Category archives: Real Brides

  • Modern 1960s Bridal Makeup Tutorial

  • Modern 1960s Bridal Makeup Tutorial

    The emphasis of this look is all about the bold feline flick eyeliner, full dramatic lashes and natural eyebrows, its such a chic style that oozes that ‘Mad Men’ coolness. The skin should be kept minimalistic with a fresh dewy finish and back in the 60s the lips were normally kept nude – sometimes blocked out with foundation. For this retro bridal look I wanted to give it a modern twist by adding a pop of colour to the lips with a matt pastel pink lipstick.


    Create a neutral eye shadow base by applying a matt cream eye shadow. This helps prime the eye for the eyeliner application.

    I used MAC Paint Pot in Painterly £15.50

    1940s bridal makeup tutorial

Using a cream eyeliner and a fine eyeliner brush apply the eyeliner first from the outer edge of the top lash in a straight line. Extend this line by approximately 1 cm, then do the same on the other eye.

    I used Maybelline Black Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner £7.99

    Crown Brush Mini Eyeliner Brush £1.69

    1960s makeup tutorialSweep the liner along the lash line until you meet the end point, filling in any gaps.

    With this technique less is more! Use a tiny bit at a time and keep adding to build up the size of your kitten flick. Use too much at once and it can get messy and you can have uneven sized eyeliner flicks.

    1960s makeup tutorial

    Using a strip lash that compliments this style (I like to use a lash that gets longer towards to outer edges to give a real doe eyed effect) firstly fit the lash to your natural lash line, and trim the access from the outer corner of the strip.

    I used Ardell Demi Wispies False Eyelashes £5.49

    Duo Striplash Adhesive ‘Dark Tone’ £8.39

    how to apply a strip lash
    Apply eyelash glue across the band and wait until it becomes tacky.

    how to apply strip lashes

    Using tweezers to hold the lash, press the lash into your upper lash line and hold into place until the glue has dried.

    1960s makeup tutorial

    To finish this look, add a pop of colour to the lips to give a modern twist.

    I used MAC Matte Lipstick in Pink Plaid £15.50

    The final modern 60s bridal look!

    1960s bridal makeup tutorial

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    Model: Laura Elliot

  • Bohemian 1970s Bridal Makeup Tutorial

  • Bohemian 1970s Bridal Makeup Tutorial

    This is a great look for brides that prefer a more natural bohemian feel to their makeup and definitely one of 2015’s key summer trends. The main focus is on the eyes, and although the shadow is subtle the soft earthy tones buffed into the socket finished with strip lashes give a real doe-eyed effect.  The skin should be kept fresh with a light weight foundation and bronzer to add that beachy sun kissed feel. 


    Start by applying a fawn toned shadow to the eyelid.

    I used MAC Paint Pot in Groundwork £15.50

    The brush I used was Crown Brush Firm Shadow £4.59

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    Eyeliner was another important tool in 70s makeup but to keep it more natural apply a brown cream liner along the lash line and then soften with the eyeshadow brush, extending it a little towards the outer lash line.

    I used Maybelline Gel Liner in Brown £7.99

    how to do 70s boho bridal makeup

    Build up the eye shadow colour but try to keep to natural and earthy tones. Blend a deeper taupe from the centre of the eyelid to the outer corner.

    how to do 70s boho bridal makeup

    Next blend a deeper shade of brown into the socket line and a little under the bottom lashes.

    I Used Seventeen ‘Peep Show’ Palette (no longer available). A great alternative is Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in ‘Forest’ £32.00

    The socket brush was Crown Brush Deluxe Crease £3.49

    how to do 70s boho bridal makeup

    TIP: Build up the colour slowly as you don’t want the eye shadow to look too heavy.

    Using a strip lash that compliments this style, normally I would opt for natural looking lash that is thicker at the base (for a Brigitte Bardot look) and has a natural finish. Fit the lash to your natural lash line, and trim the access from the outer corner of the strip.

    I used Ardell Demi Wispies False Eyelashes £5.49

    how to apply a strip lash

    Duo Striplash Adhesive ‘Dark Tone’ £8.39

    Using tweezers to hold the lash, press the lash into your upper lash line and hold into place until the glue has dried.

    how to apply strip lashes

    Instead of blush opt for a bronzer to create a tanned look. Use a natural-looking bronzer to achieve the effect as this gives the skin a healthy glow.

