Today I had the pleasure of doing a wedding makeup for Bethany and her bridal party. She had a trial with me a few months ago ( have a look : trial) so we had a look planned out and ready.
It was a busy morning but she was as calm as a cucumber! We got ready around 830 and I created makeup for her 5 bridesmaids and mother as well as herself and finished around 1. I aimed to create each makeup within half an hour and we ended up with some really pretty looks and a few moments spare to take a few snaps of the makeup.
Saviours of the day were Mac Paint Pots, Darmalogica Active Moisturiser & a new brush that I haven’t had a lot of time to play with - my Louise Young no 13 brush. It’s just a little smaller than a Mac 219 (also a favourite) and a little softer as well - perfect for blending eyeliner and softening it out for a less “graphic” look :
I can’t wait to see the professional photos of her on the day! :)
A couple of days ago I had the pleasure of doing a bridal trial for a lovely lady called Catherine. I knew she was going to be little different as she sent a picture of a gorgeous Asian inspired Wedding Dress and this beautiful moodboard :
Catherine met me at my home studio in North London and after having a chat about the mood board, what inspired her about the images, how the makeup would work on the day and what features she would like to bring out most I decided to go for a very fresh skin look with a pop of colour on the lips and cheeks. Catherine’s every day look is usually a stronger lip and she didn’t feel comfortable with too much on the eyes.
This is the final look we went for - a bright orange lip using Mac Morange Lipstick, fresh matte skin using Mac Matchmaster Foundation & Peach/Bronze blusher. And on the eyes a liquid liner - quite thin with soft contouring and highlights too :
Having been away from London for a couple of weeks due to family business I didn’t get a chance to post this a few weeks ago. I did a bridal trial for one of my August Brides - Bethany. She wanted a natural makeup as she doesn’t wear a lot of makeup day to day and wanted it to look reminiscent of Downton Abbey girls. Pretty but not too obvious. I opted for a glowy skin look with a feature on the eyes and a soft lip. Pretty pink cream blusher gives the skin a fresh glow and the products are made to last. See below for what I used :)
Products Used (all Mac Cosmetics unless otherwise stated)
Skin Brightening Serum
Protocol Gel Moisturiser
NC15 Mineralize Foundation
NW14 Pro Longwear Concealor
Prep & Prime Translucent Powder
Mineralize Skinfinish Light
Ladyblush Cream Blusher
Spiked Brow Pencil Blended in
NC15 Select Moisture Cover Concealor to highlight brow bone
Morning Frost Paint Pot as a base
All That Glitters Eyeshadow
Shroom Eyeshadow in centre of lid for highlight and in inner corners
Cork Eyeshadow as a crease colour
Stubborn Brown Eyeliner 1/2 way top only
Lord & Berry Water Proof Mascara
In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Liner all over lips as well as outline
Hello Followers! Here’s an Asian Bridal Engagment Makeup for the lovely Asha that I did this week. Step By Step guide below!
To get the Look using all Mac Cosmetics
First Cleanse and Prep Skin . I used Prep & Prime Moisture Infusion Serum and Studio Moisture Fix Moisturizer. Then I skipped straight to the eye makeup. This is because you lean on your face when applying makeup and often little specks of eyeshadow fall onto the skin. It’s just easier and more practical to do the eye makeup first. You may just feel a little made up until you get to the foundation!
Prep lids with paint pot in Painterly
. Apply Embrace Me eyeshadow over this and blend with a fluffy brush.
In the centre of the lid use Silly eyeshadow for a soft highlight.
Then blend Swiss Chocolate eyeshadow into the crease of the eye with a flat brush first pressed onto the skin a few times over. Then blend with a fluffy brush. I used brushes 239 and 217 to do this
Apply Carbon eyeshadow into the socket of the eye with the same brushes and blend softly.
Apply Blacktrack gel liner with a flat 239 brush onto the carbon
Blend the gel liner very carefully with a soft fluffy brush *217 or 224*
Apply gel or liquid eyeliner along the lash line and add a flick at the end. If you struggle with liquid liner have a look at my small tutorial here which shows you how to apply liner the easy way!
Apply Feline Khol pencil under the bottom lash line half way and smudge with a 219 smudge brush.
