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Rachel, a Gold Coast based bridal stylist + founder of aurum bride has a decade of experience styling brides-to-be and creating their makeup look. "It is such a privilege for me to be a part of a bride’s preparations. I’m largely focused on delivering a significant service - I understand the importance of a wedding day and being attentive to the smallest details on the day. Going above and beyond the scope of what I am booked for makes for a flawless, relaxing and memorable experience. I do what I do because I love making brides not only feel beautiful, but really looked after too." Rachel shares.
how and when was aurum bride​ born?
I haven’t always been a makeup artist and hair stylist. The first thing I studied when I completed high-school was Interior Technology which lead me to drafting and design advisory roles in the construction industry. It was during the global financial crisis (GFC) that I decided to take a leap of faith and study makeup and hair which was something that I always wanted to do but didn’t think it would be possible to make a career out of. I was happy to prove myself wrong; I’ve now been working as a hair and makeup artist for 10 years and am looking forward to another 10!
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is there a story you would like to share from your experiences?
I have so many incredible experiences that I could draw from, but there’s one that always comes to mind first. I did a male makeup for a father of the groom. He had hundreds of scars from melanoma surgeries all over his head, face and arm from being a truck driver and unfortunately was terminal. When he saw himself he cried tears of happiness. I can usually hold it together but I couldn’t for this sweet man. I loved that he was now looking forward to having his photo taken with his son, because he no longer “looked sick”

advice:
Contact makeup artists that have a style that best mimics what you would like for yourself. Makeup itself isn’t permanent but your wedding photos are forever so ensure you choose a makeup artist that you love the work of, that is similar to the style you are wanting and importantly – an artist that you gel with.
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do you have a prediction for any upcoming 2020 bridal makeup styles?
I’ve seen a lot of luminous skin, minimal lashes and natural earthy looks for 2019 which are timeless and I can see that they will continue well into 2020 but I think we can expect to see some bolder warm eye shadow colours for the more confident bride.

what keeps you inspired along the way?​
Perhaps three things come to mind immediately as I believe inspiration can be found almost anywhere. I have a love of the arts so I tend to draw a lot of inspiration from painters and designers. Secondly, my husband that cheers me along and really believes in my talent. Lastly, that feel good moment when a bride see’s herself made up for the first time and you know she couldn’t be happier.
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tell us about the best part about what you do:
It’s quite simple, I love making bride’s feel amazing. Makeup as a medium has such an incredible power to bring out both confidence and beauty, and I am so lucky that I get to share this with a bride on her wedding day. It’s very special to me.
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