#IamChiChi Advert SS2017

Here is the advert I worked on, and some stills from the shoot with the Supporting Artists’ make-up…. the key was to bring out the beauty, without upstaging the four main models. Being an additional make-up artist onset means being very busy and working long hours, but it is worth it when you get to see the final efforts of all the team come together.

Advertisements

#Getthelook 1970s #retro #bridal hair and make-up

A 1970s’ bride needs shimmer and glam, and a pop of colour all tastefully done, think Diana Ross.

 

before-and-after-yasmin

1970 makeup for brides by Kelli Waldock copy

Make-up: Create a blue-grey smoky eye over the lids, bringing the colour beneath the lower lid too. Add gold metallic shadow to create the wow factor and depth and blend it into the smokiness, but keep more colour in the centre of the lid. Dare to wear big flirty lashes and lashings of mascara. Coral lips are a lovely colour for this look and ensure the blush is subtle but tonal with the lip colour. If you want even more disco edge add gloss to the lips and dab gold liquid liner to the lower lid. Remember bridal looks need to be slightly subtler than the original beauty to avoid it looking over the top. But you can go wild with the ultra-glittery nails… metallic work as do deep and earthy shades combined with vibrant pops of colour such as orange.

metalic nails by kelli waldock.jpg

Nail option 1970s by kelli waldock

Hair: The hair is big. This look was achieved by working on the natural afro hair of the model, and teasing out the tight curls. For non-afro hair, use a crimper and keep a centre parting with a flower accessory to achieve an iconic seventies look, perfect for halter neck dresses or big sleeve key hole styles.

 

makeup application diana ross by kelli waldock.jpg

Photograph credits:

Model: Yasmin

Make-up: Kelli Waldock https://kelliwaldock.co.uk

Hair: V-Team

Photographer: Samantha Jones

Get the 1960s’ bridal look inspired by #AudreyHepburn perfect for #ValentinesDay #weddings

The 1960s’ bridal look offers a classic vibe, one that is natural, but pristine, inspired by Audrey Hepburn…

black and white audrey hepburn portrait by ryan cox makeup kelli waldock copy

Make-up: An overall matte finish is required for this look, with full coverage. Add cream-gold or cream-silver under the eye from the inside corner, and a light brown to blend into the crease of the lid to create drama to this classic and sultry look. Subtle liner is applied halfway along the under eye, but not inside. A thick line of black kohl is added to the top lid. Lashes that are fine and separate in style are applied to open up the eyes even more. Eyebrows are defined in-keeping with this retro look. Matte nude lips are a must and brides can match nail colour with lip colour.

50s shadow application by kelli waldock copy

Hair: A beehive style is iconic to this era, but this doesn’t have to be very high. Leave a front section of hair out, and set the back section from the crown in curlers. You can create a beehive or chignon, before clipping the front sections to the side, framing the face. Use shine spray and hairspray during styling to fix the look and to ensure a sleek finish. This elegant style elongates the neck and works with 1960s style high or square necklines.

1950s inspired Audrey Hepburn makeup by kelli waldock kelliwaldock copy

Photograph credits:

Model: Kate

Make-up Kelli Waldock

Hair: V-Team

Photographer: Ryan Cox Photography

#Beauty tools: how to keep each item in top shape

When we need to look a million dollars most of us head straight to our make-up bag and start applying. To get the right look we generally need to use a range of beauty tools and any self-respecting glamour puss will have an impressive array of tongs, brushes, sponges and similar to help get it exactly right. Sometimes however, we forget that our make-up tools needs a bit of TLC too. They make us look good and it’s only fair we help keep them in good shape as well. No one wants to preen themselves with tools that aren’t fresh. Here are our top tips on keeping all your beauty accoutrements in good order from how to clean a hairbrush to storage advice for tweezers.

