Our makeup team is made up of six passionate women who are experts in their field. Their eye for detail, personable natures and creative talents are what sets them apart.
Gem (Gemma Nichols – Makeup Artist and Founder)
Gemma is a makeup artist and the founder of Gemma Nichols Hair and Makeup Artistry. She started her career in 2005 after studying at Cameron Jane Makeup Designs. Gemma began doing hair and makeup in Sydney for many different aspects of the beauty industry to gain as much experience and expertise as possible. During the first 4 years of her career she worked on television shows such as Deadly Women, did Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, worked on a variety of TVC’s and productions, worked for cosmetics retail giant Mecca Cosmetica and did lots of weddings and events.
After experiencing all these different facets of the beauty industry Gemma decided to focus on what she enjoys most; television production, bridal and education.
So in 2009 she started Gemma Nichols Hair and Makeup Artistry which is now a flourishing agency of talented hair and makeup artists in Sydney. Versatility is one of Gemma’s strong points and so it is no surprise that she and her team excel in hair and makeup for both commercial purposes such as Television commercials and corporate and fashion photoshoots as well as hair and makeup for private clients such as weddings and makeup lessons.
Since 2014 Gemma has been making up the stars of Channel 9 for a variety of their shows filmed at their studios in Sydney. Gemma particularly loves making up television presenters as it gives her the opportunity to create glamorous looks designed to make people look their absolute best. Gemma thrives in the fast pace environment of live television and can be relied upon to go above and beyond to assist the crew however she can, keep calm under pressure and meet tight deadline demands.
Wedding hair and makeup is certainly what Gemma is known for, every year her business does around 250 weddings a year. Last year, they entered the Australian Bridal Industry Awards for the first time and were placed official runner up of NSW, with their brides giving them an overall impressive score of 99.98%
Gemma loves weddings because nothing is more rewarding than seeing a happy, glowing bride and giving her the confidence to walk down the aisle.
What makes their service so superior is that Gemma and all of her artists are both highly experienced and skilled in their artistry. In addition, they are friendly, thoughtful and approachable when working with the bridal party so that everyone is relaxed and comfortable in their presence. The end result is flawless hair and makeup that transitions well from real life to the wedding photos and the bridal party walk away feeling beautiful and confident after a fun morning getting pampered.
Gemma was also an educator for Makeup brand La Biosthetique, flying all over Australia teaching the staff at their salons how to apply makeup professionally. What she enjoyed most about teaching was connecting with people individually and helping them excel and so her one on one lessons were born. Gemma offers makeup lessons for those wanting to improve their own makeup skills, she tailors them to the individuals needs so her students leave feeling confident and empowered.
What Gemma’s clients say about her is that she is kind, compassionate and genuine. This could not be more evident than in her work with Starlights Make a Wish Foundation. In fact volunteering as a Make A Wish ambassador is one of the most rewarding aspects of Gemma’s career.
Her passion for beauty shines through everything she does. Versatility is Gemma’s greatest strength as she seamlessly transitions from TV, to bridal, to every day looks for her makeup lessons. Gemma uses only the highest quality products and she can create any look desired.
Kim’s makeup artistry career is blossoming after six years in the industry and three years as part of Gemma Nichols Makeup and Hair Artistry. She is currently dividing her time between freelancing and working for Mecca Cosmetica. Her makeup style is fresh and elegant making her a perfect fit for our clients, particularly our brides. Kim’s thoughtful and diligent nature mean that appointments are enjoyable for all involved. She balances her creativity and distinct sense of style with an understanding of everyday makeup needs. Kim believes that makeup should be used to subtly highlight beauty. We love having her on our team and we’re sure you’ll love her too.
Hear what one happy client had to say about Kim –
‘’She was on time, so accommodating as well as hilarious. Lots of laughs were had when we were getting dolled up. She listened to what we wanted & whipped it up in what felt like seconds. I would recommend her to anyone. Once again, thanks for making our day stress free & fun’’
Jen has been an integral part of our team for four years now, as well as having over a decade of other experience. The entertainment and fashion industries have benefited from her talents as she has been a part of productions such as Home and Away and The Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival. As a director of the Mecca Cosmetica shows and campaigns, her knowledge of beauty is outstanding. A published artist in Oyster, Cosmopolitan, Bride to Be and more, Jen has the experience and creativity to pursue any look. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to makeup – enhance your features and achieve radiant flawless skin whilst still looking and feeling like yourself. She has a particular penchant for bridal makeup and loves making sure all elements of the bride’s big day come together. Jen is also a teacher within the Gemma Nichols Makeup and Hair Artistry Academy and loves sharing her experience with our group classes.
We are constantly getting compliments about Jen’s work. Here is one of many testimonials,
‘I would like to thank you all for your awesome work at my wedding! Jen did an amazing job and I couldn’t be happier. I know it was not the typical scenario with my mum and mother-in-law not speaking any English, Jen was very patient and lovely with them which made them extremely comfortable about it all.’ – Steph
After twelve years as a makeup artist, Gladis is at the pinnacle of her career. She has been part of our team for two years. Having worked with luxury brands such as YSL, Estee Lauder, Lancome and Chanel – she brings premier knowledge to every client. She also owns the most impressive makeup kit we have ever come across, it is well stocked with divine products and organised to perfection. Gladis specialises in tailoring each look to the client’s personal taste and has done this for many brides, celebrities and media personalities. From school formals to professional photo shoots – Gladis’ diverse talents suit every occasion.
One of Gladis’ happy clients said:
‘I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Gladis for looking after my family and me on our wedding day. We couldn’t have been in better hands! You guys were an absolute dream to deal with and I can’t wait to find another excuse to use your services!’’ – Anouska
Susana is a multi-talented member of our team, being an expert in both hair and makeup. This makes her the perfect asset for Gemma Nichols Hair and Makeup Artistry. Our brides in particular, reap the benefits of Susana’s many skills. She has been a large part of our team for four years now and before that, she successfully ran her own hair and makeup operation. Her organisation, good humour and outstanding talents make her the perfect choice for bridal parties. With a background in photography, Susana knows first hand what will look best on camera. Susana has an experienced eye for natural beauty and is committed to creating makeup looks which highlight these features, no matter the occasion. We love her abilities and passion as a hair and makeup artist, we are honoured to have her on board.
Susana is a favourite for many clients, here is one review of her work:
‘’We had the lovely Susana do our hair and makeup for our family event. Our hair was perfect for both of us – and the makeup was divine. Nothing was too much trouble and we all really enjoyed the experience. She brings so much experience to what she does and tailors this to the client.’’ – Adrienne
Jen B is new to our team this year but she joins us as a Senior makeup artist as she has 15 years experience in the wedding and fashion makeup industry. Not only does she do the most beautiful glamorous makeups but she can always be relied upon to ensure you have a good giggle with her. Jen uses the skills she acquired as a mother and as a manager of a successful fashion brand (Wheels and DollBaby and Mecca Cosmetica Bondi) to ensure everything runs smoothly and you have a calm and soothing time in her presence.
Jen has teamed up with Gemma lots over the last ten years whilst they both worked for Mecca Cosmetica doing their interstate events and shows at Sydney Fashion Week. Jen has had a diverse career over the years including working for Xray Doll Productions doing various music videos and editorial shoots. Her passion for beauty means that she even had her own column about all things beauty in Shape Magazine.
Jen is more than happy to do our signature natural look but what she really loves is a good smokey eye with a glowing complexion or a beautiful vintage inspired look so if you see yourself as a glamorous bride then Jen is the artist for you!