The welsh hair and beauty awards 2018


I just want to say a massive thank you to all my clients that voted for me  

I won the freelance makeup specialist of the year for the South Wales region  and also the overall winner for the wales region.

I love my job so much it doesn’t feel like work to me and I get to meet lots of lovely people. What can be better than that :)




















Lovely  Brides to be- this is a guide on how to get the most out of your Bridal Trial. As with all other aspects of the lead up to your wedding, it has to be fun and enjoyable. 

In order to ensure this happens, these suggestions should, I hope (!) take away some of the problems that can occur and just reassure you, lovely Brides that trials don’t have to be stressful!

First off, the part about it being fun. This is important! It shouldn’t be stressful, it shouldn’t feel like a chore. You should be relaxed, if not during (because you are allowed to be nervous) then at least after. A huge part of this can be down to picking the right make-up artist. We’re pretty much going to be right in there, touching your face and all that. So you have to like us! I make a big effort to build a good, friendly yet professional relationship with my clients. It will probably be in my chair on the wedding morning that you’ll get your ‘it’s actually happening’ moment. I love that I share that with so many brides. It’d feel intrusive if I wasn’t on a good level with her. 

Next it’s all about preparation. Gather information and have it all there for us to peruse. Laptop/iPad/scrap-book, it’s all good. It’s part of the process and will probably have been factored into the timings by the MUA. You can show us as much as you like! The style of the dress may not really have a lot of impact on the make-up style, nor will the shoes but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to see them. Everything you show us helps to build a good picture for us. An idea of the feel and heart of your wedding. 

When it comes to make-up looks, this is really essential. REALLY! The difference between verbalising your ideas and showing us is what will make your make-up work. 

“I’d like a soft, yet defined, smoky eye, kind of warm greys, not too heavy or dark. But I LOVE lots of black liquid liner. Flicked. Oh and lashes, I like my lashes to look natural. I only use 3/4 coats mascara.” 

This is about as clear as mud. Your idea of warm grey can be another girls taupe/brown/purple/greige. Your idea of natural is another girls over-done. Pinterest will be your very best friend in the planning of your wedding. Make your own, cruise other peoples, all wedding blogs will have them, as will most make-up artists. 

Don’t be afraid to mix and match your look. Say, the shape of that smoky eye but with the colour of another image. This lip with that glowy skin etc.

Another important step in creating your look is your own everyday make-up. I can’t stress this enough. A make-up artist is many things but I’m pretty sure that none of the ones that I know are MIND READERS! If you have a signature look or style that makes you who you are, we need to know. You will not feel yourself when you see the final look. No matter if it is a blindingly elegant, beautiful glowing look, that your whole family are dumbstruck with it’s gorgeousness. If you’re used to wearing kohl on the inner rim of your eye, you will not like it without. So, come to the trial with your make-up on. Failing that, show us pictures. Failing that, tell us… What we’re not here to do is recreate your usual make-up, all the while guessing what you usually do. It’s really hard and can create tension if we’re made to feel like we’re being tested! Testing to see whether we agree with your daily make-up choices and confirming it by doing the exact same. Recreating it exactly will a) be quite impossible and b) be a big old waste of your money!

If you have super sensitive skin and react to most moisturisers, bring yours along. Most of the time we love trying new things and you may end up selling us a new product!


We need light and surface space. So a kitchen table next to or near a window is ideal. I tend to turn most lights off and just work with the daylight where possible. Home lighting casts a yellow hue over the skin and changes colours and casts peculiar shadows. This is also a factor when booking the trial in the winter months. By 3.30pm, we’re pretty much squinting and working too fast so we don’t lose all light.  Our kits and brush belts/rolls can be quite extensive and it’s quicker and easier if we can lay everything out. A table isn’t always to hand, so a kitchen worktop is fine. Please don’t make us work off the floor! (Yes, this also happened…)


Is it important to you to have a second opinion? If yes, bring a bridesmaid or your sister along. Mums are ok too, as long as you’re ok with having mum there. Is it important to you what your significant other thinks? He may have ‘make-up issues’ and be reluctant for you to change anything. This is your call. Hopefully he can be reassured that you’ll still look like yourself.

The Reveal To put it plainly, if you don’t like it. Say. Say it now whilst we’re still there with kit out and brushes to hand! The trial is there for exactly this reason! As a make-up artist it is my job to make you happy and ensure that you look your very best. If you’re not sure about something, we can tweak it. This is why the trials are scheduled to take longer, a LOT longer! 

Whilst I’m being a stickler for details, can I add in about the mirror you look in? Please don’t look in a tiny hand mirror, or a palette mirror. You’ll literally be able to see it an eye at a time. You need to see the whoooole picture. A full length mirror is ideal, in daylight. If you’re wearing a white dress, throw on one of your other half’s white shirts so you can see it in the same context. Bridal make-up is designed to work against the brightness of the dress (or whatever colour you’re wearing, as long as you’ve shared it with the artist) and what can look a bit ‘meh’ in your grey jumper will come alive in the right light.

One last word about the actual make-up, don’t be fooled into believing that the make-up needs to be any heavier. It doesn’t. You’re getting married not performing on stage under a spotlight. You do need to increase your definition, so your usual brown mascara gets switched to black etc. However if you feel it looks more matte than usual, wear it for the day, see how it looks after an hour or so. This make-up is designed for longevity. 

Other than that, enjoy it! If you are keeping the make-up on to show him, get him to take you out to dinner that night at least. Staying in and doing laundry looking that good is just criminal Winking smile

South Wales makeup artist 

Mid Wales makeup artist 






Skincare advise taken from

Everyone wants glowing skin for the walk down the aisle, but how do you achieve this? We have the inside scoop from the experts—when to schedule facials and treatments before the 'I dos' as well as beauty basics like how to tame breakouts fast. Keep scrolling for skincare habits guaranteed to give you that bridal glow.

