How long have you been in this profession?
I started doing make-up professionally a little under a year ago, however, I’ve had over 10 years experience. I am a former flight attendant and it was mandatory to wear full make-up.
Basics in wearing make-up?
Always wear a moisturiser. Whether you have oily or dry skin, a moisturiser is the most important part of make-up. Choosing the right foundation according to your skin type and skin tone also goes a long way. Most importantly, brows can make or break your entire look. Keep it natural.
Make-up mistakes brides make?
Not hiring a make-up artist. Unless the bride is already good at doing her own make-up, I would highly recommend that all brides who have budgeted for it hire a professional. Trying out a new look on your big day or skipping the make-up trials could ruin your day.
What are some of the challenges you have faced?
Having lived in the Middle East for many years, I find that the local make-up industry is still in its early stages of growth. This presents a major challenge for our profession as you find many are not interested. In quite a number of countries, make-up is the norm. However, the industry is growing though and that’s a good sign.
How much do you charge for bridal make-up?
I charge Sh10,000 for brides and Sh5,000 for bridesmaids. The trial comes at an extra cost, but it’s better to have a trial and establish a good rapport.
Advice to brides?
Most brides go for a natural look and I agree 100 per cent. Earth tones with a pop of colour on the lip, a soft contour, or an entirely nude look works perfectly. Some, however, prefer a more dramatic look, which is also perfectly okay. –Wambui Virginia