OUR TEAM


Carrie - Founder - Hair & Make-up

CLJ Makeup Wedding hair and make-up artist

Carrie Leanne Jessup (CLJ) discovered her love for hair, make-up and all things beauty related at a really young age. Fuelled with passion and determination she attended Guildford College of Further and Higher Education completing Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing and a Fashion and Photographic Make-up Diploma. Carrie went on to work for some of the top brands within the industry including, Saint Laurent, Bobbi Brown, Dermalogica and Jo Malone.

Fast forward nearly fourteen years, Carrie has now worked on hundreds of weddings, countless shoots and events.  

As the demand grew for a specialised bespoke service, Carrie set about recruiting a team of artists, who not only had talent for creating beautiful hair and make-up. But individuals that shared the same passion and drive to empower women with their skill and knowledge.

To me, hair and make-up is all about bringing out a person’s natural beauty. Creating a look that empowers and brings confidence... There is nothing more beautiful than a woman confident in her own skin
— Carrie

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Melissa - Hair & Make-up

Carrie first met Melissa in 2013 when she was looking for her own bridal hair and make-up artist.  Professionally trained with years of experience working within hair and makeup for Weddings, TV and Film, Fashion, Commercial and Editorial. Melissa has had the honour of styling hair and makeup for famous events including London Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, the BAFTAS and the Queen's Coronation to name a few.

Carrie quickly fell in love with Melissa's flawless looks and attention to detail. Melissa's ability to make clients feel at ease with her friendly and professional manner meant she was the perfect fit for the CLJ Pro Team.

Hair is like a work of art to me; I love trying new styles and creating classic looks. Whatever you fancy I will create.
— Melissa


Gabby - Make-up

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Carrie first met Gabby in 2008. Gabby was lead make-up artist for Lancôme. A friendship was quickly formed over the love of Juicy Tubes and Hypnôse mascara!

Gabby's make-up career began in the South of France, completing a 2 year apprenticeship with CFA des métiers de l'artisanat. After being award a foundation degree in Beauty and Salon Management her career lead her to the U.K working for some of the top brands within the luxury beauty industry. Such names included Shiseido, Elizabeth Arden, Lancôme and Liz Earle.

Gabby's expertise and management skills lead her to the most prestigious beauty doors in London - Harrods. Managing the beauty department saw her launch a number of exclusive brands  including Marc Jacobs Beauty, Christian Louboutin and Charlotte Tilbury.

To empower women with the skills I have learnt over the past 10 years gives me such job satisfaction. I became a make-up artist because I wanted to make women feel beautiful. Being able to do this on such a momentous day really is the ultimate privilege!
— Gabby

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Becky - Make-up

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Carrie and Becky met when they both worked as make-up artists for Bobbi Brown. This was the start of not only a great working relationship but a fantastic friendship!

Becky studied Health & Beauty at Chichester College and it was here that she discovered a huge passion for make-up.  After completing her course Becky went onto to work for some top make-up brands including Benefit and Bobbi Brown.

I love my job! I love it because I make ladies feel good, confident & happy!
— Becky


Tess - Make-up

Carrie first met Tess when working on a wedding together. As soon as Carrie saw Tess's work she knew that she wanted tess on the team!

Tess completed her VTCT Level 2 Foundation Make-up Certificate at The London School of Beauty and Make-up, where she discovered a new talent and passion for the beauty industry, Tess then went on to do bridal and special occasion make up.

Make up has always been a strong passion of mine, I love the thought of being able to make each woman feel beautiful on such special and personal occasions.
— Tess

Alice Porter - Hair & Make-up

Alice completed a level 2 and 3 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up at college. Alice then graduated from Delamar Academy of Make-Up having studied Make –up and Hair for TV, Film, Theatre and Fashion.

I not only want my bride to look beautiful, I want her to feel beautiful too!
— Alice

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