    I used Illamasqua Bronzing Duo £26.00

    Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99

    how to do 70s boho bridal makeup

    Apply the bronzer anywhere on the face where the sun would naturally hit it. Sweep it from the forehead, to the cheeks, a little across the nose and then down to the chin.

    how to do 70s boho bridal makeup

    TIP: The soft shape you create should be like you are tracing the number 3, but if it starts to look like the number 3, its too heavy and you have applied way too much bronzer!

    To give that real fresh feel, finish the look with a nude lipstick or a frosted translucent gloss. For that real Boho look avoid lip liner and keep the lips as natural as possible.

    I Used Illamasqua Sheer Lip Gloss in Opulent £16.50

    Ta-Da!… The finished Boho 70s Bridal Look!!

    1970s bridal makeup tutorial

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    Model: Laura Elliot




  • Contemporary 1920s Bridal Makeup Tutorial

  • Contemporary 1920s Bridal Makeup Tutorial

    The 20s is one of my favourite eras when it comes to make up as I love a bolder lip and a bit of sparkle. It’s a great look for winter brides and if you don’t feel brave enough to wear a really dark lipstick opt for a lip stain instead for a softer look. 

    Here is my simple step-by-step tutorial including the products I used to create this look.


    First apply a nude matt cream shadow, from the lash line up to the brow bone to create a neutral base.

    I used MAC Paint Pot in Painterly £15.50

    20s bridal makeup tutorial

    Using a champagne cream shadow apply over the eyelid, stopping just above the socket.

    I used Vintage Selection Paint Pot by MAC £15.50

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    TIP: To create better adhesion for loose glitter use a cream eye shadow

    Cover the cheeks with a tissue to prevent the loose glitter from dropping onto your cheeks and getting messy and for a more contemporary look keep the glitter simple!

    I used MAC Glitter ‘Reflects Pearl’ £17.00

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    Line the lips with a darker lip liner to create a precise shape and this will also prevent the lipstick from ‘bleeding’.

    I used MAC Lip Pencil in Spice £12.50

    20s bridal makeup tutorial

    Tip: To keep your lipstick lasting longer, colour in your lips with the lip pencil

    Using a lip brush apply a berry toned lipstick which is key for the 20s trend

    I used MAC Lipstick in Rebel £15.50

    20s bridal makeup tutorial

    20s bridal makeup tutorial

    TIP: To keep you’re lipstick lasting as long as possible blot your lips with tissue then re-apply lipstick.

    Apply a deep pink blush for that ‘pinched cheek’ look

    I used MAC Powder Blush in Dollymix £18.00
    Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99

    20s bridal makeup tutorial

    Add a slick of gloss to finish this contemporary 1920s bridal look

    I used MAC’s Dazzleglass in Funtabulous £17.00

    20s bridal makeup tutorial

    Ta-Da the finished look!!

    1920s makeup inspiration

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    Model: Laura Elliot

  • Lucy Jayne Makeup Artistry Team

  • Lucy Jayne Makeup Artistry Team

    I am pleased that I can now offer my bridal clients a little more. I have come to the realisation that I really hate disappointing people (i’m not a fan of this at all!) I thought it made sense to have someone on hand to recommend for weddings where I need assisting but especially for brides that want to book me when I have already been booked! Jade is part of my MU Artistry Team and is a fabulously talented makeup artist. Not only do I like to personally train makeup artists that are part of my team, but she has also been assisting me on various weddings and photoshoots for years. I have rather high standards…. and rightly so! She’s great!

    My Makeup Artistry Team have been chosen because of their professionalism and attention to detail. Their talent of applying beautiful makeup, industry understanding and beauty knowledge means that my high standards are met. I am confident that you will have the quality bridal service you deserve.

    Let me introduce you to Jade…

    Lucy Jayne Artistry Team

    Tell us a bit about yourself and how it all began?

    I have always been a lover of makeup and beauty from a young girl. I grew up with my older cousins who were a massive influence on me. They would sneak me up to their room and apply probably far too much makeup for my age but I would be in my element.

    Fast forward a few years and so during my GCSE’s and A-levels I took art, I’ve always found that I’ve had a natural artistic flare which of course comes in very useful with my job creating something that is original.

    Nearing the end of my Business Studies Degree at university I’d become even more fascinated by the make up industry. I began searching for courses that would give me a further understanding of makeup application and its history. I decided upon The London School of Makeup and Beauty. I loved every minute of it. Until that time everything I had learnt had been self taught. I have also learnt about applying individual semi permanent lashes.

