When it comes to wedding planning, there’s so much to think about that it can quickly become overwhelming. From securing the date you want to finding the perfect venue and everything that comes next, it’s definitely an event you’ll want to plan properly. Many couples choose an overall theme for their wedding. This can be a useful way to ensure everything and everyone looks the part, while often being a great starting point to work from when planning the most important wedding elements. But which theme should I choose, we hear you cry. Don’t panic because we’ve got you covered. Here are the 10 hottest wedding themes we know you will love. Continue reading…
For many brides-to-be the wedding dress is the most important part of wedding planning. Get the perfect dress and all will be fine, yes? Well, actually, your bridal makeup is pretty important too! That’s because if you make a mistake here, it’ll show up on your wedding photos – and they are for life!
So we’ve cherry picked the biggest bridal makeup mistakes we’ve come across over the years, to help you avoid making them so you can look back on your photos and love them forever.
Not booking a trial
You may think a trial is just a way for makeup artists like us to make more money. In actual fact, it’s the very best thing you can do to ensure you look perfect on your special day. That’s because we use the trial to assess your skin, discuss your skincare, find out how you usually have your makeup, talk about what colours and looks suit you, discuss your wedding theme – so you see, a trial is vital to give us the whole picture ahead of the day. We recommend you book a trial for yourself as well as your bridesmaids if possible to ensure we can achieve a perfect balance for your big day and of course those all-important photographs.
Too much makeup
Many women wear makeup on a daily basis, but for brides who are more used to the natural, fresh-faced look, choosing a fully made up look for your wedding day could be a big mistake. For starters, you’ll look completely different. And while you may love that look for your wedding day, when you look back on your photographs over the years to come, you’ll barely recognise yourself, and you could end up seriously regretting it. You will find that your makeup looks fairly heavy to the naked eye, but this is necessary to show up on the photographs. We promise to use only the very best makeup brands to give you day-long flawless coverage – whether you’re into natural beauty or vintage glam.
Having a spray tan
Great Britain is not known for having the best weather – and for brides who like to look tanned, a spray tan may be the best option. However please be very careful with this. If you’ve never had one before, remember you will need to have a patch test 24 hours before the tan to ensure it won’t react badly with your skin. Next, avoid going too dark with the colour – you’ll only need a sun-kissed look so choose the shade that best complements your skin. The last thing you want on your wedding day is super-dark legs and a pale face because you have naturally fair skin. We ask if you’re planning on having a spray tan that you also have one before your trial so we can ensure your makeup complements your new skin tone.
Over-plucking on the day
On the morning of your wedding day we recommend you cleanse, tone and moisturise your face and brush your teeth before we arrive. But please put down the tweezers! Your wedding day is not the time to try out a new eyebrow look. Your pre-wedding nerves may get the better of you and the last thing you want is to be left with little to no eyebrows. Not to mention unsightly red bumps and rashes. We can use makeup to define your brows but it can’t replace missing eyebrows so please resist the wax and tweezers for one day.
Refusing to wear waterproof
You may not wear waterproof makeup on a daily basis but we can guarantee that your wedding day is a day where it’s essential. You’ll have a long day ahead of you with all eyes on you. With all your loved ones there congratulating you, you’ll be doing a lot of kissing, hugging, crying –and don’t forget dancing! That’s why waterproofing is vital to ensure your makeup coverage lasts all day long.
Want to ensure you don’t make any makeup mistakes on your big day? Fill out our enquiry form today and book Absolutely Flawless for your bridal hair and makeup!
Trends come and go in the world of beauty – from the complete and utter bizarre (glittery eyebrows we’re looking at you!) to the timeless classics (hello smoky eyes!). But when it comes to bridal hair and make-up, it’s a little bit different.
That’s because every bride wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day. Who wouldn’t? That means that your wedding day is no time to test out a brand-new never-seen-before look. That’s not to say you can’t go all out for the biggest, most important day of your life. After all, it’s your big day – you make the rules!
At Absolutely Flawless we see many brides every day – and each one wants a slightly different look. There’s one thing they all have in common though – nobody wants to be the outdated, old fashioned bride!
Here are our favourite bridal hair and make-up trends of 2017 – and a few predictions for what next year will hold for those of you getting married in 2018!
