Yesterday, I was super priviledged to be featured on one of my favourite local Blogs -- www.theyorkshirebridal.com. Now, I'm not always the MOST tech savvy. Remember, I spend most of time working with brushes, not buttons; mascara not macs; glitter, not gigs... ok, I'll stop. Just one more, eyeshadow, not iPads. Right, I'm actually done now.
So, I REALLY wanted to share the blog post directly from the website to my blog, but apparently, that's not a feature Weebly (my website builder) currently supports -- come on Weebly, if I need it, surely 1,000's of other users must, too! So, I've included the link and crossed my fingers that I've done that correctly.
Have a read -- it's a Q & A with me, because you just CAN'T get enough of my opinions and sass! The team at The Yorkshire Bridal, really do put so much effort into highlighting some of the incredible talent in our area and I am so grateful to be counted among that talent. It's a privilege to do this job and live this life. So thank you Yorkshire Bridal for the feature. I've posted the text of our interview below.
Thank you again for highlighting me and my business!
Tell us all about your business
My business offers brides and their bridal party premier makeup and beauty service direct to them. Hiring a professional makeup artist can feel daunting in the current, busy marketplace. When you choose to work with me, you will feel completely confident that you will look like you, on your very best day.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I started my professional journey in Malibu, California and though I’ve traded in flip flops and sandy beaches for Wellington boots and the Yorkshire Dales, I still retain that sense of effortless, Boho glamour. I have been a working makeup artist for 10 years, serving clients across Yorkshire, the UK and internationally.
While completing my beauty qualification I was asked to instruct the lesson on makeup, and from that moment I was hooked on empowering others through training. In addition to my many bridal, special occasion and editorial clients, I was an elite artist and trainer for Laura Mercier cosmetics.
I specialise in bridal makeup -- helping my clients feel like themselves, but on their very best day. I create looks that are fresh, timeless and refined, and am constantly striving to stay abreast of the latest products, trends and techniques.
What makes you different from other suppliers, what sets you apart from the competition?
Makuep Artistry has become a massive industry, and just as different photographers have a their own unique view on the world and how they visually communicate beauty, so do makeup artists approach creating a client’s ideal look. As a Bridal Makeup Specialist, it is my job to get to know my client’s individual style and create a look that is more than flattering -- it should be the reflection of that person’s very best self. That can only happen when your makeup artist captures your identity in your look, because only then will you feel your most beautiful. All to often I hear stories of brides who, while impressed with a look an artist created, felt uncomfortable, because they couldn’t see themselves anymore. My brides know that I have the tools and techniques to create any look they desire, and they feel secure that the look I create will be timeless, flawless and beautiful.
What's your highlight to date?
In addition to working with numerous brides through the years, it is my privilege to work with bridal couture designers, as well. Having the opportunity to work with Jenny Packham and her backstage team on a runway event was by far one of the most fun moments of my career. Her elegant, yet unstuffy style is chic, modern and fresh -- words that I would use to describe my own work, too.
What questions do brides ask you most often?
What products do you use and What do you charge?
The first one is easy. I use the best quality products for my individual customers. Being a trainer for a brand like Laura Mercier, commitment to quality products, especially to suit different skin colours, textures and types is non-negotiable. There is a lot of Laura Mercier in my kit, but you’ll also find Charlotte Tilbury, Bobbi Brown, Cover FX, Nars and Hourglass. When it comes to colour I like to mix it up, but it’s still all quality pigment.
When it comes the second question, What do you charge, I say this a little bit tongue in cheek, but actually, it is one of the top questions brides ask all makeup artists. Everyone has a budget to stick to, obviously. And in today’s economic climate we are all faced with making difficult financial choices. The problem with choosing a makeup artist or hairstylist based on price alone is it’s a bit like walking into a gorgeous clothing store and heading straight to the sale rack without really considering if any of the bargains are a good fit. You may find something in your size, but if you have to compromise on the fit, is it really a bargain? That’s not to say my prices are unrealistic, I simply believe in offering a valuable service to my clients.
If you could give future brides one piece of advice, what would it be?
I have two - 1. Try not to stress. Planning your wedding is a unique time in you life, and every detail should bring you joy (even if it’s the kind of joy where you compromise on something, because of the happiness you know it brings your partner). Your joy will translate to enjoying your special day, to your photos and to your memories of this time.
And 2. look after your skin. If you don’t know what your skin type is or if you’re questioning your skin care routine, book in with someone like me who can give you some insight and unbiased recommendations. I say the same thing to runway and editorial models. The more you look after you, the better the results will be.
"Look like you on your very best day."