Author: Bella Kreations

Last weekend Bella Kreations hosted our very first makeup workshop. Our workshop is all about teaching you the basics of makeup, while having a great time with your girlfriends. We had 16 girls attend, a few bottles of wine and some sweets!

We had the very talented Cakes by Ally Small cater the event, as well as come out and style our table for us – she is the cake queen!

The idea is to host your own girls day and we will come out to you and teach you the basics of how to do your own makeup like a pro. This is a great idea for a hens weekend, birthdays or just a simple catch-up with your friends.

All the girls were asked to bring their own makeup that they use everyday, so I could teach them how to use their own products, but I also supplied the mirrors, product and brushes if they needed it.

Everybody took home a goodie bag and a makeup guide that they can now flick through in their own time to refresh on anything they learned during the workshop.

If you’re interested in hosting your own event, please contact us by email using the contact form on this website and we can get back to you with more details!

Korryn xx

Let’s be honest, we have all been guilty of putting a filter on an Instagram picture we just uploaded and hash-tagging #nofilter when we all know there is a filter on that picture!

I will be the first to put my hand up in using filters and different apps to make my pictures look great, because we all want to look flawless, right? And I follow a lot of makeup artists on Instagram, as this is my passion and I love doing what I do.

I’ve always found a lot of inspiration and motivation off other Instagram pages, but my one pet-hate is that when you can clearly tell an image of a client or themselves is filtered or touched up by ‘Facetune’ or some other app and they’re seemingly claiming it.

To me this is false advertising – you’re selling someone something that isn’t reality. Don’t get me wrong, it’s frustrating as a makeup artist when you take a picture and it doesn’t do the makeup any justice or doesn’t show those colours through the image, but a filter isn’t the answer.

As I said, I’m all for a good filter on all kinds of pictures, but on my personal page, not my business page of my work, because it can be misleading to potential customers. I’m not saying I have never used a filter on my business page back in the day – #mybad – because I would be lying.

However, the only thing I do to an image now is adjust the exposure depending on the lighting, because this way everyone can see how your work appears in real life. The majority of the time we will either take a photo ourselves or receive one afterwards, but rarely are they from a professional photographer so it can be hard to show the look we’ve created.

I was once taking a picture of a bridesmaid’s makeup I just did and the wedding photographer came up to me and showed me that by just changing the exposure on your iPhone camera, you can get a great picture. That is all I ever do now – by adjusting that while taking a photo, it works like a gem.

Just don’t be fooled by what is real and what isn’t!

Korryn xx

A few years back I headed to New York and Los Angeles. America is one place I would highly recommend going to, especially if you’re a makeup lover!

New York is known as the city that never sleeps, which mind you I have never seen anything like it. It really lives up to its word. Have you ever been stuck behind someone in a shopping centre walking so slow and waiting for the right time to pass them? This is New York all day, everyday. By the end of the trip I guarantee you have nailed the skill of dodging anything in your way.

Times Square Sephora was my first stop, after a few hours and my week’s spending money – not even joking! I was one happy girl. This place is the definition of ‘makeup heaven’ and the Australian one doesn’t even compare. After many attempts during the week of trying to go into the MAC shop at Times Square, it wasn’t possible – I have never seen so many people in a MAC shop before! I swear they were all Australian… when a lipstick is cheap you get as many as you can.

Next stop Los Angeles, after being in New York for a week, LA feels so peaceful and a place where you can breath. No dodging required. I didn’t do much shopping in LA, but I did find a MAC store at The Grove. When I went to pay at the counter for all my products, the lady did say ‘you must be from Australia’. Who doesn’t buy bulk makeup when it’s that cheap?

Besides the shopping, America is an amazing place and an eye-opener. I would go back in a heartbeat!

Korryn xx

Each year, June through to August slows down in the business with weddings. Not as many people getting married, I guess because of the cold. But there is something about a winter wedding that I love. I feel like the beginning of winter and the end of winter would be the perfect time to get married.

I am obsessed with Berta Bridal Wedding dresses and this dress above, which is my dream wedding dress. So simple and elegant, yet so perfect for a winter wedding.

Korryn xx

Starting your own business as being a makeup artist can have its pros and cons, as can any other job or business. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no expert and I think each day is a learning curve. I had two jobs and worked seven days while still trying to achieve my dream of building Bella Kreations and being a makeup artist. Five years later, I am living my dream!

