Category archives: Real Brides

  • 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:

    1. LIKE MY FACEBOOK PAGE (https://www.facebook.com/LucyJayneMakeup)

    2. SHARE THE COMPETITION POSTER

    3. PRIVATE MESSAGE ME YOUR WEDDING DATE

    (You HAVE to do all the above to qualify)

    Easy!!

    Lucy Jayne Bridal Makeup Competition

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

    https://www.facebook.com/LucyJayneMakeup

     

    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 www.lucyjaynemakeup.co.uk/services

    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.”

    www.charliphotography.co.uk

    “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.”

    www.charliphotography

    “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…..

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

     Please get in touch with Charli for your wedding!

    www.charliphotography.co.uk

    xxx

  • 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

  • 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

    KWA-Logo-Heart-Finalist-

  • 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

    Xx

     

  • Vintage and Retro Bridal Makeup Looks: 1920s -1970s

  •  When it comes to picking a style for your big day, you need something that will make you look and feel fabulous.  Choosing a current trendy makeup look that is a passing fad, will only make the look date quickly.  When you look back on the photos of your special day you want to feel proud and nostalgic, not be cringing and wondering what you were thinking.  You want a look that stands out from your daily makeup routine, something flattering and beautiful.  This is why so many brides opt for the vintage or retro look.  From the 1920s to the 1970s there is a whole array of stunning looks out there.  Whether you opt for a vintage dress with matching accessories and hair and makeup that are true to the era, or choose the makeup as inspiration to go with your classic or modern dress, there are many ways to wear vintage.

     

    The 1920s

    In the 1920s the flapper dress was massive, there was something slightly androgynous about the style and hair was cropped and saucy.  The makeup from this era is a beautiful choice for your wedding day as it radiates traditional Hollywood glamour.  The ideal 1920s base is matt porcelain foundation to create the silver screen starlet look.  Red lips were very popular is the 1920s, but rather than a shocking shade of poppy think more crushed raspberry or blushing rose.  Lip stain also has a 1920s vibe to it.  If red is too strong for you or you’d rather something more subtle for your wedding day, then perhaps opt for a plum or claret coloured lip stain.  Smokey grey eyes were very popular in the 1920s, and coal was often used to create this sexy effect.  Luckily these days we can use eyeshadow, kohl liner and plenty of blending to pull off the look instead!  Don’t forget to add little flicks of liquid liner.  For the blush, a healthy flushed glow was order of the day.  You need to look like you’ve been dancing the Charleston!  To really look convincing team it with a little beauty spot, they were all the rage in the 1920s.

    retro bridal makeup 1920's Bride

    1920's Bride

    retro bridal makeup 1920s Bridal Makeup

    1920s Bridal Makeup

    The 1930s

    The glamour and feeling of luxury was the same as the 1920s but things were a little less theatrical and dramatic on the makeup front.  If you’re after a 1930s fashion look you’ll want to aim for screen siren more than the average girl.  The economy was in crisis, but in Hollywood it was all lashings of silk, diamonds and cocktails.  Think Art Deco, think luxury, think sexy slinky figure-hugging dresses.  As for the makeup, a more natural shade of foundation was preferred, enhanced with a touch of pale pink rouge.  In the early 1930s no rouge or blush was used at all, but later on a little touch became fashionable.  Soft purple and raspberry became were the most common blush shades.  The smoky eyeshadow look evolved, with a darker shade used in the eye socket to give a deep set effect.  Popular eye shadow colours were bright blue, violet, green and brown.  Eyebrows were plucked until they were very thin and pencilled in with long exaggerated lines, they would then be slicked down with petroleum jelly.  Drawing in a fake elongated cupids bow was fashionable, and lipstick shades such as pale pink and raspberry were popular at the beginning of the decade, but by the latter half rich reds became favourable again.

