Orchid Blush Team works with Outfit Fashion for Grand National Promotion....

It's that time of year again ... and as the Grand National approached our hair and make-up artist team were asked to set up mini pamper barrier hair, nails and eyelashes at the weekend in Outfit Speke and Prescot stores in Liverpool and new Outfit store opening in Chester. To celebrate the Races  the lovely people at Outfit provided a free pamper bar to their customers on Saturday.Our teams set up in the store and met lots of lovely ladies and we hope they enjoyed being pampered as much as we enjoyed meeting them all.

Here are some pictures from the event......


Topshop nail varnish in bright colours were popular in Liverpool.


The Hollyoaks crew stopped by to open the Outfit store in Chester...


The Chester make-up artist team made the paper !


To find out more about what the Orchid Blush make-up artist and hairstylist team have been up to follow us on Twitter or Instagram @orchidblush or Snapchat @orchidblushteam.


Red Carpet Hair and Make Up Looks - The Grammys 2015

The Grammys are one of my favourite for red carpet hair and make up looks. They are little less formal than the Oscars or BAFTAs and often you see some quite quirky hair and make up looks. This year the looks were clean and natural with luminous skin and defined features .

My favourite this year were : 

Katy Perry

Loved the lilac wig and polished make-up with her beautiful dress. 

Katy Perry -Hair and Make Up 2015

Katy Perry -Hair and Make Up 2015

Jesse J

Loved this whole make up look , the slick raven straight bob and the vamp lip.

Jesse J Hair and Make Up 2015

Jesse J Hair and Make Up 2015

Iggy Azalea  

Love this crown braid .. She looked like a statue ... in a good way!!

Iggy Azalea Hair and Make Up 2015

Iggy Hair and Make Up

Iggy Hair and Make Up

Lady Gaga

I had to google to check this was Lady Gaga lol !! Like this Old Hollywood style hair and make-up .Nice to see other side of Gaga ..


Lady Gaga hair and make-up 2015

Lady Gaga hair and make-up 2015

 Also worthy of a mention was singer Sia's blond Wig ... Now look forward for Oscar red carpet next month....


Ruth Marcella Make Up Artist | Brings Out The Beauty of Business With Orchid Blush...


Lovely article written by Rebecca Kinsella at the Women's Organisation about our Senior Make-Up Artist Ruth Marcella


Ruth Marcella

Ruth Marcella

Starting in 2009, Ruth Marcella wanted to give clients the celebrity experience and since then her business has gone from strength to strength. Now with over 40 fully qualified and highly experienced freelance make-up artists and hair stylists, Orchid Blush is one of the leading providers of make-up and hair services in the North West.


Before becoming self-employed, Ruth studied Fashion Promotion then moved to the North West to start a family. She was working full time in merchandising when the idea of setting up a business came to her. ‘I wanted more flexibility as a mum, self-employment just made sense.’ The move into self-employment was quite an organic process for the mother of 3. Very few problems were encountered, ‘everything seemed to naturally fall into place.’ Originally a stylist, she later moved to make-up, as she realised that is what she was more passionate about.

‘I always enjoyed doing make up so I did a short course and went from there.’

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Ruth looked for any business start-up support available and came across Train 2000, now The Women’s Organisation. She attended a range of courses including business planning, bookkeeping and understanding tax & national insurance to help her get Orchid Blush up and running.

Orchid Blush provides a mobile service for all occasions that will travel to any location in the North West. They also have a professional media team who specialise in commercial events such as television, red carpet and photo-shoots.

The business has attracted a number of high profile clients, including EMI Records, Sky 1, Kellogs, Honda, Channel 4, Peroni and Microsoft,NHS

Freelance Hair and makeup team

Ruth recently attended a series of EBEL master classes run by The Women’s Organisation, including ‘Using Linked in for business’ and ‘Marketing planning’. Although she has a background in marketing, she still found the courses very helpful and informative. She explained: ‘You have to appreciate the opportunities given to you on your journey, like courses and networking opportunities.’

For her, the best thing about being self-employed is that she enjoys her job. ‘I never dread going to work. I get to be creative and find the beauty on someone’s face, instead of putting a look on them. I really enjoy finding their look and seeing their reaction when they see how beautiful they are. I love giving people confidence, especially for special events like weddings.’

Another perk of being self-employed is having her own identity. ‘I feel fortunate to be able to be at home with my children, but then go to work and have an identity away from being a mother.’

Currently, Orchid Blush covers the whole of the North West but Ruth aims to expand the business in the future and break into the Midlands. With the business going strong and continuing to attract high profile clients, she hopes this will be sooner rather than later.

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To see the amazing work Ruth and her team do, visit www.orchidblush.co.uk or contact them at info@orchidblushbeauty.co.uk  

You can also find Orchid Blush on Twitter: @OrchidBlush

And if like Ruth the flexibility and control of self-employment appeals to you, contact The Women’s Organisation on 0151 706 8111 or info@thewo.org.uk for free business start-up advice and support.