This year will mark my 10th year in makeup... not sure that makes me an expert? I'm still learning and getting better all the time. I receive alot of emails from people wanting advice on how to become a makeup artist so I've decided to put together a blog about it. Hopefully alot of you will find this interesting/helpful/inspirational.

And so my story begins...

2003- I enrolled at Hugh Baird College in Bootle that's were I met my side kick Nicola Smith now known as Baby Peach ( we just didn't know it at the time). Our first year we completed a BTEC in Theatre and Media makeup. The course covered theatre characters , casualty makeup and basic fashion looks. I absolutely loved college, our tutors Diane and Ailey were great and  still teach at the college now. I especially loved competing in the annual national makeup competitions held in Blackpool- not that I'm competitive ;)! Every week I would practice what we were learning on every member of the family to make sure all my college assessments were perfect! Hugh Baird College is a great starting point for your makeup career-we are proof of that. They offer full time courses as well as part time night courses. I can also recommend Liverpool Community college as Pol, Little Katie and Kharyce all did their training there.

After completing a 2nd year at Hugh Baird studying a VTCT in Media makeup , Nic and I decided to rent a stand at a wedding fair and so Peaches & Cream was born ( this is a whole other story). Our first wedding fair was the UK wedding show at St Georges Hall. As far as I'm aware this is still going now. We did this show for 6 years straight until our reputation became big enough that we didn't need to advertise anymore. A stand at St Georges Hall when I last checked was fairly expensive but its a very busy show attended by thousands of brides and is a great opportunity for networking with photographers, florists, venues, cake makers etc all of whom can help pass work your way. I also drove round every Bridal and Bridal related shop in the North West ( I got the list from the wedding directory in Yellow pages) telling them about Peaches and asking if I could leave some cards.

2004- Me and Nic worked our socks off! I got a temporary sales job on the Lancome counter in Boots which then led to a permanent job on Chanel . My time on the counters was probably my most valuable learning experience. It put me in touch with real customers and what they wanted. This really helped me develop my makeup style, discover what brands I liked as well as building my reputation as a makeup artist. Its really hard to get a job on the counters. I would recommend registering with Beauty Consultants Bureau or Solutions. I'm sure you will be able to find info about both on the internet. They both provide agency counter cover staff during busy periods and to cover holidays. Once you get the opportunity to work on a counter if you prove yourself as a good seller then your chances of getting a permanent job are more likely. When I wasn't working on the counter I was building Peaches & Cream. We attended loads of smaller wedding fairs, did voluntary photoshoots, fashion shows... always wearing my pinny looking as glam as possible making sure Peaches stuck in peoples minds. During this time I also did a short stint at a portfolio studio. This was  a great experience for improving my speed as you only had 20/30 minutes to do a makeover inc.hairstyle. To get this type of work you need to send off your cv  and portfolio to all the local photographers and modeling agencies... at the time I used the Yellow Pages to get a list of addresses. You should also be prepared to work for free in exchange for portfolio shots and credits, the experience is invaluable.

2007- We decided to open our first shop. My talented brother Jack rebranded Peaches and together we created the cutest salon in Liverpool. Hope you all agree :). And thats when the Peach Tree started to grow... till it grew so big that in 2010 we expanded and moved to Dale Street. Since moving to town the brand has become even more popular. We use Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share our latest looks, services and products and have even started our own blog. I must admit I've had a lot of help from my brother Jack and sister Rosie but apparently this is something you can do yourself via the Wordpress website.

All in all that takes us right up until present. This is my story. Hopefully you've found it as interesting/helpful/inspirational as I intended. If you really want to there's nothing stopping you from doing the same.

Firstly you will need patience- it won't happen over night.

Secondly you will need to eat, sleep and breathe makeup as well as work very hard.

You will also need to Listen- to what your client wants/likes.

Practice - makes perfect!

Have an eye  for what looks right with what. This really is important and is something that you will learn from experience and experimenting.

Lastly you will need a Big Mare or an equivalent! Words don't sum up the part she's played in this story.

If your thinking about a career in makeup I'd welcome you to come have a taster lesson at Peaches. You can book in and bring a model, it's a great way of trying it out before you commit to the cost or time of a course. Lessons cost £40 for an hour long session in which you can learn, smokey eyes or smokey eyes with glitter, you just need to bring a model. We do the lessons Tuesday-Friday and during March we have a special offer so the lessons are only £25. Call 0151 227 1669 to book.

Big Peach xxx