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

 

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!

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.

 

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

Cote How

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 polly@makeupbypolly.co.uk or my contact form is here.

Cote How September 2016

 

Leeming House Penrith

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

 

Armathwaite Hall

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:
  • Flawless skin
  • Sparkling eyes
  • A Glow
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