Bright Berry Lips
You’re going to do an awful lot of smiling on your wedding day – as well as a lot of kissing! So that means your lip game has to be pukker! This year we’ve seen a surge in the number of brides requesting a bright berry lip – from raspberry pink to strawberry red. And we love every single one of them. It’s the perfect choice for brides looking for vintage glam and works well with natural make-up to draw attention to the lips – or sultry smoky eyes for full-on vintage.
Brides-to-be if there’s one single piece of advice we could give you, please please please step away from the fake tan in the weeks leading up to your wedding day. After all, no bride wants her beautiful white dress stained with tell-tale fake tan marks! Instead why not opt for a bronzed base for a flawless look that’ll have all your guests wondering if you’ve been on holiday – your skin will look that radiant.
Classic Cat Eye
Feline flicks are a classic choice for bridal make-up. They work for pretty much every bride, no matter what your style or wedding theme – or what season you’re getting married in! They’re a great way to define your eyes. Make your peepers pop with a complementary light shade of eyeshadow and lashings of mascara.
Naturally Does It
Unlike previous years we’ve seen a bigger interest in naturally textured tresses, with many brides embracing their natural waves for a soft, romantic look.
Sleek and Straight
While many brides still request classic curled dos, we’ve seen many of our loves brides opt for sleek, straight styles for flawless-looking fuss-free hair.
The ultimate romantic bridal hairstyle – the crown braid has proven to be one of the most popular styles of the year for brides of all ages. The perfect choice for a spring/summer wedding, you can enhance it with soft florals for extra-romance.
And for 2018…
We’re sure that bridal hair and make-up won’t change too drastically next year. Looking at the catwalks for inspiration, we’re predicting that brides will want to step away from the straighteners and curling tongs in favour of natural, romantic waves – with floral crowns featuring everywhere come mid-year! As for bridal make-up, it’s looking like natural and flawless is the way forward. We’re thinking dewy, glowing base teamed with a soft smoky eye and nude lip.
What’s your favourite bridal trend of 2017?
Pulling a look together
Being a bride-to-be or planning for a special event, you probably have a million things going around in your head which can often lead to decision making becoming quite difficult and ‘the little things’ going unnoticed.
Firstly, it is worth spending time looking through the four main makeup looks:
“Too glam to give a damn” A mixture of a smokey eye and bold lips to give more of a dramatic look on your big day.
“I’m ready for my close up” Think intense lipstick in reds and pinks paired with dramatic winged eyeliner.
“Sometimes less is more”. This look is more natural with subtle eyes and lips. Think soft pinks, neutrals and pales.
“Eyes are the window to the soul”. This one is for those of you who like a dark smokey eye but subtle lips. We’re talking greys and browns paired with peachy pinks.
Almost every makeup look is based off these four looks and they can be individualised to be just as unique as you!
Once you’ve decided which look fits your style best, it’s time to start gathering some pictures. (We regularly post different looks and mood boards on our bridal page so keep checking in for suggestions.)
We would strongly suggest searching for makeup looks and hair styles which are on models that have the same skin tone, eye colour, hair colour and face shape as you -this way you can get an idea of how things will suit you.
For example, blue eyes are complimented by bronze/brown tones as it the perfect contrast to make the eyes pop whereas brown eyes look amazing with plums and mauves and green eyes really stand out with greys and silvers.
Another thing to consider is your style of dress (after all, we are going for a HtoT (head to toe) look here!)
If you have a lacy, vintage style dress you may be more interested in a vintage or smokey style makeup whereas a satin more understated dress can lend itself nicely to a glamour or natural style of makeup.
If you’re having bridesmaids, it may be useful to have a trial together to ensure that their makeup compliments yours and each other’s – as well as their dresses.
Of course, the choice is completely yours and we are here merely to support and guide you to ensure that you are ‘the best version of you’ on your wedding day or special event.
We look forward to seeing your scrap books and mood boards at your consultations!!
Bride’s perspective – Why I chose Absolutely Flawless
Choosing any supplier for your wedding day can be a daunting task – after all, you probably have an idea of how you want things to look and a vision of how you see yourself looking on your big day.
I know I was particularly worried about getting the right suppliers for my wedding -especially the right makeup artist as I was quite nervous about having all those photographs taken and worrying I wouldn’t look ‘right’ in them!!
I researched and spoke to several different makeup artists around Cheshire and the North West but what stood out about Jo was not only the amazing ‘before and after’ transformations she had on the website but how much time she spent listening to my ideas and wishes from the first phone call. I instantly felt that she was going to work WITH me rather than just AT me.
