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#getcreative: bridal beauty by aj edgar mua

January 15th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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While it can be tempting to have a complete beauty overhaul ahead of your big day, we believe it’s incredibly important to be the very best version of you on that special day, and not to take things too far so that you look like someone else altogether.

With this being our mantra, we’re very much in favour of our talented Sponsor Alexandra Jane Edgar’s approach to bridal beauty: “you wear the makeup, it does not wear you”. For, as Alexandra explains in today’s post, hiring a professional to create your wedding makeup doesn’t mean changing the way you look, but enhancing your features and complementing your big day plans, with luxury brand products that are kind to skin and long-lasting.

As an out and out pro, with experience of working for and training with some of the world’s most luxurious brands and cosmetics houses, we’ve invited Alexandra to the blog today to tell us more about her fabulous makeup services while also sharing a few top tips and tricks along the way…

With images by Joe Laws Photography.

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Can you tell us a little about your background and how you came to be in the wedding industry?

alexandra says: Yearning for a creative career I began working in the cosmetics industry 16 years ago. I have represented the world’s most luxurious brands and cosmetics houses and have had extensive training throughout my career from the industry leading names, such as Lisa Eldridge, Francois Nars, Eve Nom and Sylvie Chantecaille. I have been so fortunate to come into the wedding industry purely through client demand for my services on their big day.

Can you give us an overview of the services that you offer and the area that you cover?

I travel throughout the North East to your bridal venue on your big day. I am based full time in an award-winning wedding and portrait photography studio in Newcastle Upon Tyne. This is where you can come for your makeup trial and very excitingly receive a digital photograph. This is a wonderful opportunity to see how you will photograph on your wedding day whilst giving you a confidence boost and a little experience being in front of a camera. We even host hen party experiences, which is fun opportunity to meet us and trial your big day look, with a fabulous photo shoot of you and your bridal party.

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How can brides-to-be prepare for a wedding makeup trial?

Start to consider your wedding day look when you have chosen your palette, flowers etc. so we can complement your ideas. It really is important to know you are going to look and feel your best on your wedding day. I can then also advise you on skincare to really get your complexion radiant in plenty of time for your big day. Afterwards, just relax and look forward to your wedding morning.

Why would you recommend a bride hires in a professional makeup artist for their big day?

Brides tell me they could not have achieved the same look themselves and they all enjoy a professional, pampering and relaxing service on their wedding morning.

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What should a bride look for when hiring a makeup artist?

It is your day! You need a good relationship with any professional to feel happy and confident.  Experience is essential. I use luxury brands of skincare and makeup and I create looks for ladies of all ages every day.

What would you say is the best part of your job and what you excel at?

I love meeting new people and being a part of your most special day is so rewarding and the feedback from my brides and the bridal party is so positive and encouraging. I am told from my clients that they do not feel any makeup on their skin so they can just feel and be themselves. This is definitely my signature style – you wear the makeup, it does not wear you. Making a woman feel transformed, beautiful and her best is extremely empowering.

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Where do you look to for inspiration?

I work in such a creative space, as a team we are constantly challenging ourselves with new looks, lighting techniques, photographic editing. We pore over fashion magazines and Instagram for inspiration and bounce lots of ideas around the studio and on location. We never stop creating – #getcreative is our thing. I recently created a stunning Baroque inspired look for a shoot for Kathryn Russell, an incredible couture bridal gown designer who is based in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.

What bridal makeup looks are in vogue currently?

Brides always tend to require timeless and classic makeup for their wedding day. I’ve recently noticed an increase in brides requiring elements of glitter and sparkle into their looks too.

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Paintbox. Supplier Showcase: AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

November 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

Today I’m proud to introduce you to a Brides Up North Featured Supplier who I can personally vouch has creativity and enthusiasm by the bucket load.  I was Art & Design classmates with AJ Edgar Make Up Artist back in the day and let me tell you, you should have see the size and scale (and talent behind) her fine art coursework.  We could barely fit it into the art room.  Getting the girl to double maths was another story…

I have no doubt that Alexandra will put her absolute all into making your wedding day both fun and beautiful.  Sign her up, girls. 

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

How and when did you become a Make Up Artist?

Having worked in the cosmetics Industry for over a decade, I have spent the last six years based in a prestigious, multi- brand boutique in Newcastle City Centre. I have met and gained extensive training from the industry’s most talented names. I frequently travel to London and Edinburgh to remain avant garde with all the latest products and trends.

