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
Hello lovely people! Here are the remaining Spring and Summer wedding dates for 2019 for either hair or makeup, or both! If you would like any of these special dates please do email me on firstname.lastname@example.org – or use my contact form on my website here
Maybe you have a friend who still needs to secure a hair & makeup artist for their day, or perhaps you are attending a wedding and need to look and feel glam! Get in touch x
Saturday 30th March | Saturday 20th April | Saturday 29th June | Saturday 27th July | Saturday 24th August | Saturday 14th September
With all this snow I can’t help but think back to last year’s summer weddings. Including this cracking one – Helena and her girl gang were simply gorgeous people. Plus Helena had the most wonderful weather for her wedding day x
What a perfect crisp, sunny day for a late summer wedding. I’ve been looking forward to doing Kitty’s wedding makeup for ages as she’s possibly one of the nicest, warmest person I’ve ever met! An absolute joy to work with, as her skin is so wonderfully clear. Originally from Australia, Kitty was brought up with a routine of using sun screen everyday (as every child in Australia does) and boy has it played dividends in her complexion! Kitty wanted a bridal design that was natural, yet completely photogenic – as most brides do. So we came up with the idea of using soft browns, and highlighting (which Kitty loves) I then used soft blusher in peaches, rather than pinks, and just added a little pink through the lips.
Kitty was over the moon with her bridal makeup, and yet it was still ‘her’ x
Recently I got the chance to design a bridal makeup look for a summer wedding, where Amy the bride, really embraced her wedding theme through every sense of the word. I did a blog post a few weeks ago about Amy’s wedding and her bridal makeup, but after receiving these scrumptious images from her photographer Big Bouquet I thought I’d discuss her look in more detail and the inspiration behind her bespoke design.
I met Amy a few weeks before her wedding for a makeup trial, where she explained her wedding theme and showed me what she had planned for her hair and wedding dress. From there I knew I had to do a combination of structure through the eye (as Amy’s eyes are incredible) with a warm complexion, ruddy cheeks and a stained lip. Giving the whole look a sort of walking through the sunflowers feel. So to do this I introduced a formal smokey eye using browns to ever so slightly soften the look, coupled with a warmer shade of foundation and cream blusher for the cheeks. I then created a deep stain in the lips and added a moisturising lipstick to give it a loose look, rather than matte.
Amy loved the design, and I have to say if I were to get married again then is is most likely what I would choose as well.
I also got the chance to meet Amy’s wedding photographer for the day – Emma Davenport of Big Bouquet Photography. Which was utterly amazing as I completely love her and her husband’s photography! See Emma’s blog post for more on Amy and Neale’s wedding at Burley Manor Barn x
This morning I had the pleasure of doing Amy’s bridal makeup for her wedding in the New Forest, at the newly refurbished Burley Manor Barn. Amy’s wedding theme today is summer and all the delicate pastel shades that go with it. She had the most exquisite flowers made for her featuring a mini version of a sunflower, gypsophila and a small peach rose bud to complete the chic look. Amy wanted her makeup to therefore be kept simple, yet have that wow factor through the eyes – which I think works wonderfully well for her as she has the most amazing large eyes.
For Amy’s bridesmaids I used a pastel mauve through the eyes, and used the same lipstick colour for the whole bridal party to unite them. Because of the very loose, free nature of the wedding Amy didn’t want her bridesmaids to feel ‘over done’ and just wanted everything relaxed and peaceful – which it definitely was this morning! x
Photography by Big Bouquet Photography
You may have noticed a change of deposit from £20 to £70 (explained in my earlier post) the reason for this is to make the booking process a lot fairer and to stop ‘hogging’ of dates, basically to weed out the time-wasters.
I have also made the decision to slightly increase my costs and to divide the seasons i.e Summer & Winter weddings. There are quite a few reasons for this change and for it happening now. Last year I was involved in 103 weddings across the South of England, which meant I was doing on average 2 weddings per week – which is furnominal! And in previous years I have been close to this number. This has meant I now have an in-depth experience of weddings as a whole and most importantly advanced experience in bridal makeup. This is all reflective of my professional training I received in London all those years ago.
The cost is very much reflective of my professional training and skills as a Makeup Artist, as while my makeup looks might look simple they actually take quite a bit of time designing. The price also takes into account the use of premium branded products.
A while ago now I was asked by a rather nervous bride if I would do her bridal makeup for her wedding day in July at Studland Bay House, Dorset – of course I was delighted to be asked and jumped at the chance to be involved in Charlotte’s big day. Charlotte, who is from London, wanted something very natural and flawless but like many brides didn’t know where to start! I talked Charlotte through her wedding style, theme and colours and then decided upon a look that would be flattening but not overpowering – in the end we decided upon a light smokey eye and pink/brown sparkly lips curtsey of Chanel lipstick in Boy. This look was to compliment Charlotte’s vintage touches such as her lace bodice and Jimmy Choo silver shoes.
For her wedding venue Charlotte had booked Studland Bay House in Dorset which is truly a hidden gem – with breath taking views over the Solent, acres of outdoor space for marquees and you can even hire it for a week, which is a real bonus especially if you have a large wedding party and want to spend some time together.
All of this was then masterfully captured by talented Wedding Photographer Mister Phill
Our British weather seems to be forever changing and what used to be easy guaranteeing good, dry weather for a summer wedding is now a bit of a stab in the dark. However, on those gloriously rare occasions when the sun does decide to come out, you need to be prepared to slightly change your method of applying your bridal makeup. So here are my top tips for tackling the heat on your special day x
Tips for applying makeup in hot weather
* Before applying makeup, pop on a fan on light/medium strength, slightly to one side on the dressing table. This will keep your face and hands free of sweat.
* Build up your makeup, especially foundation, in light thin layers – that way you are less likely to make a mistake by applying too much.
* Keep oil away from the face by using blotting paper, like those available from MAC. They soak up the sweat without destroying the makeup.
* Have a little bit of powder with you to touch up during the day – make sure to concentrate your attention on the forehead, nose and chin.