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.
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 recommended these for brides to pack in their honeymoon case too.
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!
For anyone checking out my site for the first time here are some great places to start:
- 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/
- 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/
- 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/
- 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/
- 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/
- 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/
- 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/
- 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/
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Traditionally Leap Years are the years that women ‘can’ ask their beloved to marry them… because apparently it is only men that doing the asking any other time…
Look ladies… the next leap year is in 2020… Do you want to wait until then? It really is simple… here is advice from a dating coach… Ladies just get down on one knee and do it… but make sure you look your best of course and bring out your natural beauty.
A 1970s’ bride needs shimmer and glam, and a pop of colour all tastefully done, think Diana Ross.
Make-up: Create a blue-grey smoky eye over the lids, bringing the colour beneath the lower lid too. Add gold metallic shadow to create the wow factor and depth and blend it into the smokiness, but keep more colour in the centre of the lid. Dare to wear big flirty lashes and lashings of mascara. Coral lips are a lovely colour for this look and ensure the blush is subtle but tonal with the lip colour. If you want even more disco edge add gloss to the lips and dab gold liquid liner to the lower lid. Remember bridal looks need to be slightly subtler than the original beauty to avoid it looking over the top. But you can go wild with the ultra-glittery nails… metallic work as do deep and earthy shades combined with vibrant pops of colour such as orange.
Hair: The hair is big. This look was achieved by working on the natural afro hair of the model, and teasing out the tight curls. For non-afro hair, use a crimper and keep a centre parting with a flower accessory to achieve an iconic seventies look, perfect for halter neck dresses or big sleeve key hole styles.
Make-up: Kelli Waldock https://kelliwaldock.co.uk
Photographer: Samantha Jones
The 1960s’ bridal look offers a classic vibe, one that is natural, but pristine, inspired by Audrey Hepburn…
Make-up: An overall matte finish is required for this look, with full coverage. Add cream-gold or cream-silver under the eye from the inside corner, and a light brown to blend into the crease of the lid to create drama to this classic and sultry look. Subtle liner is applied halfway along the under eye, but not inside. A thick line of black kohl is added to the top lid. Lashes that are fine and separate in style are applied to open up the eyes even more. Eyebrows are defined in-keeping with this retro look. Matte nude lips are a must and brides can match nail colour with lip colour.
Hair: A beehive style is iconic to this era, but this doesn’t have to be very high. Leave a front section of hair out, and set the back section from the crown in curlers. You can create a beehive or chignon, before clipping the front sections to the side, framing the face. Use shine spray and hairspray during styling to fix the look and to ensure a sleek finish. This elegant style elongates the neck and works with 1960s style high or square necklines.
Make-up Kelli Waldock
Photographer: Ryan Cox Photography
Oh no – I am glad this isn’t one of my bridal clients – but it is a #funnyvideo and definitely what not to do on your special day.
I really am not quite sure what has come over me… but I literally feel like sharing the New Year sparkle all the way through this month… It must have been the fireworks and sparkling, bubbly booze that I had perhaps still in my system ;o)
I loved celebrating with family over Christmas, birthdays and New Year in the past couple of months… and it has made me realise how important festivities are… including weddings!!!
OMG… are you a bride-to-be this year???
If so… keep checking back at my site – I have some surprises in store… more inspiration, more tips and a brand new bridal package.
But more of that as and when it happens – probably next month!!!
I just wanted to return to the subject of ‘sparkle’… and how it is so important to have that on your wedding day – that added touch of something special… yes, it is my job to bring out the natural beauty and added sparkle of the bride with hair and make-up… but here are a few tips to ensure you keep that inner sparkle well and truly lit so it shines through your wedding photo:
- Have a trial for your hair and makeup and be 100% certain about your dress – so you feel and look your best.
- Try some relaxation and exercises on the lead up to your big day so you are as stress free as possible – more stress equals less sparkle and that just is a no-go on your special day.
- Even if you have been in a longterm relationship and live with your partner – have a night away from each other without speaking or even texting before the wedding – you will be so eager to see your loved one, you will be smiling from ear to ear – and smiles always means sparkle.
- Try to avoid a heavy night of drinking the night before your wedding even if you like the traditional of a stag and hen… be as fresh as you can for the ceremony.
Both bride and groom are sparkling on their special day…