Telling the beautiful story of Barbie Arrunategui, the straight As Business School student who embraced her bridal makeup business and career on her wedding day.
Barbie, tell us what made you want to start a bridal makeup business.
I am an Indian American, born in India and raised here in the USA. I went to college and then business school in NYC and graduated with honors and thought my life was set. Then, I started working the corporate hustle and as glamorous and financially rewarding it was, it was also very time-intensive but somewhat boring.
I got engaged after graduating from business school and I started planning the wedding of my dreams. As I was looking for makeup artists to do my bridal makeup, I figured out it was complicated to find talented artists that could work with my brown skin tones. I went to various trials with a lot of hope and I ended soooo disappointed that I decided to just do my own makeup and hire a hairdresser for the big day. Unfortunately for me, the hairdresser overslept and showed up late and ruined my morning session of pictures. It was a nightmare, but at the same time, I realized that many other brides with ethnic skins like me should be able to find a well-trained and qualified makeup artist to answer their needs on that so important day.
As a part-time side hustle, I started selling skincare products. The brand I worked for offered me to be part of a makeup training program so I jumped on board to improve my skills. After that, the word got out in my community, circle of friends and acquaintances so quickly, that I had no time to think but started my own beauty and bridal makeup business. Cinderella Bridez is now 14 years in the making. We provide services for Luxury weddings and are one of the top US companies known in the South Asian Wedding Industry locally.