    Since then I have been involved in photo-shoots, portraits, beauty and bridal makeup in order to learn and gain experience from every angle of the make up industry.

    What do you love most about what you do?

    Firstly I love the fact that it doesn’t feel like a job. Its something I’m passionate about, which ultimately is my key driver to being successful and I think this shows through my work.

    Secondly the lovely people I get to meet, listening to plans of their wedding or their big night out buzzing with excitement. Ultimately I love watching my client when they look in the mirror and have a massive smile on their face. I love that you can see that they are oozing with confidence. It’s a great feeling making someone feel amazing and beautiful.

    How do you describe your style and how are you different?

    My style varies depending on the type of makeup required and the event it is intended for. I enjoy the challenge of experimenting with colour, giving drama, creating a look that is perhaps bold and daring.

    However, my roots always take me back to the classic romantic style of makeup. In line with the old fashioned saying sometimes “less is more.”

    What makes me different? – I am a young adult, I understand the need for a sense of professionalism but I also understand the importance of needing a sense of fun, laughter and personality to the occasion. Making it a happy memorable time. No one wants a moody makeup artist with zero personality that clock watches.

    Where do you find inspiration?

    I am a massive fan of Pinterest. I can spend hours searching through categories. It allows me the freedom and creativity to find an idea and make it my own.

    I have always been someone that loves having and keeping memories and take photos to look back on and adapt to the latest trends.

    I also find it is a useful tool for clients that are unsure of the look they are after. Together we can collect various makeup styles and create a look that best suits their personal style.

    I also find inspiration looking through beauty blogs, the latest trends, catwalks all of which hold useful information about fashion/ makeup/ beauty trends that are the latest craze or soon will be!

    All these things enable me to broaden my knowledge and experiment with different looks and products.

    What do you love most about being a bridal makeup artist?

    I love the elegance and romance of bridal beauty. Creating a look that is trendy yet classical, timeless.

    I love being apart of my client’s special day. The morning of the wedding is so much fun, exciting, everyone is being pampered, and a cheeky bucks fizz always goes down a treat!!

    Ultimately I love painting their faces. Creating a makeup look that brings out the natural beauty of the bride. Creating flawless makeup that makes her feel and look amazing on her very special day.

    I love the confidence makeup gives and it’s a really rewarding feeling knowing that a bride is smiling in the mirror because of my work.

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    If you are interested in booking Jade here is the link to her page MU Artist Jade

  • Very Vintage Wedding at Lympne Castle

  • I love it when I get to see my brides photos, and one in particular that I knew would be utterly gorgeous was Kerry! When we met at her trial it was apparent that her attention to detail was second to none, especially as she was making everything herself and her thrifty mum was collecting hundreds (may be a slight exaggeration!) of vintage tea pots for her afternoon tea. This was her choice of wedding breakfast and as a huge tea and cake lover I am a big fan of this idea! It was a December wedding at Lympne Castle and this vintage wedding theme was slightly on the festive side. I think if you are going to have a winter wedding – this is how you do it!

    As Kerry’s bridal style was vintage inspired, her makeup was too. Her skin was kept quite matt with medium to full coverage foundation in MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW10, which is a perfect colour for her porcelain skin. To create that natural ‘just got in from the cold’ soft pink cheeks, I used a sweep of pastel pink blush in Well Dressed and for more intense colour I added a pop of a deeper pink on the apples of her cheeks in DollyMix. For Kerry’s eyes I used a combination of short and medium individual cluster lashes from Ardell to create a ‘sweeping’ flick effect that complimented her pretty eyeliner flicks in Blacktrack, and no vintage look is complete without the signature matt MAC Rubywoo red lips!

    This wedding was styled beautifully and if you saw it in a magazine you would think it was a wedding shoot or designed by a professional wedding stylist. This is why my brides are so cool!!!

    Enjoy this Christmassy wedding feast for the eyes…

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    The stunning photos are by the very clever wedding photographer Rebecca Douglas

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    Here is Rebecca’s blog post about James and Kerry’s Lympne Castle Wedding

  • 2015 Wedding Industry Awards

  • Many of my 2014 brides will have known I was a Regional Finalist in the 2015 Wedding Industry Awards. Unfortunately I didn’t win but I was shortlisted in the Regionals and after the awards I was able to see all of the most amazing (anonymous) comments from my past brides that had voted for me. Here are some of the wonderful things my brides said about my me, my makeup and my services… Overwhelmed and flattered is an understatement!

