So Prom season has come and gone - and as busy as ever! I love doing Prom makeup and hair as I feel I'm giving a real confidence boost to the lovely young ladies when I do their makeup and hair ready for their Prom ball. I do think it's quite a lot of pressure on the young girls today to get dressed up and look their best... as well as the expense for parents with new dresses, shoes, jewellry, chauffeur cars etc - it's like a mini rehearsal for their Wedding Day! Here's some of the lovely Proms I had the pleasure of doing this year.
It was a real joy and honour to volunteer recently for the Look Good Feel Better charity. A dear friend of mine had breast cancer last year and my gorgeous mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer early this year. Both had to undergo chemotherapy and it was through their experiences that I heard about the Look Good Feel Better charity.
Look Good Feel Better is the only international cancer support charity that helps women and teenagers manage the visible side effects of cancer treatment. Their aim is to greatly increase people’s confidence and self-esteem at a very difficult time in their lives. They run free workshops to teach women how to take the best care of their skin and apply makeup to give them a real confidence boost. Here is a quote from a lady who attended a LGFB workshop:
By volunteering my services once or twice a month, I hope to help ladies and give them a confidence boost when they most need it, as it did to my mum and friend. Every attendee is also given a goodie bag of skin care and makeup items to take home - all items have been donated by various cosmetic companies.
It was an absolute delight to be part of Pamela's big day for her Medieval themed Wedding at Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry.
Pam and her bridesmaids dresses were divine... Pam's was handmade in ivory satin with bias cut, drop waist and lace up back in contrasting cappuccino trim - a modern day interpretation of the traditional medieval gown. The bridesmaids dresses were a beautiful sage green with long sheer cream capes.
They all wanted natural looking makeup to go with their medieval theme, so I chose soft golds and bronze on their eyes, with dewy skin and soft pink lips. They chose half up / half down hairstyles with gypsophila to add interest at the back and Pam wore a beautiful circlet.
These pictures were just quick snaps taken with my phone so apologies for the quality!
We all know and grumble about miserable January - the sparkly Christmas decorations have been packed away, the weather is cold and dreary, money is tight after overspending at Christmas.... so it was lovely to have a January Wedding to look forward to... love, joy and brightness in this dreary month! Congratulations to Karen and Andrew who got married at Ansty Hall, Warwickshire last weekend. Bride Karen wanted a stronger eye, softer lip look for her Wedding Day makeup, so we went for a gorgeous grey smokey eye using Charlotte Tilbury's Glamour Muse and Uptown Girl palettes, finished with Primalash false lashes in Zoe. I used Estee Lauder Double Wear in Ivory Beige to create a flawless finish to Karen's skin. We finished off her look with a nude lipstick - Maybelline in Clay Crush. We had tried several different lipsticks on Karen during the trial and she loves a brighter lipstick but decided she wanted a more nude look for the ceremony during the day, so for an evening look, Karen changed her lipstick to Charlotte Tilbury's Electric Poppy. I do love Charlotte Tilbury's lipsticks - lovely colours and cover.
Congratulations to Karen and Andrew! And thanks for brightening my January!
If you are one of many people who has never heard of a lip scrub, then let me enlighten you...
A lip scrub works in the same way as a body or face scrub - it is a scrub specially created for the delicate lip area and used to remove dry, flaky skin .
There is nothing attractive about chapped or flaky lips! As a professional Makeup Artist I know that soft, smooth lips are vital for optimum colour application of your lipstick - particularly today's ultra fashionable matte shades.
Using a lip scrub will remove any dead, flaky skin and help to nourish, soften and plump up your lips.
I decided to develop my own range after attending an advanced creative Lip Art course... you can't create amazing lip art unless your model's lips are in the best condition.
I've developed my Glitter Buff lip scrub range for those who just love glitter and want some sparkle when they scrub! Glitter Buff comes in the following shades & flavours:
- Black Cherry with purple glitter
- Strawberry Fizz with red glitter
- Tutti Frutti with orange glitter
- Cream Soda with pink glitter
How to use: At any time of day, rub gently over your top & bottom lips and massage in small circles to smooth, rehydrate and nourish dry skin, then rinse off with clean damp cloth.
