Ken Boylan is one of Ireland's most esteemed freelance make up artists. With seventeen years experience in the industry Ken regularly contributes to leading fashion publications and is a frequent contributor on television programmes such as RTE’s The Afternoon Show, and TV3’s Xpose & Ireland AM. He has also worked with a host of celebrities and models for red carpet events, award ceremonies, fashion shoots and shows.
Ken has been a guest on RTE’s 'Off the Rails' since it’s inception eight years ago, where he has transformed countless women during the program's make over segments.
With a hands on, down to earth approach to make up, Ken’s philosophy is that there are fantastic products out there no matter what your budget, from luxury cosmetic lines to supermarket brands. Ken educates women on finding the right products for their colouring, skin type and budget and constantly tries and tests new products on the market in his quest to find the best cosmetics for his clients.
Spending four years with Armani Cosmetics, Ken worked alongside world famous make up artist Pat McGrath on high profile catwalk shows for Armani in London, before he decided to go freelance.
Today Ken is the make up artist of choice for many of Ireland's home grown talent and celebrities such Pamela Flood, Grainne Seoige, Victoria Smurfit, Lorraine Keane, Glenda Gilson, Amy Huberman, Miriam O’Callaghan, Kathryn Thomas, Collette Fitzpatrick as well as visiting stars such as Mischa Barton , Minnie Driver, Jodi Kidd, and Kyle Minogue. Ken works out of his make up studio, Ken Boylan Makeup/ Play on 22 Drury Street, Dublin 2, which he opened in 2011. Ken is available for make up application as well as one to one and small group make up lessons and is also available for wedding make up trials and make up for weddings.
Constantly in demand for magazine editorial work, Ken frequently contributes to Confetti Magazine, Prudence, Social & Personal, and Irish Tatler. Other magazine credits include, British Vogue, Heat magazine, Image, U magazine, V.I.P Magazine, The Gloss and covers for The RTE Guide. Ken has also created the make up looks for Off the Rails Live, and is the make up artist for the VIP Style Awards, in association with Lancome and has worked on the IFTA’s (The Irish Film and Television Awards). Ken has also created the make-up looks for fashion shows for L.A label Voom, Lainey Keogh, Divine Boutiques, Brown Thomas, Fashion Rocks, the Loreal Colour Trophy fashion show and a show for Loreal in association with Zeba Hairdressing in Barcelona.