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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#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.

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Ten Tips for Glowing Honeymoon Makeup for #YourKentWedding

honeymoon makeupBeing a bridal make-up artist, one of the questions I get all of the time is about make-up for the honeymoon – so here are my ten tops tips for getting that glowing honeymoon look… Check out the full article I work with the tips on Your Kent Wedding.

Hair and Make-up Artist: www.kelliwaldock.co.uk
Photographer: www.dreamphotography2012.co.uk
Model: Meg Lodge

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What is the perfect mix of #beautician and #businesswoman

As a make-up artist and beauty therapist, I am constantly looking at new ways to blend colour and combine products… but as a businesswoman it is the mixing of professionalism and friendliness that is key.

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I had great practise with customer service during my time working with VIPs and celebrities at Virgin Atlantic… here are a few key things to remember as a businessperson in the beauty industry…

  1. Remember to always respond to your customers in a polite and professional way, but that is sincere too… just like a bad fake tan application doesn’t look good and is difficult to get rid of, so is fake customer service… doesn’t look good and can tarnish your reputation.
  2. Remember never to make do with your make-up… okay is not good enough… follow the brief and ensure every client is happy that you have made them look the best they can.
  3. Remember that word of mouth is a powerful tool for any sole trader and small to medium business, so the more satisfied your clients are the more likely they will tell others about it and keep coming back for your services themselves too! Here is a testimonial from one of my brides, which reassures me that I am doing my job well in bringing out the beauty in my brides and clients. No one, especially a bride wants to be intimidated on their wedding day or like they have a stranger applying make-up… they want to feel relaxed and in safe hands.

“Sometimes you just get a really good feeling about someone, and Kelli was certainly one of those people for me. She has such a positive energy and I always felt comfortable in her company, from my initial meeting with her, through to my make-up trial and the wedding day itself. With Kelli helping us get ready on the morning it was just like having an extra friend there with you; she fitted right in and we had a genuinely enjoyable, relaxed morning. One of the things I love about Kelli is she (like me) is a perfectionist! She takes such pride in her work and won’t down tools until she’s 100% happy with the look she’s created on your behalf. I must admit throughout the wedding day I kept going off to the ladies’ to check my face in the mirror, fully expecting to have to make some touch ups – each time I went armed with some make up, but I needn’t have bothered packing any, because right up until I went to bed that night my make-up remained flawless! I loved the way Kelli made me (and the other ladies) look on the day – it felt like the most beautiful version of me I could achieve, and this is reflected in how much I like the photos of me from the day – normally I don’t feel photogenic at all! I feel Kelli brought out the best in all of us, and in a very clever, natural way – we didn’t look over-done or too obvious. It was perfect. Kelli also did my wedding manicure and five weeks later I’m still sporting unchipped nails – incredible! I will definitely be back to see Kelli and her team again for more treatments in the future. They’re all so lovely and it’s worth saying they’ve always been so responsive to my many messages, enquiries and questions along the way – the perfect mix of friendly and professional! Thank you xxx” Jo Regan

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#Lighting tips for the perfect #makeup application…

Leeds castle wedding photography Dawn and Lee-85The best light to apply make-up based on my industry experience is in as much day light as possible… this gives a true sense of tones and overall coverage needed. I was so interested to read research about women applying their make-up in poor quality light. I thought I’d share it:

Lighting Direct  offer make-up friendly lighting and their research shows that despite spending hundreds of pounds on beauty products each year, three in four women (75%) do their makeup in poor lighting:

· 77% of women said they need a better lighting solution
· 71% of women said they checked their makeup in a different room from the one in which they apply it
· 12% ask someone else to check their makeup for them
· Younger respondents are using selfies to check the application of their makeup
· Foundation fails are the most likely outcome of having poor lighting

Kathryn Middleton from Lighting Direct said: “We were surprised to find that so many people do their makeup in the bathroom: aside from the obvious steamy mirror issue, most bathrooms have extremely harsh lighting that can drain colour from the face. It’s much better to try and replicate natural daylight wherever you apply your makeup as then you’ll see your finished ‘result’ in the type light that other people will see you in too.”

Lighting Direct’s tips for getting the perfect makeup lighting

1. Lumens, lumens, lumens – you need bright lighting to see the detail when applying makeup. Choose a lightbulb with around 1350lm (lumens) to provide enough brightness.
2. Step into the daylight – natural light is the best light for applying makeup, so choose bulbs that closely mimic daylight.
3. Use dimmers – if you’re applying makeup for a night out, then using a dimmer helps to ensure that your makeup will look great in a range of different lights.
4. Avoid downlights – downwards directional lights highlight wrinkles, bags, and skin issues making you look – and feel – instantly older, leading to inevitable makeup overcompensation.
5. Side to side – installing lights either side of where you apply your makeup, 90-100cm away from each other, with the radiance focused at eye level, will maximise the absence of shadows.

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