Remembering 2013 – Thank you!

 What a great year!!!

Wedding hair and bridal make up in Berkshire

 

2013 was one of the best years ever! Above are a few of my favourite images.

I got to work at some amazing venues and with some amazing wedding suppliers. Thank you to everyone of you that booked and worked with me.

Here’s to 2014!!!! 

Joyce xxx

Glo Minerals Make Up

Glo minerals  is a make up brand that’s free of talc, parabens, fragrance and dyes. It is packed with vitamins and available online in the UK.

I trialed 3 of their products and quite liked them.

lip plumper felt slightly tingly on my lips as most lip plumpers do. It’s a pale pink colour and looks sheer on the lips.

Glo minerals lip plumper

 

£11.50

Infused with spheres of Marine Collagen Atelocollgen and exclusive antioxidant blend of vitamins A, C, E and green tea extract. This is a plumper that you can feel the stimulating effect working immediately. For those who want less of a sensation, apply a light layer of Lip Ritual prior to applying Lip Plumper.

These work by plumping lips by trapping water and swelling, thus providing volume to the skin’s structures.

Sheer tint base is similar to a tinted moisturiser. It gives a light to medium coverage. The colour i was given isn’t my skin tone so i only swatched it on my hand and not my face but i could tell from the texture that it felt nice and the coverage looked light, it’s a buildable product so adding more would give a more medium coverage.

Glo minerals make up

£22.00

Talc-free formulation is non-comedogenic and provides broadspectrum UV protection and antioxidant benefits. The formulation not only covers and corrects, but also protects the skin, keeping it radiant and healthy.

GloTint for cheeks and lips is a sheer gloss that acts like a stain. You can amplify the colour by adding colour over the top of the gloss. I tried this on both lips and cheeks and like it but a word of warning, use a brush for application because it stained my fingertip for a little while because it’s so highly pigmented! It washed off though.

Glo minerals lip and cheek tint

£12.00

This gel is formulated with natural, high-pigment minerals to deliver flattering, fashionable rosy color

All in all I think for the price this make up is good. For more details visit their website here 

Joyce xx

 

Bridal Hair and Make Up – Oakley Hall Hampshire

Earlier this year we did the wedding of the gorgeous Paula at Oakley Hall in Hampshire. She picked a gorgeous day to get married. The sun shone and the photos from Neil Palmer are just gorgeous!!

Bridal make up

Wedding hair up

Bridal make up Hampshire

Bridal Hair and Make Up

Wedding hair and make up

To see more images and find out more about Neil click here 

For details about the stunning Oakley Hall click here

Lipcote Celebrates 50 Years

Lipcote – The original Lipstick Sealer 

When I was young I used to use Lipcote and it was a bit stingy so I reserved it for special occasions.

How pleasantly surprised was I to find that not only doesn’t it not sting anymore but it still makes your lip colour stay on really well. I put it to the test with a dark lip colour.  I absolutely love it and it’s a great addition to anyone’s make up bag, Brides included. If you like to wear lipcolour on holiday too this is great because Lipcote  waterproofs the lipcolour!

They even have lovely new packaging:

Bridal make up lipcote

“Celebrating 50 years in beauty as lipstick’s best friend, Lipcote’s very own anniversary makeover reflects the zeitgeist of contemporary feminism, courtesy of a delicate yet brash new logo and packaging in collaboration with top illustrator, Dora, whose distinctive work is aptly inspired by 1950’s burlesque, Japanese print and age-old femininity.”

How to Apply:

Put on one coat of lipstick, blot with a tissue and add a 2nd coat of lipstick. Apply one thin coat of Lipcote.

I put Lipcote on first thing in the morning and 6 hours later it was still on even after eating and drinking all day.

Lipcote is available to buy online for £3.99 here

 Joyce xx

The True Cost of Bridal make Up

When I meet a bride for the 1st time I do a consultation. Asking here about her skincare, how much make up she normally wears on a day to day basis and what she would like to achieve for her wedding day make up! Then a trial bridal make up is done with the wedding hair style at the same time if possible. Once the bride to be is happy with her look. This is what i will use for her wedding day.

I decided to write this post so that brides can see a breakdown of what I use to create their bridal make up. Here is a photo of a bridal model and below the image I have listed everything I used to create the look.

Make Up Artist in Reading Berkshire

The prices are based on middle to  high end high street brands. The same longevity of make up colour would not be achieved by the lower end brands. The brands i would use are professional brands and I use them because of the high pigment colour in them and they stay on the skin longer so the bride won’t need her make up touched up for at least 12 hours (apart from the lipstick).

