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2017 Bridal Makeup and Hair Trends

Bridal Make Up Trends for 2017 - 6 of the prettiest ideas for your wedding

A belated happy new year to all my readers! I hope you had a joyful festive season and you’ve been keeping your resolutions if you made any. I was aiming to get this post out last month but I’ve been even busier than usual with wedding bookings for myself and my brilliant Bridal Team.

If you’re getting married this year I’ve put together a round-up of some of my favourite hair and makeup trends from S/S17 Bridal Fashion Week to inspire you. I also have a comprehensive set of Pinterest boards that you can look through if you’re after for something specific like messy styles, styles for short hair, hair tutorials or victory rolls. If there’s anything you want to see that I haven’t covered, please let me know in the comments below!

So here we go with my round-up for 2017’s bridal hair and makeup trends.

Loose, Undone Hair

Soft and tousled hair is not going away. In fact updos are set to be even more loosely structured in 2017. Chignons work really well with a loose style as they give a much-needed anchor to the structure. Curls can be left around the face or trailing down the back and braids can be added to give more texture. I love how pretty and romantic a loose chignon looks.

When creating a loose updo, it’s really important to prep your hair first. If your hair is soft and slippery the style will just fall out completely. I use Kenra Volume Mousse  to give the hair bounce and hold before curling and pinning it into the style I want.

Pink Lips (And Eyes)

There was a definite trend towards monochromatic makeup at bridal fashion week with pastel pink shades on both eyes and lips. Pink tones are fresh and youthful, especially when used alongside dewy skin. A rose coloured eyeshadow looks great with a dark, defined lash line so don’t be afraid to smudge a line of kohl or add some false lashes. Get this pretty bridal look with NARS lipstick in Roman Holiday and Illamasqua eyeshadow in Toxic.

Natural Looking Waves

Waves and curls that look natural and effortless are set to be big over the summer. This style works well with flower crowns, circlets and hair vines. To get beach-ready waves spray Kenra Professional Curl Spray into damp hair without brushing it. Twist your hair around your finger whilst blowing drying with a diffuser attachment. If your hair doesn’t have a natural curl or wave, use a wide barreled tong such as the Babyliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves tong to curl hair away from your face.

Foliage in Hair

Foliage is the new flower crown. It’s so pretty but also looks more quirky and minimalist than flowers. You can either ask your florist to create a stunning crown from the foliage in your bouquet, or for cost effective hair adornments weave strands of foliage into braids or updos. You can purchase realistic faux leaves such as ivy beforehand if you don’t want to use the real thing.

Rose Gold Eyeshadow,  Subtle Smokey Eyes

Rose gold is a wonderfully versatile colour that can be used for the softest of natural looks to the most dramatic smokey styles. It’s flattering for a whole range of skin tones and can be paired with either a natural or strong lip. I particularly love how it makes blue eyes really stand out. To create a beautiful rose gold smokey eye I use the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, which has a whole range of matte and shimmery tones.

Braided Chignons and Tucked Under Braids

Braids are a super easy way of creating a structured chignon that will last your whole wedding day. There are so many variations on this style it shouldn’t be hard to find one to suit your hair type. To give all over texture, start the braids at the side of the head or at the crown. Tucking the braid under at the nape looks sweet and simple, or you can create a larger chignon by weaving multiple braids around one another. Pull out and “pancake” the braids to add extra volume to the style.

I hope you enjoyed my 2017 bridal trend round-up. If you’re getting married this year, I’d love to hear how you’re planning to style your hair and makeup so please tell me in the comments below.

Rebecca x

Christmas Gifts For Make Up Addicts

The Make Up Addict's Gift Guide, you're one stop shop for the perfect gift for the beauty junkie in your life.

If you’re clueless about makeup, it can be a minefield buying gifts for the makeup addict in your life. I know, because I used to temp on make up counters at Christmas and lost count of how many times someone would ask me for “a bottle of Chanel.” Chanel what?? I would scream in my head. No 5? Coco Mademoiselle? Moisturiser?

So here I am to help. Whether you’re looking for a secret Santa gift for that girl at work or something truly special for your beloved to open on Christmas day, here is your Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide 2016.

Make Up Gift Sets

  1. It’s impossible not to covet Urban Decay’s Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette, which contains 21 highly pigmented eyeshadows in a rainbow of shades. Make up addicts will love experimenting with this palette.
  2. If you know someone who loves to make sure their brows are on fleek, the Bigger Bolder Brows gift set from Benefit is perfect. It contains everything needed to fill, set and sculpt brows and comes in light, medium and dark shades.
  3. Good brushes are an expensive piece of kit so MAC’s Christmas brush sets always make good value gifts. This year they have brought out three Nutcracker Sweet Brush Sets, including this basic one. The brushes have pink and black handles and come in a cute nutcraker makeup bag.
  4. Illamasqua also have some great value gift sets on offer, including the Chisel and Glow gift set for makeup junkies who love to contour. It contains popular products Gel Sculpt and Gleam Cream plus a cruelty free Buffing Brush.
  5. Who wouldn’t want to find the Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Vault from NYX under the tree on Christmas morning? With 24 best selling colours, lipstick lovers will have enough to last them all year.

Natural Beauty Gifts

  1. I’ve loved Fresh products for a long time and the Rose Face Mask is one of their cult products. Made with real rose petals, it tones and brightens the skin for a fresher complexion. Perfect for those who prefer foundation free skin.
  2. Urban Decay’s Naked Ultimate Basics is a great eyeshadow palette for those who prefer to keep their makeup on the natural side. It contains a range of warm and cool tones to suit all complexions and the matte textures are flattering for everyone.
  3. Mason Pearson hair brushes are a Victorian classic from the days when everything was built to last. They are made mostly by hand to a high standard to ensure they’ll be on the dressing table for years.
  4. Everything Eyes by Bobbi Brown is a great beauty gift for the glasses wearer in your life. It features step by step instructions for 10 looks and includes tips on selecting frames and wearing makeup with glasses.
  5. Bare Minerals is a great brand for those with sensitive skin and their Get Started Complexion Kit has everything needed to create a flawless complexion in a smart black clutch.

Vintage Beauty Gifts


  1. A luxurious gift for a vintage loving girl, Les Merveilleuses Laduree Face Color is a Marie Antoinette inspired pot containing scented powder blush in the form of rose petals.
  2. These brightening powders from retro beauty brand Besame would make a lovely and unique gift. They’re travel sized so perfect for dressing table or handbag and come in three matte shades that you can use individually or mix to suit your complexion.
  3. If you know a girl who loves victory rolls, Suavecita pomade would make a perfect thoughtful gift or stocking filler.
  4. Vintage Hair Styles of The 1940s is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to setting, brushing out and pinning up your hair to get a perfect WWII era style. It is written by Bethany Jane Davies, who I work for at The Vintage Beauty Parlour in Manchester. She gives great directions as well as advice on products and equipment.
  5. Channel Holly Golightly with this cute collection of Breakfast At Tiffany’s themed nail polishes from OPI. The four wearable colours includes the iconic Tiffany blue as well as shades of red and pink.

Luxury Beauty Gifts


  1. The new Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer is a complete rethink of hairdryer technology. It’s lighter and quieter than a regular hair dryer and dries your hair more quickly whilst keeping it looking shiny and healthy.
  2. For the vamp in your life, Christian Louboutin have come up with the Rouge Louboutin Lip Colour Collection, a set of three iconic red lipsticks in different finishes contained in wonderfully OTT black and gold packaging on a gunmetal chain.
  3. Jo Malone’s Limited Edition Orange Bitters Christmas Candle is a sumptuously decorated ceramic candle fragranced with sweet orange, crisp mandarin and rich sandalwood to warm your home on Christmas day.
  4. The ultimate gift for a make up junkie is a light up make up station. This professional piece of kit is portable, has plenty of storage and perfect lighting for creating make up looks.
  5. If you know someone like me who always carries five or six lipsticks in their handbag, the Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick Wardrobe would be a perfect luxury gift. There are ten shades to choose from covering all bases from nudes to bright pink and deep red.