I love to paint and consider make up artistry as portraiture!  With my skill base and a love for design, AJ Edgar Make Up Artist  was born. I can now reach all of you brides to be and fulfil your wishes in creating a unique portrait of you, lit from within. I can’t wait to meet you all!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

What service do you offer Brides to Be?

My service to you is to create the very finest portrait of you and your bridal party.  You will look and feel extra special and photograph beautifully.

Why should a Bride to Be have her make up professionally applied?

With my experience I am well equipped at dealing with the fun, hustle and bustle of your wedding morning.  I am an artist who understands light and shadow. I create a special, unique, classic and timeless look for your special day.

Your bridal party will compliment you beautifully and the ladies wearing hats will be seen, not cast in shadow.

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

Contact me to arrange your trial. Reassure yourself that you and your bridal party will look picture perfect. At this stage we can establish any skincare concerns and ensure your skin looks radiant.  A bridal trial costs £30 (£20 for other members of the bridal party).  This is exclusive of travelling costs.

Then relax, leave the rest to me!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

What sets your business apart from your competitors?

I remain current with all the most innovative, leading brands.

I insist on using the finest products allowing me to create the most natural, glowing, polished portrait of you.

I endeavour to enhance your natural beauty and that of your bridal party.

I create classic, stunning and timeless make up looks.

I work to your requirements and style. I never want your photographs to date.

I am truly passionate about my artistry and service to you. I just love a wedding morning!

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What have been your professional highlights?

A real highlight was flying back to my old home The Bahamas to be bridesmaid for my dear friend Stephanie. She had arranged for a make up artist to fly in from Miami.

Imagine my excitement, what a treat; I was getting my make up professionally applied. As it transpired the other bridesmaids and I were horrified with the results. The thick mask of foundation did none of us any justice at all and was melting rapidly in the humidity.

Fortunately, I was doing Christine, the mother of the bride’s make up. I had a small amount of kit with me, so, after making Christine picture perfect I then turned my attention to us. The highlight was being told I “Saved the Day”, all the while keeping the bride separate from our concerns.

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We ended up all comfortable in our own skin and ready to rock the aisle and support Stephanie in her chic “Colonial Bahamian” Wedding Day.

In July this year I received an email from British Vogue. I was invited to feature in the September Issue under ‘Vogue’s Wedding Wishlist’. They said they really liked my website and beautiful wedding make up. I was absolutely honoured as you can imagine. So as of now you will find me recommended by Vogue!

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What are your favourite Wedding Make Up Looks?

I personally need all the help I can get to bring my face to life. Thank you make up, I quite love you.  I strongly recommend a classic, timeless and elegant look on your wedding day.  That doesn’t mean no colour. Colour is good, done tastefully is what I’m talking about.

What would be your Top 5 Make Up tips for a Bride to Be?

Less is More. 

Embrace a good cleansing routine. I recommend the Eve Lom Cleanser regarded by Vogue as “ Probably the Best Cleanser in the world”. 

Leave false lash application to me on the day. I would hate for the adhesive to be visible.

Have a professional eyebrow shape. It will open up the eyes and for a more mature lady; it will create a lift to the face.

Relax, have fun, it’s your wedding day! You have put a lot of work into your big day so enjoy every minute of it!

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What would be your Top 5 Wedding Make Up No No’s?

Embrace your pallor! Don’t get spray tans or apply fake tan prior to your big day if you’re not accustomed to it.

Don’t do anything drastic under the doctors’ needle.

Do not get sunburnt! I recommend Instituit Esthederm sun care.

Do not use any harsh, abrasive products that could potentially redden the skin or exasperate rsacea or sensitivity.

Don’t go changing too much; you are loved as you are!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

Who would be your dream client and why?

Andy Warhol: “If everyone’s not a beauty then no one is”. 

Are there any really memorable weddings you have worked on?

Every wedding morning is beautifully memorable, such a wonderful atmosphere, the time flies and it’s amazing to see my clients picture perfect in their dress. 

A particular stand out memory was when I was asked to cover a huge bruise on the forehead of a bride’s father. He was extremely conscious of the shiner ruining his daughters’ photographs.  As simple as a good mattifying primer and a slither of concealer and the gentleman was good to go. Oh, no one would ever know!

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

On appointment AJ Edgar Make Up Artist will Invoice you a “Save The Date” deposit of £30. Thereafter I charge £100 for bridal wedding make up and £50 for each member of the bridal party.

