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Maura Higgins ‘so excited’ to be involved in new Irish makeup show ‘Glow Up’


by Sarah Finnan
24th Jun 2021

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'Glow Up', a popular makeup reality competition is coming to RTÉ, with Longford woman Maura Higgins at its helm as the new presenter of the show.

Last week putting a call out that they were recruiting makeup artists for the Irish version of the popular beauty show Glow Up, producers have followed that up with the exciting announcement that Maura Higgins will be the new presenter of the show.  

Focused on all things beauty, the programme already has an established fan base thanks to the UK version of the series. Now coming to Ireland for the first time, it’s titled Glow Up; Ireland’s Next Make-Up Star, and will see 10 of the country’s top make-up gurus come together under one roof. They’ll live and work together throughout the series, each hoping to prove their salt and take home the gold as the best of the best. 

Explaining a little more about the premise of the show, here’s what the job spec has to say:

“Across eight episodes the ten contestants will show off their technical know-how, skill, artistry and imagination as they are challenged in a range of real-world assignments rooted in authenticity and tasked with creating make-up transformations in Glow Up HQ.”

Diving into the “many varied worlds a MUA’s work will take them”, each week will see the contestants take on a new theme – with those ranging from fashion to film, prosthetics and theatre make-up. Applications were open to anyone over the age of 18 with the deadline for interested MUAs closing last Sunday. 

Telling fans that she is absolutely thrilled to be involved in the new project, Higgins described it as “such an amazing opportunity”. “I’m so excited to be the presenter of the first-ever Glow Up Ireland. Having watched the last few series of the show in the UK, this is such an amazing opportunity and the fact that this is my first presenting job and it’s in Ireland is so overwhelming.

“It’s such a pinch-me moment to be doing this back in my home country. I actually can’t believe it,” she admitted. 

In the meantime, season one of the original series is available to stream over on Netflix. 

If makeup isn’t necessarily your forte but TV is, two other shows are looking for participants that might be more to your interests. Putting a call out for new faces to join the team, Kite Entertainment  – the production company behind Gogglebox Ireland – said they’re on the hunt for “opinionated” fans to come on board. 

According to the Virgin Media website:

“The team behind the show that gives you a rundown of the most weird and wonderful telly from the last seven days are looking to hear from fathers and sons, brothers and sisters and even sports fanatics who just can’t get enough of what’s on the box. So if you know your Marty McFlys from your Marty Morrisseys and are just as gripped by the Bake Off as you are by The Sunday Game, then you might just find yourself joining the nation’s funniest TV fans.”

If that sounds like you and your bubble, get in touch by emailing [email protected].

Otherwise, First Dates Ireland is also recruiting a new batch of singletons for their next series. You may not have even considered such a venture pre-pandemic, but let’s be honest… lockdown has really scuppered our dating lives, so maybe this is the answer?

Hoping to start filming in early August, be sure to fill out the application form ASAP. Alternatively, you can volunteer to be a background diner which essentially gives you and your date an excuse to get dolled up for a meal out. More info here.

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