Beauty Stocking Fillers

  1. I bet once you have a Tweexy Nail Polish Holder you wonder how you ever did without one. It sits on your finger and holds the bottle safe while you paint your nails. Genius!
  2. Your secret Santa can keep puffy eyes at bay after the Christmas party, whilst disguising themselves as a cartoon panda with these Korean cooling eye masks.
  3. These cute face jewels would go down well with festival goers.
  4. How cute are these squirrel tweezers from my favourite Manchester gift shop, Oklahoma?
  5. And finally, for the makeup addict who also loves cats (like me), how about this wonderful black fleece cat make up bag?

Whew! So there you have 25 new gift ideas for the make up addict in your life. Some of them are certainly on my Christmas list so I hope Santa is reading this. Please comment below, I’d love to hear what’s on your wish list this year!

Rebecca x

5 Christmas Party Looks To Try

5 Christmas Party Looks To Try - Red Glitter Lips, Gold Glitter Eyes, Messy Braided Chignon, Vintage Faux Bob and Green Winged Eyeliner

It’s finally December and that means that we can officially talk about Christmas! Working in the advertising industry, I start working on Christmas campaigns in the middle of summer and maybe that’s why I like to save my shopping, tree decorating and mince pie eating until at least December 1st. When its freezing outside and the shops are packed – that’s when I can start to feel festive and not before!

If you’re heading to a Christmas party this year I’ve put together some quick how-tos to help and inspire you. I love having Christmas party clients as people are happy to be extra glamorous at this time of year. It’s an excuse to make an extra special effort with your hair and makeup.

Glitter Lips

5 Christmas Party Looks To Try - Red Glitter Lips, Gold Glitter Eyes, Messy Braided Chignon, Vintage Faux Bob and Green Winged Eyeliner


Glitter lips are everywhere right now. I know they’re not the most easy to apply or wear (especially if you’re planning on kissing someone under the mistletoe) but if you can’t do this look and Christmas, then when can you?

Get this look by first lining your lips with a red lip pencil and filling in with a red lipstick. Use a sharp pencil and take care to get the shape symmetrical. Fill in the outer corners of your lips, even if your top and bottom lips don’t meet at the same place. When your mouth is closed it should look like one shape not two separate lips. For more help see my Perfect Red Lipstick tutorial.

Next you’ll need red glitter and a primer or mixing medium. It’s worth investing in a product that is designed specifically for applying glitter and pigment to your face rather than something sticky like lipgloss that won’t dry. After all, you want to make sure the glitter stays on your lips all night rather than coming off on your wine glass or date. NYX Glitter Primer is a great value product you can pick up in Boots and they also have a fab red Face and Body Glitter.

Carefully apply the primer all over the lips with a lip brush. For a more subtle look you could simple place a dab in the centre of your lips with your finger. It’s easier to apply the glitter with a small eyeshadow brush than a lip brush. Press the glitter onto your lips rather than sweeping it. Don’t worry if you drop glitter onto  your chin  – keep some surgical tape (or even sellotape) handy to remove any stray sparkles.

Glitter Eyes

5 Christmas Party Looks To Try - Red Glitter Lips, Gold Glitter Eyes, Messy Braided Chignon, Vintage Faux Bob and Green Winged Eyeliner


If glitter lips sounds too much of a faff then why not go for sparkle on your eyes? This seasons glitter eyes are freer and messier than the perfectly blended, sparkly ‘cut crease’ looks we’ve seen previously. Easy to apply and fun to wear!

For this look, start by lining your eyes, including the waterline with a black kohl pencil. The great thing is that it doesn’t need to be neat – it’s more about creating depth and drama than a perfect line. I’d recommend NYX Glitter Primer and Face and Body Glitter (in gold and gunmetal) for this too – you need a chunky glitter rather than a fine glitter dust to make this work.

Apply the primer around and under your eyes with your finger – again this doesn’t have to be neat. Apply the gold glitter to your eyelids, brow bone and in a triangle shape under your eyes. Press the glitter onto the skin. Apply the gunmetal glitter more sparingly over the top over the gold. You can use surgical tape as suggested above to remove stray glitter or just leave it there for a truly glam rock look.

Braided Up-Dos

5 Christmas Party Looks To Try - Red Glitter Lips, Gold Glitter Eyes, Messy Braided Chignon, Vintage Faux Bob and Green Winged Eyeliner

A braided chignon is a really easy style to do yourself and as Poppy Delevigne shows, the messier the better. This is a great style to try out if your short on time when heading to your Christmas party.

Begin by sectioning the front of your hair from your parting to your ears and plait one simple three strand braid at each side and tie them off with small hair elastics. If you have thick hair you may want to plait two at each side. Gently tug along the length of the braids to “pancake” them and make them appear thicker. Don’t worry if you pull any hair out – this is a messy style after all!

Do the same at the back of your head by sectioning the hair into two and creating two more pancaked braids. Cross these braids over one another and twist them into a messy chignon at the nape of your neck. Pin them securely. Bring the front braids back and incorporate them into the chignon. This style is easily customisable depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Be creative and don’t worry about getting it “perfect.”

Red and Green

5 Christmas Party Looks To Try - Red Glitter Lips, Gold Glitter Eyes, Messy Braided Chignon, Vintage Faux Bob and Green Winged Eyeliner


The ultimate Christmas colour combination isn’t as hard to wear as you’d think. Lupita Nyong’o shows how it’s done by pairing emerald green winged eyeliner with a beautiful shiny red lip.

To create Lupita’s look you need a metallic green eyeliner like Barry M Eye Define in Forest. To begin with, apply black kohl pencil to your upper and lower waterline to define your eyes. When applying the liquid liner start in the centre of your lash line and work outwards in small strokes. Before dipping the brush back in the pot, complete the inner corner of your eye. This way, you won’t make the line too thick at the inner corner.

Lupita’s flicks are tiny, which works well with such a bold colour. Use your lower lash line to find the right angle for your flick. Draw the flick in by continuing the lower lash line upwards a few 5 then joining it up to the rest of your liner. Finish with a shimmery red lipstick such as Lipstick Queen’s Metal Red.

Vintage Faux Bob

5 Christmas Party Looks To Try - Red Glitter Lips, Gold Glitter Eyes, Messy Braided Chignon, Vintage Faux Bob and Green Winged Eyeliner


A really pretty style if you have long hair and fancy something totally different. It has a glamorous, vintage feel but also looks really modern. It works best if you have a curl or wave in your hair so if it’s naturally straight, curl it first with tongs, straighteners or heated rollers.

Take a section of hair right at the base of your neck and clip the rest out of the way. Braid this section of hair and twist it into a bun at your nape, pinning securely. This will be the anchor for your faux bob.

Unclip the rest of your hair and, starting at the back, take sections of hair and roll them under until you reach your braided bun. Pin each section to the bun, working your way around to the front. Carefully arrange the front of the hair as you roll to make it look like a full bob. This style would look amazing and extra festive with a spritz of gold Glitter Hairspray.

Thank you for reading, I’d love to know what look you’re planning to rock at your Christmas party this year. Tell me below!

Rebecca x

Our Autumn Wedding

1930s style wedding in Skipton, North Yorkshire

If you’re wondering why things have been very quiet over here for the last few months, that’s because I’ve been super busy planning my own wedding, which happened a few weeks ago in September. Some of my clients made me promise to share some pictures so here they are!

We held our wedding at Burnsall Village Hall in North Yorkshire, close to where I grew up. It was a total DIY job and we pulled in a lot of favours from friends and family for everything from dessert to decorations and hiring bar staff. It was hard work but completely worth it and I know it’s a cliché but it really was the best day of my life.

The main reason that this blog has been on the back burner was that I decided (on top of everything else) to make my own wedding dress from scratch. I’ve made my own clothes before and love sewing, although I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a speedy sewer. I knew it would be a big project so I began in January, thinking it would take me maybe until June but in fact I finished my dress three days before the wedding.  I was really chuffed with the result and although it was a mammoth project I’m glad I did it.

I made my veil too and my headpiece was an original 1930s piece chosen by my parents as a surprise. On the day I felt the most beautiful I’ve ever felt and at least I know no-one will ever have the same dress as me.