Apply lots of mascara! I used Haught & Naughty Too Black. For a waterproof alternative try False Lash Waterproof.
Lashes optional. Asha opted not to go for lashes but if you were going to try some amazing lashes for this look I would have gone for no 33 :)
Using Spiked Brow Pencil softly define the natural shape of the eye. Fill in any gaps and use sharp small movements to mimic the direction of the hair growth.
Blend! Using a small angled brush *i used the 263 and 212* buff the colour into the brow hairs
Remove excess around the edges of the brow by spraying a little Fix + spray onto the 212 brush and tracing the outline of the brow
Highlight the brow bone. I used Pro Longwear concealor in NC30 as it was a little lighter than Asha’s skin. For an evening engagement add extra shimmer with the 212 brush and some Shroom eyeshadow dotted under the arch of the brow.
I prepped Asha’s skin already but went over with Prep & Prime skin after cleansing away any eyeshadow fall out.
I applied Studio Fix Fluid Foundation with a 190 brush all over the skin. You will need to get a colour match for the right shade.
I used Pure Orange Colour Corrector to take away and areas of pigmentation. If you have dark spots of areas that tend to look “ashy” when you apply normal foundation it is likely that they are areas that will need colour correction. Orange tones and peachy tones will help to knock out the dark areas. I used my fingers to push and dab the tiniest amount of the Pure Orange colour corrector on problem areas.
Go back over these areas with foundation.
I applied Pro Longwear Concealor under the eyes and over any problem areas.
I applied Highlight Pen in Radiant Rose to the bridge of the nose, top of cheekbones, temples, middle of chin & cupids bow. This creates dimension on the face.
Apply a bronzer or slightly darker foundation under the cheekbones.
For a flawless and full coverage effect I used Studio Fix Powder Foundation to set the makeup on the t-zone only.
I applied blusher in melba to the apples of the cheeks
Set skin with Fix + spray
I used More To Love Pro Longwear Lip Pencil as a base all over the lip. This product lasts for up to 12+ hours and stays VERY well so its perfect for engagement parties.
I used Pro Longwear Lipstick in Love Forever over the top of the lip liner. This is also a long lasting product and is perfect for weddings and parties too!
FIN! Any questions please don’t hesitate to give me a shout!
Beautiful Images from Bridal Photographer Kirsten Mavrick
Last week Carl and I lent our studio aparment out to our photographer & friend Kirsten Mavrick for a collaberation with wedding dress designer Dana Bolton! Makeup and Hair was done by gorgeous makeup artist Lucy Jayne and the pictures were published today! I just had to share this gorgeous shoot! For the original blog by Love My Dress follow the link below!
So beautiful to see our studio space being used to its maximum potential and seeing how different photographer friends use it is always interesting! Here is their gorgeous shoot! :
From antique frocks to 1940’s teacups, vintage inspired weddings are the big story. Starring gorgeous vintage dresses plus designers working with the prettiest antique textiles, The London Vintage Wedding Fair is perfect for contemporary brides looking for a unique stylish touch.
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When I was in Norwich this weekend I went past this lovely little Bridal Boutique located in one of the norwich lanes La BelleAngele. I love this little asian inspired sun umbrella in the window! Looking into their website they also have some gorgeous dresses. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a Norwich/Norfolk Bride to be!
Hello followers! The lovely Bridal Musings Blog have featured some of my bridal makeup tips again this time focusing on how to wear colour on your special day! Please have a look to get some ideas and inspiration :)
Hi Guys! Just got a couple more photos from the beautiful Wedding Workshop I worked on with Rosie Hardy. These two photos were taken by the lovely Franziska Ambach! So pleased with how they turned out :)
Hello all you gorgeous people! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted as I’ve been busy moving house but I have a new feature up on Bridal Musings blog that I’m excited to share with you!
