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!
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
I love this inspiration from the Debra Lamb interview shoot I was recently on. Debra shared so many insights about her experiences in the acting business. If you haven’t already, check out the pics and listen to the interview here: INTERVIEW with Debra Lamb.
I especially like this hair and make-up look for Debra. It’s strong and feminine and really suits the modern Baroque inspired bodice and black and white fishtail gown she is wearing by Belinda – (known for her designs for Vivienne Westwood) on this shoot.
For Debra’s make-up;
- I started with a flawless airbrushing foundation and lightly worked in some bronzer along her cheekbones to add some drama and definition that is perfect for this look.
- I balanced Debra’s iconic berry lip colour with smoky eyes in a warm brown on her eyelids and worked a darker shade into the sockets.
- I used a dark liner and black mascara along the lower and upper lashes, which give a smouldering effect. I actually like this warm brownish amber tone for darker eyes but it works really well on green and blue eyes too.
- Debra’s hair is long so I have created tousled, dropped out curls using tongs – dry shampoo and spray is a must to get this really natural, sultry wave. The trick here, is not to brush the hair but to work with its natural movement. I clipped the sides back for one of the looks, which really highlights Debra’s cheekbones and draws attention to her dark eyes.
Have you tried this look on your clients? I’d love to see the results!
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/
Go on grab a cuppa and check out these links…
As a makeup artist it’s really important to get hair and make-up that work well together. Here The V Team opted for a wide blunt fringe clip on by Balmain and curls that frame the eyes and cheek bones.
The brows are defined but in a colour that works naturally with light blonde hair… it is good to choose one shade darker than the blonde. You can see I’ve also blended warm golden copper tones on the eyes that really bring out the pale bluey-green colour. And I’ve added an extra lick of mascara on the lower lashes with a soft white eye-pencil along the inner lash-line to really open up the eyes.
Lashes on the top and bottom of the lids also creates a doll-like flutter that works with the fringe and curls.
I’ve applied subtle contouring for a gorgeous flawless soft-focus complexion and a pop of pink glossy colour which is a fun way to round off this modern, retro look.
It was amazing to work on set of the Debra Lamb shoot. It’s so much fun working together with a team of artists, prepping for an interview like we did this time. Photoshoots usually mean an early start and some commuter traffic, and still managing to be on time and friendly to everyone you meet when you get there! That’s why I like to pack my bag the night before and make sure all my brushes and beauty equipment are ready to go when I wake up! I also pack water or a light snack to keep me going till midmorning. Check out some of the pics from the shoot here…
Check out some of the final shots on my Portfolio page by photographer Russell Hand.
Debra’s interview is here… and yes you may hear me laughing with the other crew members in the background – a sure sign of a fab shoot day.
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