Hayley and her glam wedding at The Elvetham Hotel

Yesterday was Hayley’s wedding and what a beautifully sunny day it turned out to be!  Hayley and her beau were preparing to get hitched at one of my favourite wedding venues The Elvetham Hotel – where I seem to be living at the moment!!  Hayley was sooo excited and such a happy bride that I had a job to pin her to the makeup chair, but I think she was actually happy for a bit of calm after organising everything first thing!

Hayley wanted her bridal makeup to be classic, timeless and flawless.  Opting for an expertly blended pink and peach toned eye – Hayley wanted to add a daring bold statement lip using MAC’s lipstick in Ruby Woo for a bit of Hollywood glamour.  Keeping her whole look generally soft and blended meant that the bold lip could be added without overpowering the look.  Hayley also wanted her bridesmaids design to be kept soft and light using mauves and shimmer through the eye with a pink lip in Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk 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

Creating a 1950’s bridal makeup look…

When you think of the 1950’s you instantly think vintage cars, pencil skirt wiggles and of course movie scarlets such as Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.  These women were strong female individuals that drove fashions and beauty trends around the world – famous for their acting as much as their looks, their makeup defined an era.  Making it the true age of glamour.  So it’s no wonder many brides are seeking this look to compliment a vintage theme or just because, like me, they love this era and everything it stands for.

The thing to remember with this look is to keep the eyes relatively simple, with just a touch of colour in the crease of the eyes – I tend to use a medium to deep brown for the eye crease, then gently add a touch of shimmer on the middle of the lid.  I then also add false eyelashes to create a subtle impact.  I then go to town on the lips by getting the most deepest matte red I can find – I personally love MAC’s lipstick in Ruby Woo as it’s a perfect 1950’s shade.  MAC have also just introduced a matching Ruby Woo lip pencil, which helps to define those sexy lips x


Committing to a red lip for your bridal makeup…

Having a strong red lip is the perfect compliment to a vintage wedding theme teaming well with lace gowns, loose waves and a simple cat flick eye.  And the chooses available of different hues of red lipstick make it even easier to decide on that perfect red lip look (I personally love MAC’s Ruby Woo!)  But you have to be committed to wearing a red lip look as it is one of those makeup designs that has to be flaunted with confidence as it’s not easy to shy away from, nor is it for people who want to sink into the background.  Plus it also takes a little practise to control the liner and create a deep and lasting stain.

I love a red lip as I think it grips you with it’s elegance and just reminds me of 1950’s Britain when it was the shade of choose for women.  My Grandmother would often tell me of how she loved her Max Factor ‘Vintage Rouge’ so much that when it was running out, she would use a cotton wool bud to fork out the remaining amount!  Now that is commitment!!


Something a little different…

A couple of week ago I was asked by a client to design a makeup look for a party theme on ‘dressed to kill’ – so of course it had to be Uncle Fester and Mortica Adams, both iconic figures and which worked especially well with the clients costumes!  I started with Francis to create Uncle Fester’s grubby white/black and grey complexion to give the effect of his character sleeping in the basement for years – and also used a deep black around the eyes blending into the cheeks for that exaggerated tired look.  Finishing with highlighted frown/cheek and mouth lines and a touch of black/grey lipstick around the mouth.

For Fiona’s Mortica Adams makeup I combined white and the lightest shade of foundation for her off-white complexion.  I then used MAC in Scene eyeshadow for an extended v shape and blended into a white and grey, finishing with liquid liner and false eyelashes.  Mortica has very strong brows so I filled these in using a black eyeshadow – and complimented this with a touch of bronzer on the cheek bones and finished with a very red lipstick in MAC Ruby Woo.

It was such a pleasure creating this for Francis and Fiona and it really helped they played the characters so well x