Hi there I’m Antonia, founder of Elle Au Naturel, professional bridal hair and makeup artists based in Berkshire.
I knew from the age of 14 that I wanted to be a makeup artist. What I didn’t know until I went to The London College of Fashion is that I had a complete passion and natural talent for hair styling. That was a surprise!! Consequently my first job took me into the world of theatre in the West End and after two years I then moved to Granada Television in Manchester where I worked on various TV programs. Three years later I decided to return to London and it was then that I met a makeup artist who was doing weddings. She gave me my first wedding job and the rest as they say is history! I realised very quickly that I could really put my talents to good use working with brides and the biggest joy of being in this industry is how amazing you can make someone feel and really contribute to such an important day. There is no other job that gives you the same level of satisfaction and where you feel you’ve brought something really special to someone’s big day.
My ethos is to always enhance someone’s natural beauty, not disguise it with layers of heavy product. Drawing out information from each bride enables me to create a look that is unique to them so communication is key.
Even after so many years in this industry I love that I can still pick up a tip or find a new product from a colleague. You are always learning in this industry. I am passionate about products, particularly skincare and I’m always trying to find the best one’s, no matter what the price, that will enhance my work. At the end of the day skin is your canvas. If the canvas is good then the painting should look amazing if you’ve chosen the right artist.
To view Antonia’s work please click on the following galleries:
Videography by Adrian Stone of The Dreamcatchers www.thedreamcatchers.co.uk