A bit about me
Seeing a brides face light up when they see themselves in the mirror on their wedding day is the most amazing feeling.
Hi.. I am Melissa Clare! I am a mother of 2, a dog lover and a professional freelance Hair & Makeup Artist based in Eversley, North Hampshire.
I have always been passionate about hair and makeup but after I did my first wedding in 2014 that passion exploded. I knew I had to specialise in working with brides because I love being a part of the wedding morning – it is such special time.
I have a background in holistic therapy and I ensure to create a calm and relaxed environment for you whilst I work to create your vision.
I will listen to your needs and discuss with you any concerns whilst adding in my natural romantic style. For hair I love to create soft, relaxed and effortless styles. My makeup work is fresh and flawless with emphasis on glowing skin and mesmerising eyes.
I keep my hairstyling and makeup skills up to date with ongoing training, workshops and styled shoots.
I have taken many years putting together my makeup & hair kit, ensuring that only the best products and tools that achieve a high quality finish and long lasting results are included. These include:
WELLA, KERASTASE, GHD, CLOUD9, CHARLOTTE TILBURY, BY TERRY, CHANTECAILLE, MAC, NARS, GIORGIO ARMANI, HOURGLASS, LAURA MERCIER, DIOR, URBAN DECAY, STILA & TEMPTU AIRBRUSHED MAKEUP.
A little bit about my background… I grew up in Hong Kong, a city where diversity and culture exposed me to many different powerful and well-groomed women as well as skin tones, bone structures and desires. My interest in makeup really developed when I started hosting makeover sessions at secondary school and noticed how my work was transforming my girlfriends into more beautiful & confident young women. I went on to study a degree in fashion & styling in London which exposed me to working backstage at London Fashion Week, assisting the styling teams, learning from some of the most talented stylists.
I worked at at Space NK for 6 years where I received training from prestigious makeup brands such as Nars, By Terry, Laura Mercier & Chantecaille and picked up many trade secrets along the way. Later, I went on to train with celebrity makeup artist Mai Lee at her Beauty Academy where I learnt professional bridal, fashion & editorial makeup artistry. At the same time I also trained in Airbase Airbrushed Makeup.
My Bridal Hairstyling skills developed after being thrown in the deep end too many times, I knew it was time to start training. I took on a variety of different courses with Gemma Sutton, LoveHair, Salon Services, Kevin Fortune and Kristina Gasperas Academy.
I am feel so grateful to be able to do what I love!
Mel! Thank you so much for making my beautiful best friend look even more beautiful on her big day. And thank you for my lovely make up, I have never had so many compliments. You are amazing and your professional calm manor was really appreciated and needed with all those nerves. Well done you! Xxx
-S. Glover (Maid Of Honour)-
Thank you SO much!You were such a calming influence and did my make up absolutely perfectly, it lasted all the way until 2:45am and I got lots of lovely compliments, thank you so much! Sam looked beautiful too and thanks for stepping in to help my Mum! Xxx
-K. Arnison (Bride)-
Thanks for everything on the day, I couldn’t have been happier. It was amazing thank you xx