BRIDAL SKINCARE TIPS – Getting Started, Know your skin type.

bridal-makeup-tips-oily-skinBlog Three in this series covers OILY SKIN.

Oily skin happens when the sebaceous glands make too much sebum.  Sebum is the waxy, oily substance that hydrates and protects the skin.  However, when overproduction of sebum occurs, the skin can become oily, pores get clogged and breakouts can develop.


  • The face is shiny and usually appears greasy later in the day.
  • Makeup doesn’t stay put and seems to “slide” off.
  • The oilier areas of your face have blackheads, pimples or other types of acne.
  • Pores are visible and are enlarged, especially on the nose, chin and forehead.

Products that you can use to help combat this overproduction –

Use a water-based cleanser.  Dirt, excess sebum and impurities can build up and clog the pores overnight, so cleansing is essential for oily skin.  Cleanse morning and evening (use a double cleanse for the evening to first remove makeup and then to deep clean the skin).


Exfoliation is also key for this skin type.  Oily skin is especially prone to dead skin cell build-up, blackheads and clogged pores.  Environmental damage can also cause the surface of the skin to become dull, rough, uneven and can worsen the appearance of fine lines.  To help prevent clogged pores and rough skin, it’s important that you exfoliate regularly (x1-x2 weekly) with a gentle exfoliant.  Chemical exfoliants -such as AHA’s and BHA- are great to boost cell turnover to help lighten dark spots and add radiance to dull-looking skin, whilst physical exfoliants help to refine skin texture.


Toners.  Toners for oily skin will essentially do the same thing as toners for dry skin.  They should get rid of residual dirt and makeup, close pores and prepare the skin for moisturiser.  A good toner designed for oily skin will address oiliness and shine on the skin, without drying out the skin.  Look out for a toner that refines the skin’s texture and minimises the look of pores, while at the same time maintains the moisture balance of the skin.


Try targeted treatments for oily skin too.  Serums/essences/facial oils.  Use this step to tackle whatever skin concerns you have in a targeted way.  If it feels like your skin needs hydration use a hydrating serum or facial oil.  If you feel you need something to tackle fine lines, then use a serum designed for ageing skin.  My advice is to stick to watery, lightweight treatments like gels, that absorbs easily into the skin and don’t leave a residue.  Note: – Facial oils designed for oily skin, CAN help by counteracting sebum production and effectively correcting overproduction.


Moisturiser, yes oily skin needs hydration too!  Stick to emulsions or gel-type moisturisers.  Richer creams are more likely to clog your pores and make the skin look shinier.  If you have sensitive or irritated skin, look for moisturisers with calming and soothing properties to alleviate irritations.




BRIDAL SKIN CARE TIPS – Getting Started, Know your skin type.

It’s never too early to get your skin Wedding Day ready.  With the next series of blogs, you’ll be well on your way to the perfect skincare regime in no time.

Let’s start with getting to know your skin type!

Do you know what bracket your skin falls into?  Do you get overwhelmed in the skincare aisle at the supermarket?  Fear not, I’m here to guide you in the right direction.

I will go through each skin type so you can identify the characteristics of your own skin and help you choose the correct products that are suitable for your skin and improve its condition and overall look, meaning you can wear less makeup and still look amazing.

Let’s start with the rarest…… NORMAL SKIN.

Yes, it is, in fact, rare to find someone with skin that is classed as normal.

This skin type is classed as well balanced with an even texture and tone.  If you’re lucky enough to fall into this category, you are few and far between.


  • No or few imperfections
  • No severe sensitivity
  • No visible pores
  • A radiant complexion

Normal Skin is neither too dry or too oily.  The T-Zone (nose, forehead and chin) can be a little oily but generally, the skin is well balanced, not lacking moisture or overproducing sebum (the light yellow, oily substance that the skin produces to hydrate or lubricate skin and hair).

With this skin type, it doesn’t mean you don’t or won’t develop skin concerns or complaints.  Prevention is the best remedy, so get yourself into a good skincare regime well ahead or any concerns.

You get the pick of most products and brands on the market.  A gentle, effective daily cleanser followed by a toner and good moisturiser is a great way to start.  Add in a weekly treatment facial scrub and mask and ensure you wear your SPF (Sun Protection Factor) DAILY, come rain or shine!

Makeup Artist Wood Norton Hotel Evesham


Makeup Artist at Wood Norton Hotel Evesham

If you are looking for a professional makeup artist for your wedding at the Wood Norton Hotel in Evesham you are in just the right place. I have had a long association with this fantastic wedding venue and am very happy to be one of their preferred wedding day suppliers. Not only do I love working at this spectacular wedding venue it is also where I chose to get married in 2018 and so I know the team there very well both professionally and personally.

Firstly you could not have chosen a more beautiful venue for your big day and from the perspective of the makeup artist, the bridal preparation suites are generously proportioned and easy to work in. I am happy to meet you for a free pre-wedding makeup consultation which I may be able to fit around the meeting with your wedding planner at the venue.

I usually arrange the brides trial makeup sessions at my comfortable home studio just 20 minutes away from the venue, I recommend holding the trial session at least 6 to 8 weeks prior to your big day. Mother of the bride/groom and Bridesmaids trials can be arranged but are not usually necessary.

I am able to work on my own for bridal parties of 6 people and larger parties can, of course, be catered for with assistance which I am happy to quote for.

If you have any questions at all about professional wedding makeup and whether it’s for you, do please contact me.

If you have already chosen to get married at the Wood Norton Hotel in Evesham and are looking for a professional wedding makeup artist I do hope that you will give me a call and I really look forward to speaking to you soon.