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.
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?
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 recommending 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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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.
Even the last minute of booking need a bridal make-up trial and proper consultation… why? Well, without it no make-up artist, no matter how skilled and experienced they are, can truly be as prepared as possible for their bride… and no bride, no matter how confidence and pretty they may be, can really put faith in a look that has not yet being tested out first… after all it is the single most exciting and important day of your life to date (for the most of us!!!)
Make up Bridal trials are all about making your bride-to-be feel confident and beautiful, so they know exactly what to expect on the day of the wedding. We often fear the unknown, and being afraid on your wedding day is not an option, especially when it comes to the make-up.
Finding out what look a bride is looking to achieve, asking about the style of the dress, hairstyle, colour scheme and achieving the perfect finish is all done during the consultation!
Also, the trial is a great time to make any last minute changes, it is also a lovely opportunity for a bride to get to really know how the make-up artist works, and for the make-up artist to really take the opportunity to make you, the bride-to-be feel totally at ease.
Find out more about my bridal package.
Brides… Weddings…. Make-up…. oh no kissing…. champagne… laughter… tears of joy… HOW CAN I STOP MY MAKE-UP FROM SMUDGING?
This is a beautiful summer bride of mine from Summer 2017, and her stunning and vibrant images taken by Tony Gameiro award-winning Kent photography, reminded me just how much brides cry and laugh on the most magical, often emotional day of their entire life.
Weddings are cry-laugh days and these days can be a bit of a nightmare if you haven’t got your make-up sorted… here are three tips:
- Have tissues just in case… if you are a traditional bride – tuck it up in your garter. Remember to dab the tears preferably in a mirror as opposed to wiping or smearing across your face.
- If properly applied, make-up should have staying power – opt for waterproof mascara just in case.
- When it comes to lipstick… apply liner and primer, plus you can always spritz a fixing spray all over your face to set and finish your look giving it more staying power for those tears of joy and that nervous laughter.