1930s style wedding in Skipton, North Yorkshire

One thing people kept asking me in the run up to the big day was who would do my hair and makeup? I always knew I’d do my own makeup on my wedding day. Like a lot of people, I tend to stick to the same look most of the time (Max Factor mascara and MAC Lady Danger lipstick) and I didn’t want to look completely different on my wedding day. However, I did treat myself to a lovely new Velvet Matte Lip Pencil from NARS in Infatuated Red, which is a great Autumn berry/red colour. I’m glad I did my own makeup because it was the only time throughout the morning I didn’t feel nervous.

My hair was a different story – I have very little patience with styling my own hair so I turned to my friend Lois Pickup, who I’ve known and worked alongside for years. She created the most amazing 1930s hairstyle for me and also did beautiful makeup for my bridesmaids and mum.

I was lucky to have some really good advice over the years from my brides and that definitely helped when it came to my turn. I’m planning on writing a post very soon about my own experience with some tips I’d like to pass on now I’ve been there and done it.

We were lucky to have some fantastic wedding suppliers to help make our day perfect. Thank you to all the following people

Venue  Burnsall Village Hall

Photographer Orphee Photography

Caterer Big D’s BBQ

Florist The Hedgerow

Hair and Make Up Lois Pickup

Music Tim Clarke – The Sax Man

Ale Dark Horse Brewery

Cars Classic Wedding Car Hire

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Rebecca x

Getting Married Abroad? Here’s How To Do Your Own Bridal Makeup

Earlier this summer I jetted off to beautiful Lake Garda in northern Italy for a client’s wedding. As I don’t usually get away during the summer, my boyfriend came out too and we made a mini break of it. We spent a few days swimming in the lake, hiking in the mountains and sipping Aperol spritzes in the town square. Bliss!

Being asked to do a wedding in Italy got me thinking. Nowadays more and more people are choosing to get married abroad. If you’re planning on a limited guest list, it can be no more expensive to get hitched in a sunny European destination as in good old Blighty. But when it comes to make up, things can be tricky. Popular destinations (such as Malcesine, where I stayed) tend to be beautiful but remote. You may be restricted to the make up artist who is included in the wedding package or there may not be much choice of English speaking make up artists in the area. Bridal fashions can also be very different in other parts of Europe.

For brides who don’t have the budget to fly a makeup artist to their wedding destination, I thought I’d offer some advice on doing it yourself. If this sounds scary, read on. There’s no reason you can’t get a flawless look by yourself.

My client, Sarah with her new husband Ollie at Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda. Photograph by Flawless Photography
My client, Sarah with her new husband Ollie at Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda. Photograph by Flawless Photography

Have a Makeup Lesson

If you’re not feeling confident about applying your own makeup, ask an expert. Many brides head straight to their local department store make up counter for advice, which can be a hit or miss experience. The advantage is that you can try the products you’ll be using and buy them there and then. The downside is that makeup counter staff are primarily sales people. Don’t get me wrong – there are lots of skilled and talented make up artists working on counters but there are also some for whom it’s a retail job and who have no training in makeup artistry.

If you’re planning on having a counter lesson, choose the brand wisely. MAC are known for training their counter staff well but their style tends to be designed for the catwalk, rather than weddings. Think about brands such as Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercia and Bare Minerals if you’re wanting a fresh, natural look.

Alternatively, many bridal makeup artists offer make up lessons, usually for around the same price as a trial. The advantage of this is that the make up artist will have specific experience in bridal make up and  can help you recreate the look you’d like while giving you lots of tips for a long lasting and professional effect. Because they won’t have a sales target agenda they can help you to get the most out of the products you already own, as well as advise you on any additions you may like to buy next time you’re shopping.

The elegent hairstyle I created for Sarah's wedding
The elegent hairstyle I created for Sarah’s wedding

Hot Weather

The most obvious reason people choose to marry abroad is to escape the unpredictable British weather. Destinations like Italy, Cyprus and Greece are popular for the guaranteed summer sun but the downside is that it can be really tricky to keep your makeup flawless when the mercury is in the 30s. If you’re going to be outside you also don’t want to risk ending up sunburned by the end of the day. Even if you’re a sun worshipper I’d recommend wearing a high factor sun screen on the day (and a couple of days before).  You really don’t want to have to spend your wedding morning covering up painful sunburn. Apply sun screen as early as you can on the morning of your wedding, such as just after showering to give it plenty of time to soak into your skin before you apply makeup.

I find that the less product you apply, the less there is to come off. So try to avoid the temptation to slap on thick layers of foundation and concealer and instead gently build up thin layers of product with soft, fluffy brushes. I love my MAC duo fibre brushes for blending and buffing products on the skin. My favourite foundations for hot weather are Estée Lauder Double Wear (full coverage), MAC Studio Fix (medium coverage), and MAC Face and Body (light coverage). All are waterproof and stay put all day. Fix your foundation with a pressed powder and keep it handy for touch ups later on.

A good primer such as Laura Mercier Foundation Primer can really help your make up last longer. Again, a light layer is better than a thick one. When it comes to eyeshadow and blusher, avoid cream textures as they have a tendency to shift or crease. Opt for more stable powders where you can. It’s a good idea to spray a light layer of fixative such as Urban Decay’s All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray when you’re done.

Photograph by Flawless Phtography
Sarah’s bridesmaids cool off. Photograph by Flawless Photography


Once you’ve decided on the look you want to go for, make sure you practice. The last thing you want to do on the morning is panic about your makeup as you can easily end up making a mess of it. Set aside some quiet time on your days off and set up a mirror where you have good natural daylight. Take yourself through each stage step by step. Try not to get frustrated if you don’t get it right first time – just take it off and start again!

Eyes First

A lot of make up artists I’ve worked alongside over the years have a great technique to make the job quicker and easier. Begin by applying a base onto the eye area only, then apply your eye makeup. When you’ve finished, use a cotton bud and a bit of oil free cleanser or MAC Strobe Cream to tidy up the area beneath the eye where eyeshadow has dropped. I really like these cotton buds from Boots, which have a flat end and a pointy end for more accurate work. Now you can finish by applying foundation to the rest of your face without messing it up.

Watch and Learn

We’re so lucky today that we have such a huge library of online resources. Even if you are going to have a make up lesson, I’d still recommend checking out some of the great how to videos you can find around the web. I’m a huge fan of Lisa Eldridge. She has two brilliant videos – Bridal Make Up Tips and A Classic Bridal Look where she creates a modern, fresh make up look on herself and also gives advice on how to tailor the look to suit you. Check out some of her “basic” videos too, such as Natural, Flawless Skin.

Another great video resource is Pixiwoo. Watch their simple Bridal Make Up video for advice on creating a pretty, summer look and Winter Wedding Make Up for a slightly more evening style.

Photograph by Flawless Photography

Did you get married abroad? Did you hire a make up artist or do your own? I’d love to hear your tips!

Rebecca x

An Update and Some Happy News

Apologies, first of all, for the radio silence. It’s been far too long since I’ve blogged and it’s partly because this summer was my busiest ever for weddings, hen parties and special occasion makeups, as well as a few adverts and photo shoots. There wasn’t much time to sit down with a cup of tea and write a blog post.

One of the downsides of being freelance is unpaid holidays, making time off a guilt-ridden experience and I hadn’t taken any time off work since last Christmas. Weekends and bank holidays are especially busy for me so while everyone else is enjoying a rest I’m rushing from one appointment to another. By the end of September work fatigue was definitely kicking in!

So with my boyfriend Max, I flew off to Croatia for a bit of (very) late summer sun. We visited Dubrovnik, Split and the beautiful island of Vis, and that was where Max surprised me by proposing! After nine years of working with brides on their special days, it’s going to be my turn to be a bride! Which brings me to the second reason I’ve not blogged for a while – I’ve been spending far too much time wedding planning on Pinterest.

It’s been lovely to share the news with my clients, who’ve been giving me advice and planning tips. I’m so excited and can’t wait to get started. So watch this space!

Rebecca x

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Make Up Trial

Bridal hair styling in Didsbury. Make up and hair by

I often find that during their hair and make up trial, brides will say that the wedding suddenly feels very real. It’s so exciting to see exactly how your face and hair will look on the big day.

Trials are important, not only to make sure your artist can get the hair and make up exactly how you want it on the day, but also so you can get to know each other. After all, she’s going to be spending your wedding morning with you so it’s important you feel comfortable with her.

