Skincare - Preparing For Your Big Day

Whilst make artists can do an amazing job of covering spots and problem areas, it certainly can't hurt to get your skin in to it's best possible shape before your big day. Whether you've never had a spot in your life, (which, lets face facts, surely no one's been that lucky!), or whether you suffer with break outs, problem areas, dull skin, acne or terribly dry skin, it's never too early to start prepping.

Exfoliate, cleanse, tone & moisturise

You know the daily beauty routine you've said you'll start...? Well, today's the day! Beginning the day with a light exfoliation, cleansing and toning, and popping on some moisturiser may seem like real effort, and you'll try and tell yourself you don't have time, but for the sake of a few extra minutes, trust me, the results pay off!

Plenty of sleep

A good nights sleep makes a visible difference your skin. When sleep deprived, we make more of the stress hormone Cortisol, which can increase the severity of inflammatory conditions such as Acne or Psoriasis. Ok, so I know it's easier said that done, we all have busy lives, and if you have kids, well, it seems almost an impossibility! Definitely worth making the effort to catch more early nights though, especially in the lead up to your wedding.

Up your water intake

Not everyone agrees that water consumption will improve your skins appearance, however drinking plenty of water does help rid the body and skin of toxins. There are lots of people who have increased their water intake and report that their skin was noticeably more radiant. Can't hurt though, right?

Dieting and food

Ditch those crash diets! Lack of food during crash diets cause your body to go in to starvation mode, which signal your body to store its fat reserves and burns lean tissue to make up for it. The results often mean a loss of lean body mass, water and muscle and happens so quickly that your skin does not have enough time to adjust to the new shape of the structure beneath it. The results are areas of sagging and loose skin. Yikes!

Crash dieting means you will be eating a significantly reduced amount of calories and in turn nutritional deficiencies are extremely common. Being your body's biggest organ, your skins needs certain nutrients to surive and thrive and many of the vitamins and minerals that your skin need to come from your diet. A balanced diet is the way forward to achieve your best skin. No quick fixes, I'm afraid!

So there you have a few top tips to get you started - No time like the present!


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.

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...

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.

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!

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.

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.




What to expect from your Bridal Makeup Artist

Over the past 8 years of doing bridal makeup I have been part of hundreds of wedding mornings so I thought I would share with you what you should expect from your Makeup Artist for your big day!


You can expect your trial to be done between 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding day. This ensures you have the look you would like fresh in your mind and also your Makeup Artists mind. Bring as many pictures as you can to your trial if you do have an idea of what makeup style you are after. It is a good idea to send them to your Makeup Artist in advance. Your trial will last anywhere between 1-2 hours. It is important to have a thorough chat about what look you are after, what your Makeup Artist thinks will suit you and what style of makeup you are after. After all my trials with Brides I write detailed notes of the products I used and how I used them, and also take various pictures capturing your look.
It is important to be able to keep your trial makeup on for at least 5 hours so you can see how well your makeup has lasted, and how it feels on your face throughout the day.

Wedding day

Prior to your wedding date, you should discuss with your Makeup Artist how long the makeup will take for each person and also consider how long the hairdresser will take to do your bridal parties hair. Your morning is a huge part of your day, so you want to feel relaxed and enjoy every moment. I work with all Brides to ensure we start early enough to ensure there is no mad rush and there is plenty of time for everything else you need to do that morning.
A few tips - It is an idea to have your hair done before your makeup where possible as the constant heat from the hairdryer may interfere with your makeup. Makeup sure you are makeup free, have your teeth brushed and have exfoliated well prior to having your makeup done on your wedding day. Wear your everyday clothes/dressing gown to have your makeup done - don't ever have your dress on while you are getting your makeup done!
Your Makeup Artist should be there to make you look the best version of yourself and you should enjoy every moment!


Francesca xx

Wedding Prep for Fabulously Flawless Skin

With my own wedding day fast approaching (OK 11 months away but still...) I am starting to put things into place for preparation of my big day, forget place settings and floral arrangements, I'm talking beauty! After all it's not all about the make up on the day, flawless skin needs work and there is no better time than now to begin your wedding day beauty prep!

I've been searching for a multi-purpose oil for my face and hair and any other dry patches I may have in the depths of this cold winter. My wedding is in December and I need to grow my hair by at least 5 inches. I'm also a firm advocate of massaging oil into my face at night, not only does it make you feel sleepy and ready for a good nights sleep, the massage drains away any toxins you may be carrying in your lymph glands and the oil moisturizes and protects your face from free radicals all night long, leaving you fresh and moisturized for the morning. With this in mind I've been searching high and low for an oil that will aid my hair growth and keep my skin in check.

Glamorous Bridal Look

Welcome to the first blog on our new website

Many would be surprised to know that a really popular look that is requested for Brides is a glamorous look with a strong eye. It is a great idea to have your eyes be the main focus of your face not only because it is a beautiful look, but will also ensure that the photographs will make your features stand out on the photos you will have forever.

These are my top 5 products I use consistently on Brides.

Touche Eclat

Amazing for illuminating certain areas of the face such as your brow or cheek bone. Also, add a small amount under your eye area after your concealer to add radiance to your eye area.

Benefit High Beam

This is one of my favourite highlighters. Add this satin pink liquid highlighter to your cheekbones and brow bone for a beautiful glow. A must have in your makeup kit. Added bonus is that it seems to last for ages, a small amount goes a long way

MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

This powder is perfect if you want to set your make up but don't want the colour or the powder feel that general powders can bring. Perfect for your wedding to touch up your makeup throughout the day.

Illamasqua Precision Gel Eyeliner

This is my all time favourite eyeliner. I use a small eyeliner brush to create a beautiful line which lasts all day long. Perfect for any teary Bride or Bridesmaid!

Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer

This Primer is a amazing. It Feels like jelly but goes on like a watery texture. It glides on, drys quickly and keeps your makeup set all day long. A bestseller so buy it while you see it in stock! Illamasqua offer two versions, one for dry and another for oily skin, so make sure you make the right choice for your skin.

Francesca x