Meet the GirlCrewer #39: Bella Carr, Senior Makeup Artist at Empower Studio

“There is nothing more satisfying to me than making somebody feel good about themselves”

Meet GirlCrew Dublin member, Bella Carr, artistic manager and senior makeup artist at Empower Studio

In case you missed it we’ve two fantastic events coming up in GirlCrew Dublin. Bella Carr, Artistic Manager and Senior Makeup Artist at Empower will be hosting two masterclasses (check the events tab in the Dublin group on a computer or the ‘info’ button in the group on mobile for details) but before she teaches us all the tricks behind day-to-night looks, contouring, and the perfect eyeliner wings, we had to have a chat with her to find out more!

Like a lot of women in the industry, Bella “loved makeup and fashion since a young age” however, “makeup has always been there in force since the age of twelve.” At the age of 12 she moved over to Saudi Arabia with her family, and this was a key turning point in setting her up for her future career – “you can imagine there was a huge shift in culture for me at that age. We had to dress differently and day to day life was quite different, but living there gave me a huge window into my future. I have a vivid memory of going to a public toilet with my mum, and these beautiful women had their traditional head dress (burka) off [and] their eye makeup was just amazing to me. I was in total awe of this gorgeous Arabian smokey eye.”

The smokey eye is something that many have tried to achieve, but many (myself included) look more like we’ve done ten rounds in the ring than the glamorous results we envisage. For Bella, perfecting this makeup staple was goal number one – “…at the beginning, I wanted to be able to achieve that smoke eye that was just so gorgeous to me. So, at the age of 12 I started teaching myself. As I got older I realised more was needed so I learnt about hygiene, anatomy & philology of the face. I am still learning an like anything I always will be learning.” At the ripe “old” age of 17, Bella worked on her first photo-shoot, and after this glimpse into the industry she was hooked. Once bitten by the bug, Bella continued to work on shoots with a wide variety of photographers and after giving birth to her son she decided she had to go back to work. “I found Empower and knew that they worked a lot with fashion and video photography, they also strive empower women, and that’s one thing I have always loved about my job is the way you make your client feel, its job satisfaction at its finest.” For those who don’t know, Empower is one of Dublin’s most exciting companies in this industry. They are a GirlCrew favourite and are building a stellar reputation, although with staff like Bella at the helm this is no surprise. “Empower has changed everything, its a small little business with the power to change the industry, as our clients say “its Dublin’s best kept secret”. I love working at empower and how close our little community of people is. Empower Studio is made up of four pillars of artistry; Empower Makeup & Hair Studio, Empower Bridal, Empower Makeup Management Agency, and Empower Blog.” If you are interested in attending one of Bella’s masterclasses, make sure you book your spot now as they are filling up fast!

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1. What is the best thing about your role?

There is nothing more satisfying to me than making somebody feel good about themselves, I love the reveal face, I love how the client walks out feeling on cloud 9, she could take over the world, I just love that sense on empowerment and love for themselves that happens after a makeup application.

2. What did you find most challenging about it?

As manager at Empower, a small growing business with huge demands, I find the business demands hard especially with a family, but I know I’m working towards growing an amazing brand that will benefit us all in the long run so the challenges are easily faced.

3. What is your proudest work related achievement to date?

I have met so many amazing people, and worked on so many shoots, I’ve worked on tv sets, video shoots, but I have to be honest and say, the very first wedding I ever did was the proudest moment for me. Having such a part to play in a brides special day, to create the beauty that will forever be in her wedding photos and  memories is just the best feeling!

4. What would be your one tip to others who want to get involved in this industry?

Be prepared to work hard, its a tough industry, there is a lot to know and you will never know everything about it, you will constantly learn and grow. It comes with LONG hours, a sore back, but HUGE satisfaction. Never ever give up on our dream. Because 12 year old me didn’t and now I’m working in an amazing Business with hugely inspirational boss who has built and is still building from the grown up.

5. What would be your motto in life, and in work?

Its a small bit cheesy, but no dream is ever to big. if you want it work for it. Greatness doesn’t come to those who wait, it comes to those who WORK for it.

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