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Flawless. Supplier Showcase: Claire Hartley Make Up Artist

December 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Claire Hartley Make Up Artist

This afternoon we welcome Brides Up North Featured Supplier Claire Hartley Make Up Artist to the blog.  Claire shares my passion for the Northern Revolution and is encouraging all her clients to think local when planning their big day.  Today, we find out how she can help to make your big day beautiful. 

How and when did you become a make up artist?  

I have been in the cosmetics industry for many years working as an Account Manager for top make up and skincare houses Clarins, Clinique and Estee Lauder. I have been trained to the highest standards with all of these brands and achieved Accredited Consultant status with Clinique. Most recently I have been professionally trained by ‘Airbase’ using their High Definition Airbrush Make Up and I am fully appointed in the theory and practical application of Airbase make up. I have also completed a BABTEC and Beauty Guild accredited course in Advanced Make Up Techniques as well as accredited courses in Threading, Facial Therapy, a party Lashes and Spray Tanning. I am committed to continually updating my knowledge and skills to provide an exceptional service to all of my clients.

What service do you offer for brides to be?

I offer a full bridal package that is inclusive of a full consultation, a trial 4 -6 weeks before the big day, skin prep and make up application on the day. Every bride is different and I work closely with them to create the perfect look that is unique to them, reflects their personality and ties in perfectly with the theme of the wedding, the dress, hair and accessories. I build a relationship with the bride that will give her confidence, keep her relaxed and feel comfortable having me there on the morning of the wedding. I can adapt my services to match exactly what the bride would like whether it may be several trials, a make up lesson teaching her skills for future use or even teaching her how to apply her own wedding day make up. I also offer beauty services to my brides and can provide bespoke packages that include monthly facials, spray tanning, threading and more.

Claire Hartley Make Up Artist

Why should a bride have her make up professionally applied?

I think having your wedding make up professionally applied takes away a lot of stress and worry on the day. Bridal preparations are an amazing part of your wedding day and to relax and enjoy them without any pressure makes them even more special.

Professionally applied make up will look flawless, will last all day and enhance your natural beauty. Professionals use their knowledge and skills to create a perfect look that looks amazing on camera as well as in ‘real life’.

Do you do a make up trial? Why would you recommend this?

Yes, I include a make up trial in all my bridal and wedding make up services. This is an opportunity to get to know the bride and her bridal party and to find out about the wedding from the dress and colour theme to flowers and accessories and the timings of the day.

It gives me us the opportunity to create the perfect look, match the perfect colours and to choose the perfect products!

It also gives the opportunity to find out about the clients skin type and ensure the correct products are used for each individual. Any allergies can be taken into account and a make up plan is prepared for use on the day.

Claire Hartley Make Up Artist

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The Inspirations: Chanel Couture With Make Up By Jo

March 11th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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As an only child who spent half of my teenage years on the phone and the other half reading every issue of Vogue from cover to cover (although come to think of it, what’s changed?), this beautiful make up inspiration study by Brides Up North Featured Supplier Make Up By Jo really caught my attention.  Based on Chanel’s Spring 2013 Couture Collection, striking black lace appliques may not be at the top of my recommended bridal beauty looks, but if you normally rock a strong make up look, why feel that you have to tone it down to say I do?

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Here, Jo and her North East wedding industry colleagues explore a strong yet pretty look, from which the more fashion forward brides might seek inspiration. 

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Chanel Couture Spring 2013 Inspired Make-up

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Face

Steamcream

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

Ariane Poole Tinted Primer in Light

Ariane Poole Conceal and Contour Palette

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Eyes

Elizabeth Arden Eye Fix Primer

Ariane Poole Illuminator Pen in Light

Ariane Poole Eyeshadow/Eye liner in Black Diamond

Ariane Poole Superwear Gel Eyeliner in Black

Max Factor False Lash effect in Black

Benefit Brow Zings in Light

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Cheeks

Rimmel London Blusher in Spring Flower

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Lips

Lucas Paw Paw Ointment

Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick in 07

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Chanel Spring 2013 Couture Collection images from Style.comsee the full set by clicking here. 

