What do you like best about your job?
No day is the same. I could start the week in the desert area of Almeria shooting for a music video and the next day be bawling my eyes out when my bride’s father sees her for the first time. I love that I get to meet new people, visit different places and basically earn my living drawing on peoples faces!
What are your favourite products?
My kit is customised and I use a variety of different pro products and high-end brands. I carry hand picked products from the likes of Chanel, Nars, Dior, Make Up For Ever, YSL and Bobbi Brown. My pro brands include RCMA, PPI, Kryolan, Maq Pro and Viseart. Skin prep is key to me, 70 per cent of a good make-up is down to the skincare, so I invest heavily in good skincare products. I have a lot of clients who suffer from skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis and find it very difficult to achieve the look they want with make-up. Having personal experience dealing with this I think has helped me be able to assist my clients with skin concerns. My goal is to create beautiful, long-lasting faces whatever the skin type.
Do brides really need a professional make-up artist?
Your or a friend’s skills may be passable for an everyday make-up or even a night out, but a professional make-up artist comes equipped with the knowledge and experience to guarantee your wedding make-up will stay intact throughout the day and into the night. A properly trained artist will know how to highlight your best features and hide anything that you aren’t so happy with. We know which colours will make your eyes ‘pop’ and which ones will conceal any dark circles, pigmentation flaws or blemishes.
Professionally done make-up will ensure that you look beautiful under any light, whether it’s outdoor sunshine or flash photography. There will be no flash back when you receive your wedding photos (a common issue where you have used the wrong product and look like a ghost when the flash of a camera hits you.)
A make-up artist’s kit will be full of tried and tested high quality products; many everyday products and application methods don’t translate well on camera. They will also be experienced in creating looks that last in extreme conditions. For example, if you are getting married in Spain you will need make-up products which last under conditions such as humidity and sweat. A good make-up artist will carry specialised products, even special effects make-up products, which are created for situations like this. I have invested in everything from products which combat sweating (designed for dancers) to setting sprays which were created to ensure actors’ make-up lasts on set all day when filming in the Caribbean. You can’t get more humid than that!
What do you enjoy about doing bridal make-up?
Bridal make-up is very different from working on campaigns or film. You tend to form an emotional connection with your bride, as being part of someone’s wedding day really allows you to connect with people on a deep level. I get to know the friends and family and even find out amazing and sometimes inspiring stories about their lives.
I love to see my clients happy. I love to see them smile when I have finished their make-up. A bride really appreciates my ability to help them look and feel special.
I especially enjoy learning about different faiths and customs and am blessed to work with brides from a variety of different religions. Jewish weddings are a particular favourite of mine and, if I am booked to stay on for the whole event even better, as you cannot beat the atmosphere at a Jewish wedding once the dancing begins.
I also work on many Indian weddings, which tend to be three or four day events, so I really get to be part of the celebrations. I love doing Asian bridal make-up as it means I get to play with colour and glitter. What more could a girl ask for?