienna, blogging had really taken off for her and she went full-time at that. She needed a hand and I lent mine! I do love it, I’m a very organized person.

Similarly with Ali, we met at a NIMA Brush event a few years ago and the rest is history! She is a leading Irish bridal hair stylist and is super busy with weddings all year round.

Again, I look after all of the emails and admin, so all of her clients and bridal bookings. We have become really close pals and it honestly makes me so happy to know I’m helping out even in a tiny way.

All of the above is a hobby in my spare time!