  1. Hairbrushes: Hairbrushes are one of the most important tools in the beauty kit. Hair would get knotty and tangled in no time if we weren’t able to brush and smooth out our locks regularly. Make sure you know how to clean a hairbrush properly otherwise your brush might not be up to the job. For a full guide to learn how to clean a hairbrush see step by step here.
  2. Make-up brushes: Often neglected when it comes to beauty tool maintenance it’s absolutely vital that you clean make-up brushes at least every three months to prevent them building up dirt or bacteria. To do so rinse in warm soapy water and dry with a soft cloth making sure to rub only in the natural direction of the fibres.Makeup brushes
  3. Hair dryers and straighteners: Electrical items can be a bit trickier to look after, but just like any other beauty tool they need some regular love. Be sure to have your dryer and straightening tongs checked for electrical safety regularly. Opt for models with in-built turn off mechanisms when they get too hot to help prevent over-heating leading to potential damage.
  4. Tweezers: A neatly plucked brow is important these days and most of us achieve this with a handy pair of tweezers. To keep yours in good nick always store it in a cool dry place. It’s often tempting to leave tweezers in your toothbrush holder, however these tend to be damp which can cause rust and blunting. A cupboard or dedicated holder bag is a much better option.

Those are our top tips when it comes to ensuring your beauty tools remain in tip top condition throughout their life. While we might not often think about the maintenance of these useful little things, a bit of effort now and then will keep your beloved hairbrushes, make-up sponges and tweezers working well long term.

#FunnyVideo for brides

Oh no – I am glad this isn’t one of my bridal clients – but it is a #funnyvideo and definitely what not to do on your special day.

All about the Sparkle in #2018 #brides #weddings #hair #makeup #nails

I really am not quite sure what has come over me… but I literally feel like sharing the New Year sparkle all the way through this month… It must have been the fireworks and sparkling, bubbly booze that I had perhaps still in my system ;o)

I loved celebrating with family over Christmas, birthdays and New Year in the past couple of months… and it has made me realise how important festivities are… including weddings!!!

OMG… are you a bride-to-be this year???

If so… keep checking back at my site – I have some surprises in store… more inspiration, more tips and a brand new bridal package.

But more of that as and when it happens – probably next month!!!

I just wanted to return to the subject of ‘sparkle’… and how it is so important to have that on your wedding day – that added touch of something special… yes, it is my job to bring out the natural beauty and added sparkle of the bride with hair and make-up… but here are a few tips to ensure you keep that inner sparkle well and truly lit so it shines through your wedding photo:

  1. Have a trial for your hair and makeup and be 100% certain about your dress – so you feel and look your best.
  2. Try some relaxation and exercises on the lead up to your big day so you are as stress free as possible – more stress equals less sparkle and that just is a no-go on your special day.
  3. Even if you have been in a longterm relationship and live with your partner – have a night away from each other without speaking or even texting before the wedding – you will be so eager to see your loved one, you will be smiling from ear to ear – and smiles always means sparkle.
  4. Try to avoid a heavy night of drinking the night before your wedding even if you like the traditional of a stag and hen… be as fresh as you can for the ceremony.
Sparkle couple

Both bride and groom are sparkling on their special day…

Stay #sparkly for #January

Is it just me… or does everyone have loads of fun in December and then get a little bit too sensible in the NEW YEAR? I am just as guilty as the next person – I start to work out again in the gym, lower my treat and wine intake and I get focused on my goals and on work for the year ahead…

This is a good thing though, especially when you run your own business, or if you have to concentrate at your desk… but… I refuse point blank this year to be ‘boring’… so that means keeping a little bit of sparkle somewhere every day in January to lift the post holiday mood.

Maybe you got bought a sparkly handbag or accessory this Christmas… make sure you wear them… don’t just save them for a party that may not come!!!

I find the best way to add sparkle without having to think about it each day is with nails… if you get long lasting nails then you will be set… so every time you glance down at the cash register at work or the lap top keyboard or steering wheel… you can be reminded that life looks so much better with a touch of glitter!!!

These nails are #GelishDip over natural colour and are perfect for a balance of sparkle and sensible this January 2018. #Happy sparkly #NewYear #Nails.

Gelish Dip and Buff over Natural Nails.jpg