Category: Business

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

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

As we welcome the year 2016, Bella Kreations would also like to welcome one-on-one makeup lessons.

With over five years experience, I would like to share with you all the tips and tricks of the trade, and everything else I have picked up and learned along the way in my career.

Learn how to perfect that makeup look you always wanted to in the comfort of your own home and learn what’s best for you. Available to do one-on-one makeup lessons and also group bookings (discounted four or more people).

Contact me using the form on this website to make an enquiry and secure your position!

Korryn xx

Getting your makeup done can be a scary thing! Let’s face it, we’re putting our faces in somebody else’s hands. As a makeup artist I see a lot of fear on client’s faces when they hop up onto the chair, giving me the quick look up and down, making sure my own makeup looks okay. We have all done it, which is okay, because if you don’t like a makeup artist’s makeup, then how can you trust them to do yours?

Being a makeup artist, I strongly believe in presenting your makeup in a way that represents you. You need to gain the trust of your clients and when they see your makeup and they like it, they instantly feel a sense of relief. But don’t always judge a book by it’s cover; easier said than done, right? Well everyone sees others in a different way and every makeup artist will do your makeup a different way.

Trusting a makeup artist is like trusting your hairdresser. It’s ideal to build a relationship with them and get to know them before you can fully trust what they are going to do. When the makeup artist asks how would you like your makeup and you say ‘I don’t care, whatever you think or want to do’, don’t be disappointed at the end when it’s not quiet what you imagined – you did just give them the option to do whatever they feel works for you.

If you have been going to your makeup artist for a while and they really know how you like your makeup, then that’s fine, let them do whatever they like. But I do not recommend this if it’s your first time getting your makeup done, as you don’t want to pay that money and go home to wash it off! My advice is to have a bunch of pictures of makeup you like, even a picture of your outfit you’re going to wear, so both you and your makeup artist are on the same page.

As a makeup artist it’s our job to find out what you want and a bit about you. If your makeup artist doesn’t ask you questions – such as what’s your skin type like? Are you allergic to any products or ingredients? And are you wearing contacts? – you don’t want them putting a dewy foundation on you and in the next hour you’re going to be shining like a disco ball because you naturally have oily skin.

I think the biggest thing is communication, don’t be afraid to speak up. If you see them putting purple eyeshadow on you and it’s not quiet what you wanted, tell them, don’t wait till the end of the makeup to say so. At the end of the day you’re paying them for their service, so you’re the one that has to walk away happy. Being in that makeup chair, you should feel beautiful and relaxed – that’s our job so enjoy it!

Korryn xx

When preparing for your big day, it is paramount that services you’re relying on are prompt and professional. And from my perspective, ensuring everything is done to plan and your expectations is one of the greatest parts of being a mobile makeup artist. It’s the Bella Kreations way.

Korryn xx


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