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Meet The Supplier – Kirsten Sare Make-up Artist

Meet The Supplier – Kirsten Sare Make-up Artist

An image of Kirsten's logo
Kirsten Sare.

Hello Lovelies!

Hope you are all well and into the swing of 2015 2016 (clearly I am not!), it will take me until April to stop doing that! #Annoying

This week I am doing one of our Meet the Supplier Q&As. Kirsten Sare is a Make-Up Artist par excellence and also a very good friend of Team Bridal Reloved. She has been very busy recently organising the Corn Exchange Wedding Fair along with Kate and a crack team of Dorset wedding suppliers. It’s on the 30th January incidentally if you want to pop along and visit.

I managed to get Kirsten to give me fifteen minutes of her precious time so I could grill her about her profession and also to see if she had a remedy for the hideous, dark circles I have around my eyes! Here is what she had to say.

An Image of Kirsten Sare.
Kirsten Sare. Make-up Artist. Photo credit Seven Spring Studios.

Introduce yourself and the nature of your business.

I’m Kirsten and I am the owner and founder of Kirsten Sare Make Up Artist and I am based in sunny Dorchester in Dorset. I am trained and experienced in all aspects of Makeup from Special Effects to Fashion and of course Bridal Makeup too. I have experience in TV and Film, Photoshoots, Editorial pieces, as well as lots of lovely weddings.

An image of a bride with a bouquet
Another effortlessly beautiful bride – Kirsten is a real talent with the brushes. Photo credit Columbia Photography.

How did you get into it and how long ago did you get into the business?

I remember watching my Mum get ready to go out (using the spit and block mascaras!) and being fascinated by Makeup, it’s history and how it can change the appearance of faces. From photoshoots in magazines, TV and film, beautiful Makeup to cuts and bruises Makeup, I just wanted to know how it was all achieved.   Following a dream and a passion I undertook my first qualification in 2004 gaining a level 2 Certificate, quickly followed by a Diploma and finally being accepted to train and learn with the best Makeup Artists in the profession at the Delamar Academy at Ealing Studios in London. I set up my own business in 2014 and relocated back to my home town.

An image of a bride on her wedding day.
One of Kirsten’s Bridal customers – the bride looks effortlessly natural – thanks to Kirsten’s hours of work. Photo credit James Fear.

What is your favourite time of year (in terms of your profession)?

My favorite time of the year is the summer…Bridal Makeup is something that I love and it is such a privilege to be asked to share in someone’s special day and all that comes with spending the morning with the bridal party as they get ready and the excitement builds! – I also like to watch for new trends which seem to come out for the Spring, I also love the sparkly party Makeup that Christmas brings…think I’m pretty much saying that all year is my favorite for different reasons!

An image of another non-Bridal look.
Another non-Bridal look but so striking. Photo-credit Lydia Cobb

What products do you love to use?

I think when you are asked to use Makeup it has to provide good colour pigment and longevity as well as considering how it will photographs or film. I like to use MAC as a preference, but there are soooo many products on the market for both commercial and professional use that I do have a varied range. A beautiful primer is the best start and foundation to building a lovely Makeup look and if I could have every shade of MAC lipstick that would be perfect!

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Eye’ve got my eye on you! Photo credit Lydia Cobb

What Do You Use For Inspiration?

I am inspired by those who I look up to in the industry, many in the TV and film industry including Penny Delamar who I was lucky enough to be trained by, and Pam Sewall who is a leading film Makeup Artist. In beauty and fashion, my go to inspiration is Lisa Eldridge, she is so knowledgeable and so talented and produces the most beautiful looks for many A listers.

However, I never under estimate the inspiration that each and every client gives me, no two are the same and their vision and ideas are all different, individual and mean something to them.

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One of Kirsten’s Bride’s outside her favourite venue Nothe Forte. Photo credit Darima Frampton

What is your favourite venue and which venue would you most like to work at?

I rarely get to see the wedding venues of my brides as I am lucky enough to spend the morning with the bridal party which for me is the best venue…it is a genuine honor to be there when the bridal party see the bride all ready to go for the first time, especially when the Dads first see them!

I have been to many venues as a guest and there is something magical about the Nothe Fort, in the town I grew up in, Weymouth, when it is lit up at night and you can see all across the bay and beyond it is beautiful.

A collage of pictures
So many faces. Kirsten will be even busier in 2016. Photo credit Kirsten Sare.

If you were not doing this job, which other job would you be doing?

As a qualified teacher, trainer, coach mentor I worked as a long time as a Learning and Development Coach so I would no doubt be still working in that field. There are elements of those skills that I do sneak in with no one noticing, helping to calm any last minute nerves!!

An image of a bride getting ready
Radiance personified. Photo credit Gemma Klein

Describe a typical day or the 48 hours in the run up to a big event.

A typical day for me is to get up well ahead of time, the rushed look isn’t great! – Being clean, tidy and presentable is essential….including no garlic for tea the night before! – Get the Sat Nav out, getting lost isn’t an option! …load up all my kit and head off, I am always early even if it means sitting in a layby for half an hour. If it is a wedding I will have already met the bride but for a Photoshoot or Editorial job, I find the photographer and get the order of the day from them.

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One of Kirsten’s proudest achievements to date – working with the WI. Photo credit Paul Read

Which job/piece of work are you most proud of?

Needless to say I am proud of everything I do as I work hard to do the very best I can for everyone. Receiving beautiful cards and emails is always a proud moment and I really appreciate each and every one and to know you have made a bride feel beautiful and special on her wedding day is just the best. Working on a film was a real proud moment for me, there is a huge amount of trust put upon you not only to do a fantastic job but also to be professional, discrete, and of course not discuss the filming and plot and to be taken into that environment and receive lovely feedback is amazing. I was also asked to be the Makeup Artist for the Centenery Edition of the Women’s Institute national magazine front cover photograph, filmed on the cliffs at Portland it was a real honour as well as great fun!

Kirsten has a wealth of experience and having seen her at work, I know personally just how much of a perfectionist she is. She takes pride in every single face she works on and is a very safe pair of hands to have around on the morning of an event as she gets stuck into every task with enthusiasm, gusto and most importantly a smile on her face. Despite being busy I really appreciate that she took some time out for me. Please visit her website to see more of her amazing work. www.kirstensare.co.uk

Look out for more of these Meet the Supplier blogs over the coming weeks and months, we’ve been in touch with lots of different suppliers who have been very kind to share their knowledge and experiences with me.

An image of a model on a rocking horse.
We worked with Kirsten on our Athelhampton House shoot – she managed to give us five different looks on the day! A make-up machine. Photo credit Dawn Potter

I’m off to sleep as Kirsten assures me a good 12 hours a night will eradicate these dark circles and I don’t need to be told twice to get my PJs on! Come find me on Twitter – @zbridalreloved and remember to sign up and subscribe if you don’t want to miss a post.

Zarina xx

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