Charleys very countryside wedding.

Two summers ago I was asked if I could help this lovely young lady out in bristol called charley. She was recommended through the fantastic Priston Mill to call me and see what my availability was. Well seeing by that point I was still only new to having my own business,I of course jumped at the chance of helping charley out.

We started to arrange things via email and a meet up for a cuppa was of course first on the list. We met in a john lewis cafe to discuss plans like her bridesmaids dresses that were designed and made by herself and another bridesmaid,colours schemes,Priston Mill and of course any of her makeup and hair ideas. We made a date for a trial and exchanged social media addresses. We then we’re able to start band ideas around,back and forth. Charley at first wanted a waterfall braid,which I studied hard for so I could make sure it was perfect.  When it came to a trial,making sure it was neat and perfect wasn’t hard it was making sure the braid would hold and not slip about. We came to the conclusion that there was something just not right about a waterfall braid. so we opted for an amazing,country inspired flower crown and curly do with some bits of hair pinned up at the side.

When the day arrived it was certainly very exciting. I came prepared to do x4 bridesmaids and the all important bride.

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I made sure everyone had moisturised before hand to save time.
We applied the all important and my fave Sand Foundation stick by Bobbi Brown. We then set this makeup for the first time with laura mercier secret brightening powder.

I applied a neutral long wear cream shadow stick as a base to the eyelids….All to make everything last longer throughout the day. I used a Mac coppery shade in the socket line and Bobbi Brown Bone all over the eyelids. On the brow bone I used Vanilla loose pigment by Mac,this enhances the all important Brow area. To elongate the brows and define them,I used a Clinique Soft Brown. Charley didn’t need much at all through her brows but it’s always good to define any brow,especially on your wedding day. I then applied Bobbi Brown long wear black mascara onto the top and bottom lashes. And a Bobbi Brown smokey black eyeliner to her top lids and and a very small amount underneath,a small flick on the top but more going with the shape of her eyes. Under Charleys eyes I applied a brightening concealer,then set her face and under the eyes again with the Laura Mercier secret brightening powder. Then we moved onto cheeks,I used Blushed blusher by Bobbi Brown lightly applied and Bronze shimmer brick to highlight and give that important candlelit glow. Blusher applied always up where you feel the cheek bone and into the hair line and highlighter is wherever the sun naturally hits. For the lips we went for a glossy coral gloss by Bobbibrown and neutral liner underneath for depth and longevity.

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After their divine wedding at Priston Mill I received the most devine thankyou note from her.

Hi Maddy, I just wanted to sent you a message to say that I cannot thank you enough for everything you did the morning of my wedding. I was blown away by how stunning the bridesmaid’s hair and makeup was, it was all perfect! And I am in love with how you did my hair and makeup, you made me feel like a princess! I have never felt that beautiful in my life and it’s all down to you🙂 you are so talented at what you do and on top of that you are an amazing person inside and out! I would recommend you to anyone. Thank you again, lots of love, your bride Charley xxxxx

Eleanors wedding

Last year I did a fantastic and fun wedding for a lovely and very friendly lady called eleanor,who was getting married to darren at the Cripps Stone barn. She was getting ready at the lovely lower slaughter manor of which also recommended me to her but she also found me via facebook. We spoke alot via the media’s of email and phone about what styles she wanted and how she’s such a natural girl,that all she wanted was a colour enhancing and glowing look. I profess to most brides that it’s all their decision and choice that I go by but I will always suggest what the best option may be. They chose the cotswolds as its so beautiful to get married in and but they lived out in reading at this point. Eleanor insisted she came to my place for the trial. The day of the trial was stiflingly hot so my kitchen was the perfect place to keep cool in. I later got told that her hair&makeup held out all the way through a hen do in Brighton, this pleased us both alot.

