Last week, we had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Melbourne makeup legend Alarna Bell about what it’s like to start and grow a business in the beauty industry. In part I, you can read all about how Alarna made it to the top, with passion, hard work, and a dash of luck. Next up, Alarna’s most memorable moments in makeup and how learning something new keeps her going when things get tough.
What is the most memorable client you have worked with or event you worked for, and what made it so memorable for you?
“People probably would love me to come up with something really really fancy. An amazing story involving some kind of superstar, or something like that.
I could actually tell you hundreds of stories. But I do have one that really sticks in my mind.
I was working for a debutante ball for the local special school, and for one thing, I was really grateful that I got to work for this event.
There was this young girl who came in with both her mum and dad. That was so lovely to see! It’s quite unusual for a dad to come in while his daughter is getting ready for the debutante ball.
They also had a photographer there as well, and I remember thinking ‘wow, this is really over the top!’, in a beautiful way of course.
While I was doing her makeup, it occurred to me that this girl is probably never going to get married so this is their special moment, with their little girl dressing up in a white dress. I actually got a bit emotional.
It was my job to make that girl look the most beautiful on what’s probably the most important day. Not just for her, but also for her parents. That to me was to the core why I do what I do.
As I said, there are many other stories I can tell, but I’ll never ever forget that moment and how excited her parents were.
Another one that comes to mind, is when Jane Seymour came to Australia. I was her personal makeup artist for nine days. She even took me to the Melbourne Cup with her. That was such a great experience. I build quite a good relationship with her, we had fun and laughter.
It was unforgettable, being with someone that you’ve watched on television when you were growing up. It seems so unreachable. Next thing, you’re with them every day. That’s incredible.
And you know, she’s just a normal person! Definitely, something I’ll never forget either.”
What keeps you going when things get tough?
“At times, it definitely does get tough. I think what keeps me going is how much I love doing makeup. Makeup for me is what I love to do for fun, and I get to do it every day, while most people will have things that they work towards, like doing something fun during the weekend.
Sometimes, when you get in a bit of a rut, it’s good to do some extra training and things like that, just get inspired again. You get inspired by learning new tricks.”
To be continued…
We are grateful to have Alarna Bell on board as our Stylemee Ambassador. She is such an inspiration for freelance beauty professionals. Stay tuned for more about Alarna’s way to success.
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