From desk job to lipstick: My journey into makeup artistry

Given that this it’s still relatively early days in my blog, I wanted to share a little more information about me, what I value and how I came into the makeup artistry world

Who am I?

My circumstances are that I have a wonderful husband (Con) and 2 gorgeous teenage kids, my son John and daughter Anastasia.   None of them are into makeup!  My husband is quite enthused (read: obsessed) with road cycling and my kids are into their sports and their phones (much to my dismay) and me into all things health and beauty.

My background…..wait for it… in Engineering and business and I have degrees in both.  I’ve been in the corporate world for over 20 years mainly in business roles and  during that time, I’ve learnt a thing or two about management, business and communicating – all great skills when communicating with clients, photographer, stylists and many other creatives.

The early days

I’ve always liked beauty; ever since I was a little girl.  My mum tells me that I ate a lipstick when I was little (a red one no less)!  In later years I couldn’t wait to start wearing makeup (kind of regret that now) so when I got a part time job during uni, I started spending on makeup.  I was lucky because for the most part, I worked in a high end department store (that has since closed) with delightful makeup counters where I could dib, dab, test and try to my heart’s delight – without anyone hassling me.  I really liked experimenting with different makeup formulas, textures and colours to see what looked best.  Oh what fun that was!

I’ll never forget my trip to Paris as part of my honeymoon in 2000.  Paris; so many wonderful sights right?  Yeah well I discovered Sephora on that trip and anyone who knows the Paris Sephora on the Champs Elyse knows that as far as Sephora stores go – it’s the gold standard!  Forget the Eifel Tower, much to my husband’s dismay, I reckon I spent a good part of a day there (and my spending money), tyring things out, testing and retesting, discovering new brands – it was just sooooo good.  I’ve since taken many trips to cities round the world and a Sephora visit is always must.  Hell I like it so much my daughter’s middle name is Sephora.  That’s how passionate I am.

And now….

Fast forward to now and that passion in all things beauty continues.  All of these experiences sparked a real interest in makeup and soon friends were asking me for advice. Seriously though, I’m not an especially good looking girl or anything like that but all I ever wanted to do was look my best because that helped give me confidence.  I started in makeup artistry because I want to help women feel the same way.  Looking and feeling good about themselves. Especially brides who have so much to contend with on their big day. If there’ s one thing I’ve learnt is that no matter what walk of life you come from, EVERY woman wants to look the best that she possibly can.  While I’m all for keeping up with current makeup trends, my real passion is natural makeup that highlights a woman’s best features, allowing her to look like the best version of herself.  Brides especially want to ensure they look amazing on their big day so working with them to create their vision is super important to me.

I’ve now trained with some amazing makeup educators including the incredible Donna Mee from California – her artists are the BEST in the world and her training is seriously intense and like no other – the skills I’ve learnt from her are invaluable and rarely taught by others (especially those around corrective beauty).  But I’m always learning from local artists too (Rae Morris is also a favourite) and on the job, tradeshows, network and other artists and I LOVE sharing my wisdom and knowledge with others.

So there you have it.  A sneak peek into me.

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Till next time

Peggy xo


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