Behind the Brushes

It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together”

13 years of  grasping makeup brushes (or storing them in my hair for safe keeping) while being privallged enough to work in many different sectors of the makeup world, helped me gain a greater understanding of everything invloved in and around makeup.  

Even when you have painted a thousand faces, taken part in hundreds of catwalks, weddings or shoots, its impossible to have filled your jar of makeup knowledge.  So as  a Makeup Artist you never stop learning nor can you never stop constantly buying products – the never ending new potions, lotions and products you have to try.  Before some even reach the “Not in my Kit” box my teenager happily “recycles” them, most of the time without us knowing.   I continuely strive to improve my knowledge, skill set and products in my kit. 

“The Creative Artist dips a brush into their Soul”

As a “painter of faces” my brushes gravitated towards Bridal due to the passion and love of making women feel and look beautiful and how much I adore working on weddings – I am a “people person”, having the magic  of helping ladies feel and look the best they have is a very special power and one I will never stop loving.  However I’m not a girly girl with 90% of my wardobe black, hardly wear much makeup these days and have never owned a pair of high heels.  My Mother still laughs when she starts the “Well if anyone would have told me you were going to be a Makeup Artist….” line. 

As the years have flown by, the more weddings I shared with beautiful brides meant more personal recommendations came fluttering in my inbox.  I’ve always had a few trusted assitants but my email then became almost like the scene in Harry Potter with so many enquires and only one me.   

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”

 In 2015, 2016, 2017 I am honoured to have won the prestigious The Wedding Industry Awards for Best Wedding Makeup Artist in the North West.   This is an amazing feat and one I still can’t quite believe I managed to do with the help of my Brides feelings and thoughts of my makeup and what I bring to a wedding day.

It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together”

13 years of  grasping makeup brushes (or storing them in my hair for safe keeping) while being privallged enough to work in many different sectors of the makeup world, helped me gain a greater understanding of everything invloved in and around makeup.  

Even when you have painted a thousand faces, taken part in hundreds of catwalks, weddings or shoots, its impossible to have filled your jar of makeup knowledge.  So as  a Makeup Artist you never stop learning nor can you never stop constantly buying products – the never ending new potions, lotions and products you have to try.  Before some even reach the “Not in my Kit” box my teenager happily “recycles” them, most of the time without us knowing.   I continuely strive to improve my knowledge, skill set and products in my kit. 

“The Creative Artist dips a brush into their Soul”

As a “painter of faces” my brushes gravitated towards Bridal due to the passion and love of making women feel and look beautiful and how much I adore working on weddings – I am a “people person”, having the magic  of helping ladies feel and look the best they have is a very special power and one I will never stop loving.  However I’m not a girly girl with 90% of my wardobe black, hardly wear much makeup these days and have never owned a pair of high heels.  My Mother still laughs when she starts the “Well if anyone would have told me you were going to be a Makeup Artist….” line. 

As the years have flown by, the more weddings I shared with beautiful brides meant more personal recommendations came fluttering in my inbox.  I’ve always had a few trusted assitants but my email then became almost like the scene in Harry Potter with so many enquires and only one me.   

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”

 In 2015, 2016, 2017 I am honoured to have won the prestigious The Wedding Industry Awards for Best Wedding Makeup Artist in the North West.   This is an amazing feat and one I still can’t quite believe I managed to do with the help of my Brides feelings and thoughts of my makeup and what I bring to a wedding day.

Over the years, the more weddings I shared with beautiful brides meant more personal recommendations came fluttering in my inbox and winning the “Oscars of the Wedding Industry” 3 years in a row only increased my enquiries. 
I’ve always had a few trusted assitants but my email then became almost like the scene in Harry Potter with so many enquires and only one me. 

“You would have to be half mad to dream me up!” 

Fate placed Emily on my path, or rather Chris proposing did as Emily was once one of my Brides to be, so she knows what you feel like sat in the chair on a different level.  As with many of our brides who we end up befriending after the bridal makeup service is over,  Emily was no longer a Bride, she was a friend.  Emily was also working in the same sector, I was searching for “the one” (my dream tag team partner) and the rest is magical makeup history.

After many, many moons and mornings shared as a team, singing in the car and saluting Magpies we finally decided to share the drives and wedding days alone. Brides had often emailed or phoned wishing I could have cloned myself and well we have managed to do just that.  Well she’s a much taller, younger and prettier version of me, plus she likes Gin – I’m a spiced Rum girl through and through.

Emily is now flying solo as my wing woman & our makeup families manager.  Somehow we keep each other sane admist the chaos of wedding season. We equally get excited about a new oil zapping or moisture boosting primer, both loving our knitwear and a good comfy boot and nothing beats a builders brew.
Our skills, kit, love and passion for our work are so very similar and the way we treat our Bride & Bridal Party is very similar.  I have resisted temptation of putting  a selfie of Emily ironing shirts on the morning of a wedding.  As you can see and read for yourselves, she’s as normal as me. 

“You would have to be half mad to dream me up!” – alice in wonderland

Fate placed Emily on my path, or rather Chris proposing did as Emily was one of my Brides to be, so she knows what you feel like sat in the chair on a different level.  As with many of our brides who we end up befriending after the bridal makeup service is over, Emily became a friend as she was also working in the same sector and the rest is magical makeup history.

After many, many moons and mornings shared as a team, singing in the car and saluting Magpies we finally decided to no longer share the drives and to spend the wedding days alone. Brides had often emailed or phoned wishing I could have cloned myself and I have managed to do just that.  Well she’s a much taller, younger and prettier version of me, plus she likes Gin – I’m a spiced Rum girl through and through.

Emily is now flying solo as my wing woman & our makeup families manager.  Somehow we keep each other sane admist the chaos of wedding season. We equally get excited about a new oil zapping or moisture boosting primer, both loving our knitwear and a good comfy boot and nothing beats a builders brew.
Our skills, kit, love and passion for our work are so very similar and the way we treat our Bride & Bridal Party is very similar.  I have resisted temptation of putting  a selfie of Emily ironing shirts on the morning of a wedding.  As you can see and read for yourselves, she’s as normal as me.