So I’ve finally gotten around to writing my first blog post! It’s been in the works for months but I’m so excited to be writing my first post about my work featuring on the COVER of Cheshire & Lancashire Bride 2016. 🙂

This magazine is annual and can be bought at most newsagents, I’ve spotted it in the smallest of stores! It’s great for ideas if you are planning your own wedding and I love the real weddings they feature.

I wanted to write about how I achieved the makeup look on the model for the cover as I have been asked by many clients what I used. This image was from a photoshoot that I arranged at Willington Hall. If you haven’t been, check it out. It’s a gorgeous venue in Tarporley, Cheshire.

The makeup look I went for was my signature look. What is my signature look you wonder? Well I absolutely love a flawless skin base with a soft glow and contouring just enough but not too much. I love emphasising what my brides already have instead of going overboard with makeup to the point where they no longer look like them. My style is to ensure everything compliments the bride and she feels like a million dollars on her wedding day.

The look I created for the cover shot was created by using a variety of top end brands. Being a versatile makeup and hair artist, it’s really important to have the best of each type of product in my kit and I find it’s impossible to have just one brand that’s the best for everything so I carry a wide range including Charlotte Tilbury, MAC, Nars and Inglot.

I started by defining the models brows with eyeshadow, this gives a soft definition and is natural which is must more favourable than the drawn on look. I then used the MAC neutrals palette to create an eye makeup using warm tones with a slight shimmer to them. I finished the eye makeup off with a slick of liner and natural hair false lashes. I find false lashes that are made from natural hair blend in so much better than synthetic lashes which can sometimes give off a ‘shiny’ cheap look.

For the skin base, I used Charlotte Tilbury foundation mixed with a little skin shimmer by Inglot. This gives a gorgeous glow to the foundation and I love this particular brand of foundation due to the coverage being buildable yet still looking fairly natural and not heavy. I set the foundation with a MAC mineralize powder and then contoured with another mineralize powder one shade darker than the models skin. I highlighted with an Illamasqua cream, and then finished by dusting a highlighting powder over it intensify the effect. For the lips I used a liner to define the lips and then popped some lipstick on, the colour used was MAC Pure Zen which is one of my favourites. I always finish the makeup with fix spray by MAC. I find it just gives a beautiful effect to the makeup.

The main reason I chose this look was I find brides want to look like a bride. So many have said to me that their friend or someone they know who got married looked “nice” but too natural. Nice is the most boring way to describe how someone looks, I want my brides to be told they look gorgeous, amazing and stunning. I want them to feel that and I want everyone to know who the bride is so I design a look unique to each bride. I don’t go overboard with makeup by any means but I’m not so natural with my style to the point where you may as well have done it yourself.

Hopefully this gives you some ideas on what to use and for brides to be, I will be doing a blog post on what to expect once you book me and at your trial, next! Thanks for reading!