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Jo of Make Up By Jo says:  The inspiration behind the shoot came from the latest catwalk from one of the quintessential fashion houses: Chanel. Chanel’s Couture Spring 2013 collection was based on a “neo classical” woodland in the Grand Palais in Paris. The hair and make-up featured dark smoky eyes with feathery effects of lace as if the models were birds in the woods.

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Make Up By Jo - Chanel Couture Inspiration

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I wanted a small collaboration of talented suppliers in the North East to bring together a more fashion forward look for brides to consider on their wedding day. Mood boards were set up on Pinterest and discussions were set for a date in the studio with GASP Photography.

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I had lengthy discussions with accessories designer What Katy Did Next to make sure that headpieces and leather necklaces representing feathers and leaves in various shades of black and silver would enhance the overall look for the final images.

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I wanted to really show the eyes as the strongest feature with soft smoky eye make up. The skin was to have a fresh but flawless look with a minimal amount of eyebrow enhancement. The application of the eyeshadow was a continuous method – blending the black eyeshadow to give the soft hue. The dark eyeliner was applied and eyeshadow was smudged to soften the hard line of kohl pencil. A pink shade was chosen for lipstick and cheeks to give the overall look a softer feminine edge with such strong black eyeshadow.

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Make Up By Jo - Chanel Couture Inspiration

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The lace feather effect was created by cutting tiny sections of lace and using eyelash glue on each individual piece to apply to the face for the final look.

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Little Black Book

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Make-up Artist: Jo Leversuch of Make Up by Jo

Photographer: Jade Angus of GASP Photography

Hairdresser: Vicki Murray of Poppy Hairdressing Stockton

Hair Pieces & Feather Necklaces: Katy Howieson of What Katy Did Next 

Flowers: Kirsty Johnson of Darling & Green

Other jewellery: Jewellery By

Scarf: Andrea Freeman at Redana 

Model: Alexandra Ellis

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Make Up By Jo, GASP Photography, Style.com

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The Inspirations: Frosted Romance By Make Up By Jo

January 10th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Make Up By Jo at Thorp Perrow

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Yesterday, I shared Brides Up North’s latest bridal inspiration shoot set in the stately rooms of private house and brand new wedding venue Thorp PerrowClick here to catch up.  I’ve already given some major kudos to my team but hey, why not say it again – big thanks to the amazing talents of Joe Dodsworth Photography, Curvy Bridal, Love On Location, CWC Malings, Twisted Willow Floristry and models Ruth Sturdy and Alexandra Ellis (whose lovely mug is the focus of this morning’s feature)!

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One lady who was extremely instrumental in the look and feel of this project was my friend, Featured Supplier and colleague Jo Leversuch at Make Up By Jo.  Jo understood the frosted romance theme and my whimsical notions of Russian princesses, ice maidens and winter pastels perfectly.

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The team drew ideas together using a Pinterest board, a resource that I am using more and more in my styling work  (feel free to pop on across and give Brides Up North a follow for regular insights into my behind the scenes thought processes, and things that I think are generally pretty) and you can see the board, entitled Romantic Opulence, by clicking here

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However, when it came to make up, Jo – using our inspirations – had free reign.  I trust this make up maestro implicitly.  And you know what?  Trust pays off.  I’ll pass you over to Jo, who explains the thoughts behind, and the products used to create, this stunning look. 

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Joe Dodsworth Photography

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Jo says: I wanted to share with you behind the scenes preparation for the latest photo shoot with Julia, Editor of Brides Up North.

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My main inspiration came from the January 2013 edition of Elle Magazine and their cover shots featuring Kylie Minogue. The look was strong but had the feminine flair of soft pastel pinks. The key look for Spring/ Summer 2013 make-up is a strong focus on pink colours from pastel to candy strong pinks of all shades for eyes, cheeks and lips.

