May 28th, 2018 | Laura McDonagh
It’s holiday season here on the blog, and as the editorial team take a short break, we’ll be leaving you with a reduced blogging schedule so that you still get your daily dose of wedding lovely. Usual service will recommence on Monday 4th June 2018 but in the meantime watch out for recaps of some of our favourite Real Weddings from the first half of the year so far.
Drop in every day for the very prettiest, most unique wedding inspiration and – if you are a Brides Up North bride – to see if your real wedding was one of our top picks.
Rustic, homemade details ruled for Craig and Sarah’s big day, with mismatched flowers, neutrals, fairy lights and paper lanterns. Sarah is justifiably proud of the fact that almost everything for their wedding was made by them, from the beer bath to the bouquets. They even foraged for the ivy they used to dress their tables – now that’s dedication!
The result? A gloriously sun-soaked, boho affair which will have you lusting after a fairy-tale woodland ceremony.
The ultimate take-home detail from this visual feast of gorgeousness, though? The flower crowns. Oh Lordy, those flower crowns. They’re giving us palpitations. We strongly suggest you take a comfy seat for this one – it may well cause weakness of the knees!
With photography by Emily Hannah Photography.
sarah says: We got engaged in Palma city by the cathedral after a few too many mojitos! Craig got down on one knee when only the two of us were around.
Our wedding day was the 8th July 2017. We decided on an outdoor wedding, so we chose summer and prayed for a dry day!
Our venue was Camp Katur, Kirklington, North Yorkshire. We chose the venue as it was so different to a typical hotel or stately home and had such a relaxed vibe. The ceremony area was in the forest and felt perfect while the reception was in the rustic barn. We also loved the fact that our guests could stay over in different glamping pods!
We went for a festival/bohemian-style wedding with a relaxed feel and a neutral colour scheme. We wanted to make as many things as we could for the wedding so that it was as ‘us’ as possible. With help from a good friend, we created a bar made from pallets along with a beer bath. In the end, we created almost everything for the day ourselves.
I bought my dress from Happily Ever After in Darlington. Amanda, the shop owner, couldn’t have been more helpful or lovely. Unlike most people, I knew what style I was after: simple, with lots of chiffon.
Craig wore a brown suit and jacket with a white cotton shirt, black chinos and tan brogues. The jacket, shoes and waistcoat were from Rocha John Rocha and the chinos were good old M&S. The shirt was Jasper Conran.
May 1st, 2018 | Rachel Parry
When it comes to planning a hen do it can be tricky to think of an ‘activity’ that’s original and will appeal to all ages and personalities within the group. But thanks to our fabulous North-East based Sponsor, freelance makeup artist Alexandra Jane Edgar, we have a winning suggestion for you that’s guaranteed to go down a treat with all your beloved hens – a professional makeover and photo shoot! We said it was fabulous!
Based in the studio of Joe Laws Photography, in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Alexandra has added this hen party experience to her list of services, so girls can get glammed up before hitting the town and take away some stunning professional shots with their leading ladies as a gorgeous souvenir of their pre-wedding celebrations.
Not only that but Alexandra is also offering group and private makeup classes to help ladies get out of a beauty rut and enhance their features while learning top products, tips and tricks along the way. And those further afield than the North East need not miss out of Alexandra’s golden advice as she’s started a series of online makeup tutorials too. Is there no end to this lady’s talents?
Here to tell us more is the expert herself. Over to you Alexandra…
With images by Joe Laws Photography.
You’ve recently introduced a Hen Party Experience to the portfolio of fabulous services that you offer. Can you tell us a little about this?
alexandra says: Our Hen Party Experience is a new, feel good service providing you and your main girls an amazing treat. All hens get a pamper session with eyes, cheeks and lips at £35 each, with the bride-to-be getting a consultation on skincare, full professional makeup application and hair styled for £55. Next, it’s time to hit the studio and enjoy a photoshoot by award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Joe Laws. Each hen will choose a digital photograph and the bride-to-be chooses an additional one of the entire party to take away with them. Any additional images, prints, framing are also available at an additional cost.