Skin

Cleanser – £20.00

Toner – £25.00

Moisturiser – £30.00

Make Up

Primer – £30.00

Foundation x 2 £30.00 each

Concealor – £14.50

Powder – £20.00

Contour Powder – £20.00

Blusher – £15.00

Eyeshadows x 3 £30.00

Eyeliner Pencil – £10.00

Eyeliner gel – £16.00

Brow Pencil – £10.00

Mascara – £15.00

Strip lashes – £8.00

Lip Balm – £6.00

Lip Pencil – £10.00

Lipstick – £15.00

Lip gloss – £15.00

Make up setting spray – £17.00

Brushes

Foundation brush – £25.00

Concealor brush – £15.00

Powder brush – £25.00

Contour/blusher brush – £18.00

Brow Brush – £12.00

Eyeshadow brush – £15.00

Eyeshadow Blending brush – £15.00

Lip Brush – £15.00

Disposables

Tissues – £2.00

Cosmetic Cotton buds – £1.00

Mascara wands – £1.00

If someone has skin issues they made need more products. Hydration for dry skin. Blemish cover for breakouts or high colour on skin. These products used are for a blemish free skin and its the minimum i would use for a bridal make up.

Thanks for reading this!

Joyce xx

Summer Make Up For Darker Skins

Last year I found a brand of make up that I had never tired before and having darker skin myself I find the high street brands are too ashy once applied onto darker skin. I tried the French brand Make Up Atelier Paris and was extremely happy with the results! They have a foundation shade for every skin tone and it blends really easily on the skin, plus no ashy after effect. The great thing is its now available in the UK too. I use this make up personally and professionally!

 

I did this make over using only Make Up Atelier products

Make up in berkshire

 

No make up

Make Up Atelier Paris

Make up for darker skin

Dark skin make up using make up atelier paris

Products used 

  • T-Zone gel
  • Foundation – TN2 and TN3 (TN5 for contour)
  • Concealor – PN2
  • Powder Compact – CPM
  • Brows pencil – 07 ( Dark Brown) and 10 (Black)
  • Eyeliner pencil – 10
  • Brow Bone pencil – 09
  • Lips Pencil – 01
  • Lipstick – Petal
  • Eyes – Palette T23
  • Busher – AIRM1 (Mandarin)

All products are available to buy from Make Up Atelier Paris in the UK

Goodbye 2012. You’ve been a great year!

 

Happy New Year

At the start of 2012 I had so many different ideas in my head but I had no clue that it was going to be such an amazing year! Here are some  of my favourite shoots of 2012. Make up hair by Brides and Beauty!

Here’s my year in pictures! (Photographer details are below images)

Make up in Oxfordshire

Photographer – Balaji

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Photographer – Alexis Jaworski

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Photographer – Chris Harris

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Photographer – David Bostock

Make Up in London

Studio – Model Test Shoot

Make Up for cancer charity

Photographer – Mecifi 

Make Up for Photographers in Surrey

Photographer – Carey Sheffield

Make up in Hertfordshire

Photography – White Gold Images 

Multicultural Make Up

Photography – FO Photography 

Bridal make Up in Reading

Photographer – Hannah McClune

Pastel Make Up London

Photography – Emma Lucy 

Hair and Make Up London

Studio – Model Test Shoot

Make Up Artist Brighton

Photographer – Jayne Sacco

Model make up

Photography – Carey Sheffield 

And the highlights of my year! 

Being a judge at the ice the cake awards, winning a small business retweet (Twitter) from Theo Paphitis (Dragons Den) and Winning the Wedding Industry Awards best hair and make up in England!

Award winning make up artist

Thanks for reading

Joyce xx

Youngblood Launches In The Mood For Nude

I absolutely love Youngblood make up. Its one of the only mineral brands that has a liquid and powder version of foundation. Its light on the skin and because its mineral it’s finely milled it doesn’t clog the pores. Pure minerals are great for oily skins and dry skins.

 

I went along to the launch of the new collection ‘In the Mood For Nude’ and had my make up done by Kenneth Soh a fantastic make up artist.

Make up application

Having my make up done!

make up application

My after look!

I already use the Youngblood range professionally and personally and have done for over 2 years when it first arrived in the UK. I love it and highly recommend it as a brand!

 

Here’s what the new Youngblood collection contains!

