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My Journey

Melissa's Make-up - My Journey

My Hair and Make-up Journey... so far!

It all started with a cornflower-blue eyeshadow when 5 year old me fell in love with make-up. As a teen I was obsessed with reading all the magazine beauty tips I could get my hands on and envisioned myself one day becoming a beauty editor, getting to try out all the latest products (this was my idea of the coolest job). 

My journey’s been as colourful as my lipstick collection - I studied journalism before enrolling in make-up school 10 years ago. I instantly fell in love with transforming the way a person felt! I love being able to contribute in such a memorable and positive way to a woman’s happiest day, making them feel their most beautiful and radiant walking down the aisle.

Some years on I decided to test my limits and courage by sailing the seven seas, so I worked on private yachts for little while. I did something I never imagined doing– a transatlantic crossing… and ended up as a crew chef onboard. Being creative in the galley was the next best thing for me (aside from finding Sephora in every port!). I swapped my sea legs for some land again after a couple years and completed a Patisserie diploma. I’ve loved baking for as long as I can remember and as a kid tried to convince my friends that baking a chocolate cake was more fun than playing in our treehouse (they were not convinced…). In an ideal world, one day I’d love to have a cute little cake and coffee shop as I love creating things for others to enjoy. 

Then I arrived at a fork in the road 😊 and felt a great pull back to the make-up world, especially weddings. I just love the energy of the day and being part of a bride’s journey from the beginning when she starts bringing her bridal vision to life. I feel lucky to be part of such a big day and cherish the personal connections formed along the way. 

Melissa's Make-up - My Journey

As a freelance artist, over the years I’ve worked with a myriad of clients in all areas of the industry. I’ve done hair and make-up for many private clients attending events or doing photoshoots, and I’ve also worked on live TV shows and at a top news channel in South Africa (eNews Channel Africa). It’s funny how I’m drawn to the thrill of live events like the news and weddings, and even though they’re so different neither client can be late no matter what, so I’ve learnt to stay calm under the most time-pressed situations.

I’ve spent the last few years re-investing in my kit and upskilling myself through many courses (most notably Hair Boss University by Australian Pro bridal stylist Cara Clyne & Kohl Make-up Academy’s advanced bridal make-up course), making it my purpose to create gorgeous, modern and timeless looks for my beautiful clients to look back on and still love in 10 or 20 years time! 

My years of experience together with my patient and warm personality allow me to bring a sense of calm (and a few laughs) to your day. I’d be honoured to be part of your glam team and make it a magical, unforgettable experience for you!

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