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A BIT ABOUT ME...

Elena Charlton

Following a degree at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, I began a career in television production working as a Production Manager for 8 years I  did this alongside running my own business, but it was always very clear to me where my heart lay...

 

Now anyone that knows the television industry knows work isn't always plentiful and so whilst 'on a break' I started working as a Body Shop consultant. I found I had a flare for make-up so went on every course they could offer and trained as a make-up artist. I seemed to sell mostly make-up and I think it was obvious that I loved it, and selling it was a piece of cake when you love the products and can show how to use them.

 

Then one day a good few years ago now, a brave lady asked me if I would do her make-up for her wedding day. Of course I was extremely flattered and being part of her special day was amazing and made me want to be a part of more big days. This gave me the boost I needed to take it further and many, many brides later, I still love every second!!! It's definitely more of a passion than a 'job'.

 

I've since trained in Cosmetic Make-up at City of Bristol College graduating with a distinction and can offer, eyelash and brow tinting and brow shaping.

 

In February 2015 I was awarded Highly Commended in the make-up category of the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards. I was extremely excited and proud to win this and it has only spurred me on further to pursue my passion

 

I also co-run Bristol Bridal Hair and Make-up. I run this alongside Stacey from Stacey Jade Hair. We have a large team of hair stylists and make-up artists who can work for us when we're already booked. I look after the admin side of the business, which means if you have a large wedding party I can help with a complete team of stylists and artists, taking the stress out of organising it yourself.

 

In terms of the products I use, I try to be as ethical as possible which can be a little tricky in this industry but with research and time experimenting with products, I've now become a consultant for both Arbonne and Ariix who supply cruelty free and ethical cosmetics. Including a restoring and tightening serum, which is fantastic for lines and wrinkles.

 

I feel so lucky to be able to call this my job and relish shring my make-up and skincare knowledge with my clients, which has led me to offer make-up tutorials. You can book a 2 hour 1 on 1 session with me in your own home, where I will teach you how to use your existing make-up properly but also help you put together a shopping list should there be essential items you're missing.

 

"I couldn't have asked for a better make-up artist than Emily"

Joy Kirby said...

"My make-up looked flawless and without looking or feeling too done up, my skin was glowing."

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