The Sugar Buff range are delicious, edible lip scrubs in a variety of flavours - all using 100% natural ingredients. Which means you can simply lick the scrub off your lips! Check out these yummy flavours:
- Salted Caramel
- Pink Coconut
- Golden Apricot
- Cool Peppermint
- Candied Orange
Some examples of the lip art we created on our course:
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I was delighted to be asked to do a photoshoot with Britain's Next Top Model Anastasia Ellis. We were showcasing some gorgeous designs by fashion student Nazia from the BCU in Birmingham. Anastasia was a delight to work with and a real good sport! It's such a joy to work with talented and creative people whether they are the designers, photographers or models.
There is so much choice of highlighters in the market these days that it's difficult to choose the best one, so I was delighted to discover the Sleek Highlighting palettes. There are three cream formulas and one powder within each palette and they offer great quality and super pigmentation. My favourite is the Precious Metals palette with beautiful golden highlighters and shimmers. As we approach the holiday season, this palette will give your skin a gorgeous golden glow. I use these colours not only as highlighters on cheeks, nose and cupids bow but also as eyeshadows and on the body to highlight your collarbones and add a glow to shoulders. And what's even better is the price at a very affordable £10.00. Happy shopping!
It was great to chat to all the lovely brides attending the Wedding Fair on Sunday at the Welcombe Hotel in Stratford upon Avon. There was a fabulous catwalk show (always popular) and other quality exhibitors, including wedding bands, celebrants, bridal dresses, photographers and cakes.
My friend kindly agreed to model for me and I created a real bridal look on her... dewy, glowing complexion, light shimmery eyes and pink lips with some light contouring. She loved the look and when I took some photos of her she said it made her look 10 years younger! It's all about applying the right products that photograph well in the right place. I used mainly MAC products for the base and Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vite palette on her eyes - the colours in this palette look quite dark, but the trick is to use sparingly to add just a hint of colour!
I’m loving my latest Charlotte Tilbury purchases…
Her Magic Foundation is infused with vitamin C, Hyaluronic Filling Spheres and mushroom extract to give a full coverage to help conceal any imperfections or blemishes, whilst still feeling lightweight on your skin. Perfect for creating that flawless finish.
Charlotte’s Mini Miracle Eye Wand is just that – a miracle for tired, dull and dark under eye circles. It’s 2 step formula works magically – the hydrating under eye cream smooths out and firms the eye area, and then the light infusing concealer minimises the appearance of dark circles. A win win!
One of the many questions that a bride-to-be usually asks herself is whether or not to hire a professional makeup artist for her big day. Most women know how to do their own makeup, so why not save the money and do it yourself on your wedding day? However, if having your makeup look amazing during your wedding (& for the wedding photos) is important to you, get it done professionally!! It’s better to spend the extra money to ensure that you won’t have regrets during your wedding if your eyeshadow fades, mascara runs or if your face appears too shiny/oily in the photographs.
Your wedding is a day you’ve most likely dreamt of and pictured yourself looking like a stunning princess. Let a professional makeup artist help you turn that dream into a reality! There are a number of reasons why you should get your makeup done by a pro:
– Photography makeup is different from your everyday makeup. A professional makeup artist will know how to perfectly apply it so you look radiant and photogenic in front of the camera. Being familiar with how makeup will look after the effects of professional photography, they will be able to apply it so your photos turn out flawless and amazing – no photoshop needed!
– A professional will know which products to best use for flash photography. For example, you do not want to accidentally use a foundation with SPF and have your face come out a lighter shade than the rest of your body in your photographs! A professional makeup artist will have a kit full of camera-friendly products.
– Your wedding day will be full of emotion and excitement. You will be moving around for hours while having people hug and kiss you, leading to sweat and tears (of joy!). You will want good quality makeup applied correctly so it lasts for hours and stays flawless and fresh.
– On your wedding day, there may be lots of distractions that will keep you busy and pre-occupied. The time spent on having your hair and makeup done by someone else will be a time for you to relax.
– A professional makeup artist will have knowledge of which products will work best for your features and enhance them. They will create looks that best compliment your dress, wedding theme and your personality.
If you are still hesitant about using a professional, why not book a trial! Take some photos of yourself after your trial run – I’m positive you will love the results!!