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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Barely there #make-up

SA CommercialA few people have asked how I bring the beauty out of women that want a natural look. The first thing to remember is that some times it takes more effort to look as though you are barely wearing any make-up, and the key is to get the base just right.

A primer is key for flawless, long lasting foundation… Airbase Airbrushing foundation is great for a gradual build-up of coverage, as is Bare Minerals… by building the product up slowly, you will avoid a caked look.

Keeping eye make-up to a minimal helps the overall look appear nude, so no lashes and brown mascara as opposed to black, and natural shadows rather than colour. A sheer gloss or even lip balm will ensure the look is ultra feminine and natural. A little dewy sheen and light blush to the apples of the cheeks creates a nice flush.

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

#Lighting tips for the perfect #makeup application…

Leeds castle wedding photography Dawn and Lee-85The best light to apply make-up based on my industry experience is in as much day light as possible… this gives a true sense of tones and overall coverage needed. I was so interested to read research about women applying their make-up in poor quality light. I thought I’d share it:

Lighting Direct  offer make-up friendly lighting and their research shows that despite spending hundreds of pounds on beauty products each year, three in four women (75%) do their makeup in poor lighting:

· 77% of women said they need a better lighting solution
· 71% of women said they checked their makeup in a different room from the one in which they apply it
· 12% ask someone else to check their makeup for them
· Younger respondents are using selfies to check the application of their makeup
· Foundation fails are the most likely outcome of having poor lighting

Kathryn Middleton from Lighting Direct said: “We were surprised to find that so many people do their makeup in the bathroom: aside from the obvious steamy mirror issue, most bathrooms have extremely harsh lighting that can drain colour from the face. It’s much better to try and replicate natural daylight wherever you apply your makeup as then you’ll see your finished ‘result’ in the type light that other people will see you in too.”

Lighting Direct’s tips for getting the perfect makeup lighting

1. Lumens, lumens, lumens – you need bright lighting to see the detail when applying makeup. Choose a lightbulb with around 1350lm (lumens) to provide enough brightness.
2. Step into the daylight – natural light is the best light for applying makeup, so choose bulbs that closely mimic daylight.
3. Use dimmers – if you’re applying makeup for a night out, then using a dimmer helps to ensure that your makeup will look great in a range of different lights.
4. Avoid downlights – downwards directional lights highlight wrinkles, bags, and skin issues making you look – and feel – instantly older, leading to inevitable makeup overcompensation.
5. Side to side – installing lights either side of where you apply your makeup, 90-100cm away from each other, with the radiance focused at eye level, will maximise the absence of shadows.

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

#Flirty #Lashes

Sometimes only lashes will do… especially on a beauty shoot to show off the final make-up look, or on a runway show, when people are viewing a model from a distance.

Ensure that you define your brows if you are opting for massive flirty lashes and statement eye make-up.

#BringOutBeauty

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Blushing #Bridal Make-up

Peach, blush and pastel corals are great tones for a spring or summer wedding, and is the perfect choice for a bride who is not a fan of bright pinks, but wants to keep the feminine softness of her chosen wedding colours… this image is great inspiration for a blush wedding… the beautiful bride Clare has opted for these peachy tones with a dewy finish to match the flowers and bridesmaid dresses.

Clare

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#Bridal guest make-up

This lovely lady popped in to have a makeup trial for a wedding she is invited to. This before and after shows the quality of Airbase Airbrush foundation, as you can see it looks natural, and glowing on the skin and eliminates the signs of ageing, redness and blemishes, leaving a great base for the rest of the makeup… bringing out her lovely, large, sparkly eyes.

I love #bringoutbeauty.

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