Nicki & Deej’s New Forest Wedding

Just received these gorgeous images by Emily & Steve Photography of Nicki and Deej’s wedding, held in my hometown of Lymington! As Nicki loves festivals and was due to have an outdoor wedding in a stunning marquee, she wanted her bridal makeup to reflect this loose boho feel. Keeping the eye makeup simple with just a bone colour with plenty of sparkle, I then focused on creating a classic flawless base to keep the design ‘bridal’ x

Bridal makeup – the constant battle between ‘timeless’ and current ‘trends’

Bridal makeup has to do and be many different things.  It has to be pitched perfectly to meet photographic standards, take your guests breath-away when seeing you for the first time, and ultimately perform to a high standard for what is a joyful, but unusually long day.  But above all this, it needs to be right for you.

I think it’s save to say that most brides want their makeup to reflect who they are, and what they favour in terms of their everyday makeup style.  They tend to want something that could be considered ‘timeless’ and won’t date in their wedding photographs in years to come.  Yet saying this we all love a trend, and brides are not immune to this by any means.  It’s often getting the right balance between classic elegance and fashionable, that I am called in to smooth the lines.

Your bridal makeup trial is the best place to try out any trends you are drawn to, to focus more on what you do and don’t like.  It’s a save time to experiment a bit and try that 1950’s red lip, or those extraordinary long false eyelashes.  I fully encourage my bridal clients to (just slightly) step out of their comfort zone at the makeup trial, as you never know, that mauve smokey eye might be more flattering then that classic brown smokey eye ;))

Photography by Matt Lee Photographic

Belinda and her New Forest wedding at Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa

It’s gorgeous gal Belinda’s wedding day today, and what a lovely mild day in March it is!  I arrived around 11am this morning to do her classic, pretty bridal makeup at New Forest hotel, Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa located in Brockenhurst.  Belinda was a very calm bride, and just sat back and relaxed while I did her makeup… the perfect way to enjoy your wedding morning.

When I met Belinda for her makeup trial she was a little unsure of what she wanted, but together we developed this very sweet, classic bridal makeup design that will remain timeless in her wedding photographs.  Belinda also upgraded her bridal makeup package (new for 2017) to receive a premium branded lipstick to use throughout the day – her choice was Chanel in No. 54 Boy x

Hannah and her stunning wedding at Botleys Mansion…

Today is Hannah’s wedding at Botleys Mansion, one of my all time favourite wedding venues.  I’m actually one of a few lucky suppliers who are Botleys Mansion (Bijou Weddings) personally selected and recommended wedding suppliers, so it’s always a pleasure to be at one of their venues. And what a lovely day for a wedding – a stark contrast from yesterday which was tipping it down.  And what a pleasure being able to do the makeup for this beauty!  Hannah wanted a pretty pink, classic bridal makeup look with just a touch of a deeper dark colour on the corners of the eye, which is very flattering and timeless.  I finished Hannah’s look creating a flawless, dewy base and used Hannah’s own lipstick which she LOVES so it seemed stupid not to use it.  I also filled in Hannah brows to give a natural finish, excuse the below photo though which makes the left appear darker.  There was someone stood in the window creating a shadow when I took the picture! x


Kim’s classic bridal makeup revisited…

Having just received these gorgeous, warm images from Hampshire Wedding Photography DM Photography of Kim’s wedding back in May 2016, I thought it was a good idea to revisit her classic bridal makeup design – as this look is such a favourite with my clients, and one which I always get asked to re-create.  Kim, like many brides, wanted something natural that looked fab when meeting her guests – yet shone through beautifully on camera.  This balance is always tricky.  Especially if you’re not used to wearing a great deal of makeup day-to-day.  You have to take the makeup to a certain ‘sweet spot’ where the makeup is readable on camera, yet not too much for the bride to feel ‘overdone’.  A balance which I pride myself on achieving.  If the client isn’t happy, then I’m not happy.  So I work hard to design something that has every angle covered.

The ‘classic’ bridal makeup design I have in my portfolio is my little secret weapon!  I tend not to tell anyone specifically what I’ve used, nor the amount – that way no one else can re-create your bridal makeup, and it tends to remain more of a bespoke design that way.  Allowing me to tweak and amend the design to each individual person who wants that ‘classic’ look.  Of course, there are many brides who do not want this design and so therefore, I have a bit more creative freedom.  But overall the quality is the same x

Photography by DM Photography UK

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