Category archives: Bridal Inspiration

  • Summer Boho Bridal Makeup

  • Back in April, I got a late night (slightly panicked) text from Vicki Lord (Bridal Hair Extraordinaire!) Basically her bride the following day had been let down by her makeup artist and was I available?… I was! And that doesn’t happen that often so I was really glad I was able to help out.

    The venue was at the Port Lympne Mansion and all Vicki said was that the bride (Sarah) wanted to go for a dramatic look as she was having very creative Avant-Garde hair. I must admit that when I arrived it felt like chaos in the room that everyone was getting ready, there was stuff everywhere! Bridesmaids were doing the table plan settings whilst the others were being filmed for the ‘Marryoke’ Wedding Video. All that being said Sarah was sat having her hair styled by Vicki, super chilled and enjoying herself! I loved it!!

    You will see from the photos that her hair was beautifully extravagant, and although Sarah gave me free reign on her makeup I still wanted it to compliment all of the different elements and not to compete with it.

    I thought about it for a moment and decided that as there was a lot of colour in her hair that I would need to create a strong makeup look but instead of going with bright colour I muted it down slightly with gold and bronze shades. I think this gave more of a contemporary boho feel but it needed drama, so I glammed it up by using a golden glitter on her eyes and applied big dramatic lashes.

    This was a fab wedding to be a part of and I am so excited to share these pictures with you!

    p.s. Sarah may have booked me the night before but she didn’t get her dress until the day before the wedding day!!!

    boho bridal makeup in kent

    The products I use to create Sarah's Bridal Makeup look!

    Boho Bridal Makeup in Kent

    iPhone photo of Sarah


    I adore these photos by Kerry Ann Duffy, Sarah isn’t your average bride and Kerry Ann has captured her fun, festival style beautifully! Everything worked 🙂


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    Lucy Jayne Bridal Makeup Artist

    Vicki Lord Bridal Hair Stylist

    Kerry Ann Duffy Wedding Photographer

    Port Lympne Mansion Wedding Venue

    To check out Sarah’s Marryoke Wedding Video =>>

    T.D.H. Media Wedding Videos/Marryoke 


  • Foundation and Primer = Flawless Bridal Skin

  • The most important thing that I try to achieve in every one of my makeup jobs is great looking flawless skin!! As a makeup artist the most important thing for me is to be able make the bridal skin look beautiful, not do crazy ‘off the wall’ makeup that will go out of fashion very quickly. I like to create a look that is timeless and this ALWAYS starts with the skin.

    This is the question I get asked most. How do I get my skin to look better? This will always start with skin prep. Cleanse, moisturise and prime. Then I suit the foundation to my clients skin type and condition, Yes some people may need a little more coverage but this doesn’t need to be heavy or caky, and others may have blemishes, pigmentation, dry or oily skin. I take all of this into consideration as not all foundations or primers suit all skin types, so sometimes it may take a little time to find the perfect coverage and when that box is ticked it means that your makeup and base will last so much longer!!

     Here are some of my past brides and list of products I used to create their long lasting primer and foundation combo!

    Charli: MAC Strobe Primer and MAC Face + Body Foundation = Light to Medium Coverage with a ‘dewy’ finish.

    modern bridal makeup by lucy jayne


    Kate: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and Estee Lauder Doublewear = Medium to full coverage with a matt even finish.

    bridal makeup at cooling castle


    Jenny: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation = Medium to full coverage, pore refined and matt finish.

    bridal makeup in deal kent


    Sarina: MAC Strobe Primer and MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (small amount of the Strobe Cream mixed in with foundation) = Med coverage and slightly ‘dewy’ finish.

    asian bridal makeup in kent


    Oh and finally I just wanted to touch on HD Makeup (HD = High-Definition). This is something I get asked about a lot because when you are being photographed on your wedding day you want to be ‘HD ready’ right?…. But what does this really mean??

