I've just received these gorgeous images of Lauras wedding morning, photographed by Maria Farrelly. I spent the morning in Cowbridge getting Laura, her bridesmaids and her Mum ready for the big day. Laura and the girls wanted glowing skin and a natural, classic bridal make-up. I love Lauras wedding dress from Stephanie Allin Bridal, stunning! x
I had the pleasure of doing Sophie's make-up for her wedding at Perriswood in August this year. Sophie wanted flawless, glowing skin with heaps of lashes and a plumb lipstick, I love her bardot inspired hair, she looked absolutely stunning! Congratulations Sophie x
I've just received these gorgeous images from an amazing photographer, Morgan Ellis Williams.
The brief was soft romance, I kept the skin clean and glowing using Illamasqua skin base and highlighted using MAC cosmetics strobe cream and touched up with their mineralize skin finish powder. I defined the eyes concentrating on the brows rather than layers of mascara and added a bitten lip look using a mix of vaseline tinted lip balm and a deep plum lipstick by Gerrard cosmetics.
Model: Georgina Whitlow
Here are the Fall images from the WM photo shoot. I used deep red lips for autumn and also a strong smokey eye and played around with a fun 60's pink lip for some of the looks.
My favourite part of the make-up was the eye, I used a deep plum pigment from Illamasqua on the bottom lash line for added interest and layered the top with tattoo eyes by Maybeline and shadow from my Lorac Prop Palette.
I'm back from a wonderful three week holiday in Bali, my husband, son and I celebrated a late honeymoon and we had the best time!
When I returned home I was overwhelmed to receive a nomination for the Welsh National Wedding Awards for Best Make-Up.
A sincere and HUGE thank you to all my lovely clients who voted for me, it really means a lot and I'm so excited for the awards at the end of the month.
I'll keep you posted, I'm going to spend the next few weeks practising my gracious loser / humble winners face... ha! x
Here's a look I created earlier today, I am in love with the deep blue smokey eye, it gives depth to intensity of the look and Georgia's skin looks flawless with a light coverage of foundation, subtle concealer and highlight (strobing) in the important areas.
List of products used below.
For special occasion make-up, bridal or photoshoot's please message me via my contacts page
Lips - Gerard Cosmetics gloss in Nude.
I'm back blogging after a few weeks away, I'm now somebodies Mrs and life has finally calmed down after our wonderful wedding. I've been really busy with weddings, proms and graduations but wanted to share with you some of my favourite images from this quarters WM Magazine shoot. I love the subtle highlight and bold colours. Perfect for the sunshine.
This quarters issue of WM Magazine has just been released, here are the images showcasing some gorgeous clothes in soft pastels of blues, pinks and greens.
The make-up was soft and natural. Skin was kept fresh with a good base of moisturiser with minimal foundation and concealer where needed. Lara has the most gorgeous blue eyes so I used a small amount of brown liner to make them pop and finished with a muted pastel pink lip to blend with the delicate clothing.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of doing the make-up for a new look book for E&W Bridal Couture, shot in Cardiff by Oliver of OJ Creative. The collection, designed by Sophie is a range of bridal separates and dresses which are absolutely gorgeous and really unique. The make-up was very simple with glowing, highlighted skin, a flush of mauve eyeshadow and neutral lips.
Photography: OJ Creative
Last post covering a recent photoshoot for a bridal house in Swansea. This make-up look is natural and a classic look for a bride, particularly someone who wears no or minimal make-up.
Key points for this look:
Light base colour correcting any blemishes.
Emphasized the natural brow with brow gel.
Enhanced eyes with individual lashes and a light brown shadow.
Please get in touch if you'd like to book wedding make-up or make-up for a special occasion.
'Vintage' is very popular for weddings, whether its a vintage dress, accessory or make-up.
Its great to be able to take different influences from each decade and adapt them to suit each client and event. Be it a 1940's soft coral lip and small flick eyeliner or 1950's bold red lip with a strong black flick and extended lashes, a personal favourite is the 1920's, a soft smokey eye and deep plum lip.
I recently did a photo shoot for a bridal collection and have some behind the scenes images and steps involved in achieving an adapted 1920's look, enjoy x
(The third image has been edited for publication, but every other image is unedited)
I often get asked for something a a little bolder than the natural bridal make-up look, if you want to add some glamour to your wedding day, or usually wear strong make-up daily then this is the look for you.
This look is all about the eyes using natural browns, golds and a feline flick as well as layers of individual lashes.
Here are a few steps involved in getting this gorgeous look, and a before and after shot.
Key Products used: Avene Moisturiser, Smashbox Photofinish Primer, MAC Paintpot to prime the eye, Lorac MegaPro Eyeshadow pallette, MAC Pigment in Tan, MAC Face & Body Foundation, Illamasqua Lipstick in Starkers.
If you'd like to discuss bridal, prom or special occasion make-up please get in touch.
Photography: Christian Felices
Here are a few snaps from a trial earlier today with gorgeous bride-to-be, Sophie.
Sophie wanted lots of lashes, which we achieved by building individual lashes so that they still looked very natural with a soft flick, some natural contouring with flawless skin and a pink/nude lip.
For bridal make-up or special occasion make-up for Swansea, Cardiff, Carmarthen or further afield please get in touch via the contacts page, or email: email@example.com
Here are a few of my favourite looks from recent red carpet events including The Baftas, Critics Choice, Golden Globes, PAG and Screen Actors Guild Awards.
My 6 top looks are:
Rihanna at The Golden Globes, gorgeous flawless skin, a good few coats of mascara and pretty pink lip.
Keira Knightly's pretty pink lip stain, lashings of mascara and a bold natural brow at the PGA Awards.
