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Real Bride, Aime

One of my many christmas brides, Aime, got married at Oxwich Bay Hotel this December and I've just received these lovely images from John Wellings Photography. Aime opted for a very natural, classic bridal look for herself and two bridesmaids.

Click here for more info on Johns beautiful wedding photography.

Couture Bridal Wear Shoot

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

Designer: E&W Couture

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)

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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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’m over the moon that these images have been published in Flawless Magazine. We shot this a few weeks back in Miskin Manor, just outside of Cardiff. We had planned on shooting a lot more outside as the grounds there are absolutely gorgeous, however in true British form the weather was against us and rained, heavily! We managed a break in the clouds for a few images outside, but the shots we managed to get inside have turned out better than we could have hoped.

For the make-up I took inspiration from Ginger Rogers, Audrey Hepburn and of course, Marilyn Monroe, lots of lashes, a small 50’s flick liner and deep socket contouring, and for the lips I used MAC lipliner in Currant, and lipstick Hang Up