DIY Hair and Makeup – Part 1 – Makeup

Wedding day hair and makeup is so important to most brides. You want to look back at your photos knowing that you not only looked amazing but felt amazing too. As a result of this 99% of brides will opt to hire a professional hairstylist and makeup artist.

However, with the new restrictions in place and your hairstylist and makeup artist no longer permitted to work this isnt an option at the moment. Brides are now faced with having to do their own hair and makeup. Doing it yourself can be daunting, so, with that in mind I’ve put together this little piece packed full of little tips and tricks that I really hope you find useful.

 

 

The Look

First and foremost, decide on the look you want to achieve. Do you want dewy skin? Are you more a full coverage kinda gal? Are smokey eyes your go to? What about lip colour? When brides come to me for a trial, these are the questions that I ask and depending on the answers I use them as a guide to create the look. I also ask my brides to bring some pictures of makeup looks that they like as these are a great way to get inspiration. Another great idea is to look back at photos of yourself and pick 2 or 3 that you really like your makeup in and base your look around this. Try to stay away from trends as they will come and go, your photos however, will be with you forever. Put all your focus into looking like the best version of you and you are guaranteed to look beautiful.

Use top quality products

If there’s one time you shouldn’t go for the dupe versions of your makeup, it’s your wedding day.  All eyes will be on you, and there will be a ton of pictures so the last thing you want is uneven eyeshadow or foundation creases. High end products have a higher price tag for a reason, because they are good and in my opinion worth it. This is particularly important for foundation. Cheaper foundations may not last well, aren’t geared towards professional photography and can be hard to work with to get the flawless base we all crave.

Do a trial run

This is especially important for brides that don’t usually wear a lot of make-up. Its the best way to figure out what you want and to avoid stress on the big day. Take lots of photos afterwards so you can review them later and decide if you want to make any changes. Be sure to take photos outside so you can see how the natural light affects your make-up application too.

 

So, how do you actually apply the makeup? Keep reading to find out.

 

 

Step 1: Prep your skin

Much like your foundation you need choose the correct primer for your skin type. If your oily, you need to mattify your skin. If your dry, you need to add moisture. And if your a combination of both then personally I would use 2 separate primers, one to target the oils and the other to hydrate the dryer areas. (If having 2 separate primers isnt an option then focus on combatting the oils as this will break down your foundation quicker) If your someone that has a lot of open pores in the centre of your face then I would lightly recommend a pore minimising primer too.

My favourite primers are:

Oily Skin –

Estee Lauder, Mattifying primer

Laura Mercier, Oil free foundation primer

The Ordinary, High adherance silicone primer

Smashbox, Pore minimiser lotion

 

Dry Skin –

Bobby Brown, Vitamin enriched face base

MAC, Natural radiance base

Estee Lauder, The Illuminator, Radiant perfecting primer

 

Remember, before applying any primer, all skin needs to be moisturised regardless of being dry or oily. I love the Embryolisse, Lait Creme Concentre for this. Its a super light moisturiser designed for all skin types.

Once your primer has had time to sink in you can then look at applying a liquid illuminators to give that lit from within glow. (Use sparingly if your very oily or have a lot of open pores.)

I love both the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter or NARS Tinted Glow booster for this. They work amazingly under foundation and wont cause it to slip while giving the perfect amount of glow to your skin.

 

Step 2: Your eyes

Once I’ve prepped the skin I always move straight onto eyes. If there’s any mistakes or eyeshadow fall out, it’s easy to correct without disturbing the rest of your make-up.

Its a good idea to neutralize any uneven colour on the eyelids before applying any eyeshadows. The eye base should double as a primer and make your eyeshadow waterproof and longer-lasting. I love MAC paint pots in Painterly and Soft Ochre, BPerfect Eye Primer or Urban Decay Primer potion for this. They don’t necessarily need to be set but I like to give a light dusting of powder to stop any creasing.

A subtle smokey eye can look amazing for a bride but stay away from black shadows and anything that can look too heavy in photos. A more natural make-up look  with the focus on brightening and opening up your eyes will be much more complementary. Use light brown or taupe shades and build your colour intensity by applying a small amount each time. MAC Saddle, Swiss Chocolate, Cork, Wedge, Soft brown and Brown Down are just some of my favourites to work with. Remember to blend, blend, blend and when you think you’ve blended enough, blend some more.

A little pop of shimmer on the lid can be very flattering in your photos but try to avoid anything too glittery or chunky. MAC Woodwinked, Expensive pink or Honest are gorgeous on brides and give the perfect amount of frosting needed.

If your not confident with gel liner then your wedding day is not the day to attempt it. Using a black or very dark brown eyeshadow, you can press it gently along your lash line to minic liner and give you a fuller lash effect. Smudging is slightly will soften the look and remove any harsh lines. A sweep of the mid tone browns underneath the eyes will define them perfectly.

A couple of individual lashes on the outer corner will open your eyes up beautifully but if the thoughts of applying false lashes puts the fear of god into you then avoid and fire on a couple of coats of good waterproof mascara. Max Factor 2000 calorie is my own personal makeup bag staple but MAC Extended play, NARS Climax and Benefit Bad Gal mascaras are highly rated too.

 

Step 3: Foundation

When selecting a foundation it’s important to work with your skin type instead of against it. If you have oily skin – Avoid foundations boasting a dewy finish. If you have dry skin – Avoid a matte formula.

Some of my favourite foundations for bridal are:

NARS, Sheer Glow ( a good all rounder and suits most skin types unless extremely oily)

Estee Lauder, Double Wear Light ( Brilliant for Combination or Oily Skin)

Georgio Armani, Luminous Silk ( Amazing for dry or mature skin)

Selecting the correct shade of foundation can be tricky but  and if in doubt I would always opt for a lightly lighter shade and use a bronzer to darken if needed. If your planning on wearing tan on the big day make sure your foundation is matched to your tan shade and not your natural skin tone.