    Lots of brands now have a High-Defination products. So does it mean that by using something that is branded as HD that it will look better and last longer? NOPE! High Definition Makeup is not a brand of makeup, it is actually a technique of the application. This means using a great pore refining primer and matching your foundation perfectly to your skin tone. Blending so there are no heavy areas or streaks but the finish looks like real skin – you can’t see where the foundation starts and the natural skin ends. Pores aren’t really visible, blemishes  are carefully hidden and the powder that is used to set everything is invisible.

    In conclusion its how we all want to look, everyday but especially on your wedding day. L J xxx


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  • Do I get a Spray Tan for my Wedding???

  • Is your wedding coming up and you are feeling a tad pale?? Time to think about tanning!

    It’s a bit of a worry for any bride when it comes to tanning. What’s best to use? Will I be too dark? Will it rub off on my dress? Will I look patchy?…

    Here is what I know about Spray tanning:
    First things first, DO NOT get your ‘tan on’ the day/night before you get married! So much can go wrong here!… Your tan will always be at its darkest on the day after your spray tan and wearing white will only intensify the colour. If you wait for the second or third day the colour will be a subtle bronze next to your white dress. Another big point is that the dark  bronze ‘guide’ (this is the colour that is left on your skin straight after getting sprayed) takes two washes to completely come off your skin and if anything is going to transfer onto your wedding dress it will be this and not the actual tan.
    If you have dry skin spray tan will cling to these areas so make sure you are well moisturised prior and when you come to have your spray tan a good barrier cream is needed for your hands/feet/elbows/knees.

    *I think the only exception is Sienna-X 6% as the following day it looks great and not too dark at all. So natural!!

    Sienna X Tan before and after application

    Before my Sienna-X Spray Tan 6% and then day after! Tantastic!!

    Here are my tips for having a  successful spray tan:

     You must thoroughly exfoliate and moisturise your skin the day PRIOR to your spray tan, to remove all of your dead skin.

     Shave or wax at least 24 hrs prior to your spray tan application.

    Do not moisturise on the day of the treatment unless your skin is very dry. Daily moisturising is recommended after the bronzer is removed when you shower, this will extend your spray tan by 2-3 days.

    Remove all traces of makeup, deodorant and perfume as they can create a barrier.

    After your tan application wear loose dark clothing immediately after your spray tan. This avoids the bronzer rubbing off onto lighter garments. The bronzer is water-soluble and will wash away. 

    DO NOT wear tight items of footwear or clothing that can cause friction and rub marks, for example socks, trainers, boots and belts.

    DO NOT wash your hands for the first 2-3 hours to avoid watermarks. Leave your tan application on the skin for a minimum of 6-8 hrs. For optimum results, leave on the skin overnight.

    Shower as usual the following morning. Your spray tan contains a cosmetic bronzer and this will wash off during showering. Do not worry, this is usual and does not affect the end result of your spray tan.

    It takes two showers for the bronzer to be removed from your skin completely, you will be the darker after the first wash but by the second day/shower it will look natural.

    What the bronzer looks like in spray tan

    This is how dark the bronzer is in the Sienna-X Spray Tan. Don't worry, it washes off to leave a lovely natural tan!!

    Over the years I have used a few different tans here are my favourites:

    1. For a darker colour go for a Xen Tan or Fake Bake

    2. If you tan well but want a natural bronzed glow, St Tropez or Sienna-X (8% or 10%)

    3. If you are fair skinned and want a hint of colour then Sienna-X 6% is the one for you. (This is the lightest I have found and perfect for a bridal tan) 

    Of course all tans will work with your natural coloring so if two people were to use Xen Tan (for example) one fair and one olive toned the colour would vary and the lighter skinned person would have a much lighter colour. I don’t think that some tans give enough variation for those pale skinned folk . When it comes to booking your bridal tan the key is to try your tan first approx 3 weeks prior with the same spray tan specialist you will use for your wedding tan. That way the technique won’t vary and if the tan is a bit too dark or light the specialist can alter the colour by the wedding so you have your perfect glow!

    tanned bridesmaids in kent

    Gorgeous tanned bridesmaids!

