January 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime
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…
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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December 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime
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.
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.
November 25th, 2013 | Julia Braime
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
I am truly excited to hearing from you and creating the most beautiful Brides Up North.
August 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime
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…
August 9th, 2013 | Julia Braime
Carry your wedding day slap in style!
December 13th, 2012 | Julia Braime
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.
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?!
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!
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.
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.
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.
The famous Rouge Noir colour nail polish… the essential pick of all nail polishes to have in your make-up bag, and festive too.
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.
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.
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.
A squeezy tube mascara that adds drama, volume and curl to the eyelashes. Key ingredients are keratin and Shea Butter .
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.
An intense & smoothing eye shadow. This black eyeshadow has a subtle shimmer in for that intense strong smoky eye look.
The iconic Shu Uemura Eyelash curler is still the best! Perfect to curl eyelashes to make the eyes appear larger.
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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