Lucy Jayne Makeup Artist

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What is Airbrushing?

What is Airbrush Foundation?

Airbrushing can be Interpreted in many different ways…

When I speak to my brides during their makeup consultation they say they want to look airbrushed. I have come to understand what they mean is flawless and to have skin like the brides on Pinterest or out of a magazine.

I get where this idea comes from, but honestly, the pictures in magazines have been edited to look that flawless! It’s not real life!

No one will look like that even with the most skilled makeup artist. Unfortunately, if the skin has texture, makeup wont make it disappear. Makeup can certainly make it look more flawless but perfection isn’t possible. If the model’s skin is naturally good, it won’t be edited/airbrushed as much compared to skin with a lot of texture (bumpy spots, scars, hair etc). Either way, the final beauty or fashion image would have perfect skin and makeup.

Please see this example:

what is airbrushing

Natural photoshop editing. Blemish removal and contrast.


So that’s the effect of being airbrushed by phone app or a photoshop programme. Being airbrushed with makeup is the same idea but the method is very different!


The Airbrush Makeup Method:


There are types of foundation that claim to give an Airbrushed finish but the real way is with an airbrush gun, compressor and a specific airbrush foundation.

Airbrushing uses the power of compressed air to mist foundation gently across your skin using a very liquid airbrush foundation. The foundation is layered on the skin in thin layers, allowing the finish to be very sheer or a fuller coverage.


Benefits of Airbrush Foundation:


Although some think that airbrush makeup will be heavy giving the illusion of the magazine airbrushed look (as explained above). It is actually the exact opposite! Airbrush makeup allows your skin to radiate through the makeup allowing it to look very natural. Any imperfections (under-eye darkness, spot cover-up etc) can be concealed with your favourite concealer prior to the airbrush application. Airbrushing evens out skin tone, giving a blurred soft focus look to your makeup, allowing your skin to look naturally flawless.

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Here you can see beautiful results with airbrush foundation. (Light to medium coverage and still able to see freckles.)

Using airbrush foundation you can easily build up layers to achieve a fuller coverage and the beauty of this method is the layers can also include blush, highlight and contour. Airbrush makeup should have a flawless, semi-matte finish.

Before and after bridal makeup by lucy jayne

The foundation formula is normally silicone-based which helps to cover lines, pores and imperfections. Other airbrush formulas can be water and oil-based.

The layers of the fine silicone-based formula are water and transfer-resistant which means it?s resistant to sweat and tears. It’s perfect bridal makeup application for all-day wear. I guarantee 10 hours, but my clients say it lasts longer! 

When using airbrush foundation all other skin prep would be the same as with any foundation application. Prep the skin according to the skin type i.e. For oily skin use an oil-controlling moisturiser and a mattifying primer.

Adjust the skin prep for the finish you want i.e. If the client wants a real glow, use an illuminating primer and you can add a ‘glow’ with the airbrush highlighter.




Hygienic: The airbrush never directly touches the face, preventing cross-contamination.

Suitable of all skin types: Especially good for sensitive skin as reduces skin sensitivity and airbrush makeup is hypoallergenic.

Versatile: Can be used for many different aspects i.e. make-up, body paint, hair colour…

As an artist, I love using my airbrush to create beautiful skin but equally, I have always had a place in my repertoire for traditional foundations. Personally I don’t like to think one method is better than another especially when so many traditional foundations come in so many formulas!

Any makeup can make you the prettiest version of yourself you can be, it doesn't have to be airbrush and there are many times it isn't. The correct application for your own personal needs is more important.

Lucy Jayne
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Bridal Makeup Trial – 7 ways to get the best experience.

How to prepare for your bridal makeup trial.

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Bridal makeup trial and how it translates to the wedding day

Here are some handy tips for brides to consider when booking a bridal makeup consultation & trial. 

Lucy Jayne

What is the difference between a consultation and bridal makeup trial? 


Your bridal makeup appointment will last approximately two hours and the consultation and trial are normally done at the same appointment. 


The Consultation


All of your makeup requirements will be discussed, you and your artist will look at any inspiration you may have. This is also a good time to go through your wedding day timings and put together the running times of the morning. 