On the big day I had not only herself to do but 5 others,which I completely relished☺. I turned up lower slaughter manor for 630 to get started on her party. Eleanors hair was a curled,braided updoo…..
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Of which we blow dryed
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for smoothness,then we sectioned and curled with thin tongs from the bottom upwards. When I reached the top of the head we stopped to back comb for body then carried on curls the ends,always looking keep smooth. On each side of the head were two small braids,one just above the ear and tge other one starting half way down. The braids will be intertwined through the curls but to hold I just pinned whilst I started curling from the neck,keeping as high as possible. To keep some curls smooth just pop a small brush lightly through the messy – ish curls. When I reached the top of the head,we wanted curls showing so we smoothed them over and pinned discreetly. Eleanor wanted her fringe mostly out of the way so we curled appropriately and pinned behind her ear and into the curls on top. Her veil was pushed into the top of the curls.

We then moved onto her makeup which was flaterring yet candlelit for a very beautiful bride. Her wedding completely reflected the very laid back,country feel they wanted.
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We started onto a prepped skin,of which we spoke about at the trial and how exfoliation is key ☺I applied warm sand foundation stick to eleanor as it was perfect for her skin and longevity. I applied a great long wear cream shadow by Bobbi brown as a base on the eyes. This will make everything stay put for most of the day. I applied a pinky shadow from the Nars kilimanjaro palette all over the lids,from corner to corner. And then a grey from another Nars palette called paris’, this was applied on the outer corner and softly into the socket line. I then enhanced the brow bone with mac vanilla loose pigment and brushed this into the dark line in the socket for a flawless finish. I applied soft brown Clinique brow pencil through the brows for a small bit of enhancement. We then moved onto the eye line, using the Bobbibrown gel liner in black ink to get a medium/softish line and a faint line under the eyes. We then curled the lashes,applied the Bobbibrown long wear mascara and moved onto doing a bit of cover up work under the eyes. Eleanor being beautiful meant I didn’t have to apply too much concealer. I set all the makeup with the Laura Mercier secret powder for that glow and no flatness. We moved to cheeks and applied nude peach on the Apple and up into the hair line. for that finishing glow,I applied bronze shimmer brick on the cheeks,chin,nose and the forehead. Then a blotted bit of pinky prom queen x for the bridesmaid’s we stuck with the all important clinique soft brown brow pencil and black gel eyeliner. One lady had a burnt grey/brown eyeshadow another couple had a shimmery burnt brown by Bobbi brown called stone. All wore blushed blusher and a dior lipcolour which is neutral and universal,then finished with nectar shimmer brick. Most of them opted for a foundation stick for longevity but one needed a bobbibrown oil free liquid in beige. They all opted for a braid in some way,with curls. X2 wore their hair up and X2 wore it down,all with flowers and a thistle in their hair. Mum opted for her own foundation and concealer for under the eyes. She had a long wear cream shadow in a dusky antique gold colour with lots of sparkle and a thin,enhancing line of black Mauve Bobbi eyeliner . With a peachy cheek colour and her own pink lip pie with a smattering of the Laura mercier magic powder. All finished some beautiful ladies just In time x

The day ended up being very very fun and full of catching laughter and innuendos. It showed that they were all a fun loving bunch of people who were out to have a majorly good time;););).
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Compton verney shoot

