Smink means Make-up in Norwegian and this is where the head Lipstick Lady, Marianna hails from. She has worked for many years as a make-up artist for both private and corporate clients and these have included fashion designers such as Paul Costelloe and Lindka Cierach Couture in London. She has designed make-up for seasonal fashion shows, worked on PR launches for record labels and was also the International Make-Up Artist for american cult cosmetic brand Fresh. Due to a persuasive fiancée she has recently relocated from Central London to Yorkshire and will be establishing her business in this area.
Marianna is independent and is not affiliated with any one brand, and is therefore able to recommend genuinely good products for each client. Luxury, specialist brands such as MAC, Clinique, Chanel, Kryolan and Artistry are the norm. She also works with Airbrush make-up which gives a superb flawless base and is fast becoming the industry standard for high definition TV and film work. The make-up is much more in depth than a typical beautician's application, and she uses techniques to light and shade the face, minimise double chins, cover scars and rosacea, soften wrinkles and of course create looks that will last for as long as they need to for cameras, or with difficult lighting conditions with minimal touch-ups. Make-up can be as natural or glam or anything in between to suit your ideas.
Smink does get booked up early, as lots of work is through previous recommendations - prebooking is essential. Marianna has quality contacts within the industry should clients require further hairdressers/make-up artists for a larger event. She also has experience with basic hair up-do's as required (but will refer to pro hairdressers if needs be) She loves any creative challenge but is equally happy to do what she does best - to make her clients look the way they want to look.. For brides it is reassuring to have a trial run before the wedding to play about with ideas, and to make sure that the bride-to-be is completely happy with her look for the big day. Marianna can travel, or do pop in to meet her and see her portfolio in Ilkley.
- Professional, technical make-up for special events - Bridal - Airbrush Make-up for TV/Film/Photographic Shoots - Airbrush Fake Tan - Charm Schools (make-up parties for tweenies and teens) - Glitter/Stencil Faces for Childrens Parties - Drag queen styling (also popular with stag do's) - Enhanced stage Make-up for theatre - Body art - non permanent tattoos/Swarovski body jewels - Historic Make-up styles (1920's-present date) - Make-up lessons.
19 customer reviews
10 Sep 2013
Marrianna = make up magician! As a mother of 3 children under 5 I rarely have time for anything more than a quick swish of mascarra and dragging a brush through my hair. So as my wedding date loomed I wondered just how I was going to make myself look any thing like the bride I had envisioned. My mid winter wedding was outside at dusk, I wanted to look like me but my dress was 1930s hollywood so my make up needed to complement this - plenty of challenges then! Need I have worried? Nope!!! Marriannas knowledge of products, era, lighting, how to excentuate ones best features is phenomenal. She took me from tired flustered mum to 'Vintage Hollywood' in under 2 hours. The practice session allowed ample time to explore ideas and experiment with different colours, shading etc... Marrianna selected products that would work best for my skin type, kept my look natural but at the same time ensured that the make up would work under the lighting conditions and that I looked every inch the bride I had pictured in my mind. She also did my sisters (Matron of Honor) make up which was a challenge with a poorly un settled baby in situ - this did not phase Marrianna and she was able to work around my nieces need to be held and nursed by my sister and the finished look was awesome. She also included my little girl (bridesmaid) in the process with a little bit of something that kept her a little girl but allowed her to feel special on what was her big day as well. She made me look mint - to quote my sister when we last looked through the wedding album, 'Wow, you forget how good we looked - all thanks to Marrianna. '. Calm, knowledgeable, reassuring, flexible to your needs - a true professional who I cant recommend highly enough! - Read More
1 Oct 2012
Marianna was the make up artist for my recent wedding and I cannot thank her enough for the truly amazing job she did. From visiting her home for my trial, receiving caring texts in the run up to the big day and on the day itself transforming myself, bridesmaids and mother of the bride Marianna was never anything less than brilliant!
I had air brush make up done which left my skin looking flawless and the eye make up made my eyes into a stunning feature.
Many guests commented on what a wonderful job Marianna had done, particularly on the mother of the bride who had never looked or felt as good as a result of her make up.
If you are looking for a make up artist with attention to detail and someone who genuinely cares about you on your big day I can't recommend Marianna enough.
My only wish is I had on her hand to make me look that good every day. - Read More
24 Sep 2012
I have to say that I am so glad I decided to ask Marianna to do my make up for my wedding. Having never had professional make up done before it was a bit of a daunting experience trying to choose someone to take on the task bit I think that asking Marianna was one of the best decisions I made. I was grateful for her flexibility in fitting around my rather strict schedule (accommodating the few dates when I was actually available to meet up). She is a complete professional, provided a fantastic and super friendly service, support in the run up to the big day and and went above and beyond the call of duty on the big day - fixing hair malfunctions and even helping me get my dress on (in spite of being heavily pregnant)! Everyone commented on how great she was and on how lovely everyone looked on the day. Thanks so much for everything Marianna, you are a star! - Read More
28 Mar 2012
Marianna was a godsend. I know little about make up and consequently had no idea what I wanted for my wedding day. Marianna came to my house and we worked on some looks together. She gave me her experienced opinion, based on my individual needs and nothing was too much trouble. On the day, she not only worked her magic on me and my bridesmaid but came to the church to see me off. Her attention to detail is exemplary and her years of experience really do show in her knowledge and professionlism. Marianna takes a real pride in her work but adds a distinctly personal and individual touch. I would recommend her any time as she has the ability to bring out and highlight a person's natural beauty in a subtle yet effective way. - Read More
27 Jan 2012
Marianna did my makeup for my wedding on 22nd June 2011. She also did the makeup for my two bridesmaids.