Have a look at my 5 top tips on how to apply longer lasting makeup for your special day (and generally!) Every makeup artist is different but I have found in my years of experience these are tried and tested ways to keep your makeup on! Check it out :)
Hello Followers! I hope you are all well and enjoying this beautiful summer weather! :) For some inspiration have a look at my top 5 bridal makeup dos and dont’s as featured on the lovely Bridal Musings blog :) I love this blog anyway as it’s a constant source of inspiration and such lovely posts and photos! I am so happy that I was invited to share my tips and tricks! I hope you enjoy…
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Looking through some old files from a few years ago I came across an “inspiration” folder for bridal makeup. These two makeup looks were created by MAC (sorry I can’t remember the artist names) but they would be great for a boho wedding look :
Bridal Makeup : Things In my Kit I wouldn't Be Without
I thought it would be good to just add a few of my favourite products for Bridal Makeup to this new blog! These are things that I almost always use when doing a bridal makeup. I would recommend that if you are a bride investing in some new makeup for the special day, try and hunt these down! They will make your wedding makeup last longer and look fresher!
Mac Paint Pots
These are cream eyeshadows that also act as an eyeshadow primer. They are quick drying and come in both matte and metallic textures. They will literally keep your eyeshadow on all day and stop it from creasing. I almost ALWAYS use these on a bridal job. The colours also work great as a base colour. My Favourites are Groundwork, Painterly and Bare Study.
Mac Coffee & Teddy Eye Khol
Both gorgeous browns for doing bridal makeup. Teddy is rich and warm with a hint of reddyness - perfect for brides with green and blue eyes as the red undertones will enhance the brightness of the eye colour. Coffee is a lovely matte chocolate brown which is great for both fair and dark skin tones.
I use a range of different types of primers in my kit from Mac to Estee Lauder to Laura Mercier. It’s so important to prep the skin on the wedding day. It just makes the foundation last and last and smooths out the skin. If you are a bride doing your own makeup on the day or you are investing in products to buy to give to your mua on the day I would definitely invest in some form of primer!
Mac Fix + Spray
This spray is great for refreshing tired makeup or spraying onto a finished makeup to make it last longer. It has green tea, chamomile and cucumber to sooth the skin. But the main ingrediant is glycerin. This acts as a holding agent. It will create a very polished looking finish to the skin once it’s dry and help your makeup last.
Pastel & Bridal Colours
I stole this idea from a good friend and fellow makeup artist Carli Lamotte! She had the most gorgeous pallette of “Bridal” colours all together and it inspired me to create one too. More for the mua out there! Favourites bridal & pastel colours of mine include :
Brule, Blanc Type, Vanilla, Naked Lunch, All That Glitters, Beautiful Iris, Retrospeck, Salmo Silk, Wedge, Cork, Arena & Idol Eyes.
(paint pot photo source : jomakemeblushdot.com, teddy khol photo source: makeupandbeautyblog.com, mac prep and prime photo source: maccosmetics.co.uk)
I posted this blog not long ago on my normal blog but thought for those of you who are new followers, potential brides, or makeup artist that are intrigued to learn more tips from the pros, this would be worth reposting. I had the pleasure of being invited to attend a Masterclass with renowned Asian Bridal MUA Patti Panue. We arrived at the beautiful and quirky Soho Hotel for breakfast and swaraying in the lobby at around 1030. Before the class started I had the opportunity to meet some other mua in the industry and chat with some colleagues. After some lovely pastries and coffee we went into the main room where Debbie and Patti were set up and ready to go!
The masterclass was broken down into two parts. Part 1 with Patti talking us through a typical Asian Bridal makeup and Part 2 focusing on Red Carpet Asian makeup with Debbie Finnegan (please see my normal blog for part 2.)