When you book your make up artist, it’s unlikely you’ll have ever had a trial before so you may not know what to expect. Here are some key bits of advice to make sure you get the most out of your trial, and that you look perfect when the big day arrives.

Bridal hair styling in Didsbury. Make up and hair by
Photo: Andy Sawyer


One of the fun parts of the trial is looking at and choosing the make up and hair you want to go for. Lots of my brides show me Pinterest boards they’ve made with a range of styles they like. I have my own set of boards too for my clients to use as a starting point.

This may sound obvious but it’s important when choosing pictures that you make sure the thing you like is the hair and make up, not the dress, the location or the model. It’s easy to pin lots of pictures of Keira Knightley to a board but do you actually like the makeup she’s wearing? Or do you just want to look like Keira Knightley?

Try to find pictures of people who have similar hair and colouring to you. Some styles work better for blonde hair, some for dark. Things like fringes and skin tone can make a huge difference to the overall look. Narrowing it down like this will make it easier to find something that suits you.


Wearing you favourite black jumper to during your trial won’t help you to see your make up in the best possible way. If your wedding dress is white, wear something white instead or have a white towel handy. Light colours reflect light and can make the make up look completely different. Similarly the neckline of your dress may affect the decisions you make about your hair.

A great idea is to have a picture ready of how your usually wear your make up in the daytime and when you go out. Make up is such a personal thing that everyone does differently so it can be hard for a make up artist sometimes to understand exactly what you mean.

Find out how your hairstylist would like you to prep your hair. Most like your hair to be freshly washed, others the day before. It’s important that you don’t apply products such as mousse or hairspray beforehand, as it can make it difficult to style.


If you give your make up artist the best possible space to work in she’ll be so grateful. Natural daylight is really important so be in a bright room or near a big window. I like to face my client facing the light source so the light is even across her face. In the winter, try to have your trial during the day as artificial light is very warm and can distort colours. Ceiling lights are not your friend as they create shadows beneath your eyes and chin so if you must have your trial on a winter evening, make the room as bright as possible with lots of  light sources lower down.

Make sure she has a good-sized table as she will have a huge amount of kit with her and if she’s doing hair make sure she has access to a nearby plug socket. Chairs are important – don’t make her back ache by providing a chair that’s too low. It’s also important that you are sitting comfortably.

Bridal makeup artist workstation. Make up and hair by
Photo: Camera Hannah

Be Honest

I find when people first look in the mirror they hold it very close to their face. This is fine to get a good look at the details but it’s important that you also look in a mirror from a distance so you can see how the whole look works together. I have a large mirror in my kit and I encourage brides to walk around with it in different lights, close to the window and far away.

If it’s not exactly what you had in mind then don’t despair. This is the trial after all! Sometimes it’s really obvious to you what needs changing. If so, tell your make up artist. She wants to get it right and won’t mind tweaking a few things in the process. If it’s not so obvious but just doesn’t “feel” right, now’s the time to put the kettle on. Step away from the mirror for a few minutes. When you look again it might come to you that you usually wear more bronzer or are used to seeing more hair around your face.

Thank you for reading, I hope this post will help you plan your trial. If you’ve already been there and have any further advice to add, I’d love to hear your comments below!

Rebecca x

Stunning Wedding Locations In Europe

Stunning Wedding Locations in Europe from Rebecca Anderton Make Up Artist

As you’ll no doubt be aware, wedding season is in full swing. I’ve been incredibly busy so far this year with weddings all over the Greater Manchester area. A few months ago I shared with you some of my favourite wedding venues in Manchester from the many I’ve seen over the years. Well, in August I’ll be jetting off to Italy to make a bride look beautiful at Lake Garda so I though I’d share with you some of the most beautiful wedding locations that Europe has to offer.

From a majestic castle in Prague to a luxurious villa on the Amalfi Coast, there are hundreds of options for a perfectly romantic ceremony. Let me narrow it down for you with five of the top wedding locations in Europe.

Hluboka Nad Vltavou Castle, Czech Republic, 2 hours from Prague 

Stunning Wedding Locations in Europe from Rebecca Anderton Make Up Artist
Castle and gardens Hluboka by kaprikfoto

The Czech Republic might not be the obvious choice but it’s the place to go for enchanting fairytale castles. Hluboka Castle was built in the 13th century by King Premysl Otakar II and its ornate white towers could be taken straight out of a Disney film.

It’s wedding hall accommodates 20 guests seated and 20 standing, while ceremonies can also be held in the large formal garden. The grounds are perfect for epic post ceremony pictures, especially in Winter when covered in a blanket of snow. To find out the cost of accommodation in Prague, check out a site like

Malcesine Castle, Lake Garda in Italy

Stunning Wedding Locations in Europe from Rebecca Anderton Make Up Artist
Panorama dal Castello di Malcesine by Marco Fardin

Malcesine, near the Italian city of Verona (home to Shakespeare’s Juliet) has to be on of the most romantic places in Europe. I can’t wait to visit in August. It’s pretty maze of narrow streets lead to the town’s little fishing port on the lake. The castle was built in 568 and perches right at the top of the hill, overlooking the medieval town below.

Ceremonies are held on the terrace which allows for 70 seated guests and 30 standing, and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the azure lake and surrounding mountains. I’m not sure if a better view could be found anywhere else!

 You can read more details about Malcesine Castle here.

Villa Fondi in Piano di Sorrento, Amalfi Coast in Italy

Villa Fondi is a Neo-classical villa on the Amalfi Coast just five minutes from the heart of the charming town of Sorrento. The villa itself is an Italian National Monument and is surrounded by a lush green park filled with lemon and orange trees. It offers stunning panoramic views of the sea and coastline.

Indoors, the wedding hall is decorated with 18th century frescoes, while outside you can have your ceremony on the terrace facing the sea, under the trees in the park or by the Roman Nymphaeum mosaic. The best time for weddings on the Amalfi coast is March to October.

The Chateau Bellevie, Gascony in France

If you’ve ever wanted to feel like the lady of a rural French chateau, then you will love this venue in the heart of Armagnac and foie gras county. The ivy covered chateau has plenty of old-fashioned charm but head down to the cellar and you will find a gym, sauna and swimming pool, big screen film room and a roller skating area!

You can choose to tie the knot in the chateau itself, in one of the chapels or outside in the 30 acres of garden. A wedding planner is on hand to help you with your decisions. There is even room for 50 people to spend the night.

Castello Odescalchi in Santa Marinella, Italy

Stunning Wedding Locations in Europe from Rebecca Anderton Make Up Artist
Castello di Odescalchi by ppii

This ancient historic residence of the Odescalchi family is 20 minutes from Rome and can accomodate the bridal party all day long. The beautiful bridal suite is the perfect place to relax and get ready in, surrounded by soft white drapes.

The lovely thing about this venue is the air of comfort and intimacy. Each space, from the sunlit courtyard to the seafront balconies is perfect for you and your loved ones to enjoy every part of your day from a post ceremony aperitif to dancing under the stars.

Would you ever decide to swap a UK wedding for one abroad? Tell me below!

Rebecca x

What Your Make Up Artist Is Really Thinking

What Your Make Up Artist is Really Thining from Rebecca Anderton Make Up Artist

I’ve been doing people’s make up for over 12 years now. I’ve worked on countless faces of all ages, shapes colours. My job is never dull because each face is different. One thing never changes, however. Almost every time a woman sits in my make up chair, the first thing she does is point out all the things about herself she hates, things she thinks are her “faults.” She tells me how difficult her hair is to style because it’s too thick/fine/curly/flat/flyaway/straight/frizzy, then goes on to nitpick her skin problems, the shape of her face and the size of her eyes, lips, nose or eyebrows.

I can’t tell you how disheartening it is to hear my clients talk about their physical appearance this way. Because most of the time, they’re things that I haven’t noticed until they’ve been pointed out to me, and even then it’s never something I would consider a “fault.” You see, the misconception is that as a make up artist, I’m always looking at what needs to be corrected. But that simply isn’t true.

I had a bad experience when I was at college studying media make up. Each lesson, our tutor would ask a different class member to model for her demonstration. I got the short straw and was asked to model for the “corrective make up” demo. This is (I feel) an old-fashioned term for contouring – that hugely popular make up technique used to make your face look more like Kim Kardashian’s.

