Mother of the Bride

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One of my favourite things as a Bridal makeup artist is doing mother of the bride makeup.

When I first stepped (or fell) into the world of makeup I spent many years working for Estee Lauder on a busy counter in Birmingham. These years on counter gave me a lot of practice working on more mature women, listening to their concerns and challenges and developing lots of youth boosting tricks to visually turn back the clock.

When I do mother of the bride makeup, it is often the case that she doesn’t wear much makeup and is concerned about looking “over done” this is usually because the products and application that used to work for her don’t work as well for her anymore. I really love giving these women their confidence back and showing them that it only takes a little makeup to make a lot of difference.

I was delighted to do mother of the bride makeup on Jan at Sophies wedding. This fabulous blonde bombshell loved makeup and gave me free rein to do whatever I wanted for her look.

We wanted to have the makeup elegant with a healthy splash of glam thrown in. I use Charlotte Tilbury’s “The Golden Goddess” on Jans amazing blue eyes, the soft bronze tones worked to enhance the colour and add definition without looking too heavy,

I used Estee Lauder Double wear foundation for a flawless long-lasting base however I sheered out the formula and really buffed it into Jans skin for a more natural effect. I used an illuminating liquid concealer for a little extra coverage where needed and applied a liquid highlighter rather than a powder over the high points of Jans face for an all over glow.

Jan usually opted for a more beige toned lipstick however with the rose gold theme of the wedding I used “Penelope Pink” from Charlotte Tilbury for a little more depth of colour with “Pillow Talk” lip pencil for extra definition and volume.

The overall look was youthful, elegant and timeless and I was very happy that Jan felt as beautiful as she looked.

To discuss all your bridal and special occasion makeup requirements, please contact me here.

Image credit: Cloud 9 Photography

The ‘I Do Crew’

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The glamour continued at Sophie’s wedding where I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for her gorgeous bridesmaids.

It is always advisable to have the same artist do all of the bridesmaid’s makeup to give a consistent “feel” to the overall look of your “I do” crew.

Having said that I think it is important to adapt the look to the individual and their personal style while still having elements of the bridesmaid’ makeup the same.

As Sophie’s colour theme was a very modern and beautiful blush pink, we opted for a rose gold vibe to give a modern twist to the makeup. Rose gold is a very flattering tone for all ages and eye colours. While I generally advise to avoid anything too pink toned near the eye (in case of emotional moments) rose gold has enough warmth in it to enhance the eyes without making them look tired.

The bridesmaid’s makeup all followed the Rose gold theme with some of the adult bridesmaids going for a slightly more smokey application on the eyes. I used a Bobbi brown eyeshadow stick for a long wear, crease free base and the Anastasia Beverly Hills “Soft Glam” palette paired with a selection of my go to Eyelure lashes to create a variety of looks, appropriate to the personal style of each bridesmaid.

For the lips, I used MAC lipstick in “Crème Cup” and topped with clear Lipglass for a beautiful glossy pink pout. Sophie’s beautiful sister Laura was giving me all the Elizabeth Taylor vibes and requested a slightly more visible lip line which we achieved using MAC lip pencil in “Pressed Blooms” and I really loved it on her.

The overall effect for the bridesmaids makeup was one of modern glamour – glowing, sexy and very gorgeous.

Please do contact me to discuss all your bridal and special occasion makeup bookings.

 

Image credit: Cloud 9 Photography

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I was really excited to be Sophie’s wedding makeup artist for her big day. Sophie chose The Bringewood as her wedding venue which is unique and luxurious venue set in the beautiful South Shropshire countryside.

For Sophie’s wedding makeup we created one of my signature looks with a few tweaks to suit her personality and style.

As a wedding makeup artist I think its important to adapt to your client and it’s not unusual for the bride to ask for a few tweaks to the makeup on the big day itself.

We wanted Sophie’s wedding makeup to really compliment her ultra glam blonde updo and stunning figure hugging dress, so we felt it was better to dial down the intensity on the eye makeup to look a little less “Saturday night” and keep the overall look elegant but still sultry. We swapped out the waterproof kohl pencil in black for a sophisticated flesh tone using Charlotte Tilburys “eye cheat” pencil.

