Stephanie Milne Makeup – The Wedding Spotlight
There’s always something, isn’t there! After all of my internet issues of late, I finally had my Sky TV installed yesterday at which point the internet happened to also drop out. Now it turns out there is a major issue in the area and I’m currently paying extra to use a BT Hotspot to be able to keep up with my blogging! So, apologies that this is a couple of days late.
Anyway, so excited for our Spotlight feature today as I actually met Steph working on a wedding in Edinburgh last year and was immediately taken with her confident and yet calm personality and her work is just incredible. If she were closer in location she’d be doing my make up ALL of the time!
Take it away Steph…
First things first, could you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
My name is Stephanie Milne and I am a freelance make up artist. Before I was freelance I was part of the Chanel make up specialist team and trained with the Chanel Academy down in London under celebrity make up artist Sharon Dowsett. I specialise in beauty, wedding and especially love being creative with fashion make up.
What inspires you to push yourself creatively or further in business?
The genuine fact that I love what I do. I’m generally quite a creative and artistic person so to have an outlet for this, which I’m lucky enough to call work, pushes me to be imaginative which in turn makes me more successful. It’s wonderful to have a job that to succeed you need to think outside the box and always be pushing the boundaries, so sitting and play with make up for an hour or two and getting creative for me is work and that’s such motivation in itself!
What does your daily routine look like?
I have my dog Henry to take care of before I can dive into work, Henry is a one year old Jack Russell and commands a lot of attention! My days are always extremely different and when I’m actually “working” as in have a client in for make up I don’t do anything else but that. But a typical Monday for me doesn’t really involve any actual make up application and is the other side to a make up artists life people don’t see. It’s emails, on average I have about 50 weddings a year so there is a constant stream of emails and over a weekend I really don’t have time to reply to inquiries, so there’s normally quite a heavy inbox to reply to. Next if it’s a Monday my kit will need cleaning from over the weekend. I’m not a tidy person so there’s usually pigment and foundation over everything. So i like to unpack and clean my kit so I can also do inventory of what I’ve depleted over the weekend (a make up artists life is a constant stream of cotton buds, pads, wipes and mascara!) Once that’s done, if I’ve been lucky enough to have the time, I’ll have a ton of images of bridal parties from over the weekend that I like to post on my social media. Social media itself is a huge marketing tool for me so i also like to plan out my weeks posts and if I’ll have any time through the week to do anything creative to post too. My “days off” are when I get to sit and be creative and play with make up. I also have a YouTube channel so I usually end up filming. Then it’s the weekend again and back to make up madness!
What’s your favourite memory from working in this field so far?
Oh I have so many favourite memories and most weekends I have lovely stories of helping my brides into their dresses, or running around for bridal parties in the last mad hour but and I’ve done this for 5 years but my favourite memory was very recent actually. I was very lucky to be booked for a shoot for Jamieson and Carry (who in Aberdeen are a very prestigious jeweller). It was a two day shoot which we weren’t allowed to post about for security reasons so when I came home totally wiped out finally able to tell everyone I burst into tears. When I started years ago a make up artist was unheard of, I think there was myself and 2 other girls. It’s totally different now but when I started people wouldn’t even like my Facebook page thinking it was weird! So the fact that this job would have my work published on Union Street, the Main Street in Aberdeen, and hanging in a store I’ve known all my life just seemed surreal to me. It was a moment of extreme self pride (even if that does sound a bit self important!) I’ll never forget.
What advice would you give to couples to make the most of their wedding day?