Welcome to the second week of Irish Wedding Vendor Series. For the month of April and May I am going to interview one vendor from the wedding industry that I am really fond of. I am going to ask them questions that will give insight into their professional work.
Today on the blog is Barbara Skelton Make Up. I am so proud to introduce this woman who keeps up with the world in such a timely manner that sometimes I feel like I'm running behind her. She is a true professional, with lots of experience. Her work is of the highest standards I have ever seen and she always finds time to create!
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WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A WEDDING MAKE UP ARTIST?
I have been in the cosmetics industry for 25 years. I remember starting out back ways. I was working with party planners and the plan was to gain experience in retail and make up to secure a good job in cosmetics industry on the counter. When I got the job that I wanted I got my first wedding customer. I had no formal training so straight after that I realised that I wanted to learn all about make up techniques and got a qualification. I had an advantage because I was a professional and qualified make up artist with experience. As the years went on people started to ask me to do their wedding make up more and more. That's how I became a wedding make up artist.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU THE MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK?
Being part of the morning routine on the wedding day surrounded by a bridal party is what I love the most. When the moment comes for everyone, complete in their outfits, to look at their reflection in the mirror and gasp with one big 'WOW' I feel the same way they do. I'm there to enhance natural beauty for every person that I work with. I love connecting with people, guiding them through the process. It inspires me as a professional when people ask for my advice because I know that they trust me. I'm there to make them comfortable in their own skin. From a wedding point of view I give them the utmost confidence on their wedding day. When people say that I've kept them calm in the morning, I know I've done my job right.
WERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS TIME?
I see myself as a successful make up artist in Irish wedding industry. I see myself developing my business abroad, specifically in Nerja, Spain. It is my dream to be working in a warm climate in a neighbourhood where I feel at home.
BONUS TIP FROM BARBARA:
Remember, you are the first person your fiancé will be looking out for. When walking down the aisle he will want to recognise you. Be careful in choosing a style that may not be true to your personality. A lot of men don't like tonnes of make up on women. Enhanced natural beauty is always the best choice. And of course, relax, enjoy and try to be in every moment of the day.