    retro bridal makeup 1930s Bridal Makeup

    1930s Bridal Makeup

    The 1940s

    The war had a massive impact on the fashions of the 1940s, and wedding gowns tended to be very minimalist because of it.  Most 1940s wedding gowns incorporated a sweetheart neckline and Basque waist.  If you love the 1940s, you may rather a 1940s style swing dress than the traditional wedding dress of the era.  Team it with victory curls, and an authentic makeup look.  The makeup of the 1940s evolved to become much more natural.  Powder was still popular, but a heavy base wasn’t as popular as it had been in previous decades.  Bright flushed cheeks warmed up the more natural skin palette, and grey and browns eyeshadows were favoured with a small hint of eyeliner.  The over plucked eyebrow look was fading and a more natural look was preferred, though a more natural shaped brow was still shaped, defined and preened.  Lips were made to look full and soft, often by drawing in a fake top line.  Shades of red were very popular in lipstick, covered the brightest blood red to tangerine tinted to deep scarlets and crimsons.

    Vintage Retro Bridal Makeup

    1940s Vintage Bridal Makeup

    The 1950s

    For the 1950s wedding look, think tea length dresses, vintage lace and pin curls.  The post-war austerity was over, it was time for a new flavour of glamour to be released.  The 1950s face used a thick creamy foundation base, set with just a dusting of flesh coloured powder.  Eyebrows were neatly tapered and defined with pencil and eyeliner was winged.  The length and depth of the wing depended on personal choice and just how glamorous you wanted to be, with filmstars opting for a dramatic look and the average woman opting for a softer style.  Glamorous red lips were hugely popular in this period, most women followed their natural lipline while stars of the silver screen exaggerated the cupids bow with a false line.  Pastels were very popular, especially pinks and peaches.  Eyeshadow was subtle, with the focus being on the lashes and sexy winged eyeliner.  The whole look was set of by a tiny application of subtle blush on the apple of the cheeks.

    Vintage Retro Bridal Makeup

    1950s Vintage Bridal Makeup

    The 1960s

    The overall style of the 1960s is rebellious and coquettish, think cropped hair, mini skirts and the pillbox hat.  The makeup that epitomises this era was sexy and liberated.  Some girls favoured the natural look, but for others the makeup style was beautifully glamorous.  The foundation was formed from pressed powder, finished with peachy natural blusher.  Pastel eyeshadows were very popular, shades such as baby blue or a light shade of golden green really sum up this era.  Dramatic eyeliner was still popular, but rather than the elegant flicks of the 1950s, the 1960s look was heavier with a blunter line.   False eyelashes were the order of the day, and really created the doe-eyed look that is associated with this period.  Eyebrows were thick and well-defined, yet neat and well-kept.  The most popular lip look was to use a pale pink or nude lip liner to define your natural lipline and then to fill in your lips with a shell pink lip gloss or pale pink shimmery lipstick. 

    60's Retro Bridal Makeup

    60s Bridal Makeup

    The 1970s 

    The sense of freedom and self-expression that started in the 1960s was even stronger by the time the 1970s came into play.  A strong sense of the bohemian is the way to really sum up the 1970s style.  Long flowing gowns, embroidery and floral garlands with loose wavy hair are the perfect way to sum up this time.  For the makeup, like the 1960s, their were still those who embraced the natural look.  These were the girls who were rebelling against the immaculate idea of the 1950s housewife that their mothers had been.  On the other hand, there was a different type of rebellion going on.  Think disco culture and avant garde punk.  The disco look used glitter and gloss and an abundance of shimmer.  The punk look involves serious helping of rock chick style, lashings of glossy red lipstick and smudgy smoky eye makeup.  The makeup of this time was very expressive and individual.  Gone were the soft pastels and delicate tones of former decades, replaced instead with harsh strips of blusher, strong colour palettes, unnaturally pale skin and dramatic brows.  Lipliner was out, but making a statement was certainly in.