The key to your bridal makeup lasting is layering so when applying your foundation, start with a very light layer and build gradually in areas that you feel you need a bit more coverage. Avoid going in too heavy with product as it’ll be hard to blend along the jaw and hair line. Blonde ladies especially take note!

 

Step 4: Concealer

Concealer is best applied after your foundation and should really only be used in areas that you need it. Over use will give a mask like effect and wont look natural. Using a shade or 2 lighter than your foundation for under the eye area and centre of your face will have a brightening effect. If using to cover blemishes try match it to your foundation shade and use sparingly so as not to have the opposite effect and end up highlighting the blemishes.

The most common areas to conceal is the inner corner of your eyes, around your nose, the chin and centre of your forehead. Using a tapping motion ensure its blended seamlessly into your foundation.

My most used concealers are:

MAC, Pro longwear concealer

NARS, Radiant Creamy concealer

Estee Lauder, Double Wear Stay in Place Concealer

MAC, Studio Sculpt Concealer

NARS, Soft Matte Concealer

 

Step 5: Powder products

Powder is always a must to ensure longevity! Using a finely milled translucent formula it will help set your base and blur the look of fine lines and pores without adding any weight. I don’t powder all areas though, I focus more so on the areas that tends to get shiny like the T Zone. Too much powder can look cakey so use a light hand.

My go to powders are:

Laura Mercier, Translucent loose powder

By Terry, Hyaluronic powder

MAC, Mineralise Skinfinish Natural

MAC, Studio Fix Powder

Charlotte Tilbury, Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder

 

Once your happy with your base its time to add some colour with bronzer and blush. Using bronzer first apply it directly under your cheekbones sweeping it both up onto the temples and below the jawline. You want to bronzer to add some gentle warmth to the skin so try to avoid anything too dark.A cooler toned bronzer can be used under the cheekbones for some extra sculpting/contouring if your after a more chiselled look.

Some bronzers I love are:

MAC, Mineralise Skinfinish natural powders in Medium Tan, Dark Tan, Dark Golden & Dark Deep

Charlotte Tilbury, Airbrush Bronzer

Benefit, Hoola Bronzer

NARS, Laguna Bronzer ( I adore this is the cream version but it can be tricky to blend cream products so powders are best if your not confident enough)

 

For blush there are so many options to choose from, cream, powder, matte, shimmer etc. Personally, I love a peachy toned blush with a satin finish but it really is personal preference. I would recommend trying out a few before the big day to see what one you like most. I have to admit, I adore a liquid blush on a bride but they do require practice to get the hang of blending properly. Powder is definitely the safer bet.

If your skin tone is fair/light look for soft pink, light coral or peach tones.

Those with a medium/dark skin tone rich pinks, warm mauves or deep peach will work beautifully.

Blusher should always be placed on the high apple of the cheek (the fullest part when you smile), try not to go too close to the nose or too high up onto the cheekbone.

Some blush products that I adore are:

Milani, Rose D’oro, Luminoso & Dolce Pink

MAC, Margin, Peechkeen, Melba, Dolly mixture, Well Dressed, Springsheen

NARS, Orgasm & Torrid (Both powder and liquid)

Charlotte Tilbury, Beauty light wand in Pinkgasm & Peachgasm

 

No bride is complete with out some highlighter to emphasize her already glowing cheekbones. Apply lightly to the highest points of your cheek bones, sitting directly above your bronzer and sweep it up towards your temples. Down the bridge of your nose, the tip of your nose and cupids bow are also great areas to highlight and will look beautiful in photos. Again use a very light hand to keep it natural. You can always add more in areas that you like more intensity. Liquid highlighters are absolutely stunning on the skin but as with the liquid bronzer they can be tricky to blend correctly so unless you know what your doing, id tend to stick with powder.

My all time favourite highlighters are:

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Amrezy highlighter

MAC, Soft & Gentle

MAC, Lightscapade

Becca, Champagne pop

Charlotte Tilbury, Beauty light wand in Glowgasm

 

Step 6: Eyebrows

Your eyebrows should look naturally full and well-shaped. Use a precision pencil to fill in areas of sparseness with small, hair-like strokes. Finish them with a brow gel to fix them in place and create the look of a flattering full brow.

Benefit gimme brow pencils are fab.

BPerfect Indestructi’Brow are also super.

 

Step 7: Lipstick

The lipstick you choose for your wedding day can alter the whole look of your bridal makeup so it’s important to get it right and feel comfortable wearing it. If you don’t normally wear colour on your lips, your wedding day is not the day to be road testing.

The shade you wear is very much a personal choice but I will help choose a colour combination that I think will suit you & compliment the rest of the bridal makeup I have applied.

Below is a list of shades that I know works well for brides and many of my clients continue to wear their bridal lip colour long after their wedding day.

