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-skincare-tipsBRIDAL SKIN CARE TIPS – Getting Started, Know your skin type.

Blog Two in this series is COMBINATION SKIN.

Put Simply, this skin type is a mixture of oily and normal or drier areas on the face.  Generally, the T-Zone tends to be oily and the cheeks dry.  Those with combination skin tend to be in constant battle with their T-Zone.

Choosing products for this skin type, the secret is to spot treat your problem areas.

Cleanse with a cleanser formulated to cut down on sebum production and use a moisturiser on your dry areas.  Try exfoliating the face with a warm washcloth or muslin square once to twice a week.  This will help to break down oils and remove dead skin cells.

Try a basic skincare routine….  In the summer, wash with a cleanser formulated for oily skin and in the winter one that’s formulated for normal to dry skin.  Cleanse the skin thoroughly at night and rinse off with warm water in the morning so you’re not over-cleansing the skin.  Over cleansing can cause the skin to over produce oil.

Moisturise your dry spots well with a light, oil-free moisturiser.  Skip your oilier areas throughout the summer.  In the winter you can moisturise the whole face with a heavier moisturiser that’s designed for combination skin.

Exfoliate twice a week with a gentle facial scrub.  Make sure it’s designed for combination skin.

If you suffer from breakouts, an astringent may help but be careful to use it only on your problem spots and avoid your dry areas.  You can also use a toner; these can be too drying for other skin types.  Again, ensure not to use over the drier areas of the face.



  • Normal or Dry, flaking areas on cheeks
  • Excessive oil on nose, forehead and chin
  • Prone to breakouts where oil production is found
  • In a constant battle with the T-Zone (forehead, nose and chin)

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.