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Hairstyling at Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry

Did you know that you can now add hairstyling to your makeup appointment with Rachael Divers Makeup Artistry? For years now I have provided hairstyling for our Luxury Makeover Portrait shoots at Divers Photography – our family-run Portrait Photography business. After popular demand, I have decided to add hairstyling to my makeover services menu so that I can give you lovely ladies the full works when it comes to glamming up!

Take a look at the album below for the different types of styles available to add on to your makeover appointment.

Hair FAQ’s

Do you wash my hair on the day?
I provide dry hairstyling only so you will need to arrive with clean, dry hair. It’s best if you could wash your hair the day before rather than on the morning as it’s much easier to work with.

How much does hairstyling cost?
Hairstyling is £15 and is an add-on to makeup appointments.

Can I book in for just hair?
At this moment in time, hair is an add-on to makeover appointments so it cannot be booked as a separate.

Do you offer Bridal hair services?
No – I offer party/special occasion hair only.

What hair brands do you use?
I use a range of hair brands from System Professional, Lee Stafford and GHD to Schwarzkopf, L’Oreal and much more.

Are you qualified in hairdressing?
I have taken private one-to-one training in hair curling and updos.

Are you mobile for hair?
No, I am studio based in South Yorkshire.

For any enquiries or to make a booking, please use the Contact form (found on the menu tab) or send a message to my Facebook Business page here. 

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Being a Makeup Artist: Expectation vs Reality

Once looked down on as a career for those that weren’t academic enough, the Makeup Artistry trade is now on the rise and more popular than ever with business-minded women at the forefront of the industry. You only have to log into your Facebook account or scroll down your Instagram feed to see a makeup artistry account, and it’s not hard to find one in your local area either. Many women go into the world of makeup artistry with false perceptions – some think it’s an easy way out, and some think it’s all about being bombarded with free products daily and living the high life. I’ve personally had a lot of people making assumptions about what being a makeup artist actually means and entails, so, I wanted break it down into the expectations that some people have, and the reality…

Expectation:Brands will notice me and send me loads of free products!”

Reality: You’ll more than likely be buying your own products for some years to come.

It’s really hard to get noticed in the makeup game, even more so now that there are so many people labelling themselves as a Makeup Artist. It might seem simple to set up a blog and start talking about your favourite products, but what’s hard is the consistency and hard work behind the scenes. Sometimes, it could be years before a brand notices you, and the complimentary products only come along once you’re established and on the grind day in day out.

Being a Makeup Artist: Expectation vs Reality

Being a Makeup Artist: Expectation vs Reality | Rachael Divers

Expectation: “It’s easy to learn makeup!”

Reality: Makeup is less than easy to learn in any sense.

Many young girls go into makeup as they think it’s an easy way out and a break from academics, but not only do you need to know all about makeup products, the ingredients, colour theory and application techniques, you also need to know all about the skin, bones and muscles of the face and neck and their functions too. And that’s not accounting for the time and cost of education and ongoing development. It’s not a topic you learn about once and then you’re set for life – it’s an ongoing and evolving process and you will always need to be re-educated on new innovations, techniques and even new product ingredients. Ingredients can be banned or brought out often, and this is something you’ll need to be aware of as innovations continue.

Being a Makeup Artist: Expectation vs Reality | Rachael Divers


Expectation: “I’ll be able to play with makeup all day!”

Reality: Applying makeup is just the icing on the cake…

Sure, applying makeup is a major part of the role of a makeup artist, but if you’re self employed too, there’s so much more to do. I can’t tell you how many hours I lose chasing late payments, writing invoices and sending out receipts alone. Then there’s the large matter of insurance to sort, business premises, bills, kit cleaning, stock control, diary management, advertising, accounting and so much more. Yes, you’ll get to play around with makeup, but it gets much more serious and more complicated than that. Most of your time will be spent marketing your business, ensuring upkeep and of course, making sure Mr Tax Man gets his returns on time.

Expectation: “I’ll get to make over loads of celebrities!”

Reality: Working with models and celebrities doesn’t come that easily…

Working behind the scenes on big productions or movies takes expensive specialist training and a whole load of time and assisting. It isn’t a matter of calling up an agency one day and being put onto a special assignment. You’ll need to steadily gain trust, earn respect and put in a lot of hard work for little return. It’s not as glam as it might seem on the surface, and you’ll more than likely have to take a few steps backwards into a junior role and work your way up once again. And don’t think you’ll be able to tell all your friends and the whole of social media what you’re up to either. Working with people in the public eye requires discretion – you might even be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. It’s all about professionalism, and often celebrity work or special projects have to be kept under wraps. Break your contract or act unprofessionally and you’ll be blacklisted quicker than you can say contour.

Although the reality isn’t quite as glamorous as the expectation, one thing is for sure, makeup artistry can be such a rewarding job and a ton of fun too. You’ve just got to remember that any business takes time to grow along with a lot of nurturing, hard work and care along the way. Remember, all you see online is what people want you to see – it’s not necessarily the reality.

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May 2017 Birchbox Unboxing

After dashing around the house trying to find something other than my PJ’s to wear to answer the door to the delivery man, my mum eventually took pity on me and rushed to my rescue before it was too late. She delivered my Birchbox right to my hands around the same time that my dad passed me a coffee through the window from our studio. How about that for perfect timing!
I opened the bright pink box to reveal the most gorgeous marble and rose gold design Birchbox that I instantly knew would be sitting on my desk for the next couple of weeks at least. My desk space is something that I like to keep extremely minimalist and tidy, so anything to makes it to ‘the desk’ has to be something that I really love!

May 2017 Birchbox Unboxing | Rachael Divers

This month, my box was a mixed bag of haircare, makeup, makeup tools and skincare. What more could a girl ask for?

The item that got me the most excited about this box was the gorgeous Spectrum Collections Marbelous Tulip Eye Contour Brush. As a makeup artist by profession, makeup brushes get me terribly excited, especially those that are rose gold or white!
I hope that you enjoy watching my unboxing video below. Please do hit the thumbs up and subscribe if you do enjoy it, it means the world to me.

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