I have to admit, I wasn’t 100% sure on what kind of wedding makeup would suit me as I usually don’t wear eyeshadow or much lipstick so it was really useful to spend some time at the trial consultation discussing my preferences and blending that with Jo’s expertise and advice (I learnt loads!!).
Most of my bridal party also had a trial and I think it helped to put our minds at ease (there were a few worries from some that had had bad experiences with other makeup artists we were all going to end up looking like clowns or not feeling like ourselves) so I’d really recommend having a trial!
It was only at my trial that I realised I didn’t actual like the colours I thought would suit me and Jo was so patient trying out different colours and styles (I don’t know how she didn’t lose her patience with my indecisiveness!).
My beautiful bridesmaids were all unique with different face shapes, colourings and preferences. I wanted to make sure that they all felt gorgeous and special on the day and knew this would take someone who could listen and adapt the makeup to suit each individual; Jo and the team definitely did that!
For me, it was extremely important that I connected with the person who I would be spending the morning of my wedding with (and I held this in mind when choosing all of my suppliers).
I was anticipating that I might be a little anxious and so it was a big plus that Jo and Natassja (our makeup artists) were so friendly, calm and in control as they were so professional and bubbly that it made us all feel at ease.
From someone who doesn’t usually like how they photograph, Jo and Natassja helped to make me actually like the way I looked (not an easy task, I can tell you!) and I am so happy with how my wedding makeup turned out.
Thank you so much ladies – I honestly can’t thank you enough!
(photos by Richard Milnes Photography)
Hello everyone and welcome to our new look website
We have just launched our sparkly new website along with our new team and are so excited to share it with you all so we thought we would take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about us…
So, what’s different about Absolutely Flawless and why should you chose us?
Well, Absolutely Flawless is now a team of fully qualified and experienced make-up artists and hair stylists who all work together to cover the North West England area.
The team is overseen by Joanne Pearson (founder and senior makeup artist with over 20 years experience of working in the industry) and all artists and stylists are interviewed and observed by Joanne before joining the team.
All of the make-up team are then given further training and supervision to ensure that they adhere to the high standard Absolutely Flawless is known for (we’ve had celebrities requesting our services don’t you know!!).
What this means for you, our dear customers, is that you can book hair or makeup for your wedding with confidence; knowing that you are going to receive a fully bespoke and dedicated customer service from highly experienced, talented (and very friendly!) staff.
Once you have decided you want to book with us, we will match you with a member of the team who will be in touch to discuss the next steps. .. it really is that easy!
A big part of our process is getting to know you – what you like and don’t like, your makeup/hair quirks, what your personality is like and exactly how you want to look for your special occasion. No two customers are the same and we love that! We want to embrace your differences and help you feel like a million dollars!!
We know how important building a rapport with your artist/stylist is and we want to get to know our previous and future clients a little bit more too; so, over the next few months we are going to be blogging about different things such as our favourite beauty buys, top tips, staff profiles and features of previous clients.
If there is anything you would like us to feature (either your photos or questions/topics you would like us to discuss) please get in touch via email and we will do our best to accommodate.
I’d just like to add a special thank you to the highly talented Lee Brown Photography and Mike Langley of Satin Pictures who provided photography and videography respectively for the website, and the immense help from web designer Andrew Whittle of Whittle Design Studio for his skill and patience producing the site, along with copywriter Sue Lister at Tresil copywriting services for her super talented way with words.
We hope you’re going to find these blogs useful and we can’t wait to share our stories with you!
Until next time…
– The AF team
Do you want to look like “Bride of the Year” Michelle Keegan? then check out my ‘how to guide’ to re-create this glowing make-up. Your skin will be perfected in minutes leaving more time to bag your own Mr Wright!
Prep like a celeb with Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow £38.50 (for a more dewy finish) then add Smashbox Oil Free Photo Finish Primer £25 to oily areas to conceal open pores and keep skin shine free.
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation £36.50 is one of Michelle’s favourite foundations as it gives a luminous finish to the skin when applied with a stippling brush.
Apply in a triangular shape under the eyes and forehead towards the nose. Michelle loves MAC Prolong Wear Concealer £17, select 2 shades lighter than your foundation.
Bronze & Glow
Bronze the hollows of the cheek area; under the chin; sides of the nose and over the eyes using Sleek Makeup Face Form £9.99, then highlight the cheek bones and centre of the nose, finishing with a touch of peach to give that natural flush.
