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 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.
KIM – MAKEUP ARTIST SYDNEY
Kim’s makeup artistry career is blossoming after a decade in the industry. She has been a key artist for Gemma Nichols Makeup and Hair Artistry since 2012. She is currently dividing her time between freelancing and working for Mecca Cosmetica. Her makeup style is fresh and elegant with a strong emphasis on skincare 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 and she is happy to share her vast knowledge of skincare with you so ask away for all her tips and tricks. Kim’s kit is full of luxurious and cruelty free makeup and she can even cater to vegans in her makeup applications. 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 H- MAKEUP ARTIST SYDNEY
Jen has been an integral part of our Sydney makeup team since 2012 and has been a makeup artist since 2006. Jen started her makeup career focusing in fashion makeup and on TV productions such as Home and Away. On weekends she spends her time making up our brides and during the week she is a regional makeup trainer for Mecca Cosmetica and directs many of their shows at Fashion Week in Melbourne as well as their campaigns. Jen is so accomplished that she has been flown to many international destinations for fashion week such as London and Paris and she’s made up many top models such as Elle Macpherson. 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 takes inspiration from the fresh faces found in Vogue so if you want a fashionable and fresh faced look then Jen is the artist for you.
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
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 B MAKEUP ARTIST SYDNEY
Jen B 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!