(Photo:formal dress shops brisbane)BUSINESS in an unsteady market is not always glamorous, but some thrive because glamour is always in demand.
That’s the reality for make-up artist Corissa Ivory, who has transformed many lives, as well as her own, since she and a partner started Funk It Up eight years ago.
The woman of many beauty-enhancing talents, who switched from a life working in transport, has seen a dramatic increase in book-in and walk-in clients – from one to 15 a day – since moving to her North Mackay store.
“My business partner, Kara Johns, and I have about 1500 clients,” Ms Ivory said. “When we first started, we purchased a container that could nicely slot in 500 client cards… Now we have three boxes.”
Ms Ivory said Funk It Up had adapted to the uneasy market and expanded to cater to men and children’s birthday parties.
“I have a lot of husbands who come in with their wives to get their eyebrows trimmed,” she said.
“For the kids, we wanted to think outside of the box, to bring mums into our new space… We do a mini pedi, a mini mani and play Pass the Parcel.
“It’s a chance to really pamper the kids, and they love it; (we) probably have about one to two birthday parties each weekend.”
With Funk It Up flourishing, Ms Ivory is now set to take part in a major fashion show – crafting the faces of those on the catwalk at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
The celebration of fashion and culture is one of the nation’s key attractions for innovative fashion designers, red carpet celebrities and retailers.
Ms Ivory will help create model looks for two designers during the five-day event, on May 18 and 20.
“I will be going down as part of the Harlotte Cosmetics team… I have stocked their products for years,” she said.
“This is the exciting stuff, and it will be my fifth major runway fashion event.
“One of the designer’s focus is winged eyes, sharp brows and glow.Read more at:plus size evening wear