Hi guys,sorry I’ve not added anything for a long time but I’ve been fantastically,sooo busy☺☺ I was asked by NikkiKirkPhotography last summer to help out with a shoot of which I knew nothing about apart from, I was involved along with 2 of my fave people around and some fantastic models xx I was given prive to the ideas and a pinterest page. Weeks later I was given the spec for the shoot-baroque, rich merlot colours and exotic teal,all very on – trend and chanel-esque. It involved sumptuous draping,figure hugging dresses by cotswold bride and wedding days,coloured glass and exquisite hand – drawn stationery. All something a bride can get involved in and her mind can go to town with. So I got up early,kit and my ideas packed. Feeling very excited at the prospect of working with my favourite people NikkiKirkPhotography and lilyfeefloraldesigns and seeing where this shoot goes. When I turned up,I started work straight away on the lovely rachel,met clare who I adore x the hair was to be very victorian-esque. I back combed the whole head at the roots mainly then proceeded to curl big chunks and pin into neat piles. With a curl coming from behind the ear,hanging down and giving that whole period essence. This was repeated on the divine charlie and Emili and once you were in the swing,it was easy. Each having various hair pieces which involved curled wires and beautiful masala colours in it.all made by the fab clare at lilyfeefloraldesigns. One piece being very precarious and big, but actually ended up being easy to slot onto Charlies head. When hair was done with each model, I moved onto some very wacky makeup looks I’d conjured up days ahead of this shoot. With rachel she had lovely fair,translucent skin so we opted for a bobbibrown foundation stick for good photo quality. We then promptly moved onto eyes where I used a bright teal in the middle of the eyelid and a neat block of contoured black on either side. Obviously then a massively extended,thick eyeliner flick,using an illamasqua gel liner,after a while that liner was reduced for other photos. Under all of this is a bobbibrown longwear eyeshadow as a base. All the models had Hugely enhanced,sculpted brows and a soft brush of laura mercier secret illuminating powder,I swear by this powder as it’s not flat, it flatters skin in photos. Charlie had a mac longwear illuminating liquid foundation and had a masala coloured eyeshadow applied on top of that Bobbi gel shadow. Then a black point on the outer corner of the eye using my illamasqua gel liner,bringing a line round up onto the brow bone. Along the black eyeliner I stuck on one of these ultra trendy stick – on eyeliners with embellishment. I applied a bright pop of pink on charlies cheek,using Bobbis pale pink blusher for that period feel. Then lastly Emili had a bobbibrown foundation stick applied to her beautiful young skin and a massive,smudged black point applied to her eyelid. With plenty of mascara for all of them. Emili fashioned a nice bright pink by Bobbi too. All of the models looked immense and flawless,I went away buzzing and knowing I’d worked with such a fab team. All the models had a fab lip enhancing Bobbi bright pink lipcolour too. All photos courtesy of the amazing and talented NikkiKirkPhotography.image image image image image image image image image image image

emmas wedding

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Hi guys,last September I was asked to a day a lovely ladies makeup for her very sweet wedding. She was also leaving the country for hong kong with her job. As she lived in London she was getting a trial done by someone else and they would refer all the details to me to be able to recreate. It originally seemed a bit of a Chore but was such a soft,glowing and polished look that it was such a breeze to recreate😉 whilst the pre-nups were going on,Emma and I were talking back and forth via phone and email. She was concerned about what I would like to drink too,which touched me .xx

When I arrived on the Saturday morning she was having her hair finished into a lovely low bun with plaited bits going into it! I left them too it and vanished off upstairs where I could set up. The house was a tiny Cotswold stone cottage in tetbury on a thin street that went over a river onwards to where they were having their reception-great tythe barn,tetbury. When Emma was done with her hair,and robed so we wouldn’t mess her chignon. I started on her makeup with sand foundation stick by bobbi brown. I firstly made sure she had prepped her skin as its so important to b clean,it gives a glowing long-wearing look. We popped some cream shadow stick on her eyes by bobbi as its a great base for longevity. And applied some bone shadow across the eyelid from the inner corner and to give the softest bit of definition I applied some stone long wear cream shadow on the very outer corner of her eye and blended into her socket line🙂 we then moved onto lining her eye with a tite line in graphite shimmer gel liner by bobbi brown,on the top and bottom.we used some mac c20 concealer under her eyes for coverage and highlighting and used it for covering a few marks that the foundation alone didn’t work for! We used a small amount of wheat eyeshadow to fill In the tails of her eyebrows and a small amount of vanilla loose pigment by mac on the actual Brow bone,u can blend this into the darker colour applied to the socket line too!
We finished with a brightening powder by bobbibrown to set everything. I applied a bit of soft pink blusher by bobbibrown on her cheek bones and directly onto the apples! The only way to apply blusher may i add! And a small amount of nectar shimmer brick to set and give a candlelight finish. We then added the lips after the beautiful pronovias dress was put on- fitted lace upto above the waist and fitted taffeta across the bust,with small lace cap sleeves. Lips were just buff gloss and a Clinique nude lip definer xxxx

