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    Welcome to the home of Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry. I am a professional Makeup Artist, Makeup Tutor and Beauty Writer. I am fully insured and a member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology. I like to make people look and feel beautiful.

Alton Towers Scarefest 2014

What a busy week it’s been yet again! This year has just been absolutely crazy for Halloween makeovers and the number of emails, calls and comments I’ve been getting on my SFX work has been so overwhelming. I can’t thank everybody enough for all of the recommendations, the wonderful compliments and the exciting bookings from my old and new clients alike.

This weekend, I took two days away from the studio to venture back to Alton Towers for 2014’s Scarefest! There’s nothing I like better than a good dose of Halloween fun and scares and I was seriously looking forward to dressing up myself after spending the past few weeks making everybody else look gory.

I wanted to share the Halloween look I created on my boyfriend and myself – we both opted for half face looks and shared a pair of blazing fire contact lenses to complete our looks. I wanted to create a really dramatic red eyeshadow and extreme liner flick for the other side of my face and used one of my favourite MAC Cremesheen lipsticks in the colour ‘Prepare for Pleasure’ to really set the look alight.

We had a great time at Alton Towers, as always, and really enjoyed all of the scare attractions and a few of the tamer rides! I hope that you like our makeup looks! Next stop, York Maze Hallowscream!

Halloween Me and Danny

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Why is my wedding makeup more expensive?

Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry Bridal makeup

Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life and hopefully one that you will treasure forever. The big day that takes up so much planning and organisation, and deals a large hit to your bank account in the process. Most brides essentials are her dress, the venue, her makeup and her photographs, but why is it that bridal makeup costs more than say, makeup for a big night out with the girls? Allow me to explain…

1. Time and products
Every single one of my clients are extremely important to me – without my lovely clients, I wouldn’t be able to have my own business and it’s up to me to make sure that each and every lady who has their makeup done by me not only looks amazing, but feels amazing at the end of it. Bridal bookings, however, are a whole new kettle of fish. This is a massive day for any bride and bridal party and everything must be absolutely perfect and exactly to the brides liking. This is why I like to spend more time with my bridal clients than I would with a client who comes to me for special occasion makeup. Why? Because we have one shot on the day to knock the socks off everybody attending that wedding with an absolutely stunning bridal look that not only looks fabulous, but stays fabulous all day. Trials are so, so important to any wedding day and I wouldn’t take the stress or worry of booking in any bride without a trial beforehand. In my trials, I spend time talking to my bride about their special day and discussing their requirements in detail to make sure I absolutely nail the look for them. Usually trials take up more products than a normal makeover as we have to perfect the look. If the bride doesn’t like her base or if she wants to try another pair of lashes, we need to take it from the top once again and lashes can’t be used again once they’ve been applied to one clients eyes. Perhaps my bride’s foundation doesn’t last as long as she’d like it to – in this case, I’d go out and find one suitable just for her skin and give her a sample to try. If it works, great! If not, I’ll go out and find another until I source the perfect, flawless base.

2. Responsibility
Weddings are an absolutely massive responsibility for a makeup artist. Not only are we a makeup artist on the day, but we are also a friend, a confidant and sometimes even a therapist. Who gets the brunt of the bride’s stress, tears or anguish? The makeup artist! It’s not only my job on the day to apply the makeup – I take it upon myself to reassure my brides, talk them through their fear of walking down the aisle with all eyes on them, help wipe their tears away and patch the makeup up again, and join in on their excitement and joy. If they’re not happy with their look, I’ll stay and adjust their makeup until they are. Unhappy with their hair that’s now dropping out of it’s style and the hairdresser has gone? I’ll pin it back in. It’s important to realise that your makeup artist, in my case anyway, becomes your rock to lean on over your wedding morning and is there to make you look and feel absolutely beautiful.

Adding the final touches...

3. Experience and professionalism
As with any makeover, sometimes you pay extra for a special service such as a bridal makeover. Having had training specifically in bridal makeup and vintage bridal makeup, this is one area of my expertise and one area that I worked hard in perfecting in order to receive my qualifications. Having an experienced makeup artist there on your wedding morning as opposed to a newly qualified artist who doesn’t really know the routine yet can make or break your wedding day. Just like any normal person, your makeup artist can crumble under the pressure and stress of the day. Choose your bridal artist wisely and you’ll reap the rewards with beautiful makeup that lasts the day.