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Make Up By Jo at Thorp Perrow - Elle Magazine

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Make Up By Jo at Thorp Perrow - Elle Magazine  

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The theme for the shoot was “Frosted Romance”, drawing on regal imagery in cold climates, and the make-up needed to be adapted from a high end fashion trend to wearable bridal make-up. This meant a softer approach on the look with plenty of focus on highlights and contour.

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Blending the make-up was essential for the camera. I wanted the skin to be fresh and flawless with a focus on highlighting the cheekbones. The eyeshadow added a subtle hint of pink colour and white shimmer in the inner part of the eye enhanced the eyes for a magical look. By using different textures of blushers I created strong contours to really show off the cheekbones. Lips remained soft with a slight hint of gloss.

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Joe Dodsworth Photography

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Make-up used on both models:

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Primer: Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer

Foundation: Ariane Poole Tinted Primer in Light

Concealer: Ariane Poole Conceal and Contour Palette

Highlighter: Ariane Poole Illuminator Pen

Eyeshadow: Ariane Poole in Charm 337

Eyeshadow: Daniel Sandler Eye Delight in Ice

Mascara: YSL False Lash Effect

Blusher: Watercolour Fluid Blusher in So Pretty

Nars: Desire

Lipstick: Ariane Poole Love Struck 52

Daniel Sandler: Super Candy

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For more information, or to chat to Jo about your bridal look, contact her via her website www.makeupbyjo.co.uk

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  – Images © 2013 Joe Dodsworth Photography, Make Up By Jo, Elle Magazine

Make Up By Jo is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, but this is not a sponsored post

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Absolutely Flawless! Supplier Showcase: Make Up By Jo

May 4th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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www.sallythurrellphotography.com

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I was recently lucky enough to be made over by today’s fabulous Featured Supplier, Jo of Make Up By Jo.  As well as being a thoroughly lovely person, by goodness can she work wonders with a make-up brush!  I went from looking tired, drawn and dried out (too many late nights in front of a computer screen) to radiant and, ahem, beautiful with a flick of her magic wand. 

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You really must meet this wonder woman!  Tis witchcraft, I tell you…

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Hi Jo!  Tell us a little bit about your trade…

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My experience in the industry began 20 years ago when I first applied for a job with Lancôme. During the 10 years working for Lancôme I gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience in the industry working for large accounts in York, Edinburgh and Manchester with strict training courses and events.

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Afterwards I moved into fashion working as a manageress and buyer for an exclusive boutique where I spent time at London Fashion week and had a great understanding of the fashion world.  I had the good fortune around seven years ago meeting celebrity International make-up artist Ariane Poole who I work closely with on events and shows to this day in the North East and London.

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I always keep up-to date with application, style and techniques of make-up with frequent trips to London.

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My services range from bridal make-up, make-up lessons, photo shoots, commercial and editorial shoots.

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www.baughanphotography.co.uk

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What products do you recommend?

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I use an array of products ranging from Ariane Poole, Estee Lauder, Lancôme, Bobby Brown, Nars, Jemma Kidd. Key items I would always use on a wedding:

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Ariane Poole Skin Primers and Conceal and Contour Palette

Lancôme Khol eyeliners

Bobby Brown Gel eyeliner

Elizabeth Arden Eye Fix Primer

Boots No07 Lipliners

Nars Blushers

Jemma Kidd Eyebrow Kit

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Why should Brides Up North hire a professional make-up artist?

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Morning full of nerves and butterflies in your stomach and struggling to put your make-up on .? To hire a professional make-up artist is a luxury but a professional make-up artist will have the knowledge, understanding and techniques on how to enhance your beauty on this special day which can be captured as memories on camera.

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www.beckymitchellphotography.co.uk

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Would you recommend a make-up trial?  Why?

