How did you get into the beauty industry?
Helping people to look their best is just ingrained in me. As a little girl I would corner family members when they came to visit and make them sit down in my ‘salon’ and style their hair. I have been hairdressing for 19 years and doing makeup for 10 – I absolutely love it and can’t imagine doing anything else.
What do you love about your work?
I get the opportunity to meet so many interesting people with my work in the television industry, photo shoots and most importantly my gorgeous brides. I visit so many beautiful places and best of all I have the honour of sharing their special day while making them look fab.
Why is it so important to hire the best hair and make-up artists for your wedding?
Brides-to-be spend so much on the dress, accessories, photographer, etc – imagine looking back at your wedding pictures and hating your hair and make-up. Hiring beauty professionals is essential.
Describe your work in three words.
Feminine, classic, simplistic.
What are the wise words of advice you’re always repeating to brides-to-be?
I always advise brides not to stray too far from their usual style. It’s much more complimentary to be a more polished version of yourself rather than going totally crazy with your hair and make-up. We don’t want your new hubby not recognising you! Also, drink plenty of water and eat lots of greens in the months leading up so your skin will glow from within.
Which hairstyles are big this season?
I have more and more brides wearing their hair down at the moment. Let’s be honest, most of us look better and more ourselves with our hair down, right? Think boho waves or gorgeous, shiny, classic finger waves.
And what about make-up trends?
Make-up is all about natural glowing skin buffed to perfection and peachy cheeks. I’m doing a lot of bronze and brown tones on eyes at the moment – a bit Kim K, now that she’s toned down her make-up. Some brides are choosing to do a nude lip for the ceremony and then change to a vibrant pop of pink, orange or red for the reception.
What’s it like behind the scenes of your business?
Blondie is a thriving little metropolis and I’m so lucky to have the best group of hair and make-up artists who each bring something unique to the team.
There is quite a lot of work replying to brides’ emails, phone calls, managing and allocating timing according to our bookings and working out which artists are going where on which days, but we love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.
The best feedback you’ve received?
We regularly receive great feedback and it really does make me get a bit gushy. It warms the heart when they thank us for making their day flow so well and tell us that they had a million comments on their hair and make-up.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
It’s all around us. I tend to see something maybe in a magazine or on a blog and try to put my own spin on it. I do advise my brides to use Pinterest; it’s a great medium to source inspiration and ideas that we can then translate.
What do you love about working with brides on their big day?
I get a bit of a thrill from being able to be part of a bride’s day, to share the special hours leading up to the I do’s with her and her besties while making them all pretty for the festivities. And contrary to popular belief, most brides are cool, calm and just enjoy the day.
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