    70s Bridget Bardot retro bridal makeup

    70s Bridget Bardot Makeup

    1970s Vintage Retro Bridal Makeup

    1970s Vintage Bridal Makeup

    So, each decade had its on distinct style.  Whether you choose to draw on aspects on a particular era, or embrace it fully.  Whether you choose a more modern take on it, or opt for an authentic vintage look.  Whether you go retro with just your makeup, or your full attire.  There is something in the vintage makeup world for everyone, and it’s a fabulous way to create a new and interesting look that will make you look and feel fabulous on your special day.

    LJ x

    (All images are of past brides and a couple of photoshoots)

    Photographer credits in order:

    http://samanthajonesphotography.wordpress.com

    http://kirstenmavric.co.uk

    http://www.mayphotography.co.uk

    http://ianjohnsonphoto.com

    http://www.elliegillard.com

    (Instagram photo by me!)

    http://www.lorna-elizabeth-blog.com

  • Bad Skin Acne and Spots on the Wedding Day? Eeeek!

  • It’s very rare for someone to have perfect skin, if you are one of those people (I am very jealous!). I have always suffered with my skin and from the age of 10 I started to get acne and now I am nearly 30 I have had only a couple of good years of great skin! I have constantly been on antibiotics in the hope of perfect skin and thankfully after my most recent course of an antibiotic cream my skin is looking much better! Whenever I have had any occasion my main worry is my skin and how it will look… Will it behave? Will I have a good skin day?

    Here are some dodgy morning photos of me with bad skin! My most recent bout of bad skin was from October 12 – June 13.

    Me with cystic acne bad skin and acne

    Me with cystic acne

    bad skin and acne

    Me with cystic acne getting worse on my chin

    bad skin and acne

    Not very pretty but this is where one of my spots gave me a black eye!

    bad skin and acne

    Painful spots and cystic acne

    I can understand that when it comes to your wedding day, having a spot (or any skin complaint) is a big worry that it will be at its worst due to the stressful lead up to the big day…. It probably won’t but I understand you need that security blanket of knowing you will look your best regardless! The one thing those brides want to know is do I have products that can cover spots/acne/oily skin and will it stay covered all day?! Yep, yep and yep!

    Skin looking better! bad skin and acne

    Skin is looking better! I still have a a few pimples and bit of scaring but its improving.

    My Wedding Preparation Skin Tips!

    Spots and treatment (Without getting too long winded!):

    There are many different types of acne – for some ladies its hormonal, others its persistent cystic acne, food allergies, and then there are some that ‘breakout’ in stressful situations. The smaller spots (blackheads, whiteheads) are more on the surface of the skin and if its coming up to the big day and you know you suffer with either if these it may be an idea to get a few facials booked in or an antibiotic cream to help shift these spots. Doing this a few months to the run up it may help significantly. If you get these spots as well as cystic acne you may need something stronger. From my personal experience (after trying all of the lotions and potions and spot creams) I have always needed antibiotics for my cystic acne but it is slow working and can take up to 3 to 5 months to kick in. Once it does, it makes it worthwhile! This takes a bit of forward planning and patience.

    *Antibiotics have always worked for me but there can sometime be side effects and not all of them work so I have had to do a lot of trial and error, I understand that people’s opinions are split about this but it was a last resort after trying counter creams, homeopathic creams, changing my diet etc.

    Beauty Treatments:

    Facials are great for improving the skins condition and great if you want to indulge in a bit of pampering! It works by pushing the impurities up to the surface of the skin and by doing so improves the skins condition. Initially it may make your skin appear worse but it’s really worth booking a few treatments as it will get better and improve with each treatment.

    Skin Prep:

    I have found that anyone with oily skin avoids moisturiser! If you have very oily/acne skin one mistake people make is to wash a lot with heavy duty facial washes and to avoid moisturiser (this used to be me!). The more you wash the more it strips your skin of natural oils so your sebaceous glands produce even more oil to compensate, and this also applies if you don’t use moisturiser… (Not too annoying!) Your skin still needs to be clean so wash twice a day with a gentle cleanser and by using a cream that’s noncomedogenic (doesn’t block pores), works with your skin that is lightweight, oil free and tailored to oily skin. It will create a good base to then apply your makeup and will keep you skin looking and feeling hydrated and not greasy.

