Big Day #Inspiration for brides

One of the most amazing things about being a makeup artist is getting to prepare the bridal party for their big day. Yes, there is a lot of organising and running around to do in the time before a wedding. From choosing the right flowers that coordinate with the bridesmaids’ dresses to cake tasting (I love that part though), writing invitations and rehearsal dinners. When it comes to the big day, it’s always an early start, lots of girly giggling and a few nerves in the ladies’ camp, but once I get going with the makeup and hair then you really notice how everyone starts to relax and look forward to the day ahead. I thought I’d share a few pics of this glamourous transformation, complete with full wavy tresses and a princess tiara (I fell in love with these pink floral kimonos!)…

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Trying something new! I’ve just discovered these Hydrolats from @BaseFormula

As a makeup artist you tend to have your tried and tested, reliable products that are perfect for any shoot or bridal booking…

I also love trying the new ranges available on the market and updating my bag of beauty tricks with new inspirational beauty products.

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I’ve just tried out these Hydrolats from Base Formula in Rose Otto and Orange Flower.

I love the fact that they are in a pump-action spray and totally plant and flower-based.

The Orange Flower one smells amazing and when I sprayed it onto my skin it felt like a refreshing and revitalising mist.

The neroli fragrance is quite calming but uplifting too, especially on aching flip-flopped feet coming into Summer.

It’s in my bag and ready for my next early morning!

The Rose Otto Hydrolat feels quite moisturising and light.

The rose fragrance is comforting and although it is distinctive, it is not at all overpowering. I like to use this one in the evening, either a quick spritz on my skin, or as a refreshing body mist after my shower or as a room spray.

I love the fact that these aromatherapy sprays are natural and can be used with other natural products and creams.

I don’t know about you, but I do love a bit of every day luxury and these sprays feel like a mini-holiday after a few hours on set.

I will certainly be recommending these for brides to pack in their honeymoon case too.

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Here is a link to the range of Hydrolats https://www.baseformula.com/hydrolats from Base Formula if you’d like to know more about them. I’m looking forward to trying out the lavender and chamomile ones too!

All about that base: 5 Top Tips for getting your #foundation just right!

Coming into spring and summer it’s time to rethink foundation… There are lots of products to choose from, so it’s important to find one which is right for your skin

  1. Longer days usually means more sunshine and more outdoor-photo shoots, so I always make sure I have products with a good sun protection factor. SPF 15 to 30 is good for a foundation. I also sometimes make sure the moisturiser I apply underneath has at least SPF 15.
  2. I like to keep it light but with good coverage. A base that lets the skins natural beauty shine through but stays put throughout shooting is really important, especially in the summer when the heat makes us feel like we’re melting! If you regularly catch my blog, you’ll know I’m a big fan of an Airbase airbrushing foundation.
  3. If I’m creating a no-makeup make-up look, then I some times also like loose mineral powder with light reflecting particles to give a soft-focus finish which works well with light, powder blusher or bronzer for some sun-kissed definition. This is perfect for an outdoor summer shoot or wedding, when there is lots of natural daylight. Just be sure to blend any cream concealer carefully for a flawless, natural look.
  4. Primers can be great but watch out for any that lighten the makeup and alter the colour tone to make it look ghostly under camera lighting or flashes – a no-go at a shoot and on your wedding day.
  5. I usually do a quick colour check along the jawline and sometimes on the inside of the wrist, where the skin tone is paler, just to check that the colour tones match and blend well. It’s a tried and tested trick – but one of the best!

#Burlesque #Inspiration on set with @theDebraLamb

I love this inspiration from the Debra Lamb interview shoot I was recently on. Debra shared so many insights about her experiences in the acting business. If you haven’t already, check out the pics and listen to the interview here: INTERVIEW with Debra Lamb.

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I especially like this hair and make-up look for Debra. It’s strong and feminine and really suits the modern Baroque inspired bodice and black and white fishtail gown she is wearing by Belinda – (known for her designs for Vivienne Westwood) on this shoot.

For Debra’s make-up;

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  • I started with a flawless airbrushing foundation and lightly worked in some bronzer along her cheekbones to add some drama and definition that is perfect for this look.
  • I balanced Debra’s iconic berry lip colour with smoky eyes in a warm brown on her eyelids and worked a darker shade into the sockets.
  • I used a dark liner and black mascara along the lower and upper lashes, which give a smouldering effect. I actually like this warm brownish amber tone for darker eyes but it works really well on green and blue eyes too.
  • Debra’s hair is long so I have created tousled, dropped out curls using tongs – dry shampoo and spray is a must to get this really natural, sultry wave. The trick here, is not to brush the hair but to work with its natural movement. I clipped the sides back for one of the looks, which really highlights Debra’s cheekbones and draws attention to her dark eyes.

Have you tried this look on your clients? I’d love to see the results!