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.

CHARACTERISTICS OF OILY SKIN…

  • 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.

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BRIDAL SKIN CARE TIPS 2

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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.

 

CHARACTERISTICS OF COMBINATION SKIN…

  • 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)

BRIDAL SKIN CARE TIPS

BRIDAL SKIN CARE TIPS

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.

CHARACTERISTICS OF NORMAL SKIN…

  • 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

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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.

Winter Skin Survival

WINTER SKIN SURVIVAL

The last week has really taken its toll on my face. The freezing temperatures & central heating has wreaked havoc with my skin causing dryness, tightness & giving a lacklustre appearance, I’m pretty sure I’m not alone!  If like me, you’re having skin issues due to the changing temperatures, here are some of my top tips to help combat the winter skin blues & help prepare you for spring, when it finally arrives.

MY TOP WINTER SKIN TIPS-

STAY HYDRATED-

Water is essential for keeping your body in good working order. I know only too well that it’s hard to drink cool drinks on colder days & it leaves you reaching for caffeine filled coffee/tea or that lush hot chocolate instead.

Caffeine is very dehydrating, so I opt for a mug of hot water with a slice of lemon or lime or herbal tea It’s refreshing, can aid in digestion & still gives you the essential hydration that you need. It’s also a lot easier to drink when is sub-zero outside.

MOISTURISE-

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Swapping your usual moisturiser to a richer formula in the winter is a great way to combat dryness. Go for thicker creamy oil-based moisturisers instead of water-based lotions.

Adding a facial oil to your routine is also a good idea. Oils penetrate deeper into the skin layers effectively locking moisture in & keeping harmful toxins & pollutants out. They help act as a primer by smoothing out the surface of the skin minimising fine lines & wrinkles by helping to plump the skin. Look for facial oils that contain Moringa oil (used by the Egyptians), Rose-hip or Frankincense to aid in the ageing process. By adding a couple of drops to your everyday moisturiser can really give your skin that much-needed moisture boost it needs. I love my Neal’s Yard Remedies re-hydrating rose facial oil.  Kiehls & the body shop also do a fantastic selection.

An essential time to add oil to your routine is overnight so whilst you sleep & your skin does its usual repair & regeneration process & will gain all the benefits from your facial oil.

don’t forget the body!  opt for rich body butters or body oils to help keep the skin hydrated all over.  The Body Shop does a huge range.  My favourite is the moringa, it smells divine!

my lips also suffer chapping so I use a lip scrub to sluff away the dead dry skin My favourite lip scrub is the bubblegum scrub from lush, I then apply a rich vitamin enriched lip balm.  avoid petroleum-based products as they only dry the skin further, instead try rosehip oil, shea or coconut butter or beeswax.  Try not to lick your lips continuously.  saliva contains acids that help break down food in the chewing process & can irritate & dry out the skin if in continuous contact with it.

Add an extra treatment into your weekly routine. Whilst we are in the colder months it is very beneficial to treat your skin to a weekly scrub & mask. Pick an evening or morning that you can take 5-10 minutes out & give yourself a mini home facial. Not only is good for the skin but it’s great for the mind too. It’s amazing what taking 5 minutes out from life can do!

GIVE YOURSELF A TREAT-

A good scrub with creamy textured exfoliator is perfect for scrubbing away dead skin cells & those pesky dry, flaky areas caused by the wind chill. Exfoliating can also help boost your circulation, eliminate pore blockages & help the skins cell regeneration speed up (it does get more sluggish in winter due to the lack of vitamin D that we get from the sun’s rays).

Once you’ve scrubbed finish with a hydrating facial mask. This will smooth out the surface, replenish moisture, cool & calm the skin. This is the time to sit with a book, have a coffee break or simply sit quiet & reflect on your day. Relaxing for the mind, body & soul! Done before bed, it can improve your sleep too.

 

Here’s a little snippet of my usual weekly routine- YOU can see the difference from the first picture to the last.

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As you can see in the first picture, I came home from work with dull, lifeless skin. The weather really upsets my rosacea so I end up with uneven tones & red areas.  My lips are also dry & chapped.

In this second picture, I have come out of the shower after cleansing & toning the skin & using a moisturising facial scrub whilst in the shower.  The difference is already noticeable.  My skin is more even, brighter & has a flush to it thanks to the scrub stimulating the blood vessels.  This, in turn, will allow the regeneration of skin cells by upping the blood flow to the skin.

This is after An anti-oxidant facial mask & moisturising with a few drops of oil followed by a rich moisturiser.

Look at the difference from the start!

The facial mask has helped to take down the redness & the mask has sluffed off those pesky dead skin cells that were giving me the dullness & the intensive moisture boost has given my parched skin what it needs to repair itself.

With these few tips, your skin should stay bright and healthy throughout the cold spell and you should be able to enjoy the snow and frost without sacrificing your skin.

STAY SAFE & WARM THIS WINTER

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Wedding Shoot Styling – The Manor Arms Abberley

Back at the beginning of April, I had the pleasure of working on a styled bridal shoot at a beautiful location in Abberley Worcestershire.

The Inn is situated on The Worcestershire Way & is set in the Old Square of Abberley.  Dating back to the 17th century this venue boasts stunning views of the rolling countryside & is very much the heart of the local community & an ideal meeting place for the residents.

After a fabulous refurb back in 2013, the Inn is now registered to hold civil ceremonies & is the perfect location to host an intimate wedding celebration.  With the choice of a beautiful purpose-built gazebo or beautifully decorated interior, this venue is the perfect place to say, ‘I do’.