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Yes I always offer a make-up trial to the bride. This is an excellent opportunity to discuss ideas, colours, style of wedding. On the wedding day I will arrive at either the home or venue and will stay with the bride until her wedding dress is on for final touches of make-up. If the mums and bridesmaids require a make-up trial that can also be included as well.

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www.baughanphotography.co.uk

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Why does Make Up By Jo provide a superior service?

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I have worked in various aspects of the industry for the last 20 years and understand the need to listen to everyone as an individual. I treat all brides and the bridal party as individual everyone has their own style that represents you as a person. I am a relaxed and calm person and happy to help brides in all situations.

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www.studiobyjaymz.com

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What is your favourite make-up look?

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My favourite look is the flawless skin with slight to medium depth of smoky eyes. This creates a soft focus and a subtle Hollywood glamour look

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Jo Leversuch

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What are your top five tips for wedding day beauty?

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Look after your skin, and stick to a skin care routine leading up to the wedding

Skin primers for face and possible eyes and lips

Waterproof mascara and eyeliners

Good foundation

Lipstick that suits you as a person

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And the no-nos?

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Fake tan on the evening before or morning of the wedding

Not blending or choosing the wrong shade of foundation

Wearing the wrong shade of lipstick that makes you look washed out

Wearing a facemask on the morning of the wedding

Fake tan not applied correctly on the hands

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Any really special weddings that you have worked on?

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I have so many memorable weddings in their own way. Two that stick in mind, A biker wedding when I arrive at the venue Middleton Lodge there was two lines of motorbikes which was the aisle for the bride to walk down to the alter. The grooms and the party wore their jeans and biking jackets. The bride wore an amazing corset denim black dress and the bridesmaids wore denim corseted dresses. The other wedding was at home with a large marquee. Everyone was running late and I ended up ironing dads shirt, helping him with his cravat, hovering the house for the guests to return back to and making sure the bride was dressed and helping her lace her delicate lace corset dress.

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www.michaelcartwrightphotography.co.uk

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?  Where are you located?

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My prices vary on location but quotes can be requested by emailing me on jo@makeupbyjo.co.uk

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I live near Darlington but will travel wherever the bride would like me to go at home or abroad.

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Where can Brides Up North find out more and see more examples of your work?

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You can find my work and details on my website, www.makeupbyjo.co.uk

Facebook: Make-up by Jo

Twitter: @JoLeversuch

YouTube: JoLeversuch

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Anything else that we should know?

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As well as wedding make-up I work on other aspects of make-up closely at fashion shows in London with Estee Lauder Cancer Care and Debbie Wingham fashion designer plus I have worked behind the scenes on The National Wedding Show in Earls Court and have recently become an Associate Tutor for Jemma Kidd masterclass@HOME

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  – Images © 2012 as tagged www.michaelcartwrightphotography.co.uk, www.beckymitchellphotography.co.uk, www.studiobyjaymz.com, www.sallythurrellphotography.com, www.baughanphotography.co.uk or otherwise Jo Leversuch

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Spring Bridal Make Up: Ten Top Tips From A Professional Make Up Artist

March 28th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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It appears that in this last week, Spring (or Summer?!) has well and truly sprung!  I know that lots of readers are now on the countdown towards their own big day – yippee! – and at this stage your thoughts start to turn to the details.

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Smink Make Up Artistry:  Spring Bridal Make Up   Smink Make Up Artistry:  Spring Bridal Make Up 

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I asked Brides Up North Featured Supplier Marianna of Smink Make Up Artistry to share her top ten professional make up tips and product recommendations for Spring bridal make up, and she was more than happy to oblige.  Listen up!