How have the hen party sessions been received so far?
The feedback has been amazing with our parties coming from as far as Northern Ireland and Scotland so far. They say it is a great way to spend an afternoon before going into town to party. It’s a professional, fun experience where everyone gets to look and feel their best. Not only will the session encourage brides-to-be to book their wedding makeup trial, it’s also a great opportunity for some practice in front of a professional photographer – and most of all, they all have fun with beautiful images to take away and treasure. It certainly beats a selfie!
You also run a number of makeup classes at the studio. Why did you want to introduce this service and who do the classes appeal to?
I have been asked for a very long time from clients if I offer classes and tutorials. I decided to offer this service and the feedback and enquiries have been fantastic. I had not realised how intimidating us ladies can find makeup, and how difficult some find it to find a makeup artist they can trust. I run monthly events at the studio (details can be found on my Facebook page) which are a wonderful opportunity to meet new people, get some advice on products and learn, as I show you “how to” on my model. I am also available for private classes, which are great for mums and daughters, or a few friends, looking for some new ideas, tips and tricks. This service appeals to all ladies looking for an informative, fun experience learning new skills and gaining confidence with their look. Events are £15 per person, and private/group consultations are £35 each.
What are the main beauty mistakes that ladies tend to make?
I honestly don’t think it’s the ladies who make the mistakes. I genuinely believe they have been served with the wrong products for their needs initially. I have seen this time and time again. The consultants are not asking the right questions, nor are they listening to the answers. The client walks away having spent money, gets home and doesn’t have a clue how to use her new products. I am passionate about skincare and makeup. It is magical and empowering. I am able to guide you on the best, effective, cruelty free, luxury products to use to suit your lifestyle whilst keeping it easy and transparent.
Your latest venture is video makeup tutorials, which sound exciting – can you tell us more please?
My desire to help others enjoy, experiment and feel good with incredible products has catapulted me right out of my comfort zone. I wished to present my brand in a luxurious, fun, easy going, informative way. I want my clients to see real women, the process, the application, the finish. My videos are currently on my Facebook page, however I am in the process of setting up a Youtube Channel – AJ Edgar Make up Artist – where they will all be together. I will keep you posted!
So what type of videos have you done so far and what else do you have planned?
My first two tutorials have been modelled by two incredible dancers, Jessica and Elena. My first look is based on enhancing Jessica’s own beauty, the second is empowering Elena with a catwalk inspired look from Sophia Webster’s dreamy current collection. Next, I will be showcasing a real prom makeup application on Royal Teen Miss UK, Juliette. Through my videos, I will be filming ladies of all ages and ethnicities focussing on different areas, such as eyes, cheeks, lips, skincare, foundation – the whole schbang!
What current makeup trends are you a fan of and can you forecast any looks that will be big in bridal?
I’m delighted that the magical, ethereal, glistening, mystical looks on the spring/summer catwalks at London, Paris and New York Fashion Weeks are here to stay. The skin is luminous and looks so healthy – perfect for a bride. See examples at Antonio Marras, Ralph & Russo, Sophia Webster and Valentino. I feel the sherbet hues will transcend into bridal with lilac, pink, pistachio and lemon taking centre stage. I adore translating the catwalk looks for bridal and every day. All examples can be seen on my Facebook page, shot by Joe Laws Photography.
Beauty-wise, who is your celebrity crush?
Currently it would have to be bride-to-be of the moment, Meghan Markle. She always looks radiant, polished and so happy. She is a strong, confident woman. I adore that she said no to any editing of her portrait for Vogue. Right now, Meghan will be preparing her skin in order to be wedding-ready, focusing on her nutrition and skincare. This is something I am able to assist my brides-to-be with and I only use vegan skincare, makeup, nutrition, bath and body products.
It would be absolutely incredible at some point in my career to do Meghan’s makeup. It would be such a privilege to advise and create looks for such an empowering, beautiful girl.