Michelle selects lip colours with natural ‘barely there’ tones which are on trend for this summer, so try MAC Lipstick in Coral Bliss £15.50 or a nude tone to suit your complexion.
The look wouldn’t be complete without big lashes, apply your favourite mascara along with Eylure Cheryl Lashes, £5.25.
Sexy smokey eyes is something we would all love to recreate but for most its like trying to bag Bradley Cooper, impossible right? well here’s 7 easy steps to creating an easy stress free smokey eye which will definitely turn heads in your little black dress.
- After concealing the eye, slick on some eye primer over the whole eye area, this will create the perfect oil free base for your eye shadow to cling to and will prevent creasing.
- With a large fluffy eye shadow brush apply the base colour to the whole eye area, this should be a nude tone close to your natural skin colour.
- With a crease brush apply a bronze shadow to the socket line (to locate, press with your finger to find the bit that dips in under your brow bone) then apply to the under eye close to the lash line.
- Sculpt those smokey eyes with a small angled eye shadow brush. Apply a deep chocolate brown underneath, tight in to the lash line winging it outwards, then shade half way across the socket and blend any harsh lines.
- Give your eyes that sultry look by lining both top and bottom lid with a gel liner applied with a brush, ensuring you apply in the water line to the lower lashes.
- Have the full lashes you’ve always dreamt of by applying a lash primer to the lashes before mascara. Apply in thin strokes like you would apply your normal mascara.
- Finish the look with a false lash effect mascara applied in a zig zag motion pulling the lashes upwards to give them that extra lift.
Hair and makeup are one of the most important aspects of your special day to get right. Check out these tops tips for hair and makeup to ensure you are perfectly polished and camera ready for your wedding day.
Book it – Book your hair and makeup as soon as you know the wedding date as most professional hair and makeup artists get booked a year or more in advance.
Plan it – Plan a date for your hair and make-up trial six months before your wedding, arranging a date for around 6-8 weeks before your wedding so it can then be tied in with your hen night or dress fitting.
Find your style – Research images of hair and make-up that you love and bring them with you to the trial. Top Tip: opt for images that are similar to your hair and skin tone, identifying what you like about each image.
The little extras – If you are considering a tan, lash extensions, new hair cut or colour, it is best to have these done before the trial date, this will show you how your hair and make-up will look on the day with any
Skin prep – Another big bonus to getting your bridal trial done well in advance is it will give you time to implement any advice given at the trial to get your skin in tip top condition.
Prep it – If you are having brows shaped for the day also consider getting them groomed for the trial, that way you will have a clear picture of how it will look on the day.
Bring it – Bring your make-up bag to show the make-up artist what you currently wear, this will give them a good guide to the level of make-up you feel comfortable wearing.
Hair prep – Wash your hair the night before the wedding, this will ensure the style will hold and give volume. Avoid using styling products or straightening irons on the day as styling products can limit shine and straightening can prevent effective curling and volume.
Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life so how important is it to use a professional makeup artist?
As a bride to be it is a dilemma, you have so many things to think about from the dress to the jewellery and not to mention the flowers, favors or photographer, the lists goes on.
However, when it comes to the big day and you are finally caught on camera the focus is on how you look, your hair and your dress, the designer shoes or seductive underwear simply don’t get a look in.
Although your make-up looks good enough in everyday life it is a different story when captured by a professional photographer. There is a fine balance to ensure your make-up is camera ready yet naturally polished when greeting your guests face to face, that’s where a professional makeup artist can help to get it just right.
By booking a professional makeup artist you will initially receive a comprehensive consultation including a full skin analysis, advice on how to get your skin in tip top condition, discussing your ideas in detail ensuring the make-up perfectly fits your personality, colouring and style, whether it be vintage, contemporary, classical or natural.
The next stage is a full trial run, expertly performed to see how the make-up will look on the big day with every little detail noted, so on your wedding day you can relax and enjoy being pampered to perfection in the knowledge that everything is taken care of.
Your chosen make-up artist will have spent many years in her field gaining experience in the latest techniques to enhance your features and ensure your make-up will last and stay shine free, by using the highest quality products personally tailored for your skin type and tone, specially selected for their waterproof and HD camera ready qualities.
Rest assure your make-up will look picture perfect, guaranteed to last the whole day through so all you have to do it sit back and enjoy the best day of your life.
Written by Joanne Pearson