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  • Find Your True Skin Tone

  • To Find your true skin tone is one of the most important things you can do to achieve a flawless complexion. If you don’t know your skin tone, don’t worry: here are some easy ways to find out!

    What’s Your Type?

    Your skin tone can easily be assessed just by observing it after you’ve been in the sun. At one end of the spectrum, if your skin tends to burn very easily without tanning, you have pale or ivory skin; on the other end of the spectrum, mahogany and darker skin types will tan quickly without burning. In the middle, light brown or olive skin burns sometimes but achieves a gradual tan.

    Of course, remember that no matter what part of the spectrum you’re on, you should always wear sunscreen when heading outside! Just because you might not burn easily, it doesn’t mean the penetrating rays aren’t harmful.

    Are you Hot or Cold?

    Your skin’s undertone influences so much about your image: your foundation choices, colors that work well with your skin, and metals that you should wear when the need for jewellery shopping strikes.

    There are three undertones: cool, warm and neutral. If your undertone is cool, the veins on your wrist look blue, your skin has the tendency to turn pink after you are in the sun and it also burns easily. Choosing a foundation for a cool undertone is about picking a product that has a slightly blue, red or pink tinge so it will work with your skin. When wearing jewellery, you probably look your best with silver or platinum pieces.

    On the other hand, a warm undertone has veins on the wrist that look green and skin will turn brown in the sun. Wearing gold jewellery looks great on warm undertones. If this applies to you, you want a foundation that has a yellowish or golden tinge to it to flatter your complexion.

    Stuck in the Middle

    If your skin isn’t warm or cold, you could have a neutral tone. You might have veins that appear both blue and green, and you probably suit both gold and silver jewellery. A neutral shade of foundation often works best.

    When applying foundation, the last thing you want is to end up with stripes or makeup that doesn’t match your skin tone. Even if you know what your skin tone is, you should always test foundation properly. You can do this with the use of a Q-tip. Dab it into a foundation tester and then apply it to the middle of your jawline. If the color seems to vanish into your skin, you’ve found the perfect color match.

    Test the Tone

    If you’re still unsure about your skin tone, try this test:

    • Stand in front of the mirror.
    • Swipe your hair away from your face and tie it up so that it isn’t going to get in the way.
    • Take a beige and a white item of clothing and hold them in front of your face one at a time.
    • Which color looks better against your skin? If you tend to look better against the white, then you have a warm undertone. If beige is your color, then you have cooler undertones.

    Make a Splash with the Right Color

    Now that you know more about your skin tone, what colors work with it? If you don’t take your skin tone in consideration when choosing the colors you want to wear, this can cause them to clash against your skin.

    So, here’s a quick guide in choosing the most flattering shades:

    • Warm-toned skin tends to look good in colors that you would call warm, such as yellow, orange, as well as earthy tones like greens and browns.
    • Cool tones pop with colors such as green, blue, purple, and even pink.

    Sometimes it helps to have a makeup cheat sheet, enabling you to know what colors work with any and every skin tone (especially helpful on rushed mornings!). Top picks that flatter all skin tones include deep purple on your eyes, peach blush that brings youthful health to your complexion, gold on your eyes, and a sheer pink gloss that should be a staple in every woman’s makeup bag.

    Now you’re sorted when it comes to mastering your skin tone so you can look your best while flaunting gorgeous skin.

    Find Your True Skin Tone

  • Botox for the Wedding Day?

  • My Wedding Botox Review… In the run up to my wedding I didn’t really leave myself much time to have any pre wedding pampering. Time suddenly slips away and before you know it you are getting married next week! This was certainly the case for me. As you know from my previous posts that my main issue was my skin, and would it behave for the big day? It was hard and I was vigilant with my skin. Antibiotic cream in the morning, at night, herbal skin tablets, lots of water and I didn’t pick!! I also tried to go makeup free as much as possible before the run up too. 