Patti introduced herself to the group and told us a little bit about her experience with Asian Bridal Makeup. If you haven’t heard of her before she is a real player in the Asian Bridal community. With 25 years of experience in the industry she really does have a lot to share. She’s already booked up for the next 2 years and gets most of her work by word of mouth (she is that good!) Her other work includes London Fashion Week, International Asian Film Awards, MOBO Awards, British Soap Awards, Asian TV Network & Zee TV Commercials, Britain’s Next Top Model, Project Catwalk Asianna & Asian Woman Magazines & Asian Dreams. Music Videos include Manic Street Preachers & Bollywood Choreographer - Honey Kalaria by Ivory Circus…just to name a few. Aka, this mua knows her stuff! Despite all this she came across as a really sweet person, yet firm and in control! She told us about what her normal routine would be in preparing for a bride. She books a trial 3 months in advance to the wedding once the bride has her outfit, jewelry and dates planned. She said “ I usually have a 3am wakeup call to be with the bride at 4!I like to put on some music to relax the bride as I’m possibly the first person she see’s on the big day. I often carry a floodlight from B&Q with me especially if I’m doing makeup in hotels as often the lighting can be really bad or at 4am there isn’t natural daylight. It typically takes me about 2 hours to do the makeup and I prefer to do makeup before hair. I also have four brush kits with me as it’s not atypical for me to go from one bridal job to another and it became an unnecessary stress for me to worry about quickly washing all the brushes for the next job. It’s just so much easier that way.” Patti explained that in a weekend it’s not unlikely for her to do between 4 to 8 brides! She also discussed trends in Asian Bridal makeup with us explaining that it really is going away from the typical gold all over the lid and red lip. She said really the trend is now to go for a slightly lighter and fresher lip. She said “I don’t really like a huge amount of colour. I like more beautiful softer makeup. It’s up to you as the makeup artist to make this person look amazing on the day, of course you will ask what the bride wants and piece together and idea of what she is after, but at the end of the day this person is paying you because you are the expert. You know what is best and what products are going to last and how they will look on film and in daylight.”
Patti started her demo by prepping model Val’s skin with Oil Control moisturizer. She then went straight into the eye makeup as to avoid drop out and save time. She prepped Val’s eyelids with Select Cover Up Concealor. As a Mac girl born and bread I tend to use paint pots all the time so it was nice to see a different product being used. She explained that the Select Cover Up works great as it gives a lovely matte finish but also grabs eyeshadow colour really well. She applied the product with a 217 blending brush and blended this all the way across lids and under brow bone. She then used Pro Longwear eyeshadow in Sweet Satisfaction as a base colour across the bottom lid. She then added Pro Longwear shadow in Lie Low across the top of this. She explained she likes to create a more natural lid and then go in with liners to make eyes really pop. Under the brow she added some Mac Pro Sculpt Powder in shade Accentuate “not to glittery but to just highlight the brow very softly”. She then added soba eyeshadow with the 224 soft blending brush in the crease of the eye. She said of course go with the eyeshape - see what it needs but try and sculpt it so you are making the eyes look much bigger. She then used eyeshadow Femme Noir in the crease of Val’s eyes with a 222 blending brush and softly sculpted out the brow bone shape. To complete the top lid she added Blacktrack Gel Eyeliner with an angled brush to the top lash line.
She then explained she wanted to get a more stylized look. Not heavy unless they want more for a wedding reception so she curled the lashes twice and added Splashproof (waterproof) mascara. With the top eyes complete she then went on to add colour. She wiped under Val’s eyes with a makeup removing wipe and explained to sweep it upwards around the corner of the eye and also go through the bottom lashline with a clean blending brush to really tidy up the area. She then added a pop of colour using Hey Sailor Eyeshadow “Feeling Fresh” on the waterline of the eye. Yes, powder eyeshadow applied on the waterline. Gorgeous! It looked really good! I was inspired! She said sometimes she uses a fluid-line gel liner first to give more impact but it depends on how dramatic the bride wants the look. She explained “Outfits tend to be red based in colour and then with borders of either green, blue, purple so you just have to try things in the trial and see what works. I also don’t like to do a trial with one side in this look and one in that look. I like the bride to see a whole complete look. I take my camera with me and show her before and after shots of untouched photos so she really trusts my ability - it’s better to finish the look and judge it this way. Sometimes, less is more. Soft and subtle but enough to carry the look through the day. I also really like to use the Mac Pro green liners for a pop and effect on the waterline!”
She finished the eyes with a pop of green using a green Superlick Liquid Liner applied directly onto the lash line and then added no 2 lashes to the top lash line. She also mentioned she typically loves to use no 7 lashes.
