A few years ago I decided to train as a makeup artist, choosing to attend a 3 month training course in Birmingham, UK. Sadly the course and qualifications offered turned out to be fraudulent, ran by a money grabbing con-artist who stole over £7000 from each of us…
However, one good thing did come out of that summer, I met Jen! Me and Jen kept each other sane during the course and its aftermath, and have kept in touch ever since. Whilst I turned my attention towards photography, leaving makeup to just be a hobby, Jen worked hard to develop her skills as a makeup artist.
Six years later She works as a full time freelance makeup artist to the stars, as well as specialising in pin up and bridal hair and makeup. Her portfolio is huge – I’m so impressed with the standard of her work, so I was delighted to be asked to pose for her! I invited my blogger friend Chloe along too, to provide Jen with two different face and hair styles (i.e.: my ugly mush and Chloe’s glamorous face!)
I asked Jen to introduce herself a bit, with she did very blushingly!
“I’ve always been interested in makeup and after leaving uni I wanted to do something creative. I have now been working as a make-up artist for the last six years. I’ve been very lucky to have worked with Mac, Illamsaqua, MTV, and at the YSL catwalk show. I have also worked at SPACE superclub in Ibiza for the Chemical Brothers show. I’ve worked at various festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival.
Past clients include Eddie Izzard, Katy B and Rudimental. I work primarily as a freelance artist for weddings and my main work is pin-up style photo shoots. My makeup Facebook page has over 800 followers and I have just started a blog too! My fiancé Nash is a freelance old-style barber and I have Dallas who is my little baby!”
(NB: Dallas is her adorable Maltese-Shihtzu, not a badly named toddler)
Jen was extremely professional throughout our makeup application, describing each step as she worked and ensuring that we knew exactly which products she was using. Although we were sitting for Jen so that she could add to her portfolio she still treated us as clients, asking us which colours we usually wore and how we had our hair. She then worked hard to ensure our bridal looks were not too different to our every day look – after all no-one wants to be too unrecognisable walking down the aisle, but still giving us both the expert touch of glamour.
The products Jen used on me:
- Bobbi brown – cream compact foundation in warm sand
- Bare minerals powder to set
- Nars – orgasm blush soft pinky coral with a subtle shimmer
- Benefit – hula bronzer as a contour , perfect colour for paler skin tones
- Mac – soft and gentle power to highlight top of cheek bones and brow bone
- Urban Decay – wizard of oz palette to contour the eye top and bottom
- Illamasqua – masquara in ‘Raven’
- Mac – dipdown gel eye liner brown to soften the look
- Mac – wonder woman collection reflex pearl glitter to add a soft sparkle to the eyes
- Mac – Hello kitty palette mixed the orange and yellow together for colour and highlight
- Pink lipliner with Philosophy lipgloss
Here are the results! I felt so glamorous, it was heartbreaking having to wash my face at the end of the day! If you like what you see please comment below, and if you are interested in Jen’s work you can contact her on Facebook here or follow her new blog!