Nudes
Nudes are by far the most popular option when it comes to bridal lip colour. They are perfect for the natural brides or those who want their eyes and dress to do the talking.
Some of my favourite nudes are:
Mac
Modesty
Faux
Blankety
Honeylove
Velvet Teddy
Creme Cup
Peach Blossom

Charlotte Tilbury :
Kim KW
Penelope Pink
Dancefloor Princess

Pinks
Pinks are beautiful on a romantic bride. From baby pinks to deep magenta theres wide range to choose from.
Some of my favourites are:
Mac
Plumful
Please me
Patisserie
Crosswires
Hot Gossip

Charlotte Tilbury
Secret Salma
In Love with Olivia

Reds
A red lip on your wedding day is a massive commitment but when worn with confidence is absolutely stunning!! Finding the perfect red can be a challenge but there is a red lipstick out there for absolutely everyone!! If your natural skin tone is fair with pink hues look for a red with blue undertones. If your more olive skinned a red with an orange hue will work best.
My favourite reds are:
Mac
Ruby Woo
Lady Danger
Russain Red

Charlotte Tilbury
Red Carpet Red
Walk of Shame

Nars
Heatwave

Tom Ford
Ruby Rush
Cherry Lush

 

 

BONUS TIPS

Give yourself enough time to finish your make-up and then step away for a while. You might feel like you’re wearing too much, but leave it to settle for an hour and then re-visit it.

Wear a white dressing gown or t-shirt while applying your make-up trial to mimic the colouring of your dress on the day (if you’re wearing white, that is!)

Practice your wedding day look a few times and take lots of pictures inside and outside with flash and no flash.

Some people enjoy doing their own makeup; others find it stressful. If you know your going to be stressed, think about clearing the room so it’s relatively calm, and just having one person on hand to help.

Set aside an hour and a half for your make up on the day. The best way to avoid getting flustered is to take your time.

Work out a time you need to be in your dress by (usually an hour before your due to leave) and aim to have your makeup finished about 1/1.5 hours before this.

Finally, enjoy your morning. Dont let the events of 2020 ruin what should be the happiest day of your life.

P xx

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Seagrave barns wedding, rustic bride, covid bride, michelle and neill, segrave, barm wedding

Once, twice, three times a Covid Bride.

April 24th, August 3rd, September 11th – it was 3rd time lucky for this covid couple.

Meet Michelle and Neil ❤️

This fun loving duo met at Galway races ladies day back in 2014! Both keen horse racing enthusiasts, neither could have ever imagined that their biggest win that day would off the tracks.
After a whirlwind romance and twin boys to complete their little family, Neil brought Michelle back to Galway to propose on the Claddagh pier after an Ed Sheeran concert. A true romantic, Neil thought it fitting to incorporate the English songwriter into his proposal as his was the very first concert they had gone to together. ❤️

THE VENUE
Once the ring was picked, Michelle (with Neils help Im sure 😅) threw herself full force into planning what was to be the most spectacular day. Seagrave Barn was the venue of choice and its easy to see why. With its rustic style barn to party in until the wee hours, an old converted farmhouse to get ready in and the panoramic seaside views, whats not to love about it.

Seagrave Barns

THE DRESS

Having all the important larger elements of the wedding booked, it was time to start dress hunting! Michelle originally thought she wanted something soft and flowing but having tried on numerous dresses, decided on a gorgeous fit & flare lace dress from the signature collection in Wed2b. The shape and style complimented her amazing figure beautifully 😍 A pair of stunning Rachel Simpson shoes and the most incredible pearl, bead & crystal adorned headpiece, both from Frilly Frocks, would finish her look off perfectly.

CHANGE OF PLANS

With only 4 weeks to go until the big day that they had dreamed of, surrounded by their handsome boys, beautiful families and wide circle of friends, Corona hit and had Michelle and Neil in a tizzy. Do we reschedule, do we ride it out and see what happens but alas full lockdown was announced so they had very little say in the matter. They pushed out to August hoping everything would have settled by then but noone could have predicted the overwhelming scale of distruction this pandemic would cause and unfortunately with big numbers on their guestlist and restrictions still in place the duo were forced yet again to reschedule. This time however, having sat down with their families and spoken about it at great lengths, the lovebirds decided that they just wanted to be married so set the date for the very next month. The guestlist was shortened considerably to keep within guidelines but everything else remained in place meaning Michelle and Neil were able to get excited about their new would be wedding anniversary ❤️

THE BIG DAY ARRIVES
The day itself was like any other wedding day. Having stayed at the venue the night before with her bridal party and family, Michelle was full of excitement when I arrived early on the morning of the 11th September. The buzz of a wedding morning was well and truly alive with Michelles Mum feeding us all, the bridesmaids trying to ply us with prosecco and preparations in full swing.

At Michelles trial she showed me pictures of her dress and accessories, I knew instantly that she needed and old school Hollywood type look to compliment everything. Beautiful glowing skin, softly defined eyes with the emphasis on her liner and a gorgeous berry toned lip transformed Michelle into the most beautiful bride.
In the lead up to her big day Michelle really focused on her skincare, had regular facials, ate well, drank lots of water and most importantly sought the advice of a skincare therapist to ensure she was using the correct products for her skin. Very little product was needed on the day to give Michelle the glowing look she so desired.

Once Michelle was transformed into the Hollywood starlet she deserved to be it was time to meet the man of her dreams and become his wife.

Having had to cut numbers from 260 and knowing that Michelle was feeling sad for all the people that couldnt be with them, Michelles sister Nicola surprised her with a fabulously decorated wooden pallet with photos of everyone that couldn’t share in the special day attached to it. Each photo had a special message written on the back for the bride & groom. A gesture sure to draw tears from even the hardest of hearts. Michelles good friend Una also organised to have the day live streamed so that anyone who wanted to could tune in & see the loved up couple say their I Do’s ❤️

For anyone ensure about whether to reschedule or not, Michelle says…

” Just go for it!  Originally we were holding out because we wanted the big wedding but we soon realised that the most important thing is marrying the person you love. All the people that you couldn’t invite will understand as it’s totally out of your hands. Having smaller numbers was actually lovely and intimate and the restrictions didnt dampen our day at all. We had to finish by 11.30 but other than that everything felt normal. Dont over think it, no need to stress out about it at all, everything will fall into place and just enjoy every minute. We had the best day of our lives”

