What is it really like being a bridal makeup artist in Kent?

Bridal makeup kent by Kelli Waldock

Photographer Dan Morgan Weddings

Being a bridal makeup artist in Kent is great fun… there are lots of brilliant locations for weddings and I get to work with some great wedding suppliers too. Check out my new supplier page for my recommendation.

Wedding Seasons:

I love the fact that although there is a distinct busy time of year for weddings, that brides-to-be choose different times of year to get wed…

So I get to do summer looks, fresh spring make-up and warmer looks with richer tones for autumn and festive looks for winter. And whilst there are many trends that are ever changing… brides do like to choose looks based on season, as well as theme and of course their personal style.

Many brides still love a classic vibe, which brings out the natural beauty and there are other brides that love the really strong looks influenced by many of the youtube makeup tutorials and modern trends.

Bridal Shoots:

As there are loads of great bridal creatives in Kent, I get to do some lovely inspirational bridal shoots – in fact I did one just a few days ago with those  autumnal shades I just mentioned… here is a sneaky behind the scenes shot…

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I love the strong lips contrasted with the shimmery shadow and full lashes… I’ll be sure to show you the photos soon.

Creatives do bridal shoots for a number of reasons, including to build their portfolio, experiment new looks or demonstrate the skills or show trends, and to get the shoots published.

You can see some of my published work on my press page.

Bridal Hair in Kent:

Again bridal hair is a personal choose, some brides like natural looks and others more classic or even structured up-dos. I have been styling hair for commercial shoots and video for a while and for bridal shoots, and in 2019 I’ll be adding bridal hair to my services, offering brides-to-be a choice of the most popular hairstyles.

Here are some inspirational photos that I have applied make-up on and styled the hair too…

Bridal Nails:

Not all brides remember to get the fingernails and toenails done until the last minute – I offer this service too – and the reason it is great to get your nails done is because then you are all set for the honeymoon too… I recommend you choose a shade or colour that no only suits your theme, makeup and personality, but one that you can live with for a couple of weeks…

My favourites include reds, corals and classic French manicure… but to add a little special touch you can include gems or details on the ring finger, which is a little reminder that you are now a ‘Mrs’ and married. These always look amazing on photos… if you don’t believe me check out some of these nails idea for your wedding day in Kent.

If you are a bride-to-be based in Kent, Greater London or surrounding areas please contact me regarding your special day.

For anyone wanting to contact my PR, please go via this website: http://www.jordanmartin.biz

#BANGS Fringe or no Fringe, that is the question!

Fringe Benefits

I love a fringe! A good fringe frames the eyes and makes you look styled, even when you’ve had no time to style your hair and barely managed to pull it into a topknot or ponytail! It is also a great way of making long hair feel more interesting, or for when you’re trying to grow your hair long again. This fringe is a clip on used by Vicki Lord at a shot we did together… there are loads available from Balmain.

Photo by Samantha Jones

Photo by Samantha Jones

Not convinced but it’s too late?

Don’t worry! Fringes grow out really fast – ask anyone with a fringe! And in the meantime, take a leaf from Kate Middleton’s book… she had a fringe for a very short time before blow-drying it to the side and styling it back into her hair so it no longer fell into her face. Then she had some clever layers cut in and styled back so you could barely tell she’d had a fringe cut in at all!

So why not give it a try and before you know it you can tuck it behind your ears and we’re none the wiser!

I’d love to hear what you think – Fringe or no fringe?

Brides to be visit my bridal make-up packages.

3 Top Tips for #Bronzer to keep your summer glow

I love a bit of bronzer in the summer – it just makes you feel like you’re s till on holiday! It looks amazing for a natural glow if it’s applied the right way. Here are my top three bronzer tips to help you and your clients feel that summer sun long into autumn:

Less is more so don’t go over the top!

It’s easier to add more bronzer and build up the glow than it is to take it off once you’ve already applied it! So, add a dab to your bronzing brush and dust off any excess before you get started. It’s also a good idea to wear a cream or peach coloured dressing gown when you are applying bronzer – not only will you protect your clothes from getting covered in bronzer but you are less likely to put too much on because you think you look pale!

Three is the magic number…

It definitely is when it comes to bronzing your face! Imagine drawing a big number three starting from the hairline on your forehead, then to your cheekbone, finishing under your jawline. These are the places where the sun naturally tans you, so it will give you a more naturally bronzed look. Repeat on the other side of your face. Try this with an unloaded brush to get a feel for the right sweeping motion.