Where are you located and will you travel?

You will find me in the City Centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne where we can arrange a trial, alternatively I will travel to you. I will then travel to you on the morning of your wedding day.

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

Why do you read and like the Brides Up North blog?

I have read the blog for a long time and seen many familiar faces on their wedding day. Julia and I are classmates from our school days and it was lovely to see her artistic skills come to life and create such a beautiful blog. A client of mine described it as “the go to blog for Brides Up North” so I am very excited to be a Featured Supplier.

How can Brides Up North see examples of your work and find out more about you?

You will find photographs and testimonials of my work and can contact me at www.ajedgar-mua.com

Like my my Facebook page or follow AJ Edgar Make Up Artist on Twitter, this will allow you to learn pro tips and tricks and I will keep you updated with all the latest in skincare, hair care and the finest cosmetic innovations and the magical goings on in the art market.

You can contact me through the website or telephone me on 0753 007 5279 or alternatively email me at contact@ajedgar-mua.com

I am truly excited to hearing from you and creating the most beautiful Brides Up North. 

 

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Keep Calm & Make Up! Supplier Showcase: Cordelia & Co.

July 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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This weekend I’m proud to introduce you to a rather lovely lady and the talent behind North East make up artistry business, Cordelia & Co. -  the fabulous Anna Mason.  This gal is a wizard with a blusher brush, on top of the trends and safe as houses to entrust with your wedding day look.  Fact.  

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Anna also is wholeheartedly behind our little crusade here at Brides Up North to get our readers – yes you! – thinking local.  She says:  It’s so refreshing to find ideas and suppliers so passionate about the wedding industry and so proudly based in the North. Everything about Brides Up North is ‘real life”, inspiring and approachable, synonymous with the ‘Northern Revolution’ that Julia is trail blazing throughout the wedding industry!

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Let’s meet her. 

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Cordelia & Co. Make Up Artist

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How and when did you become a make up artist? What is your background and qualifications?

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I was the artistic black sheep of my business focused family and as a child became addicted to my Gran’s (the original Cordelia!) panstick and rouge! I moved to London when I was 18 to take a Media and Business degree but being in the capital only inspired me to get more makeup creative. For the first few years I cheekily gained experience on fashion shoots and assisted more successful makeup artists despite been totally self taught! In my early 20s I took the plunge and took an IHBC in media and fashion makeup at the London School of Beauty & Makeup. Formal makeup training really raised my standards and I was able to adapt my own style from there. I quickly realized my favourite genre was to be ‘private makeup work’ such as red carpet, corporate events and of course weddings… I loved working on real faces!

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Cordelia & Co. Make Up Artist

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What service do you offer for Brides To Be?

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Cordelia & Co. create beautiful looks with makeup for the bride (or groom!) and members of the wedding party. From a detailed consultation to a informative and fun pre wedding makeup rehearsal right through to creating makeup perfection on their big day. I can be on ‘makeup call’ all day if required, from touch ups to a change of look in the evening!

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I can also offer makeup lessons to help brides become their own makeup artist should they be going away for their wedding. Also makeup master classes for a fun evening in before wedding such as a night with the girls!

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Why should a Bride To Be have her make up professionally applied?

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For a bride that is not confident with makeup but knows she wants to look her most polished and radiant having their makeup professionally applied will be invaluable! Even if she is more than makeup savvy, bridal makeup has to fill a vast criteria such as longevity, photogenic and being lighting friendly. There’s a such a fine balance between looking fantastic in both photographs and real life. A bride will pick up lots of tips and tricks about products, while learning about colours and dispelling any makeup myths!

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Finally, nerves! Even as a makeup artist I chose to have a trusted colleague perform my own wedding day makeup, emotions are running high and hands are shaking! A good makeup artist will bring a sense of calm to the preparations.

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Cordelia & Co. Make Up Artist

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

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All my packages include a rehearsal which can be performed anytime up to the day. I consider it the most vital stage in my services. It is where all the planning and playing with makeup happens. I also perform an in-depth consultation where I find out as much about the client and their wedding and their expectations. I really do welcome their input and wish to create their idea of makeup perfection.

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What sets your business apart from your competitors?

