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!
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.
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
This gorgeous bride Claire at Cote How was your typical Australian, relaxed, laid back and easy going.
So my job was impossible.
Ha, just kidding, she was a dream to work with. Her style is very simple and natural and she wanted this look to travel through to her hair and makeup.
Cote How is a beautiful setting and with her natural look I wanted Claire to look fresh, young and glow with flawless skin.
I used a very light foundation on her skin as she has a great completion, added lots of pink to her cheeks and lips with subtle rose pinks and earthy tones on her eyes.
In these lovely photographs she has sent me she looks simply and effortlessly beautiful.
If you want to tell me about your upcoming wedding and have some ideas about makeup, let’s chat. My email is email@example.com or my contact form is here.
Cote How September 2016
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
Leeming House Penrith August 2016
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.
Armathwaite Hall, July 2016
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!
To talk makeup with me please get in touch, email, call or text me! firstname.lastname@example.org
Makeup Artist at Abbey House Barrow, June 2016
So the majority of my clients are ladies, but every now and then I have to work with a model like this!
This is the very gorgeous Joss Mooney who you may have seen on MTV’s ‘Ex on the beach’?
Yes I know, my job is so hard! Can you imagine I was actually paid to touch him all day? (However, his girlfriend was next to me at the time)
This is a sneak peak from the shoot for the 11 Degrees clothing brand.
So obviously I was completely honoured when my Sister asked me to be her Maid of Honour and Makeup Artist on her wedding day, but when the day came round on October 1st – I couldn’t have been more nervous! I’m extremely experienced at what I do, but when it’s a family wedding the heat was certainly turned up.
Anyway here are some pics from the big day at Miller Howe – I think I did an alright job!
Yippee! I just found out today that I’m a North West Regional Finalist in The 2017 Wedding Industry Awards.
The people who voted for me were my brides from the last 12 months – so if you were one, thank you so much, I’m really grateful.