Woman in Progress: Elly Jayne Moyser, Make Up Artist

Our Woman in Progress this week is Elly, a Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist based in Cambridgeshire.  After her training, she made it onto the MAC UK Events Team which saw her work alongside some of the best makeup artists in the world at London Fashion Week, The Baftas, The Laurence Olivier awards, and many other red carpet events.  Since going it alone in April 2015 she has gone from strength to strength and is now highly sought after by brides and magazine stylists alike.  She’s been voted in the top 5 makeup artists in Cambridgeshire but is still thoroughly committed to making every single one of her clients feel and look amazing.  Thank you Elly for fitting us in during the busy wedding season. 

Working backstage at the Daks fashion show. Picture by  Zoe London

Working backstage at the Daks fashion show. Picture by Zoe London

Woman in Progress: Elly Jayne Moyser, makeup artist

I’m Elly, a Makeup Artist and Hair stylist with a big love for dogs and food.  I have a little studio based in Chittering near Cambridge where I glam up women for events and get to meet lots of my lovely brides.  I don’t just “do” makeup and hair, I create a feeling and a look.  I also help people learn how to do it themselves; lessons for teens just learning what they like, or how to do a glamorous evening look and also helping women who want to update their look.  Let's just say I am really good at making people look and feel super hot!   

What’s the one thing in your life that makes things easier?

Having a great family and husband that support everything I do.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without?

My dog Elvis - he is my first born!  He makes us laugh every day and is so loved/spoilt.

What’s one thing that you would stop if you could?

Weight gain, because I love cake!

What one piece of advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?

To keep pushing and not worry about where my career was going, as everything works out in the end. 

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at work?

To listen.  Really listen to what your client wants.  There is no point in doing any old look on someone.  You are only as good as that person believes you are.  You could be the best makeup artist in the world but if you can't make that client happy and deliver what they are looking for then you are no good to them.

Elly & bridal client. Picture by Sally Forder for  Binky Nixon

Elly & bridal client. Picture by Sally Forder for Binky Nixon

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned at home?

How to cook a roast dinner!  I will beat anyone in a roast potato contest (apart from my Mum of course)!  Also how to create a warm and inviting home.  I love nothing more than coming home after a busy day to a clean house with dinner in the oven along with some music and nice candles on - I really enjoy peace and quiet after work.

How did you end up doing what you're doing?

I was always into makeup and hair and would spend about 2 hours getting ready for school.  I look back and think how vain?!  I just really enjoyed playing with makeup and used to mousse and scrunch my hair to death with a full can of Garnier Fructise (boy did I smell good!).  I loved Art at school also and my mum has always been into makeup and is quite glam.  I remember flicking through the college prospectus and getting so excited when I saw the Media Makeup course available at the Cambridge Regional College.  After completing the course I worked for Benefit Cosmetics and then Mac Cosmetics where I really found my feet in the industry.  After 4 years at MAC I knew I had done what I needed to do and so it was time to branch out and go it alone!  It was a leap of faith but with lots of support, word of mouth recommendations from amazing clients, I have grown a successful business run from my little studio.  I make brides feel their most beautiful for their special day, show people how to do their makeup through tutorials and workshops and now also do makeup for people who want to feel great on a night out. I love my clients and my work. 

Cocktails or coffee?

Both - I love Espresso Martinis!

What top tip would you pass on to other Women in Progress reading this?

Have one big goal and take little steps to get there.  You must develop and mature slowly bit by bit to become confident and comfortable in your profession.  Recommendations are really important so don't be afraid to ask people for reviews.

Are you done yet?  What’s next?

Elly’s wedding day selfie.  Gorgeous!

Elly’s wedding day selfie. Gorgeous!

No not yet.  My husband and I are in the process of moving so I want to build a home studio which will enable me to have even more slots available to fit people in.  I really enjoy teaching so I want to host more seminars, 1 to 1s for professionals and write some online guides.  Basically, watch this space!


Elly has lots of loyal followers on social media so to see more of what she does, have a look at her Instagram and Facebook.  Check out her youtube for videos, visit her website to book a lesson or just to read some of the many glowing testimonials. 

Thank you Elly!

Elly adding the finishing touches to a bride, a close friend of hers. Picture by  Nicky Shea .

Elly adding the finishing touches to a bride, a close friend of hers. Picture by Nicky Shea.