Youngblood mineral make up

The new Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Moulin Rouge goes beyond boring beige with touches of Parisian flair. The sleek compact includes Can-Can, a shimmery caramel-peach to add warmth; Revue, a brightening pearlized vanilla; Cabarets, an alluring dark chocolate shade with the slightest trace of red shimmer; and Red Light, a show-stopping matte orange-red.

Incredible Wear Gel Liner in new Sienna, a metallic bronze, looks modern on a bare eye or paired beautifully with the shadows and the water-resistant formula won’t budge or cause irritation. To create the perfect line every time, Youngblood presents the long handled Fine Liner Brush, made of wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council with a small, tapered head that provides comfortable, easy control.

To complete the look, a subtle flash of flesh finishes the lips. Lip Liner Pencil in new Au Naturel, shapes and defines, while Lipstick in Barely Nude; a muted pinkish beige with a slight sheen, fills lips with creamy, conditioning colour.

“Our In the Mood for Nude shades are sophisticated, whether worn every day or for a special occasion,” says Pauline Youngblood, Founder and President of Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. “Not only do they look chic, but like all Youngblood products, are paraben, talc, oil, fragrance and cruelty free.”

All these colours were used on me but the great thing is they are suitable for any skin tone! They give a great look and can be intensified to make a more dramatic look!

Joyce xx 🙂

Wedding Shoot – Ashmolean Museum Oxford

I took part in an incredible shoot with a great team at The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. It was a lovely day and the finished images are amazing thanks to David Bostock.

Here are my favourites

Bridal Make Up Oxford

Credits:

Photography: David Bostock – The Bridal Photographer

Dresses and Accessories – Ellie Sanderson – Ellie Sanderson Wedding Dresses

Menswear: Aaron John – Clements and Church Tailors

Make Up – Joyce Connor – Brides and Beauty 

Hair: Dani Maci

Styling:  Louise Grace – Louise Grace

Flowers: Matthew Taylor – Fabulous Flowers 

Venue: The Ashmolean Museum – The Ashmolean 

 

Looking Gorgeous in your Wedding Photographs

As a wedding photographer, it is my job to capture every special moment of your magical day and of course, ensure every Bride looks stunning in every photograph, even the fun ones.

So from my point of view, where would I recommend you start in planning how you are going to look on your wedding day?

Many brides book a make-up artist to do their wedding day ‘face’ and that is very sensible. Even if you are excellent at applying the most beautiful make-up, the morning of your wedding will probably be full of excitement and glasses of champagne, not always the best combination when a mascara wand is involved. It is your day to be spoilt and pampered, so go for it, find yourself a really good make up artist to pamper your face. A few tips here

  • ALWAYS have a trial run and don’t be afraid to tell your make-up artist if you don’t like what she is doing. There is no point wearing make up you hate on the day, any good MUA will listen to what you do and don’t want and advise accordingly. If you really can’t agree, or feel in anyway uncomfortable, move on and find someone else.
  • Don’t be too concerned if they apply your make up a little heavier than you would normally have it, it has to last all day and if your photographer uses some flash at some point in the day, it will help stop any ‘washing out’
  • Photographically, most of us girlies always look better taking a ‘less is more’ approach – the make up may be more heavily applied, but it should still look gorgeous and natural.
  • Book EARLY! Like good photographers, good make up artists get booked well in advance, especially for the popular summer and key winter dates. The more time you allow, the better chance you have of finding the right person for you

So if you wouldn’t normally wear make up, should you on your wedding day? There is no right or wrong answer to this, it is very much a personal choice, but I would offer the suggestion of speaking to a make up specialist and perhaps booking a trial, see how you look and feel before going ahead and making a booking for the day. A good MUA will never make you look overdone and silly, they will only enhance your preferred natural look, so why not give it a try, you can always decide against it if you really don’t like it.

Finally, if you are going to apply your own make up, remember what I said earlier about the morning of the wedding and allow yourself at least twice as long to apply it as you normally would. It may be worth investing in some make-up lessons just to be sure you are flattering yourself and of course, it’s an investment that last long after your big day is just a distant memory.

Your wedding day hair is another area where you can apply almost identical principals as above – but you really can go for glamour if you want, get a look you love and allow plenty of time for trials and test runs before making the final booking for your day. After that, the rest is up to your photographer, my job is to take these building blocks and complete the look with fabulous photographs.

My name is Yvonne White and I am a London/Hertfordshire Wedding Photographer though I do work across the South East and the UK on request. Wedding photography is about capturing your memories, making a visual record for you and your descendants to enjoy long after the cake is eaten and the dress is boxed up in the loft. You can see more of my work on my website and by having a browse through my blog by visiting www.whitegoldimages.co.uk