Make me up, Alexia
Make-up artist Alexia Hondros talks to Neos Kosmos about making it as a freelancer in the world of beauty
There wasn't a choice of what career path Alexia Hondros would pursue. Her love for all things make-up - from lipsticks to eye shadows - and making people up dominated her childhood. And that fascination with showing people how to wear certain colours, or watching their reaction to themselves made new by Alexia took her on a path to setting up her own freelance business: Alexia Make-Up Artistry.
"Seeing their features become enhanced and when they look in the mirror they look beautfiul," says Alexia. "It's about colours and textures and the different shades and what works and finding what works for that person, it's just like a whole world on it's own."
Having just recently completed a full-time course at the Academy of Make-Up, Alexia established her freelance business and works from a home salon, mobile service and at Argyle Hair and Beuaty in Richmond, being entirely available to suit your beauty needs.
A jack-of-all trades when it comes to the make-up biz, Alexia has the skills required through her course to ensure she does the best job in creating a whole new you with make-up.
She has studied in bridal, fashion shoots, theatre make-up, stage make-up, television and film, body painting, Oriental, mother-of-the-bride and feels that being in a freelance business you need to do a bit of everything to meet the customers needs which is always her biggest priority.
"You need to be creative and understand colour," explains Alexia of her craft.
"You need to know what works and what doesn't."
When consulting a client, Alexia says she looks at the whole package. She analyses the event they will be attending, their personality, their skin tone, what outfit they will wearing to the event, whether or not they wear make-up normally and even to checking if they are allergic to any of the products. To help her cleints base their decisions, Alexia has created four scrapbooks of images and previous work to guide them through.
At the moment, Alexia is enjoying the freedom of freelance work and the responsibility it entails, but would eventually like to see her business grow and work with more colleagues on various projects. Having worked in film and television before, this is another area Alexia is keen to pursue.
"Even though the days are long, you really are involved with all the people. It's challenging but a lot of fun," she says.
Alexia Make-up Artistry can be found at the home salon at 45 Banksia Street, Eaglemont, Victoria; at Argyle Hair and Beauty Salon, 257 Lennox Street, Richmond, Victoria; or the mobile business by contacting Alexia on 0450 388 468. You can find the business on facebook at facebook.com/alexia-make-up-artistry
- Register Now
- 'The Marbles to be returned to Greece'
- Melbourne goes Greek for a week in November
- Greece's best young female athlete for 2015 now calls Australia home
- A taste of Kalymnos in Adelaide
- Perth Glendi returns
- An online ark for the Hellenic diaspora
- 'A woman really wants to be a goddess on her day'
- 'Hang Them'
- Media awards honour Cretan Anzacs story
- Greeks and decibels
- Greek grandmother receives Nobel Peace Prize nomination
- A Big Fat Greek High Tea for Emily
- A dream wedding in Santorini
- 'The Marbles to be returned to Greece'
- Growing up Greek in Australia
- Nine-year-old Greek boy enters uni
- Parents in trouble: 'Just wait until Pappou and Yiayia hear about this!'
- 'Mum, please send me to Greek school!'
- Wounds still open, Bali bombing survivor opens her heart
- Eight common misconceptions by Greeks looking to live and work in Australia
A passionate Greek girl's ongoing success story is all about 'never giving up'.
Greece's new online certification database trialed at the Greek consulate.
George Calombaris' Oh My Greek Week returns, bringing some of the best chefs and mixologists from across Australia and Greece to the foodie capital.
Dean Kalimniou on why Cavafy's poem Poseidonians still resonates today.
Racists hijacked a symbol of humanity and unity under the stars. This should not be accepted.
With three wins in its opening three matches of its 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, the national side looks like it's back to playing football.
Fans will have the chance to get up close and personal with some of their Socceroos heroes.
William Maillis is one of the youngest people ever to attend college.
The scammers are pretending to be from the Department of Immigration, resulting in reports of over $150,000 in losses.
Film director Chrysovalantis Stamelos on a quest of ancestry discovery in Anatolia.
There is already growing support for this project from veterans families in Israel and elsewhere and Mr Claven appealed to Melbourne’s Greek community to come together.
The team completed one of the most successful campaigns in its 60-year history.
Neos Kosmos looks into the conspiracy that turns grandparents into VIPs and the ongoing 'grandparent issue' that most parents don't really want to 'solve'.
The Hellenic Museum, represented by chef Phil Vakos, will be defending the title they won last year.
The campaign for a new breast screening service commences on 24 October and will continue for five days.
Greek Australians proudly flaunt their tradition on the catwalk.
No longer the indie island that it was in the '90s.
World War I veteran George Devine Treloar helped over 108,000 Christian refugees fleeing persecution in the former Ottoman Empire.