The Trial


This is the full run-through of your wedding day makeup, the artist will apply the makeup in the way they think you want to look. It may be perfect on the first go but with your guidance, changes can be made and eyelashes applied if required. You shouldn’t leave disheartened so please voice any concerns if you are not 100% happy. Makeup artists are perfectionists and people pleasers so we want you to love everything about your experience. We want you to tell us if something isn’t right.

If you can book your hair and makeup on the same day it is helpful seeing your bridal beauty look come together. I recommend booking early with your makeup artist and hairstylist and hopefully if the dates work you can be accommodated on the same trial day.

Find a Look that is You

Before social media was huge, brides used to ‘scrapbook’ makeup and hair looks from magazines which were so cute. Now life is so much easier with Pinterest if you haven’t discovered the rabbit hole of inspiration you should take a look! It’s easy to make mood-boards of the different aspects of your wedding so it’s always handy to bring along any inspiration you have. whether it’s a makeup board of one picture or 20 it doesn’t matter. It helps your artist visualise your bridal look a get a feel of the day. We love to see photos of your wedding dress, colour scheme, bridesmaid dresses, hairstyle at your bridal makeup trial.

Get inspired

Wedding blogs are great for inspiration!

If you haven’t already, take a look at the following popular wedding blogs:

Free-spirited & Bohemian Brides

Festival Brides

More classic and romantic brides

Love My Dress

Alternative and quirky

Rock N Roll Bride

Beauty Treatments

Are you thinking of glamming up by having a spray tan or semi-permanent lashes? When it comes to your skin colour after having a spray tan, I can always colour match your colour if it changes by the wedding day. However, it’s going to be helpful for you to see how the makeup looks on the skin tone you plan to have on the wedding day. For example in the winter my skin is fair and my natural undertones are pink (cool), but when I have a tan-especially a fake tan, they change to yellow (warm). This will have an effect on the overall finished makeup look.

Semi-permanent lashes are never an issue if that’s the type of lash you like. I do provide the option of strip or individual lash that you can try at your trial. I will say that things can get a little tricky when it comes to LVL Lash Lifts. It a treatment that looks great on natural lashes but if you are a bride that wants the fullness of a strip lash/individual lash set. It is hard to apply the false lashes once the natural lash has had a lash lift. (if you are unsure about this we can discuss it at your trial or prior).

What should you wear?

It’s important to think about what style of top you choose to wear for your makeup trial. Imagine trying to envisage your soft and romantic bridal makeup look with a neon hoodie! Pretty distracting right? Opt for a Neutral top. It doesn’t have to be ivory but just as long as the colour is soft it won’t be too distracting and will complement the makeup. You will really get to feel it coming together especially if you are able to style your hair similar to how you plan to dress it on the wedding day.

Who will you bring?

Who are you bringing with you to the trial? It goes without saying that you want someone there that you know will be supportive, give kind and honest opinions and who will enjoy the experience. If any members of your bridal party are also having a trial the above info also applies to them as well. Obviously they are there to feel and look beautiful but most importantly to compliment you, the bride. Not overshadow you.

What is your vibe?

If there is a specific way you like your makeup done really sharp bold eyeliner? Or products that you couldn’t live without?  Feel free to come wearing that part of your makeup so the artist can see how you like it to be done. Bring products that you love using if you want to include it in your wedding makeup or a colour that you love or I may have something in my makeup armour that is comparable.

I know it’s exciting when you get things booked in but there is no need to rush booking your consultation in, especially if it’s a year or more until you get married.

However if having your makeup applied by a stranger makes you feel anxious you should request an early trial to put your mind at ease and then book another ‘refresher’ trial closer to the wedding date.

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Alternative bridal makeup trial
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Helen's final look on the wedding day.
Clinique super city block Bb compact review

Clinique Super City Block BB Compact Review

I think I may have found the one!… Well the perfect BB Cream anyway; the Clinique Super City Block BB Cream! At the moment my makeup routine is super minimal due to my little lady needing my attention 24/7 so putting a bit of slap on has gone from a luxurious 10 minutes to two minutes, if I am lucky!! (With my lack of sleep I need all the help I can get). Anything that makes this part of my morning run a bit smoother whilst making me look like I’m less tired is worth trying!

