About Me

My name is Kim Wachnianin and I am a makeup artist based in Horsham, West Sussex. As a bridal and special occasion makeup artist, I provide a relaxed, professional, and friendly service. 

I have always been interested in how makeup can transform a face and watched makeup tutorials online, my favourites being Lisa Eldridge, Pixiwoo and Tanya Burr.  This, as well as my interest in Colour Theory, inspired me to become a makeup artist. 

My initial training was with the 'Alicia Sandeman Academy' in 2016.  This was an excellent course to grasp the fundamentals of makeup.  Subjects covered were basic makeup techniques, bridal makeup and Asian makeup. 

After this course I wanted to develop my makeup skills further.  I searched for a Makeup Artist (MUA) with whom to train and found Kristina who was clearly very successful in the beauty industry. 

I attended the ‘Kristina Gasperas Makeup Academy' in Richmond where I trained in 'red carpet looks' and specifically, bridal makeup. Working one-to-one with Kristina was fantastic and I developed an understanding in advanced techniques of makeup application.   I was also trained to take high quality photographs using correct lighting techniques.  This has been a beneficial service for my clients as I am able to provide them with beautiful photographs of their makeup experience, whether it's of their wedding day or a special occasion. 

I've always wanted to create a team of hair and makeup artists.   This year, I expanded my team to include 2 hairstylists. One I met at a wedding last year and was impressed by her professionalism and the quality of her work and the other I was introduced to this year through a networking event. Working with them both has also developed my knowledge of the wedding industry and beauty industry. I also have a qualified Makeup Artist in my team who often assists me at weddings. 

I use products from leading cosmetic and professional brands such as DIOR, MAC, CHANEL, NARS and BOBBI BROWN.

Photography by Kristina Gasperas

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A Special Family Wedding - Makeup Artist and Bridesmaid

 

Last July I had a very special bridal makeup, my sister Hannah.  This was a slightly different situation for me, as not only was I the makeup artist to the bride and 3 bridesmaids, I also was a bridesmaid!  

We started the day at the beautiful bridal suite at Russets Country House is Chiddingfold where the wedding reception was held.  A glamorous room with lots of light made it the perfect place to apply makeup.  The bride asked for a very natural look drawing attention to her eyes.  Hannah already has long curly lashes and wanted this embellished through the use of individual false lashes.  Myself and the 2 bridesmaids also had very natural makeup.  

The weather was on our side as the clouds parted and turned into a beautiful day.  The atmosphere throughout the morning was very relaxed, with the bride and bridesmaids having a nosy around the venue while final preparations were being put in place. 


An added bonus to attending the wedding meant that I was able to reapply lipstick in the evening after delicious food had been eaten and scrumpy cocktails consumed.  

Products used include:

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - Mont Blanc

Dior Eyeshadow Palette - Femme Fleur

Hourglass Sculpting Powder

Bobbi Brown Blusher - Pale Pink

Ardell Medium Individual Lashes

Mac Eyeshadow in Omega

L’Oreal Flash Lash Architect

MAC Palmful Lipstick

Urban Decay Setting Spray

Nars Laguna Bronzer

Thank you to Senior Mac Photography, who joined us part way through the makeup preparation and took some beautiful photos, which I know Hannah will treasure forever.

Makeup artist: Kimberley Louise Makeup

Location: Russets Country House, Chiddingfold

Photographer: Senior Mac Photography

Hair stylist: Lucie Harding

Dress: Opulence and Grace

Flowers: Flowers by Jan 

A Beautiful Barn Wedding - June 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed being part of Lisa's special day in June.  I was asked to do a simple and elegant bridal makeup which focused on evening out her skin tone and emphasizing her eyes. The products I used for this makeup look are listed below:

 

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation- Siberia

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer- SC-2

Laura Mercier Brow Definer- Warm

MAC Paint Pot- Bare Study

Makeup Atelier Palette - T19

MAC Fluidline- Blacktrack

L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara- Blackest Black

Eylure Pro-Lash Singles

MAC Blusher- Pink Swoon

MAC Lipstick- Plumful

NARS Setting Powder- Snow

Summer Wedding Season

I have recently started a 3 month career break from my current full time work to focus on my makeup business.  During my time off I will be doing wedding, prom and special occasion makeup, as well as teaching one-to-one makeup techniques to clients. I will also be working for 'To Have and To Hire Wedding Events', dressing wedding venues in West Sussex and Surrey.  A very exciting 12 weeks to come!
 
I will be updating my blog posts weekly to keep you up-to-date with what I get up to in the next few months.
 
Thank you. 
 

How I Became A Makeup Artist

Clients often ask me where I carried out my makeup training. 

I have always been interested in how makeup can transform a face and watched makeup tutorials online. My favourites being Lisa Eldridge, Pixiwoo and Tanya Burr.  

My initial training was with the 'Alicia Sandeman Academy'.  This was an excellent course to grasp the fundamentals of makeup.  Subjects covered were basic makeup techniques, bridal makeup and Asian makeup.

Subsequently I attended the 'Kristina Gasperas Makeup Academy' in Richmond where I trained in 'red carpet looks' and specifically, bridal makeup. Working one-to-one with Kristina was fantastic and I developed an understanding in advanced techniques of makeup application.   I was also trained to take high quality photographs using correct lighting techniques.  This has been a beneficial service for my clients as I am able to provide them with beautiful photographs of their makeup experience, whether it's of their wedding day or a special occasion.  

I'd highly recommend this course to any makeup artist!