5 Minutes with the "Maestro" Sahida at Z Bridal Studio

We're delighted to share this blog interview with Sahida by Hinnah at Hinnah's Beauty Blog. Check the link at the end of the interview to visit Hinnah's Beauty Bites.

You can understand my excitement when "Makeup Maestro" Sahida Sardar from Z Bridal Studio agreed to let me interview her for a short piece on my blog. I have been really trying to get back onto 'Blogsphere' after having my two children lately and when you manage to get hold of a top makeup artist and trainer for a few minutes of their time, it is certainly a moment to be proud of.

If you follow Z Bridal (formerly known as Zara's Bridal Studio) based in the heart of Bradford closely, you will know that they are one of the largest training academies in the UK with seven branches situated across the North, with plans for more bracnches reportedly opening across the UK.

Meet the "Maestro", the woman behind it all, Sahida Sardar, mother of three who juggles it all and who has created a big name and reputation for herself and her brand. She now has a huge fan base following her with the recent launch of the Z Bridal App, a trip to Pakistan to do what she does best as well as being filmed for BBC2,'s 'Bradford City of Dreams' documentary which recently aired. For those of you that watched the programme, you would have seen the inspirational story behind it all.

That's all from me. In Sahida's words, "Say no more". Read on below to get a few minutes insight into the Maestro's world.

Hinnah: When did you decide you wanted to be a Makeup Maestro?

Sahida: I always wanted to be a makeup artist during my teens.

Where did the name Zara's or Z Bridal stem from?

Zara is my middle daughter's name. I have three daughters and her name Zara was very appealing, so I decided to name it after her.

(My daughter's name is Zara too! :-))

If you were not doing what you are, what would you have done instead?

I would have been continuing in my existing job as a Housing Officer. Although I would have loved to have continued where I left when I joined the West Yorkshire Police Force when I turned 20, but for family reasons I had to leave shortly after I joined to pursue an acceptable career in an office.

Describe your training experience with Jawaad Ashraf.

Amazing and excellent training delivered by the Makeup Guru, learned tremendous amounts and continue to do masterclasses with him every year.

Describe a typical day's work for you.

In short, doing bridal makeup, rushing from one house to another and trying to make sure everything runs smoothly and is organised and executed well.

Would you ever launch a makeup range?

Defo! Something I have been thinking about, including designing my own tailor-made makeup trolley.

Ooooh, we just can't wait!

Where do you see yourself if five years time?

Inshallah, INSHALLAH, definitely in Britain's 100 RICH LIST!

How do you juggle family life and work?

It's hard....trying to balance everything is chaotic at times. Organising and prioritising is very important.

Any tips for aspiring MUA's?

Follow your dream, don't hold back and don't be scared. What's going to be will be!

What's your most favourite part about making up people?

Love it when the whole look comes together. Amazing feeling and job satisfaction.

Three holy grail items you can't live without?

My concealer, eyeliner and lippy!

How has Z Bridal impacted you as a person?

It has made me stronger and more positive. I enjoy life and love my job so much. I look forward to new challenges and I'm always embracing change.

How do you unwind after a hard day's work?

I never unwind! There's a DVD player running in my head. There's no pause button on it! LOL! I do find time to unwind with my family but can never fully unwind!

Just wanted to thank Sahida for taking a few minutes out of her busy schedule and answering the above for me. It was definitely an interesting read.

Until next time, Au Revoir!

Hinnah xx


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