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Dissecting Meghan Markle’s bridal makeup look & how to achieve it

Meghan quite wisely opted for a professional makeup artist to achieve her wedding look for her big day.  So unlike Kate’s where the eyeliner and blusher were a little too strong (in my opinion) Meghan’s was a lot softer and naturally beautiful.  Just perfect for a May wedding.  Meghan used her good friend & mua Daniel Martin – who is also an ambassador for Dior Makeup.  So it is likely he mainly used Dior for her look.  I doubt it would have taken him long though as Meghan wore little to no foundation, just focusing all the attention on her eyes and brows.

So how did he do it?  Well, after studying the numerous images of the day and looking back on the footage here is my best guess as to how Daniel achieved Meghan’s look x

1. The base.  It looks as though Meghan is wearing very little to no foundation.  Instead, opting for a moisturised face that has been allowed to sink in and dry before anything else has been applied.  Daniel may have just added a little foundation to the underside of her cheeks and down the neck – perhaps using Meghan’s favourite shade in Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk.  Meghan’s freckles show very clearly down her T-Zone and across her cheeks with no harsh blending disguising her skin.  I would only recommend doing this if the skin is in very good condition, with no marks/blemishes or scars.  Meghan clearly is blessed with great skin and keeps it in an amazing condition to be able to do this.

2.  Concealer.  Daniel has added a little touch of concealer under Meghan’s eyes, but again this is very light and hardly visible.  I imagine Meghan would have kept blending this with her fingers until she was happy with the barely there coverage.  A good choice would have been  Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Conceal.

3.  Meghan had a little bit of blusher on – which appeared to be more of a peach matte rather than a pink.  Daniel used only a touch of colour as I imagine he would have been concerned about the heat on the day, as it would have been hot enough that Meghan would have already of had a natural flush of colour.  A good colour match is MAC Powder Blush in Peaches.  Meghan appeared to also have a touch of a matte bronzer along the hollows of her cheek bones and below her blusher.  Providing both a subtle contour and a warmth to the face.  A good choice would have been MAC Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze.  I noticed a very subtle touch of highlighter along the line of the nose and on the highest point of the cheeks bones – above the blusher.  This would have been taped on with fingers to blend well through.  A good highlighter to do this with is Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Beauty Light Wand Highlighter.

5.  The eyes and brows.  Daniel has definitely kept to deep brown shadows on the eyes.  I think what he has done is swept over a medium to dark brown all over the lower lid, then added a slightly lighter shade all along the eye crease – this could have been done with any combination of browns from MAC, but most likely is from a Dior palette given that Daniel works for them.  He may have used the Dior 5 couleurs in 647 Undress.  Daniel has also neatly lined Meghan’s eyes using a dark brown eyeliner, keeping the line quite tight with a slight wing at the end of the eye to extend it.  He also used this pencil to dot along the bottom lash line about half way along to just give a hint of something there.  A good colour match would be Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in Barbarella Brown.

I noticed when she blinked there was a glint of something else on the eyes.  I eventually worked this out to be a little of the lash glue from the individual false eyelashes placed on the corners of the eyes, after a healthy dose of mascara had been added.  Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara in 090 Black would be a good choice for her.  The mascara was also placed on the lower eyelashes, but again very subtly.

Her brows were very healthy filled in, but I noticed one side was slightly better than the other in terms of balance.  From looking at the images I think a pomade was used rather than a pencil – this would have meant the brows would have stayed in placed a bit more with less movement.  Something like Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown.

6.  Her lips were the softest of pink shades, with her lovely lip freckles still peeking through.  The formula used doesn’t seem to be matte but more of a sheen, like a balm not a gloss.  It also appears to have been taped in with a finger to blend it thoroughly through the lip.  It was most likely Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviving Lip Balm in 001 Pink / Glow.

Lastly, Meghan doesn’t seemed to have used any powder on the face at all – which is a very modern approach to makeup and something which I very much favour.  Instead, she may have got Daniel to simply set her makeup using a setting spray such as Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray.