P xx

 

Suppliers

Venue – Segrave Barn, Dunanny

www.segravebarns.ie

Dress – We2b, Drumcondra

www.web2be.ie

Bridemaids – Dresscode

www.dresscode.ie

Headpeice – Frilly Frocks, Drogheda

www.frillyfrocks.ie

Shoes – Rachel Simpson, Frilly Frocks, Drogheda

www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk

Flowers – Darling Buds.Carlow

www.darlingbuds.ie

Photo & Video – VMmediastudios

www.vmmedia.ie

Hair – Ursula Carroll

Cake – Michelles friend Aisling Hanratty

Skincare advice – Leah Cooney

Leahs Holistic Beauty

 

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boho on the boyne, wedding styled shoot by Pamela Matthews

Boho on the Boyne

Boho weddings arent going anywhere anytime soon, in-fact they’re getting more and more popular. Boho brides can embrace the theme through their dresses, hair, makeup, accessories and decor. Think flower crowns, macrame, flowing dresses and colourful textiles.

WEDDING SUPPLIERS IN BOYNEHILL HOUSE

With that in mind, 21st July saw some of Irelands top wedding suppliers gather in Boyne Hill House for my debut creative lead on a shoot – normally I am just the make up artist but I had a vision which is in line with the trend of boho and I knew I had to bring this to life. There is no I in team and I knew I needed the best in the business to help with my vision so I called on the talents of the following suppliers to deliver:

BOHO ON THE BOYNE

Darren Byrne Photography and Film
Wild Feather Event Styling
Mk Bridal
By Kyna
Magic Moment Styling
Boyen Hill House photo shoot
Boyne Hill House. Photo credit Darren Byrne Photography and Film
BOYNE HILL HOUSE
Boyne Hill House was the venue of choice and for those not familiar with it, this wouldn’t be a typical boho venue.  I wanted to show that boho is not isolated, it’s transitional and can work anywhere really with some clever styling.
What is important with Boyne Hill House is that it has the service and quality to deliver a superb wedding experience and that’s primary to any wedding style. We didn’t just want style however, we wanted substance too and with so many beautiful areas dotted around this stunning venue we were more than spoiled for choice!! Its easy to see why Boyne Hill House is a favourite amongst couples and photographers alike.
The Secret Garden, Boyne Hill House. Photo credit Darren Byrne Photography and Film
Secret Garden, Boyne Hill House. Photo credit, Darren Byrne Photography and Film.
DARREN BYRNE PHOTOGRAPHY AND FILM
Darren was always going to be my photographer of choice on this shoot. His vision is completely aligned with mine and for couples, its really important that your photographer can share what your idea of success looks like. Darren is fun, daring and gives great direction to get that all important money shot.
Secret Tunnel, Boyne Hill House, Photo credit Darren Byrne Photography and Film.
WILD FEATHER EVENT STYLING
To bring a full boho look together, it’s essential that there are decor nudges that transport your guests to that feeling of natural, laid back beauty. Introducing Wild Feather Event Styling. Having followed Laura on Instagram I knew I had to have her involved. She is a true visionary and has hand picked and crafted boho decor that gives the perfect boho experience.
Boho picnic by Wild Feather Event Styling. Photo credit, Darren Byrne Photography and Film.
MK BRIDAL & BY KYNA
When it came to the look, there was only one place I was going to visit for dresses and that was MK Bridal. Mairead is a premium stockist of top designers such as Enzoani, Paloma Blanca, Sottero and Midgley, Essense of Australia, Rosa Clara and of course the main boho brand Willowby by Watters. She handpickeds each of the dresses stocked in her fabulous state of the art studio and her eye for detail is second to none.
For accessories, it had to be By Kyna. A Milliner and designer specialising in bridal & occasion accessories, Kyna creates heirloom quality bridal headpieces, veils and capes.
boyne hill house photo shoot
Essence of Australia D2840 from Mk Bridal. Andrea draped veil from ByKyna.
Photo Darren Byrne Photography and Film.

MAGIC MOMENT STYLING

A boho insipired look wouldnt be complete without wild, rustic and free spirited flowers. Having worked with June on many a wedding I knew she’d create exactly what was needed for the shoot. Using pampas grass, dried wheat , eucalyptus, avalanche roses and gypsophelia to name but a few June put together bouquets and flower crowns that can only be described as awe inspiring.
Boho inspired bridal bouquet from Magic Moment styling
Boho inspired bridal bouquet from Magic Moment Styling. Photo Darren Byrne Photography and Film
HAIR & MAKEUP
I cant complete this piece without a nod to our star woman and stunning Model Laura Cunningham from Catwalk Models! She was a dream to work with and is an absolute credit to Mandy and all the team in Catwalk. Her professionalism, ability to take direction and eagerness to get that perfect shot shone through all day.
When it came to her hair and makeup, nothing screams boho more so than long flowing curls and beautiful glowing skin. Laura has the most amazing mane of luscious locks and a natural radiance to her skin so bringing our vision to reality was a dream to create.