4. Travel and luxury
Having your makeup artist come out to your home or venue on the day of your wedding is a luxury. A lot of makeup artists are not mobile and will not budge on their policy of travel even for bridal makeup. Working in a busy room full of girls getting ready, excitable children running around and a heck of a lot of distractions is not easy. Add to that the bad lighting that might be in the room, the lack of space to set out our tools and the tiny stool we’re having to kneel in front of to complete your makeup and you can understand how much of a hard task it can be for us to get it just right. But we won’t complain – this is your day and we’re here to help make it perfect so we’ll do all we can to ensure that happens as smoothly as possible.

Sometimes I might have a bride and bridal party who need to be ready for 11am and live miles away from where I’m based. This can mean me getting up at 4am to get ready, pack the car and travel down to arrive at the bride’s house in good time to apply hers and her bridal parties makeup ready for the wedding ceremony. Sometimes I can be working 5-6 hours straight with no time in between to grab a quick drink or catch my breath. Wedding makeup is full on, takes time and effort, concentration and precision. Brides put so much effort into their big day, so why shouldn’t I? It’s my job to uphold my part of the bargain and have my brides and bridal parties looking cover-girl stunning whatever the cost.


5. Insurance
I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll mention it again. Choosing a makeup artist who is properly insured can save you a lot of heartache should anything go wrong at the last minute. It is always better to be safe than to be sorry and any makeup artist who is conscientious and serious about their craft will have their back and their client’s backs covered.

I hope that this article has helped to explain why bridal makeup artistry is more expensive than regular special occasion makeup. It’s so important that bridal makeup is carried out properly and that every single bride you make over feels 100% happy, confident and absolutely gorgeous in their wedding day makeup. As makeup artists, it’s a privilege to be asked to be a part of somebody’s special day, and we should never, ever forget that.

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Henna Bump Art

This week, my lovely friend Holly visited the studio to have her beautiful baby bump decorated in Henna ahead of her bump photo shoot.

Holly opted for a pretty heart and floral design that covered a large area of the bump. Over the next 24-36 hours, the henna will darken from the light orange tone below to a gorgeous deep browny/red and should last for a good couple of weeks – perhaps even longer depending on how long the henna was left to absorb before washing off.


Henna bump art is a lovely idea if you’re looking for an unusual way to celebrate your new arrival! Henna art at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry starts from £15.

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Is my makeup artist charging too much? Five factors to consider.

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This is a question that I’ve seen crop up a lot of times on the forums and websites that I visit and one that can’t really be answered in a few words. I thought I’d write a short post to highlight some of the reasons why makeup artists like myself charge what we do and what you can expect to receive on your makeover session. So, here are five popular factors in pricing and why they matter so much.

1. Expertise

Today, it’s not always necessary to have qualifications to become a recognised makeup artist. Some of the most amazing artists who work on the biggest catwalk shows are self-taught, and they do an absolutely wonderful job of making the models look truly fabulous. I am one of the makeup artists however, who has had formal training and forked out quite a handsome amount of money and time to perfect my skills. Expertise is something that takes time and effort to acquire and is a big factor in pricing. For example, a newly qualified makeup artist without an extensive kit or knowledge wouldn’t charge as much as somebody like Charlotte Tilbury who has absolutely years of experience and expertise. Most makeup artists are constantly attending extra classes and paying for specialist development lessons to extend their skills, in an industry that’s ever-evolving, it’s important to keep up to date. This also contributes to the cost of running a makeup artistry business.

2. Products 

This is another massive factor – if your artist is using products from the local supermarket to make over their clients, they obviously aren’t going to charge as much as they would if they were using products from Dior or Bobbi Brown. High end products cost a lot more to buy so each makeover that you undertake obviously costs your makeup artist more to perform. When you consider that the products need to be replenished every so often due to the shelf-life and use, you realise just how much each makeover is actually costing. For any makeup artist, it’s important to ensure that their charges cover their product cost – quality usually comes at a higher cost but the benefits outweigh the negatives massively.

