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A Chit Chat with Arabia Weddings: International Hair and Makeup Expert Angélique Turner

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A Chit Chat with Arabia Weddings: International Hair and Makeup Expert Angélique Turner

Angélique Turner is an international hair and makeup artist and beauty educator based in Dubai. She was raised in Australia and studied makeup artistry in Los Angeles, California.

Angélique has created a business teaching and educating females alongside her own hair and makeup artist business. As a beauty educator, Angélique conducts consistently sold out masterclasses with the vision to empower women through beauty knowledge and creating positive self-image.

“Moving to Dubai gave me the drive to create something more in the beauty industry, as it’s a city that supports entrepreneurs and visionaries. I knew I wanted to expand my business, and through my clients I came to realize that there was a huge lack of hands on beauty education. They were looking at YouTube and Instagram and not understanding how to create certain looks for themselves. So I started the masterclasses as a way for women to take control of their personal image and not only gain self esteem but also give them another tool that would make them more confident in their daily dealings. Whether that be in the boardroom, giving presentations for their own businesses or at social functions with friends and family. I’ve been overwhelmed by the response the classes are getting.” says Angélique.

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Angélique has worked with major brands and organisations including Nike, CNN, Kat Von D Beauty, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Piaget, Chaumet, Jaguar, Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdales, Guerlain, Laura Mercier and Christian Dior.

Her work has been featured in major publications including Marie Claire Arabia, Emirates Woman, Vogue India and covers of Cosmopolitan, Women's Health and Men's Health magazine as well as productions for Motiongate, Dubai Tourism, Arabian Radio Network and Nespresso. Angélique has worked with celebrities and influencers including Gordon Ramsey, Ronaldinho, Kal Penn, Joelle Mardinian, Fozaza and Ascia.

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  • Tell us more about how you started and got into the makeup industry.

Becoming a makeup artist was a complete career change for me. I came from a corporate background but I’d always loved beauty from the time I worked for Dior cosmetics during my time at university. When I moved to Dubai I decided to follow this desire to be in the beauty industry and started to build up my clients in the region. Working with brides was my entry into makeup artistry and I’ve been able to travel the world with my brides for their incredible destination weddings.

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  • What makes a bride's makeup different from any other occasion?

It’s a look that will not only be timeless, but it should be long lasting, fresh and very photogenic. I spend time on the skin preparation first and do a pre makeup facial massage with the bride before we start. I want her skin to be in the best possible condition for her special day. She should be truly glowing.

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  • What are the biggest trends coming our way in 2019 for bridal makeup?

The trends that you will look to will depend on your own personal style. A lot of the Spring 2019 bridal runway shows had minimalist hair and makeup, but if you are more of a glamourous bride then you will see that bold lips like red and deep berries will be on trend next year. The eyeliners seem to have softened but the glow is definitely still there.

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  • What is your biggest advice when it comes to beauty and makeup for brides to be?

The first thing I always discuss with my bride is that these pictures are going to last forever. We want to create a look that captures her beauty in a classic way. I don’t want her to look back at the photos in 20 years time and regret the glitter eyeliner and far too heavy lashes. I want her to look back and remember how beautiful she felt in that moment.

As a bride you have to still feel like you. Many well meaning friends and family will want to get involved and give their opinion but ultimately it is you who will be wearing the makeup and hairstyle and you who needs to feel like it reflects who you really are. 

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