 

Massive thank you to everyone involved in this shoot, without them this dream wouldnt have become a reality. I knew I had to have the best in the business so reached out to my fellow Weddings On Line suppliers and the response was phenomenal. Sara from Irish Wedding Blog was also massive source of support and arrived on the day to give a helping hand, so huge thank you to her for that.
Special word of thanks has to go to Darren for all his hard work behind the scenes on the images. Lots more exciting shoots to come from us.
P xx
Darren – Darren Byrne Photography and Film
www.dbphotos.ie
Laura – Wild Feather Even Styling
www.wildfeathereventstyling.ie
Mairead – MK Bridal
www.mkbridal.ie
Kyna – By Kyna/Stash Studio
www.bykyna.ie / www.stash.ie
June – Magic Moment Styling
www.magicmoment.ie
Laura – Catwalk Models
www.catwalkmodels.ie
Aine – Boyne Hill House
www.boynehillhouse.ie
Sara – Irish Wedding Blog
www.irishweddingblog.ie
Www.weddingsonline.ie

 

LOOK 1

Dress: Essence of Australia D3145
Headpiece: Lulu Crown in Gold

Boyne Hill Photo shoot

LOOK 2
Dress: Fielding By Sottero & Midgley
Headpiece: Willow Crown in Gold
Chair: Peacock Chair by Wild Feather Styling
LOOK 3
Dress : Nala by Willowby by Watters
Earrings : Pamela Earrings by Stash.ie/By Kyna
Hat : Models Own (Willow Crown in Gold By Kyna added to it)
LOOK 4
Dress: Cruz by Sottero & Midgley
Flower Crown & Bouquet: Magic Moment Styling
Picnic: Wild Feather Event and Styling
LOOK 5
Dress: Essence of Australia D2840
Veil: Andrea draped veil By Kyna
Arch: Wild feather even styling

Boyne hill boho shoot

LOOK 6
Dress: D3145 by Essence of Australia
Hairband: Belle Hairband By Kyna and Celestia Crown by Stash.ie
Massive thank you to everyone involved in this shoot, without them this dream wouldnt have become a reality. Therefore, I knew I had to have the best in the business so reached out to my fellow Weddings On Line suppliers and the response was phenomenal.
Special word of thanks to Darren for all his hard work behind the scenes on the images. Lots more exciting shoots to come from us.
P xx

SUPPLIERS ON THE SHOOT

Darren – Darren Byrne Photography and Film
Laura – Wild Feather Even Styling
Mairead – MK Bridal
Kyna – By Kyna/Stash Studio
June – Magic Moment Styling
Laura – Catwalk Models
Aine – Boyne Hill House
Sara – Irish Wedding Blog
WOL & HIGM
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Bellinter House Wedding

Enchanted fairy-tale in Bellinter ❤️

A ceremony in a magical forest with the ruins of an old Chapel as the backdrop and a reception with a woodland festival theme, this loved up couple were sure to wow!!

Let me introduce you to Jessica & Johnny!

These lovebirds met many moons ago at Love festival in Killyon Manor. They had their first date, fell in love and got engaged there so where better to have their wedding ceremony!!

A film set designer and landscape artist by trade, the quirky duo knew they wanted their wedding to reflect their unique sense of style and they absolutely nailed it!!

Jessica wowed her guests in a stunning star adorned Willow by Orion dress. She paired it with a fresh flower headpiece by Patsy & Co Floral Design, an incredible feather cape from Etsy and a pair of stunning Rachel Simpson shoes in the most beautiful shade of green. The look was completed with soft boho curls & a gorgeous half halo plait. We kept her makeup super dewy and really played up her eyes! Mac modesty on the lips finished it off perfectly 👌Johnny wore the most incredible bottle green suit & it complimented Jessicas look to a T!

A beautiful handfasting ceremony officiated by Romy from A Beautiful Ceremony sealed the deal for this fun loving duo before heading back to Bellinter house for their festival inspired reception! The pair really played a blinder here on the decor! Their set design & landscape artist backgrounds were plain to be seen… dozens of trees, plants & shrubs were transported to the Georgian house to completely transform the already stunning ballroom. Blankets on the ground, ribbons hanging from the trees & lots more greenery brought the loved up couple right back to their very first festival meeting!!

A true fairy-tale x

 

Suppliers:

Cermony – Killyon Manor

www.killyonmanor.com

Reception – Bellinter House

www.bellinterhouse.com

Flowers – Patsie & Co Floral Design

www.patsieandco.com

Photographer – Zoe Holman

www.zoehlmn.com

Celebrant – Romy, A beautiful Ceremony

www.abeautifulceremony.co.uk

Dress – Orion by Willowby Watters

Cake – Jenny Sheahan

Shoes – Rachel Simpson

Feather Cape – Etsy

Hair and makeup – Pamela Matthews hair and makeup xx

Bellinter House Wedding

 

Patsie & Co Floral Bouquet

 

Rachel Simpson bridal shoes

 

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bellinter house ballroom

 

 

 

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Glasson House Hotel Wedding

So you’ve had your bridal trial but it didnt go to plan – what to do?

 

Glasson House Hotel Wedding

You’ve spent the last few weeks and months soaking up some serious wedding beauty inspo on Pinterest on Instagram. You’ve got a firm idea of what you want, and you are thrilled. You take the big step to book your trials and turn up with your secret Pinterest boards and pictures on your phone……..Finally……the grand reveal…..

“OH….Emmmmm….yes that’s lovely “(inside your crying ☹ this is nothing like the look you wanted!!!)

Now what??

Do not panic.
Your first wedding hair and makeup trial won’t necessarily go perfectly and that’s ok. This is the point of a makeup trial, to iron out any kinks so that everything is absolutely perfect on your big day. As long as you let your makeup artist and hairstylist know what you like or don’t like we can work together as a team to get you to the best version of what you want!

It really is such an Irish thing to say “wow, that’s fab” when really were screaming inside. You must remember that this is your big day, you are the customer, you have to be happy with what you are getting. If your not happy you need to speak up!

Communication is key
When we do our trials, we will talk you through every step, the logic of it and how it reflects back to what you asked for. Because we are constantly communicating with you we can generally catch any misalignments before any issues occur.
We openly encourage our brides to be ruthlessly honest. We do not take offence; it’s our work and we take great pride in it but at the end of the day you are the bride and we put you first.

