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beauty queen: say hello to make-up by jo

January 30th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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All brides want to look their very best on their wedding day and so prior to the big day they’ll want to pull together their very own #glamsquad who will help them to achieve that goal.

A professional makeup artist tends to part of such a group – someone who knows all the best tips, tricks, trends and products, and who can apply makeup with ultimate staying-power that will look fabulous both in person and on camera!

One lady who has all these super skills and pro knowledge is our wonderful Sponsor, North-East based makeup artist, Jo Leversuch of Make-Up By Jo.

Having made up hundreds of happy brides, worked for top brands and on the models of London, Paris, New York and Milan Fashion Weeks, Jo’s portfolio speaks for itself but for those wanting to find out more about this talented lady, we’ve invited her to the blog this afternoon to tell all about her services and style.

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

jo says: My background began with Lancome around 20 years ago and throughout the years I have worked in the fashion and beauty industry. About ten years ago I met celebrity make-up artist Ariane Poole whom I assisted and was mentored by her over the years. Around seven years ago I came into the wedding industry through meeting photographers, wedding suppliers and wedding venues.

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

I offer a bespoke service to all my brides with my in-depth knowledge within the industry and experience I have to offer. My services cover makeup for the bride and the bridal party for the wedding day, and if the bride requires my services for the whole day, then this can be arranged too. I also offer private one to one make-up lessons as well, which is perfect for brides who would like to apply their own makeup or that are getting married abroad.

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How far in advance would you advise brides to book a makeup artist?

Makeup application is exceptionally popular for wedding days now, so I would highly recommend to book your makeup artist as soon as you have booked your wedding venue and photographer.

Why would you recommend a bride hires in a professional to do their big day makeup rather than doing it themselves?

A professional makeup artist will have the knowledge of how much makeup to apply and also to make sure the makeup stays on all day. A professional will have full knowledge of different brands and an understanding on how this works with the photographer and hairdressers so the bride looks absolutely stunning on her day.

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

The bride should look out for recommendations from other brides, wedding venues or wedding suppliers. They should also study the style of the makeup artist and look at their website and social media for examples of work.

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What is it that you love about your job and would you say that you have a signature style?

Running my business gives me a huge buzz; from travelling around the world for the catwalk shows, magazines, and also being makeup brand ambassador for Veil Cover Cream. I also truly love weddings as I want to create the prefect makeup for each bride and make them feel exceptionally beautiful. My signature style is all about the perfect skin. I am known as “Queen of Skin” and my style has a real natural aspect with a fashion edge to it.

Where do you take inspiration from? Any celebrity crushes?

I take my inspirations from working backstage on the shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris twice a year. My other inspirations are taken from every day; from the colour of flowers, nature, art, galleries, museums and travelling the world seeing different cultures. My celebrity crushes have to be the striking Helena Christensen and young Elizabeth Taylor.

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What makeup looks are proving particularly popular with brides at the moment?

The nude blush lipstick is a definitely popular at the moment and a strong focus on eyebrows and an element of contouring.

Where would you advise brides to seek inspiration for their bridal makeup and what other elements should they take into account when deciding on their bridal look?

I always advise my brides to truly think about them as an individual and to look at how they like to wear their own makeup. For example, if a bride always favours black eyeliner then that’s her trademark, so I would incorporate that concept in the look. I’d say to take inspiration from the season and venue they choose, look at colours of the flowers and Pinterest is the most popular site to look at.

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#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…

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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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be beautiful: say hello to becca hunton hair & makeup

January 11th, 2018 | Rachel Parry

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If there’s one day you should be pampered and preened celebrity style, it’s your wedding day – and so a professional hair and makeup artist is a must in our books!

Not only are these pros up to date with all the latest looks, but they have the skills, products and tools to keep your beauty game strong all-day long.

Today on the blog we’re catching up with one of our fabulous Sponsors who has 15 years’ experience in the industry, having worked for top brands and national fashion events before focusing on the wedding industry to make brides look and feel their most beautiful.

