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.
Twilight Inspired Make-up
The vamp look is often synonymous with #Halloween, but the movie culture of the past two decades has shown us that the vampire look can be sultry and glamorous, as opposed to gothic and dark. Make-up artist Kelli Waldock has created the perfect make-up look for any bride inspired by Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, and Amy Huttley of the V-Team created a tousled style ideal for this striking bridal look.
Get the make-up look:
It is vital that there is a balance with applying these stronger colours, so that you avoid overdoing the look, and going too gothic. This look is inspired by the sultry female vampires from cult movies and TV series, but not a copy, as this is bridal make-up not costume or fancy dress make-up… so build up the colour carefully, and practise before the big day
- Ensure sure skin is hydrated, and apply a light moisturiser if the skin is very dry.
- Apply a primer to the skin and neck.
- Apply a good-quality foundation, I used Airbase in a pale shade, because it gives a flawless complexion and is the perfect foundation for other make-up to sit on… it also lasts all day.
- Accentuate the eyebrows using a brow pencil, in a shade slightly darker than the natural colour… but not too dark. Avoid blocking in the eyebrows, instead create a natural and light feathered effect over brows to add colour.
- Apply a primer on the eyes to give a great base for the eye-shadow and to conceal blemishes on the eye lid.
- Apply a neutral eye-shadow as a great base for the stronger colour, so that the shades are built up for a smoky effect.
- Apply a darker tone, I used brown, to the outer corner of the lid. This accentuates the eyes. Smudge the brown underneath the lower lashes for a more sultry look.
- Apply mascara, separating lashes and adding colour, bring out the natural sparkle of the eyes.
- Add a hint of colour to the cheekbones.
- Apply a lip balm if the the lips are dry, and then apply a dark lip liner of your choice, cherry red, or a deep purple looks great.
- After you have applied the liner, fill the full lips in with more colour.
- And lastly add a dark coloured lipstick with a brush, this will give more staying power.
Get the hair look:
It is important to keep the hairstyle softer to compliment the strong make-up. A relaxed tousled style is sexy and looks effortlessly pretty, which also helps to soften the stronger make-up look.
- Run hair mousse through dry hair.
- Starting from the nape of the neck, take small sections of the hair and curl using my heated wand.
- Using grips/pins pinch the curls, and leave them to set for a few minutes.
- Lightly spray with hairspray for extra hold to curls.
- Remove all clips.
- Using dry shampoo, I used Batiste, gently backcomb the roots through to the crown of the head.
- Use fingertips to loosen out the curls, creating that desired tousled look.
- And dress with bridal head wear.
- Apply a final spray of hairspray, and the look is complete.
#Nail Tip: Choose a nail colour that is deep and striking… #chrome nails are a winner this season, and if you keep the length of your nails short then this will look less fancy-dress for your wedding.
Make-up artist and #nails: Kelli Waldock: http://www.kelliwaldock.co.uk
Hair: Amy of The V-Team: http://www.vickilordbridalhair.co.uk
Photographer: Ryan Cox: http://www.ryancoxphotgraphy.com
Model: Jessica Barker: http://www.starnow.com/profile/ProfileDetail.aspx?m_id=2107077