Pattie then moved onto skin using the Skin Smoothing Primer all around cheeks/forhead/chin nose after warming it onto the back of her hand. She said she always uses primer - it’s so important in keeping the makeup in place on the day. She used a 190 foundation brush and applied Pro Longwear foundation which she said she loves to use. Depending on a brides skin, she said if a bride has reasonably good skin she’ll use Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, but for a bit more coverage she finds the Pro Longwear works really well and holds for the right amount of time. Debbie added that this foundation has been tested and shown to last for 8 hours. A makeup artist asked about what about Asian Bridal Makeups and how many like to have a lighter appearance to the skin. She said she will go maybe 1 shade lighter than the natural skin colour because the aim is to make the bride look stunning and too much lighter than this will look very contrasting against the skin on the rest of the body. She said in these cases she likes to use a large 187 stippling brush to work the product down the neck and really buff it in so it doesn’ t look like it’s an obvious stark contrast.
Patti explained that alot of times Asian Brides can have quite dark circles. She says colour correction is the best way to combat this using a mix of Pro Longwear Concealors. She said she likes to use the Pro Colour Correctors too in Burn Coral & Light Peach but the two mixed together as it creates a perfect shade. She used NC40 Pro Longwaear on the forehead nose and chin and explained sometimes she’ll use one colour on the inside areas of the face and another for the more ashy tones around the edge of the face. She applied NC42 Mac Pro concealor with a 191 brush to knock out the grey areas in the skin and then pushed concealor under the eyes using a blending brush and also fingers. She then set the concealor with Prep and Prime Translucent Powder taking it from the lid.
Moving onto Brows Patti explained she isn’t a fan of pencils as they can look harsh. She said most of the time she uses Cork or Expresso Eyeshadows with a 208 angled brush and ocassionally on really dark skin tones, Brun shadow. She then added Nylon Eyeshadow with a 212 sharp square brush directly against the lower brow line to add more shimmer in the highlight. This was applied almost in a soft thin line - not all over the actual bone. It was really effective. Normally I would use perhaps one brow highlight like Brule Eyeshadow or a lighter shade concealor so it was interesting to see all the layers of makeup Patti created. The select moisture cover, the accentuate powder and then as a finishing touch the nylon shadow. It was stunning!
She then went back to cheeks and skin and added Mineralize Powder to the face using the compact 109 brush to target areas as opposed to applying powder willy nilly, then Bone Beige Sculpt under cheekbones for contour usuing the 168 angled powder brush. She finished the cheek with Tenderling blush and Dainty on top of that.
To complete Val’s Asian Bridal Look, Patti prepped her lips with Prep & Prime lip, added Staunchingly Stylish Lip Liner, working into the lip and diffusing it, Absolutely It Liner also added into the middle and then topped this off with Fanfare lipstick. She finished the lip using Instant Gold Lipglass and then going back with a small brush to correct the lip line with concealor. Once the class finished I had a chance to catch up with Patti and I asked her what her favorite Asian Bridal Lipglosses were. She said she loves Instant Gold, Love Nectar, Lusterwhite, Pink Karat & the Pro Longwear Double Ended lipstick and gloss sets.
All in all it was really beautiful! It was interesting to see how many layers Patti applied - obviously to help create a longer staying makeup, yet the makeup didn’t look heavy. It looked modern and fresh and really wearable.
Last month I got to do makeup for the lovely Rosie Hardy for her Wedding Photography Workshop in the gorgeous Mayfield Lavender Farms. As well as getting some stunning photos from the workshop I also had such a great time getting to know all the photographers that attended! More stories to come about this special day but for now enjoy these gorgeous photos taken by Rosie :)
In mid June I had the pleasure of making up Kristyn and her sister Saskia for a beautiful wedding in Richmond. Kristyn wanted a fairly natural makeup which enhanced her eyes but let her still look fresh and not made up. In the trial we used neutral colours on her eyes to keep them looking soft. I used Mac Groudnwork as a base for the lid - this is a favourite wedding eyeshadow of mine not only as it holds the rest of the colours on for the whole day but also it works great as a base colour as it’s a soft taupe brown. I then used Satin Taupe on the lid with a little bit of coffee pencil as a liner on the top. She didn’t need mascara she had extensions in on the day. I also used Estee Lauder Doublewear Light foundation on her skin along with other primers and skincare items. We kept cheeks fresh with Pinch O Peach blush and used Pattisserie Lipstick with Ample Pink Gloss on lips with strip down lip pencil.
