Ashley’s personality shone so bright when I met her on her wedding day, she was so friendly and easy to work with. We had a laugh over email when she described the look she wanted, we finally came up with this concept:
“Flawless coverage and a fair amount of makeup but to look fresh and elegant rather than ‘The Only Way is Essex!’
Then disaster struck….. the day before ‘THE BIG DAY’ Ashley was struck down with a coldsore. She messaged me in panic, but I told her not to worry and that I would bring my magic wand. So I lied, I don’t have a magic wand – but I do have an airbrush makeup gun! This is when I apply a silicone based makeup through my airgun which goes on in a fine mist and you can go as light as you like – or in Ashley’s case heavy where we needed to cover her unwanted new friend!
In December I went on an excellent bridal makeup course in London at the Illamasqua School of Makeup to train as an Indian Wedding Makeup Artist so that I can now offer this service in the Lake District.
People seem shocked that I still undertake courses, but I think with any job you never stop learning and there are always new products and techniques to learn about. I am willing to invest in making sure that I am the best and offer a superior service. There are too many people offering their services as professional makeup artists but they simply haven’t undertaken professional training.
The course specialised in retro makeup covering the 1940’s and 50 and Indian Wedding Makeup. Here’s a pic of my work on the course.
Here’s a before and after pic of the lovely Vicki who got married at Bristowe Hill Keswick. She was my first wedding of 2017. Vicki has kindly sent me this testimonial:
Wow is all I can say Polly – you did an incredible job, not only for me, but for my two bridesmaids. Having had my first MUA let me down (very last minute), I was extremely stressed out at finding an alternative who could get me the look I wanted and be available so last minute.
I needn’t have worried – from the first contact, Polly was extremely personable, positive and put me at ease. She understood my requirements and talked me down from the ledge. From being available last minute, travelling (extremely) early, and being a great calming influence the morning of the wedding is not to take away from the fact this lady has skills and then some!
She worked across a variety of skin types and colourings, and frankly made all of us look fabulous and better than I certainly ever thought I could look. She also found the perfect pinky nude lipstick for me, and gave me a tube for top-ups for the rest of the day.
Not only that, but the make-up lasted the whole day; I was frankly sad to take it off at the end of a perfect day.
Thanks so much Polly – while I could have done without the stress of an initial letdown elsewhere, clearly things happen for a reason, as you’ve made this bride feel like a princess for a day (and I know my two bridesmaids feel the same way about their make-up). I can’t thank you enough. Pictures to follow once available xx
I just got these great photographs back from Sue Yardley who had a wonderful wedding day in October at Bashall Barn Clitheroe.
She was kind enough to write me this testimonial:
I found Polly from her website and as I was getting married nowhere near my home I was conscious of finding someone that would be great at make up but also be a positive part of the wedding morning.
From going and meeting Polly for the trial she was so friendly from the outset and made me feel really relaxed! Every girl has bits about their face they are conscious of and Polly was fantastic at understanding this without making me feel awkward and worked with me to make sure I was 100% happy.
I gave Polly some feedback about what I liked and bits I was unsure of and she explained why she had done it and gave me the option to change. As the specialist she explained her reasoning without patronising and making me feel uncomfortable. For example not too much under eye highlighter so it doesn’t show up on the photographs as bright white!
I would highly recommend Polly and so would my whole bridal party…my mother in law wasn’t going to get her make up done and after seeing myself and all the bridesmaids she changed her mind on the morning and Polly happily accommodated!
Thank you Polly!!!
Wedding – 8th October 2016 – Bashall Barn Clitheroe
I love these pictures from my July bride Lisa at Askham Hall Penrith taken by jesspetrie.com. Jess really captures the magic and detail that went into the day.
Lisa literally glows in her wedding pictures, I’d love to take the credit for that, but I would say that some of it is down to her sheer joy and happiness of the day!
Lisa wanted good coverage on her skin and I used Illasmaqua skin base foundation with Illamasqua primer.
