makeup

London location shoot

Here are a few gorgeous images from a recent test shoot with Morgan Ellis Williams in London

Model: Katie Attwater @ Premier Model Management

Natural Bridal Make-Up

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.

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Vintage Wedding Make-Up Before & After

'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)

Strong Bridal Make-Up Before and After

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.

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Photography: Christian Felices


Behind The Scenes for WM Magazine

Last week's work included shooting with Justin Harris, Brian Brown and Jasmine from Vanilla Rooms Cardiff for WM Magazine's Spring edition. The model was the gorgeous Lara from Alpha Agency

Here are a few behind the scenes shots, I'm looking forward to seeing them in print

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Easy natural brows using eyeshadow

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!

There are a lot of products on the market for brows, my favourites are Mac 'Eye Brows' and Anastasia Beverley Hill 'Dipbrow'

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.

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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.

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5 Steps to the perfect pout.

1. Prep your lips with a lip scrub, I absolutely love this bubblegum lip scrub from Lush, it smells and tastes divine, after scrubbing away any dead skin you can lick away the remaining sugar.

2. Moisturise your lips, vaseline works well or Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, do this before you apply eye make-up or foundation so you can give it a while to work its magic and soften up your lips. Once you have finished the rest of your make-up, remover any excess before continuing.

3. Okay, this is the magic bit, especially if you have small lips like me. Apply a thin layer of 'Sexy Mother Pucker' from Soap & Glory. When applied to the lips it gives a little tingling sensation and sends blood to the lips and plumping them out, Give it a minute or two, you can really feel it working then remove any excess, leaving a little amount on the lips.

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4. Apply a lip liner. Depending on the colour lips you want, from nude to bright pink I would always say to use a lip liner, there are so many colours available you can't go wrong. It enhances a nude lip giving more definition and shape and will hold a stronger colour in place and stop any bleeding outside your lip line. For an easier application, try warming the pencil on the back of your hand before drawing on your liner as it will glide on a lot easier, particularly on cold winter mornings.

5. Lipstick. Lipsticks come in all forms of finish from matt through to a high shine frost, a popular every day finish would be satin adding a little bit of moisture to your lips. For an edgy, dramatic look try a matt lipstick in a deep plum or red, if you do want a matt look then you will ned to remove all of the lip plumper after step 3. Whether its for work or a night out, I would recommend getting a highly pigmented lipstick, it will last longer and have a truer reflection of the colour your aiming for.

Styled shoot @ Hensol Castle with Cwtch The Bride

A few months ago I had the pleasure of being involved in a Vanity Fair styled photo shoot with top welsh wedding blog Cwtch The Bride. They had a wonderful idea, to use real local brides to model a collection of Two Birds bridesmaids dresses as well as Mooshki vintage dresses, all set in the idyllic location of Hensol Castle. The shoot showcased some of the best wedding suppliers across South Wales, including amazing hair styling by Yume, Cardiff as well as beautiful dresses, headpieces, flowers and wedding props.

Here are some of my favourite images from behind the scenes, more pictures can be seen on my facebook page and bridal portfolio.... enjoy! X

Catherine & Angharad Photography

Catherine & Angharad Photography

Catherine & Angharad Photography

Catherine & Angharad Photography

Catherine & Angharad Photography

Catherine & Angharad Photography

Catherine & Angharad Photography

Catherine & Angharad Photography


Before and After Bridal Make-Up

Firstly I need to thank Georgia for allowing me to put up a before and after picture of her getting ready for her wedding day.

Georg wanted a natural look, but with a brown smokey look to her eyes and neutral lip.

These are a few images showing some of the steps involved in doing the make-up for her big day. Sadly I don't have any to show you of her foundation or skin work but you get the idea, I hope you enjoy! If you'd like to know more about bridal make-up please email me for information. info@jessiemakeup.com

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I haven’t had a chance to upload pics of all the brides trials I have done for this winter. A lot of people opt for this classic vintage look, I just wish for a sprinkling of snow to go with it for added romance and glamour. This look is timeless, and suits pale, winter skin. I created depth on the eyelid using matt brown eyeshadow and highlighted the centre of the lid using a white eyeshadow, a 1950’s flick with black eyeliner and false eyelashes completes the eye.  Useing a pale concealer around the lips before lining will give a crisp red line which you can then fill in with a red lipstick of your choice, blot and then reapply lipstick for added longevity, and for a sultry pout place a thin line of a nude eyeliner along the lop lip line, just above the red liner, but be careful not to smudge! 
 Applying blusher after you have finished the eyes and lips will allow you to add as little as you need as over doing the blusher on this look can easily make you look as though you’re wearing too much make-up… be careful and build slowly on the apples of the cheeks, if you do apply too much then use a clean cotton pad to gently take off the top layer, and you can also tone it down further using a light finishing powder.