Kristyn’s sister Saskia wanted to look a little different so we used greens on the eyes - something like Mac Sumptuous Olive will do the trick. I used Bare Study Paint Pot as a base and then we used Phone Number Khol pencil to line the eyes. I then contoured the crease of her eye with Print eyeshadow, very blended out. I used Posey Cream blush on her cheeks and matched her lips using Viva Glam Cyndi Lauper lipstick and Posh it Up Gloss on her lips. This lipstick is now discontinued but you can use another colour called “lickable” which would be just as nice :) it’s a fresh raspberry colour with a soft sheen. It’s perfect for adding a hint of colour without it looking too much!
And look how cute is this little thing! Kristyn got the idea from a bridal magazine and made loads and loads of these little things for each table at the wedding. I thought it was too cute and worth a mention :)
"I received many comments on the day about how lovely I looked, from quite a few of our male friend’s too! so thanks for all your help in making me look amazing. And also thanks for helping me get into my dress, it was just as well you were still around. " - Kristyn
Last year, on 8 October, I had the pleasure of doing a beautiful bridal makeup for Marianna. I wanted to blog it as it was a truly special day. She had a couple trials with me to find out what look she wanted. It’s so important to me for a bride to feel beautiful and like herself on her wedding day. There is so much pressure put on all of us to look so good and when else more so than on the Wedding day? Especially as these photos for you to look back on in your family for years to come! So when I do a bridal makeup I like to find out as much as I can about what a bride already likes and uses. Marianna was already beautiful, with an Egyptian heritage she had the most gorgeous features! Most Egyptian Wedding makeups tend to want a little more coverage on the skin and more colour on the eyes but Marianna requested to keep it more natural for her day. She wanted defined eyes and fresh skin. I kept the look fresh by using highlighters on the eyes and skin and avoiding too much powder. You can keep makeup from moving off the skin by using primers beforehand and Mac does a lovely fixing spray (Fix +) which contains glycerin which helps fix the makeup to the face! Great for days like this where the makeup has to last!
The Morning of the Big Day
On the day I arrived early at her hotel in Kensington to prep the skin and start the makeup before it all got crazy. I tend to find it easier for me to get there quite early to avoid any traffic problems or dilemmas with hair- if your there ready to do the makeup, thats one less thing for the Bride to worry about! I used natural colours on her eyes using Groundwork paint pot as a base, all that glitters, cork, wedge and embark eyeshadow on the lid. She wanted a defined eye so we ended up using bootblack liquid liner. At one point we had about 15 people in the small hotel room as there was four camera/photo people, loads of family members and bridesmaids and it was all a bit crazy, but exciting:
As a makeup artist one of the most rewarding parts of the job is seeing a bride on her most special day in the most intimate family moments. After all the bridesmaids had gotten ready and they had shared a few glasses of champagne, we had to usher everyone out of the room and help her into her dress.
The hair dresser, myself, and her mum and sister helped do up the corset style back of the wedding dress and then they to left. Leaving myself, Marianna, her mum and the hair dresser to wait for the car to arrive. I really felt so happy to be helping out on such a special day in such a personal moment.
The Dress How beautiful! It has these gorgeous little shoulder straps that went over and popped with buttons which gave it a slightly vintage feel. It was so gorgeous! But took about 4 people to put on!!
The car arrived and I couldn’t help but take a few snaps of her getting in and driving away…
What an amazing day! I have to say, out of all the brides I’ve ever done, Marianna was one of the calmest! She was a pleasure to work for and I had a great time being part of the day!
Looking back a while now I did this wedding makeup for Vickie! She was a beautiful bride and wanted something not so traditional as her fav colour is green! We used the Bare Study Paint pot as a base and a really beautiful combination of juxt and swimming eyeshadows on her lid. She also preferred to have a black liner with her look and we kept the look fresh by using liner just on the top lashline.I kept her skin looking really clean and used a medium coverage foundation buffed into the skin *studio sculpt by mac* amongst other products.
This just goes to show, you don’t have to stick to neutrals and a palette of brown on the wedding day. It’s easy to blend out colours in a way that makes them appear softer and wearable. Don’t be afraid to try a few different colours before settling on something!