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Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014

Lisa Von Hallwyl bridalwear at Cheltenham Town Hall 2014Earlier this year I had the oppurtunity to spread my artistry wings a lot with a funky shoot which would include lace,feathers and glittery embelishments xx this shoot was for lisa von hallwyl millinery with a possibilty of being featured in tatler magazine and such like. Lisa specialises in the most amazing and avant garde head pieces,hats and head embelishments. Her hats feature at cheltenham,ascot,bath and warwick races being worn by many a tv presenter and celebrity. She works hard through the forms of social media to promote her tireless millinery work and is sold in cotswold bride-cheltenham also.

I arrived at the cheltenham town hall where we were having the shoot,remembering many a dance or literary festival that I performed in, back In the day. I was very excited to be preparing our model with some of the industrys best,not only in the cotswolds but country wide. We had sandie from bellabridal hair doing some amazing big, out there hairdoos and the fantastic, very professional and my personal business guru- nikki kirl photography. Both on hand to give us the best of the best!

We started with sandie creating an amazing hair doo with lots of backcombing and heated curlers. I started by prepping charlotte-our beautiful and multi talented models skin then appllied a smashbox long wear foundation for a flawlwss,camera ready skin. For shoots you should use a good coverage foundation with a luminocity within it so you don’t get that flat finish in the photos. I used a bobbibrown shadow stick for my wild eyeshadow colours to adhere to and last. I used a mix on the eyes of one half being a mac purple and the other half going in to a point on the outer corner,being a powder blue loose pigment from a bobbi professional range. Not only was it slightly wacky but it really flattered charlottes skin as she has beautiful milky coffee coloured skin and dark eyes. Of which blue and purple work well with. I applied a black gel liner by bobbi brown to the upper lid only and it was a thick line with an exaggerated flick on each outer corner. Again great for a darker skin and an outlandish makeup! A flick at the end of a liner is most of the time fairly important and doesn’t have to be exaggerated but when done in a modest way you will find it just opens the eye a bit more. Depending on your shape whether your eyes naturally flick or carry on going round (almond). You will always find it just finishes a look😉 sometimes too, some people like to join the line for a full lined look but always best to do a top line if your going to do a bottom one too. On this particular day I applied both eyeshadow colours under the eye for a wacky effect,not on top of each other but directly underneath oneanother. I finished charlottes brows with a clinique soft brown brow pencil and gave her some wow lashes with some black 5in1 collection mascara,fab mascara may I add! I had some lovely little stick on gems which add some fun and highlight areas around the eyes. I applied these near the teardrop of the eye. I then applied some pale pink blusher by bobbibrown which is a real pop of colour and some nectar shimmer brick over the top for the camera angles and candlelit effect. i set to the most exciting bit and that was applying the face embellishments,I used some lash glue to set these in place. One embellishment was a large bit of lace that I set strategically around the left eye for a dramatic (phantom of the opera) look and then some funny little flowers down the hair line on the right hand side. I mixed two rather scarry lip colours,both mac and v dark,verging on black to apply for this look but actually really rather worked with charlottes colouring.

Later on we did a transition of hair and makeup after a quick lunch break. I applied more blue onto charlottes eyes and graduated it up higher onto the brow bone,I pulled it out more on each side also! I also applied some white glittery shadow onto the brow bone. I changed charlottes lip to a purple mac lipstick and her face embellishments to a feather,which replaced her lace from before. All stuck on with good old lash glue. My lahes are eyelure lashes so I know the glue is very good and hypoallergenic,but always test slightly,somewhere inconspicuous!

I have to say thanks to lisa von hallwyl millinery,http//:www.nikkikirkphotography.com,bellabridal hair by sandie, the exquisite charlotte chayse and wedding days for their many different gowns they loaned us for the day. And not forgettting cheltenham town hall also.