I've known Rachael Parrey for a while - aside from a shared love of make-up and having sons who are the same age, like me Rachael is a regular volunteer with Look Good Feel Better at Maggie's Oxford (Look Good Feel Better is the international cancer support charity, providing practical and very effective free services for women and teenagers suffering from the visible side effects from cancer treatment).

Whilst planning update to my photography, when it came to great make-up for the shoot Rachael was naturally the first person I got in touch with. As Make Up Artist and Beauty Therapist based in Thame, Rachael provides beauty treatments including manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions. She is also a fully trained make up artist providing a varied range of make services including bridal, photoshoots, TV, film and special effects. I was really keen to find out more about some of Rachael's favourite things, what inspires her look and how she works her own personal style. 


What is your favourite item of clothing right now?
Black Leather Biker Jacket, perfect for summer showers!

What is your favourite fashion decade?
1920’s, I love the face that they really started to experiment with style after 1st world war, flapper dresses, beading, fringing

What about your favourite music decade?
1990’s, this is when I did most of my care free partying, Take That, Spice Girls, Backstreet Boys.

Which track that always gets you on the dancefloor?
Anything! It really doesn’t take much to get me up and dancing (badly!!)

Who (or what) inspires your look (famous or otherwise)?
That’s really hard, I love how my mum and nan always look glam and polished but take inspiration from all over the place, magazines, friends, mums in the playground! Although as I’ve got older I defiantly feel more confident about what I think suits me and what doesn’t and can appreciate that something I think looks amazing on someone else will not necessarily look good on me! 

Which are your favourite colours?
Pink and Purple!!

You’ve been invited to a special event last minute – what do you wear?
Definitely a Little Black Dress with some heels! 

A family day out – what do you wear?
Skinny jeans and converse with a brightly patterned scarf.

Tell me about the best jeans you’ve ever owned or worn.
Still looking - at 4’11” I’m really limited where I can by my jeans and trousers from!

What is the most cherished item in your wardrobe? 
It’s actually in the loft but has to be my wedding dress!!

Which are the most amazing shoes you own (worn or not!)
I have a few pairs of killer heels, I love wearing heels but have to say I choose comfort more these days.

Where is the favourite city/place you’ve visited?
New York, My husband and I spent four days there for a special birthday and spent some time tracking down locations from films (mainly kids films!) including The Castle from “The Smurfs”, The Restaurant from “Mr Poppers Penguins” and Natural History Museum from “Night at the Museum”.

Which accessory or item can you NEVER leave home without? 
Definitely my handbag! 
Rachael Parrey is a Make Up Artist & Beauty Therapist based in Thame, Oxfordshire. You can find out more about Rachael and her work at www.rachaelparrey-makeup.co.uk or on Facebook and Twitter.


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