March 26th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
Springtime is the perfect season to update your makeup look, ditching darker, wintery palettes for a fresher, radiant finish that’s all about enhancing your natural beauty with minimal fuss.
Spring beauty needn’t be boring though – there are plenty of ways to get playful with your makeup this season and inject pops of colour into your day-to-day beauty regime. Who said that bright colours – or even a touch of sparkle – were just for going ‘out out’ with the girls? You may even want to borrow some of this season’s most coveted looks for an on-trend stylish twist to your big day.
Lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the top beauty looks we’re currently crushing on here at Brides Up North that you simply must get acquainted with. We’ve even handpicked a selection of go-to products to help you nail these trends, so what exactly are you waiting for?
Outshine other brides this spring season by adding some gorge sparkle to your bridal day makeup look, as seen on the spring runways of Anna Sui, Alberta Ferretti and Stella Jean. We’re talking highly pigmented metallic eyelids or a delicate smudge of shimmery shadow on the inner circles of your eyes, sure to brighten up your complexion in an instant. For a truly sultry sparkle, you can’t go wrong with Violet Voss Super Sparkles – these dinky pots come in a variety of colours, including nude copper and even white champagne gold.
Spring is all about those bloomin’ lovely colour palettes and we simply can’t get enough of dreamy pastel shades for a sweet, barely there natural look. But for something a little more intense on the colour spectrum, we think you’re going to be coveting some rather luscious cherry shades this spring, which contrast perfectly with a fresh, dewy complexion. We love Clinique’s Pop Lip Colour + Primer which, as luck would have it, comes in a Cherry Pop shade and glides on with a velvety finish, moisturising lips for up to 8 hours to boot.
If you’re so over unicorns and pineapples already, then let us introduce you to an all-new trend to obsess over in 2018, spotted on the runways at Fendi and Tadashi Shoji – gals, it’s time to make a splash with mermaid vibes. The mermaid makeup look is all about bright and beautiful eyes, think ocean blue and exotic green tones – from turquoise and coral to aquamarine and every shade in between. One of our favourites is Stila’s Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow in emerald with its cream-to-powder texture and intense wash of colour.
According to top beauty editors, bloggers and A-listers, gold highlighter is a must-have addition to your makeup bag this season. This is an ultra flattering hue that leaves your skin with a glossy complexion. Charlotte Tilbury’s Bar of Gold is something of a cult classic in this department, promising to sculpt your cheekbones to perfection thanks to the highlighter’s light-reflecting ingredients and delicate formula.
March 9th, 2018 | Julia Braime
There’s no one style suits all when it comes to a bride’s big day look – rather than fitting the bridal mould, we love nothing more than to see ladies reflecting their own individual styles, not only through their dress choice, but their hair and makeup too.
Whether vintage pin curls, a Hollywood red lip or winged liner to rival past-icon Amy Winehouse is your thing, you should be able to rock it every day – and that includes your wedding day. That said though, we all know the pressure of trying to perfect your look for an occasion that matters (cue pre-wedding melt-down) and so we highly advise leaving the task to the pros.
Our fabulous Sponsor Lipstick & Curls – “the hair and beauty experts” – have experienced stylists located across the country who can create looks from all across the decades – retro to modern day – and so are certainly well placed to help you brides and your #girlsquad get your glam on.
Today we’re catching up with the director and head stylist of Lipstick & Curls, Amanda Moorhouse, to find out more about their fantastic services, as well as to learn more about the latest bridal hair and makeup looks, and must-have products!
And if you like what you see here ladies, you will be excited to learn that the lovely Lipstick & Curls team is offering our readers 10% off their prices until the end of April 2018 – just mention Brides Up North when enquiring.
Now, let’s get down to beauty business…
Can you give us a brief overview of Lipstick & Curls and the services that you offer?
amanda says: Lipstick & Curls is a unique agency of hair and makeup artists providing services across the UK. All our artists have been hand-picked to represent what we feel is the best in the business! We understand the needs of our customers and work with them closely to create a style that reflects both their image and personal style whilst working with their theme or brief. Bookings include bridal groups, parties and hen parties, cooperate events, fashion shoots and TV, music and media clients.
