Kez and Gemma are the wonderfully talented ladies behind Melbourne's Bang Bang Beauty Bar - a mobile hair and makeup team specialising in vintage style makeovers; perfect for weddings and special occasions! We teamed up for some special image-making down the coast at Portarlington and, with the help of three gorgeous women, created so many amazing images! I'll let their words and my images speak for their talent :)
Hair and makeup: Bang Bang Beauty Bar
Photography: Anjella Roessler Photography
Candi Welch (Vintage glamour/film noir style),
Carolina Cadillac (Psychobilly style) and
EveElle Scarlett (Rockabilly style)
1. Tell me a bit about Bang Bang Beauty Bar.
Bang Bang Beauty Bar is a duo of hair and makeup artists that specialize in vintage make-overs.
2. Tell me a bit about yourselves.
Gem – I live in Rye, and over the years I have been in punk bands and been a burlesque performer/teacher. Being a burlesque performer I had to learn stage makeup and hair techniques, and eventually people came to me as clients for their own beauty needs. I also ran a burlesque and vintage entertainment agency in the UK where I did vintage hair and makeup for 4 years with a team of stylists. I specialize in vintage hair styles including but not limited to victory rolls, pin curls, betty bangs and the classic Hollywood wave.
Kez – Well I’m from Rosebud, not far from Gem. I have two little girls (Billie 2 and Lola 4) and also love the vintage scene. I have a 1964 EH holden and a 1948 Hudson Sled and also dabble in a bit of pinup modelling. I am a makeup rep for a company called Cailyn Cosmetics and also the makeup artist in Bang Bang Beauty Bar. I really feel that makeup is my calling, and am my happiest when I have my brush belt on doing my thing.
3. How would you describe what you offer? What makes you unique in this field?
We offer women the opportunity to be completely transformed. Whether for a wedding, special occasion, Hens party/girls day/night or photos shoot.
We are unique in the way that if the client likes the makeup product we use they have the opportunity to buy it for themselves. We are also very competitive with our pricing and will travel all over Victoria and Interstate.
4. How did you get started in your careers?
Gem – I was doing a lot of vintage makeovers for clients I met through burlesque. At first I was nervous about having proper clients because I had never planned on becoming a makeup artist but due to demand I went ahead and became qualified and never looked back.
Kez – I was actually working in retail when I was discovered by Cailyn Cosmetics. I was fell in love with their products and started selling it. I then was lucky enough to meet Gem at a Rockabilly event in Rye and we got talking about makeup and our love for the vintage scene. We were then booked separately for a vintage photo shoot, I was doing the makeup and Gem was doing the hair. We had 5 models in one day for a Film Noir theme and it was then that we realised how much of a great team we made. We had to do something together, it was written in our cards!
5. What do you love most about what you do?
Gem – I love the creative aspect. Transforming hair from straight and unkempt to something sculptured and impressive.
Kez – I really love seeing our clients’ persona change after being transformed. I love the confidence boost and seeing how happy they are. It really gives me the warm and fuzzies.
6. What advice would you give potential clients when looking for hair and makeup?
Gem – Hair up is really good option because it stays off our face (out of your makeup). Curls drop out but an up-do will look great well into the night. If you have a head piece or vale, always tell your hair stylist before you discuss styles so they can incorporate that, as some hair styles work better that others with various hair head pieces.
Kez – I would say to ignore all the bridal magazines that tell you ‘How a Bride should look’ and to look how ever the hell you want to. If you want a heavy makeup because that’s what you feel comfortable then do it or vice versa. It is your special day, do what you want.
7. If you weren’t doing what you do now what would you be?
Gem – I would probably still be a Burlesque agent and teaching a lot more than I do now. (I also sell cat scratchers for my sisters company).
Kez – I would be looking for Gem!! Seriously though I would be working in nutrition and health, I am currently studying Nutritional Medicine which is basically learning how to use food as medicine.
8. What’s your favourite memory from Bang Bang Beauty Bar (or any hair or makeup job) so far?
Gem – We had a client who was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her best friend surprised her with a visit from Kez and I. We walked into her lounge room with our kits and she had no idea who we were or what we were doing in her house and when we introduced ourselves and why we were there she burst into tears of joy and said she had wanted this whole life.
Kez – My favourite memory is the Victorian Hot Rod Show this year (2015). Gem and I were invited to work a stand there by good friends (Kingpin Kuztums). It was the first week Gem and I had come up with Bang Bang Beauty Bar. We got our logo, business cards and kits together so fast for this event and worked 12 hour days for 4 days straight. It was full on but we loved every single second. This really instilled in my mind that we are on the right track in life.
9. What’s the most unusual request you’ve had?
To cover a naked body in gold glitter paint so she can pose next to a mustang for a photo shoot. The clients all time dream shoot.
11. Anything else you’d like people to know about you?
We do special packages for Hens Parties – We can come to your house and get everyone dolled up for a night out while you party on and sip champagne.