    I hope this sheds some light on wedding tanning! Don’t be scared ladies just make sure you trial it first and I am sure you will find the perfect tan…. Good Luck! x

  • Win Your Wedding Makeup by Lucy Jayne!

  • I had thought about running a competition for a while but wasn’t really sure what to do or when to do it? I was having a quiet ‘admin’ week so decided as it was the New Year, why not do it now?!! Start the New Year on a high!!…

    So how would you like to win your wedding makeup by me?? This is a prize worth £130 and includes a full trial and makeup on the wedding day.

    What you need to do:




    (You HAVE to do all the above to qualify)


    Lucy Jayne Bridal Makeup Competition

    So what are you waiting for?? You have until the 28th February 2014.


    T&C’s: Mileage is charged at 45p after the first 10 miles and other members of the bridal party are not included in the above prize, they are an additional cost. For Bridal Party costs please see the SERVICES on my website

    GOOD LUCK! xx

  • Charli (Wedding Photographer) Gets Married!

  • I have been looking forward to featuring this bride for ages… Charli contacted me over a year ago as she wanted to book me for her wedding in November, I didn’t know at first but she was a wedding photographer! Charli and I have worked together and I must say her photography style is just dreamy! I knew her wedding photos would have to be very special and they really are, just so beautiful! Of course it would be difficult to photograph your own wedding so the very talented Kate Hennessy was up to the challenge…

    Here is a little about Charli Wedding Photography and and importantly her thoughts on the big day!!…

    Charli Wedding Photography

    “I am just a normal girl trying to capture the beauty in everything that I see.  I have always had a creative streak and photography is my outlet for this.

    Charli Photography initially came about via some portrait shoots I did for friends but it has grown at some speed(!) and now i am privileged to share in many special days with couples each year.  I adore capturing weddings.  It is incredibly fast-paced and I always get asked if I am ‘nervous’ capturing such an important day.  I think if I wasn’t nervous there would be something wrong with me! Capturing such an important day warrants nerves, but I use these creatively on the day and channel that emotion into truly connecting with my surroundings.  I believe this allows me to shoot and capture the emotion in its raw form.”

    “My photographic style is fine art photojournalism and I am an award-winning photographer with the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Association.  I am also a member of Fearless Photographers as well as being shortlisted as Best Wedding Photographer in the South East, UK in the National Wedding Awards 2013.”


    “I love what I do and the feeling I get after I finish shooting a wedding for the day is a complete buzz of excitement!  I generally go home and edit a few ‘taster’ images to send to the couple straight away as I am as excited as they are about their wedding.”

    As a wedding photographer how did it help when organising your own wedding?

    I am not sure it helped! I see so many beautiful weddings that I think I got confused and sent my husband slightly insane with so many suggestions for the big day! I think it is easy to get carried away – most brides will agree with this.  It was important for us that our wedding had personal touches.

    The one thing that really did help me was speaking to some of my previous brides, who have become friends, and who could give me some honest advice about the day and what to focus on.  I had been told by all of them to really take it all in as it goes so fast.  This is THE most important advice I would now pass on to all future brides – it really does go incredibly quickly – it is nice just to stand still for a moment and say ‘Wow, this in amazing’.

    What was your ‘Bridal Style’??

    I wanted something a little bit different.  I am not known for following trends and I wanted something unique to me and my personality.  I went for a very vintage style with a bit of added sparkle (I am a magpie at heart!).  My hair complimented this beautifully and Vicki Lord did such an amazing job, I still have people commenting on my hair nearly 3 months later!

    How did you find your perfect makeup/hair look?

    I spent ages searching images on Google for hair and make-up looks.  I love to do my own hair and make-up and am generally quite creative with what I do so I wanted to make sure that this was replicated on the day. I do have a bit of a comfort thing going on with my eyeliner so I couldn’t be without this on the day and Lucy did a beautiful job creating lovely flicks for me. I wanted the rest of my make up to remain quite natural.  The one thing I focus on is my eyes so this is where I wanted the concentration of make up to be.