For Sophie’s eye makeup I used one of my go-to eyeshadow palettes, the rather appropriately named “Bella Sophia” from Charlotte Tilbury with a little of the rose gold toned highlighter pressed onto the lid for extra glow and a modern twist to the slightly more brown toned smoky eyes.

Sophie’s skin was perfected with a long wear base – the makeup artists essential “Double Wear” from Estee Lauder. Being an early ceremony and a warm day forecast – we wanted to ensure that Sophie’s combination skin needed minimal touch ups throughout the day.

As and wedding makeup artist knows, longevity is key and the makeup needs to be kiss, tear, sweat and humidity proof from the first photo to the last dance.

Sophie’s look was completed with a glowing peachy cheek using a combination of different blushers and highlighters for a “lit from within” effect and a complimentary peachy nude lip “Bitch Perfect” from Charlotte Tilbury for a classic yet modern pout.

I am delighted that Sophie felt as beautiful, sexy and fabulous as she looked and it was a privilege to be part of her “glam squad” on her big day. If you would like to discuss your wedding makeup, please do get in touch.

 

Image credit: Cloud 9 Photography

Soft Glam on Sophie

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Bridal Makeup

I was delighted to do Sophie’s bridal make for her big day, as soon as I met this very foxy and fabulous liver bird, we hit it off straight away.

Sophie came to me for her bridal makeup trial at House of Hair Hostess in Solihull where we discussed her requirements and what kind of look she wanted to go for. Being a proud Liverpudlian she was no stranger to glamour and one of my first questions was if she was going to keep her rollers in for when she walked down the aisle!

We went for one of my signature bridal makeup looks – a smouldering copper toned smoky eye paired with fresh glowing skin and a pouty nude lip. We dialled up the intensity on the eye by using a black waterproof kohl pencil rather than my usually recommended softer brown tone, both of which however worked beautifully with Sophie’s dazzling blue eyes.

Sophie loved the look and messaged me later in the evening to say that the girls back home and her Mum had given their seal of approval and were all really excited to get glammed up by me on the big day.

As I always explain to my bridal makeup clients following their trial, I advised Sophie to see how it wears throughout the day, to take lots of photos with different lighting and if she had any tweaks or changes that she wanted to make to the look we can incorporate those no problem.

We stayed in regular contact over the next few months (adding a few more faces to the running list!) and the big day soon arrived!

Stay tuned for part 2 and please do contact me to discuss all your bridal and special occasion makeup bookings.

 

Image credit: Cloud 9 Photography.

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One of the things I pride myself on as a wedding makeup artist is building a wonderful relationship with my bridal clients. It is a privilege to be part of your big day and I always try and bring as much magic as I can, and it doesn’t stop at the makeup!

When I met the very beautiful Natasha we hit it off straight away, with her razor sharp northern humour and sparkling personality we didn’t stop laughing all the way through her makeup trial.

Natasha was a little nervous about having her makeup done as her past experiences with other makeup artists in Manchester had left her feeling “overdone” so she was delighted with her makeup when we went for a very elegant soft champagne toned eye makeup with a classic feline flicked liner using Bobbi Brown gel liner.

This was paired with a natural yet flawless base and warm peachy toned cheek and for the lips we used “Savage Rose” lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury for a little depth of colour without being overpowering. The whole look came together as a classic vintage glamour vibe with a softer modern twist.

The morning of Natasha’s wedding at Moxull Hall in Sutton Coldfield was hilarious and myself, Natasha her bridesmaids didn’t stop laughing – which made doing lip liner quite difficult!

Natasha very kindly sent me her wedding video so if you would like to see me in action and what I would love to bring to your wedding please check it out below (dancing with your bridesmaids is included at no extra cost!)

To discuss all your Bridal and special occasion makeup requirements please do get in touch.

Engagement Shoot Makeup Advice

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With engagement shoots becoming more and more popular it makes total sense to have your makeup done by your wedding makeup artist for this.

Not only will you get the benefits of the staying power and longevity for your pre-wedding shoot makeup as you will on your big day – a professional wedding makeup artist knows all the tricks and tips to ensure your makeup looks amazing on camera.

 

My mantra for Bridal makeup has always been “The ultimate version of you” and when you view your pictures from your pre-wedding shoot to the big day itself having your makeup professionally done for both will add to the magic of the story.

