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"Holly is an absolute dream! A true master of her craft, she is patient and really listened to what I wanted for my makeup and hair on my wedding day. I felt and looked amazing (if I do say so myself) thanks to Holly. Booking Holly is one of the best decisions I made."
Hello! I'm Holly and I'm an award-winning Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist, Educator and Mentor, based in Kent. I have had the pleasure of doing bridal hair and makeup all over the UK.
I started my career doing Fashion and TV makeup with credits including Vogue Italia, The BBC and other independent clothing brands.
Makeup & Hair has been my passion since I was 14. I used to watch my mum every morning mesmerised as she would apply her makeup and style her hair for the day . I remember one day using her Benefit blush when she wasn't looking, and she was shocked to find me with a bright pink face! That was 11 years ago, and I've since studied Fashion & Bridal hair and makeup at the renowned Glauca Rossi School of Makeup London, where I graduated with distinction in 2016.
Over the years of doing fashion makeup, I have gained the knowledge and skillset to ensure your makeup comes across just as beautiful in person, as it does through your professional photographs.
I have been self-employed doing makeup and hair for almost 8 years now. I feel so lucky to wake up every day doing something I love! The past 3 years have been focused solely on my bridal makeup and hair business, and perfecting my craft to the highest standard. I am honoured to have won awards for my work, including on well established sites such as Hitched and Rock My Wedding.
Thank you for reading a little about me, now I can't wait to hear from YOU!
SOME FACTS ABOUT ME
1. I lost my dad when I was 14, but he remains my biggest inspiration for chasing your dreams & living life to the fullest!
2. I have a chihuahua called Lola who I adore so much. She quite often sits on my brides laps while they have their hair and makeup trial!
3. I'm a bit of a MUSH, so you will probaly find me with happy tears on your wedding morning!
NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN YOURSELF
My dad is called Andrew James! (Fun fact my partner's name is Archie James and both their birthdays are on the 16th - I always think it's my dad leaving me a sign that he's the one). Growing up I was so close to him, he had a huge love for sailing so I have many fond memories with him sailing in Majorca. He taught me so much in the time he was here! He struggled until the age of 35, but then started his own business Palletways, which took off and became very successful. He was such a people person, and had the gift to make everyone feel special through his love and generosity. He worked so hard, but also lived his life to the full! My mum once told me, your dad would always say "speculate to accumulate". The phrase has stuck with me since that day and helped push me to start my own business, and become my full time job. I wish so much he was here so I could ask him questions and learn from his experience. I am so grateful to be doing a job I love and I want this passion to shine through my work, knowing how proud he would be of me. He will live on in my heart forever!