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So something kinda amazing is happening right now for Bridal Hair Hampshire By Michelle Crosser and myself… a long overdue partnership! I have now become Michelle’s trainee hair assistant!!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be learning some serious skills from one of the industries best stylists – sooo watch this space! x

Becky and her romantic new forest wedding at burley manor

I seem to be living at Burley Manor these days, but I don’t mind at all!  The venue and staff are second to none so it’s always a pleasure to return each weekend.  And I was so excited to do Becky’s bridal makeup, especially as the brief was ‘soft and romantic’ my favourite words when it comes to designing a breathtaking look!  Becky was just the perfect bride to design for – perfect skin, gorgeous deep eyes and such a lovely person to boot.  Really she was the whole package.  Becky was confident in my skills so pretty much gave me free reign over the makeup – I kept her eyes the main focus providing a pink, mauve and brown smokey eye.  I then lightly filled in her brows and applied a smooth foundation.  Topping off with a light contour, highlighter and pinky cheeks using Charlotte Tilbury products.  After setting the base, I then finished with Charlotte Tilbury’s lipstick in Pillow Talk x

Bridal makeup – the constant battle between ‘timeless’ and current ‘trends’

Bridal makeup has to do and be many different things.  It has to be pitched perfectly to meet photographic standards, take your guests breath-away when seeing you for the first time, and ultimately perform to a high standard for what is a joyful, but unusually long day.  But above all this, it needs to be right for you.

I think it’s save to say that most brides want their makeup to reflect who they are, and what they favour in terms of their everyday makeup style.  They tend to want something that could be considered ‘timeless’ and won’t date in their wedding photographs in years to come.  Yet saying this we all love a trend, and brides are not immune to this by any means.  It’s often getting the right balance between classic elegance and fashionable, that I am called in to smooth the lines.

Your bridal makeup trial is the best place to try out any trends you are drawn to, to focus more on what you do and don’t like.  It’s a save time to experiment a bit and try that 1950’s red lip, or those extraordinary long false eyelashes.  I fully encourage my bridal clients to (just slightly) step out of their comfort zone at the makeup trial, as you never know, that mauve smokey eye might be more flattering then that classic brown smokey eye ;))

Photography by Matt Lee Photographic

REPOST//Rosie Bea – beauty blogger and false eyelash guru

Many of you already know, through reading this blog, that I am a complete advocate of the false eyelash.  When paired correctly and applied perfectly – I truly believe falsies can take a beautiful makeup design to the next level of awesomeness, so I am always on the look out for the next best false eyelashes on the market.  And I think I’ve found my next holy grail of lashes via beauty blogger and gorgeous red head Rosie Bea.

I am really blown over by these lashes at the moment – it’s not just the range of width and length, but also the wonderfully delicate (and easily disguisable) lash band which just makes it an absolute must for my brides.  These are also awesome to use on bridesmaids  I’ve already bought and used 50 pairs so that must tell you something! x

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.

5. Again if you’re happy with everything, we can then have a quick chat about timings, numbers and any other general questions you may have.  So that by the time I send my final correspondence 14 days before the wedding we’re all set and ready to go… then the excitement really kicks in!