Hi, I'm Gemma!
Welcome to my website! I am excited for you to find out a little more about me. First of all I am 26 years old and I'm a professional freelance Makeup Artist based in Dartford, Kent.
I specialise in bridal makeup and I am a fully insured specialist member of BABTAC. I have been in the makeup industry for 10 years now! Wow - how time flies! I spent my first 4 years studying Tv & Film specialist makeup at college/university from 2012-2016 and I graduated with a BA honours degree in Specialist Makeup. Whilst studying I went on to work for a well known makeup brand and it was whilst working on counter I discovered my love for the glitz and glam that is bridal makeup. I went on to launch GemMakeup in 2017 and have worked as a full time freelance makeup artist since.
Lets get a little more personal...
When I come to your homes for trials or for the big day one thing to know is I am a huge animal lover! I may spend the first 5 minutes giving your fur babies all the love and attention they deserve! Seeing all of my clients pets are definitely a perk of my job!
I take great pride in my kit being organised and cleaned to perfection - I also love a 'kit pic' from photographers! (hint hint for your photographers). I am an absolute perfectionist and a little OCD with my kit. My love for high end makeup products has become quite the obsession of mine. In my kit you'll find brands such as: Nars, Hourglass, Armani, Dior, Charlotte Tilbury, Bobbi brown, By Terry, Laura Mercier, Urban Decay, Makeup by Mario, Natasha Denona, Too faced, Tom Ford and many more! I describe my style of makeup as soft but glam! I love nothing more than to enhance features, making your makeup feel as comfortable and weightless as possible and making my brides feel like the best versions of themselves.
I pride myself on my professionalism whilst still being friendly and calm on your big day. I love taking my time to get to know my brides before the big day and on the wedding day ensure that nothing feels rushed (but still on time). I like my bridal parties to be makeup ready an hour and a half before the ceremony - this will allow plenty of time for pictures, makeup top ups and most importantly create a calm atmosphere! You will rarely see pictures of me as my sole focus is on my clients and brides that I have the pleasure to glam. I thoroughly enjoy being a part of such a big day and meeting all the lovely bridal parties! I also love to help out in any way I can. This can be helping your bridesmaids into their dresses, making sure your flowers are as the florist instructed, assist with buttoning up your dress and staying with you up until your ceremony time so I can to ensure everything runs smoothly and your makeup is done to perfection! I only take on one wedding a day ensuring I am solely yours for the morning / early afternoon!
I am fully mobile for all bookings providing you with being in the comfort of your own home. For larger bridal parties I can hire a second makeup artist or recommend someone to assist. I work alongside makeup artists who I feel provide the same level of skill to ensure your bridal party can feel confident with either artist. I also have a recommendation list for hair stylists for brides who have booked with me but are yet to find a hairstylist or prefer someone I usually tag team with.
I take on a maximum of 60 brides a year to ensure every bride can be catered too. From the enquiry process to the big day I like to make sure you get the full experience from booking with me! I love to treat my brides like the queens they are and create excitement in the run up to the big day whilst also bringing a calm energy on the morning of your wedding glam!
qualifications & awards
- Level 2 Hair and Media Makeup - VTCT
- Level 3 Makeup Artistry - VTCT
- Level 4 in Performing Arts (TV and Film Production) HND
- Level 5 in Performing Arts (Specialist Makeup) BA Honours
- ISO-CLEAN cosmetic hygiene standards for makeup professionals
- BABTAC - The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology - Specialist member 2017 - 2023
-Hitched 2023 wedding award winner - Kent
ACCREDITATION & FEATURES
- Bride magazine 2017