About Nicola



My name is Nicola O’Neill, I am a professional freelance make-up artist, now based in Belfast.

Originally I trained as a beauty therapist, working for a year before deciding make-up was my main interest. In 1997 I started working for MAC Cosmetics in Glasgow, training with great make-up artists who have gone on to become creative directors of MAC.

I moved down to London with MAC where I gained invaluable experince in high fashion and high quality make up, then moving back to Edinburgh, once again working for MAC. Over the years, working for such an important company in the make up industry, I have picked up priceless training and experience. I am a MAC Pro Member , which apart from giving me trade discount, gives me access to the latest tips and trends happening in the make up world. Along the way I have been involved in various different projects, hair shows, magazine shoots and catwalk shows and pride myself on being able to adapt my skills to any situation.

In 2007 I started my freelance make up business, which has gone from strength to strength and resulted in me being extremely busy throughout the years with weddings! 2008 saw me expand my skills to hair where I trained at the London Academy of Freelance Make Up, here I trained in Bridal, Fashion and Period Hair Styling.

Nicola ONeill
I'm normally a bit apprehensive about getting my make up done as I'm a little bit fussy. So I was given a lovely treat to get it done with Nicola for my birthday. And WOW is all I can say... I just absolutely loved it!! I wanted a dramatic eye with light foundation coverage with a dewy finish. And that's what I got. I'm just looking for an excuse to get it done again.. The make up lasted well into the early hours and I got so many compliments.