    Getting a Good Base:

    If you have spots it will generally mean that the surface of the skin can be bumpy so avoid anything that creates a ‘dewy’ look as products that have shimmer/shine will highlight any bumps you may have on your skin, opt for a mattifying primer that helps absorb excess oils. When using foundation I don’t agree with the thicker the better, just because you have bad skin doesn’t mean you have to wear a foundation mask! You may want something that lasts longer and has a lighter, medium coverage so the key is to look for foundations that are for ‘oily/combination’ skin types and use a fuller coverage concealer on the more concentrated, spotty areas. Its a good idea to use a small brush for this as it will be a more precise way of applying the concealer to your spots. You will have really good skin in some areas and a bit rubbish in others so focus on the good bits and find a concealer that camouflages for the not-so-good bits! I always set the foundation with a powder, this stops any movement and keeps everything looking matt. I use a translucent (loose) setting powder, as I want to create a light veil on the skin, not another layer of a heavy product. Again for bronzers and blush’s avoid cream and shimmery products opt for matt but if you do want to incorporate that ‘dewy’ look use a highlighter high on your cheek bones and as a little tip for a pouty lip, put a tiny bit on your cupids bow!

    Here are some of the products I recommend and always have in my kit…

    Moisturisers:

    Aqueous cream & Simple

    Primers:

    Illamasqua Matt Primer

    MAC Oil Control Lotion

    MAC Skin Refined Zone Treatment (for very oily areas)

    Foundations:

    MAC Studio Fix Fluid

    Ester Lauder Doublewear

    Concealers:

    Dermablend

    Powder:

    MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Finishing Powder

    Dermablend Setting Powder

    Hope this has been helpful! Lucy Jayne x

  • Real Kent Bride - Mrs Fox's Finery

  • It always lovely  to hear from my brides after their big day, I have kept in touch with Lisa and it as great to hear how busy she has been with her new business since getting married.  Her vintage style and her creativity when it came to her wedding was amazing and so interesting I am not surprised this is the path she has gone down, and I am sure it won’t be long until she has a cute little vintage shop somewhere. Her custom made bouquet that played a big part in her day was simply beautiful I am sure I will have future brides telling me about  their bespoke bouquets from Mrs Fox’s Finery!

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    “It was around seven months before the wedding (to my wonderful wife who puts up with me) that I started looking for a make-up artist. I was already thirteen months into planning the day and the wedding scrapbook had turned into two. I had my dress, the bouquet that I had made myself and perhaps most importantly the shoes. It’s safe to say I was a woman on a mission.

    Hand Made Bouquet and Molono Blahnik Wedding Shoes. kent bride

    What amazing shoes! The bouquet was handmade by Lisa!

     The issue I had when looking for a make-up artist was that I knew what I wanted – to look like a classic film star from the 1950s (if that was possible), but the people I found either wanted to charge me a lot more to travel to Kent or wouldn’t come out to make-over ‘just two people’.  When I came across Lucy’s website and saw the beautiful picture of a vintage bride that she had worked with I was so happy. I also really liked how friendly she looked on her profile picture. So I emailed away in early July 2012 and crossed my fingers hoping Lucy would be free. She emailed back right away: ‘Yes I am available and love vintage style!’ Needless to say, I was a very happy bride to be.

    Vintage Bridal Makeup by Lucy Jayne. kent bride

    Vintage Bridal Makeup

      On top of having someone who could create the look I was after for my special day I wanted to make sure I felt comfortable with them. After all, having someone you don’t know very well in your home on the biggest day of your life was a big deal for me. I had planned to only have a few people with me on the morning of the wedding and so it was important to me that we got along.  