    I treated my mum to some teeth whitening and whilst chatting to her aesthetic nurse I got to thinking about treating myself. All of the skin peels, dermabrasion or laser therapy were way to close to the big day and my skin was being so good I didn’t want to rock the boat and upset it. One little thing that had been getting to me were my frown lines… Now I know I’m not a wrinkled old prune yet but I hadn’t been wearing my glasses in prep for the big day and I started to become very aware of my frown lines that had been disguised by my glasses. I bought this up to Jo the Aesthetic Nurse and she reassured me that there was still time to have a little something done before the wedding day.

    Botox for the wedding day

    My pesky frown lines!

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    Markers for where I would have Botox


    Immediately after Botox was applied. Little bit bumpy under the skin but it goes back to normal quickly.

    Botox is something that I have always been curious about and had many conversations with my brides about: Would I? Have they? Does it hurt? Will anyone notice?? Don’t get me wrong it’s not something that I have ever recommended to anyone but it’s always an interesting topic of conversation. I booked in my consultation with Jo and we discussed where I wanted to be ‘smoother’ and she explained what Botox did, the benefits and the procedure.

    Here is a bit of info about Botox: Botox is the brand name of botulinum toxin and has been used cosmetically for over 10 years, it is also used to treat some medical conditions. Botox is a purified protein which is injected into specific muscles to temporarily relax them.

    I had it injected in two areas – the forehead and in between my brows. The effect wasn’t immediate, it can take up to 10 days to take effect but mine started in 4. I must admit that I did feel panicky when one side took effect and the other was a bit slower! I had one very ‘expressive’ eyebrow, and of course something I didn’t want on the wedding day. Jo was just at the end of the phone and reassured me that because the muscles are a lot stronger on one side it would take a bit longer, and sure enough the next day my eyebrows stared to look a lot more even. Phew!!


    This photo cracks me up! This is me raising BOTH of my eyebrows

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    A couple of days later - very happy with the results and thank goodness my eyebrows are looking even. Hurrah!

    A week after the wedding I had a follow up appointment where Jo assessed my face and gave me a top up in any areas that needed it – I had a tiny bit in a really stubborn frown line.

    I was/am so happy with the result, it’s subtle enough that no one would notice but to me it made a huge difference!

    Benjamin Toms Photography Benjamin Toms PhotographyClick here for Jo’s details! 

  • January Wedding Makeup Competition!!


    Win Your Wedding Makeup by Me!

    It’s that time of year again and last years Wedding Makeup Competition was so much fun it would be rude not to do it again!!

    This competition prize is worth £150.00, and this also includes your consultation! If I get over 1000 Facebook likes you can win makeup for three members of your bridal party as well. This prize is worth £285!!!!


    ***Share any Facebook competition posts because if I get over 1000 likes, I will upgrade the prize – you will win BRIDE + BRIDAL PARTY MAKEUP***

    Good luck xxx

    T&C’s: Only applicable to 2015 brides. Existing bookings don’t apply. Maximum prize makeup x 4 (Bride trial & wedding day makeup, bridal party wedding day makeup only). Competition closes 31/01/15

    Click this link to my Facebook Competition => LUCY JAYNE MAKEUP

    For last years winner follow this link => WEDDING MAKEUP WINNER

  • Mini Moon at the Ox Pasture Hall (Hotel Review)

  • Back in September I was contacted by a very nice man by email, it wasn’t the normal ‘I have $1000000 and want to give it all to you if you can give me your bank details and pin number’ spam emails I am used to! It was an invitation for a complimentary stay in what looked like a beautiful country hotel – The Ox Pasture Hall, Luxury Boutique Hotel in Yorkshire, in return for an honest review. As I live in the South I thought it was a bit to far for a one day stay and I pretty much wrote it off, that was until I had a light bulb moment!! We were planning on having a few days away after our wedding for a mini moon and hadn’t decided where to go. We are an outdoorsy couple and fancied going somewhere in the UK for a post wedding chill out. When I realised we could bring our dogs it sealed the deal! 

    We set off on our journey hoping for beautiful countryside, lovely dog walks, friendly people and importantly somewhere we can unwind. That is certainly what we found!

    Ox Pasture Hotel North Yorkshire

    The Ox Pasture Hall is set in amongst 17 acres of lush green countryside surrounded by fields, woodland and a lot of sheep! It’s a cosy retreat and regarded as the most romantic hotel in Yorkshire! When we arrived we were checked into our room which was an absolute delight. It was a large airy suite with plenty of natural light (as a bridal makeup artist I am always drawn to the natural light!) There was the added luxury of a tv a in each room, huge bed and his and hers basins along with a walk in power shower in the most beautiful bathroom (this was especially nice because our shower at home is from the dark ages). It was rubbish weather and a little walk from the main building, but this wasn’t an issue because there was shelter and it was nice to walk through the prettiest courtyards. I can imagine how lovely it must look on a sunny day!

