Our makeup team is made up of five 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 began her career in 2005 as a freelancer working in all different facets of the makeup industry. In 2009 she started Gemma Nichols Hair and Makeup Artistry which is now a flourishing agency of talented hair and makeup artists in Sydney specialising in; bridal, television production, and education.
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 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 200 weddings a year. Gemma loves weddings because nothing is more rewarding than seeing a happy, glowing bride and giving her the confidence to walk down the aisle. Elle Magazine named Gemma one of the top wedding makeup artists in Sydney and Gemma Nichols Makeup Artistry were awarded best Wedding Makeup in NSW by the Australian Bridal Industry Awards.
What Gemma’s clients say about her is that she is talented, kind, compassionate and genuine. Her passion for beauty shines through everything she does.
Gladis – HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST SYDNEY
Gladis joined Gemma Nichols Hair and Makeup Artistry back in 2015, first as a bridal makeup artist and now her role has evolved to doing both hair and makeup for our commercial projects and photoshoots. 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 tailors each look to the client’s personal taste but certainly brings a touch of glamour to her makeup. From weddings to school formals and Television commercials or corporate photo shoots – Gladis’ diverse talents suit every occasion and project.
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 – HAIR AND MAKEUP ARTIST
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 since 2012 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 MAKEUP ARTIST SYDNEY
Jen joined our team in 2017 but has worked with Gemma since 2008 teaming up at various fashion week shows and NARS events when they were both working with Mecca Cosmetica. Jen is particularly creative and loves to work on colourful and innovative collaborations with fashion brands and music videos. Her passion for beauty means that she even had her own column about all things beauty in Shape Magazine. 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 brands (Wheels and DollBaby and Mecca Cosmetica Bondi) to ensure everything runs smoothly and you have a calm and soothing time in her presence.
Jen is very skilled and practised at our signature natural and glowing 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 or vintage inspired bride then Jen is the artist for you!
We are so excited to announce the talented Mary has just joined our team. Mary and Gemma met in the makeup department of Channel 9 so have already worked together for a number of years.
For the last ten years Mary has been a fixture at channel 9 making up all the celebrities and presenters there such as Georgie Gardner, Deb Knight, Tracy Grimshaw and Erin Molan. She also runs the makeup on channel 9 publicity shoots so you would have seen her work on billboards and on TV for shows such as Married at First Sight and Love Island.
Mary has such a calming and caring nature that means you will always feel looked after and relaxed in her presence which is why I knew she would be a great fit as part of our bridal team. She gives everyone her VIP celebrity style treatment so you will love feeling pampered and glamorous when she makes you up. She is a very versatile artist but particular loves to create beautiful eye makeup whether more natural or glamorous.
In Mary’s kit you will find luxury brands such as Makeup Forever, NARS, Mac, Armani and Bobbi Brown.