“When you make someone feel beautiful, it instantly creates a high. As soon as I get to the final stages of the makeup or hair where everything is coming together, I start to get so excited. And then when the client sees herself and lights up, i feel so happy and instantly want to go make someone else feel pretty…”
Have you ever wondered who it is behind that beautiful wedding cake you had? Or who it was designing your dress or who it was who did your makeup? While you may have most likely had some interaction with your wedding vendors during your wedding day, most likely the day was a complete blur and you probably only met them briefly and didn’t get to know the person that well.
In this new series of photographs and brief interviews, I will taking you Behind The Scenes of what makes wedding vendors so passionate about what they do. Why do they do they do? Why do they love weddings? Behind each wedding cake, dress, decor setup, photograph or video is a human being with a passionate flame burning inside them that drives them to make, create and/or organize on your wedding day. #weddingdaybts
Today’s Wedding Vendor is:
Carly from Glam In Van
What do you love to do when not working on weddings?
My old answer would have been working out, competitively Irish dancing or playing music, but now I’m a mom and that’s the best thing I’ve ever gotten to do 🙂
What inspires you?
There are so many incredible makeup and hair stylists out there. With instagram, Pinterest and YouTube, you can constantly find new inspiration and challenge and push yourself to do something different. My goal is to always stay inspired and always try new things and continue to evolve as an artist.
What drives you?
When you make someone feel beautiful, it instantly creates a high. As soon as I get to the final stages of the makeup or hair where everything is coming together, I start to get so excited. And then when the client sees herself and lights up, i feel so happy and instantly want to go make someone else feel pretty. I’ve never had a job that I’ve loved so much, where as cliche as it sounds, work doesn’t feel like work. It’s addictive and fun!
How did you start in makeup and hair?
Makeup is something I’ve always enjoyed doing for dance competitions and performances. People would always compliment my makeup abilities, but I never thought of it as a career.
I’ve also loved weddings my entire life, and always wanted a career as a wedding decorator or planner (until I tried being one and realized how exhausting that was - no thanks!). I was also a bridal dress consultant at one time too. Fast forward to when I was getting my makeup and hair done for my wedding, I was so envious of my makeup artists life. She literally plays with makeup and makes people feel pretty all day long. So I immediately signed up for the makeup program at Blanche Macdonald, quit my marketing job, and began working while still in school.
It was a scary move, but I quickly realized this was what I was meant to do.
Why do you love doing makeup?
It’s creative, I get to work with my hands, I get to work with fantastic people on an exciting day of their lives, every client is different, and it’s just so much fun!
What is it about weddings that excites you?
I was that little kid that had her entire wedding planned out by the age of 10. I binge watched TLC’s wedding shows, and once Pinterest became a thing, had thousands of inspo pics neatly organized for my future wedding planning needs.
Weddings are just a magical once in a lifetime thing where you can plan the party of your wildest dreams to celebrate the love between you and your significant other. How amazing is that? You don’t get too many things like that in life. It’s just so special and amazing and I love weddings because of it.
Who is your ideal client?
All of my clients are different, ranging from wanting super dramatic makeup, to natural looks. From very involved in the makeup/hair process to fully trusting what I put together for them. It’s all great. Overall just someone who likes my work, can clearly communicate their hair/makeup goals, and wants me to create something magical for them!
What should ppl look for in a make-up artist?
Someone who’s work aligns with their hair and makeup goals. Someone who is communicative and responsive.
What is your differentiator?
The biggest thing that sets Glam In Van apart in a competitive industry of Vancouver makeup artists, is all Glam In Van brides will work directly with myself. This ensures my brides receive the same luxury beauty experience, my signature makeup style, and my passion to get to know them and achieve their specific beauty goals. I love weddings so much, and hearing about my clients’ love stories, chatting wedding plans, and seeing photos from their wedding afterwards brings me so much joy. I care so much about my brides, and believe the experience is so much more than just makeup and hair. We are making you feel the way you want to feel on your big day. All girls dream of the bride they will be one day, and I feel honoured to help you create that vision and make you feel beautiful. #ilovemyjob