Kim's famous mid-contour selfie
Kim’s famous mid-contour selfie

My tutor began the demo with my face shape which, once she had deemed “very long,” she duly shaded with brown foundation around my chin and forehead. Next, she pointed out to the class that one of my eyes was much smaller than the other (my bugbear in passport photos) and evened them out using eyeliner of different thickness on each eye. My nose was next – it curves to the right thanks to a childhood injury. This too was “corrected.” Finally, she observed that my top lip is thinner than my bottom lip and in fact my whole mouth is rather wonky. Huge amounts of lipliner and lipstick were employed to make it even, and therefore more attractive.

When I looked in the mirror I didn’t recognise myself and neither did the rest of the class. On top of that, I was suddenly very aware of how imperfect my face was and how little it compared to ideal standards of beauty. To me, my unique face was now a badly proportioned and unsymmetrical mess of wrong angles. Everything was either too big, too small or wonky. I felt like crying, right there in front of the whole class.

Now, I know my tutor was only doing her job and I suppose someone in the class had to have their face contoured but I decided there and then that I never wanted any of my future clients to feel as horrible as I did in that moment. Because each person is different and beautiful in their own way. My face may be long and my nose may be wonky but it’s mine and nobody else has the same one.

My wonky face!
Me, make up free and just a little bit wonky

So that’s why when I look at you, the thing I see first isn’t that thing you hate. It’s actually your best feature, whether that be your eyebrows, skin, cheekbones or just everything! That’s the feature I want to bring out and focus on using the tools of my trade. I don’t care about your spots, wrinkles or eye bags. I want to paint big lips with bright lipstick and big eyes with loads of mascara. I want to use the sheerest foundation on freckles because freckles are so pretty. Most of all, I want to make you smile when you see yourself in the mirror.

Make up is a great tool and there’s nothing that can pick me up more when I’m tired and or bit hungover than concealer, mascara and red lipstick. But it shouldn’t be a mask. We should love our faces for their uniqueness and their lovely quirks. Celebrate the changes as we age because they show that we’ve lived a life.

So please start now and tell me below, what do you LOVE about yourself?

Ways To Wear Flowers

One of my favourite parts of the wedding morning is when the flowers arrive. I am never not excited about wedding flowers. I love the ceremony of hearing a knock on the door, a bridesmaid squealing with joy from the hall and everyone gathering around to peer inside the box of delights. If I wasn’t a makeup artist, I’d love to be a florist.

Maybe it’s because of this that I love using fresh flowers in bridal hairstyles. They always look somehow effortless (even if they’re not). Why not ask your florist to send some extra flowers along with your bouquets that can be placed into a secure up-do. If they take the time to wrap wire around the stems, this makes it even easier for you hairstylist. Obviously, it depends on what hairstyle you’re going for whether this can be done. Some florists will even make hairpieces to match your bouquets, or you can buy ones ready made like these below.

Clockwise from left Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, Roses and LemonsThe Artisan Dried Flower Company

There are a few different ways to wear flowers. Headbands and wreaths made of flowers (often seen on festival-goers) look beautiful placed onto long, loose waves. For an even more bohemian look, add plaits or twists for the headband to sit on. Lightweight, delicate blooms such as baby’s breath can be woven into a plait without the need for a headband.

Larger flowers such as roses or orchids are much happier when placed in a more structured style such as a chignon or bun. They need something to anchor them well or they’ll end up falling out. Here are some examples to help inspire you.

Clockwise from top left Magnolia Rougue, The Honeycomb, Wedding Chicks, Always Choose Joy, Your Hairstyles, Event Style, Style Craze, Little Arrow Studio, Gent & Beauty

Tell me, will you be wearing flowers in your hair on your wedding day or do you have something else in mind? Leave me a comment below!

Sixties Wedding Style File

Sixties Wedding Style File - Audrey Hepburn wedding from Rebecca Loves Weddings

As you know, I love vintage style. I’ve always been a charity shop magpie and there’s barely anything truly modern in my home. I have a collection of vintage lipsticks, perfume bottles and powder compacts on my dressing table, plus as a library of books on 20th century hair and make up.

Over the years I’ve been lucky to have several clients who share my love for the styles of days gone by. I’ve recreated hair and make up from the twenties, fifties and sixties for my brides.

I thought I’d share my passion with you and write a series of posts showing the fashions from each decade and how you can incorporate them into your own bridal hair and make up. I’m beginning with the sixties, which is one of my favourite decades (although I could never choose just one!)

Sixties Wedding Style File - Audrey Hepburn wedding from Rebecca Loves Weddings
Audrey Hepburn’s wedding to Andrea Dotti in 1969

The sixties saw radical social change and that’s reflected in the diverse styles of the period. In the early sixties womens’ dress was still rather prim and proper. Hair was set in rollers, backcombed and hairsprayed to within an inch of its life. The iconic hairstyle of this period was the beehive but whatever the style, it had to be big.

Make up in the meantime was characterised by the classic winged eyeliner which had been ubiquitous throughout the fifties. Red lipstick, popular since the second world war, was still worn at the beginning of the sixties but as the decade wore on, a much wider range of colours became available. Corals, pinks and frosted textures were all popular.

Sixties Wedding Style File - Priscilla and Elvis Presley wedding from Rebecca Loves Weddings
Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s wedding in 1967

In 1963 Vidal Sassoon reinvented the bob which would be worn by Mary Quant and Twiggy. The strong geometric cuts are great inspiration for today’s short haired brides. As the sixties became swinging, make up focus shifted from the lips to eyes, which were emphasised with eyeliner drawn across the lash line and socket. False lashes became hugely popular and bottom lashes would often be painted on.

The hippy styles of the late sixties are having something of a revival right now. Hair was worn very long, parted in the centre and left naturally straight or wavy. Women (and men) wore flowers in their hair and sometimes painted on their faces to symbolise the non-violence of the peace movement.

Sixties Wedding Style File - George Harrison and Patti Boyd wedding 1966 from Rebecca Loves Weddings
George Harrison and Patti Boyd’s rock ‘n’ roll wedding in 1966

If you’d love to recreate a 1960s style, here’s a little bit of inspiration to help you immerse yourself in the decade. Take a look at my Sixties Brides Pinterest board, which has plenty of pictures of real brides from the era, to show you how it was really done!


Here are some great film and TV suggestions, all made or set in the sixties to get you in the mood for some free love. I adore Julianne Moore’s character in A Single Man – her hair and make up is stunning!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Mad Men, La Dolce Vita, Easy Rider, Factory Girl, A Single Man


Six style icons from the decade, it was so hard to narrow it down to just six. I’d have loved to include Jane Birkin, Mary Quant and Diana Ross too but there just wasn’t room!

Twiggy, Michelle Phillips, Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Jean Shrimpton, Sophia Loren


There is so much choice today for the retro loving bride, from short and sweet tea dresses to floaty, crochet confections. Plus, there’s a huge array of both vintage and reproduction accessories like hats, veils, shoes and jewellery. Here are some ideas to get you started.

The Modern Twist

If you’d like to update your look to fit with modern trends, then look below. Classic sixties updos can be brought up to date by styling them slightly more tousled. Or why not pare sixties winged eyeliner with a more modern lip colour like Sophie Ellis-Bextor?

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my Sixties Style File. Watch this space for posts on the twenties, forties and maybe even the seventies!

I love reading your comments so please tell me below what you think.

Rebecca x

Styles To Rock at Your Prom

Prom Hair and Makeup Inspiration - 1950s inspired prom style from Rebecca Loves Weddings

Suffice it to say, my own prom was quite a while ago – 2003 to be exact! Back then, proms weren’t such a big deal, especially in the small Yorkshire town I come from. We didn’t have a theme or limos and our photography skills weren’t up to much. In fact, let me share a picture to illustrate just how unsavvy we were compared to today’s teenagers.

That’s me on the far left with the Pre-Raphaelite curls and what looks like the contents of a Viking burial around my neck!

This picture made me wonder why I don’t work sitting down anymore!

