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;

Debar Lamb wearing Belinda Burlesque

  • 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!

#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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Nail option 1970s by kelli waldock

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

Perfect festive #makeup for a #party this #ChristmasEve …

I did the make-up for Sarah (photo below) before she went to the London Pallidium for the Royal Variety Show.

This is based on a flawless foundation look, with key blusher and contouring, without it looking too made-up… combined with ultra strong lips in a bright colour trend, perfect for festive parties, and show-stopping strong eyes. This look is all about the parties, the dancing, the shows and the glitz.

Sarah Smith

“Loved it, felt amazing all evening thanks to you & Vicki Lord Session-Stylist 😘!! Thank you so much for doing it in your lunch hour, I love coming to see you fab ladies.”

#Looking after your lips in the cold weather

Make sure you care for your lips this winter, so you can still pout, rock gorgeous lipstick and kiss your fav fellow ;o) Here are three tips for lip care during cold days.

  1. Exfoliate dry skin on your lips with a really soft toothbrush – buy a kid’s one. Don’t bite the skin on your lips or pull at it.Funky Make-up
  2. Wear lip balm instead of gloss, lots of moisturising balms can add a subtle sheen, so you still look pretty and made-up without the gloss adding to sore or dry lips.
  3. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and eat plenty of nourishing foods and steer clear of refined sugars.

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.