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I’m a makeup artist but really my business is all about customer service, with a real emphasis on the customer. Communication and reliability and the confidence my customers gain from this are invaluable. From my experiences in London, the beauty world is sometimes considered fickle and unapproachable. I really intend to change this perception with Cordelia & Co. I’m professional, friendly, discreet, and like to think I can do great things with a makeup brush. It truly is a honour to perform such a personal service for a bride and to be within her wedding party circle on such an important day. I always think ‘There is a person behind the face I am painting!’

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Tell us about some of the industry connections you have made and shoots that you have worked on since launching your business?

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I was apprehensive to start up from scratch in the North, but I can honestly say that the regional wedding industry could not have been more welcoming. I have met some fantastic photographers and regularly perform ‘makeover work’ in collaboration with them. Vintage is so popular right now and seems to be the theme behind the majority of my shoots.

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I’m really pleased to have been able to build up a private cliental again, as working with ‘real women’ and meeting their expectations as opposed to models, is where my passion lies.

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What have been your professional highlights to date?

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As a young makeup wannabe I assisted the phenomenal Laura Mercier during a week of master classes in Harrods. I never get star struck but became all giddy when she shook my hand. It wasn’t just the experience but been able to ask all those makeup questions you’ve had stored in your head since childhood!

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What are your favourite wedding make up looks for 2013?

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Brides are definitely moving away from the ‘bridal look’ of peaches and pinks and the resurgence of vintage only seems to be growing. It really is all about the eyes! Subtly defined with beautiful lashes and immaculate groomed brows. I’m a bit of a brow obsessive and include tidying and shaping in my services.

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Cordelia & Co. Make Up Artist

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What would be your top wedding make up tips for a Bride To Be?

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Look after your skin in the build up to your wedding, taking time to relax, remembering that too much stress will show through in your skin Leave at least a week between a facial and your wedding day, giving your skin time to settle Invest some time in your brows by either committing to grow them out if there over plucked and having then professionally shaped. This really can redefine your face!

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For touch ups, ask an attendant to keep a small mirror, lipstick and blotting paper in their purse. Blotting paper will absorb excess oil that causes shine and is a better alternative to reapplying more powder as over the day this can become cakey.

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Waterproof mascara… of course! And if you do shed a tear remember to ‘dab’ with a tissue don’t wipe!

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What would be your wedding make up no-nos?

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Take it easy on the fake tan! A nice overall glow will look radiant but too much of the bronze and the face and body will be a different shade, this will look terrible in photographs!

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Tide marks, through either blusher applied to harshly or foundation round the jaw line. Blend, blend and blend again!

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Skin draining colours! If you are unsure of what your undertones you have (cool or warm as a rule) seek some professional advice. This really is the key to looking beautifully healthy.

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Always, always have a makeup trial, even if you’ve had makeup professionally applied before. Your own version of the ‘natural’ look could be translated very differently. This is one area not to cut costs on, investing in a trial/trials will guarantee makeup perfection and relieve stress on the big day!

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Whatever your overall look, aim for ‘iconic’ rather than ‘high fashion’ with your makeup. Think Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor (the first few marriages! ) and recently Kate Middleton.  All exuded timeless beauty. We’ve all seen wedding pictures from the 70’s and 80’s featuring grease painted blue eye shadow, enough said!

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Who would be your dream client and why?

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I refer to Charlize Theron a lot for inspiration, as she has the most beautiful bone structure. I think it would just be a case of gilding the lilly with Ms Theron! Another dream client would be Joan Collins… really! I just love the lady and I know she has very firm opinions on makeup. She was taught how to do her own makeup by the legendary Whitey Snyder from the silver screen era. But if she ever wanted to update her look, I’d be happy to help!

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Are there any really memorable weddings that you have worked on?

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Back in London I was making up a wedding party in a stately home in Richmond. The lighting in the bedrooms was so poor that myself and the hair stylists had to set up shop in the stairwell as it had the biggest windows! The bride thought it was hilarious and the photographer was inspired and took some amazing pictures of bridesmaids perched on the stair banisters!

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Which weddings or shoots do you have coming up that you are really excited about?

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I’m honoured to be working with a bride who styled my hair for my own wedding seven years ago! We joked on the day that I would have to return the favour and now I am. The wedding is also being held in my home town of Guisborough which is still finding itself on the wedding map, but will provide the perfect backdrop to a real Northern wedding!

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Where are you located and will you travel?

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I’m based in the market town of Guisborough (ancient capital of Cleveland) but I’m happy to travel throughout the North and the rest of UK.

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How can Brides Up North see examples of your work or find out more?

