Featured makeup artist…


Tarryn Harding MUA

Can you tell our readers a little bit more about yourself and where you’re from?

I was born and raised in the windy city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I love pretty things. Small things makes my heart happy…. Pinterest, Ice cream, puppies, rainbow, dressing warm when it’s cold, buying new makeup, sunsets, stickers, dancing etc. Very cliché..but that’s the real me. A girly girl. My husband is my best friend and helps me build up my portfolio. Without him I would never of come this far. He is always by my side, no matter what. And I love him to the moon and back! LOL!

I have been doing professional makeup for almost 3 years now and very popular amongst the Wedding Industry with Bridal Makeup. I am the official makeup artist for After Effect Photography {my husbands photography business} and do all the makeup for his photo shoots. I have had training with CK Makeup in JHB and a techniques course with MAC.

That’s me in a nutshell! 🙂

IMG_0101At what age did you notice your love and talent for makeup and when did you did you decide that makeup would be your calling?

I have had a passion for makeup since a very young age, Primary school I would steal some of my gran’s makeup and play with it without her knowing about it- I would get a big hiding…and now I know why… Because makeup is so very expensive!!! LOL! I just loved all the different colours and sparkles. It would give me this tingle and exciting feeling. Even up until today when I enter a store and walk up to a makeup counter and start testing out different colour eyeshadows, I get that exact same feeling. It has never left. I feel like a kid again!

IMG_0471Are you professionally trainer or self taught? Do you believe that education from makeup school is invaluable or a waste of time?

A little bit of both. I have had a passion for makeup since a very young age and obviously observed a lot of different looks from television and magazine and try them out on myself. I never considered it to be my profession one day. My parents said I should get some professional training and see if I could pursue it as a career. I had my training and after that there was no turning back. Started promoting myself and knew exactly what I was doing. I was on the right track all along. I just needed to be moulded into a Makeup Artist. My training completed the transition. Professional training will only count in your favour. Not always a must- a lot of Pro MUA’s are self taught. But nice to say that you know what you are doing.

TarrynHarding MUATarrynHarding MUAAre you a full time professional or freelance?

I am a freelance at the moment but going fulltime very soon. Business has been booming lately and I have had so many ladies book me for pageants, shows and events that are happening during normal working hours and that’s when I am stuck at work. When I will be going fulltime is still a surprise.. but I absolutely cannot wait. I will be living my dream!

TarrynHarding MUAWhat are the makeup brands you use the most?

MAC, Inglot, Kryolan & NYX. Best quality Makeup Products and photochromic {Looks amazing in photographs} I love all these products and each one has their pros and cons. Difficult just to have one

TarrynHarding MUAWhich brands are your absolute favourites?

 I love the products in my kit and each one has their pros and cons. Difficult just to have one favourite. I mix it up and use what works best for me!

TarrynHarding MUAWhen doing makeup for yourself and your clients is there a particular ‘inspiration’ yourself or your clients look for when you are applying their makeup? If so, are there any tips for achieving this look?

Most of client want a soft romantic look- they want the glow but mustn’t seem like they are wearing to much makeup. Natural tones like browns, taupe etc. Softy earthy tones and they feel so comfortable, and they can change the look instantly with a darker shade of lip gloss or blusher.

A few of my younger girls always refer to the Kim Kardashian look- I know immediately, Dark, sultry eyes, lashes and a nude lip.

Achieving these looks takes time.

All focus are on the eyes, even in a nude look. Eyes are the window to your souls. Let them do all the talking. Play it up with lashes. Lips are simple and cheeks are soft with both looks.

TarrynHarding MUAIs bridal makeup your ‘bread and butter’ or is it just part of the makeup work you do?

Weddings are the biggest percentage of my income indeed. Bridal makeup and their retinue of course. When a bride wants to book my services, she likes to know that she can book me for the entire group. Easier for her and everyone else. That’s what a bride wants. Less stress on her big day. So I take over and do the groups makeup. Depending on the size. I have done a retinue of 8 ladies by myself. I almost died, but they wanted no one else except me. I was so honoured.

I LOVE weddings and makeup for my bride to make her look and feel amazing! They are all so kind and generous to me and treat me like family. Weddings are my no.1 on my list but I do a lot of makeup for events like Miss PE & normal photo shoots, like maternity, pre wedding, casual and one of my favourite is Avant Garde makeup {Creative Art}. I don’t always get to do as many different Avant Garde looks as I would like- but when I have the chance I go for it. Being creative is in my blood!

TarrynHarding MUAWhat is your most memorable makeup moment?

Well, I have had a few. My makeup has been in newspapers, overseas magazines etc. One of the most memorable moments was when I did makeup for a hair show and our photos and makeup made it all the way to the International Finals in Miami in 2011. That was awesome. We are the only PE/ SA candidates who made it that far.

Currently my most exciting moment will be next month when my makeup with by feauture on the cover of a new Bridal Mag in PE. One of my lovely brides who I did Makeup for in April this year, 2013. That will be a lot of excellent exposure for me in the wedding industry.

