The Makeup Bar team offer a range of services, including makeup, masterclasses and dry hair styling.

Our interview

Originally published on 7 February 2019.

We visited the Makeup Bar Hobart just as they were packing up from the morning’s clients – attendees of the latest David Jones campaign at Mona, including actresses from Tidelands and Neighbours. These ladies are clearly proving themselves as ‘the’ place to go for makeup in Hobart.

The Hello Hobart team sat down with owners Alex and Kim and chatted into the morning about their new business venture that is sure to impress clients.

Alex and Kim are both incredibly experienced, making a name for themselves at the Myer makeup counter for many years.

“We are not all about the before and after picture, rather, we love highlighting what makes people special. Ultimately we want to make people feel comfortable in their own skin with just a touch of artistic highlighting on their features,” said Kim.

The team offer a range of services, including makeup, masterclasses and dry hair styling. Brides-to-be take note – these guys charge a flat rate too regardless of the function, so no wedding surcharge!?

“We offer masterclasses for those people who would like to learn how to best apply their makeup,” said Kim. If you wish, you can even bring in your own products so they can teach you what you can achieve with your standard makeup.

Why do these lovely ladies love makeup so much? “A particular highlight for us is being a part of special events for people. You see people come in to get makeup for their first dates, and then a year or so later, they are back again getting their engagement party makeup done and then later their wedding makeup done. You get to see people’s big life events and go along for the journey” Alex said.

“I also love the delighted comments from customers impressed at how well the makeup stayed on. Particularly brides who go through a myriad of emotions on the day, yet, they continue to look amazing,” Kim said.

“We want people to come and have a high-end experience here. It is a key part of our ethos. We want people to come in and experience quality products and service,” Alex said.

The team use a variety of quality makeup brands, including Mac, Tom Ford and Chanel. They are also moving to cruelty-free makeup wherever they can.

Both ladies said that they had to pinch themselves on what they have achieved, they even had to force themselves to celebrate!

“We had our Instagram account for 3 or 4 months prior to announcing it was us who was opening the store. We didn’t expect the following that we got from the announcement, we grew 400 followers overnight,” Kim said.

To celebrate their opening, if you book a session for four people or more they will even shout you some pink Moet!

The ladies are super flexible when it comes to appointment times, and we recommend you check out their website for full pricing and details.