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The Vintage Garden. A Contemporary Styled Bridal Shoot In Lancashire

January 23rd, 2014 | Julia Braime

CT Images

This morning we are bringing vintage styling up to date with a modern beauty twist as we join a collective of North West wedding industry suppliers for a last wedding breakfast at a Lancashire landmark venue. 

Alison McMath will be just one of our fabulous suppliers at our Brides Up North Luxury & Vintage Bridal Exhibitions in the North West this Spring, make sure to put the date in your diary and pre-register now! 

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But back to today’s action first.  Cat of CT Images says:  We are an all female wedding industry team in the Lancashire area and we wanted to play around with concepts of ‘vintage’ and bringing the past up-to-date.

CT Images

CT Images

The shoot took place as the last pictures ever to be taken at Pickerings Country Hotel in Garstang, which has been the setting for numerous weddings over the years. The overgrown English country and apple-laden garden became the backdrop for the autumn shoot.

CT Images

We wanted to demonstrate that contemporary hair and makeup styling can give vintage bridal gowns a new lease of life, freeing them of any constraints. The hairstyles took inspiration from different past eras and were all linked together with a more contemporary and daring bridal makeup style. Definitely more adventurous but still in keeping with beauty and romance, which is what every bride desires on her wedding day.

CT Images

CT Images

CT Images

CT Images

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The Winter Boudoir. A Sweet Reveal shoot by Cat Hepple Photography

January 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

Cat Hepple Photography

Boudoir photography has a bad name, and this is no-one’s fault but it’s own.  All to often, boudoir photography is tacky, hard, artificial, awkward and the absolute opposite of soft and and sensual.  Would I book a boudoir shoot?  Absolutely not. 

But what about a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Handled in an entirely different way at the hands of our wonderful Featured Supplier Cat of Cat Hepple Photography and her team of creatives, these shoots are less of a present for his bottom drawer, and more of a present to yourself – for your armoire or bedroom window seat.  Affirming, confidence building, celebratory and oh soooo sexy, would I book a Sweet Reveal shoot?  Well, maybe I already have…

Cat Hepple Photography

That’s for me to know, but for now, here’s Cat and her team (watch out for Brides Up North Featured Suppliers Victoria Farr and Story Of Your Day Wedding Films too) to ease you into this very good idea, as they present their “Winter Boudoir” shoot.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat says:  Sweet Reveal shoots are stylish boudoir shoots with an editorial feel- they look like something from a glossy magazine. I created this style of boudoir for my brides who often asked for a boudoir shoot but with a more subtle and romantic feel than typical images you’d expect from a lingerie shoot.

The Winter Boudoir from Story of Your Day on Vimeo.

I always work around a theme, a styled look for each shoot, carefully crafted around the woman I’m going to be working with. Recent shoots included a Bond Girl influence, a boho look, and a Carrie Bradshaw styled look. It’s an individual as the woman.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

For this shoot, I wanted to use ballet as our inspiration, we weren’t looking to recreate a ballet scene, but to use elements of dance to soften the feel and give it a fashion edge. Firstly the lingerie choices were so important, soft laces, high waisted knickers, tulle skirts, body stockings, all gave a nod to the world of ballet. I brought in the expert help of Jayne Winn from Sheer Bliss lingerie boutique, who sourced the beautiful lingerie pieces used in the shoot. Added to that  we sprinkled a little extra glamour using gorgeous necklaces and hair decorations. These pieces added that all important editorial feel to the finished look.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

I asked Charlotte Miller from Eden and Eve to style the shoot for me. Charlotte has a lot of experience at styling and understands how to bring a concept to life. She added warm sumptuous fur throws and ballet ribbon to our scenes and suggested one necklace be worn as a headpiece to go with some beautiful sleepwear in the softest blush rose pink. The key for this shoot was not to make it look too cutesy. Women having a boudoir shoot want to look sultry, sassy, sexy and chic. So we didn’t want the look to become too fluffy. This is where Victoria Farr our hair and make up artist became so important. She created hairstyles which you wouldn’t expect to see in the ballet room, so keeping the look more edgy and fashion conscious. The whole mix works so well together.

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Cat Hepple Photography

Many women are scared of boudoir shoots, feeling that everything will have to be on show and that they can be completely unforgiving to most women, but this simply is not true. These carefully crafted shoots are about exploiting the best parts of a woman, and giving her confidence to feel and look amazing. The transformation between a woman who arrives for the shoot feeling nervous and when they leave looking and feeling radiant and confident, is one of the best things for me about The Sweet Reveal. It’s amazing to do that for someone.

The Sweet reveal shoots make a great Valentines day gift. Imagine surprising your partner with the most beautiful little album filled with gorgeous shots of you. Currently if you book for Valentines, hair and make up is included in the price too, making it a great way to do something amazing for someone very special.

Cat Hepple Photography

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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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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.

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

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.

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

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!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

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!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

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!

AJ Edgar Make Up Artist

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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Flaunt It Fabulously. A Styled Bridal Shoot In The North West

August 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

www.chapterphotography.com

This morning on the blog we are showing off – one amazing elite wedding venue and the work of some really rather fabulous Northern suppliers.  Because, well, if you’ve got it (and hell yes, we’ve got it up North!) why not flaunt it?