The general advice for your pre-wedding shoot makeup is to go for a slightly softer version of your wedding makeup. For the big day itself you will be going all out with your gown, hair and flowers and the makeup brings the entire look together, your pre-wedding shoot however will usually have a more relaxed intimate feel to it.

I had the pleasure of doing the gorgeous Samantha’s makeup for both her pre-wedding shoot and wedding day (photography by Green Button Photography), for both occasions we used the same colour palette went for a bronze smoky eye paired with a beige nude lip however for the daytime shoot we softened the look back to make it more appropriate for the images then went full on glam for the wedding.

We did this by intensifying the darkness of the smoky eye, using a fuller, more fluttery false lash and dialling up the intensity of the lip and cheek to compliment Samantha’s amazing goddess like gown and super glam hairstyle.

The overall feel of the two looks add to the story by enhancing Samantha’s natural beauty for the daytime shoot then pulling out all the stops for the wedding day itself while still following the same theme.

To discuss all of your wedding and special occasion makeup requirements please do get in touch.

Bridal Makeup at Stanbrook Abbey

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It was a pleasure to do Hannah’s Bridal Makeup at one of my favourite wedding venues, Stanbrook Abbey.

Hannah came to me for her bridal makeup trial at House of Hair Hostess in Solihull where we discussed her requirements and what kind of look she wanted to go for. Hannah loved makeup and wanted to go for a super glam smoky eye paired with a classic nude nude lip

To create the look I used the MAC “Warm Neutrals” Palette paired with my go to eyeliner pencil “Bedroom Black” from Charlotte Tilbury. The lashes were amped up using a thin long wear liquid liner in “Panther” and Legendary lashes Volume 2 also from Charlotte Tilbury.

The eyes were paired with “Honey Love” lipstick and bronzed glowing skin using a selection of blushers, bronzers and highlighters from MAC.

The big day soon arrived and Hannah and her bridal party were all getting ready at Stanbrook Abbey in Worcester. Stanbrook Abbey is one of my favourite wedding venues and has an amazing “Brides Manor” separate house for the bridal prep.

If you love historic glamour, beautiful surroundings and fabulous settings for your wedding photography there is everything you need here.

For Hannah’s bridal makeup look with her flawless glamazon makeup, cascading blonde waves and fairy tale style bridal gown the opulence and glamour of the venue really complimented the look for a magical and timeless effect.

Stanbrook Abbey

The bridesmaids all looked stunning too in dark navy flowing dresses paired with elegant chignon styled hair. The girls all preferred a more natural makeup so I paired a soft shimmering champagne toned eye with a fluttery 3\4 lash. The skin was fresh and glowing and I used “Pillow Talk” lipstick for a soft blush toned pout.

All of the bridal party looked beautiful and it was a pleasure being part of Hannah’s big day.

To discuss all of your bridal and special occasion makeup please contact me here.

And thanks goes to Loveland Photography for the images.

The Festival Bride – Part 3

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I had the pleasure of meeting the gorgeous Sarah and doing her makeup before I met the bride. I love doing ‘Mother of the Bride’ makeup and using my selection of anti-aging and youth boosting tricks to turn back the clock.

For Mother of the Bride makeup, its is key to keep things elegant, classic and to only use as much makeup as what is required to give the maximum effect. For Sarah’s mother of the bride makeup look we wanted to pull elements from Sophie’s bridal look and keep the application light.

For the eyes we used a soft lilac eyeshadow which complimented Sarah’s fabulous figure hugging lavender dress. The lashes were enhanced using several coats of Legendary Lashes mascara from Charlotte Tilbury.

Sarah preferred a very natural base with a little more glow so we used Delilah “Time Frame” foundation over the top of “Underwear” primer to smooth out any texture on the skin and giving the foundation more staying power in the summer heat.

To give the base as much longevity as possible, the foundation was set using “Airbrush” pressed powder from Charlotte Tilbury for a smoothing and natural finish and I used a selection of powder blushers and highlighters to give the skin a soft radiance while not compromising on staying power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah’s look was completed by defining the brows using “Sable Brow Line” pencil from Delilah cosmetics and “Faux” lipstick from MAC for a pretty mauve pink lip colour.

The overall look was one of soft glamour, enhancing Sarah’s natural beauty and I’m pleased to say withstood the weather and still looked as fabulous at the end of the evening.

To discuss all your bridal and special occasion makeup requirements, please contact me here.

Photography: Andy Li