Bridal Summer Glamour

Soft contouring: I love this inspirational bridal look. It just makes me think of a mid-to late summer wedding! I’ve gone for really subtle contouring to give some retro Hollywood glamour and used brown tones to create a warm smoky eye with a hint of gold and a long, yet natural lash effect.

Did you notice I matched the lip colour to the flower corsage?

If you do decide to go for a flower adornment double check with your client which flowers she will be carrying in her bridal bouquet to get a perfect match. Check out my post on tips for trial bridal make-up consultations here: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/10/10/what-is-a-bridal-makeup-trial/

August 2 Beauty image Lorraine Lucas Photography

Side-wept: Get handy with the curling tongs, clips and fixing spray to get this glamourous side-swept bun. Remember to section hair off at the front before you start for tousled curls to frame the face! Hair by Vicki Lord and photo by Lorraine Lucas.

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Beach Babe Bridal Hair and Bold Black Lashes

This soft and effortlessly gorgeous bridal hairstyle really draws attention to the eyes and keeps long hair tamed during a summer wedding. Teamed with a flawless complexion and soft pink blush, these beach babe curls look amazing.

August 1

Creating the curls

To get the look, section the hair off from ear-to ear and tie the top into a knot ready for later. Take the lower section and tie it into a bun at the back of the head, securing it with pins.

Then take the top section of the hair and create some beach waves with a curling tong. Twist and fix it with spray to set the curl. Take the curls and secure them around the bun at the back, making sure to leave a loose curl to frame the face and that the bun is concealed.

Fix with spray and keep the curls relaxed and slightly tousled for an effortless look! You can add flowers and gems for more sparkle! Check out my short-hair-rescue tips for some more ideas: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2018/05/22/short-hair-rescue-three-styles-for-any-occasion/

Try it…  How does it look?

*I did the makeup on this bride, and a hairstylist did the hair.

Help! What products should I pack for my summer holidays?

If I was off on my hols and the airline lost my case, how would I cope with just that little plastic bag of liquids you’re allowed to take on board? I think I would honestly have a meltdown before I realised I could probably pick up my beauty essentials on arrival. Phew! Here’s my top 10 list of summer holiday need-to-pack beauty items (most of them would fit in that little plastic bag, thankfully!):

Sun cream…

This is top of my list of course! Now I know there are lots on the market and it’s tempting to get a lower SPF but stick to at least SPF 30 for the first few days, until your skin has adapted to the sun. Your make-up will probably have SPF built-in but you’re unlikely to reapply your foundation during the course of a day, so it’s best to get a face cream with SPF and to wear a stylish wide-brim sun hat and large glasses for city tours or those days at the beach or by the pool.

BB Cream…

If you’re not ready to brave the beach completely bare-faced then a tinted moisturizer is a great summer solution. There are some great BB and CC creamson the market that give you an even skin tone and contain SPF – like No. 7 at Boots, or Rituals or similar. Be sure to choose something with pigment technology that adjusts to your skin tone, even when you have a bit of a tan!

Highlights…

A highlighter / shimmer stick– this will bring out your sun-kissed glow if you apply a tiny bit and blend on your cheek bones and the bridge of your nose.

Conceal…

Concealer palette– I say palette because you might need a slightly darker shade if you’ve caught the sun…

Waterproofing…

Waterproof mascara and kohl linerare a must! Black or dark brown – don’t leave without them!

Remover…

And where there’s waterproof mascara you need a great eye make-up remover, so you don’t wake up with dreaded panda eyes. If you get stuck here you can always pick up some baby wipes to begin with or use a dab of olive oil!

Balms…

Lip balm with SPF and lippy! Red and pink gloss – go bold! You’re on holiday!

Conditioning…

Leave-in conditioner for a daytime wet-look, and a normal one for when you wash and style your hair. See if you can pick up one with UV protection as it will stop any highlights getting too light and help protect your hair from sun damage.

Nail it…

I normally get my nails ready before my holiday but it’s good to be prepared so I pack a red nail varnish, a clear nail varnish with a hint of pink and gold nail varnish. Those colours just match any outfit and any occasion – classic, stylish and glamourous.

Minx toes

Butter…

Moisturiser (think Body butter) – a thick creamy one to pamper your skin after a day in the sun. Aloe Vera gel is also great and really soothing if you want to nourish your skin first.

Sunburn…

Oh, and I always pack a little tub of ‘Sudocreme’ or a similar zinc-based cream which is a great for a sunburnt nose, blisters or skin irritation (although you’ll find it in the nappy-rash section of the super market!).

Check out my tips for gorgeous honeymoon make-up that works just as well on holiday: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2017/12/11/ten-tips-for-glowing-honeymoon-makeup-for-yourkentwedding/

I’d love to hear your thoughts on summer holiday beauty essentials! What goes into your holiday make-up kit?

Bridal Inspiration

This timeless bridal look is all about bewitching eyes, light blush, soft lips and a gently sweeping up-do –  ideal for spring and summer weddings.

I especially love this bridal hairstyle. It creates an elegant profile that works gorgeously with a veil or a tiara or both!