Nails – Meghan kept her nails short and natural like Kate’s 6 years before.  The shade used was Essie in Mademoiselle.

As for the tiara, it’s been confirmed to be Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara on loan from Queen Elizabeth. The diamond bandeau was made in 1932, with the entire brooch dating from 1893, according to a statement released by Kensington Palace.

REPOST // When is it time to see a professional Dermatologist?

The skin is the largest organ of the body.  Although it is one continuous layer covering and protecting your insides, it isn’t uniform. From the skin on your face to the skin around your nails, on your scalp, over your arms and legs, elbows, and feet, every nook and cranny has unique issues and potential problems.  Taking care of your skin and the various problems that may show up, can be challenging. Thankfully, whether it’s acne, dandruff, calluses, wrinkles, oily skin, dry skin, or red bumps (keratosis pilaris), these problems are relatively easy to take care of on your own with over-the-counter products. But, not every skin difficulty can be resolved without the help of a dermatologist.  But when the problem is not so easy to resolve – when is it the right time to see a professional?

If you’re wondering whether or not your skincare concern is something a doctor should evaluate, use the following criteria to determine if an appointment with the dermatologist is warranted:

1. Cystic acne or stubborn acne that won’t go away with over-the-counter products. An anti-acne product containing benzoyl peroxide and another containing salicylic acid (both of which are available without prescription), when combined with a gentle, healing skincare routine, can keep most mild to moderate breakouts under control. However, if after 2 to 3 months of consistent use, they aren’t working for you, then seeing a dermatologist is a must.

2. Red marks left over from acne or blemishes. Generally, red marks left over from a blemish resolve on their own, and gentle skincare products containing antioxidants and salicylic acid can absolutely speed the process. For unknown reasons, red marks sometimes do not respond to these wonderful over-the-counter products. A dermatologist can step in with laser or light-emitting treatments that can make a significant improvement, potentially eliminating the mark(s) altogether!

3. Itching and rashes that won’t go away. Eczema and other types of dermatitis are accompanied by uncomfortable or even painful inflammation, uncontrollable itching and irritation, or flaking skin that won’t go away. Be sure you aren’t allergic to or having a reaction to the products you use, and make sure you use fragrance- and dye-free products, which is really important for all skin types. If you’re doing that, but the problem still doesn’t go away, then see a dermatologist. A dermatologist can prescribe medications that may finally take care of these bothersome skin dilemmas. You can try applying an over-the-counter cortisone cream to see if that does the trick, but if not, then bite the bullet and make that appointment.

4. Skin disorders and skin that won’t heal. Psoriasis, chronic seborrhoea and dandruff, severe, diabetes-related cracked calluses that don’t heal and become infected, wounds that don’t repair themselves, and rosacea that gets worse are all issues that are best addressed by a dermatologist. Regular skincare products can help maintain the overall health of your skin, but prescription-based oral or topical drugs may be needed to ensure successful and continued resolution of these pesky, unattractive skin burdens.

Vegan lip scrubs I love…

I simply love a good lip scrub.  They are so effective in how they gently scrub away flaky, chapped skin from the lips leaving a lovely smooth feeling, plus they encourage blood to the surface of the lips providing a short lived lip plumping look that also helps stimulate the healing process.  So all in all they are a great little secret weapon when it comes to kissable, soft lips.  And, they ALL taste amazing!  Here are my top fave 5 x

1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub Valentines Collection in Chocolate covered Strawberries

2. Lush Lip Scrub in Bubblegum

3. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub in Strawberry Gum

4. Lush Lip Scrub in The Kiss – soon to be discontinued

5. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub Valentines Collection in Candy Necklace

REPOST // The big questions – No. 4: What exactly happens at a bridal makeup trial?