1. Assess Early 

If you really want to get your skin in top form, it's recommended that you start a smart skincare routine about a year in advance. It's okay if you don't have that long before the wedding day—just adopt these good skincare habits as soon as possible.

2. Schedule Professional Facials

Your wedding is the perfect excuse for some extra pampering. You'll want to book monthly facials to really refresh your skin. Experienced aestheticians will massage your skin, scalp and decolletage to stimulate blood circulation and keep your skin looking healthy. You can also request extractions. This is when your facialist gets all the dirt out of your pores. The process takes preparation and special techniques that, if done at home, can lead to irritation, or worse, scarring. 

3. Manage Excess Facial Oil 

If you're on the go, blotting papers will help keep your face shine-free. If you need a more advanced grease solution, streamline your routine. Use a mild face wash, skip the toner and add a lightweight oil-free moisturizer. Excessive face washing will kick oil production into overdrive.


4. Eat Super Foods

No matter what your skin type is—oily, dry, normal or a combo— it craves water. Sure, drinking water helps, but snacking on naturally hydrating foods like watermelon works too. Other super foods for your face? Try grapefruit, cucumbers, tomatoes and kale.

5. "Shrink" Your Pores With Microdermabrasion 

We want to give it to you straight, so first, the bad news: You can't actually change the size of your pores. "The deeper a pore is, the bigger it looks on the skin's surface," says Cornelia Zicu, global chief creative officer at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas. The good news: You can minimize the depth of your pores to make them seem smaller. "Microdermabrasion, glycolic acid and other chemical peels will exfoliate layers of bad skin and minimize pore surface," Zicu says.

6. Use Salt Scrubs to Soften Elbows

This is the one thing most brides forget about. Add a bath to your weekly routine and throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate. "The sodium bicarbonate will break down dry patches and make your skin a sponge for moisture," says Zicu. For really tough patches, ask an aesthetician to put a glycolic peel on your elbows when you go in for a facial.


7. Wear SPF 30...On Your Lips

It's easier to prevent your lips from getting chapped than it is to repair them if they're already dry and cracked. If you spend lots of time outdoors, especially in windy, sunny or cold weather, a thick balm with SPF 30 will keep your lips hydrated.

8. Use Skin-Specific Moisturizer 

All moisturizers are not created equal. Look for one that caters to your skin concerns. For oily skin, you don't want to add much more moisture, but you do want to hydrate. Look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ferulic acid, both of which help your skin maintain water. For dry skin, stick with the hyaluronic acid or ferulic acid, but don't worry about finding an oil-free formula. Your skin craves moisture. For breakout-prone skin, choose a moisturizer that's noncomedogenic. It should say so on the bottle. For sensitive skin, your go-to is a fragrance-free product. 

9. Reduce Sunspots With an Acid Peel

Peels are designed to slough off dead skin and bring new, fresh skin to the surface. To make the most of these spa treatments, you'll want to book a series of peels. Start with six different sessions, each two weeks apart (so skin has time to recover). If you have a full year until the wedding, Zicu recommends scheduling this treatment twice a year, once in spring and once in fall.


10. Deep Clean With a Mask

A mask isn't meant to replace your daily face-washing routine; it's only meant to enhance it. "Since it stays on longer, a mask will help melt the hard sebum (or oily substance) in your pores, something washing alone won't do," says Zicu. If your skin is oily, use a mask every other day. If you have dry skin, once or twice per month should keep oil and dirt from building up. 

11. Wash With Your Hands

Here's a secret most dermatologists will tell you: Don't use a washcloth on your face. Amy Wechsler, MD, a psychiatrist, dermatologist and author of The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin and a Whole New You, washcloths can harbor bacteria. Instead, use just your hands. But first, use a separate makeup remover to tackle waterproof mascara and long-wearing lipstick.



12. Use Concealer (the Right Way)

Unlike with foundation, your final layer of concealer isn't meant to be totally blended. Dab it right where you need it with a pointed brush. Then, use your finger to pat the perimeter until it's smooth.

13. Blend Foundation With Your Fingers

Whether you apply your foundation with a brush, a stick or a sponge, you should blend it in using your fingers. Put a dime-size dollop of moisturizer on your fingers, rub them together and start blending. The extra moisture will keep your foundation and skin from drying out and will make your complexion look soft and dewy.

14. Eliminate Zits With Benzoyl Peroxide

If you've got a problem pimple (you know, one that really hurts), there are only two ways to take care of it. And no, popping it isn't one of them. The first is to dab benzoyl peroxide gel directly on the blemish. This will help dry it out (sometimes overnight). The other option is a faster, but more expensive fix: Consult your doctor and ask about an anti-inflammatory steroid injection.


15. Shampoo Your Makeup Brushes

Every time you swipe on your blush with a dirty brush, you add a layer of acne-causing bacteria to your skin. Cleaning your brushes is easy: Just suds them with shampoo, rinse them and hang them to air-dry with the bristles facing down. It will make your makeup colors truer too.

16. Use an Eye Cream With Light Diffusers

In many cases, dark under-eye circles are hereditary. So the only way to reduce their appearance is with makeup. Start with an eye cream that has light diffusers, which reflect light to make the eye look brighter. Then, use concealer only on the dark spots. Look for one that matches your skin tone exactly, not one that's a shade lighter—that can make your attempt to conceal even more noticeable. Remember to dab lightly to avoid tugging on delicate eye areas.


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