The styled shoot was coordinated by the lovely Jane Goldman of Tulle & Blue bridal accessories & was a great success.  I worked alongside some fantastic local suppliers to create a romantic, spring-themed shoot.  We based our theme on Pantone’s colour of the year 2018- Ultraviolet.

We all had our own input into creating the final images, with the hope to inspire future brides-to-be & help them plan their own wedding days to perfection.

After creating my mood boards, I finally settled on the subtler notes of lilac & rose with hints of silver.  We had the lovely Octavia as our model, she has the most glorious porcelain skin, with freckles & red curls.  Both of my looks worked beautifully on her.  The first of which was a classic, naturally vintage look which was perfectly in keeping with the gown chosen.  The second look saw a deeper shade of violet with added sparkle for effect & had a more glamorous feel.

We decided to use a second model- Octavia’s sister who we roped in at the last minute- to create another twist on the natural look, this time keeping everything light, dewy & neutral.

The day stayed dry until late afternoon, so we were able to capture some fantastic outdoor shots & we were even blessed with a little spring sunshine before the heavens opened.

The experience was great & we all had such fun collaborating.  Working alongside such talent is one of the many reasons I love my job.  I get the opportunity to meet so many amazing people who love the industry just as much as I do.

I can’t wait until the next time we can all work together to create magic once more.

I’d like to personally thank each & every one of you-

*Janet at The Manor Arms Inn & her beautiful daughters for allowing us to take over the Inn & modelling for us.

*Jane at Tulle & Blue for approaching me with her vision & making it happen, her bespoke      accessories & stationary in out of this world.

*Sarah Palmer of Nellie Photography for capturing the most mesmerising images for us.

*Sarah of Venue Styling & Flowers by Floyd for dressing the room & outdoor areas so beautifully.

*Jane at Longbarn Flowers for the spectacular florals.

*Sian of Cakes by Sian for the dreamily decorated cake.

*Julie at Gatehouse Brides for the beautifully selected gowns & shoes.

*Claire Hateley of Hairstylist Worcester for creating such stunning hair styles.

What a team we were!

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Airbrush Makeup Worcestershire

If you are looking for professional Wedding day or special occasion Airbrush Makeup in Worcestershire, you have come to the right place. I very often get asked by clients what the difference is between traditional application make-up & airbrush application make-up.  There’s quite a vast difference between the two and here I will explain and explore those differences & compare the two, hopefully allowing you to come to a decision on which is best for you. I am always happy to offer further advice when we meet.

Bearing in mind that either choice is down to personal preference & a good makeup artist should be able to apply either & ensure that it lasts the day/night & looks great.

Let’s start with the Traditional Makeup.  

Usually applied with fingers, brushes or sponges & coming in many different forms from liquid to powder, creams to gels it’s very versatile.

Traditional make-up products can be used for anyone & are readily available.

Pros

*easy to find a product that is suitable to your skin type, tone & colour.

*offers good coverage.

*products are readily available for purchase & easy to reproduce the look at home yourself.

*easy to touch up.

*easy application.

*not as expensive as airbrush.

Cons

*more difficult to conceal scars, pigmentation & pimples.

*can feel heavy  & cakey on the skin.

*will require more touch-ups throughout the day.

*more unhygienic due to the use of tools requiring regular sanitising & deep cleaning.  Also, dirt from hands can cause a build-up of bacteria that can clog pores that lead to spots & pimples.

(This said, a pro artist will use disposables & keep all tools & equipment sanitary & ensure that all products are thoroughly sanitised in between clients).

Airbrush Make-up. 

Airbrush foundations are usually water or silicone based. It is thinner than traditional makeup so it can be passed easily through an airbrush gun.  Due to its thin nature, it is sprayed out as a fine mist that can be built up to the desired coverage.  It smooths out imperfections easily with minimal product creating a flawless looking finish whilst still allowing the skin to breathe.

Airbrush make-up doesn’t soak into the skin, instead, it sits on the surface making a great long lasting base to any look.

Pros

*lightweight formula with full coverage.

*looks flawless in person & photographs amazingly.

*natural looking.

*water resistant & sweatproof.

*doesn’t transfer once dry (won’t come off onto clothing with hugs)

*suitable for all skin types.

*hygienic does to not coming into contact with face or hands.

*fabulous longevity (12-16 hours).

*no need for touch-ups.

*minimal product used.

*allows the skin to breathe.

Cons

*can be flaky on dry skin if not hydrated properly.

*difficult to reblend.  If you do rub & the makeup moves it can be more difficult to reapply.  However, if it’s applied correctly & allowed to dry properly this shouldn’t be an issue.

*more expensive.  The price tag is higher compared to traditional products.  Due to the nature of the product & the purchase of the correct equipment & the training courses that are involved, most artists will charge more for airbrush applications.

*more difficult to remove.  Silicone airbrush products need to be removed with an oil-based cleanser & then the skin cleaned thoroughly again afterwards.

So what are your thoughts now?  Hopefully, this has answered a few of your questions.

I personally love airbrush make-up because it evens out the skin tone so well & lasts really well.  I do however love traditional application just as much.  It boils down to personal preference & after all what suits one, may not suit another.

As your makeup artist, I will want to know and listen carefully to discover what your usual routine is, check out your skin & then make a judgement call.  As with all make-up, there’s no right or wrong & as long as you feel comfortable & look a million dollars it doesn’t matter which you prefer.

If you have any comments or would like to ask any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Happy Makeupping!