Abbey & Ryan pre wedding seaside fun

Awh.. I love a love shoot..

These two are just so cute too. Abbey & Ryan’s wedding is later this year and really… I’m a bit giddy about it! All the details will be revealed after i’m sure of it!

It’s hard to imagine that this was only just over a month ago.. it looks so blooming cold!

A fun filled afternoon starting out in Scarborough’s north bay was just the best idea for this gorgeous couple. Although we did work a little on abbeys makeup for the shoot, I can’t wait to work on her trial makeup in the coming months. I feel some sparkles coming on…

So here.. in his unmistakable & enchanting James Melia style.. are Abbey and Ryan.

Enjoy <3 x

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What is best for bridal make-up?

Well… isn’t this a good question indeed?

How does a bride really want to look on her special day?

I’m sure you know there’s no simple answer, however there are some straight forward components which apply to most.

Make-up which is long-lasting, beautifully defined, that emphasises best features and is timeless.

but just now, let’s go through a little of what my clients certainly don’t want, in their own words..

I usually find it is easier to work out what kind of look my clients don’t want first, then we certainly know not to go there!

‘a caky face’- yes, apparently bridal makeup can look more than a little caky, you know, so it stays on all day, for the camera’s and all.

‘I don’t really fancy those scouse brows’ – no I can imagine not for your big day

‘are you going to chisel some cheek bones in?’ if you wish, but perhaps only with a little make-up ;)

‘i’m quite pale, you won’t make me look orange will you?’ – absolutely not..

All are perfectly normal concerns about having your makeup applied for your wedding day. The day when your future partner and all of your loved ones and friends will see you!

This is why it is so important to feel happy and comfortable with your bridal make-up.

When meeting with my clients for the first time, I usually ask them to wear their everyday makeup. It is essential for me to get a feel for not only their aspirations and ideas for the day, but also to find out a little about their personalities, lifestyles and of course the look they would like to achieve.

Make-up I find is a very personal thing, you see your face each day and recognise it’s familiarity, whether this be your clear skin, beautiful eyes, full lips or cheeky cheeks.. there is always something which you like to emphasise.

I feel it’s so important for a Makeup Artist to notice these areas and work with the client to bring out those features in a way that they will look and see themselves.. but a more polished version!

I like to work along with my clients to build their ideal look. We look at images together, work on textures which they are used to using and wearing, colours that will compliment, styles that they have always wished to try, or are equally used to wearing every day. Everyone is an individual and there is no standard style for a bride. Whether you like the ‘natural’ look, or maybe you rock a great vintage lip everyday, or decide you want to go all out glamour and sparkles, What ever your wish, I will create for you!

What is most important to me is seeing you smile. I will always try my very best to show you how I create the look, recommend products along the way and perhaps teach a few techniques you may like to try at home one day.

Certainly no ‘caky faces’ for my brides!

Here are a few of my very gorgeous real brides for you to see.

Have a great weekend!

Jo xx

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Industrial eclectic photo shoot prep and products

Give me the opportunity to go a little sparkly crazy and I’m in my element. The moment lovely Michelle of Pocket full of dreams sent over her ideas for the eclectic photo shoot I was instantly mesmerised by the colours that blended beautifully and of course the makeup brief. The picture Michelle sent over was of one of my all time favourite makeup looks designed by the infamous Makeup artist Pat mcGrath.

Lots of iridescent glitter set me thinking, and I was immediately drawn to an image from another Dior catwalk makeup where sequins of differing tones and shapes were applied to the eye area to create a striking yet subtly beautiful look.

I spent a good few days trawling through websites until I found the right site. I chose colours which suited the colour palette perfectly, gun metal greys, muted peach and lemons and of course the most delicate iridescent and pearls.

Moving on the to actual makeup, I just knew from the start I would be using MAC’s 3d silver glitter (which, by the way, is A-mazing) but I wanted to keep the skin looking clean and fresh, only using soft nudes to compliment the colour palette for lips.

So here are the prepared products. Another chance for me to gratuitously take many photo’s of very gorgeous things! Included in the sequins and lipsticks was also a beautiful eyeshadow palette from Avon called smoke and mirrors and some very sweet and sparkly nail polishes.

Hope you enjoy the prettiness! More images from the actual shoot to follow from the fab FO photography

I hope you enjoy these xx

 Lipsticks from left to right – MAC – myth, front- ravishing, back-please me, high tea and modesty.

Nail polishes from left to right – OPI, Save me, steady as she rose, privacy please and tickle my francey.

Lispticks swatches – myth, ravishing, please me, high tea and modesty.

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