So, say hello to the lovely Becca Hunton – a Yorkshire-based hair stylist and makeup artist who has a particular passion for bohemian and vintage looks, and who is here today to tell us all about her services while passing on some real beauty advice gems, so prepare to take note ladies…

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How long have you been in the industry for, can you tell us a little about your background?

becca says: I’ve been in the hair and makeup industry since leaving school at 16. Over the past 15 years I’ve gained so much knowledge and experience. I absolutely love my job and I couldn’t think of doing anything else. Over the years I’ve gained a diploma at London College of Fashion. I worked for Toni & Guy – a real high point of my career was working on shows at London Fashion Week for Toni & Guy’s styling team. This had been a dream of mine since being very young and watching the clothes show every Sunday. I regularly attend courses at the Illamasqua School of Makeup, keeping my techniques up to date.  I kind of fell into the wedding industry but I couldn’t happier. There’s no better feeling than making a bride feel her very best on her most important day.

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

When booking me you can choose a bespoke package to suit your big day. Whether it be I just come in the morning and get you all ready, or I can stay until after the photos for any needed touch ups. I also offer a full day package to have me on hand throughout the day, I can give you an evening look and I can also offer hair and makeup touch ups for the guests, getting them in the party mood for the night ahead.

I’m based in Northallerton and cover the surrounding area, the Yorkshire Dales, York and as far as Leeds, Newcastle or Durham.  I can travel further afield, or abroad, which is something that can be discussed.

How far in advance would you advise brides to book a makeup artist and hair stylist?

I advise booking as early as you can, dates fill up extremely fast. Even as much as two years in advance.

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Why would you recommend a bride hires in a professional to do their hair and makeup rather than doing it themselves?

By hiring a professional hair and makeup artist you’re taking the stress out of your morning and receiving VIP treatment on that most important day. Your hair and makeup will last all day and you will look your very best on your wedding photos. I always recommend a trial before the big day too, so we can plan out exactly what we are doing.

What should a bride look for when hiring a makeup artist / hair stylist?

When choosing your hair and makeup artist, choose somebody who reflects your tastes and style. It’s very personal to you and you want somebody who understands what suits you and your tastes. Websites, Instagram and Pinterest will give you a good idea of the person you’re about the hire.

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What is it that you love about your job and would you say that you have a signature style?

I’m very versatile and love creating all sorts of different looks, but I’d say I attract a bohemian or vintage type of bride. I’m a hippie at heart and think that shines through my work.

Where do you take inspiration from? Any celebrity crushes?

I have a few celebrity crushes and style icons. I love how quirky Helena Bonham Carter looks and her crazy, dishevelled hair. I also love how effortlessly beautiful Sienna Miller can be, she always looks so natural and bohemian. I also follow a lot of Fearne Cotton, I love her style and how she puts outfits together. She always looks fab!

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lasting beauty: introducing js semi-permanent makeup

November 8th, 2017 | Rachel Parry

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Ever wonder how much time you would save if didn’t have to do all your makeup from scratch every day? Us too. But a rise in semi-permanent makeup treatments mean you could get some of that precious time back and remain looking tip-top, as our new Sponsor to the blog will tell you in today’s post.

Qualified Leeds-based permanent makeup artist, Jessica Speight of JS Semi-Permanent Makeup, offers a range of effective treatments, including lip, eye and eyebrow makeup, that provides radiant and lasting results.

Ideal for brides-to-be who crave a polished and fresh-faced look for their wedding day, honeymoon and beyond, these pain-free treatments can give ladies that final extra boost of confidence for their moment in the limelight. Intrigued? Well, the lovely Jessica is offering Brides Up North readers a fabulous 10% discount on treatments so now is the time to find out more and book that appointment…

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Can you tell us a little about your background and training?

jess says: I have always been very creative and loved makeup, art and anything that requires a lot of patience and detail. I wanted to train as a permanent makeup artist for years before I decided to take the plunge. I decided I needed a career change two years ago and finally decided it was time to go for it! I was lucky enough to have one-to-one training through LCN elite PMU School in Manchester. I was awarded a distinction qualification for my work and every year continue to up skill through training; which means my qualifications continue to grow.

