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
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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!
I simply love it when brides send me their wedding photos, because I have often left before she slips into her dress.
I received this picture yesterday, from a beautiful bride of mine from a few weeks ago who got married and held her reception at the impressive Askam Hall in Penrith.
It was my first experience of being a Wedding Makeup artist at Askham Hall. It really is a lovely building, with an amazing feel of history, and as corny as this may sound, it feels like the hall enjoys that it is now used for weddings. I’m all about ‘the feel’ and ‘sixth senses’!
Lisa, wanted a good coverage foundation, and I used Illamasqua skin base with Mac powder to set in her skin tone followed by Illamasqua setting translucent setting powder. Wedding makeup needs staying power, so I used Mac fixing spare, which is like hair spray for your face followed by more setting powder. Her eye makeup was very natural, using Mac brown eye shadows and a Illamasqua brown pencil. This lip colour suits her perfectly and is Mac Syrup, which is one of my favourite bridal lip colours, so much so I am doing my sisters wedding makeup in a month and I think I will be using that colour on her!
If you are looking for a Wedding Makeup Artist at Askham Hall in Cumbria or around the Lancashire area please let me know so we can have a chat, I am professionally trained, experienced and also offer airbrush makeup.
I primed her skin with Serena’s own primer and foundation, which I am always happy to do. Sometimes people are embarrassed to ask, but I am more than happy to use your own products, especially if you love them and know they work for your skin type and tone.
I then used a Mac paint pot to prime the eye area, this makes the eye shadow stay on all day (and night), followed by dark brown shadows, a Stila waterproof liquid liner and of course waterproof mascara.
Serena chose (well I recommended and she agreed!) one of my favourite bridal lipstick shades ever, it’s called BRAVE by Mac, my other it SYRUP by Mac. BRAVE is matt so stays on super long, and the shade suits almost everyone and just seems to suit a bridal look. The makeup was set with Mac Setting Powder and then Mac Setting Spray.
I think the two key things people expect from my work is a flawless look in pictures and makeup that will last on the day.
Gemma was the most calm bride I think I have encountered. Totally relaxed, yet monther of 9 month old twins! The day was going very smoothly, until the hair stylist got a tyre blow out in Coniston with no phone service. She arrived with just minutes to do the hair (you would never have know as it looked lovely).
Being the wedding makeup artist at Gemma’s wedding was really a pleasure, I wish her and her husband and adorable baby girls all the best for the future x
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On Monday I had the pleasure of meeting Sam Hawley and doing her makeup for her wedding at The Cragwood Hotel.
Here are some lovely words she has sent me:
Polly did my make up for my wedding in August this year. I contacted her beforehand and she was quick to respond and very accommodating of my needs. I came from Kent to the Lake District to get married so there was no chance for a trial (although it was offered), so it was straight to it on the big day!
On the day I had not only requested my make up but also wanted the airbrush foundation and lashes. Polly took time to talk over my normal look and how comfortable I was with make up. I had never had airbrush before so she told me how it worked and then started. It came out really well, I was very impressed with the results. It lasted really well all day but came off easily in the evening with my normal cleanser. For someone who does not like heavy make up, this was perfect as it was light on my skin but gave good coverage, especially where I had some old scarring.
The lashes were easily applied and the whole look was just as I wanted. Again, it lasted really well all day but came off when I wanted it to.
I would highly recommend Polly, she was friendly and chatty all the way through and put me at ease when I was feeling quite nervous! I felt that she really listened to my needs and created the look I wanted for my big day. Thank you for a great job!