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.
“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.”
When it comes to having flawless foundation, in order for it to not look flat or caked, it is very important that it is blended down the neck and over the jawline… this is why airbrushing foundations are effective, because the airbrush application ensures an even coverage that starts as light and can build up to the desired finish. If you apply foundation and stop there and leaving it ‘naked’, adding no bronze, contouring or blusher, then the finished look can be unnatural, caked or flat.
Foundation is brilliant in that it covers blemishes and evens out skin tone, but it also covers natural colours and can disguise bone structure. It provides a canvas for the makeup to be applied, which means shine, contouring, bronze and blusher.
SO REMEMBER TO DRESS YOUR FLAWLESS FOUNDATION WITH BLUSH, BRONZE AND SHINE TO CREATE YOUR FINAL LOOK.
I am so lucky to be able to bring different elements of my work together; from beauty therapist to celebrities and VIPs, to nails and treatments in my salon, to make-up for models and actors on set, and of course all of the lovely brides and bridesmaids I bring out beauty of… But what makes a great bridal make-up artist?
- You have to be prepared for all eventualities… for example a trial may have gone one way, but on the day, the bride may have a break-out, or patches of dry skin, or she may have even changed her lip choice, or bridesmaid choice – a host of things can happen – so be prepared with the right equipment, products, your notes from the trial and more.
- Arrive on time, this is a day that you cannot afford to be late, not only does it look bad on you as a businessperson, but more importantly, if the bride is late and it is your fault then that is not a good thing… so be early, and give yourself plenty of time to apply the perfect make-up for the bride and her bridal party.
- If you are prepared and early then it is likely that you will give off calm vines too – it is so important that the bride doesn’t feel stressed, so if you act frantic around her then this could make her feel nervous and not in safe hands. Stay calm and collected.
- Remember that your bride will have so many things to prepare for during the lead up to her big day, she is not going to want to be chasing her make-up artist to check you are still going to turn up… so do your admin… send regular messages to reassure the bride that you will be there and that you have you need, do last minute checks for changes too… this admin must be relevant – don’t stalk your bride, she has enough to do remember, but keep all communication clear, concise and open – this includes the invoice and paying process.
- Enjoy it – just like any job, if you enjoy working with brides, despite the prep and early starts then this will shine through, and brides want to work with people that are positive, friendly and professional. They also want to be listened to – so ensure you listen to their needs and desires for their big day from the very first point of contact.
I love these photos that show a really lovely natural base, with rosy cheeks, and then stunning eyes and lashes… This is the perfect example of how to #bringoutbeauty in a natural way… remember you can download my free ebook on this website, and learn quick and easy ways to bring out your own beauty with the magic of make-up.
These nails brighten up any day, including a bride’s… not all weddings are blessed with sunny skies and warm temperatures… but brides can add sunshine to their day with bright nails… here are five tips:
- Wear bright nails that go with your overall wedding theme… so, for example, if your flowers and accessories are orange, red is not a good choice.
- Add sparkle to the ring finger, with a tonal colour of glitter top coat.
- Ensure you use Gel nails or a product that will last all day and through the honeymoon too.
- With the honeymoon in mind, ensure your toenails match your fingernails, and choose a colour that will pop with a tan… this pink is perfect.
- Be brave, nails don’t have to be plain, or neutral to still look sophisticated and elegant… go on show off that rock and your new wedding band with fabulous nail colour on your special day!