Don’t forget your sun-kissed shoulders…

For a more natural bronzed look you’ll want to add a dusting of bronzer along the collar bone and shoulders – basically anywhere you are likely to catch the sun! Be careful to blend with a clean brush if you have to so you don’t get any bronzer collecting in big brown dots on your shoulders! And remember to extend your skin cleansing routine to include your shoulders and collar bone if you extended your bronzing!

This photo is a different type of bronzing – focusing on the eyelids and cheek bones… it looks really stunning for a summer wedding.

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Let me know how you get on with your bronzing!

Brides to be visit my bridal make-up packages.

Mum’s #make-up for the school run

Before we get started you probably look fabulous without any make-up and can get away with a beanie hat and a pair of sunglasses! But for those days when you feel a little pale or just want to just look a little more polished without getting up at 4 am; here are my five winning tips for early-morning make-up:

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  1. Wash your face, tone and moisturise, then once you’ve let your moisturiser settle, take a look in the mirror to see if you even need a base or foundation…
  2. If you’re skin is looking bright, then even out your complexion with some well-matched concealer or a CC or BB cream.
  3. Conceal any under-eye shadows with a light-reflecting concealer that is easy to blend and has a slightly yellow tone.
  4. Brush your brows and add a lick of mascara to your top lash line only
  5. Finish up with a dab of blusher and a lip balm or gloss.

Top Tip:

Check your face in a full mirror in daylight before you leave the house – sometimes early starts can mean we forget to blend in properly along the jawline or cheekbones!

Perfect and ready to go!

Brides to be visit my bridal make-up packages.

Back to School #Hair for Kids

I hear it all the time – kids wanting French plaits and frills and mum’s in the middle of making lunch boxes and breakfast and barely has time to put on her face before doing the school run! Here are some easy morning time-savers for stylish back-to-school hair…

Fight with the hairbrush

Get madam to brush her own hair before you get styling! Try a ‘tangle-teezer’-style hair brush to make it easier to get started and then you’ll have knot-free hair to work with.

Wash and condition

Using a detangling conditioner and then combing hair is a great help, so you don’t fight with brushing in the morning.

The night before

Long hair easily gets tangled overnight, so do the centre parting and two Pippi Longstocking- style plaits for bed and hair will be tangle-free in the morning.

French plaits made easy

There’s no way round a French plait – you just have to practice a few times to get it right! Start right at the top as bringing in the three sections of the plait from where the fringe would be and weave in hair from the sides, as you continue to plait down the length of the hair. It will take a while so you might want to opt for a pony tail or a topknot if you’re strapped for time!

Sept 1 braids for kids

Accessories…

Ribbons, JoJo bows, Alice bands, clips (depending on the school rules, of course) – make the simplest hairstyle into something special! It’s definitely best to choose the night before so you have more time to get your make-up done in the morning😉

If you’re feeling more adventurous and you are all early risers in your household you can try your hand at this windy-hair-day braids:

https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/08/08/best-hair-for-kids-on-a-windy-day-out/

Let me know how it goes!

What tips and tricks do you have for easy back to school hair?

Brides to be visit my bridal make-up packages.

One Minute Make-up with Airbrushing

Airbrushed Perfection: As you’ll know by now, I am a huge fan of airbase primer! I had the pleasure of doing Michelle’s make-up and got this natural look in next to no time at all. Airbrushing is suitable for all skin types and skin tones and really easy and gentle to apply. I could hardly believe it myself until I tried it…

August 5 goes with video link Airbase Airbrush

On YouTube: 

Check out this short youtube video and you’ll see how easy it is to get an even and natural coverage – in just under one minute! Check out the picture to see the results of the airbrushing and a super-fast and easy natural make up look that you can also do at home or on a shoot in under five minutes.

Let me know what you think!

Brides-to-be visit my bridal make-up packages.

Golden Eyes #makeup

Gold base for party eyes: When I finished this look, I absolutely had to show you all! It’s just the perfect eye make-up look for any occasion – be it a wedding, a party or a prom. I’ve used a shimmery white and pale golden shadow across the entire eyelid then shaded ever so slightly darker with gold at the outer edges and blending gently into the sockets. It almost looks like I’ve just used one colour.

Precision liner: Then I’ve applied a thick line of precision liner along the top lash line and smudged kohl along the lower lash line, leaving the inside of the lash line free to widen the eyes even further. And left the inside corner of the eyes completely free. A coat of mascara to the lower lashes and some extra thick lashes along the top and you get this amazing look. I’ve kept the complexion soft and flawless with light peachy pink blush and pink lips.

August 4

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