    My hair was inspired by a style I came across that Sarah Jessica Parker had worn to an awards ceremony.  I saw it and just thought wow, I don’t know if that’s even possible, but wow.  A few hair extensions later and it turns out it was very much possible 🙂Product Moodboard for Creating Charli's bridal look!

    How important is the consultation process when it came to creating your perfect look?

    I had already worked with Lucy before when capturing a wedding earlier in 2013 so I was quite relaxed during my consultation as I already knew Lucy was brilliant at what she does. Lucy was really flexible throughout the process and understood exactly what I was looking for.  We darkened my eyeshadow slightly on the day as I am happy to push the boundaries a bit with my eye make-up and am used to wearing slightly darker shades when I am dressing up for special occasions.

    I definitely think the consultation process and meeting is key in helping to achieve exactly what you want for your day.

    Overall how did you feel on the wedding day?

    I was nervous in the morning and a little stressed.  We had made quite a lot of the wedding bits ourselves and this meant super-organisation on the day to make sure everything was perfect.  My sister and the other bridesmaids were stars!  I am not very good at delegating, but sometimes you just have to and your wedding day is one of these times.  After I was in my dress I felt like a princess!  I felt amazing all day.  It is a pretty indescribable feeling!

    When you looked at/edited your photos how did your makeup make you feel, was it important to you as a bride?

    Kate Hennessey did a wonderful job of capturing our day.  It was quite important to me to edit my own wedding photos and I thankful that Kate let me do this as it was really special and I loved editing them.  The wedding makeup certainly meant less airbrushing 🙂 I think we are all our own worse critics but for once I barely did any ‘removing of blemishes’ as there were not any to be seen!

    I think my happiness on the day shone through in the photos and the makeup really complimented my features.  I think it is important to feel comfortable on your big day and I think some people feel comfortable doing their own makeup whereas I knew I would be too nervous and that I wanted to make sure I didn’t mess it up.

     Would you have changed anything?

    I wouldn’t have changed anything about my makeup, I loved it…..


    Here are a few of my favourites from Charli’s Wedding:

     Please get in touch with Charli for your wedding!


  • 1950's Bridal Makeup

  • Vintage makeup is such a popular look at the moment! I am asked to do strong kitten flicks, deep red lips and big lashes for my brides and makeup clients all the time. I love how bold this style is and of course I like to incorporate it in my own makeup routine, although it is fun to go vintage and can be quite dramatic… 

    lucy jayne makeup artist 1960s makeup

    Here I am with my 1960's hair and makeup at a recent awards show!

    If you are a bride that likes her makeup more subtle and natural but wants a vintage/retro influence. I think I have found the perfect era for you!! THE 1950s!

    • What are the stand out features of a 50’s look?

    The key to the 50s makeup look is pale porcelain skin with every feature from the eyes to the lips softly defined by a hint of colour as the women from this era liked to feel ‘made up’ but in a more natural way than in previous years, think Betty Draper from Mad Men!  Eyebrows were neatly tapered and defined with pencil and the eyeliner was winged.  The length and depth of the wing depended on personal choice and just how glamorous you wanted to be, with film stars opting for a dramatic look and the average woman opting for a softer style.

    1950s makeup moodboard

    • Who do you think are some of the biggest beauty icons of the 1950’s?

    Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Sophia Loren were popular beauty icons of the 1950’s with Marilyn’s eyeliner and Audrey’s eyebrows still a popular look today.

    • How would you style a modern day 50’s look for this Autumn/Winter?

