Za Makeup

Fashion | Editorial | Media | Bridal

About Za

Za is a qualified freelance makeup artist based in Cork, Ireland and specialises in Commercial, Editorial, Ecommerce, Runway and Wedding makeup. With many years’ experience in the industry, Za has honed her makeup skills in a variety of platforms and as well as her expertise in bridal makeup, she has substantial experience in media makeup, working on music videos, film, photoshoots for catalogues, fashion and bridal magazines. Za’s work has featured in publications such as Hi magazines front cover, RSVP Magazine, Social and Personal Wedding Magazine, The wedding journey, Sunday Independent LIFE magazine and she has presented a makeup column for the Evening Echo as part of her tutoring contribution whilst working with Tiger academy as a makeup tutor.

Za has also worked backstage at prestigious Fashion Weeks in London, New York, Paris, Milan and Cannes fashion events. She has also worked as a leading makeup artist for Gok Wan Fashion Brunch for his Cork fashion tour in Vienna Woods hotel, Cork.

Za Makeup Studio also offers a group makeup workshop and one -to-one makeup lessons in a relaxed and fun atmosphere for those who want to learn how to apply their own makeup. She also offers classes for makeup artists that are already in the industry looking to up-skill their techniques.

Customer Reviews

Za thanks so much for my Wedding makeup, it was fantastic and stayed the whole day long. Everyone complemented the make-up. It was beautiful. Im so glad you were able to share my day with me. You are a lovely relaxed person to have around on your wedding day as things can get hyper but your relaxed attitude really rubs off on everyone and keeps people calm. I tried to add pics but they wont work, but I will send you some incase you would like to use them. Thanks again, Emma xxx.

Emma Gavney (Bride)

have worked with Za McCarthy for a little over 3 years now. I initially worked with her during my time at Swamp where she assisted the marketing team on photo shoots for e-commerce and social media platforms. From the outset, her professionalism and passion impressed me! Her attention to detail, not to mention the cleanest brushes and make up tools I have ever seen. I contracted Za again for agency work with our clients during my time with Hopkins Communications. She quickly understood the brief I set out and worked within our budget with recommendations which quickly brought the projects to life. Her talent and especially her personality has made working with Za an absolute pleasure.

Za is an incredibly talented make up artist who did a beautiful job of my make up for my daughter’s communion. I received so many compliments on the day and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Za to anyone wanting their make up done for a special occasion. She is a lovely person and makes her clients feel relaxed and at ease.

Hayley Boullier (client)

Thanks so much for being my makeup artist on my wedding day last October did an absolute amazing job on me and my bridal party of 4,making us all look amazing and making us feel so relaxed I would highly recommend you za to other brides your such a lovely person and so talented at your work X

Sarah Kelleher (bride)

Makeup ur mind with Za its all about enhancing ur natural beauty, fully proffesional! Za is FANTASTIC Make up Artist! A lesson wt Makeup Ur Mind With Za will help You to get a handy tips how to do ur daily make up in a proffesional Way 🙂 I had my make up done with Za many times and wouldnt swap her for anyone else! Just try and u will b more than happy 🙂

Agnes (client)

What a talented makeup artist and a true professional. Za Makeup is an absolute gem. Everyone needs a bit of Za in their life.

Lorraine Hogan (singer)

I have worked with Za on several shoots both indoor and on location and I have to say I can’t fault her work in any way. She is super fast and a real perfectionist. I for one am highly impressed on every shoot.

Kieran Hayes (photographer)

Highly recommend this lady for any occasion from a night out to weddings. Za will listen to what you’d like and is fantastic at what she does, love the different techniques and looks you create for all ages.I loved my make up and my teenage daughter was very happy and with hers.

Janet (client)

I worked with Za on a Photoshoot recently. Za has a beautiful positive energy about her. Za is very professional and highly skilled in her line of work. I definitely recommend Za for her work.

Steve Savage (photographer)

Za’s Portfolio

Za has worked with a wide range of clients from film to advertising, and bridal to special occasion makeup. Take a look at some of Za’s work from her Portfolio.

Bridal Tip…


Brides-to-be take months just to pick a hair and makeup team that they are comfortable and satisfied with, often spending hours scouring the Internet and social media for the most popular artist that offers the best bridal look and packages.

It may sound like a burden to have to do the research, but it is a very important part of the preparation for the bride-to-be, so here is a little tip to assist you. Before you settle on a team to take care of your beauty needs on the big day, make sure you have done some research and have an idea of the style you want for your hair stylist and makeup artist who will then be happy to provide guidance on your ultimate choice. Build a rapport with the team so that they will be happy to provide you with what you desire. When researching your team ensure that they are not only popular on social platforms but that they are reliable, attentive, as well as experienced. Last but not least remember to book early to avoid disappointment.