Makeup Artist at The Merewood Hotel

Laura and her party just look so radiant don’t they?

The venue was the stunning Merewood Hotel, which just has such a feeling of great history and wonderful views of Windermere Lake. It is always so lovely to work there. I always comment on what wonderful views I get from ‘my mobile office.’

I just love the colour of the bridesmaid dresses and flowers, it’s so fresh. To compliment the blush tones everyone had soft blush smokey eyes. We wanted to skin to gleam, which comes across really well in these pics. This is achieved with MAC STROBE CREAM as the primer, and then my all time fav highlighter MAC SOFT AND GENTLE applied using a fan brush.

If you are looking for a Makeup Artist at The Merewood Hotel, or anywhere in the Lake District/ Cumbria then please feel free to drop me a message to polly@makeupbypolly.co.uk – I’ll happily answer any of your queries.

 

Glamglow – the importance of skincare

Glamglow - the importance of skincareHere’s the official blurb on GLAMGLOW® …

Designed as a 10-minute professional ‘facial in a jar’ for behind-the-scenes use in Hollywood’s Entertainment, Music, Fashion & Award industries, YOUTHMUD™ provides immediate camera-ready glowing skin. NEW Patented TEAOXI® technology with real Green Tea Leaf is the ‘magic’ behind our powerful anti-aging and anti-wrinkle results, delivering fresh antioxidants directly into the mud to hydrate, balance oil production and fight free radical damage. French Sea Clay works to detoxify & awaken the skin by drawing out impurities, while Ivy helps tone, tighten and lift the skin. Revitalize dull, dry skin with Volcanic Rock multi-level surface exfoliation & experience smoother, brighter, softer skin. Get your Youthful Sexy Glow back in just 10 minutes.

So here’s what I reckon:

  • I love the packaging and branding. (I know I shouldn’t get sucked it by it, but I do!)
  • My skin is much brighter and feels fantastic after use
  • It completely dries up spots
  • It  has reduced spot/ acne scarring
  • Fab for a deep cleanse if you wear makeup

It says on the jar use 3 times a week. So in my dreams I’d like to do that, but I’m a very busy Mum so do it about once a month!

If you have an amazing skincare product that you swear by I’d love to know – drop me an email  to polly@makeupbypolly.co.uk

 

 

Before and After Makeup

 

From a young age I was fascinated by makeup and how it could enhance your looks. Although I must admit, I didn’t quite always get it right!

I remember buying a black pencil eyeliner from the makeup stall on Kendal market for 50p – and trying winged liner for the first time when I was about 12. It was NOT a great look!

Obviously my skills have come on a long way since then.. (well I hope they have!)

I thought I was share some go my before and after makeup transformations with you.

Everyone wants something different, some just want a subtle enhancement, some ladies prefer full makeup and smokey eye, some love to have their skin tone evened out, some want to look a little younger or sharper….

The key to it all, is that I listen.

I hear what you are saying and take it all onboard. If you love makeup, fab, let’s go for it, if you never wear it, then fine let’s keep things natural. My approach to makeup and makeovers is not a ‘one size fits all’ I tailor make each look and experience to each clients individual needs.

If you are looking for a makeup artist  – then please feel free to drop me an email at polly@makeupbypolly.co.uk

It’s a manic time of year being a Wedding Makeup artist in Cumbria!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few months, but wedding season is manic for a wedding makeup artist in Cumbria!

I’m always updating my insta and Facebook (links to those at the bottom) but just haven’t had time to look at my website, but I aim to update and refresh things in the coming months.

I’ve got quite a few new pics to add, so you should see those popping up. If you are one of my brides and haven’t sent me your wedding pics yet, please do, I love to see them.

For all my brides so far this and to those browsing for next – thank you for checking out my site.

If you are looking for a wedding makeup artist in Cumbria – please get in touch. My email is polly@makeupbypolly.co.uk x

 

Wedding Makeup Artist in Bowness – Trial Mania!

 

Sorry I haven’t posted in ages. I don’t know where the time is going?

‘Wedding Season’ is fast approaching, and as a Wedding Makeup Artist in Bowness it seems I am jam packed with Bridal Makeup Trials.

A trial is when my ‘bride to be’ comes to have a chat and practise run before the big day. Not everyone opts for this as they simply don’t have time, but I would say 90% of my brides do.

Trials with Makeup by Polly, Wedding Makeup Artist in Bowness

Having a trial means I know exactly what you want on the big day, and you know exactly what you are going to get. It makes the wedding morning relaxed and easy as we have met, so are at ease and you can relax knowing you were happy at the trial.

At the trial itself you are welcome to bring some pictures of what you like in terms of makeup. It gives me a good starting point on colours and how strong or natural to go. Also the name TRIAL means we can try different things. Ultimately by the end of it, I want you to still look like you, just the best version of you. I might think some black eyeliner looks fab, but if it just isn’t you then let’s not try that. You need to feel as comfortable and confident as possible.

Here are some phone snaps (excuse poor quality) of some #bridestobe2017 who have had their trials in the past couple of weeks.

If you are interested in booking a trial with a Wedding Makeup Artist in Bowness, I travel throughout Cumbria so please get in touch. My email is polly@makeupbypolly.co.uk

Abbey House Hotel Barrow

Bex Dixon was so lucky at her Winter wedding as the Sun shone so bright we actually needed to close the curtains whilst she got ready!

The Abbey House Hotel Barrow was such a gorgeous venue for a winter wedding, as all the Christmas Decorations were up and it felt so magical.

Bex wrote these words for my website:

Your knowledge and skills are evident in the work you do. We all loved our make up for my wedding yesterday. The airbrush foundation was perfect and lasted all day- I didn’t want to take it off!

The Daffodil Hotel Grasmere

These lovely photographs are courtesy of www.jameshicksphotography.co.uk taken at Ashley’s wedding at The Daffodil Hotel Grasmere.

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!

From the pictures I think my ‘magic wand’ worked!

Indian Wedding Makeup Artist

Indian Wedding Makeup Artist CumbriaIn 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.

 

Bristowe Hill Keswick

Bristol Hill Keswick Makeup Artist

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

 

Bashall Barn Clitheroe

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!!!

Sue Yardley

Wedding – 8th October 2016 – Bashall Barn Clitheroe