I haven’t had a chance to upload pics of all the brides trials I have done for this winter. A lot of people opt for this classic vintage look, I just wish for a sprinkling of snow to go with it for added romance and glamour. This look is timeless, and suits pale, winter skin. I created depth on the eyelid using matt brown eyeshadow and highlighted the centre of the lid using a white eyeshadow, a 1950’s flick with black eyeliner and false eyelashes completes the eye.

Useing a pale concealer around the lips before lining will give a crisp red line which you can then fill in with a red lipstick of your choice, blot and then reapply lipstick for added longevity, and for a sultry pout place a thin line of a nude eyeliner along the lop lip line, just above the red liner, but be careful not to smudge!

Applying blusher after you have finished the eyes and lips will allow you to add as little as you need as over doing the blusher on this look can easily make you look as though you’re wearing too much make-up… be careful and build slowly on the apples of the cheeks, if you do apply too much then use a clean cotton pad to gently take off the top layer, and you can also tone it down further using a light finishing powder.

Being a busy Mum, finding time to shower, dry my hair and make myself presentable is a lot harder since having my little boy, which is why my everyday make-up has to be quick! 
 I always cleanse, use serum then moisturiser twice a day, so my skin is prepared for make-up, at the moment I am using MAC Studio fix foundation, which I work in with a real techniques buffing brush. I cover any blemishes and dark circles using my finger tips from my kryolan dermacolour camoflage palette, which I find really useful  as it has a lot of very good concealers in different tones and works with my skin tone as it changes from winter into summer. 
 For my eyes, again using my fingers I use MAC paintpot in Groundwork, a really nice taupe brown to add a bit of dimension to my face, then a barry M brown eyeliner top and bottom, and smudged, again with my fingers. 
 Mascara, obviously. 
 I would love to be blessed with full, dark eyebrows like Cara Delevigne, unfortunately, I am not so I quickly fill in my brows using MAC brows in Fling, a really good colour to give a natural look to blonde brows. 
 Then one of my favourite time saving products, Benefit Benetint over my lips and cheeks and a quick glow using MAC Pearl highlighter over the highs of my cheekbones, under my brows, down the centre of my nose and top lip. 
 To finish I use Benefit dandelion powder, a really nice fresh powder to brighten and set the make-up. 

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Being a busy Mum, finding time to shower, dry my hair and make myself presentable is a lot harder since having my little boy, which is why my everyday make-up has to be quick!

I always cleanse, use serum then moisturiser twice a day, so my skin is prepared for make-up, at the moment I am using MAC Studio fix foundation, which I work in with a real techniques buffing brush. I cover any blemishes and dark circles using my finger tips from my kryolan dermacolour camoflage palette, which I find really useful  as it has a lot of very good concealers in different tones and works with my skin tone as it changes from winter into summer.

For my eyes, again using my fingers I use MAC paintpot in Groundwork, a really nice taupe brown to add a bit of dimension to my face, then a barry M brown eyeliner top and bottom, and smudged, again with my fingers.

Mascara, obviously.

I would love to be blessed with full, dark eyebrows like Cara Delevigne, unfortunately, I am not so I quickly fill in my brows using MAC brows in Fling, a really good colour to give a natural look to blonde brows.

Then one of my favourite time saving products, Benefit Benetint over my lips and cheeks and a quick glow using MAC Pearl highlighter over the highs of my cheekbones, under my brows, down the centre of my nose and top lip.

To finish I use Benefit dandelion powder, a really nice fresh powder to brighten and set the make-up.

#10minutemakeup #everydaymakeup #mac #mua #freshmakeup #nomakeupmakeup #clearskin #blush #makeup #motd #loracpro #kryolan #dermacolour #realtechniques #benefit #burberry