How many stylist are on the team and what areas do they cover?
We have grown to include more than 100 artists now covering all the main cities in the UK, Scotland, Wales, London, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, Oxford, Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Hull, Brighton, Devon … and many more! We will always assign the closest artist to the location and they will make the journey to the client on the day.
Why would you recommend a bride hires in a professional to do their makeup rather than doing it themselves?
Hair and makeup plays an important part in how you look and feel on your wedding day and we want to be part of the process. We know how important your appearance is on this special day. Our artists have years of experience working with brides and their families. They are the experts and the bride can relax on the day knowing that she is in safe hands. Additional services we provide include, eye lash extension, hair extension, airbrushing, manicure.
Can you tell us about your Deluxe Wedding Package and what it includes?
Lipstick & Curls have teamed up with some fabulous partners to offer our customers more than our award winning bridal hair and makeup services. Deluxe Classics provide beautiful classic cars, from the heyday of American motoring that offer the perfect opportunity to travel in style and arrive with an added dash of glamour on your wedding day. Hanson & Jeni of Mid Century Weddings are two of the finest vintage style photographers with 15-year experience and are internationally published, in fashion magazines and several vintage themed books. With their experience and wonderful eye for detail they will capture your beautiful day forever. Together we present a package of timeless style and sophistication to complement your day, adding a little bit of magic from the golden era. There are discounts available for booking two or all three of these services. Please email us at email@example.com to discuss your requirements.
You also offer Hen Party packages, can you tell us what these entail?
Our hen parties are always very popular as ladies always love to be pampered! We provide a wide range of services to suit the group and theme of the event; from the Classic Mini Makeover to a more Deluxe service providing both hair and makeup. Our artists have experience and skills in many areas and can provide vintage hair and makeup from all the decades, character hair and makeup, and pamper services, including hair styling, blow drying, makeovers, manicure, massage, facial and pedicures. We cater for groups of all sizes and have various packages to suit most budgets.
What makeup looks are proving popular with brides at the moment?
I think the bold lip is here to stay for a while! Nothing looks more wonderful than glowing healthy skin, neutral eyes (with lots of lashes of course) and a deep, bold lippy! We have seen some really daring plums and reds and even fuchsias on our brides over the last few months and they look so good with the contrast of the white ivory gown. Brightening up the whole face and even making the teeth and eyes look whiter!
Similarly, what hair styles are proving popular with brides?
I think the most popular style right now is the soft messy bun. We often add extra hair to provide even more texture and shape. This style looks great when curled and then loosely pined. A favorite of my brides is to unpin the hair at the end of the day so they have a different, even softer look for the evening!
February 28th, 2018 | Alexis Forsyth
After what will no doubt have been a thrifty January for most, the arrival of February payday means we can finally start to loosen the purse strings a little and treat ourselves to a few pretty purchases.
Around this time of year, one area we like to invest is the contents of our makeup bag, as we find switching up the beauty regime and trying out new products can transform not only how we look, but also how we feel about ourselves. And for the brides-to-be tying the knot this year (try to contain your excitement ladies!) we know that you’ll be especially eager to experiment with different bridal looks and get your skin and hair in tip-top condition.
And so, to kick-start your all-new 2018 beauty regime, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite products to tackle those pesky skin and hair woes leftover from the winter months and re-invent your look in time for spring – and your big day!
Our skin has a tendency to look lacklustre during the winter thanks to the dreary, cold weather, and hibernating indoors doesn’t do us any favours either. But the good news is that a fresh and radiant complexion is just a face mask away. Lancome’s Energie de Vie Purifying and Refining Clay Mask is one of our favourites, boasting an enriched blend of French Melissa, Cranberry and Ginseng; unclogging pores and removing residue of makeup and day-to-day urban nasties to reveal new-found luminosity. We think a face mask should be a mainstay within your beauty regime all year round though, especially if you’re prepping for that sought-after wedding day glow.