     Lucy rocked up to my home in November (the day before my hen party) for my try out. As she arrived my best friend and I just looked at each other – we knew she was perfect. Lucy brought along all of her equipment (there was a lot) and her big smile. She asked lots of questions about the day to get an idea of what I wanted. It was a great excuse for me to do some ‘show and tell’. Lucy may have wished she hadn’t asked:

    Lisa's Wedding Scrap book. kent bride   Lisa's Wedding Scrap Book kent bride

                        I was so pleased I had the try out. Before that day I hadn’t made the decision whether to wear glasses or not. I had been a little worried about it and at that point was still unsure. Lucy reassured me and said that there was no hurry to decide, she explained that whatever I went for (with or without) she could make it work. When she said she hadn’t had a bride wear glasses before, it got me thinking……

     The try out was fun, Lucy penciled in my eyebrows that I really liked and hadn’t done before. She tried the same look on my best friend who just didn’t look like herself but was good to give it a go. I also went for extra eyelashes, which gave my lashes some more volume but still kept the natural look I like. I wouldn’t have thought about this without Lucy’s help.

     We looked great at the end of it. Lucy made notes of everything that was used and explained that we needed to wear for the rest of the day and let her know if we didn’t like anything or we had any issues. It was nice to know we could change our minds; we in fact did email her back to say I wanted bigger flicks!  So once Lucy had packed up and left in her fabulous little car we had pizza in our pyjamas that night looking very glamorous. I was pleased I could tick one more thing off the list.

     When it came to the wedding day Lucy was amazing and it was really nice to have her round. The hair stylist I had found was also called Lucy so that was easy to remember and they got on well! I did have a last minute wedding nightmare when the wife-to-be called to let me know a really close friend of mine (a great talent in her own right, she made my wedding hat seen below) couldn’t make the day as her daughter was very ill. I was so upset and worried that I made a quick call to check in with her. I cried, she cried and then I went into planning mode as I filled their spaces and contacted my other close friend who was at the venue setting up bits for me so she could update the table names.  It was a nightmare but Lucy just took it all in her stride. 

     Lisa kent bride Getting Ready on the Wedding Day Vintage kent bride Bridal Makeup Preparation Lisa's kent bride vintage wedding makeup nearly finished... Getting individual lashes applied on the wedding morning kent bride 

    As I was having my make-up done my mind wandered, I had so many thoughts running around in my head I didn’t really think about the make-over or what Lucy was up to. When I was given the mirror after she finished I couldn’t believe it. I really did feel like a film star. Lucy had done a truly amazing job. She had got what I liked, who I was and made the make-up fit. That’s talent. 

    I managed to have a photo with Lucy as I was putting my dress on which I was pleased about. She was so worried about getting red lipstick on my dress from her hands but by that point I didn’t care, I was going to be married in a few hours and all the worrying was over. I was to be became Mrs Fox. She gave my best friend some make-up for the rest of the day but we didn’t need it.

    Lucy Jayne and Bride Lisa Fox. kent bride

    Lisa Vintage kent Brde on her way to her Wedding

    Since the wedding I have started on my next project in life, ‘Mrs Fox’s Finery & Fancies’. Selling my vintage treasures and brooch bouquets, adding a little sparkle into the world. I am trading at local fairs in South London and Kent. All part of the ten year plan to get that vintage shop! If you like vintage, discovering hidden treasures and quirky places to explore then follow me on my blog and website www.mrsfoxfinery.co.uk to see how I get on in the modern world when I am very much old school. Lucy is of course on the list of people I always have on hand.”

    Lisa Fox

    xxx

    www.mrsfoxfinery.co.uk

    www.facebook.com/mrsfoxsfineryfancies

    (Photos courtesy of Ian Booth Photography)

  • Booking a Makeup Artist for your Wedding Day

  • Everyone wants to look their absolute best on their wedding day, not only will every eye in the house be on the bride, not only will it be the most photographed you’ll ever be but you’ll also want to be at your most gorgeous when you commit to your husband.  All of these factors, plus the fact that your wedding is the biggest excuse you’ll ever have to truly pamper yourself mean that booking a makeup artist for your wedding is one of those bridal essentials.  

