On graduating James Watt college in 2012 Nicola left with an HND in Makeup Artistry. Nicola stormed the industry and landed a coveted management position with renowned brand Smashbox Cosmetics. During which, she added to her makeup artist skill set, learning and growing as a makeup artist.
After a year Nicola embarked on her new team leader position with cult makeup brand Urban Decay. Her career then excelled to the point she became a PRO freelance luxury makeup artist. “Working as manager for Urban Decay and Smashbox Cosmetics really gave me the experience on working with woman of all ages, all skin tones and skin types. Not to mention all the celebrity filled events that I organised and was a part of, it really set me up to be one of the best mobile makeup artists in Scotland”.
After leaving her Debenhams days behind Nicola went on to build a hugely successful freelance career in makeup. She covered all of Scotland and had bookings for makeup lessons, weddings, glam, halloween, prom and red carpet events in Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Ayrshire and Perthshire to name a few. She was constantly networking and working with other suppliers and creatives in the industry, building up a fantastic reputation as she went.
Soon Nikmakeupartist was snapped up by a new Ayrshire salon to launch and build the makeup department. During which she learned a tremendous amount about all aspects of the business. Nicola was so over booked she trained up two assistants and after just six months the salon won an acclaimed Scottish Wedding Award for best regional hair and makeup salon.
After which Nicola’s makeup career went to new heights. She was so flattered to make the finals of one of Scotland’s biggest industry events, The Scottish hair and Beauty Awards (SHABA) 2017.
Later that year Nicola’s bridal work was published in a bridal magazine 'To have and to hold Scotland'. Then in 2018 her work was published in an international premium artbook 'Stríðsherra Fables'.
As well as being an internationally published, award winning, makeup artist Nicola has contacts in advertising, festivals and corporate events with companys such as Scottish Power and One Call Direct. She is regularly booked for fashion, editoral and avant garde photoshoots and has worked alongside photographers, fashion designers and models from Superior Model Management and Colours Agency.
Nicola is a maestro in the makeup world and is an extremely versatile artist. She finds time to give back and has worked with several charities including Darlinda’s charity for Renal Research, Milldale Day Opportunities (Linwood), YMCA (Renfrew), Carers pamper events (Paisley) and many more.
Nicola has been featured in several tabloids including, Paisley Daily Express, Weekend Evening Times (Glasgow), Greenock Telegraph, Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald.
With all this invaluable experience we are proud to present a celebrity style service to your desired location. Where every need is catered for. We have a team of assistants and hair and beauty experts on hand to indulge your every need. Eight years of makeup experience is used to conceptualise bespoke makeup designs for our clients. Offering clients help with styling, hair, makeup and skincare we certainly offer the full package. Our customer’s always leave feeling pampered and looking wonderfully stunning. Drop us a message to start your opulent experience today.
Lynn Stewart gave 5 Stars and wrote:
Was spoiled getting my makeup done by this lady, total pro!
Jenni Mullen rated 5 stars & wrote:
Been a bridesmaid twice in the last year and Nicola has been the make up artist for both wedding parties, always 5 star � service. Has all the best products and always delivers, gives you exactly what you want (even if you don’t know what that is) she can be trusted to create your look for you. Both brides have looked absolutely beautiful, can’t recommend enough for other bridal parties, highly reliable, friendly and professional.
Amanda Mcphee rated 5 stars and wrote:
Absolutely loved my make up by Nik. She's such a lovely person too, totally put me at ease. Make-up was stunning and lasted all day and night for a wedding! Paula did my hair which was exactly what I asked for, stayed in all night! She even offered to help save my friends hair last minute!! Thanks again Nik and Paula you's are fab! Will deffo be booking again �!! Xx
Sarah Ray rated 5 stars & wrote:
Nik hosted a makeup masterclass for me and my 7 bridesmaids so we knew how to do our makeup perfectly for my big day. I couldn't recommend the masterclass highly enough! Super friendly, really considered what I'd wanted my final look to be and gave us loads of great tips!
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