TarrynHarding MUATell us about your ‘Get Fab with T’ initiative…

I love the Get FAB with T ideas. It is my own makeup tips, ideas and creations shared with the world. I have been so busy lately and have not done a tip in the month. Think its due time too. I break down a makeup look and explain what I did and what products I used. Something to help ladies when applying their own makeup.

TarrynHarding MUADo you have any other talents to share with us?

I LOVE to draw and have been drawing ever since I would pick up a crayons. LOL. When I was younger my art teacher entered me into art competitions and I always won Gold. I think that is where my creativity with makeup comes from. Colours, combinations and styles etc.

Photography I try, but I would rather leave that to my wonderful photographer husband.

TarrynHarding MUAWhat is your normal ‘go to’ day look?

Basic day look

Inglot Underbase, MAC/Kryolan Foundation , MAC crème Blusher, MAC shimmer powder/Bronzer, Nude earthy tone from Inglot or MAC, Satin Taupe or All that Glitters, MAC Mascara , Haughty & Naughty, MAC Brown eye pencil, Teddy. Soft nude lip gloss.

Evening look

Inglot Underbase, MAC/Kryolan Foundation , MAC crème Blusher, MAC shimmer powder/Bronzer, Inglot or MAC eyeshadows, Crystal or Sketch. MAC Mascara , Haughty & Naughty, Gel Liner and a cathy lipgloss colour like Pink Lemonade or Funtabulous from MAC.

TarrynHarding MUACan you personally go without makeup?

NEVER! Makeup is a must! During the week I don’t wear makeup at all. I wash, tone and mositurize my face and keep it clean and refreshed. Weekends and events is my time to shine with a creative look and some nice eye colour. Especially at wedding I am representing what I do- so how can a makeup artist pitch up at her makeup job without any makeup on??? I have to look the part and display my talent thru doing my own makeup.

TarrynHarding MUAIs less more when applying makeup?

Certain looks, YES! Depending on the look and what you are going for. Daytime look. I would say yes. Keep it simple, less is more. Soft lip, min foundation, nude eye colour, mascara and little bronzer to give your face that glow.

TarrynHarding MUAAre you willing to divulge any personal beauty secrets with us?

I have a few…

One of the main thing I have noticed that a lot of ladies don’t know is..

* When unsure about your foundation shade, rather go a shade darker. No one like a Ghost in their pics 🙂

* Always test foundation on your jawline with natural light. {Clean face ofcourse}

These two are my fav:

* Always where the colour eye shadow that works for you and makes your eye “POP”… Ladies with blue eyes should wear purple, brown. Ladies with green eyes should wear Burgundy, violet. Ladies with brown eyes should wear green or blue.

* Eye pencil can work or make you look worse. Try and keep you upper eyeliner as thin as possible {Gel liner}or else it can make your eye look more puffy and tired. The bottom eyeliner. Rather put your liner on the outer lash line, it will make eyes appear bigger.

IMG_8921Is there a particular person who inspired you to pursue your love for makeup artistry?

No not really- Makeup has always fascinated me and now that I am a makeup artist, it’s like I am living the ultimate dream!

TarrynHarding MUAAny tips for school leavers looking at a career in the makeup industry?

You have to take baby steps, walk before you can crawl. I had to do a lot of freebies and advertise myself before I could get paid jobs. Practise and get some training. Market yourself and word of mouth is very important. Your service must be 200%. Friendly and hardworking MUA’S go along way!

TarrynHarding MUADo you have any future makeup plans in the pipeline that we may look forward to?

A few things. Contract with a New PE Base Magazine and some awesome events coming up.. but I still have to keep it a secret.

IMG_0229Are you happy with the availability of cosmetics in South Africa? Do you ever have to order items online/from overseas that are not available here?

I have never had to order anything in, but there have been a few times where I would like a specific product that SA doesn’t stock. So the availability is not so great in SA! Wish we had my cosmetic choices! haha

TarrynHarding MUAWhat are three makeup items that no woman should leave home without?

Lipgloss, Mascara and a good SPF cream to keep that skin protected from the sun.

TarrynHarding MUAIf you could work on any celebrities face, who would it be and why?

Wow… Rihanna or Nicki Minaj- they are both beautiful and love being creative with makeup so I know they would let me do my thing.

IMG_7216What has been your biggest challenge of your makeup career?

A bridal Party of 8 ladies by myself! But I did it and survived! They were all happy and couldn’t stop complimenting me about me makeup work. Was all worth it!

 TarrynHarding MUAPlease be sure to like Tarryn Harding : Makeup Artist on Facebook to keep up with all her latest work!TarrynHarding MUA

If you have any queries, or wish to book Tarryn please email her on tarrynhardingmakeupartist [at] gmail [dot] com or aftereffectphotography [at] gmail [dot] com

Tarryn Harding’s work is nothing short of amazing and she is such a beautiful woman, inside and out – we wish you nothing but success in your career going forward. Thank you for communicating with us!

x missfitz

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