    Bedroom Suite at Ox Pasture Hotel Yorkshire

    Bedroom Suite at Ox Pasture Hotel YorkshireWe booked in our afternoon tea reservation at 3pm so we quickly tidied ourselves up and went down to the bar. The afternoon tea was served in the ‘snug’ area in front of a warm cosy fire and it was amazing! I love nothing more than a good brew, cakes and scones (in that order) so this was such a treat for me. Mr Brown is quite the ‘mans-man’ and didn’t really get what I was fussing about untill he tucked into the warm home made scone! We can safely say he is an afternoon tea and scone convert now! The dogs were allowed everywhere other than the restaurant so we had them with us, Betty the pug was too nosey to settle down but our staffie Murdoch laid in front of the fire while we had a little snuggle on the sofa and sunk into a massive food coma. 

    The hotel was a nice combination of a warm rustic country pub, stylish restaurant and luxurious bedrooms. My favourite part was the pub and the welcoming rooms that surrounded it, furnished with chesterfields, and over sized cushions. It was a shame that while there was a roaring rustic fire in one room, in another was a dated electric fire. Being in the wedding industry I can help but have a nosey at the wedding facilities. The Dovecote Suite is purpose built function room that resembles a large modern barn, it sits amongst the rest of the building seamlessly and is the main facility for weddings, like all weddings the occasion is the same but the brides style is different and the barn-like function room is a perfect canvass should a bride want to dress it with their own personal touches!

    Ox Pasture Hall Wedding Venue Yorkshire

    We booked our evening meal quite late as we was still so full from afternoon tea! Our waiter bought us out two glasses of prosecco while we mulled over the menu. Us Browns are really into our food and everything sounded delicious. When the food was presented to us it looked like something from master chef and tasted incredible, I might even have to say Michelin star standard! We enjoyed our food whilst our friendly waiter chatted away with his local knowledge and funny anecdotes.

    We retired to the snug where we enjoyed red wine in front of the lovely open fire, and like the sociable couple we are checked our Facebook and Twitter! Who said romance is dead?...

    Ox Pasture Hotel North Yorkshire

    The following day we woke after an amazing sleep in the giant bed, and it must have been that quiet that even the dogs didn't wake us. We had to get a riggle on so we could make the most of the hotels grounds and of course breakie before our drive back home, daan saaf! Mr Brown opted for the standard full English but I was still so full from our 3 course meal so I went continental. We grabbed our walking boots and explored the hotel grounds, in the rain, with the dogs.

    We had such a great stay and it really is a charming and friendly place. I think the only shame is that it isn't closer to us, especially when the barman was telling us about the Christmas accommodation. How nice to be able to stay somewhere as lovely as that and be catered for, so we don't have to worry about cooking the Christmas dinner! 

    The Ox Pasture Hall is close to so many great spots to visit. While we was here we made the most of the fantastic surroundings and explored the area.

    Hole of Horcum North Yorkshire Moors

    Hole of Horcum North Yorkshire Moors

    Foss Falls North Yorkshire Moors

    Foss Falls North Yorkshire Moors

  • FAQs: What to expect from your bridal makeup artist

  • What happens at the initial bridal makeup consultation practice session?

    The consultation is not timed and my promise to the bride is that I will only leave once she and her bridal party are 100% happy I normally suggest allowing 30 min’s – 2hrs per person and the consultation will need to be carried out during the day because daylight gives the truest reflection of how their makeup will look. I create face charts with in depth notes of every member of the bridal party so I know exactly what I am doing on the wedding day.

    The wedding day is discussed at the consultation and I provide the bride with a timetable for the morning so she has a clear idea of the makeup running time. I also incorporate the hairstylists times, find out if the photographer needs time with the bride for formal photographs (this will mean getting ready earlier) what style her dress is and how long it takes to get into it and also if she needs to talk to the registrar. Timing is so important on the morning of the wedding and the last thing I would want is to have to rush. I explain that I would allow 30/45 minutes for each member of the bridal party and 60 minutes for the bride, who I always do last so she is immaculate just before getting into her dress. I like to create a fun and relaxing environment for the bride to enjoy the experience.