    My winter go-to-foundation is great for this 1950s style! I use Doublewear liquid foundation by Ester Lauder, its great for giving that ‘blank canvass effect’ and I think that in the winter it definitely feels more comfortable to wear a heavier base, I would then conceal around the under eye area and finish my base with a veil of translucent powder. I always want to give the illusion of flawless skin and I find MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Powder does the job perfectly without looking heavy. For everyday I would keep the eye shadow neutral with either a nude matt pink or a shimmery pearl swept from the lash line to brow bone. This will also give the illusion of a higher brow bone and will help when defining the brows. Eyebrows were quite heavy in the 50s being defined with pencil but a softer alternative is to use a shadow – Benefit do a great eyebrow shadow ‘Brow Zing’ and this comes with all the tools you will need to get the perfect Audrey Hepburn brows! I think cream liner is the best product for creating the perfect eyeliner flick and depending on the occasion the length and thickness of the flick would vary, for everyday I would keep it quite subtle but would maximize my lashes with loads of mascara. I think pastel shades are a nice soft look but I think that in the winter women tend to be a bit braver when it comes to makeup (I know I do!) so instead if a pink lip I would be more inclined to go bolder with a deeper pink/mauve lipstick for the evening or a lip stain for everyday – this is also great for the cheeks to give a pinch of colour.

    Bridal makeup Behind the scenes

    1950's Bridal Makeup

    • What are some of the classic colour pallets that are used for a 1950’s beauty style?

    Pinks and Pastel shades were a huge trend in the 1950s. Eyeshadow palettes had hit the market that gave the option of soft pinks, pale green, baby blue and lilac’s that were also matched to the day’s wardrobe choice. Women wore their makeup a lot heavier than they had in the past and the foundation colour was a touch paler than their natural skin tone with pinky blush giving a hint of colour to the face. The pastel theme was reflected in the lip colour with lighter hues of pink, coral and orangy-reds.

    Dana Bolton Wedding Dress Designer

    Pastel Pink and Frosted Pink were popular shades in the 50's

    Step by step process to create this look?

    • The face was prepped with pale cream foundation to create a blank canvass and a matt face powder to set.
    • Powder eyeshadow was used in pastel and shimmery shades but kept to a minimal sweep across the eyelid, as the main emphasis was the eyelashes.
    • Lashings of heavy mascara to the top lashes gave a real doe-eyed effect and eyeliner was applied along the lash line and flicked out to exaggerate and to add to this super feminine look.
    • Brows were kept natural and neat but were defined with slightly darker pencil.
    • Pinky peach blush gave a hint of colour to the cheeks and was occasionally swept across the brow bone.
    • It was popular to exaggerate the natural lip line and cupids bow. The lip colour of choice was more pinky than the reds of previous eras making the lips look big and voluptuous.

      Dana Bolton Wedding Dress Designer

      Pastel pink lips with a highlighted cupids bow

    Can the 50’s look can be varied for different face and eye shapes?

    Women in the 50s did the ‘strong natural’ look well and one good thing that we can take from this era is that this style can be tailored to suit everyone. I think you just have to tweak it to fit in with your own look. You might not want to go crazy with all pastel colours but some will suit you more than others e.g. lilac and peach look great on blue eyes, blue and lilac look lovely on green eyes and purple and blues really bring out brown eyes! One of the key parts of the 5o’s makeup look is the eyeliner flick, the size and length of your flick may depend on the occasion (or how steady your hand is!) and can look great on any age but I would soften the line with a cotton bud for a casual day look or if its worn on a more mature eye.

     Lucy Jayne x

  • Born Pretty Makeup Brush Review

  • I recently came across the Born Pretty Website. They have an abundance of makeup brushes and beauty products at really reasonable prices. Normally when something is ‘reasonable’ the quality suffers so I thought I would try out a couple of brushes and a creme eyeliner. In my opinion you can never have too many makeup brushes and I am always on the lookout for the perfect eyeliner.

    I have always used a flat foundation brush to apply product and then another to buff in the foundation so I wanted to try out the Tapered Face Brush. The bristles are ultra soft goat hair and the tapered tip is great for applying the foundation and also buffing it into the skin. The shape is perfect for blending foundation into any hard to reach areas with better precision than using a flat brush. I used this brush to apply my everyday foundation (Ester Lauder Doublewear) it is medium/full coverage foundation so I like to blend it in to avoid it looking heavy on my skin. I was really happy with this brush and the shape of it is fab for using with any cream blushes as it blends so well without holding too much product

    tapered born pretty makeup brush

    The second brush I used was the Born Pretty Angled Face Brush. I used this with my cream bronzer (Chanel Universel Bronzing Makeup Base). Too much of this bronzer can make my skin look too dark so I like to apply a small amount and build up the desired colour by lots of blending and a little contouring on my cheekbones/jawbone. This brush worked well as it is so soft it didn’t create any harsh lines. The soft shape was great for subtle contouring and adding powder blush onto the apples of my cheeks.born pretty store angled brush

