My product of the week for your wedding makeup

This month I am totally in love my Touche Eclat by Yves Saint Lauren.

You can use this over your concealer to add radiance to your under eye area, and help banish any dark circles. You can also use without concealer for a more natural look whilst adding radiance to your face.

I also use this on the along the nose, on the high of the cheeckbone, on the 'V' area between the brows, and also sometimes add a dap on the chin. Using a product like this on these areas create the most beautiful glow on your face without looking shiny and glowing in the wrong places.

I love this product as it gives Brides the most beautiful dewy look, which is what most brides want from their wedding makeup on their big day.

Love Love Love <3

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A little bit about who we are and what we do...

As having your makeup and hair done on your big day is such an important and personal experience I thought it would be nice tell you a little bit more about myself and the team...

My name is Francesca and I became fully qualified as a Makeup Artist in 2007. Since then I have done the makeup of hundreds of Brides all accross the country. I have also recently trained to become a Hair Stylist specialising in Bridal up do's. I have absolute love for creating beautiful Bridal Hair styles and flawless makeup looks. My aim for Brides is to throughly understand about them as an indidual and the look they are hoping to achieve, and in turn give you as the bride exaclty the look you want.

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My Summer months get very fully booked, so in 2014 Makeup Artist Lily Rose Gregory joined our team. Lily spends her days working on fashion and editorial shoots, and her weekends doing the hair and makeup of Beautiful Brides. Lily covers all Weddings throughout London and some Kent weddings.


Most recenlty Elissia has joined our team. Elissia specialises to edgey bridal hair and makeup looks. Elissia is amazingly creative and will be there to do the hair of your Bridesmaids on your wedding day if there are 3 or more people in your Bridal Party having their hair and makeup done.


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Bridal hair and makeup


At the weekend I did the makeup and hair of my beautiful friend. Jo wanted a glamourous yet natural look for her makeup. We opted for natural tones, but putting emphasis on her beaufiul eyes. I used a beautiful dusty gold by MAC and smudged it using a soft brown from MAC. I used a black MAC Paint pot as eyeliner, which has amazing staying power to last all day and night. I used a nude MAC lipstick and Clinique balm to creat and beautiful natural lip.


Jo had very thick straight hair, so we curled it first and pinned it up to create a beautiful hair style, which was elegant yet glamourous.


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Dominique's Beautiful Asian Wedding

So a few weeks ago I woke up at the crack of dawn to do the makeup of Dominique in the most beautiful venue, Swarling Manor near Canterbury. It is such a beautiful venue in the middle of nowwhere with just a few sheep and cows doted around.

Dominique wanted a very bold eye, to compliment her beautiful red Sari. We opted for neutral colours as she had two outfit changes throughout the day. I used Mac Face and Body for her foundation. Dominque already had nearly blemish free skin so MAC Face Body was perfect for her as it gives a light buidable coverage, allowing the natural beauty of her skin to shine through. I also used Hydra Veil Primer by Illamasqua, Urban Decay Primer Potion for her eyes before using my brown and black MAC eyeshadow pallette. A good eye primer is a must, especially when applying strong eyes to ensure your eyeshadow stays out all day long!


Take a look at her gorgeous pics xxx

Swarling Manor UK, Asian Makeup ideas

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How to look after your skin before your wedding day

It is so important to look after your skin at the best of times, but even more so if you have started to plan your wedding. Here are a few tips I tell all the Brides who's makeup I do, to ensure their face and makeup is looking the best it ever has for your big day!


1. Drink lots of water to flush the toxins from your body to help your skin glow

2. Exfoliate twice a week to remove any dead skin from the surface of your skin to ensure no flakey or dry skin

3. Remove your makeup each night with a cleanser that works for you. I tend to use Simple cream cleanser, and then use Biorderma Water cleanser to remove any residue cream.

4. Moisturise your face at least once a day

5. Use an eye cream, especially if you suffer dryness around your eye area


5 simple steps that can make a huge difference to how your skin looks and feels on your wedding day!


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What style makeup do you want?

How will you wear your makeup for your Wedding Day?

Wedding season is slowly creeping upon us and now is the time to start thinking about what style of makeup you want for your big day.
There are several questions I ask Brides during their consultation to establish what look they are after. What kind of theme do you have for your wedding day - glamorous, romantic, retro, vintage? Do you have a colour scheme? What does your dress look like? The style of your hair.

It is also really important to consider how you usually wear your makeup for a special occasion. Most Brides want to look a polished and more glamorous version of themselves, so if you have never worn red lips before you may really want to consider if this is something you would want to do for your Wedding day.
You also want to make sure your makeup doesn't date and is relatively classic. You want to look back at your wedding pictures in twenty years time and don't want to cringe at how you had your makeup.

You also need to consider that professional photography is very different to a standard camera. As a Bridal Makeup Artist I ensure the products and techniques I use compliment the photographs and that don't create any harsh white areas on your face. You want to make sure that you have enough makeup on to look beautiful in pictures and focusing on an area of your face is a great way to do this. Most of the times Brides ask me for a relatively smokey eye and lighter lips. This is a perfect look for Brides.
Look through lots of pictures of people with similar colourings to you to get an idea of how you think you might like your makeup. Make sure your Makeup Artist has a thorough consultation with you and asks you all the questions above as they do all matter!

However you wear your makeup make sure you have at least one trial with all the same products you will use on your Wedding Day and if possible try and time your makeup trial with your hair trial or dress fitting

Francesca xx

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MAC Face and Body

One of my go to foundations that I consistently use is Face and Body by MAC. I tend to use this on Brides who are after a light to meduim coverage and have fairly blemish free skin.

It has a fairly watery consitency compared to a lot of foundations. Apply one or light layers to build to a more mediumcoverage. Once applied this foundation gives you the most beautiful dewy look. This makes it a perfect foundation for a bride if you are after a beautiful flawless and natural look.

It comes in a range of shades. 'N' refers to people with a more neutral or pink skin tone. 'C' has more of a yellow tone. The numbers then refer to the shade of foundation, depending on your skin

As the name suugests it is a perfect foundation for your body. If you want more coverage from the foundation, warm a small amount in the back of your palm which creates more of thicker consistency.




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