Early one sunny Monday morning in Spring, one of the most exclusive wedding venues in the UK quietly opened it’s doors for a secret bridal photo-shoot to celebrate 15 years of Jean Jackson Couture. The shoot was to be an artistic collaboration between one of the North West’s finest dress designers and a small collection of highly sought-after and award-winning wedding suppliers, including the lovely Phoebe of Brides Up North Featured Supplier Flossy & Leigh Make Up Artist Company.  And what beautiful results…

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Friday Fabulous!

August 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Alphabet Bags at Liberty In Love

Carry your wedding day slap in style!

 I Do Wedding Pouch by Alphabet Bags at Liberty In Love £16

 

Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Image © 2013 Liberty In Love

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Merry Christmas Beautiful! 12 Days Of Bridal Beauty!

December 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Are there really are only 12 days left until the big C? Has anyone else not started their shopping yet?  Is it just me? (Can you feel the panic through your screen?) Luckily, my fabulous Featured Supplier and fashion and bridal beauty expert Jo Leversuch of Make Up By Jo is on hand with some Christmas shopping suggestions that will also fit perfectly into your wedding day kit should you, you know, fancy treating yourself while you are at it.

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Ladies, I give you Make Up By Jo’s 12 days of Christmas beauty stocking fillers, one for each day left on the calendar.  Just how good have you been this year?!

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Jo says:  I wanted to share with you my favourite 12 items of make-up perfect for Christmas presents for friends and family members.  The make-up items i have chosen are all under £20 and vary from brand to brand.  Have a Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year!

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1.  Bobby Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

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This award winning gel liner gives you the look of a liquid liner.  It is easy to apply with a brush and is water-resistant.   Black is great for those wonderful "cat flick" eyes perfect for News Year’s Eve. 

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2.  Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour 

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These chubby sticks are fun, colourful and you are spoilt for choice which colour to choose.  The lip treatment has a sheer colour that is perfect for dry, cracked lips and provides moisture.

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3.  Ariane Poole Conceal and Contour Palette

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Voted the best concealer.  This multi-functional products contains three shades of concealer perfect to blend to counteract dark circles under the eyes, redness and thread veins on the cheeks. 

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4.  Chanel Nail Polish – Le Vernis Nail Colour

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The famous Rouge Noir colour nail polish… the essential pick of all nail polishes to have in your make-up bag, and festive too. 

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5.  Tatcha Blotting Papers 

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A beauty secret cherished by the Japanese Geisha for centuries, these handmade, gold-infused papers remove excess oil and sweat without disturbing makeup or stealing moisture from the skin, so you can go all day without needing to touch-up.

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6.  Steam Cream face, hand and body cream

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This amazing natural product represents the latest concept in skincare.  Freshly handmade in the UK and Japan, this wonder product can be used all over the body.   You can choose over 100 funky all limited edition tins… the perfect stocking filler. 

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7.  Kate Moss Long Lasting Matt Lipsticks

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These gorgeous lipsticks come in a variety of colours and are so easy to apply with a velvet, rich matt texture.  Perfect for the party season.

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8.  Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

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A squeezy tube mascara that adds drama, volume and curl to the eyelashes.  Key ingredients are keratin and Shea Butter .

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9.  Nars Soft Touch Shadow Pencils

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The product comes in over 13 shades and are so easy to apply.  These jumbo sized pencils are versatile and can be applied to shade the lid, line or highlight the eye.

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10.  Lancôme Ombre Hypnose Mono Eyeshadow

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An intense & smoothing eye shadow.  This black eyeshadow has a subtle shimmer in for that intense strong smoky eye look.

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11. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

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The iconic Shu Uemura Eyelash curler is still the best!  Perfect to curl eyelashes to make the eyes appear larger.

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12.  Illamasqua Cream Blusher

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These rich strong pigmentation cream blushers are perfect for a rosy cheek colour or to highlight cheekbones and add a Winter glow. 

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Merry shopping!

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She Is Golden: A Bronzed & Beautiful Bridal Beauty Study

June 15th, 2012 | Julia Braime

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Its another beautiful day here on the wedding blog as we enjoy the second part (if you missed the first instalment, you can click here) of Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist’s utterly understated but thoroughly gorgeous bridal beauty study, with images by India Hobson Weddings.  Today, we are warming things up a shade or two. 

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Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist says:  For the second look, I built on the base with a touch of colour applied to the apples of the cheek. More liner was applied around the eye, top and bottom and was blended out slightly. To complete this look I used my favourite MAC lipstick in a vibrant red, which was applied on top of a red liner. The stronger make up complemented the more fashion led hair-styling.

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Ashley says: For the bridesmaid’s second look, I placed some gold pigment on the eye lids and toned the lips down to a nude and used a peachy brown tone on her amazing cheek bones.

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Little Black Book

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Photography: India Hobson Weddings

Make Up: Ashley Tyrrell Make Up Artist

Hair: Conrad Bladford

Flowers: Swallows & Damsons

Wedding Dress: Luna by Claire Pettibone at The White Room Sheffield

Bridesmaid Dress: H&M

Bridesmaid Wrap: Spring Green by Pashmina Rainbow

Bridesmaid Hairpiece: Rosie Willett Designs

Birdcage Veil: House of Istria

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Brides Up North UK Wedding BlogImages © 2012 India Hobson Weddings

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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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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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