    Some brushes have hairs that fall out which can be a bit of a pain (even some of my most expensive brushes do!). These don’t!! 

    adofee waterproof eyeliner

    I wanted to try out the Adofee Waterproof Cream Eyeliner. The packaging and product is very similar to the Maybelline Cream Liner and it comes with a portable brush (very handy!). The size and tapered flat edge worked well to give the perfect eyeliner flick but the liner wasn’t as waterproof as I had hoped. It lasted a good 10-12 hrs but was a bit smudged by the end of the day. I would still carry on using it as its great value and the colour is very deep black. 

    Here I am using the Born Pretty Brushes and Eyeliner in my everyday makeup routine. I will be using these products for myself and my clients!

    step by step of using the born pretty makeup brushes and eyeliner

    The finished look. Ta-Da!!

    finished makeup look

    If you would like to purchase any of the Born Pretty Products they have given me a discount code for my lovely followers!

    Discount Code: LJH10


    Lucy Jayne xx

  • Kent Wedding Awards 2013

  • I was shortlisted for the Beauty Award at the Kent Wedding Awards 2013. YAY!!! The Awards Ceremony was at the Mercure Hotel in Maidstone and it was very exciting to be getting glammed up for a great night out with my friends, family and other wedding professionals. Unfortunately I didn’t win in my category this year but there is still next year!

    My lovely friend Vicki Lord won in her category for Wedding Hair Stylist and it was completely deserved. Congratulations!  She was responsible for my HUGE beehive, I had a lot of compliments!

    Lucy Jayne xx


  • Alternative Bridal Makeup

  • As a bridal makeup artist it’s not very often that I get asked to create a look a bit out if the norm. When I met Lynsey her bridal style was definitely a little different… After chatting to her we decided her style was more ‘Ethereal Woodland Fairy’ than ‘Classic Bride’ and the more gold leaf and glitter the better! She explained that the wedding was also going to be on stage in a gothic woodland scene hand made by her fiancé. AMAZING!

    Admittedly Lynsey’s makeup was a bit crazier at her trial, multi coloured crystals, gold leaf and glitter but on the wedding day it was a slightly tamer version. Her hair was done first by the wonderful Vicki Lord so we felt like it would have been too much to have mega makeup as well as really dramatic hair. Vicki and I would have been creating competing not complimentary styles! She also had a change of heart about the mix of golden green eyeshadow and gold leaf, so we stuck with greens and silvers.

    Lynsey wanted to keep all of the emphasis around her eyes with strong green shading and big flicks. The added drama was created by strip lashes and little crystals around one eye. Her skin was beautiful so I just used a lightweight foundation with loads of highlighter, to give a flawless dewy finish.

    Here are my behind the scenes pics of the wedding morning and some professional shots from Miki Photography.

    Alternative Bridal Makeup Face Chart

    Bridal Makeup Face Chart

    Alternative Bridal Makeup. Green hair extensions and feathers

    Hair Prep. Green Hair Extensions and Feathers

    Green eyeshadow and crystals

    Green Eyeshadow and Crystals

    Cool Alternative Bridal Makeup in Kent

    Unusual Green Bridal Makeup

    Lynsey, cool alternative bride

    Lynsey, Gorgeous Alternative Bride

    Bridesmaid Makeup

    Bridesmaid's Makeup

    Miki Photography Lucy Jayne Makeup & Hair by Vicki Lord

    I have been very excited about seeing this wedding and it didn’t disappoint! Check out Miki Photography’s blog for some very cool wedding photos!!

    Lynsey & Neil Theatrical Wedding