Illamasqua are high end brand that launched in 2008. You may have seen them in Selfridges if you are lucky enough to shop in a big city! That comes from me the country girl (me!) who has to oder everything online!
Illamasqua they are cruelty and free and vegan products which have NEVER and will NEVER be tested on animals. This is a big attraction to the brand and I get more and more requests from people regarding this. So much so, I have booked a course at Illamasqua next month to learn from their professionals and extend my kit using their products.
If you would like to enquire about my services for your wedding day please fill in my contact form here or send me an email to email@example.com
Faye got married at Leeming House Penrith in August. I love the first picture above, it’s just what you would hope a wedding morning would be. All the girls chatting, getting ready, while the hair and makeup professionals do their thing!
Faye was a relaxed bride and at her trial wanted to be very natural and subtle as she’s not a huge makeup wearer.
However on the day I did one of her bridesmaids first, with a smokey eye (using brown earthy colours) and some extra individual false lashes and Faye decided she wanted to have that too.
I think the phrase ‘smokey eye’ makes people think about the girls from ‘The Only Way is Essex’, however it’s just the name of the technique, you can do it in any colour and as subtle as you wish.
So for Faye with her fair skin and strawberry hair with bright blue eyes I used brown and gold tones, the extra lashes as to look as natural as possible but really make her eyes stand out without being too ‘made up’ don’t you think?
The other thing is, when you have makeup on with jeans and a cotton top, some people can feel quite over the top. But once the princess dress goes on, and the hair is styled and the diamonds are sparkling makeup some people feel they want more makeup.
As I always say, there’s no right or wrong.
The most important thing is for you to feel great, if that means hardly any makeup that you want to do yourself or lots of false lashes applied by mean, it’s fine AS LONG AS YOU ARE HAPPY x
If you are interested in talking to me about makeup, my number is 0798 089 4825
Megan married Fraser in Keswick at the stunning wedding venue that is, Armathwaite Hall. She kindly sent me some of her wedding pics through recently which I thought I should share with you. I hope you enjoy looking at them.
She also sent me these beautifully kind words,
Thank you so much again. I’ve never felt so beautiful in my entire life and I couldn’t have been happier with my makeup. It was better than I dreamt of.
My bridal party looked so fantastic too. You did the most perfect job.
Thank you so so much.
To receive feedback like that means the world to me, so thank you so much Megan.
Megan had the full works – airbrush makeup, smokey eye, false lashes…. In writing that sounds like a lot doesn’t it? But take a look at her pics… she looks beautiful and natural doesn’t she? It just goes to show that makeup is all about technique, skill, knowledge and using the right products on the right person. What suits one, doesn’t always suit another.
The main things I like to achieve are:
But for me, the most important thing I can take away from Megan’s wedding is that she felt fabulous. What more could I achieve?
If you would like me to help you feel fabulous on your wedding day please contact me here.
Roxanne, her sisters and bridesmaids were such a lovely and lively bunch, considering we had a very early start for her wedding at Abbey House Barrow. Roxanne has kindly just sent me these pics from her wedding in June, earlier this year.
All the bridal party opted for airbase, the airbrush makeup system – where the foundation is applied with a small airgun. It goes on as a fine mist, all my brides say it feels like air is being blown on their face and they can’t believe it when they see makeup there. My favourite things about using airbrush for weddings are:
You apply it in layers, so you can go as light and natural or as heavy and full coverage as you want.
It’s silicone based, which means it goes on and stays on! Perfect for weddings as it can be a long day and you want your makeup to last. Also great on hot days, as with some foundations the heat can make makeup slide off.
At the end of the day makeup is all about your preference, there is no right or wrongs. (Ok so there are a few wrongs) My point is, I will work with you to make you happy, if that means super natural makeup or a heavy smokey eye, I will suggest and offer input if you like.
Ultimately I will listen and ensure you look and most importantly feel the best and most confident person you can. For some that means extra lashes and lots of blusher, and for others it’s a slick of tinted moisturiser and lip gloss. What ever type of bride you are we will work together to make you look absolutely fabulous!