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Spring is a time of natural renewal – so do the same for your skin and invest in a fine polishing product to get rid of dead skin cells – smooth radiant skin looks tons better in digital photos.  Try: Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Kit available at www.qvcuk.com

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Philosophy Microdelivery Exfoliating Kit

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Spring light can be very white – use a pink or peach primer first to make the skin sparkle before applying foundations.  Try: L’Oreal Studio Secrets Anti Dull Skin Primer at www.loreal-paris.co.uk

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L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti Dull Skin Primer

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Foundations need to have some sticking power for weddings and most likely it’s going to be a long, emotional day for you. Even if you are not a girl who wears make-up – make this the day you wear a proper foundation. It doesn’t need to be heavy, but it does need to have a matte or semi matte finish. If you have anything with sparkles or sheen it will make you look sweaty in the photos or will slip during the day.

Try: Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation at www.lauramercier.com or Clinique Superbalanced Makeup at www.clinique.co.uk. These both come in a myriad of different colours.

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Clinique Superbalanced MakeupLaura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation

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Apply your foundation with a proper brush. it gives you a much better finish and allows you to build up layers easily. I love Daniel Sandler “Base brush” at www.danielsandler.com or Crown Brush “Deluxe Large” at www.crownbrush.co.uk which are both good sizes to work around the face. 

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Daniel Sander Base Brush

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Invest in a new style fluid blusher which will plump up the cheeks and won’t look powdery or dry on your wedding day.  Try: Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in “Cherub” or “Blush”.  It’s a silicone base which means it will last all day and night. www.danielsandler.com

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Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush

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New eye shadow colours for the new season! If you are DIY’ing your bridal make-up, try soft corals, champagnes and browny lilacs for this time of year.  Remember to buy your make-up a couple of weeks in advance and practice your look at least a couple of times before the wedding. You don’t want any surprises on the day!  Try: Nars Eyeshadow Trios (limited editions) in “Douce France” or “Calanque” at www.narscosmetics.co.uk

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There are loads of options for lashes – not just mascara. Long lasting lash extensions are becoming increasingly popular for brides (ask your therapist for a full but natural set – and avoid the dreaded “spider” lashes) or if you have a couple of months you might want to consider investing in “Revitalash” serum. This is an amazing product developed by a Doctor whose wife had lost her eyelashes due to chemotherapy. It works! I used it for my wedding last year and can heartily recommend it.  Try: Revitalash available from QVC at www.qvcuk.com

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Revitalash

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Peach lips are a favourite of mine – get the right peach for you and it immediately lifts and brightens your face. Illamasqua at www.illamasqua.com has some great ones which compliment light porcelain skins – try “Over or “Scandal”.  For more olive skins try Nars “Barbarella” or “Casablanca” at www.narscosmetics.co.uk.  As a bride, lip gloss can look plastic and trout pouty so I recommend just a light slick to the middle of your lips for the ceremony part of the day, then add more gloss in the evenings if you desire. Estee Lauder “Peach sizzle” or “Impulsive Coral” are perfect, available at www.esteelauder.co.uk

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Teeth will be on show so consider some dental whitening. Rather than laser whitening which although is fast and speedy can be unpredictable in terms of how white you go, consider getting a tray set made at your dentist. That way you can control the degree of whitening so you get the right white for you and your skin. I recommend Udentistry in Ilkley

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Finally a tip which won’t cost you anything… whatever you end up doing with your make-up, when you are all dressed and ready to walk down that aisle – don’t forget to smile!

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  – Images © 2012 supplied by Smink Make Up Artistry or product images as credited

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Pretty Perfect – Supplier Showcase: Perfection Nail & Beauty

November 8th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Perfection Nail & Beauty

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Morning Brides Up North!  Aren’t you all looking gorgeous today?  Just as well, because today on the wedding blog we are getting girly and talking beauty.  For most brides, looking glowy and feeling good is top of the list on your wedding day.  Are you ready for your close up? 

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Whether you are or not, today I chat to Brides Up North Featured Supplier, Paula Pace of Perfection Nail and Beauty about your wedding day beauty.  Paula has her blusher brush at the ready, and lots of tips to share too. 