As you can see, we all had a brilliant time, from doing each others hair and make up to bouncing up and down to S Club 7’s Reach. Remember that the most important part of your prom is that you have fun. After all, this is the last big blow out before you all go your separate ways so make it memorable for the right reasons.

Of course, getting dressed up is all part of the excitement. You’ve probably already chosen your dress and are wondering how to wear your hair and make up. There’s a world of inspiration out there and it’s difficult to know where to start. Well, luckily for you I’ve done the research already. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Pop of Colour

Make a bold statement with brightly coloured eyes, lips or both. My tip is to stick to one or two key colours to keep the look stylish. This look is really fun but you don’t want to look like you’ve stepped out of the eighties. Try wearing a bright colour such as jade green or electric blue as eyeliner rather than all over your eyes, keep it simple. I’d team this with a neutral dress in black, white or nude to make the pop of colour on your face really shine.

Star product Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Bora Bora

Waterfall of Colour

You don’t have to keep colour just to your face. It’s easier than ever to give your hair a colourful makeover and as school will be over, why not take the plunge? Have fun with matching (or mismatching) your hair to your dress. If you’re worried about damaging your hair, try a dip dye effect – you can always cut the ends off later or use hair chalk to add a temporary rainbow of colour.

Star Product L’Oréal Professionnel Hairchalk 

Fuss Free

Don’t worry if you’re not the type to go glam, even on this occasion. There are lots of easy to create, fuss free styles to choose from. If you don’t usually wear makeup, then a dab of concealer and a sweep of mascara go a long way. If you’re fair skinned, blusher is your friend, but practice a few times before the night. You can create easy beach waves by twisting sections of hair and running straighteners along it. You don’t need acrylic nails and a spray tan to look the part, just be yourself.

Star Product Topshop Cream Blush in Afternoon Tea

Mother of Dragons

Take inspiration from Danaerys – one of the strongest characters on screen right now, who also happens to have fabulous hair. If you don’t already have tumbling curls, use tongs to create some. The Khaleesi wears a whole range of braided styles in Game of Thrones so there are plenty to choose from, however intricately you like to wear your hair. Finish off your regal look with glowing, sun-kissed skin and a flowing dress.

Star Product Diva Intelligent Digital Tongs

1950s Retro

I just love the dance contest scene in Grease – if my prom was today I’d definitely be channelling one of the Pink Ladies. Get the perfect 1950s make up look by sweeping a retro flick of liquid or gel eyeliner across your lids. If you want to be sweet like Sandy go for a pretty pink lipstick or to be sassy like Rizzo choose a dramatic red. Don’t forget plenty of petticoats to make an impression on the dance floor!

Star Product MAC Lipstick in Russian Red

 I’d love to hear all about your prom hair and make up ideas or memories so please comment below!

Rebecca x

Valentine’s Day Kiss Proof Lipstick

Perfect Red Lipstick Tutorial from Rebecca Loves Weddings

Kiss Proof Lipstick from Rebecca Loves Weddings

As a bridal make up artist, kiss-proof lipstick is the holy grail for me. After all, no bride wants to head back down the aisle after the first kiss with a face full of lipstick. And no groom does either!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner I thought I’d share with you how I apply lipstick to make sure it lasts. I love wearing red and my favourite lipstick is MAC’s Lady Danger so it’s really important I make it kiss-proof. I find matte lipsticks are the most hard-wearing so try to avoid gloss or satin textures and go for matte if you can. Another tip I give my brides before they head off to get married is once they get a drink, to lick the rim of the glass before they take a sip (in a ladylike way of course!) It really does stop your lipstick from ending up on the glass rather than your lips.

Perfect Red Lipstick Tutorial from Rebecca Loves Weddings
Photograph by Helen Kirkbright, make up and hair by Rebecca Anderton

Here’s how I apply lipstick to make sure it lasts all day.

  1. Make sure your lips are in tip-top condition before you start by applying your favourite lip balm. If your lips are a little flaky, you might want to gently exfoliate them too.
  2. Apply a thin layer of concealer over your lips, followed by a light dusting of powder.
  3. Using a freshly sharpened lip liner carefully outline your lips, beginning with the cupid’s bow. Don’t forget the bit inside the outer corners too.
  4. Fill your lips in with lipstick, stretching your lips to make sure you get the product into all the creases.
  5. Now, check that the shape you’ve drawn is even. Use the handle of a brush to check the cupid’s bow is straight. Tilt your head back and forward to check the symmetry from all angles. Correct any mistakes with a thin, square shaped brush and concealer.
  6. Finally, blot excess lipstick on a tissue and set with a light dusting of translucent powder.

And there you have it – kiss-proof lipstick to make sure you have a smudge free Valentine’s Day!

If you have any other tips to share, I’d love to hear them below.

Rebecca x

2015 Bridal Make Up and Hair Trends

2015 Wedding Trends - Floral headband wedding headress from Rebecca Loves Weddings

Judging by the sudden deluge of emails in my inbox last month, brides of 2015 are already well on with their wedding planning. I’ve had more enquiries than ever before, so this year promises to be even more packed with weddings than usual!

Having done my first few trials for the year, I’ve noticed a few trends coming through so I thought I’d do a round up for my readers of some of the key bridal hair and makeup trends for 2015.

Tiny Flowers

A really pretty way to embellish your hair that costs next to no money. Scattered around an updo, woven into plaits or adorning touselled curls, delicate blooms such as baby’s breath are a great way to wear flowers in your hair without going OTT. They suit modern bohemian brides who wear their hair loose and unstructured. Because they’re so light they can be placed into hairstyles that wouldn’t be strong enough to hold larger flowers.

Ballet Buns

Simple and pretty, this is a great style if you like to keep your hair off your face. It’s also a great base for any number of hair accessories, from birdcage veils to ornately beaded headbands. Buns are so versitile that they can suit any style of dress. Although the ones I’ve seen on the catwalk are small and neat, I personally like them to be a little bit more soft and touselled.

Bee Stung Lips

Statement lips are here to stay in every colour from flame red to wine-stained. To get a perfect pout, apply a conditioning lip balm to your lips before lightly applying concealer. Pat the lip colour on with your fingertip for a subtly defined shape and press your lips together. Experiment with shades of lipstick until you find one that works well with your skin tone.


Crowns are back this year, but not thankfully not the way Katie Price wore hers. This year’s crowns are elegantly jewelled and reminiscant of those seen on religious icons. They’re a creative way to finish off your bridal look and make it unique. If you love floral crowns, ask if your florist could make you one that matches your bouquet. Alternatively, there are some beautiful crowns (such as the gold baby’s breath crown below) to be found on Etsy.


There are no many ways to incorporate plaits into your bridal hair style, whether you go for an up-do or keep it down. I especially love braids that weave across the front of the head or are incorporated into a wave, down style. They work especially well in blonde or caramel coloured hair that shows the detail in the style.

Softly Tousled

Boho hair was big last year and this year is set to be even bigger. Think loose beachy waves, messy up-dos and deconstructed styles. Any style from a french pleat to a chignon can be made messy by adding some sea salt spray prior to styling and teasing out some wispy strands of hair around the ears and nape. If your hair is layered, your hair stylist will thank you if you choose to have a touseled look!

Metallic Eyes

The hottest colour this year is rose gold, which is not only a gorgeous colour but also suits most skin tones. Plus, it enhances blue, brown and green eyes alike! Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette contains the perfect hues and can help you create either a soft and pretty natural eye makeup or a set of dark and sultry metallic smokey peepers.

Birdcage Veils

As I love vintage styles I’m so happy that birdcage veils are enjoying a surge in popularity. They can be found in all shapes and sizes, with polkadots, pearls or applique embellisment. Before committing to buying, I’d recommend experimenting with a small piece of net or mesh to work out how much, and which part of your face you’d like to be covered. It may help to narrow down your choices a little!

Natural Skin

Fresh, glowing skin is a bridal makeup classic that will never go out of style. Of course ‘natural skin’ doesn’t neccessarily mean no make up, but rather skin that looks like skin and not like heavily powdered thick foundation. When I apply a bride’s makeup I use thin layers of primer, foundation and concealer and only apply product where it’s needed.

