A couple of times a year I get to work alongside talented photographer Brett Harkness who offers training courses throughout the United Kingdom and France to existing photographers who want to learn some new skills in the camera world.
One of the training courses is held at Middleton Lodge which for me is one of my Top 5 venues to visit and to get married…. it's a hidden gem in North Yorkshire.
Tracy Kidd photographer was on the course yesterday and I have had the pleasure of working with her on studio shoots over the last year. Tracy has such a good eye at capturing people and I just love...
If you follow me on social media platforms you will see that I talk/tweet/post often about a lipstick range I just adore called Lipstick Queen.
Lipstick Queen was founded when Poppy King was struggling to find that perfect red lipstick in her hometown of Melbourne Australia, therefore, she decided to create her own range. Twenty years on and the brand is going from strength to strength.
Within the brand of Lipstick Queen there are separate ranges that consist of different textures. Today’s blog is about the range Saint. I love the Saint range which has 10% pigment which generally means...
I am so lucky to receive surprise parcels in the post.
A couple of weeks' ago a parcel arrived of some skincare and make-up from RMK Beauty. You may be asking who are RMK? Never heard of them!
RMK Beauty is one of the leading make-up artist brands in Japan and is widely recognised in Asia. Here, in the United Kingdom, you can visit the counters at Selfridges London, Birmingham and Manchester.
In my personal life, I am obsessed with anything from Japan. I am in love with the culture, history, sense of style through to the simplicity from how make-up brands showpiece themselves which...
If you are followers of my social media platforms you will notice that I talk a lot about Middleton Lodge and fondly call it my second home!!
For me, Middleton Lodge in North Yorkshire, is a magical home where you feel like Lord and Lady every time you drive up to the front of the Georgian House. It has an amazing presence about the place and truly feels “like home”. For weddings the building has the most impressive windows which, for me as a make-up artist, creates the perfect amount of natural light.
I met Aileen for her pre-wedding make up trial a number of months before the actual...
I have over the last year or so been working alongside an extremely talented photographer Rebecca Elizabeth Tate.
During these shoots it is wonderful to work in a team which includes of course make-up, then hair, model, stylist and of course the photographer, To create this look Rebecca was liaising with myself with her inspired mood boards to create this modern twist of 1920's inspired. We didn't want to create the obvious smoky eyes but wanted to add an element of what was happening on the latest trends from the catwalks shows for Autumn/Winter 2014/2015.
Here are the images which have...
Part of my working week is being involved on photo shoots, creating looks for photographers and writing articles for magazines.
I had a chance to collaborate with photographer Rebecca Elizabeth Tate to create this look. This latest look was published in La Di Da Magazine
I wanted to show you how to create easy natural beauty look using 6 items from Illamasqua:
Foundation: Skin Base Foundation
Eyes: Precision Gel Eyeliner in black
Blusher: Bronzing Duo in Glint/Ra
Eyebrows: Eyebrow Cake in Dark Slate Grey
Lips: Lipgloss in Sheer Electrify
It's time to put your heavy foundations away for the summer months coming ahead.
You may ask but what can you wear instead as you like to wear some coverage on the skin?
I must admit myself I don’t wear foundation, I tend to prefer a light tinted moisturiser on my skin and use concealer as and where I need it. BB creams are generally as a rule slightly richer in texture and have more coverage than a tinted moisturiser. I was really pleased with the results of the latest BB Cream by Kiehl's which I have been using over the last couple of weeks.
The main benefits of Kiehl's Actively Correctly...
After having to have some recent surgery taking a month to recover and recoup, my skin was left feeling dry, sensitive and generally feeling a need for some pampering. My first thought to get my skin back to its pristine condition was which mask do I use to help me with my skin?
After much thinking time, I came to the decision that the most appropriate one for the condition of my skin was Sisley Facial Mask with Linden Blossom
This mask I can only describe as “pure luxury in a tube.”
Imagine you are applying the most luxurious cashmere onto the skin with a feeling of the rich, velvety...
As a make-up artist, we are coming into one of our busiest times of the year “ WEDDING SEASON”.
Do you need to find a make-up artist for your Wedding Day? Or maybe one of your friends or member of your family is thinking of their make up for their Wedding Day.
Here is a chance to see my latest work for Unveiled Magazine. I was proudly asked to be part of the team to create this front cover look and also write beauty articles within the magazine.
You must grab a copy of this magazine and here’s a list of the next wedding fayres in the month of April by Brides Up North
There are so many concealers on the market and we walk around the department stores and look bemused at which ones to choose…. they are either too white and chalky or too dark for the skin tone which leave the skin feeling clogged up with the make-up.
I came across a concealer by Ariane Poole whom I met many years’ ago and had the good fortune that our paths crossed…. she offered to re-train me back into the industry after I left the fashion industry and has been my mentor.
You may ask who is Ariane Poole?…. Ariane is an international celebrity make-up artist who has worked with...