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

I specialise in semi-permanent eyebrow, lip and eye makeup. The variety of techniques and finished look of each treatment is determined during the consultation period. I am based in East Leeds, not far from junction 46 off the M1 and A1, therefore I am accessible and easy to find. There are also direct train and bus links from Leeds to my area.

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Why would you advise brides to consider semi-permanent makeup?

It’s a great consideration for your wedding day as it means you don’t have to worry about reapplying any makeup throughout the day, you will always ready to go for every photo opportunity. It also gives a flawless finish for your honeymoon, so you will look and feel amazing throughout all of your celebrations.

This is also a great option for mother of the bride/groom or anyone for that matter that would like to look their best for the big day. Semi-permanent eyebrows frame your face and open your eyes, so it’s great for any ladies that want to achieve a fresh faced, youthful appearance.

Beautiful gift box vouchers are also available for permanent makeup treatments; perfect for brides looking to give their leading ladies a unique thank you gift.

How far ahead of the wedding would you recommend a bride gets in touch with you to discuss treatments/booking appointments?

Appointments do book up quickly, therefore to avoid disappointment, I’d definitely recommend getting in touch for more information as soon as you are considering this as an option. I do a free consultation and patch test with all of my clients before I discuss dates etc., therefore anyone wanting to ask any questions or come in and have a chat about times and the full treatment and costs, feel free to contact me. I always aim to reply to any queries the same day.

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celebrity spy: met gala 2016: poppy delevingne

May 9th, 2016 | Rachel Parry

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As one of our very favourite red carpet events of the year, we were thrilled to see celebs making a stylish return to New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute last week for the annual Met Gala.

With opulent and outlandish outfits galore, garments are picked to wow, shock and stun, as stars vie for the paparazzi limelight. Their choice of threads do all have something in common though, as each year’s gala celebrates the theme of the current Costume Institute exhibition, making the dress code for 2016 – ‘Fashion in an Age of Technology’.

Cue a whole host of beautiful metallic maidens in shimmering and reflective garments with tech themed embellishment, artistic cut-outs and robotic style finishes.

As is always the case at such events there some sensational faux pars (errrrr, Madonna what were you thinking?!), but thankfully the fashion hits outweighed the skips with the likes of Sienna Miller, Kylie Jenner, Blake Lively and Jourdan Dunn setting our hearts racing.

There was one lady in particular though who caught our eye (alright, we literally couldn’t stop looking at her) and that was the fabulous Poppy Delevingne. Reminding us that there is more than one hot Delevingne on the celeb circuit, model Poppy rocked a striking sheer and beaded gown whilst dripping in lavish jewels.

While not an obvious bridal look, we feel that ladies soon to be making their way down the aisle can certainly take a style tip or two out of Poppy’s on-trend book, and so today we’re making her the subject of our celebrity spy post…

the dress

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Ok, so as we said, while perhaps not wholly suitable for a wedding there are certainly elements of Poppy’s stunning Marchesa dress that translate to current bridal trends. Embellishing: check, tassels: check, metallics: check, sheer panels: check. You get the idea!

So while you brides-to-be might not be able to steal Poppy’s look from top-to-toe, you can definitely give a nod to it on your big day.

For fabulous embellishment and beaded detail we would say to look to designers such as Jenny Packham, Anna Campbell, Ellie Saab and Eliza Jane Howell. Whether it’s a boho, vintage or a super glam look you are after, a creation from one of these talented designers is sure to tick the box.

The high street also have plenty of plush designs that would get Poppy’s approval, with stores including Monsoon, Phase Eight and Asos, encouraging brides to get their glam on!

The level of detail varies from one design to the next, giving brides the opportunity to follow in Poppy’s footsteps with full on razzle dazzle appearance, or pare things back a little with lighter scattering of beads and gems.

And while most brides might want to stick close to tradition with a white or ivory design, there are also metallic creations hitting the bridal runways, broadening the choices available to gold, bronze, silver and copper.

the hair & makeup

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Poppy kept her hair poker straight and vamped up her look with a dark lip colour, but although alternative, neither of these are out of bounds for a wedding.