Today’s big question concerns the bridal makeup trial, and what exactly is involved.  Usually held approximately 6 weeks before your wedding day, the makeup trial is a chance to try out different styles that complement your wedding gown, colour scheme and theme.  They also serve as an opportunity for a makeup artist to analyse the condition of the skin, and advise on ways to make sure it’s in tip top condition before the big day.  But what exactly happens during the makeup trial?  Here is a brief outline of how I like to approach the trial.

1. Firstly, hello!  This is the first time we would have met after corresponding via email, facebook or over the phone.  I like to see how you’re getting on with the planning stage, and if there is any assistance I can provide or any supplier recommendations you need.

2. Ok, let’s get down to business.  For initial inspiration I like to see any images of your wedding gown, flowers or general colour themes.  That way I can start to piece together a look that will complement all of these elements and (most importantly) something that will suit you and your gorgeous features.

3. I will then talk through the general outline of a makeup design I think will work, and if you’re happy with everything I’ve said then we begin!  The makeup trial usually takes around an hour.  As I work I will be getting to know your skin and how it responds to certain products.  It is at this point I can quickly analyse the condition of the skin and provide advise on how to get the most out of your skincare regime.

4. After completing your initial look I will get you to have a look in my portable mirror (which you can then walk around the room with in different lights) to see if there is anything you want to add or change.  It is at this point I fully encourage my bridal clients to really voice their opinions, even if they hate it!  That way we can work together to build the perfect bespoke makeup design.  If there are only minor changes such as more blusher, or a little less foundation then it all goes down in my diary to remember for the big day.  Any major changes we correct together at the trial, so that you’re not worried about anything before the wedding.

Repost // Why everyone is going gaga over Dior…

Since the news broke that makeup artist Daniel Martin was the master-mind behind Meghan’s bridal look – everyone (including myself) have been speculating which products he must have used for the design.  Dior Brand Ambassador & Honest Creative Colour Consultant – Daniel is rumoured to have mainly used Dior’s newest collection of products called ‘Backstage’.  For the lip shade Daniel is said to have used a combination of Dior Addict Lip Glow in 004 Coral and Dior Addict Lip Glow 001 Pink, as he wanted to make sure the lips were super moisturised and just had the most subtlest hint of colour.  This was truly the best option to go for considering how dazzling bright and hot that May day was!

So it stands to reason that everyone is adding Dior to their makeup shopping baskets, and in particular… Dior Addict Lip Glow.  It’s a must have if you want that subtle shade that mimics natural lip tones, along with providing a balm to the lips.  It’s just that perfect, fresh and modern lipstick that every girl should have in their handbag and that is why I actively encourage all my bridal clients to seek out Dior x

My personal faves: Dior Addict Lip Glow 001 Pink, Dior Addict Lip Glow 010 Holo PinkDior Addict Lip Glow in 004 Coral and Dior Addict Lip Glow 007 Raspberry

 

 

How to extend the life of your wedding perfume

I am a HUGE fan of perfume.  I love having a choice between scents to match my mood, occasion or even outfit.  But how can you make that gorgeous smell last all day?  Well, I’ve complied a list of top tips on how to do just that.  Hope you enjoy! x

5 Top Tips to extend the life of your perfume

1. Once you have your perfect bridal perfume don’t put it in direct sunlight, or in warm/damp place like the bathroom.  The heat will break down the scent and lessen the quality.  Instead pop it in a draw, or on top of a wardrobe away from windows.

2. Rub a little vaseline on your pulse points, as this will hold the scent better on your skin and for longer.

3. Pop your perfume on right after getting out of the shower, and before getting dressed.  The moisture from the shower will help to lock in the scent – and putting your perfume on before dressing will stop any staining coming through on your wedding jewellery and dress!

4. For a lighter scent, spray in mid air and walk through the mist.  The fragrance will distribute evenly over the body and leave a hint of scent.  Perfect for if you have a very heady perfume.

5.  Don’t rub your wrists together after applying perfume.  This squashes the top notes and makes them disappear faster resulting in a fragrance that doesn’t last the morning!

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REPOST // The big questions – No. 1: Should you hire a makeup artist for your wedding?