Rosamund Pikes 40's orange lip with simple grey skimmer eyes at the SAG Awards.
Jessica Chastain at the Critics choice Awards with a bold pink lip, individual lashes and clean brow.
Emma Stone's subtle bronze eye shadow with bold red lip at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Anna Kendrick a The Golden Globes rocking a feline flick with a beautiful pale complexion.
Keira Knightly's pretty pink lip stain, lashings of mascara and a bold natural brow at the PGA Awards.
Which are your favourites?
Whenever I tell people I’m a nutritionist they assume that I spend my days helping people to lose weight, and while this is true, it is only a small part. As a nutritionist, body confidence coach and founder of The Food Remedy, I help my clients understand the link between the food they eat and the thoughts they think.
We are all familiar with the saying 'you are what you eat', but do we really understand the full implications of our daily diet?
Once a month the skin replaces itself and the body makes these new cells from the food eaten. What you eat literally becomes YOU. This is great news when it comes to your skin as you can add in more skin friendly foods and boost the nutrients that your skin needs via the food you eat.
There are a number of foods known for their skin friendly nutrients and by adding these to your diet over time, they could help to significantly improve the quality of your skin.
Here are my top 5 foods to help you glow from the inside out.
Butternut squash gets its lovely orange colour from a compound called beta carotene, it is a type of antioxidant that actually builds up in the skin, helping to reduce inflammation. The beta carotene also serves to protect the proteins in our skin that keeps it supple, which adds a nice anti-ageing benefit to the mix too. Introducing more of it into your diet will help keep your skin lovely and smooth.
To really enhance the positive effect of butternut squash, combine it with healthy fats. Try butternut squash drizzled with olive oil or topped with feta as this helps the body to absorb the beta carotene.
Garlic contains Sulphur which is known as ‘the face lift nutrient’. It helps strengthens the fibrous strands in our skin, which helps the cells to hold their shape, helping to prevent wrinkles and sagging. Increasing you sulphur intake could help your skin become more resilient to environmental damage caused by free radicals in the atmosphere.
Many studies have also shown that sulphur-rich foods could also improve acne, although no clear link why has been uncovered yet.
These nuts are packed full of selenium, a powerful antioxidant, which increases the number of infection-fighting white blood cells in the body, strengthening their fighting power. Selenium also wards off opportunistic infections, keeps the muscles in the heart healthy and even helps with acne.
They also contain vitamin E, copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium and iron which are all essential for healthy skin. Brazil nuts also contain a good amount of zinc which reduces ageing skin inflammations and eases dry skin problems like eczema and psoriasis that leaves the skin more vulnerable to wrinkling.
Just four Brazil nuts provides you with the recommended daily amount of selenium.
Tomatoes are rich in both vitamin C and lycopene. Vitamin C helps to keep the skin firm and taut by aiding collagen production while lycopene, the red pigment which gives tomatoes their lovely bright colour, is a carotenoid that helps keep your skin smooth. Research has also found that lycopene may also protect your skin from sunburn! In one study, participants who were exposed to UV light had almost 50 percent less skin reddening after they ate 2 1/2 tablespoons of tomato paste, in addition to their regular diet, for 10 to 12 weeks!
Prawns are an excellent source of high-quality protein, which is great for your skin, if you don't have enough protein in your diet, you could end up with rough skin, wrinkles and/or poor muscle tone. They also contain several important vitamins and minerals that support good skin.
Prawns are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help to lubricate the skin keeping it soft and supple. They also contain high levels of zinc which is essential for the production of new skin cells.
Zinc is particularly beneficial for acne sufferers because it helps to speed up the rate at which wounds and infections heal. I've had many clients with acne that cleared once they were getting enough zinc in their diet. It also carries the added benefit of helping to even out oil production, whilst the Vitamin E in prawns contains an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin.
Kirsten Davies is a nutritionist, body confidence coach and founder of The Food Remedy. She combines her nutritional knowledge with neuro-linguistic programming, helping clients distinguish between food facts and myths in order to reach the body's full potential.
Real, whole food is her mantra, which, teamed with her burning passion to help others see their own light, makes her compellingly magnetic.
Fuel your mind, nourish your body and feed your soul.
Brows make a HUGE difference to the face and they should never be overlooked or forgotten.
Applying products to your brows and filling them in doesn't mean that they will look unnatural and obviously drawn on. You just need to have the correct product, tools and most of all, colour.
If you are fair like me use ashy colours and steer clear of anything with warm undertones as they will look orange (Benfits 'Brow Zing is a terrible shade, if you're a red head its great). The darker your hair colour the easier it is to match up a shade that will look natural, you can allow to go a shade lighter or darker if you colour your hair.
The aim when doing your brows is to fill in missing hairs rather than drawing on a different shape.
Yes, you can tweak and make them slightly longer or thicker but be careful not to get carried away. You have to work with what you have been given and don't worry too much about your eyebrows matching each other perfectly, as Goss Make-Up Artist says: eyebrows are sisters not twins. Mine aren't even related!
For this blog post I'm using Nars 'God Created the Woman' eyeshadow palette as most people will have some brown shadows lurking in their makeup bag.
To get really natural looking brows try using two different shades, the lighter at the inner part of the brows working into a darker shade on the arch and to the tip. I used the top left and bottom right colours from this palette.
Begin from the arch of your brow rather then from the inner point as this should look the least effected by product, going too heavy around this area can make them look drawn on and harsh.
Its really important to use a thin, firm fine angled brush to apply the colour, draw on individual hairs rather than filling in an entire brow. I used the Illamasqua angled brush from their travel range, I like that it is stiff and very thin.
If you make any mistakes or go little too far, just take a damp cotton bud and remove and excess product.