As someone who stresses at the thought of using eyeliner on her teeny tiny single eyelid Asian eyes and never knows what to do with her hair, I find hair and make up artists incredibly fascinating. They’re just so good at what they do and it’s always amazing to see the transformation one makes after getting their hair and make up done professionally. It’s also a plus when you are able to pick up some tips or something new to put into practice with your look.
So I am very excited to have Amy Chan of Amy Chan Hair and Make Up Artistry here today to share with us her experience and a few tricks of her trade! If you’re looking for a beautifully flawless and natural look for your wedding day, Amy would be the perfect person to have contributing.
Image by Jenny Sun Photography
Q. Can you tell me a little about yourself and your background? How did you get started?
I started off doing nursing, I loved the idea of helping those in need and giving back to the community, but working in aged care and psychiatric really killed me, I couldn’t stand seeing the pain and loneliness the patients go through everyday. I was told to that I’ll be numbed by it after doing it for a while, but I would never want to be numbed to things like this. From a very young age I’ve always secretly loved playing with mum’s makeup, so I studied makeup and beauty therapy, found what I was looking for and worked in several international beauty companies and got into paramedical training and teaching. Things just haven’t stopped since.
Q. What is your own makeup routine for special occasions?
My makeup routine is actually very simple, and quick. Just foundation, bit of eye shadow and liner, blush and a bit of lip gloss. If I have some time to kill, I might put on a pair of false lashes if the occasion is very special.
Image by Linda Truong Photography
Q. What do you love about helping brides and their bridesmaids with their hair and make up?
I love that I’m actually contributing to someone’s biggest day in their life, and being a girl, I love to chat about fashion (I have a weakness in handbags and shoes). Everyone is so real at weddings, there is no one pretending to like one another, and emotions are real. Everyone is genuinely nice to each other, that’s what I love best.
Images by Jenny Sun Photography
Q. What bridal hairstyle trends do you see in the future?
As everyone is moving towards the DIY and relaxed style, very soft loose styles will be in for another few years at least. The really up tight, tidy styles are long gone. Some brides are loving the idea of having their hair down, instead of the traditional updo too.
Q. What is your number one tip for brides when choosing their make up for their wedding day?
Don’t compare apples to oranges! You pretty much get what you pay for. You need to consider the artist’s years of experience, reputation, style and popularity in the industry, this is the most important day in your life, you want to find someone who knows what they’re doing, as well as professional and friendly. If the artist is highly recommended, then generally you won’t go wrong with her/him. Also ask photographers, planners, celebrants for their opinion as they’ve seen it all and will know who is good.
Image by Jenny Sun Photography
Q. What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on a few big projects with some very talented professionals in the industry for Hong Kong, I’m not allowed to say what it is yet but its along the lines of cosmetic launches and photo books for models.
Thank you Amy for joining me on Simply Peachy today! You can find out more about Amy’s services by visiting her website.