Meeting talented creatives is one of my favourite parts of being a photographer. But this beautiful creative goes way beyond just a business associate. Alison has become one of my most dear friends and it is all because of one tiny email that she sent me a few years ago. She has the type of warmth and welcome that means you just can't help but become incredible friends with her! She is just all-round awesome!! So today I would love to share with you her wonderful talents.
Alison owns and operates Gypsygirl Beauty. She is based in The Riverina area of NSW and travels near and far to pamper brides on their wedding day. And she is incredible at it! Having worked with her on so many weddings & editorial shoots I have seen first hand how talented she is and in particular how much fun her clients have getting ready for their wedding. I took some time to chat with Alison about her business. I'd love for you to discover Gypsygirl Beauty!
Tell us a bit about yourself: Hi I'm Ali!! I'm a makeup artist based in a gorgeous little rural town Temora, in NSW. I am a bit of a gypsy at heart, and travel all over doing makeup for weddings. My most cherished role in life is being a wife, and mother to my beautiful little boys Nate and Tristan!!! I love romance novels, vintage clothes, red lipstick and almond magnums... I can't get enough of them at the moment!!!
Why did you originally choose makeup artistry as a career: I originally studied makeup in Sydney when I was also studying music and did a lot of makeup for bands and pin up photo-shoots. After I married my love and moved to the country, I became obsessed with weddings and really wanted to return to my creative side, so when my son Nate was born I took the plunge and launched Gypsygirl Beauty, focusing on weddings and special occasion makeup.
What do you like best about doing bridal makeup on a wedding day: I absolutely love weddings, I am an old fashioned romantic, and I feel it is a great privilege to be a part of such a special day in peoples lives joining in with all the excitement and laughter! All brides just glow with happiness and I love bringing out each and everyone's natural beauty.
What are some of your most favourite products: Some of my favourite products are MAC's black rack gel liner. I am a huge fan of the vintage flick so it is used a lot!!! I also love young bloods brow pallet as I am obsessed with eyebrows as they frame the eyes. For bridal I can't go past the creamy 'Athena' lipstick by Napoleon.
Do you have any tips for people choosing a MUA: My top tips for choosing a MUA is to take a look at examples of their work first to see if the style that they like is the one you are trying to achieve. Always organise a makeup trial to ensure you are getting the look you are after for your special day as well as the opportunity to meet and get to know your artist!!