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

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Final #Beauty Touches

Lashes and nails really add that extra something to every outfit and just give a more polished final look, whether it’s for a bride or a prom or a day at the beach.

Check out the difference a simple lash- lift makes.

Kelli Walldock Lash lift final beauty touches.jpgLifting even the shortest lashes it just opens up the eyes and gives a natural look that can be boosted with a volumizing or lengthening mascara and a precision brush to separate each lash and really make the most of even those tiniest in-between lashes! It is the absolutely perfect for honey-mooning beach days and just waking up with a more natural look and less make-up fuss! Lash lifts are simple and such a worthwhile little luxury and take next to no time at all so are definitely worth adding to any bridal package you are offering your clients, along with brow grooming and the wedding manicure and pedicure no bride can do without…

When it comes to the perfect combination of nails to take any bride from her wedding day through to a two-week honeymoon,

I absolutely adore this combo.

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Whether it’s two weeks in Marbella, a week in Malta or a weekend on Canvey Island – this is the perfect neutral nail look that will take you anywhere without having to think about nails for the rest of the trip. The classic French polish is so effortless and stylish and works with a wedding dress or a summer wrap-dress or evening wear. I love this coral tone for toes. The colour really looks perfect with a tan and is subtle enough not to look odd when you’re still building up a tan! It goes perfectly with wedding shoes, summer sandals and flipflops, so it’s my absolute winning nail colour combo for brides that are leaving for their honeymoons directly after the wedding reception.

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When is Meghan Markle’s wedding? – only one more sleep to go before we see her hair and makeup…

Like me, I expect you are also looking forward to seeing Meghan Markle’s makeup and hair at the royal wedding tomorrow – I’m just imagining what it’s like behind the scenes…

All the hair and makeup, giggling and champagne.

I wonder if the Queen joins the bride-to-be and the bridesmaids for a tipple?

I am definitely wondering what Meghan will be wearing but I am also looking forward to seeing her make up choices…

Meghan has a golden, olive skin tone and can carry off really bold colours and make-up looks – tropical turquoise and yellow would really suit her skin tone.

Although Meghan has been seen to wear bold red lippy, I don’t think she will opt for red, or turquoise on her big day! I found this throw-back video of Ms Markle retouching her make-up in the back of an Uber with her Go-to make-up expert Bobbi Brown and it’s a great typical example of what really works for Meghan.

Like any bride, all eyes will be on Meghan and I’m expecting her to stick to her classic make-up look for her big day.

We usually see Meghan in the press with a warm brown smoky-eye which really emphasises her intense dark eyes and she highlights her cheekbones and around her eyes using a shimmer.

She is usually photographed wearing a pink blush and pinkish coral lipstick and she has an all-year round glow, which is helped along with some gentle bronzing. For her big day, I expect Meghan will have a more prominent pink blush and go more natural on the eyes and lips, with big lashes.

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This would totally be in keeping with Meghan’s classic make up choices and really complement any ivory wedding gown. She may even add a hint of bronze shimmer along her collar bone and shoulders if she opts for an off-shoulder wedding gown.

As for Meghan’s bridal hair, I’m wondering if she is going to wear soft curls, or the classic messy bun, with her hair knotted at the nape of her neck and a few soft strands to frame her face…

Let’s wait and see – not long before we catch a glimpse of the Royal Bride – I’m wondering whether Meghan will get a chance to touch her makeup in a Royal Carriage when she’s on her way to her way to St. George’s Chapel for the ceremony!

Here’s that Youtube video I mentioned earlier…

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Check out my Meghan look here on Bride Magazine too.

Having a Ball – glamourous #makeup for the big event

What an absolutely amazing time I had with these lovely ladies – I had the pleasure of doing their glamourous hair and make-up for a ball in aid of the National Autistic Society, an event being covered by OK! Magazine.

Glamour and Glitz- Belles of the Ball

I love this inspirational make-up. The shimmering highlighter and bold liner and lips is a modern classic, that complements the dark ruched gown.

I’ve gone for a smoky-lids, a lighter shimmer on the inside of the eye and fan-out-lashes for totally wow-hypnotic eyes.

I created a softer look too, which totally suits pale gold gown. I used a warm pink blush that complements her porcelain skin tone and a black liquid precision liner along the top lashes to emphasize her bright blue eyes.

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Both looks work well with under all the camera flashes. Can’t wait to hear all about it, hope you ladies both had an amazing time for a really worthwhile cause!

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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!

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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!

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Have you checked out my whole #beauty and #hair #website yet?

For anyone checking out my site for the first time here are some great places to start:

  1. Walking up the aisle, the last thing on your mind should be worrying about make-up! A Bridal Make-up trial is an important part of preparing a bride for her big day. Here’s how: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/10/10/what-is-a-bridal-makeup-trial/
  1. Not forgetting the bridesmaids, so they also look gorgeous while they’re rushing around making sure the Bride’s veil sits right and getting ready to catch the bridal bouquet: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/09/12/amazing-before-and-after-bridesmaid-picture/
  1. I love this classic Audrey Hepburn style. It’s timeless and works well for bridal make-up and for a sophisticated prom-look or a date with that special someone. Get the look here: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2018/02/14/get-the-1960s-bridal-look-inspired-by-audreyhepburn-perfect-for-valentinesday/
  1. Whether it’s long tresses or a short pixie cut, my hair-care tips will keep your hair in glossy shape all year round: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2018/01/02/new-year-hair-resolutions/
  1. If you’re in the business of building your beauty business then check out this video for extra inspiration: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/07/04/reaching-goals-takes-hard-work/
  1. Nails are the ultimate accessory and really add the wow factor to any outfit. Here are some of my high-shine glamour favourites, from classic French to festival neon, these beauties will survive hen parties, snowstorms and honeymooning days at the beach: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/09/18/gelish-dipandbuff-nails-really-do-last-look/ 

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  1. I love working with olive skin tones, especially this inspiration for shimmer and glow bridal make-up: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/08/05/bridal-make-up-inspiration-for-olive-dark-skin-tones/
  1. And because the glamour doesn’t end there, here are some tips for glowing honeymoon makeup: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/12/11/ten-tips-for-glowing-honeymoon-makeup-for-yourkentwedding/

Go on grab a cuppa and check out these links…

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