Audrey Hepburn Bride in Beauty Q & A for @CWM_YKW Magazine

I  am featured as a beauty expert in March to April issue of Your Kent wedding.

Twitter: @CWM_YKW

And this is one of my fav looks for a bride, because it is ultra elegant and ideal for a classic or even romantic wedding.

It is all about the dark eyelids, with defined brows and matte nude lips… such a sixties vibe to this and I would definitely finish it off with She’s a Beauty nails, worn by Maggie Q and applied at Pinkies Salon in Whitstable.

Audrey Hepburn makeup in Your Kent Wedding by Kelli Waldock

Ryan Cox Photography.

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Audrey Hepburn Bride

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Valentine’s Look

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Achieve this look for Valentine’s Day:

This is a lovely look for Valentine brides, but you can adapt this sexy look, by simply adding just one simple flower in the hair… remember to have an un-done hair look and leave strands out to frame the face.

Here is a simple step-by-step for the make-up:

Step 1:

Ensure the face is clean and moisturised with a non-greasy light product… if the product is greasy then the make-up will not stay on.

Step 2:

Apply a primer to the skin and allow it to soak into the skin… be patient as this may take a couple of minutes.

Step 3:

Apply the correct blend of Airbase Airbrushing foundation with a medium to full coverage. I do love this foundation product, but i also love Bare Minerals – as you can build up to the right coverage too.

Step 4:

Prime the eyes separately – I like P.Louise primer… It is thick, but not heavy. And then apply natural matte shadow, before adding black liner to the inside lower lid and beneath the upper lid.

Step 5:

Apply a layer of mascara, before applying the strip lashes close to the root of the natural lashes. Remember to add a couple of coats to the lower lashes… they will look lost otherwise. When applying lashes, ensure you push them down fully over the natural lashes closing in the gap and avoiding showing skin, you can correct with liner after application if needed, but prevention is better than cure.

Step 6:

After lashes are dry, apply the black liner – either liquid or kohl (I like Benefit, Mac and Bobbi Brown), across the upper lid, do not go to the inside corner.

Step 7:

Apply a pink-rose shade of blusher to suit your skin tone. Ensure application goes from the apple of the cheeks up the cheekbones and lightly over the areas that would naturally be touched by sunlight. Try not to go across the cheekbone.

Step 8:

Define eyebrows but not with an outline… use an eyebrow mascara to get some definition of singular hairs as opposed to blocking the brow shape with a gel or shadow.

Step 9:

Use a deep pink-red lip liner to outline the shape of your lips and then fill in with a low sheen gloss, but avoid using a matte lipstick to finish the look. Glossy is very kissable for Valentine’s Day.

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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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Bridal Inspiration

This timeless bridal look is all about bewitching eyes, light blush, soft lips and a gently sweeping up-do –  ideal for spring and summer weddings.

I especially love this bridal hairstyle. It creates an elegant profile that works gorgeously with a veil or a tiara or both!

And even matches a change of outfit for the reception. It’s also the ideal style for a prom, although it does take a bit of practice with curling tongs and clips to get the look.

As for the make-up I’ve gone for an air-brushed complexion and dreamy, neutral eyes in warm smoky tones and a soft blush combined with totally kissable rose, pink and nude lips!

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Big Day #Inspiration for brides

One of the most amazing things about being a makeup artist is getting to prepare the bridal party for their big day. Yes, there is a lot of organising and running around to do in the time before a wedding. From choosing the right flowers that coordinate with the bridesmaids’ dresses to cake tasting (I love that part though), writing invitations and rehearsal dinners. When it comes to the big day, it’s always an early start, lots of girly giggling and a few nerves in the ladies’ camp, but once I get going with the makeup and hair then you really notice how everyone starts to relax and look forward to the day ahead. I thought I’d share a few pics of this glamourous transformation, complete with full wavy tresses and a princess tiara (I fell in love with these pink floral kimonos!)…

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#Burlesque #Inspiration on set with @theDebraLamb

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.

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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;

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  • 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!

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#Getthelook 1970s #retro #bridal hair and make-up

A 1970s’ bride needs shimmer and glam, and a pop of colour all tastefully done, think Diana Ross.

 

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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.

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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.

 

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Photograph credits:

Model: Yasmin

Make-up: Kelli Waldock https://kelliwaldock.co.uk

Hair: V-Team

Photographer: Samantha Jones

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