    So how do you choose a makeup artist?

    The first thing to do is look through their portfolio. My website has a number of examples of previous clients and showcases the rich variety of modern, bohemian, vintage and classic looks that I have achieved.  You’ll also see that I can adapt each look to work with each client’s individual look and personality as well as the wedding itself. Once you’re happy with the makeup artist’s work, it can be an idea to scroll through the testimonials. They are a great way of gauging how happy previous clients are and what to expect from the service. Finally, you need to speak with the makeup artist. I am always happy to chat things through with potential clients. I want your big day to go as smoothly as possible and will do all I can to answer your questions and put you at ease. I believe a makeup artist shouldn’t just be a skilled individual, it’s equally important that they can help the bride relax as she prepares for the biggest day of her life.  I feel so privileged to share these special moments with so many beautiful brides and to contribute to their wedding day.   

    When to book your makeup artist:

    You need to book as early as possible. I get booked up way in advance and would hate to disappoint anyone. Ideally, you’ll have chosen your theme, colour scheme and dress before you have your trial. That way we can really work together to utilise these elements when creating the perfect look for you. I would suggest booking your trial around 2-3 months before the wedding. If you are planning on having fake tan, you need to experiment with that around this time and it’s an idea to come to the trial with the tan you intend on getting married in. Same goes for hair colour. Although, I can adapt to skin and hair colourings very easily, you’ll feel much more confident if you have established the exact look with time to spare. If you are planning on having your brows shaped professionally, it is wise to do this just before the trial too. Your eyebrows really frame your face and it can be surprising how different a different brow shape can make you look. 

    What to expect from your consultation:

    In the meantime keep magazine cuttings and celebrity looks that inspire you and bring them along when you meet me. I can recreate them to suit your facial features and colouring, and to tie in with the rest of your look and the wedding itself. Don’t worry if you don’t have a clue where to start, I can suggest some styles that will look incredible on you and try them out until we have something that you absolutely adore. I pride myself on creating the bride’s vision and have always been spot on. I want you to look back on your photos with pride, and that’s why I always create looks that are timeless and capture my client’s nature beauty. I love to get feedback during the trial, be constructive and let me know your thoughts and I’ll make you look a million dollars! I will happily keep tweaking until we have a look that you are completely happy with.    It’s a good idea to book your makeup trial and hair trial for the same day, to see how the styles work together. Ideally, you’ll have your hair styled first as certain hairstyles bring out different features and I can work your makeup to tie in with this. It’s also an idea if you wear an outfit with a colour in a similar shade to your wedding dress.  Different colours will have a different impact on your skin tone and give a different impression.  

    Looking after your skin:

    Looking after your skin is vital in the run up to the wedding. Not only is flawless skin an integral part of the final makeup look, but all the stress in the build up to the wedding can lead to break outs or dry skin. It takes around a month for your skin to renew itself so you need to get into a good skincare routine at least a month before the big day. This doesn’t just mean religiously cleansing and toning and using treatments, but also drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. You may also want to take a vitamin supplement that is made to boost your skin’s health. As well as cleansing and moisturising twice a day, it’s a good idea to invest in a good quality eye cream, use a face mask at least month a week and exfoliate every other day. Facials are a great way to boost your skin’s radiance and get a really thorough cleanse. It’s a good idea to start getting monthly facials 6 months before the big day. This means that by the time of your trial your skin will be in great condition. If you know you don’t react to a specific facial, it can be nice to get one the week before the wedding for optimum skin on the big day. 

    It’s not your job to worry about timings. The makeup artist, hairstylist and photographer will sort the timetable out. You just need to chill out, sip champagne, get pampered and prepare for the best day of your life!  LJ x

    Makeup Artist in Kent

    Getting Celene ready on her wedding day!

