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Sarah Gray has launched The Make-up Studio in Dronfield
Sarah Gray has launched The Make-up Studio in Dronfield
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Self-confessed cosmetics junkie or natural beauty, many women are actually afraid of beauty products.

They don’t know what will suit them and what won’t, how to apply colour and camouflage skilfully, or how to change their look. So they stick to the same old look, or buy the latest colours and styles, then shy away from using them.

Cosmetics cost us dear. New research by a hair and beauty retailer in the UK has revealed that the average British woman has a beauty collection worth £450. But much of that money is wasted. The survey by beauty website www.Xtras.co.uk found the average woman only uses around a quarter of her products - some £110 worth.

Instead of wasting hundreds of pounds on unused beauty products, women afraid of gilding the lily, or looking like a painted doll, could consider taking a lesson with a trained beautician.

Sarah Gray, a former make-up artist for prestigious cosmetics brands MAC and Laura Mercier in Meadowhall, launched her own beauty school at the weekend.

The Makeup Studio (www.sarahgraymua.com) is based at The Forge in Dronfield and Sarah’s make-up sessions cost from £20 for 30 minutes to £40 for a 90-minute-long one to one.

Her expert eye can transform wallflowers into stunners - and her teaching skills will show them how easy it is to achieve the look for themselves at home. Rotherham College-trained Sarah hopes to attract brides, prom and party-goers. Bridal packages cost from £75 and hen-party nights can be arranged, too.

During November there’s a two for one offer running - bring a friend and you pay £40 for two and Star readers get a 10 per cent discount on full-priced sessions on production of this article until November 30.

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