    How do I help the bride to find the right look for her big day?

    The most important thing is to enhance natural beauty and create flawless skin; the rest is listening to my clients needs and then building upon that to design their perfect wedding look.

    What I have learnt is that my opinion only matters to a certain extent. I have the skill to apply the makeup and give advise but when a bride has her ‘perfect wedding look’ in her mind its my job to intemperate it the best I can. This will start by initial chats on the phone or by email and once I meet my brides at their consultation (normally 6 – 8 weeks prior to the wedding) we have a chat about their wedding style, their personal makeup style, colours, and discuss images of makeup that the bride likes. I always explain that once I start to apply the makeup, it will always be a more minimal/natural version of what I think they want, because I never assume what I do will be the finished article. My brides will then see their makeup, we look at the option of using lashes (strip or individual) and the do the tweaks and changes of colours to build upon the final look. Changes are sometimes minimal but other times we can work together to create a much more dramatic finish.

    Describe which brands you use

    I try to use a good cross section of premium products that will last the duration of the day and well into the night and whether it is a summer or winter wedding. It all helps to makes the bride feel pampered, because this will be a once in a lifetime occasion. The main brand I use is MAC, I find that the MAC products are great for fashion and bridal and the quality and longevity of the products are what’s important when it comes to bridal makeup. I also use Dermablend, which is a full-coverage concealer, it is a concealer that is waterproof, smudge-proof, non -transferable and full coverage so brilliant for covering severe blushing, tattoos, birthmarks and I also use it as a concealer for acne. I continue to invest into new products all of the time.

    Other Makeup and Beauty products I use:

    Nails – OPI Nail Polish, ASP Gel Polish

    Lashes – Ardell Lashes

    Makeup – MAC, IllamasquaBare Minerals, Benefit,  Smashbox and many more!

    … If I am happy to use it on myself I am happy to use it on others!

    Do I provide makeup services for other members of the wedding party?

    Yes! I like to include as many members of the bridal party as possible, I understand that sometimes its not possible for everyone to attend the consultation so I will then allow a little more time on the wedding morning so we can discuss their needs before I apply any makeup. The thought of someone else applying your makeup can be quite daunting for some people. If a nervous mother of the bride/bridesmaid/mother in law is toying with the idea of makeup but they are worried they will feel pushed into looking like a clown/transvestite (I hear this a lot lol!) I suggest that even if they are not sure they should come to the bride’s consultation and they can get to meet me, we can have a chat about it and I can give them the reassurance they need. If they are happy I can then apply their makeup as a trial with no obligation that they have to commit to it on the wedding day. I am glad to say that they aren’t scared by the end of the trial and will generally book in for makeup on the wedding day. On occasion when a bridesmaid has been adamant that they don’t want their makeup done they have a change of heart on the wedding morning so as long as time allows I will always try to accommodate them!

    What happens on the wedding day?

    When it comes to the wedding day I believe that specialising in one thing is far more important than being adequate in two (on average I can apply makeup for 5-7 ladies on the wedding morning, time allowing). I like to keep to makeup application only the wedding day and being completely confident in my skill and service. I work alongside some amazing hairstylists that I am happy to recommend to everyone because their attention to detail is the same as I mine. I like to focus on the makeup and it has to be perfect! I do everything I can to make the wedding morning a fun – not nerve-wracking experience and I like to fit into the environment. I do what I am there to do, help out with any dresses if asked, give a final makeup touch-up, I will leave samples of lipstick/lipgloss that I use on everyone and sometime concealer, if any of the bridal party has a ‘breakout’ (they may need to touch up later in the day) and leave once everyone is completely happy.

    Do I offer other beauty treatments?

    Yes. I offer a few beauty treatments to give my bridal clients a wider service. The services that I offer are normal manicure, pedicure, Gel manicure/pedicure and spray tanning (I am also in the process of training in Eyelash Extensions). Having a full understanding of the above treatments means that I am able to advise my clients if logistically I am unable to carry out the treatment. There is nothing worse than a terrible spray tan or lash treatment so I am able to advise what are the best brands to use, timings and sometimes recommend a therapist if I am unable to do it! The additional treatments I offer are a great source of income the most important thing is that the bride has a great experience every step of the way and I am glad that I can cater for their pre wedding pamper parties or hen do’s.

    I hope that has been helpful!! LJ xx