And even matches a change of outfit for the reception. It’s also the ideal style for a prom, although it does take a bit of practice with curling tongs and clips to get the look.

As for the make-up I’ve gone for an air-brushed complexion and dreamy, neutral eyes in warm smoky tones and a soft blush combined with totally kissable rose, pink and nude lips!

Timeless Beauty – ciao Bella!

I love this picture of Hannah Bella from a photoshoot we did three years ago, so you can imagine how pleased I felt when I saw she reposted it just recently.

Hannah Bella

Hannah still loves this look too- it’s timeless and as show-stopping now as it was back then!

Hannah’s eyes are really attention-grabbing in this picture. I used an intense black kohl liner on both the upper and lower lids and then used a lash curler and some additional lashes, then emphasised the look with lashings of black mascara on the upper and lower lashes for a totally hypnotic effect.

The black brings out the warm brown tone in Hannah’s eyes. I’ve created a totally air-brushed finish for Hannah’s skin, so she has a soft-focus finish, and rounded off the look with a bright and slightly shimmery tropical pink lip colour which perfectly suits Hannah’s porcelain skin tone, not to mention that flower in Hannah’s naturally tousled hair! Gorgeous Hannah! Have you got any timeless make-up looks that you love as much now as you did when you used to wear them?

Summer Fever – get great #skin this summer

Lots of clients got in touch when I wrote about summer skin back in May – take a look if you haven’t already: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2018/05/30/summer-skin-my-top-tips/ and wanted to hear more beauty advice about skin. With the heatwave well and truly on, if you’re planning on getting and keeping great skin this summer, take a look at my top summer skin tips that I find make a huge difference, especially when I’m working long hours in the hot weather…

Natural Bridal Make-up on model

Less is more

A good moisturiser with SPF is ideal for the summer – it protects your skin from the sun and lets it breathe a bit. Try a BB or CC cream if you prefer to go for light coverage or need a more polished look for work.

Water and fruit instead of sugary snacks

Drink lots of water. Plump and hydrated skin is healthier, looks amazing and creates a much easier base to apply make up! You’ll also find that a little make-up goes a long way for a lighter made-up look. And eating fruit and veggies helps to keep your skin plump too – so get a breakfast smoothie in first thing for all your skin-boosting vitamins or pack one with you so you’ve got some skin-boosting vitamins on the way to a shoot.

Get an exercise glow

If you’re skin is sweating then it stays clearer, healthier and you get a natural, youthful glow – do anything you like – yoga, Pilates, jogging, spinning classes, running on set in between camera flashes to powder away shiny noses – anything – as long as it gets your blood pumping! Remember to cleanse your skin after a work-out and before applying make-up!

All-over body scrub

There are some great charcoal-based beauty products available right now which cleanse and exfoliate at the same time – cleaning make-up and sun cream off thoroughly helps keep your skin blemish-free. I like the one-minute self-heating mask from Bioré for a budget-friendly quick fix. Don’t stop at your face though – you can get an exfoliating glove and give your entire body a going over while you’re there and apply loads of moisturiser afterwards for baby soft skin from head to toe.

Sleep and moisturisers

Get an early night or two and just be amazed at the difference it makes to your skin and your eyes the next morning! Your moisturizer will also have a bit more time to nourish your skin while you’re sleeping. Promise yourself to be in bed and asleep before 10pm just twice a week, especially if you are up early for a shoot the following morning!

Give it a try and let me know if you feel a difference …

You can also check out my post on bringing out natural beauty here: https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/2018/06/28/natural-beauty/

What about you- what tips do you share with your clients for healthy, glowing summer skin? I’d love to hear them!

Natural Beauty

We all have features that we want to highlight and features that we would rather not draw attention to! As a beauty specialist and make-up artist, it’s my job to make my clients feel good and bring out the best in their features and their confidence.

…I do this by applying the right amount of make up in the right place and sometimes, less is definitely more! Anyone who takes a look at my hot pink gel nails will see what a fan I am of bright and bold colours – I love experimenting with colour and do encourage my clients to try out new looks, especially if they have a shorter, new hair style, or brighter hair colour that means they can get away with stronger make-up. But I do encourage my clients to try make-up that brings out their natural beauty, and that really does mean something different for everyone. Smaller, close-set eyes need different make-up to larger, wide set eyes.

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I might use a different tone of red for ‘statement lips’ on thinner lips than the tone I would use on fuller lips. I might use a coral tone on darker skin and a pink blush on paler skin to get a naturally flushed look. Dark smoky eyes might be perfect for some clients but totally wash out another client’s complexion.  Finding the right base to match the skin tone and the right tone of natural blusher can bring wonders to reviving any complexion, for a natural and flawless look that works well for the daytime and can easily be vamped up for an evening party look.

The result is a polished complexion without looking heavily made-up. These are tricks that no woman can do without! Check out my free e-books here  https://kelliwaldock.co.uk/free-beauty-e-books/ to get these no-make-up-make-up looks and find out how to bring out the best features in any face. I’d love to see the results – how have you worked your make-up magic to bring out the best in your clients?