The product that I am crushing on big time is the NEW Super City Block BB Cushion Compact SPF 50

The Super City Block BB Cushion Compact SPF 50 a multitasking formula that delivers high broad-spectrum SPF protection, instant hydration and buildable coverage. This breakthrough fluid makeup in a cushion compact provides longwearing, breathable coverage while rich antioxidants shield skin from environmental aggressors, all in one?step.

Through innovative technology, a liquid BB cream is imbedded into a cushiony sponge, that is housed within an airtight engine that snaps into a portable compact. The applicator sponge in combination with the formula creates an unexpected cooling sensation that leaves skin ultra-refreshed and energised.

The Details

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Award Winning Makeup Artist

Award Winning Makeup Artist

The Kent Wedding Awards 2015 was back in November, I wasn’t able to attend this year because I was at my last NCT class… and I don’t think I would have been able to stay awake past the sit-down meal. Unfortunately last year I didn’t go either because I was on my mini-moon as I had just got married – Wow what a year its been!

I love to be part of events like this, chatting and networking with other wedding professionals that you don’t normally get to have a ‘proper’ chat with, because you are always zoned in working hard. I am the person that hates missing out but I was fine with it this year due to my sheer exhaustion of finishing up work and cooking this baby! Imagine my surprise when I sent out a text to friends that were attending, only to be told that my name had been called.

I was the winner of the Wedding Beauty Award!!! I was over the moon and celebrated with a cup of tea and pack of biscuits (remember I am pregnant lol). Next year I will be making up for it!!

This year has been pretty hard, but work has been a wonderful distraction to all of the other things going on in my life. Winning this award has made it a lovely end to this crazy year and I am looking forward to having a little rest… having our baby (apparently not going to be a rest) and then meeting lots of new brides in the new year!!

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The Kent Wedding Awards

The Awards Feature in A Kentish Ceremony Magazine

Ell & cee winter luxe lingerie

Ell and Cee Bridal Lingerie

My last fashion makeup job pre maternity leave was with my fave – Ell and Cee Bridal Lingerie, shooting for their Winter Luxe Collection. It’s always so much fun working with a lovely girly team so with the edition of one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever eaten, was a damn good day at the office! Saying that it might not have been the best thing to be working on when you are the size of a small house with a beautiful pixie-like model, casually frolicking in on a freshly made bed…

All I can say is thank god for the cake – I can worry about my post baby body goals another day lol!

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I am lucky enough to work with this brand a lot and is my first recommendation when my brides are looking for something a bit special in the bridal lingerie department.

In fact I was adorned with beautiful Ell and Cee goodies on my wedding day last November and it made me feel so glamorous getting ready for my wedding prep. Here are a few piccies… Ah the memories!

Ell and cee silk gown
ell and cee silk dressing gown
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ell and cee bespoke silk knickers

Back to the shoot & fabulous bridal lingerie…..

“Ell & Cee is a luxe British Lingerie & Lounge brand. The signature look is deliciously feminine with a modern bohemian edge. Garments are made from the finest silks and chiffons to ensure the best quality and are manufactured in the UK

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Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Makeup Review

Here is my review on this beaut of a product! I am not one to follow the crowd, but here I make an exception! I have wasted so much money in the past on products that get rave reviews but don’t live up to the hype. After purchasing the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow I am now in love with this beautiful product.

Let me start with the packaging; Visually this product looks every bit as luxurious as you would hope for in a high end product. It is a shiny golden beacon and whenever I have a makeup savvy bride in my chair; I know she can’t wait for me to use it! I apply it on every face I makeup and it gives the perfect sculpted enhancement.

The bronzer ‘Sculpt’ side is highly pigmented which means a little product goes a long way. It can be used to softly sculpt the face or build it up for deeper bronzed look – depending on what finish the client requires.

The highlighter ‘Glow’ side has a delicate golden sheen, and is perfect for creating a luminous sun-kissed highlight. This highlighter catches the light perfectly and it really does makes the skin glow in a pretty and youthful way. I am pleased that it doesn’t create the harsh metallic sparkle that some highlighters can have. Apply it anywhere the light might catch for a soft glow; the cuspids bow, brow bone, temples, cheek bones, collar bone, shoulders and sometimes the bridge or tip of the nose!.. This product is a perfect 10 and my new favourite!

Here are some of my recent bridal clients that have had the Filmstar Bronze and Glow treatment. They look ready for the Red Carpet!

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