  • Bridal Makeup Style - Are you a Vintage, Boho, Classic Bride??

  • At the moment its non stop wedding season and I have just completed my third wedding of the week and I am ready to do the same again next week.
    I thought I would upload some of my bridal work and ask the question… What is your bridal style?! This week I have had a ‘Classic Bride’, ‘Vintage Bride’ and ‘Bohemian Bride”.
    Last year Vintage bridal makeup was huge and is still very popular some brides like to go full on and others slightly toned down (eyeliner flick, bold lips not necessarily together), but I feel that this year it is all about the ‘Bohemian Bride’. This involves looking a bit more 70’s and freespirited in the style of head-dress the wedding dress not being too structured. I personally love this look and I think its something I would go for! The makeup base is a lot more natural and fresh with more emphasis on the eyes and cheeks creating a look that is striking but looks effortless. I think my modern style icons for this look are the Olsen’s as they love to rock a smudgy smokey eye but I think for bridal it does need to look a lot ‘cleaner’ so I like to opt for Bridget Bardot/Olsen mix with some full strip lashes thrown in for good measure!

    Check out my behind the scenes pictures of recent brides that had a gorgeous bohemian feel to their wedding style and makeup!

    Boho Bride in Kent bridal makeup style

    Boho Bride

    Boho Bridal makeup style in Kent

    Boho Bride

    LJ x

  • Festival Brides Love Lucy Jayne Makeup

  • Here is a little feature from the Festival Brides Blog… I love these girls!!

    Lucy Jayne is an award winning makeup artist and one of our favourite MUAs to collaborate with!! She is always up for a shoot in the middle of a muddy woodland or field often in the freezing cold! She has also been known to work in some pretty dusty barns! She’s an extremely passionate artist who can turn her hand to pretty much any look or style.

    Bohemian Bridal Makeup by Lucy Jayne
     
    When it comes to bridal make-up Lucy prides herself on creating her brides vision and her interpretations have always been spot on.
     
    Lucy says ‘What I have learnt from my brides is that they don’t want to look back at their pictures and think ‘what was I thinking?’ They want a look that is timeless, that captures their natural beauty and also their personality.
    Bohemian Bridal Makeup by Lucy JayneBohemian Bridal Makeup by Lucy Jayne
     
    Lucy always tries to have as many pictures of varied make-up styles for brides to look through and be inspired by. Lucy loves that bridal make-up isn’t so traditional any more, ‘brides like to push the boundaries especially as they see celebrities on the red carpet looking glamorous and are becoming a lot braver with their own make-up.’
    Wedding Makeup in Kent
     
    Lucy Jayne’s bridal make-up tips:
     
    1. Your skin is the most important thing for your make-up to look flawless, so it needs to be looked after. Cleanse and moisturise and think about booking some facials in the months leading up to the wedding.
     
    2. Your make-up is an important part of your overall look so if you are not confident when it comes to make-up and don’t have a make-up style in mind, look into celebrity styles that you like or you think will suit you. Your make-up artist will help with inspiration! They should take into consideration your dress, personal make-up style, wedding style, colour themes, your natural colouring and facial features to create a make-up look that is perfect (and of course making sure you still look like you!)
     
    3. Be constructive, remember you are paying for their service so if you are not happy with anything then say so. A good make-up artist should factor in time to make changes and tweak things until you are 100% happy with your finished look.
     
    4. Try to coordinate your hair and make-up trial on the same day so you can see your finished beauty look together (try to wear a colour close to your wedding dress because anything patterned or bright can be distracting).
     
    5. Don’t panic about timings on the wedding day, your make-up artist, hair stylist and photographer should give you a timetable so the morning flows nicely and is as enjoyable as possible… All you need to worry about is getting up and what time you will be opening the champers!
     
    For more Free-Spirited Bridal Inspiration… www.festivalbrides.co.uk