Hi Im Clare Swann, the face and name behind Cherry Pie Makeovers, with over 20 years experience in the Hair and Beauty Sector my journey started in my early teens working for a local hairdresser as a Saturday girl and in the school holidays. After some travelling and settling down to have a family I worked as a Manager for The Body Shop @ Home for 8 years. The company was great and we received regular CPD and skin care/makeup training. In 2003 I was one of top 50 consultants in the country and was invited to dine with and spend the day at Anita Roddick’s house in Little Hampton, an experience and achievement I will never forgot!
I have completed short hair and makeup courses, such as Makeup for all occasions, celebrity styling and in 2013 I trained with Pixiwoo (celebrity makeup artists, famous for their Real Techniques brushes) on their intensive course. On this course I learnt lots of techniques and in particular bridal, drag, period and evening makeup. On completion of the Pixiwoo training I decided to specialise in Bridal and Occasion makeup and hair. In the past seven years I have been specialising in weddings and I have seen my business grow very quickly and I am so lucky to do a job I love and receive so much satisfaction from. Making people over, giving them confidence and making them feel good is my passion. I am continually learning and developing my skills in an exciting and fast paced industry that is constantly evolving.
I taught at a local Suffolk high school from 2006 to 2014. I planned, delivered and assessed The City and Guilds level 1 course In an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector to 14-16 year old. I love teaching and hope to continue to develop this side of my business with 1-2-1 lessons and group workshops for teens and adults.
I use all high end, professional products and equipment such as MAC, Illamasqua, Clinique, Kryolan, TIGI, Babyliss and GHD, a few high street favourites as well as some ethical products from Tropic and Urban decay. I have spent the past 7 years building my business and reputation and you can view lots of my work and positive feedback on my Facebook page. My aim is to make people look and feel good and work with them to bring out the best of their features using a range of products, colours and techniques. I have 7 years experience with bridal, vintage, boho, photography, occasion hair and makeup and I am available for any other occasion that requires the WOW Factor!
In June 2019 I pushed my business further and set up a home studio and have trained in HD Brows, Novalash and LVL lash lifts and tint to compliment the hair, makeup and nail services I was already offering. The studio is a bright and jolly space for clients to feel relaxed, pampered and to be the best version of themselves.