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…

behind scenes of shoot. (1)

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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#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.

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.

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

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.

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

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?

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

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!

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

Natural Bridal Make up with Wow Effect

Check out these amazing bridal make-up pics that I just have to share with you. I’ve gone for a really natural airbrushed complexion with light rosy blush and pink lipstick. The real eye-catcher here is definitely the long lush lashes for a totally bewitching eyes! Not forgetting those long, golden tousled ringlets and tiara that finish off the look and turn this bride into a total princess, wow!

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