Sometimes you may not even know why you don’t like it. The look may have been great on your favourite celeb but when it is applied to your eye or face shape, it may not work. That’s ok! We work together until you get the look that ensures you are the best version of you for your big day.

The wedding makeup and hair trial is all about you. It’s our job to please you, not yours to please us. Please dont be afraid to speak up!

Unfortunately, in some cases, you may not click with the makeup artist or the hair stylist. It could be personality or just style. In that case, It might be time to seek someone else’s services.

So how do you tell your bridal team that you aren’t happy…… Very simple, you just express that it’s not exactly what you had imagined. We appreciate that it’s not always easy to articulate what it is that you don’t like but please dont feel guilty about asking for changes. We love feedback!  With it, your team will be able to sit down and talk through the look with you and pinpoint what you may need to get it exactly what your looking for. From that conversation, we can tweak and develop the look.

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How to choose your Makeup Artist

 

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The make up artist you pick for your wedding day can really make or break your look…
Whether your a makeup lover or makeup is a complete unknown to you these tips should help you find the right person.

STYLE
All makeup artists have a signature style. Be it glowing skin, stand out eyes etc etc. You need to decide what style it is that you want to go for and start looking up makeup artists that create the looks that you love.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Instagram, Facebook and online forums are a great place to start but be sure to look for Bridal makeup photos, not just occasion makeup. You need to be able to see how their past brides look from real weddings and know that they have bridal experience. If you come across a makeup artist and when scrolling you love everything about their work…contact them!

REVIEWS
Read reviews from previous brides. If a bride takes the time out to leave a review and thank their make up artist then you’ll know they’ve done a good job.

RECOMMENDATIONS
Have you been to a wedding before and absolutely loved the brides makeup? If so, ask her what makeup artist she had. Nothing beats seeing their work in reality. Ask your friends and family for their recommendations too, chances are they’ll know of makeup artists that you might not have heard of.

SHORTLIST
Create a shortlist of all the makeup artists that you like the look of and get in touch to check availability, price and most importantly if they’d be a good fit for you. Have a chat with them and see if your comfortable with them and that their style & vision matches yours. 💖

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How to choose your wedding hair & makeup look.

 

Pamela Knightsbrook Hotel July 2019

 

Are you a smokey eyes & neutral lip kinda girl or do you prefer the natural understated look? Are you torn between wearing your hair up or leaving it down? Your makeup artist & hairstylist will give you all the advice you need at your trial to help decide what will work best but it’s always a good idea to have a couple of looks in mind. Heres a little bit of advice on how to choose…

Your dress is probably the biggest influence on your hair and makeup so it’s always a good idea to have chosen it before booking your hair & makeup trial. A flowing Boho inspired dress works well with loose textured upstyles, braids, soft beach waves and fresh glowing makeup. A sleek, structed hairstyle with full glam makeup just wouldn’t do it justice. However, smaller elements from both looks can be combined to create the perfect finish. It’s all about balance. Also, you need to think about the neckline of your dress for your hair. If for example, the back of your dress is very heavily detailed, wearing your hair down over it is going to hide all the gorgeous embellishments so in this case wearing your hair up or over one shoulder will work best.

Staying with hair, we see a lot of brides that feel they have to wear an upstyle on the big day and that’s fine if your someone who regularly wears your hair up but if you never wear your hair up and absolutely shiver at the thoughts of it being put up then please don’t feel that you have to have an upstyle for your wedding day. I know some brides are afraid to wear their hair down incase curls don’t last or the wind might ruin it but there are so many different tools & products on the market nowadays to ensure your style lasts all day without a strand moving out of place.

Moving onto makeup, there are lots of trends when it comes to bridal makeup, one minute its all about fresh glowing skin, soft shimmer on the eyes with a hint of colour on the lips. The next it’s full coverage matt base and dramatic eyes. Both are amazingly beautiful and I love creating one just as much as the other.
But the most beautiful look is the one thats staying true to your own sense of style. If your someone who never wears makeup, your wedding day isn’t the day to rock up with a heavy, madeup look. Your poor Groom won’t know who’s coming up the aisle to him!!  But more importantly, you won’t look like you!!
Your wedding day makeup should be about looking like the most beautiful version of you so if red lipstick and lashes are your go to then absolutely wear them with pride on your big day.

Remember, you have to look back at your photos and know that you looked and felt like you so please don’t follow trends, stick with what you know works for you

Pinterest is a great place for inspiration but make sure your looking at pictures with similar features to you. A style done on blonde hair looks totally different on brunettes. Equally, makeup on a brown eyed, sallow complexion won’t look the same on a blue eyed fair skinned girl. Gather up the images that you like and bring these with you to your trial, here we will work with you taking snippets of the pictures into consideration and create your unique wedding day look

Because we do both hair and makeup you’ll get to see both done together and it’s always a nice idea to schedule a dress fitting for afterwards. Always check that your bridal shop allows you wear makeup to fittings first.

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Why Booking an experienced Morning Prep team is so important

 

Station House Hotel, November 2019, Elaine Barker Photography

For women, your wedding day is probably one of the most important events in your life so looking your absolute best is a must.

As a bride, you need to be able to look back on your photos and know that you not only felt amazing on the day but that you look beautiful in the photos too. The last thing you want to see are mismatched eyebrows, overly rosy cheeks and a flat complexion.

Bridal make up is renowned for being soft, dewy and radiant. A professional, experienced bridal makeup artist knows everything that needs to be done to ensure that you will be the glowing bride that you deserve to be.

We are trained in contouring your face and therefore will know how to accentuate your best features. We will use only top quality products giving you the perfect finish that will last all day. This is essential if you want to continue looking your best all day with lipstick and possibly powder being the only makeup needed for touch ups.