I gave Marianna a call and arranged to meet her within 24 hours to go through some portfolios of her work. She mainly works doing photo-shoots and makeup for celebrities but enjoys doing bridal makeup also. Marianna is extremely talented, has a bubbly lovely personality and will get lots for your money too.
Marianna brought lots of makeup, accessories and styling gadgets with her and even gave tips to my girlfriends whilst doing the makeup.
She continued to make sure that I was completely looking my best until the time came when I had to walk down the aisle.
I cannot thank her enough. All of my guests loved the way I looked and complimented me, especially my husband! - Read More
16 Dec 2011
I arrived looking tired and grey and left looking 10 years younger and as though i'd slept for a week ! A miracle and I wish Marianna could do my make up everyday. I thoroughly recommend Smink for make up for any occasion
16 Dec 2011
I have had a session with Marianna Easter. This included a facial, full-make up and a lesson on how to apply. I also was given a lot of helpful tips and information of different brands. I found the whole experience incredibly professional. I would not hesitate to recommend Marianna more highly, was a very informative and enjoyable experience.
14 Aug 2011
Marianna was a wonderful addition to my sisters wedding day. She was bright and cheerful from the moment she arrived and helped make us all look wonderful.
A particular credit to Marianna must be when guests commented on how lovely our make up looked.
Thank you Marianna.
14 Aug 2011
Marianna was absolutely fantastic! She did mine and my bridesmaids makeup and we all looked even better than I had pictured in my head when I was thinking of my wedding day. Marianna was a brilliant calming influence when we began to get stressed the closer it came to the ceremony and stayed with us right till the end to carry out last minute touch ups. She even helped my gran out with ensuring that she looked her best for my big day. I would recommend Marianna to everyone. her work was fantastic and really good value for money. During my trial we tried out a couple of looks to ensure that we had the best one for my big day and she even travelled all the way to London for me!! She is very friendly and you automatically feel like you are in very good hands! - Read More
It is always an absolute pleasure to work with Smink. Marianna's makeup skills are second to none, and on top of that she's always cheerful, gets one with absolutely everyone and adds a whole new dimension to every shoot. If I had the choice, I wouldn't work with any other make up artist!
17 Mar 2011
"Marianna recently did the makeup for me on a photoshoot which was focussed on getting headshots for me to help me in my acting career. Having had my makeup done professionally before, I was impressed by Marianna's attention to detail and skill of applying product. It was a bit like watching an artist work - she individually mixed tons of lotions and potions and chose colours really suitable to my face. The look that I wanted was natural and she overachevied in this respect, I wish I had her with me every morning! Since having these pictures, I have had loads of comments and lots more casting calls for auditions. My amazing photographer helped, but I can't help but think that the makeup played it's part too. Also she gave me a couple of tips which I now incorporate into my every day makeup routine and I am thinking of hiring her for for a proper makeup lesson to go through colours and makeup know how. Thankyou Marianna and see you soon again! - Read More
13 Mar 2011
Marianna gives excellent advice on the type of make up and the colours to use. She knows exactly how to enhance your best features and make you feel gorgeous. After Marianna did my make up for a photo shoot I felt pampered, relaxed as well as amazed at how good I looked! I would recommend Marianna to anyone who need their make-up done!
6 Feb 2011
The service I received from Marianna at Smink was exceptional. She has a friendly and personal approach that put me at ease and she spent a lot of time discussing and trialling ideas. This meant that she was able to give me exactly the natural make-up look that I wanted for my wedding day. On the day, she was a superstar helping us to get into our dresses as well as touching up the make-up! I would recommend her to any 'bride to be' especially if your looking for a professional make-up artist who really cares about how you look on your special day. - Read More
11 Nov 2010
Marianna did my make up for my wedding, as well as "touching up" for my mother and mother-in-law as an extra on the day. I have never worn much make up, and was nervous about having a full-on wedding makeover as I was very keen to maintain a natural look. Not being particularly into all things artistic myself, I was exceptionally unhelpful when discussing with Marianna at the trial what I wanted in terms of colours etc. However, she took care of everything for me, making helpful suggestions about what she thought would look best. I was absolutely delighted with the results, both at the trial and on my wedding day - Marianna really made me feel beautiful whilst keeping my look completely natural, as I had intended. My mother and mother-in-law were also very pleased, and surprised that she could do such a good job in a matter of minutes as this was an unplanned extra. Marianna is incredibly talented, friendly and professional, and I would highly recommend her. - Read More