Yes, the big question… should you hire a makeup artist for your wedding?  It’s a question every bride puts to themselves – shortly followed by the follow up question… or can I get away with it myself?  Often I think the answer is in the ‘get away with’ part.  Do you really want your wedding makeup to be something you ‘get away with’?  If you’re at that stage of questioning, then here are my top 5 reasons for booking a professional make up artist for your wedding.

1. Your wedding day is not a day for ‘everyday’ makeup.  You’re going to be photographed all day – and not just by a professional wedding photographer.  Remember your friends and family are all equipped with cameras too.  Whether it’s for photographs using natural or flash photography or meeting your guests in sunshine or by candlelight, professionally applied makeup will translate well to all mediums.

2. Do you have a million different bridal looks on Pinterest and still can’t decide what to choose?  A makeup artist can translate these looks, picking out key elements that will compliment your wedding gown, hairstyle, theme and colour scheme.

3. Makeup artists know skin (!) and we can help identify the areas that may become an issue on the big day.  For example, that patch of dry skin or the potential breakout that you don’t know how to deal with?  We can quickly analyse the condition of the skin and give you advice on the steps you could take to avoid future problems.  It’s just one less thing to worry about… and it’s all part of the service.

4. Much as I hate to admit it, weddings can be stressful!  And no one would blame you for feeling a bit nervous on the big day.  Having a makeup artist means there will always be a steady hand to apply that cat flick eyeliner or tackle those false eyelashes.  And we’ll always have a tissue nearby as well in case things get a bit teary!

5. OK, and this is the big one: hiring a makeup artist is not cheap!  But you’ve spent oodles on that gorgeous wedding venue and catering, an eye watering amount on that perfect wedding gown… why skimp on yourself?  It is your wedding after all!  This is your chance to be pampered by the professionals so sit back and enjoy it!

Jasmine and her wedding at Chewton Glen

Today I had the pleasure of doing the bridal makeup for Jasmine at Chewton Glen.  Nestled just outside the New Forest boundary, Chewton Glen is one of my favourite wedding venues to work in not leat because I always end up with the most stunning brides, and today was no objection.  Jasmine was the most loveliest, laid back bride who was happy to be led by me when it came to the bridal design.  The only brief she gave me was make it pink!  So I definitely did that!

I created Jasmine’s design using tarte cosmetic palettes in various pink shades, and lined the eyes softening any harsh edges.  Adding false eyelashes, I then moved onto creating a flawless base for Jasmine and gave her pink cheeks and lips x

REPOST//5 Best Selling Eyebrow Growth Serums

We’ve all over plucked our eyebrows at some time or another.  Whether for fashion or perhaps just accidentally, it can be highly frustrating and a little embarrassing trying to grow them back.  Here are my top 5 faves for saving those poor brows! x

RapidBrow Eyebrow Enhancing Serum

Eyebrow Lipocils Conditioning Gel

RevitaBrow Advanced Eyebrow Conditioner

NeuBrow Brow Enhancing Serum Duo

Grande Cosmetics GrandeBrow Brow Enhancing Serum

As featured on Rock My Wedding ‘Effortless French Chic’ at Hale Park

I am utterly thrilled and excited to announce that our styled shoot, shot at wedding venue Hale Park in the New Forest is currently featuring on Rock My Wedding.  We’re ecstatic to be involved in such an epic wedding blog and the coverage our shoot will received because of it.  We want to inspire everyone who see’s it to realise their romantic dream, and know that it’s not difficult to achieve.  We’re there to make your aspirations into reality x

Effortless French Chic at Hale Park, Hampshire

The Team // Charlotte Wise Photography Frances Moore MUA JMS Hair Design Hannah Elizabeth Bridal Jo Hicks Flowers Tara Keely by Lazaro Rachel Simpson Shoes La Petit Box Peony & Rose Wedding Stationery Just As Delicious Donna Crain Surrey Hale Park Weddings