THE RESULTS OF HAVING A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST WILL BE SHOWN IN YOUR PHOTOS

The same goes with hair.

A professional hair stylist knows how to cope with every type of hair – fine, thick, frizzy, wavy, curly or straight. We know what its going to take to hold it in place and have loads of tools to ensure your chosen style lasts all day.

We are experienced at attaching a veil or headpiece without compromising the hairstyle or running the risk of the accessories falling out. We also know how to make your hair look balanced, full and flattering ensuring your hair looks good from every angle.

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Bridal Skin Care Tips

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Make up is a wonderful thing!! I love the transformations we can do with it but mostly I love the confidence it can give a person, me included!!

As a bride to be, you want to look your absolute best on your wedding day and this is why booking a top makeup artist is so important. BUT if you want that added oomph I truely believe it starts with getting the skin in tip top condition. By doing this you will get the most from your makeup products and have that radiant glow that every bride craves.

Here are my top bridal skincare tips:

💕 Drink more water.

Water intake will help to balance hydration levels and rid the body and skin of toxins.

💕 Reduce sugar intake

This is especially important as you get closer to your Big day. Itll help prevent any sugar related breakouts and reduce any inflammation in the skin

💕 Nutrition

This essential when it comes to glowing skin. You need to feed your skin from within by eating a healthy well balanced diet of fruit, veg, proteins etc and ideally supplement. Applying Active ingredients to your skin and supplementing at the same time will supercharge your skin results.

Some recommended supplements are:

Skin Vit A = Vitamin A is essential for a healthy skin and for skin cells to function the way they are supposed to.

Skin Omegas = Omegas are amazing especially where hydration is a concern, Omega supplements will hydrate the whole skin from head to toe.

Probiotics = These are healthy bacteria that we take for gut health. They help to fight gut inflammation and in turn help our bodies absorb nutirents such as your supplements

💕 Don’t make drastic changes,

Please dont try new treatments or products in the last few weeks leading up to your big day as they may cause an adverse reaction, Maintain the same routine you have been following and your skin has gotten used to.

💕Visit a skincare therapist

If budget allows visit a skin therapist at least 6-12 months prior to the big day to allow enough time to see real improvements to the skin. During your initial visit your therapist will build a plan to suit you and your budget. This will cover home care and professional treatments.

Including active ingredients in your home care will get you the best results for your skin such as ….
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Peptides
Hyaluronic acid serum
Antioxidants
These will help strengthen, repair, hydrate, reduce fine lines and give an over all healthy skin.

💕 MOST IMPORTANT TIP… WEAR SPF 365 DAYS OF THE YEAR

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Bridal Trial

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As your big day gets closer its a good idea to book in with us for a hair and make up trial. Here you will get an early glimpse of how you will look on the big day.

During the trial you will have the opportunity to discuss your ideas, likes and dislikes. We will have a look through the photos of looks that you like and take inspiration from them to try out different hair and makeup looks that will enhance your natural beauty.

With many years of experience working in the bridal industry, we will be able to offer our professional advice and support throughout the trial to leave you feeling assured that your look will be the one that is perfect for you.

After your trial we will provide you with a detailed account of your makeup and hair style along with some pictures and product recommendations for topping up on the day.

Trials take place at our studio and we recommend having it around 3-6 months prior to the big day. They last roughly 1.5/2.5 hours.

Some tips to get the very best from your trial…

💞 Arrive to your trial completely makeup free and have your hair washed from the night before. Don’t use a straighteners on it or put any product in your hair.

💞 Bring photos of hair and makeup styles that you like. Try not have too many though as this can end up confusing you. Pick your top 5 favourites. We will use these as inspiration and adapt them to suit your features.

💞 Bring your veil, hair accessories, and earrings if you have them. Don’t worry if you don’t, we can tweak your hairstyle on the day to allow for them.

💞 Bring a photo of your dress so we can get a sense of the overall style your going for. It helps to see the neckline too so we can advise on hairstyles that will compliment it.

💞 Wear white (or whatever colour your wedding dress is). The colour your wearing will impact how the makeup looks so a plain white/cream t-shirt will allow you see the makeup properly. If you can get one with a similar neckline to your dress even better!!

💞 Wear tan! If you plan to wear tan on your wedding day, please have a similar shade on for your trial. It changes the finished look massively so for you to get a truer indication of the finished look, it’s best to have the tan on for the trial too.

💞 Let us know if theres anything in particular that you know you definately do or don’t want. If you have your heart set on certain details like fresh flowers in your hair, a favourite lipstick etc let us know and we will incorporate them into your look!

💞 Be open to our suggestions. We know what were doing, we’ve done it thousands of times so give us a little bit of freedom, allow us to play around a little and have an open mind!

💞 Be honest! If you don’t like something, let us know! We won’t be offended. Your trial is about trying out different looks, ironing out any kinks and being safe in the knowledge that you will look absolutely amazing on the day!

And lastly…

💞Make plans to go out after your trial, maybe arrange a nice lunch with the girls. Your gona look absolutely gorgeous so go out and show it off!

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Wedding Morning tips

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I’ve never been so happy to see weddings happening again, I’ve missed the morning bants so much!! It’s such a special time and it’s really important to enjoy those last few hours as a single lady 💖

Some tips to make it that little bit more special…

💕 Get an early(ish) night
Its so easy to sit up into the wee hours chatting & maybe enjoying a beverage or 2 but do you really want to wake up tired or worse still hungover? Go to bed at a reasonable hour and wake up feeling refreshed & ready to enjoy the best day of your life!!