Rose is having something of a moment within the beauty world, with numerous product launches in the past year harnessing the anti-inflammatory, hydrating and antioxidant qualities of this skincare hero. Along with its distinct, beautiful scent, the delicate rose comes in many guises when it comes to skincare formulae, with rose essential oil and rosewater two of the most common. Want to incorporate rose into your beauty regime for 2018? Give the new Pixi Rose Tonic a try, which is a retake on the cult beauty brand’s popular Glow Tonic, promising to balance your skin’s hydration levels and minimise redness to boot.
January 30th, 2018 | Rachel Parry
All brides want to look their very best on their wedding day and so prior to the big day they’ll want to pull together their very own #glamsquad who will help them to achieve that goal.
A professional makeup artist tends to part of such a group – someone who knows all the best tips, tricks, trends and products, and who can apply makeup with ultimate staying-power that will look fabulous both in person and on camera!
One lady who has all these super skills and pro knowledge is our wonderful Sponsor, North-East based makeup artist, Jo Leversuch of Make-Up By Jo.
Having made up hundreds of happy brides, worked for top brands and on the models of London, Paris, New York and Milan Fashion Weeks, Jo’s portfolio speaks for itself but for those wanting to find out more about this talented lady, we’ve invited her to the blog this afternoon to tell all about her services and style.
Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to be in the wedding industry?
jo says: My background began with Lancome around 20 years ago and throughout the years I have worked in the fashion and beauty industry. About ten years ago I met celebrity make-up artist Ariane Poole whom I assisted and was mentored by her over the years. Around seven years ago I came into the wedding industry through meeting photographers, wedding suppliers and wedding venues.
Can you give us an overview of the services that you offer and the area that you cover?
I offer a bespoke service to all my brides with my in-depth knowledge within the industry and experience I have to offer. My services cover makeup for the bride and the bridal party for the wedding day, and if the bride requires my services for the whole day, then this can be arranged too. I also offer private one to one make-up lessons as well, which is perfect for brides who would like to apply their own makeup or that are getting married abroad.
How far in advance would you advise brides to book a makeup artist?
Makeup application is exceptionally popular for wedding days now, so I would highly recommend to book your makeup artist as soon as you have booked your wedding venue and photographer.
Why would you recommend a bride hires in a professional to do their big day makeup rather than doing it themselves?
A professional makeup artist will have the knowledge of how much makeup to apply and also to make sure the makeup stays on all day. A professional will have full knowledge of different brands and an understanding on how this works with the photographer and hairdressers so the bride looks absolutely stunning on her day.
What should a bride look for when hiring a bridal makeup artist?
The bride should look out for recommendations from other brides, wedding venues or wedding suppliers. They should also study the style of the makeup artist and look at their website and social media for examples of work.
What is it that you love about your job and would you say that you have a signature style?
Running my business gives me a huge buzz; from travelling around the world for the catwalk shows, magazines, and also being makeup brand ambassador for Veil Cover Cream. I also truly love weddings as I want to create the prefect makeup for each bride and make them feel exceptionally beautiful. My signature style is all about the perfect skin. I am known as “Queen of Skin” and my style has a real natural aspect with a fashion edge to it.
Where do you take inspiration from? Any celebrity crushes?
I take my inspirations from working backstage on the shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris twice a year. My other inspirations are taken from every day; from the colour of flowers, nature, art, galleries, museums and travelling the world seeing different cultures. My celebrity crushes have to be the striking Helena Christensen and young Elizabeth Taylor.
What makeup looks are proving particularly popular with brides at the moment?
The nude blush lipstick is a definitely popular at the moment and a strong focus on eyebrows and an element of contouring.
Where would you advise brides to seek inspiration for their bridal makeup and what other elements should they take into account when deciding on their bridal look?
I always advise my brides to truly think about them as an individual and to look at how they like to wear their own makeup. For example, if a bride always favours black eyeliner then that’s her trademark, so I would incorporate that concept in the look. I’d say to take inspiration from the season and venue they choose, look at colours of the flowers and Pinterest is the most popular site to look at.
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