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Visit my website at www.cordeliaandco.com or find me on Facebook at Cordelia & Co. inspired makeup artistry and Twitter @CordeliaAndCo. 

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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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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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Powder Power! Supplier Showcase: Helen Guy Hair & Make Up Artist

April 10th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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This morning its all about the power of pretty as we talk to Brides Up North Featured Supplier Helen Guy Hair & Make Up Artist about the secrets of the slap! 

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Beauty school dropout?  Time to listen up – this lady is full of tips. 

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You can meet Helen at The Brides Up North Wedding Exclusive at Rise Hall, East Yorkshire on Sunday 22nd April 2012.  Register for your VIP Bride To Be Goody Bag by clicking here.   

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

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How did you become a make up artist?

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I left school and started working at a hairdressing salon as an apprentice. I went to college day on release and loved it. I found I had a flair for it and when I started doing my second year (it was a three year course) I wanted to qualify as soon as I could so I did my 3rd year day release on my day off.  I also took a year’s cosmetic make- up course too.  I qualified a year early on my hairdressing course and won student of the year and immediately set up my own business which I loved. I’d trained with a salon that did a lot of ‘up’ do’s so learnt the skills to put hair up as part of my training. I started doing weddings and built my skills and kit up to include make up as part of my service.  I then went on to own my own salon for a time but preferred to be freelance. I’ve done other things in between but have always come back to hair and make up… its my passion.

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What services do you offer?

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I offer bridal and special occasion make up and hair styling for the bride and any member of the wedding party. I also do photo shoots, commercial and editorial shoots for magazines. I’m also a freelance hairdresser and Reiki master teacher.

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York Place Studios

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What product lines do you use and why?

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Airbase airbrush make up – This was created for TV & Films and gives a beautiful waterproof lightweight foundation base with is perfect for brides.

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Bobbi Brown – They do heavily pigmented shadows that have little drop down and amazing Gel Liner.

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Smashbox – a professional range and I use their primer which gives an amazing velvet like finish under your foundation.

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Lancôme – Juicy Tubes lip glosses are fab. They are long lasting and yummy.

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Nars – do amazing blushers, perfect for a pop of colour.

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The above is just a small selection.

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Jim Poyner Photography

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Why should a bride to be have her make up professionally applied?

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The morning of a wedding is a time for a bride to relax and be pampered.  It also a time when nerves can take hold and with the best will in the world you don’t want a shaky brush when applying your make up.
A professional make up artist will know tricks and techniques to make you look amazing on your photographs, after all once the big day is over all you have left is your memories and your photos.
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York Place Studios

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Do you recommend a make up/ hair trial?  Why?

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Yes. This gives the bride a chance to see how she will look on her big day and your stylist a chance to plan how to achieve the desired look by taking notes and photographs so the look can be recreated on the big day. The wedding morning is not the time to want to make too many changes or to try a new look. It also gives the bride chance to check she has no allergies to anything used .

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Lissa Alexandra Photography

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What sets your business apart from your competitors?

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I am a qualified hairdresser as well as a qualified make up artist with a lot of experience in the wedding industry and am truly excited and thrilled to be involved with a bride on their big day. Its such a thrill and a privilege.

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I do think people like the personal touch and I like to think I go the extra mile to make the bride feel special on her big day.

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York Place Studios

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What are your all time favourite wedding make up looks?

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My aim is to help the bride look like themselves but on a really good day. To enhance their natural features so that their guests will say ‘wow, hasn’t she got beautiful eyes’ and not ‘wow, hasn’t she got beautiful eye shadow’.  I love the elegant bridal look with a great base, bridal smoky eyes, gel liner and peachy/natural lip colour. Perfect for a spring wedding.

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Chris Chambers Photography

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What are your all time favourite wedding hair looks?

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I love both up do’s and down styles. I love curly side buns which are very pretty and can be enhanced with flowers or decorated pins. I also like French pleats too, very elegant.

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What current styles do you like?

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I’m loving the high ponytail, fishtail plaits and big beehive up dos that are very on trend at the moment as well as smooth chignons and smooth top buns a la Audrey Hepburn.

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What are your top 5 wedding make up tips for a bride to be?

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Use a great long lasting foundation. You will be hugging and kissing lots of people and don’t want transfer.
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Use blusher. Even if you’re not used to wearing it. Try using a bronzer for a healthy glow on your cheeks so you don’t look washed out. The photographs drain colour from you so its an essential.