💕 Get everything ready & set out the night before.
Your photographer will want photos of your dress, shoes, perfume, jewellery, bridesmaids dresses etc so its a good idea to have these laid out ready for him/her. If you have a spare room, pop them in there out of the way. Have your overnight bag packed from earlier in the week & either dropped to the hotel or sitting at the front door, don’t pack anything in it that you’ll need on the morning… Bridesmaids this goes for you too!!  Have your dress hanging up & if it’s fabric that creases easily, invest in a steamer, trust me, your photos will thank you later!!

💕Make sure you eat!
It can be hard to eat when your so excited but it’s a long day & having a really good breakfast will set you up nicely. If nerves are an issue avoid the greasy fry up. Porridge, fruit or yogurt might be a better option. If cooking at home make sure hair & makeup is set up away from the kitchen, you don’t want the smell transferring onto your hair. Same goes for the dresses, keep them away from the kitchen.

💕Pretty PJs.
Treat yourself & the bridal party to some nice pyjamas and/or robes. These not only look good in photos but you’ll feel good in them too. Look out for ones with a wide neck, skinny straps or buttons. You don’t want to ruin your hair by pulling a tight fitting tshirt over it.

💕Music!!
Spotify has some really good wedding morning playlists or you could ask the bridesmaids to create a play list for you. Songs that remind them of you, that you danced to as teenagers, your favorite boyband etc. We find anything goes really & the cheesier the better!  Having good music always makes for a really fun atmosphere!

💕Give yourself plenty of time.
Its a busy morning with lots of people coming and going. Make sure you take time to relax with your family & friends, capture some lovely photos but most importantly enjoy the morning! Aim to have your hair and makeup done at least 1.5hours before your due to leave so there’s plenty of time for getting dressed. Once your dress is on, take 5 minutes to yourself, have a proper look in the mirror & drink in how absolutely stunning you look!!

💕And lastly, get the party started!!!
Pop open the bubbles and enjoy a toast with your nearest & dearest!! You’ve put your heart & soul into planning your big day, make sure you enjoy it!! It’s goes by so quickly so savour every moment

💕Bonus tip…Child of Prague!!
Is it even an Irish wedding without the Child of Prague hiding under a shrub?? Ask your Aunty Mary, Granny Ann, Uncle Mickey and all the neighbours to pop this little guy out for you. Lord knows we need all the help we can get on the weather front!!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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💞How far in advance should I book my hair & makeup team?

The average is 12-18 months out from the big day. However, if you have your heart set on a particular team, its never too early to book.

💞 I don’t wear a lot of make-up & would like a natural look. Would be that ok?

Yes. It’s really important to feel comfortable and look like YOU on your big day so we will start with minimal make up and build it up to a point where you feel it’s just right.

💞 When is a good time to get a hair and make up trial?

3-6 months out from the big day is what we recommend. This will give you enough time to implement and see results from any skincare recommendations.

💞 I’m not sure how I want my hair & make-up, will you advise me?

Of course, we are here to help! We like to get to know you first and look at photos of your dress and your ideas, and then we’ll make suggestions of what we think will look the most beautiful. We’ll explore different options with you, showing you what will most suit your dress etc. We want you to be 100% happy and if there’s something you’re not sure about we can change it until you are.

💞 Does the hair trial need to be on the same day as the makeup trial?

Because we do both hair and makeup you will automatically have both done together. If however your only having makeup or hair done with us its a good idea to arrange the trials for the same day. Itll give you a better idea of your overall look.

💞 Do I need to bring pictures of looks that I like?

We love our brides to bring photos of what styles they like. It can sometimes be hard to explain what you like so the pictures will give us a better understanding of your preferences.

💞 Should I bring my veil to my hair trial?

Its not necessary but if you have your hair accessories then yes, bring them with you. Its nice to try them out beforehand and incorporate them into your chosen style.

💞 Should I wear tan to my makeup trial?

If your wearing tan on the big day then its a really good idea to pop some on for the trial too. Tan changes your skintone completely so to get a better idea of how your makeup will look with tan applied, having it on for the trial helps.

💞 Should I apply tan to my face?

No. I personally dont like tan applied to the face. Sometimes spray tans rub off and will make your face uneven/blotchy. I can easily match your face to the colour of your tan on your neck

💞 I have scars on my face, will you be able to cover them?

Yes absolutely. Makeup is a wonderful thing. It can be applied with the lightest of touches for a natural finish but it can also be built up to cover anything your conscious of and would like hidden. There are lots of specialist products available too depending on the level of scarring.

💞 What if I don’t like my hair or makeup at my trial?

Be honest – if you don’t like something, let us know! We won’t be offended. Your trial is about trying out different looks and ironing out any kinks. We dont always get the look right first time but remember, hair and makeup can be changed once you tell us what parts you dont like. We want you to leave safe in the knowledge that you will look absolutely amazing on the day

💞 How long should I allow for hair and make-up on the morning of the wedding?

It depends on the size of your bridal party. We allocate 45 mins per person and always aim to have hair and makeup finished 1.5 hours before your due to leave to give lots of time for getting dressed and taking photos.

💞 Will you fix my veil & hair accessories for me?

Yes, absolutely. We stay with you right up until your ready to leave making sure you look perfect for walking up the aisle. Once your in your dress we will do any top ups thats needed and fix your veil into place.

💞 Will the make-up and hairstyle last all day?

Most definitely! My extensive kit has been developed through years of working in the makeup industry. The quality and longevity of the products I use are so important when it comes to bridal makeup.
Hair is prepped using high end tools and only good quality styling products and pins are used for holding everything in place.

💞 Do I need to buy makeup for touch ups on the day?

The only products you should need throughout the day are lipstick /lipgloss and a setting powder. Everything else like foundation, concealer, eyeshadows etc once applied correctly should last perfectly for you.

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