Growing a business isn’t easy and it’s not going to happen overnight – it involves hard work and dedication. There will be many times you will want to give up and you will feel like you’re not getting anywhere. It’s taken a lot to get to where I am now and it didn’t come easy. It still isn’t easy.

The first thing you need to do is set goals, write down everything from what you want to achieve, to where you want to be in the next few years. I also feel you need to find inspiration each day, because it can be really easy to lose motivation and so hard to get back if you don’t keep going.

Surround yourself with people that believe in you and motivate you. And those who don’t believe in you, they’re your biggest motivation because you’re going to prove them wrong. I really believe in empowering eachother and admiring other makeup artists’ work, but I also believe this is another type of motivation – if they are doing great, there is no reason you can’t!

Take every opportunity that is thrown your way. I have done many unpaid jobs as a makeup artist and jobs for very little money, but when you’re starting out I think this is key, as you never know where it will lead you or who they will tell. Word of mouth is the biggest way to grow a business.

Over the past few years I have found the makeup artistry business to be very competitive, with Instagram and facebook evolving so much. I think social media is the best tool you can have for any business as it’s free advertising and you can target your market/clients.

Whenever I walk into doing a job I always remember this quote – ‘Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card and how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark’.

I don’t believe in luck, I believe you create your own luck, you work hard to get to where you want to be. That isn’t luck, that’s dedication. Whatever you dream, you can achieve!

Korryn xx

Being a makeup artist means long days and early morning starts! Anyone that knows me knows that I am not a morning person… I set three alarms before I actually have to get up!

Some may think it’s silly, but an extra 10 minutes is everything to me. I even ask my boyfriend to set his alarm as well and make sure I’m awake because I do have a talent of sleeping through alarms, so better be safe than sorry, right?

I always get asked when I show up to a makeup job, ‘how do you look like that this early in the morning?’. Over the years I have taught myself how to get ready within 20 minutes, which means full face of makeup, hair, dressed and out of the door.

I can’t just chuck my hair up in a messy bun and put a coat of mascara on. Well, I can, but I feel you have to be well presented no matter what time of day. Especially when I’m about to go do a client’s makeup for her wedding day. Do you really want your makeup artist to rock up looking like she just rolled out of bed? Even though most of the time I probably have!

Don’t get me wrong, when I’m up I love it, there is nothing like an early morning sunrise, everything seems so peaceful with hardly any traffic on the road. You can enjoy your morning coffee on the drive. This is also a must for me; as long a I have my coffee I’m good! At the end of the day I love my job and would not trade it for the world, even if this means early morning starts!

Above is a picture of the sunrise on Camden bridge, that my best friend Erin took on her daily morning run. She is a massive inspiration! If this doesn’t make you want to get out of bed every morning, I don’t know what does.

Korryn xx

Being a mobile makeup artist means I get to travel, experiencing many places and locations. Over the ANZAC long weekend I was fortunate enough to travel up to the Hunter Valley for a makeup job for a client of mine Amy’s wedding, so I decided to bring my boyfriend Alex along and make a weekend of it.

I first met Amy on her sisters Ally’s wedding day after she had chosen me to be her makeup artist for her wedding day a few years back, as did their other sister Caroline in the meantime. Being three sisters, I was lucky enough to be the makeup artist of all three beautiful weddings.

Up at the Hunter Valley we stayed at the Pokolbin Village in one of the cabins, which was really cute and looks over the pool. They have their own cafe and restaurant on site with a few little shops so you don’t have to travel to far for your morning coffee!

We decided to head to dinner at Lillino’s Bar & Trattoria, which is located in Lovedale and about 15 minutes from where we were staying. We were welcomed by two huge friendly dogs that just laid there on the welcome mat! The food and wine was amazing – if you love Italian food I highly recommend this place!

Korryn xx

A quick look that you can create, when off to the races.

Korryn xx

Over the holidays my niece wanted me to do her makeup, so we decided to do something fun and creative. This look is simple and easy, perfect for any dress up parties or something fun to keep the kids entertained.

All you need is:
– Fishnet stockings
– Stick-on jewels/glitter
– Eyeshadow

This technique can be used to create any animal with scales or anything that you want to create that has scale-like look. I have created this quick tutorial above, of how I created the mermaid look. Enjoy!

Korryn xx


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