Anna and her very ‘pretty in pink’ wedding makeup

Today is the lovely Anna’s wedding and what fab weather we have for it after that face melting heat over the weekend!  Just a gentle breeze and a nice clear sky – perfection.  Anna and her bridal party were all getting ready at the B&B Old House in Wickham, Hampshire after then journeying to her wedding venue of Skylark Golf Course.

Anna wanted her makeup to all be about the eyes.  A softness that draws you to her beautifully blue irises – so it had to be pink!  I created a very soft, pink smokey eye which I then blended a brown/black eyeliner into it to make sure there were no harsh edges.  I then created a smooth base with a bespoke foundation for Anna and finished her look with a brown/pink blusher and bronzer combo with a dash of MAC’S lipstick in Love Lorn x

How I created *that* makeup look for Somerley’s ‘Dutch Masters’ styled shoot

I have been asked how I created *that* makeup look for Somerely’s ‘Dutch Masters’ shoot by quite a few clients now, who want me to recreate a version for them for their grand estate weddings.  Which is so flattering that they admire my work in the first place (I get a little teary when someone says they’re a fan!)  And so exciting, as I simply loved creating this look for international model Emelie Stenman.

So here is a little run down of how I did it…

I started with the eyes first of all – creating a deep smokey eye using browns from MAC namely Brown Down, Handwritten and Brun.  Then used Amber Lights for the middle of the lid to give it that golden shade that photographs so beautifully.  I then lined the eyes and put on some Eylure false eyelashes to finish.  Neatly filling in the brows with shadow, I then went onto the base.

I used two primers and a facial serum in Orogold 24k Vitamin C Booster, to lift the skin – also using Urban Decay’s Vitamin spray.  I then created a bespoke foundation for Emelie to allow her skin to breath whilst covering – which she loved the feel of.  Finishing with concealer, a little contouring and a highlighter.  A pop of blusher from Bobbi Brown in Peony on the cheeks, I then used a setting powder all over very lightly.

To finish I used two lipsticks from MAC in Rebel and Ruby Woo, with a touch of Dazzleglass in Funtabulous (now discontinued) to complete the look x

Photography by Ikonworks

How I created *that* bridal/boudoir makeup design…

Already a look that has been requested by my bridal clients – the deep, sparkly, smokey ‘come to bed’ eye design is proving a little successful!  And here is how I did it…

First I started by creating a deep brown smokey eye using MAC eyeshadows in Omega, Brule, Wedge, Brun, and a touch of Shadowy Lady.  The key to this eye is not to use black eyeshadow as that would look too harsh.  I then filled the middle of the lid with a cute sparkly eyeshadow combination from Bobbi Brown in Ballet Pink, Mica and Silver Moon.  Neatly lining the eyes in a brown eye pencil from Soap and Glory, popping a little mascara on from No.7 and adding false eyelashes by Eylure to finish x

Photography Ikonworks

6 items I always have in my personal makeup kit

I’m often asked what’s in my personal makeup kit – what are my go-to brands.  Well to be honest day-to-day I don’t wear a lot of makeup (not for lack of trying!)  If I’m on site for a shoot I often have to wake up around 4-5am and get everything packed and ready for the models, along with having brekkie and getting my daughter sorted before I even think about myself.  For a wedding I have a little more time and will pop on a bit more.  I tend to keep it simple though with a clear, flawless base and a nice light cat flick and mascara – along with a little blusher, lipstick or lip balm.

Here are my go to products I can’t live without x

MAC Complete Comfort Creme

No.7 Dramatic Lift Mascara in Brown/Black

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Fresh Melon

Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in Warm Sand

Dr Brandt Pores No More – Pore Refiner in Original

Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl in Cocoa Bean

Makeup book reads from 2015 & 2016…

If you look on my bookshelves at home you will see a bit of a trend emerging…makeup books/bibles/tutorials and even historical makeup books.  I like to shake it up though, and currently love reading a mix between social media starlights and well established professional makeup artists – to get a very broad knowledge of what is ‘trending’ right now, and what is well known basics in the industry.  My current faves are Tanya Burr Love, Tanya / Michelle Phan Make Up / Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual and Lisa Eldridge Face Paint.

Like many people who watch makeup tutorials on Youtube, there are times when I’m totally addicted to watching one particular self taught artist.  Tanya Burr and Michelle Phan are my weaknesses at the moment – loving Tanya’s basic videos on everyday looks balanced with Michelle’s eccentricities and bizarre, but still thrilling tutorials.  Seeing herself transform from a Zombie Barbie to Cleopatra to a Geisha!  She seems to have endless talent.

I have to balance all this madness though, and often turn to Bobbi Brown when a need a bit of a pick me up or just want to reconfirm my learning skills.  I am also loving Lisa Eldridge’s new book Face Paint – a very in depth study into the history of makeup/products and marketing.  The first of it’s kind that is not boring, or unstimulating.  I remember getting a horrible, very 90’s, historical makeup book when I was training and it was completely out of date in terms of products and design, so this is a breath of fresh air x