Updated: Sep 24
When it comes to choosing your wedding make-up artist, it is important to find a style that you love and that will suit you, your skin, your personality and individual style the best.
Helena Shakespeare is a freelance makeup artist based in the West Midlands. She knows how important your Wedding Day is to you, and how getting to know you and the details of your Wedding will help her to understand and create the look you’ve always dreamed of.
Helena is interested in finding out every last detail about your venue, your bouquet, your hair pieces, the cut of the suits, the cake and the other suppliers you’ve hired.
All of the things that make your wedding yours!
Tell me about your Business… and a little bit about YOU - How, why and when you started
I started my business knowing that I should have always done it.
I’ve always been creative, but got into makeup when I suffered with quite severe acne when I was at University.
I established my makeup business around 3 years ago and have spent that time evolving it so that I now offer purely Bridal Makeup.
How did you learn your skills?
I have always been creative and went to college to study an Art Foundation, before doing a Politics degree.
Once I had made my mind up that makeup was a path I wanted to follow, I went to the Central School of Makeup in Digbeth in Birmingham, and then onto study Theatrical and Media Makeup.
Why you love your business
I love my business, because I get to help women feel amazing and confident on their most special day. Makeup is a really powerful tool and I love to see the big reveal and the transformations of brides on their wedding day; its such a special moment filled with happiness and confidence- and something I feel so lucky to be a part of.
What do you love most about the wedding industry?
Everyone’s big day is different. No two weddings are ever the same, and the personal aspect to them is where I get my inspiration from. It’s always changing, and it is brimming with so much imagination and creativity that holds such sentimental value.
Who would be your dream client? Dream collaboration?
I also love Bridal Photoshoots and I often work with photographers to submit our wildest wedding dreams to publications and wedding blogs.
So my dream would have been to be published in Brides Magazine. But sadly we saw its’ last edition this summer.
Tell us about your studio/workspace? Can couples visit you?
I have a small studio/office at home where I trial for brides wedding days’, but no premises as such! You can mostly find me travelling to beautiful stately homes, manor house and country barn venues in the local area.
Describe your business in one sentence for the couples reading this blog post
I’m the Bridal Makeup Artist who will listen, and help you look and feel the very best version of you.