My name is Mariella and I’m an award winning makeup artist based in Oxfordshire. I specialise in bridal and wedding makeup, and have over 7 years of experience within the makeup industry. My passion for makeup began in my very early teens. As a child, right through into early adulthood, I was a dancer and performer, and that was always what I had dreamt of doing. When it became clear that dance was no longer my path, I wanted to keep the creative juices flowing. Having studied Art & Textile design at A-level, I had always had a creative flair, and found so much joy in applying my own theatrical style makeup, for my performances in dance shows growing up. I found the transformative aspect of makeup mind blowing, but also that the application process itself was just a whole lot of fun, somewhat therapeutic too.
Armed with a whole collection of makeup products and books, which I had gathered together over years of doing my own makeup for performances and shows, and obsessing over makeup artists such as Charlotte Tilbury, and Lisa Eldridge- I headed to college as soon as I could.
I began with the Beauty Therapy course, in which I learnt many techniques and treatments, from facials, to manis and pedis, eyebrow treatments...you name it. A small module within the course was makeup, and that reinforced my love for artistry, it lit a fire in my belly, I had to do a makeup specific course. I learnt about etiquette during treatments, client care, and how vital it is that you nurture the person sat in your treatment chair, it’s all about their contentment and confidence. The course taught me a great deal about the skin and what happens beneath it, skin types and conditions- which definitely stood me in great stead for makeup artistry, as it made me aware of how important it is to understand what's going on underneath all of the products too, to ensure a beautiful makeup application. I was ready to deep dive into makeup.
I headed to The City of Oxford college and graduated with a qualification in ‘TV/Film & Theatrical’ makeup. As much as I loved applying a prosthetic nose to a models face, or painting someone to look like zombie, bridal and beauty makeup is where my true passion was- I knew this was the aspect of makeup that I wanted to pursue.
Alongside my beauty therapy course, I had worked for the brand Clinique, which aided in my knowledge of skincare and client communication, but while studying makeup a year or so later, I landed my dream role as Retail Artist for the beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury. I spent 4 amazing years with the company, learning even more about techniques, products, I made up countless faces everyday and hosted many makeup masterclasses and events for the brand.
I was fully immersed in the dreamy, glowing, hollywood wonderment that was Charlotte Tilbury. My favourite thing about my role was that I was becoming the expert within a brand I loved, and I got to share that love and passion with different customers everyday. No matter their age, skin type and tone or skill level, I could bring them into my ‘Tilbury bubble’ and teach them how to make themselves look and feel their most beautiful. The philosophy of Iooking and feeling your most beautiful, is what spurred me on go fully freelance in Autumn 2020. As I’d been building up my client base and working with lots of brides on their wedding days, alongside my part time artistry roles, I felt ready to ‘go at it alone’, and I’ve never looked back.
The deep rooted love I have for makeup, goes further than making people ‘look pretty'. I believe that makeup is more than exterior beauty, it can change a persons confidence level- it feels good to feel good!
I adore makeup, it's my magic, and I love sharing that with my brides and clients. I am so lucky to work with such wonderful people and call my passion, my job.
As Charlotte Tilbury once said “Give someone the right makeup and they can conquer the world”.
If you'd like to make a booking enquiry, or receive a bespoke quote for your event, please get in touch via the Contact page!
The Wedding Industry Awards 2022
In January 2022, I had the absolute pleasure of attending The Regional Wedding Industry Awards, South Central event, an evening of celebration to recognise suppliers who work within the world of weddings, it’s almost like the Oscars of our industry. It’s lead by client votes, judged by an expert panel of judges; and more than 900 businesses from eight regions entered the awards this year!
Not only did I attend the awards, but I am proud to say that I won South Central Makeup Artist Of The Year! It was just unbelievable to win, beyond words in fact. I was so excited to just attend the awards event as a finalist, that in itself was an achievement, so to go on and win Makeup Artist Of The Year for my region was incredible.
I know how talented and hardworking my industry peers and fellow makeup artists are, so to be considered alongside them was a huge compliment.
My business, my passion for makeup, and the brides I have the pleasure of doing makeup for, mean so much to me, so to receive such high level recognition for something I put my heart and soul into everyday is the highest form of praise, and the biggest accomplishment for me.
I’m so grateful to move forward with my business, with a regional award under my belt. The Wedding Industry Awards has filled me with so much more confidence, it's an amazing competition and rightfully honours our resilient, talented and incredible wedding industry.
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