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Karen & Andrew were married at 13:30 on Saturday 8th March 2014 at Clearwell Castle in Gloucester http://www.countryhouseweddings.co.uk/clearwell-castle/

I had the pleasure of meeting Karen at her home in Winchcombe back in January. It really was an honour to be approached by Karen as she is also a make-up artist who had been watching and admiring my work from a distance.  Karen was tempted to do her own make-up however like any female for her wedding day wanted to be pampered along with her bridesmaid too.

For Karen’s Bridal look we used Illamasque’s Skin Base Foundation, Mac’s prep and prime concealer, Charles Fox Contouring pallet, Chanel’s eyeshadow pallet in Beiges (A fantastic pallet ocntaining a warm and a cool brown, an apriot and an ivory highlighter) smoking the eye with A graphite Khol pencil as its a little softer that a black or brown from Chanel. Then making sure we applied a waterproof Black Mascara just incase there were any tears to her top and bottom lashes to making her eyes pop.  As her flowers and bridesmaids dress were in a deap wine colour we deided it would be a fantastic oppertunity to encorportate this colour onto the lips which really worked with Karen’s colourings. For her lips and cheeks we used Illamasques Belladona lip and cheek whilest highhlighting the cheek bones with Mac’s golden highlighter.

I had the fantastic pleaure of working alongside a fantastic hairstylist Sandie from Bella Bridal hair based in Gloucester http://bellabridalhair.co.uk/

“Karen had settled on a half up half down with soft curls for her wedding day hair. On the morning of the wedding I arrived at Clearwell Castle and set up on Karen’s hair first. Starting off with applying Loreal Pli all through her hair, this is a fantastic 2 in 1 spray that acts as a heat defensive and setting lotion in one which really helps the curls last so much longer than normal. I worked the curls into Karen’s hair with my trusty straightening irons and once cooled I gently raked my fingers through the hair to separate and soften the curls. I placed her tiara and then added some back combing to create height in the crown area which also helps the tiara really stand out. Finished off with some dainty diamonte pins placed in the back of the hair”. Sandie Bella Bridal Hair

I received this lovely message from Karen: “I would just like to say a big thank you. My make up was beautiful, completly flawless and stayed that way all evening. Anne (My maid of honour)’s make up also looked beautiful she was really happy and requested that I pass over her Thanks. You really are one tallented & clever lady – I shall always highly recommend you, Thank you xxxx”

 

The day was photographed by the fantastic Ken from http://www.hitchingsproductions.co.uk/index.php/weddings

 

Alexandra & James

Alexandra & James Married at 15:00 on Saturday 22nd February 2014 at the amazing Eastnor Castle in Worcestershire http://eastnorcastle.com/

It was a crisp but dry day and the sunshine was out – Perfect.

I arrived at Eastnor Castle at 11:00am Kevin was already with Alexandra’s rollers in for me.

Alexandra had a soft romantic feel dress and wanted both her and her sister (Who was her bridesmaid) to compliment each other. Kevin Saris http://www.passionateabouthair.com/ created soft gentle romantic waves in Alexandra’s hair pinned up and off her face to show the detail of her dress and make-up. Where as her bridesmaid opted for a loose gentle curl half up and half down.

Alexandra was not used to wearing alot of make-up and was feeling a little aprehensive about having her make-up done. However working through her images at her trial and gaining a full understanding of her concerns she selected a soft neutural romantic eye making a emphasis on her eyeliner and lashes and a soft nutral lip. Whereas she decided her bridesmaid would like a little more definition around the eye so we introduced the Navy of her dress in with her eyes to smoke them up a little.

Thank you for all of your hard work and patience with me and my sister at the trial and on the day. You are the only person who almost got me to cry, with your sage words, as i left the room!! I managed to keep my composure for the rest of it. I also wanted to say to you that you made it so easy for me to ask you to change my make up and alter things slightly, in order to make things perfect. Thank you!

We had a really special day, much gentler than I had imagined it to be but I am glad for it as I feel like I can remember more of it than if it had been more frantic! I think all of our guests had a great time too – we finally turned in at 4am!

I suspect that you are starting to be really busy with weddings now and weekends are no longer your own. I have recommended you to a few people who have been in contact with me.

Thank you once again for everything

 

 

My New Years Make-up Resolution

With the New Year fast approaching, I have finally decided to take the plunge by beginning to write my ‘Blog’.  Let’s see if I can keep this New Year’s resolution up!

 

I’ve been asked many times in the past, how did I know I wanted to become a freelance make-up artist?

 

Well, looking back to when I was 16 and being packed off to see the careers advisor with that vacant look and empty headed feeling, I had no idea where my life was going.  Then, if I remember rightly, I watched a special effects documentary on how ‘Planet of the Apes’ had been made and was completely taken in by it all.  I had no idea of what the job was or how to get there, so I started doing my own research as this was clearly not going to be a straight forward choice that I could discuss with the career advisor!  I had found something I could be passionate about, a vocation that ticked all of the boxes and something that was a little bit different from the career choices my classmates had made.  I knew I liked art, I was creative, I liked trying new things, I loved make-up, people and enjoyed designing things.  I had found it.   This was what I was going to do and felt determined it was the right move for me.

 Make-up artistry originally brought me from a little village on the Wirral called Willaston to Worcester University in 2000.  Gosh that’s 13 years ago now!  It was the beginning of my big adventure to follow my teenage dream as a make-up artist. Throughout my time at Worcester University I worked closely with the Swan theatre and Malvern theatre,helping bring their productions alive for the stage.  After graduating I was lucky enough to work for Merseyside TV as a make-up artist assistant on the sets of ‘Brookside’ and ‘Grange Hill’, so at the age of 21, I was living the dream.  I hadalso come to my attention that that ‘daily’ make-up artists were required and I began to work on ‘Peak Practice’ and other TV dramas.

I became a make-up artist for ‘Chanel’ (as many of you already know) and spent many years working for them,developing a deep understanding of the ever-changing products within the market and the truly bespoke needs of every customer.  I met many ladies along the way who would often ask me for tips and techniques and if I would do their make-up for their weddings.  So I got thinking.  Bridal make-up in Worcester.  Teaching ladies about the art of make-up and how to apply it.  Was there a demand for me as a make-up artist and such a service in Worcester?

 

I had already been asked to return to the University to help teach both the evening make-up artistry course and the NVQ beauty therapy make-up students, so it was becoming apparent that many people were wanting my knowledge and expertise, either for their Wedding Make-up, tutorials or general make-up tips and techniques of how to achieve a certain look.   So, herein lies another reason for starting this ‘Blog’.  I’m looking to share make-up tips, make-up trends and make-up techniques.  Therefore,  if anyone out there would like to know anything at all about make-up, I’ll be more thanhappy to help via this ‘Blog’.

 

Well, that’s the first one done.  Phew!  Merry Christmas everyone…I’ll see you in 2014