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False lashes applied to the outer third of the eye will open them up and add and instant glamour to your look.

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Make a note of the lipstick used at your trial and buy one for top ups throughout the day.

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Book a professional make up artist early to avoid disappointment.   

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Atken Photography Studio

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What are your top 5 wedding hair tips for a bride to be?

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Ask your ‘hair & make up artist’ about their qualifications. Are they a fully qualified hairdresser or just a hair stylist. There is massive difference between someone who is fully trained in the art of ‘hair dressing’ and someone who has had a couple of hours training to do a couple of ‘bridal up dos’.

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If you are having your hair put up don’t wash it the wedding morning. Wash it the evening before.

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Use a strong hair spray. Even if you don’t like hairspray, your hair has to look great for a long time.

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Think carefully about what you want to wear in your hair and discuss your ideas with your hairdresser before buying anything.

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Have a good hair routine prior to the wedding day. Use a conditioning treatment weekly and if you have your hair coloured have it done the week before to give your hair time to settle and any skin staining to go.

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Helen Guy Hair & Make Up Artist

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What are your wedding make up no nos?

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Orange bronzer

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Glitter

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Thick mascara

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Using a too dark foundation

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Lip gloss if you are wearing a veil over your face

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What are your wedding hair no nos?

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Wearing your hair up just because you think its a ‘bridal’ thing to do.
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Thinking that just because your hair is short you don’t have to do anything with it.
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Don’t buy a tiara that is too heavy, tight or uncomfortable. Its going to be on a long time and you don’t want a headache on your wedding day!

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Don’t go for a look that’s so far removed from ‘you’.

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Don’t go for a radical colour change just before your wedding day. Hair colour can change the look of everything from make up to your dress and colour scheme and what looked amazing with blonde hair may look washed out if you go brunette.

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York Place Studios

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Where are you located and will you travel?

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I’m located on the border of North and East Yorkshire and travel throughout the Yorkshire region.

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Can you give Brides Up North an idea on price?

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All my current rates are on my website www.helenguy.co.ukI currently offer fab package prices anyway for bookings for three or more members of the wedding party (see my website for details). 

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Jim Poyner Photography

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How can Brides Up North see more examples of your work/ find out more?

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Look at my website www.helenguy.co.uk and my facebook page

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  – Images © 2012 supplied by Helen Guy/ Lissa Alexandra Photography/ Jim Poyner Photography/ Atken Photography Studio/ Chris Chambers Photography/ York Place Studios as tagged

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Are You Ready For Your Close Up? Supplier Showcase: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

October 3rd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Having previously chatted by email, I recently met Featured Supplier Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist at my Brides Up North Yorkshire Tweet Up.  What a stunner!  This lady is quite the advocate for her own skills. 

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Today, I talk to this talented make up artist (who is based in Leeds but has car, will travel) about the art of a painted face, the dos and don’ts of your wedding day war paint and how she can help.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

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How did you become a make up artist?

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My make up career started in 2005 at Central Manchester College of Health and Beauty where I gained an ITEC in beauty therapy. Here, I touched on make up and found that I loved the creativity and playfulness of it. I wanted to know more. I went on to a local collage to study media and theatrical make up which then lead me to the School of Make Up. In 2008 I attended an intensive ‘Combined Media’ course. This included media/fashion and editorial make up, media/ fashion and editorial hair as well as fashion styling. I also studied prosthetics and special effects make up. I received in depth tuition from some of the most respected and experienced make up designers in the industry.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

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What services to you offer?

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I offer brides and the bridal party hair and make up for their special day. If it is a large bridal party or an early ceremony sometimes a team of hair and make up artists is a good idea. I have made some good friends in the industry and sometimes a small team is needed.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

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What products do you use and why?

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My make up kit contains many of the finest products available, each product is picked for its quality and suitability. I use products such as MAC, Chanel and Illamasqua. I am passionate about beneficial and pure products and I am against animal testing so I use natural products such as Bare Minerals and Arbonne.

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Brides Up North Wedding Blog: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

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Why should a bride to be have her make up professionally applied?

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Many brides come to me for their wedding make up to take the stress off themselves and achieve a fresh look which will last all day, helping you feel great and look amazing! The make up I apply will be natural to the eye but flawless and heavy enough for your photography, which is the lasting memory of your day.

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Click through for Ashley’s top tips for your wedding day face…

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