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Wedding Makeup | Annie

Eyeshadows are sooo much fun. I often use MAC shadows or I’ll choose my favourite shades from different palettes from several brands- Urban Decay and Inglot are some staples of mine. So when I met Annie for the first time I wanted to go for a soft classic eye look. In my opinion smokey eye just screams false eyelashes to make a more dramatic but not over the top look with lightly line lips, a natural colour and some sheer in peach or barley there pick nude to fill in her lips.

So to enhance her eyes I lined her liner upward to ensure her eyes looked larger and rounder. I then curled those lashes added, falsies and applied 2 coats of black mascara. A makeup look is never finished until you’ve groomed and filled in your brows. In order for her eyes to look flawless we went for a medium defined eyebrow game. I filled in sparse areas with eyebrow powder and combed the brows until they were in place. A bold brow looks great with a smokey eye because you can draw even more attention to those stunning eyes.

Here’s what I used on Annie:

Complexion: Makeup Forever HD Foundation, Nars Illumintor in Orgasm

Eyes: Urban decay Naked Palette 1, All That Glitters Mac Cosmetics, Urban Decay Brown Eyeliner

Lips: Yash Lipstick and Spice liner MAC Cosmetics

Lashes: Model Rock Individual Lashes

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills

Photography: Celebrate Photography


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Wedding Makeup | Skincare

Most woman think that makeup will fix everything. Well, I’ve got news for you ladies. IT WON’T!!!! Every bride wants amazing flawless skin but this is something I Can’t do on my own as an artist. Skin needs daily attention and I know some of you will say I don’t have time and a thousand other excuses…I have more news for you ummmm yes you do. It only takes a few min’s of your day in the shower. I can’t express how important it is to cleanse, tone, moisturise and exfoliate on a daily basis. Below is a step by step guide on how to prepare your skin for your wedding day:

1) Gently wash your face. Our faces are exposed to external factors (wind, rain, sunshine etc) continuously and this results in the forming of dead dells on the surface of our skin.

Make sure you buy a non abrasive gentle wash, place a little product on your finger’s add warm water and gently massage into skin using circular movements.

Concentrate on rough areas like nose or chin. avoid eye area. Rinse product off with warm water, pat your face dry and be gentle.

2) Use a toner. After a face scrub it is important to use a toner. This will close pores freshen your skin and remove any remaining impurity. Use cotton to swipe your face with a toner. Avoid eye area. Do not rinse off the toner. It dries instantly.

3) Moisturize moisturize moisturize!!!! The all important step to healthy skin, I cannot emphasize this enough. Your skin needs hydration to keep it nouished and healthy. The difference is huge. TIP: Whichever moisturizer you choose make sure it has a built in SPF15 at least to block out damaging skin rays. Moisturizer should be applied morning before makeup and at night before going to bed.

This simple makeup essentials 3 step routine will keep your face looking fresh and healthy.

Ohhhhhh I almost forgot another tip. Make sure your drinking plenty of water. You’d be amazed at what water can do for you internally and externally.

Happy skincare ladies!!!!


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False Lashes | Stacy

Step up your eye makeup game with some glamorous false lashes.

Falsies add definition and depth to eyes that mascara just can’t replicate.

False lashes are a bridal makeup look “must have”. I personally love individual false lashes. Although my makeup kit is fully stocked both with full strips and individuals. I know with individuals once there put on properly no matter how much the bride cries or how windy it is there not moving. There incredibly lightweight and the beauty of them is I can make them look like a full strip without the added heaviness. From simple to glam individual lashes are amazing..

They look incredible with a winged eye liner, easy to maintain and easier to fall in love with. False eyelashes open up your eyes, making them appear larger and brighter. Plus what’s more glamorous than batting your false lashes at your husband!!!

Once you schedule your bridal makeup trial at belle@bellaformakeup.com I’ll go through and show you the stunning lashes I have in my kit.


Photography: Splendid Photography
Hair: Estelle Hair


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Makeup | What Eyeshadow Colours to Use for Different Eye Colour’s

eyeshadows-colorWhen it comes to your wedding day every bride dreams of looking the best she possibly can. So one thing to always remember is that, you do want to look like yourself but a better version. On trend fashion colours will quickly go out of date. The last thing you want is to look back at your pictures and think “what was I thinking”

I personally love natural but flawless skin and neutral tones for eyes and hair colour, it’s timeless, elegant, classic and looks good with any shape or skin tone. It’s ok to introduce a hint of colour around the eyes but remember, the colour that’s in for this year will not be in years to come.

I like to keep with neutral toned eye shadows. Lots of yummy warm chocolates, peaches, browns, soft pinks. Very bridal but I know those colours work for most skin tones. I like to introduce colour in the eyeliner or a slight enhancer in a soft shadow in the outer corners of the eye for just an illusion of colour.

Here are the power shades to enhance and draw attention to your eye colour.

Brown eyes – Greens, champagnes, bronzes, golds, browns and blues. Also try peach, corals, copper, pink, pale purples and burnt oranges.
Blue eyes – brown/orange, taupe, grey, violet, purple, deep blue and silver. To emphasize blue eyes try brown and rose shadows.
Green eyes – Brown colours from light beige’s – deep chocolate browns. Light purples and pinks will compliment green eyes, but stay away from greens olives and silvers.
Hazel eyes – Browns, gold, pink and lavender. Plum, khaki and mocha. Purple makes eyes more dramatic and use soft pink for a more romantic look. Avoid – Blue, silver, grey and blue black.

Fair skin should always avoid anything orange or brassy as this will look very un-natural.

Mature eyes should always avoid anything with shimmer as this will enhance lines and age you more and we don’t want that!!!

If your skin is naturally pink or red avoid anything pink around the eyes as this will only make it worse.

To lighten up tired eyes you can apply some eye drops then apply a white eyeliner on the water rim of your eyes.

Consult a professional eyebrow shaper to have your face shape and eye shape taken into consideration.

Always use a great mascara to finish the look as this will enhance and open up the eye.


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Strobing | Beth

Strobing is a makeup technique most of us makeup artist’s use on their clients. It involves highlighting their face using light only and the effect is just as flattering as a pop of the camera flash. It gives the face a dewy fresh complexion, highlights your best features and can make you look younger. Strobing can be used to brighten your eyes, sculpt your nose, emphasise your pout, and enhance your cheek bones.

Beth’s makeup look was for her school formal where I used a full strip of lashes from ModelRock. She has the most amazing flawless skin where I didn’t have to apply much foundation on her. I highlighted her inner eyes, cheekbones, bridge of her nose and cupid’s bow and viola.

You can strobe like a pro as well. Just use the following steps below and let me know how you go:

To enhance and sculpt- Apply a highlighter I love soft and gentle from Mac Cosmetics to the top of the cheek bones and down the nose

To Brighten the Eyes- Apply a highlighter to the brow bone and inner corner off the eye

To Brighten the Skin- Apply a highlighter to the forehead and chin

To create the illusion of fuller lips- Apply to the cupid’s bow


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