Melina Strachan

My history/training… 

I was born and grew up in Sweden to Serbian parents. When I was 19 I got a job in Greece to work for the summer and ended up staying for 5 years! I returned back home to start my makeup artistry course at Stockholm University where I benefited from expert tuition in fashion, film, stage and photographic makeup and prosthetics. After the course I decided to move to London as it would be perfect for me and my career as a makeup artist. I started off in retail where I worked my way up very quickly and looked after brands such as Giorgio Armani Cosmetics, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown and By Terry. Finally, after years in retail, I got the courage to go freelance and pursue my dream. I haven’t looked back! I have worked on editorials, commercials, fashion & beauty and in TV.I have now worked as a professional makeup artist for 15 years.


Melina Strachan

I was first inspired to become a make up artist when…

I have always loved makeup. I used to do makeup on my friends at home from an early age and preform for our parents. When I came across Serge Lutens book Editions Assouline I was blown away by his creations and decided I wanted to become a makeup artist.

Melina Strachan

I am now inspired by…

I get inspiration from  creative people I work with, film, music, from traveling but mainly from catwalks and magazines where you get to see the latest trends. I always look forward seeing what Pat McGrath comes up with.

Melina Strachan

The majority of my work is for… 

It’s actually pretty mixed and that’s what I love about it, no week is the same. Weekends are mostly weddings but during the week it could be anything which is what makes it so exciting.

Melina Strachan

My best ideas have come from… 

Working in a friendly team where we can bounce ideas of each other which I find really inspiring and gets creativity flowing.

Melina Strachan

Make-up sessions start from…

£100 for the trial and £200 on the day for the bride. Prices may wary depending on the size of bridal party and larger groups receive a discount.

Melina Strachan

My office/studio is…

I come to you, where ever you are!

Melina Strachan

My favourite designer is…

The queen Pat McGrath!


Every bride should… 

Prep her skin, exfoliate and hydrate! And NEVER pluck her own eyebrows before the wedding!

See more of Melina’s work here: http://www.londonmakeupartist.net