Makeup brushes are also a huge addition to any kit, personally, I can spend anything from £15 to £40 and even upwards just on the one brush. Again, quality brushes last longer and perform better so they’re worth the extra cost. If you consider the amount of clients your makeup artist sees in a week and the wear and tear on their brushes along with deep cleaning each time, it’s easy to understand how costs can creep up.

3. Insurance

Your makeup artist will hopefully be insured. I am a member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology to which I pay an annual fee. This not only gives me peace of mind, but reassures my clients that I am fully insured, completely professional and that in the unlikely event that something does go wrong, they are more than covered.  As everything these days, insurance costs money, and if your makeup artist isn’t making any money on their makeovers, they won’t be able to pay out for insurance which can be a seriously dangerous pitfall. If you aren’t sure if your makeup artist is insured, ask to see their certificate. If in doubt, don’t make the booking.

4. Travel

Does your makeup artist need to travel to you in order to complete your makeover? If so, then you can expect to pay towards the fuel costs. Not only does this help to fund the actual travel, but this also helps to go towards maintenance on your artists work vehicle that they need in order to be mobile. Having your makeup done from the comfort of your own home is a luxury and often makes the work of a makeup artist harder to complete – our own studios are usually full of natural lighting with plenty of space to work, not to mention that we will often have specialist makeover stools so that our clients sit at the right height to avoid a backbreaking session.

All of these points should be taken into consideration when debating the cost of a mobile makeover.

5. Time and service

Personally, I like to spend as much time with my clients as I think necessary to create their perfect makeup look. This might include chatting about their wedding day theme to come up with a gorgeous palette to complement their day, or discussing their problematic skin and noting the smallest of details down so that I can source additional products that will work in harmony with their skin should I not already have it. It’s about keeping it personal and delivering a first-class service that will not only make my clients feel amazing, but will also make them look amazing and feel confident in their own skin.

If your makeover includes things like lashes, mini-facials or skin consultations, they will cost a little more. Lashes can be expensive for your makeup artist to buy, and if you want the latest offerings from MAC, you have to be prepared to fork out for them just as your artist would have had to in order to stock them in the first place. I don’t believe that you can really put a price on a truly personalised service and that wonderful feeling that you get when you not only look but feel great too – if your makeup artist makes you look and feel like a million dollars, it’s money well spent.

At the end of the day, makeup artists like myself want to provide our clients with a flawless service using the best products that we know will also be kind to your skin. It’s worth remembering that quality usually comes at a price, and that price is worth paying for.


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The Walking Dead: Sunday Studio Sessions


This Sunday, I managed to persuade my long-suffering parents to join me in the studio for their very own SFX makeover! My dad, who owns and runs Divers Photography, never ever wants to be on the other side of the camera so getting him to sit still for long enough to take some working shots and actually pose for the final look is nothing short of a miracle!

We started our Sunday studio session with a zombie makeover for my mum. I used a mixture of products from Kryolan, Mehron and Ben Nye to create the deathly flesh effect and drew on a few spooky broken capillaries to really add to the defunct mix.

Mum zombie

My mum’s completed look

The second look that I created on my old paps was a little more complex – I used my ever-trusty Third Degree to create the horrible dishevelled flesh with a good helping of fake blood and yellowing creams. I also used a new technique that I learned with Kryolan’s liquid latex to create that terribly parched dry skin look.

Dad 1

Starting off with my Kryolan colour wheel and a little liquid latex, I started to build on the zombie effect. Red eyeliner was used in the waterline to make the eyes look sore and irritated.


I added Ben Nye’s stage blood to the nose and mouth and built up the rotting skin effect with Third Degree before colouring in with my Ben Nye wheel and squeezing a little blood over the wound with a teat pipette.


Dad’s completed look


Just so you can see the full extent of my mum and dad’s zombie transformations, here are their before and after images!


My mum

My mum’s before and after zombie makeover


My Dad

My Dad’s before and after zombie makeover


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