Thanks for reading, I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

Rebecca x

8 Questions You Should Ask Your Bridal Make Up Artist

Great advice for all brides to be from Rebecca Loves Weddings

Great advice for all brides to be from Rebecca Loves Weddings

Your wedding day will probably be the biggest event you ever organise. Until you’ve planned one, it’s hard to imagine how much work goes into it. Wedding planning throws up a whole host of new experiences like coordinating large numbers of guests, managing the dreaded seating plan and of course hiring a group of trustworthy professionals.

This might be the first time you book a make up artist and it can be hard to know where to start. When searching online you are confronted with a huge amount of choice, especially if you live in a major city. Just how do you know which one to hire?

Finding the right make up artist is hugely important. Not only do they need to create the hair and make up of your dreams but they also have to be able to make you and your bridal party feel comfortable. You’ll be spending a significant portion of the day with them so you need to enjoy their company. To help you, here a some questions you could ask potential make up artists to find out if they’re right for the job.

8 Questions You Should Ask Your Bridal Make Up Artist from Rebecca Loves Weddings at
Photograph by Maryanne Scott

What experience do you have?

The most experienced makeup artist might not necessarily be the best one for you. After all, someone who’s been doing make up for 20 years might not be the best at creating the styles you like. That said, it’s really important that they have enough know-how to carry out their job efficiently and effectively. Wedding mornings can be stressful so you need someone who can keep a cool head.

Do you specialise in weddings?

An experienced make up artist may not necessarily specialise in weddings. Doing make up for television or a photo shoot is quite different. Being a wedding make up artist requires being able to stick to a time schedule, calm down emotional brides and create hair and make up that stays in place long after she has left.

Can you work from a picture?

This is important if you are after a specific look. You need to find out if the makeup artist feels comfortable recreating something they may not have done before. Keep in mind, however, that the style may look different on you if you don’t have the same skin tone, hair length or hair colour as the model.

Are there any extra charges?

Check if expenses such as travel and parking are included in the price and if there are any extra charges such as false lashes.

8 Questions You Should Ask Your Bridal Make Up Artist from Rebecca Loves Weddings at
Photograph by Dotmoxee Photography

Do you provide lipstick to touch up?

You’re going to spend the day sipping champagne and kissing your new husband so you’re lipstick or gloss is unlikely to last all day. Ask if your makeup artist can provide the lipstick she’ll use on the day or a small sample pot for touch-ups. Otherwise, find out at the trial what colour she used so you can buy one yourself.

What size of party can you accommodate?

If you have a large party requiring hair and make up services it’s important to find out how many people she can reasonably do and how long it will take. It might be worth booking a separate make up artist and hairdresser or asking if she can bring an assistant along.

How do I pay? Do you require a deposit?

Find out in advance how she would prefer to be paid and when. Most wedding suppliers require a deposit to secure the date so don’t be surprised if your make up artist does.

How many events will you cover on the day?

The last thing you want on your special day is a make up artist who arrives late and flustered because they’ve come from another wedding. Or insists on getting you ready at 7am before rushing off to her next job. A good, professional make up artist will understand the importance of the occasion and make you her priority.

I hope you’ve found this information useful. Good luck with finding your perfect make up artist!

Rebecca x

How Long Should You Keep Your Make Up?

How Long Should You Keep Your Make Up? from Rebecca Loves Weddings

Ladies, it’s time to Spring clean your make up bag!

Make up has an expiry date and using products after they’ve expired can lead to skin irritation, infections and break outs. Cosmetics that have been opened and used for a while can harbour bacteria so it’s important that you look after your make up and throw it away once it’s expired.

In the EU, cosmetics have a “Period After Opening” symbol printed on them that looks like like this.

The ‘M’ stands for month so 12M means it’s safe to use for 12 months after being opened. When you buy something, make sure you check how long you can use it for. It helps to write the date you first used it on the outside with a sharpie.

If you’re not sure what to keep and what to throw out, here’s my handy visual guide to make up shelf life.

Here are some handy tips to help your make up products last.

  • Clean sponges each time you use them
  • Wash brushes every couple of weeks
  • Use a spatula rather than your fingers to scoop
  • Throw away your mascara immediately if you get an eye infection
  • Screw lids on tightly to stop products from drying out
  • Throw away products with broken or missing lids
  • Sharpen lip and eye pencils regularly
  • Store cosmetics in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight


Winter Wedding Beauty Essentials


Having a Winter wedding? These are your essential beauty products - Wedding Inspiration from Rebecca Loves Weddings
Winter Beauty Essentials

When I first started doing makeup for weddings, back in 2007, I’d be busy all summer long and almost wedding-free from October to March. But that’s certainly not the case now. Either I’m more in demand or more people are getting married in Winter because  now I have weddings all year round.

I can understand why couples get married out of season. Venues are a huge part of the wedding budget and they’re often cheaper in Winter. Suppliers are more willing to offer deals and discounts in the months when they’re quietest. And let’s face it, you can’t guarantee the weather in the UK. Even in August you could end up with a washout wedding like this one.

So here’s a post for all you brave and canny Winter brides. I’ve pulled together my tried and tested favourite products to keep you looking lovely on your wedding day.

1. Chanel Rouge Noir Nail Polish

One of my all-time favourite nail colours and such a classic. Winter is the best season to wear rich, deep berry tones like this and Rouge Noir looks amazing against a white or ivory dress.

2. Benefit Benetint

A pretty, rose-scented cheek stain that will keep your cheeks rosy all day and all night long (if the cold doesn’t). Blend into your foundation before powder and build up until you get the colour density you want. You can use it on your lips too, either on it’s own or with gloss over the top.

3. Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir

I’m a sucker for Jo Malone and for me this is the ultimate Winter fragrance. It’s warm and spicy but also deliciously fruity with rich notes of pomegranate, raspberry and pink pepper.

4. Fresh Sugar Lip Polish

Winter can really take it’s toll on your skin and your lips tend to suffer the most. This is one of my favourite products for banishing those dry, flaky patches that emerge during cold weather. It’s a gentle conditioning exfoliator that you can use every day to keep your lips soft and smooth.

5. NARS Multiple in Copacabana

Another great remedy for dull skin, Copacabana is my favourite highlighter. Use it sparingly on your cheekbones, brow bone and cupid’s bow for radiant, healthy-looking skin.

6. Bobbi Brown Bronzer

If the lack of sunlight is leaving you feeling a little washed out, a good bronzer can give you heaps more confidence when donning that white dress. Don’t be tempted to head straight for the darkest colour – choose a shade that’s right for your skin tone.

Did you get married in Winter or are you planning to? Tell me about it below!

Rebecca x

How To Make Your Wedding Morning Run Smoothly

The morning of your wedding day can be a stressful time. You wake up with a stomach filled with butterflies, but think it’s fine because you have hours and hours to get ready. Then, suddenly it’s midday. Your hair’s still in rollers, your dress still on it’s hanger and you’re getting married in an hour! Where did the morning go?

I’ve experienced more wedding mornings than I can count and the one thing they all have in common is that there’s never as much time as you’d like. But that doesn’t mean it has to be a mad rush to get everything prepared in time. To help you get through the day unscathed, here are my top 10 tips to help make your wedding morning run smoothly.

10 Ways To Make Your Wedding Morning Run Smoothly by Rebecca Loves Weddings
Copyright James Tracey Photography
1) Plan Enough Time To Get Ready

Work out a schedule with your hairstylist and makeup artist and make sure that each member of the wedding party knows what time their “appointment” is. Most stylists prefer to do the bride near the end so her hair and makeup will be fresh so don’t worry if your bridesmaids are ready before you. Experienced stylists know how long it takes them to get each person ready.

2) Make Your Own Touch Up Kit

Put together a small bag of hair and make up essentials for touch-ups throughout the day. Include useful items such as spare hair grips, a mini hairspray and blotting papers. Make sure you ask your makeup artist which lipstick she’ll be using so you can have one with you or see if she’ll put a small sample in a pot for you.

3) Have a Wedding Dress Dry Run

Practice getting into your dress beforehand so you know how long it will take. Some dresses take seconds to put on, others should come with an instruction manual. If your dress has elastic button loops, a crochet hook can be a life saver.

4) Use The Bathroom

Don’t forget to go before you get into your dress.

