Friday, 1 April 2016

The English Hair & Beauty Awards Finalist

So honoured to be named as a finalist in The English Hair & Beauty Awards 2016, On 20th March I travelled up to Manchester to attended an amazing awards evening that celebrated the success of those who had been nominated this year. It was a privilege to be named in the top 10 makeup specialists, Congratulations to all the winners.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Struggling to find your perfect wedding venue?

Picking your perfect wedding venue can be a struggle, I wouldn't know where to start and I've seen 100's of venues in my time. There's so many different types and styles of venues to choose from these days.
The team at Squaremeal have come up with a helpful short quiz to help you find the perfect venue. Pop over to their website now to see how you score, I got a city location!




Tuesday, 9 February 2016

OK! Magazine Front cover

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being the makeup artist for Rachael & her bridal party. Rachael married Mikey North (Coronation streets Gary Windass) at Curradine barns. Very excited to be able to share the day with everyone now it's been released in OK! Magazine (I even make an appearance in the article!)
Rachael was a super calm and chilled bride, I loved creating her makeup for the day. It was lovely to be thanked by the groom for making his wife look stunning too.
 
What a beautiful couple, Congratulations Rachael & Mikey!
 


 
Photographer Paul Willets

Friday, 5 February 2016

Your West Midlands Magazine front cover

Super excited to see my July bride Amy is featured on the front cover of this months County Wedding Magazines.
Check out her beautiful fairytale style wedding at Rowton Castle including a Choccywoccydoodah cake!!!
 
Photographer by Amy Breeze Photographer
 

 

Friday, 1 January 2016

2015

I've had the best 2015 which would not of been possible without all my clients past & present. Thank you to each and everyone of you that picked me to be your makeup artist or recommended me to someone else. 

Here's a recap of some of my makeup highlights from the past year!
 


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

How I started my career as a makeup artist


This is a question I get asked all the time so I thought a blog post would be the best way to tell you all about my career so far. I will share hints and tips about the industry that's becoming a popular career choice for many. When I first started out, I found posts about how other artists had got where they were super helpful, so hopefully this will enable you to learn more about my journey.   From the age of 16 I worked on makeup counters alongside studying Art & Design at college. Working for a makeup brand is a great way of learning new skills as it is a fast paced environment where you will see many different faces and pick up tips from others you work with. It also gives you chance to build up your kit and knowledge about different brands.  

I progressed to work on several makeup counters after declining a place at university. I loved making someone feel great with the help of makeup, but really disliked the selling side of my job! My love for makeup grew and I knew it was what I wanted to do forever. One of my friends told me about her friend who was in London training to be a freelance makeup artist which was the first time I thought I would love to do that.  I learnt so much through working on makeup counters and continued to do so, and found extra work doing bridal and occasion makeups. I think this a great way to start in the industry.   I knew I wanted to learn more and wanted a qualification. So after a year of researching what course was best for me, I went back to college and trained to be a professional makeup artist. I went to NEW College in Bromsgrove and did a National Diploma in Theatrical Makeup. I struck gold with my teacher as Jane was a BBC makeup artist for many years before going into teaching. 
 
Over two years I chose to be trained in all the different areas because at this point I was not sure what area I wanted to specialise in. I loved learning how to body paint, make wigs and was taught special effects makeup. These are skills I will always have so if I ever wanted to go into a different side of the industry, I have that option. It's important to pick a course that works for you, there are so many to choose from these days. This route is not for everyone and there are many successful makeup artists who have built up their portfolio and brand without a qualification.   As a training makeup artist you need to build up your skills. You will work for free for the first few years whilst you get your name out there and network, as it's a hard industry to break into; but so rewarding when you do. While at college I did test shoots and assisted other makeup artists, generally unpaid work, which was a great way to start gaining experience in the industry. Working on makeup counters enabled me to build up an extensive kit.  There are so many different areas of work within the industry, I do think it's good to have some idea of the direction you wish to go in as this may help you pick a course to study or help you when looking for assisting work. Training in hairstyling alongside makeup artistry is helpful as sometimes you are expected to do both.  
 Being in London, nearby or willing to travel is important if you want to work in fashion, editorial or celebrity work.   When I finished college I had got a portfolio together from testing with other creatives and assisting other makeup artists whilst studying. Alongside photoshoots and bridal makeup I started working in a photography studio. It was great experience working with other makeup artists and learning how they worked under time pressure as you only had 45 mins for hair and makeup to be finished.   I enjoyed working in the fashion and beauty side of the industry which included working on London fashion week, with the brand Collection 2000 and getting work featured in fashion magazines. I also experienced TV work and made a few short films before specialising in Bridal Makeup.   After building up my name within the bridal industry I'm lucky enough to have my work regularly featured on wedding blogs and in magazines. I have recently been listed in the top 50 makeup artists in the UK and have been voted best makeup artist in the West Midlands four years running at the wedding industry awards!   As a makeup artist you are required to continuously develop your skills and keep up to date with the latest products, looks and trends. You never stop learning as there is always new technology, techniques and trends around the corner. I often take masterclasses with top industry makeup artists, watch YouTube tutorials and love reading makeup books. 

Top Tips

•Practice, practice and more practice, on other people ideally    

Get a kit together, you don't need to spend a fortune at the start. Do your research on YouTube and blogs as to what products to invest in.   

•Assist other makeup artists and get some experience testing with other creatives.
   
•Check out Crystal Wright, I found some of her tips very helpful when first starting out. 


I hope this blog has been helpful and that you have picked up a few hints and tips along the way.  

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Romantic wedding shoot at Birtsmorton Court

Back in May I worked with a whole host of my favourite industry suppliers on a romantic floral photoshoot at Birtsmorton court. Beautiful inspiration for any brides to be who are thinking of getting married outside.
 In case you missed it on Rock my wedding here’s a selection of photos from the shoot.

 

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Suppliers that worked on this styled shoot:
Venue | Birtsmorton Court, Worcestershire
Photography | 
Daffodil WavesVideography | Blue Ridge Wedding Videography
Dresses | Claire Pettibone
Bridal Boutique | Ellie Sanderson
Flowergirl Dresses | Fattie Pie
Suit | Stephen Bishop
Accessories | Glitsy Secrets
Shoes | Harriet Wilde
Models | Lara Raybone & Luke Boydon
Hair | Bridal Hair Specialists
Make Up | Chloe McCall Make Up
Cakes & Dessert Table | Cotton and Crumbs
Stationery | Yellow Stone PaperworksFloristry | Passion for Flowers
Venue Styling | Pumpkin Events

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Compton Verney


Earlier on in the year it was a pleasure to get together with Sarah from Nellie Photography and create a bridal inspired photoshoot at the lovely venue that is Compton Verney in Warwickshire. Its my pleasure to share the photos with you.














Suppliers that worked on this styled shoot:
Venue | Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Photography | Nellie Photography

Dresses | Georgina Scott Bridal
Hair | Bridal hair by Helena Sinclair  
Make Up | Chloe McCall Make Up
Floristry | Your Perfect Setting

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Stacey & Mike


I just had to share Stacey's wedding photos taken by Damian Burtcher. Stacey & Mike got married in July. The reception was held at Moor hall, Sutton Coldfield
Stacey's makeup was inspired by Michelle Keegan's wedding makeup. I had a lovely morning with Stacey & the bridal party.