Ready to face the world – inspiring make-up artist Simi Sanghera
TENACIOUS make-up artist Simi Sanghera is launching a range of exclusive products to run alongside her new business, Bellissimi Beauty.
Redundancy and a career change cannot stand in the way of the 27-year-old who is already a savvy entrepreneur with a legal background.
Hers is one of the few positive stories to come out of the SSI steel plant crisis in Redcar.
She was a consultant with the Jo Hand Recruitment agency for only two months when she lost her job.
A big believer in fate, she has taken the opportunity to open her own studio, Bellissimi Beauty, on Yarm High Street, located just around the corner from where she lives.
She is running a make-up consultancy service in partnership with skincare brand Arbonne, tailoring treatments to an individual’s own skin type.
And she will be applying a range of Siberian mink lashes as well as the eco-friendly, Healthy Glow fake tan. Simi is also developing her own solid make-up brush cleaner, an eyebrow balm based on an old Indian recipe and she has been offered her own radio show on the Community Voice for Middlesbrough (CVFM) station.
Her exciting new enterprise, which officially opened on Saturday, is a dream come true for the former Yarm School and Red House, Norton, pupil.
Simi Sanghera’s make-up inspirations:
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After studying American Literature and History at university she won a scholarship to spend a year learning in the USA before meningitis struck and she had to spend a year at home recovering from the potentially deadly infection.
Following her degree she did a LPC qualification at Manchester University to become a solicitor but the make-up bar rather than the legal bar came calling.
She had worked on the prestigious Mac counter at Selfridges in Manchester as well as in the beauty hall at Manchester International Airport, and had a thriving mobile make-up sideline after deciding a career in law was not for her after securing her legal qualifications.
“I’d picked out a house, I was about to put my mortgage down and it was all swept away from me when I was made redundant. I had a plan for my life for the first time, but everything happens for a reason.”
“I’m a great believer in fate. My dad passed away when I was young and I think he guides me.”
“I started off with a Facebook page for Bellissimi Beauty and my mum, who has been unbelievably supportive, was handing out leaflets. Social media has played a big part in getting me to where I am at the moment.”
Her vision to create a niche in the saturated beauty market with brand new product ideas and a retail income stream running alongside her make-up consultancy work has won praise from her fellow BNI (Business Network International) members who have called her enterprising spirit inspirational.
“BNI has been like a family, as well as the networking opportunities it as given me so much confidence. They said I’ve got drive and determination and they have instilled so much belief in me.”
Simi believes that a passion for make-up is not being vain or superficial but its empowering and gives women the chance to express themselves creatively.
“I want to educate women, whether they have a budget of £20 or £200 what suits them best. Putting on make-up is my time, I love the application process and the reaction when clients see themselves in the mirror. I’m not curing cancer but I am making a difference to their lives.
She added: Going to a make-up counter can be an incredibly daunting experience so I want to eliminate the fear while helping them look and feel their best – I think that’s every females’ prerogative.”
Bellissimi Beauty Make-up Studio – 89A High Street, Yarm, Stockton
Mobile appointments available across the North-East.
Facebook: Bellissimi Beauty Studio Call: 07854-882952
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Instagram: simisanghera
Title pic credit: Daniel Jackson at Roseberry Photography Middlesbrough