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How did Perfection Nail & Beauty begin?

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I did a two year City and Guilds beauty therapy course at South Tyneside College from leaving school in 1989 to 1991.  The course covered make-up application and theatrical make-up. I started to do wedding make-up after setting up on my own in 1992 after working in 2 North East salons – the first salon being Fenwicks Newcastle.  I am qualified to teach beauty and make-up and I have also owned my own salon.  I am freelance now.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Perfection Nail & Beauty

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What services do you offer?

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I offer beauty as well as make-up including Biosculpture gel nail extensions and overlays for hands and feet.  I also offer spray tans.  I do waxing including eyebrow waxing and tinting.  I specialise in airbrush make-up using Dinair which is a water based airbrush foundation which looks great on photos.  I use a mixture of make-up in my kit, such as Screenface, M.A.C, and my favourite Anthony Braden which is a salon brand I have used for years.  

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Perfection Nail & Beauty

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Perfection Nail & Beauty

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Why should a bride have her make-up professionally done?

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I feel that for brides this is a very relaxing part of the actual day.  You can have all the massages and relaxing treatments beforehand but to have the make-up done on the day takes away a lot of the stress.  Apart from that – airbrush looks so lovely on camera, and lasts all day.  It is now becoming one of the essential must haves for weddings.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Perfection Nail & Beauty

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Do you offer a make-up trial?

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Yes I do a make-up trial – its recommended just for piece of mind and to ensure there are no allergies to the make-up I am using.  However, for brides living abroad its not always possible to fit in a trial so I have gone in blind and everything has been great.  

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Perfection Nail & Beauty

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Perfection Nail & Beauty

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What is your favourite bridal make-up look?

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I will always love the simplicity of the fresh faced bridal look as it is timeless but with a little Hollywood glamour of the winged liner and natural false lashes, rose blush and a pink gloss.  I also love to do a really strong lip colour with minimal eye make-up with exaggerated eyeliner.  I love a challenge.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Perfection Nail & Beauty

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What are your top five wedding make-up tips for Brides Up North?

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HEARTLook after your skin, drink plenty of water and try to ease up on alcohol in the lead up to the wedding – alcohol dries out the skin and leads to puffiness under the eyes or dark circles.

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HEARTEasier said than done – but try not to stress when things don’t go right with the planning – stress usually results in the skin bearing the brunt of it: spots or flakiness.

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HEARTTrial a spray tan well ahead of the wedding – don’t leave it to chance and get it done just before the wedding.  I have seen so many problems with spray tans on the wedding day that I have had ………..

……to correct with make-up.  Have a spray tan at least two days before your big day.

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HEARTThose paper powder books are ideal to mop up any oiliness or shine on the skin – and small enough to fit in a purse.

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HEARTIf you are going to cry – remember to use the corner of the tissue to absorb the tears – don’t rub eyes!

Consider having your eyebrows shaped – this will make the eye make-up look more flattering and …….brows frame the eyes – I do a fantastic brow shape treatment which will completely transform the way …….your brows look.

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And your no-nos?

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HEARTIf you are wearing white – a dark tan will look way too dark – go for a nice light glow – make-up can add more colour which will look nice and natural.

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HEARTTalons with French manicures look false – a mid length nail will look so more flattering and pretty with a French manicure.

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HEARTDon’t have your brows or any other facial waxing the day before the wedding – the skin will be too sensitive and will look pink on the day.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Perfection Nail & Beauty

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Are there any really memorable weddings that you have done the make-up for?

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I have done so many – everyone has been special and I have enjoyed it so much.   I remember the ones where everyone is relaxed and lots of laughing – they are my favourite.   I have also known some brides go for a jog on the morning of the wedding – they have been so chilled out.    Also the late brides have not been forgotten – rare – but very stressful!