Just as Poppy did, keeping hair sleek and simple is a good way to let the dress take centre stage and a wise move for brides opting for heavily detailed dresses. For a slightly different take on the look, brides could wear their hair to the side with a coordinating beaded hair comb to hold locks in place, or sweep the hair up into a sleek ponytail.

While Poppy’s choice of dark plum lipstick might be a shade too far for brides, a colourful lippy can be a fun and fashionable way of adding individual personality and style to a big day look. Similar to Poppy, those choosing to go down this route should keep other elements of the makeup simple – so neutral colours on the eyes, a slick of eyeliner and mascara and just a touch of blush or bronze.

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the big debate. wedding day beauty: all out effort or keep it natural?

April 24th, 2015 | Julia Braime

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Today on Brides Up North its all about the aesthetics, as we argue the case for keeping things natural or giving the beauty gods a helping hand. We ask: wedding day beauty – what to do?  No added effort or bring in the experts?

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rachel says: keep it natural

While I do enjoy a good Mac makeover now and again I have to say I’m more a fan of the au natural look than I am an obvious made up look, especially when it comes to weddings.

I’ve first-hand double-taken brides arriving on the aisle, not because I’m dazzled by their radiance but because I barely recognise them. Who is this Barbie-like bride and what have you done with my friend?

Many ladies can think they have to look a certain way for their big day, often adding false nails, eyelashes and fake tan to their pre-wedding beauty regime that they wouldn’t usually entertain. But to me the most important thing is to look like you – a flippin’ good version of you, but you all the same.

I’m pretty certain the majority of grooms out there would also much rather lift a veil to find a bride that they actually recognise rather than someone who could give Amy Childs a run for her money at the cosmetics counter.

And that’s not the only problem, if you go for an on-trend fashionable look chances are you will regret it when look back on your wedding photos, perhaps within a few months, never mind years.

So I say keep it natural ladies, just like our celebrity bride yesterday, Ms Palermo. This doesn’t mean you can’t enhance your makeup a little by adding a bolder lip colour or subtle, smoky eyes but just be sure not to go OTT, which should result in a look that’s more wowie than it is TOWIE.

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julia says: go all-out

Ooh, I love a good makeover.

Girls, hear me! This is your wedding day for crissakes. If there was ever a time to step it up, that time is now.

Yes, he loves you just as you are, and yes, you don’t want him to wonder who the make-up caked stranger advancing down the aisle might be, but really – he bought you a diamond – an all-out effort on the most important day of your life really is the least you can do.

First and foremost, when will you get the chance for such unashamed pampering again? Take it from this working mum, not when you’re changing nappies at 5am or catching up on emails at midnight. If I were you, I’d revel in the chance for a bit of spa-time and shopping. Full body massages, regular manicures, raiding the Charlotte Tilbury counter of a Saturday afternoon – the wedding budget can cover that!

Secondly, upping the beauty ante prior to the big day shouldn’t leave you looking like Franken-bride – just choose carefully. In the weeks pre-wedding, I’d leave the chemical peel and spray tan appointments free, but carefully placed individual eyelashes or pretty highlights and even a light swoosh of airbrush makeup will leave you looking flawless and fresh.

Often, the cheapest changes are the most effective. Prior to my own wedding way back in 2010 (when we barely even knew what a wedding blog was), I upped the ante on my regular runs, pencilled in lots more shut eye, ditched the vino and glugged lots of water instead. I treated myself to lots of lovely beauty products and more regular trims to keep my crowning glory in ship-shape. On the day itself, I brought in the experts: my nails were buffed and polished to perfection, hair casually coiffed and make-up beautifully done. The result: tons of confidence and a set of wedding pictures that I’m really proud of.

Did I still look like myself?

Nope. I looked better.

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what you said

Kim: “I definitely plan to go glam on my wedding day, this is my chance to look like a princess and I fully intend to make the most of it!”

Melissa: “I’m keeping things natural.  My partner hates heavy make up and  I don’t want to scare him off!”

Julie: “I’ve heard horror stories about fake tan going wrong, so I plan to let my natural beauty shine through.”

Kate: “Part of my hen party involves a spa day so the bridesmaid and I are going to do lots of pre-wedding pampering!”

We’d love to hear what you’re planning for your big day beauty look?

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