Supplier Love: Cambridge Makeup Artist
Back in March, we got to work with the lovely Kerry from Cambridge Makeup Artist. Not only is she talented, and an award winner to boot, but she is really sweet and dedicated to making sure her brides look and feel amazing on their wedding day.
I caught up with Kerry to find out more about her journey into the world of wedding hair and makeup, and asked her what advice she would give brides-to-be looking for someone to transform them on their big day...
Describe your MUA/Hair Stylist style in five adjectives?
My business wedding makeup and hairdressing style has mirrored the trends for this season. For hair brides are asking time after time for a relaxed, soft, textured, unique and on trend which compliments the style and neckline of the dress. They want to incorporate more plaits, or a style which looks like it’s been up, but is structured falling softly around the nape of the neck.
For makeup, brides absolutely love the soft smoky liner, the darker shades of pink/browns and nudes, the illuminated inner corners of the eyes, flawless, polished foundation with a hint of contouring, which makes them feel feminine and pretty.
Had you always dreamt of becoming a MUA/Hair Stylist?
I was always attuned to hair, I trained 17 years ago as an apprentice, but was never drawn to colouring, more the styling of hair, the finished looks, and the creative cutting. Once qualified I actually gave this up for a 10 years to pursue a career in Sales and Marketing.
In my last role I worked for Avon cosmetics HQ working closely with the skin care division in Northampton, it was then that my passion for makeup sored and so I decided to investigate further. This was 11 years ago. I think I was always destined to work this way, it’s quite frankly the most rewarding and satisfying role I could have ever carved out for myself.
Which are your favourite products to work with and why?
Being a Mac pro artist, I am drawn to this brand because it’s perfect for brides and extremely reliable. Having tried lots of brands some of them don’t stack up against the test of time during the day, and being part of the wedding industry my brides rely on my knowledge and experience to deliver them what they ask for.
Having said that, I am totally blown away by other brands, and will constantly test new pallets, lipsticks and foundations by brands such as Nars, Bobbi Brown, and Estee Lauder. An expensive habit I know!
For hair you simply cannot beat the Kevin Murphy range of dry hair shampoo, it smells lush and isn’t too heavy which is great when you want to give the hair a quick blast before an up do. Another product I have also fell in love with is the new Batiste Stylist range. The heat and shine spray is a great shield against heat damage used on dry hair not wet – result!
How do you find inspiration? Is it a case of keeping up with current industry trends?
Instagram, Pinterest and You Tube really has become a ‘go-to’ place for inspiration.
I follow industry leaders in all of these social media sites. I love to watch their work over and over, and their reviews on some of the latest products – because sometimes I just don’t have the time! Of course online wedding portals such as Hitched.co.uk where my business is listed provide some great styled shoots looks, advice and predictions from other suppliers in the industry which is extremely useful. I have to say that above all of this, I do creatively worked on my own idea’s, what I think would work best. Creating a timeless look is very important to my clients, they simply don’t want to look back at their wedding photos and wish they should have styled themselves differently.
What advice would you give to brides who are searching for a MUA/Hair Stylist for their big day?
Choose someone you get along with and who’s work you love!
I always tell my brides, the two most important things to remember when interested in choosing a MUA/Hair stylist is to make sure you like the look of their work, and to make sure you get along with them on a personal level. You will be spending your wedding morning with them after all! Viewing a portfolio and researching your makeup artist is so important. You want to make sure your MUA/Stylist has a top quality portfolio. It can be a personal website (which is always best because it looks more professional) or even a Facebook page, Twitter, or any wedding blogs their work may have been featured on. You want to make sure their work matches the quality of makeup you are expecting to receive for your wedding. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for testimonials!
What is the most important thing to remember as a wedding industry supplier?
Make sure your MUA/Stylist is organized!!
Your wedding makeup/hair consultation with a potential makeup artist in the wedding industry is a big deal. Not only are you on the lookout for a MUA/Stylist whose style you like but for an above-board professional with clean products, who takes notes and makes plans. We not only work alongside you and your bridal party, but we often regularly work with your photographer/venue/florist on the morning to give you the very best service you could have, that’s extremely important to us. Choose someone who is professional enough to consider all your other suppliers who we may well come into contact with to make sure your big day is as seamless as possible.