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Perfection Nail & Beauty

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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Prices for bridal airbrush are £65 and a trial is £40 – but there will be travel costs to add depending on location.  I am located in Sunderland but I am prepared to travel anywhere in the North East although there may be a minimum of three make-ups for longer distances.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Perfection Nail & Beauty

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How can Brides Up North get in touch with you or see more examples of your work?

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Examples of my work and updates can be found on www.perfectionnailandbeauty.co.uk  and my Facebook page is Perfection Nail & Beauty @ Home.

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Finally, as I know that you are a reader, why do you like Brides Up North?

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Brides up North is a great way to keep in touch with what’s going on in the wonderful world of weddings – introducing you to fellow suppliers and real weddings. 

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  – Images © 2011 Perfection Nail & Beauty

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Supplier Showcase: Black and Mixed Skin

February 13th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Joyce of Brides and Beauty and Black and Mixed Skin.com, a Brides Up North Featured Supplier, tells Brides Up North about her business, with some top tips for looking fabulous on your big day. 

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Joyce Connor

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Joyce’s website is particularly useful if you are a reader with black skin or a mixed skin tone looking for quality products at affordable prices, although Black and Mixed Skin.com caters for ALL skin tones.

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Let’s meet the lady behind the magic!

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What is your background?

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I have been a make up artist and skin care therapist for 15 years! I wanted to offer a quality service to customers with quality products! I qualified as a beauty therapist first and then went more into make up artistry about six years ago! Since qualifying all those years ago I have completed nearly 80 other courses in beauty therapy and make up. I believe you can never have enough knowledge.
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How did Black and Mixed Skin.com begin?
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I started the business because I was finding it really difficult to get quality brands for darker skins. I started to visit the Beauty Shows in America and found that there was so much more on offer. It was a slow process to start it up because I wanted to try and test every single product to give it my seal of approval.
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What are your top three bridal makeup tips?
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Use a primer to fix the foundation in place
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Colour your lips in with a matching lip pencil before applying lipstick or gloss so that colour is still there if it comes off.

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Use a creamy concealer for a softer, more natural look on blemishes.

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What are your top three bridal makeup no-nos?
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Avoid lip gloss if you’re wearing your hair down on a windy day. Hair will stick to lips.
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Don’t apply too much shimmer to eyelids it appears as white dots in photographs.

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Too much bronzer can give your skin a dirty look if its orange based.

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Which of your makeup products would you say are must-haves for a bride on her wedding day and why?

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Youngblood Mineral primer. It’s a great product and lets skin breathe. It evens out the skin and helps foundation to last longer.
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Blinc Mascara. Once applied, the tubes bind to your lashes and cannot run, smudge, clump or flake, even if you cry or rub your eyes.

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Youngblood Brow Artiste to get the perfect eyebrows. Eyebrows frame your face and define the eyes.
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Youngblood Brow ArtisteYoungblood Mineral Primer 

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Which of your hair products is a must have for a bride on her wedding day and why?
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Mixed Chicks Hair Silk. It gives shine and smoothes curly or straight hair!
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Do you sell any pamper products to help a bride relax before her big day?  Which would you particularly recommend and why?
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Yes the bath soak by AmaZene is to die for! It smells great and always makes me fell relaxed.

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AmaZene Dermalogica

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Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil is another must have. Great for massage, as a relaxing bath oil or mixing in with your body lotion.

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How can Brides Up North find out more about your products?

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My website is www.blackandmixedskin.com for products for all skin tones.  Visit Brides and Beauty for bridal and beauty information.  I also have a blog full of beauty tips and product reviews at www.skinandmakeupblog.com.
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You can also follow me on Twitter @BridesandBeauty.

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Can you offer a discount to Brides Up North readers?

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Brides Up North readers can get a discount at Black and Mixed Skin.com  by entering the promotional code NORTH11 at the checkout. 

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Black and Mixed Skin.com is a Brides Up North Featured Supplier

Contact Brides Up North to submit your business as a Featured Supplier

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