5) Have Breakfast

Even if you don’t feel like it. It doesn’t matter how nervous you are, you won’t be eating until the afternoon so have at least a piece of toast or some fruit to keep you going.

6) Enjoy Girl Only Time

Surround yourself with the right people such as close friends and your mum, who will keep you relaxed and help you enjoy getting ready.

7) Plan a Photography Schedule

Discuss with your photographer what shots you’d like to be taken on the morning and allow them enough time. If you want pictures of your dress being fastened and pictures of the groom outside the church, he or she needs enough time to do both.

8) Delegate If Necessary 

It’s easy to get carried away when you want everything to be perfect but don’t try to do it all yourself. Give some tasks to bridesmaids and relatives, who are usually eager to be involved and help out.

9) Stop Stressing

Don’t worry when things go a bit wrong. Complete wedding disasters are thankfully rare but you may have the occasional mishap. For most people, their wedding is the biggest event they’ll ever organise and you should be proud of yourself for making it happen. Remember all the things that have gone right.

10) And finally…

Enjoy yourself! It sounds simple but you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to forget to have fun.

Thanks for reading my guide, it’s advice I’ve compiled from experiencing countless wedding mornings. If you have any tips to add I’d love to hear them. Leave a comment below!

Rebecca x

Counting Down To A Beautilicious Christmas

It’s October, which means… it’s nearly Christmas! Yes I know one shouldn’t mention the C-word until after Halloween at least but hear me out because this year’s beauty advent calendars are already selling like hot cakes. You need to move fast if you want to get hold of one.

Isn’t Advent one of the best things about being a child at Christmas time? The anticipatory excitement of opening a window each day to find out what’s behind it, not to mention getting to eat chocolate too. Thankfully nowadays it’s not just for children. There are some fantastic calendars out there for grown ups, filled with everything from tea to whiskey. And of course for makeup fans like me, there are some beautilicious ones. Here are my favourites.

You Beauty Advent Calendar £49.95

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Great value for money

This is certainly the best value calendar on the market, containing treats worth £240. There’s a good range of products and brands, mostly skin care and body products with some cult favourites like Benefit’s The Porefessional and Molton Brown body wash.

The Best of The Body Shop £50

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Filled with Body Shop favourites

This calendar is packed full of Body Shop best sellers as well as some new additions you may not have tried yet so well worth the price. And even better, each one purchased will include a donation to War Child to enable a child from a war-torn country to go to school.

Benefit Candy Coated Countdown £60

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A cult classic for beauty fans

The old classic, beloved by beauty bloggers and makeup fans alike, undoubtedly because it’s pretty, great value and has high squee factor. Filled a great selection of Benefit miniatures worth double the sale price, last year it sold out so fast the Benefit website couldn’t cope.

Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar £149

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A luxury treat for each day of advent

So expensive but so beautiful! On sale from November, it contains some lovely treats from a range of premium brands including NARS, Decleor, Kiehls and Laura Mercier. This is a great way to sample some products you’ve never tried without buying the full size.

Jo Malone £250

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Filled with gorgous Jo Malone goodies

The ultimate luxury calendar – who wouldn’t want to find a Jo Malone surprise hiding behind every door for 24 days? Each door contains a miniature fragrance or body cream in one of Jo Malone’s beautiful scents. Heavenly!

Rebecca x

My Favourite Manchester Wedding Venues

As you can imagine, my job involves travelling to a lot of wedding venues (it’s a hard life, I know). I’m lucky that I get to see and work in some truly stunning locations. Over the years I’ve had brides marry not just in hotels and churches but in museums, libraries and even swimming pools. So here are some of my all-time favourite wedding venues in Manchester and Salford.

For DIYers – Victoria Baths

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Those wonderful Edwardian changing stalls. Photograph by James Tracey Photography

This is a really popular venue with my brides – I have about two or three clients who get married here each year. You may remember it as the winner of the BBC’s restoration programme in 2003. Originally opened in 1906 as a swimming pool and Turkish bath house it was closed by Manchester council in 1993 and left derelict. The restoration process is ongoing but it’s still a superb venue with lots of space and the original Edwardian changing rooms make for fun photo opportunities!

It’s popularity is due to not only it’s unique setting but also because it’s the perfect place for couples who want to put their own stamp on a place. You can hire the building and bring in your own caterers, musicians and decorations. My bride Katherine made all her own decorations for her wedding here in 2012 while Laura utilised the space to include a bouncy castle and cinema room to keep her smaller guests entertained.

Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, M13 0FE, 0161 224 2020

For an Epic Wedding – The Monastery

The Monastery in Gorton is another beautiful Manchester building saved from ruin. Built in the 19th century by Franciscan monks, it is a truly breathtaking piece of architecture. With it’s high ceiling and elaborate stonework, I imagine you’d feel every bit the princess walking down the aisle here. The courtyard and cloisters are are lovely setting for photographs and your guests to enjoy a celebratory glass of champagne.

As it’s built facing north-south instead of east-west, the light inside is incredible. I can’t describe how magical it is to be here as dusk falls, with an altar full of candles. In my opinion, this venue makes for a truly epic wedding. Although it’s a little pricey, it’s the perfect location if you’re planning your day on a grand scale.

The Monastery, Gorton Lane, Manchester, M12 5WF, 0161 223 3211

For City Chic – The Lowry

Top 5 Manchester Wedding Venues - Wedding Inspiration from Rebecca Loves Weddings
Best view in Manchester? Photograph by Dotmoxee Photography

If it’s a cool, modern setting you’re after, the Compass Room at The Lowry might be for you. Yes, I know it’s in Salford but the dramatic panoramic view is of both Salford and Manchester so I think it counts. Seriously though, I think the view from here could be the best in the city. It’s almost 360 degrees and includes the new BBC building and Old Trafford. As night falls, this amazing cityscape is the backdrop to your wedding reception. You can have a sneak preview of it here.

When the room is filed with fairy lights, it has a really magical feel to it. The food here is delicious so it’s also a great venue for foodies.

The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ, 0161 876 2078

For Intimacy – Great John St Hotel

An old favourite of mine, the Great John Street Hotel is a great place to spend the night if you’re getting married in the city but it’s also a lovely place to get married. The rooms themselves are light and spacious (so perfect to get ready in) and if you like, you can book the whole hotel out so your guests can stay too. The mezzanine bathrooms are amazing, some have luxurious twin bathtubs.

The hotel itself is cosy and quirky, having originally been a Victorian schoolhouse. It has an amazing rooftop terrace where your guests to enjoy a drink whilst admiring the view. There’s even a hot tub!

Great John Street Hotel, Great John Street, Manchester, M3 4FD, 0161 831 3211

For Fairytale – Manchester Town Hall

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Manchester Town Hall… or Hogwarts? Photograph by Dotmoxee Photography

Is there any building more iconic to Manchester? OK, maybe Old Trafford, but for those of us who don’t admire the beautiful game, it would have to be Manchester Town Hall. Even if you don’t have the excuse of attending a wedding, it’s worth popping in here if your passing to see the wonderful interior. It’s like being in Hogwarts! Gothic arches, stained glass and grand staircases are plentiful.

There are several rooms at the Town Hall so you could have your whole day here, or just the ceremony. The above picture is of one of my 2014 brides, Helen, who had her ceremony here before heading over to the Lowry for her reception.

Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester, M2 5HD, 0161 827 7661

Do you agree? Tell me which venues would be on your list!

Rebecca x

10 Stunning Wedding Nail Ideas

I love the idea that nails are a part of a bride’s look where a little fun can be had. Unlike the dress and hair which have an immediate impact, nails are one of the small details best appreciated at close range, so why not use this as an excuse to go a bit wild?

I’ve collected together some of my favourite wedding inspired manicures from around the web. Some if the glitter/ombre designs are particularly pretty and a great way to a touch of sparkle to your day. Or why not wear lacy nails to match your lace dress? Such a cute idea!


Clockwise from top left: My Wedding Ideas, Geez, Naildecor, Lauren Conrad, Sarah Lou Nails, Being GenevieveNS Guide To Style, Pretty Designs, We Heart It, All Lacquered Up,

What do you think of wedding day nail art? Would you dare to be glittery or would you stick with something simple and classic? I’d love to hear what you think.

Rebecca x