Interview With: Christina Webster
Company Name: Serendipity Studio (Now Chrissie Mobile Hair and Makeup)
Location: 77 High Street, Egham, Surrey
How did Serendipity Studio get started and how long has the business been going?
Serendipity Studio has been open since April 2010. For the previous 29 years I had worked in the television and film industry as a Hair and Make-Up Designer/Artist, and had decided that due to conditions in the industry I no longer wished to continue in that direction, but loved what I did. So I decided to offer the general public everything that I did in the industry, in a unique TV and film orientated studio where I could offer a celebrity star service. I have also gained a wealth of experience, tips and tricks over the years that I am more than happy to pass on. I love and have a great passion for what I do.
How many people work at Serendipity Studio?
Currently there is only myself here. I do have a fellow work mate that sometimes comes in to help out on busy days.
Why is the business called Serendipity Studio?
I chose the name Serendipity firstly because it’s my favourite word, and secondly because it means ‘fate’ or ‘making happy chances’, and I believe fate lead me to do this.
What products/services do you offer?
We offer a wide range of services: Makeovers, youngsters’ make-up , make-up lessons, MOT your make-up bag, skin camouflage, make-up for fancy dress, threading, hair dressed, hair extensions, temporary tattoos, weddings, proms, St Tropez tanning, wigs for hire, individual eyelash extensions, Xpress eyelash extensions, Bio Sculpture gel nails, MINX nails and children’s and adult hair and make-up parties.
Products sold: St Tropez, I-Lash designer eyelash extension products, professional quality make-up brushes, brush holders and brush cleaner, specialised hair brushes.
Have you always worked in the Hair and Make-up industry?
I was a Saturday girl in a hair Salon at 15. I then left school at 16 to be a trainee at a hair salon for a year, with college day release to get my City and Guilds in Hairdressing. I then took on a 3 year Hair and Beauty Therapy course and got all my qualifications, before working for 6 months in mobile hair and beauty and as a part-time hairdresser. Then in January 1981 I started working as a Hair and Make-Up Artist for BBC Television, where I worked until January 1997. I then went freelance until I opened this business, so 29 years in the Film and TV Industry.
What sets Serendipity Studio apart from other beauty services?
We are not a hairdresser or a beauty salon; we are a unique Hair and Make-Up Studio. We offer many services under one roof, with 29 years of experience that I gained working in the media industry as well as my Hair and Beauty training. I have a wealth of information and experience that I am happy to share.
Random question… What’s your favourite biscuit?
I see you offer a ‘Make-Up Lesson’. What’s involved in this?
We do 2 types of make-up lesson. The first is about an hour long, and we take you through your make-up application and colours to suit you. We do half your face and get you to do the other half. We start with your foundation, then you do your foundation etc.
We also have a more advanced lesson which is about an hour and a half. It includes the above, plus we go through your own make-up bag and see what is correct or incorrect for you, if it needs binning or is a keeper, if the make-up has gone off etc. We also do a diagram of where and the sort of colours used on you for you to take away as a reference.
What’s the best thing about your job?
I love what I do with a passion and I love making someone feel good about themself. I love interacting with people as well as I am a people person.
What are your top wedding beauty tips?
Don’t go to heavy with your make-up. Keep it fresh, natural and accentuate your main features. You have to feel comfortable with it. As for your hair…go for a style that suits you and your dress. Something that compliments and you feel good with.
Where can I find out more about Serendipity Studio?
To find out more about us you can visit our website www.serendipitystudio.co.uk or give us a call on 07599 713668.