Makeup artist Abby Bonner shares her style secrets with Donegal Woman...

Abby Bonner is a 21-year-old makeup artist from Lettermacaward, Co. Donegal.

She studies Hair and Makeup with MAKUP Academy in Birmingham and has a lust-worthy eye for style in beauty and fashion. She is a self-taught MUA who is working towards a job in the film industry. You might also recognise her as the Dungloe Mary from 2015.

Abby specialises in bridal and occasion makeup and has gained a large following on social media from fans of her looks.

You can follow Abby on Instagram @abbybonner, Facebook @makeupbyabbybonner and see her tutorials on her Youtube channel: Makeup By Abby

Here is Abby’s Style Study for Donegal Woman:

  1. How would you describe your personal style?
    My style is always changing, depending on my mood. During the day I live in jeans and sweatshirts, but if I’m going out in the evening/night time, I have to be dressed up, which mostly results in a dress and heels.

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  2. Who is your style icon?
    I don’t actually have a style icon as such, my style is very versatile. If I see something I like, I get it but I wouldn’t say I base my whole style on one particular person.
  3. What is your favourite piece of clothing?
    My favourite piece of clothing would have to be my Zara skinny jeans, they’re so comfortable and I can dress them up or down.
  4. What inspires you when choosing an outfit?
    During the day, not much thought will go into my outfits. I take the weather into consideration, then base it around that. For an occasion or night out, I just love dressing up, so that goes without saying. I spend days looking at outfits, going through the shops and on different websites. If something really sticks out to me, I’ll get it.
  5. How would you accessorise a look?
    A lot of the time, I like to play down accessories, I like to wear statement outfits and I keep it pretty simple with the rest of the look. I love to wear statement earrings if my outfit is pretty simple, like these ones from H&M. Or else dress it up with a nice pair of heels! 

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  6. What is your most recent fashion purchase?
    My most recent purchase are these high waisted trousers from ‘isawitfirst.com’. I have a bit of a shopping problem, so I am constantly adding to my wardrobe.

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  7. Where do you usually shop for clothing?
    This is going to be such a typical answer but I always shop in Penneys, river island, and Zara, and I do my online shopping on pretty little thing and misguided.
  8. Do you have any favourite local fashion boutiques?
    My favourite boutique would have to be Pure Boutique in Letterkenny. I have so many pieces from here. They most sell occasion wear. These are just a few outfits I have got in Pure.

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  9. What are your wardrobe staples?
    My staples are definitely a pair of skinny jeans and a comfy sweatshirt.
  10. Do you follow trends?
    I would exactly call myself a ‘trend follower’ but I have to admit sometimes I do get influence from them.
  11. Heels or flats?
    During the day, flats. If I’m going out or going to something in the evening, it has to be heels!
  12. Shoes or handbags?
    Shoes 100%!!
  13. What is the best piece of fashion advice you’ve ever heard?
    Definitely, the best piece of advice I’ve had is to wear what I want. I don’t listen to other people and I don’t dress to impress anybody, I wear what I like to wear!

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  14. What do you think of the fashion scene in Donegal?
    I think I’m the last few years, the fashion in Donegal has improved majorly, I think this is down to more fashion influencers and bloggers, and with shops like Penneys, fashion can be affordable!
  15. What has been your best investment piece?
    My best investment is definitely my Michael Kors jacket. It’s so warm and I get so much wear out of it in the winter months.
  16. What’s the wackiest item you own?
    My bright yellow flared trousers. Although I love them, they’re very out there.

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  17. If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
    I’m struggling to answer this one, because at home I live in my pyjamas, but when I go out, I love to dress up. I think it would have to be pyjamas!
  18. What has been your biggest fashion faux-pas?
    I think it would have to be wearing clothes that didn’t actually suit my shape, just because I liked how the clothes looked or they were ‘trendy’.
  19. If money wasn’t a factor, what would you buy?
    Gucci. Everything Gucci.
  20. How do you feel when you’re in your favourite outfit?
    When I’m wearing something that I really like, I feel confident, happy and comfortable in myself.

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