Christmas Beauty Traditions and Trends 2018

Christmas is a busy time for beauty therapists, makeup artists and hairstylists… And I for one, absolutely love it!

These are traditional looks that always get attention:

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  • Glitter on the lips or eyes – go with twinkling silver or sparkly gold as opposed to greens, purples or reds as these colours can look a little halloween like.
  • Metallic shadows look festive.
  • Shimmer on the cheekbone is a winner.
  • Bride red lips are a fav too – a bright ruby red that Santa would approve of… but deep berry reds look great too.

These are some trends that you may want to try this coming Christmas fora  party or family celebration:

  • Two-tone lipstick is a great party look. Choose colours that pop and mix well together, such as burnt orange and shimmering gold or bright pink with mauve.
  • Feather lashes are fab – but keep the rest of the look plain and simple so it doesn’t have a fancy dress vibe.
  • Nude lips and dewy skin is a trend for 2018 with doll-like lashes top and bottom – think Twiggy in the 1960s.
  • Pink shadows look fab – keeping it darker on the inner nose and lighter towards the outer eye.

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I have some great links to festive looks for brides on my Press page.

When it comes to hair trends this Christmas 2018…

  • Smooth fringes with crimped long hair left loose is a trend for 2018… Where big earrings and a simple slide to pin the hair away from the face. A side parting works better than a centre parting on this trend as it is less seventies and more modern. Crimped hair can bounce too much with a centre parting too. Use a hair shine or even sparkle spray to finish the look.
  • Smooth around the face but messy on the top is also a trend seen on the runway… go for a top not that almost looks like you have scooped your hair up before a shower. use spray to keep everything smooth and in place and wear big odd earrings for a really on-trend party look.
  • If you want to go with a centre parting then keep the hair straightened and smooth with slides at each side or even delicate or ornate headbands.
  • For extra sass and glamour at a party opt for a vintage s-curve hairstyle.
  • If you are wearing big lashes or strong makeup then a high sleek ponytail is practical and striking and always a winner on a runway and at a party.

Don’t forget your nails!

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Mix and Match

  • Reds and golds are popular at Christmas… but be bold and dare to go a little unique too.
  • Add designs or gems to your ring finger or index fingernails.
  • If you have really long nails you can have a nail ring added especially for Christmas.
  • Metallic nails look great as do classic French manicure.
  • Coral was a trend in summer, but also works for Christmas.
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Bridal Beauty Makeovers in Kent, Whitstable, Maidstone and Greater London

All brides are different when it comes their beauty makeover… but there are four distinct ‘types’ that I find most brides fall into…

Here are more details – which one do you think you are?

Type one:

The bride that knows what she wants for her beauty makeover…

This bride will arrive at a consultation with fixed ideas for hair and makeup. She will know shades and tones and even request certain product types – a favourite being the airbase airbrushing foundation.

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This bride is so confident in what she wants that the trial and consultation is about confirming to the bride that I, as the professional makeup artist and bridal hairstylist, can materialise her vision.

Tip for bride-to-be: Be open to ideas too as you may not have thought of everything… this could be as subtle as the shape of eyelashes.

Tip for hair and make-up artists: Understand that it is our job to make the bride’s vision happen, even if this isn’t the look we would always recommend, but also offer your expert advice respectfully as the bride may not have considered everything.

Type two:

The bride that has no clue of what she wants for her beauty makeover…

This bride is completely different to the first type and literally has no idea what she wants – that is until I give her my professional hair and makeup advice and then she gets some ideal of what would suit her theme, her facial features, hair texture, the skin tone and so on.

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Brides that don’t really wear make-up do find they need a trial and consultation for that added reassurance and initial advice and it is delightful to see how confident they come across after they have their bridal beauty makeover.

Tip for bride-to-be: Do lots of looking around at photos of what you may like to try, but don’t go too much out of your comfort zone – you will have lots of photos remember and you want to look back knowing you were happy with your choice.

Tip for hair and make-up artists: Consider every element to support the bride with her choices, such as her theme, her personality, her skin tone, her dress shape… because this will really create an overall image of what would be perfect for her perfect day.

Type three:

The bride that wants the full works for her beauty makeover…

Some brides want to have nails, lashes, a detailed hairstyle and full-on make-up. This maybe because they wear lots of make-up usually, and they are comfortable with a full coverage, or it maybe because they hardly wear make-up and really want to ‘wow’ their husband-to-be and their future guests with a beauty transformation.

Tip for bride-to-be: Just because there is a trend on youtube or with celebrities doesn’t necessarily mean it will suit your wedding day – so be inspired, but be careful not to go overboard.

Tip for hair and make-up artists: Build the look up gradually at the trial because it shows your bride the in-between possibilities too… and you can decide between the pair of you if going stronger on the ski, lips or cheeks etc with work.

Type Four

The bride that wants a beauty make-under for her wedding day…

It may surprise some people to discover that many brides, even those that usually wear a full coverage and styled hair, often opt for a very classic, natural bridal look. This can stun guests as much as a full make-over, because it is unexpected.

This entails bringing out the natural facial features and enhancing them in a very classic way. The hair is usually very simple too, with cascading curls or a classic bun.

Tip for bride-to-be: Even if you want really natural, remember that cameras will pick up everything and that you need enough coverage for the whole day.

Tip for hair and make-up artists: Don’t apply lashes or too much contour, this instantly keeps the look natural.

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Sometimes it can simply be a photograph, or even a memory that can inspire your overall beauty for your wedding day. So look at photos, go for walks to your favourite places, try on dresses and be inspired by other brides too, even famous ones, like the royal family, or celebrities…

For more bridal inspiration check out my portfolio.

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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…

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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!

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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!

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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?

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Final #Beauty Touches

Lashes and nails really add that extra something to every outfit and just give a more polished final look, whether it’s for a bride or a prom or a day at the beach.

Check out the difference a simple lash- lift makes.

Kelli Walldock Lash lift final beauty touches.jpgLifting even the shortest lashes it just opens up the eyes and gives a natural look that can be boosted with a volumizing or lengthening mascara and a precision brush to separate each lash and really make the most of even those tiniest in-between lashes! It is the absolutely perfect for honey-mooning beach days and just waking up with a more natural look and less make-up fuss! Lash lifts are simple and such a worthwhile little luxury and take next to no time at all so are definitely worth adding to any bridal package you are offering your clients, along with brow grooming and the wedding manicure and pedicure no bride can do without…

When it comes to the perfect combination of nails to take any bride from her wedding day through to a two-week honeymoon,

I absolutely adore this combo.

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Whether it’s two weeks in Marbella, a week in Malta or a weekend on Canvey Island – this is the perfect neutral nail look that will take you anywhere without having to think about nails for the rest of the trip. The classic French polish is so effortless and stylish and works with a wedding dress or a summer wrap-dress or evening wear. I love this coral tone for toes. The colour really looks perfect with a tan and is subtle enough not to look odd when you’re still building up a tan! It goes perfectly with wedding shoes, summer sandals and flipflops, so it’s my absolute winning nail colour combo for brides that are leaving for their honeymoons directly after the wedding reception.

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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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