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.

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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).


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


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


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!

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An Expert Lesson in Lashes with Louise Page

A few weeks ago I attended an Ardell lashes event hosted in conjunction with Louise Page International Celebrity Make Up Artist. It was a great night for all concerned I love Ardell lashes and it was a great to meet Louise and her team.

We all got to have lashes applied and Louise talked about the best way to apply lashes to yourself.

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Before you do anything measure the lashes against your eye and trim to fit.
Give the lashes a little bend gently with your fingers-the idea is that by moulding them you make them more pliable and easier to put on.
Use a tooth pick to apply to glue so as not too load the lashes up too much-just a fine line along the strip is all you need.
The crucial part…wait 10-30 seconds for the glue to go tacky. This will make them stick instantly rather than slipping up your eyelid.
Yes up-not down, by looking up into a mirror you’re more likely to get as close to your natural lash line as physically possible.
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Press the lashes down from the outer corner inwards-this will ensure a better fit.
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Apply your make-up following lash application to blend everything in.

follow site False lashes are a staple in most girl’s make-up bags these days, with no night-out look complete without a pair. However application can be easier said than done-(especially with the customary getting ready glass of wine in hand!) Often lashes are left till last and result in gluing fingers together-ruining pristinely applied make-up or just a last minute stress.
source site Luckily renowned make-up artist Lou Page has now shared the secret of that flawless finish, dispelling many common myths-make-up first/look down.?! Lou rates the Ardell lashes for easy application and with her top tips you’ll be a pro in no time . With Ardell’s huge range you’ll find styles for night and daytime looks and at £5.10 a pair and the notion that practice makes perfect there’s no excuse not to stock up!
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Aspiring Make Up Artists can head on over to the Louise Page Make Up Academy

Ardell Lashes

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Longer lashes are fast becoming the trend on this decade! If you want a quick overnight fix then I can recommend Ardell Lashes. They are 100% human hair and the number 1 lash brand in America. They are very reasonably priced too, ranging from £5.11 to £6.64.

These lashes are really easy to use and come complete with a mini tube of lash adhesive. I find the easiest way to apply lashes is to put them on after the glue becomes a little bit tacky. Apply the lashes after you’ve applied your eyeshadow. Mascara can be added to the lower lashes for a more dramatic effect!

Ardell lashes are loved by celebrities such as Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Demi Moore and Hilary Duff.

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ابغى اشتري وابيع بالذهب Individual Medium Black Lashes RRP £5.11

ماذا أبيع لأربح المال Demi Wispies RRP £5.11

Because the lashes are made of human hair they look really natural too! I put them on easily and I didn’t have to cut them to size because they were the right length for my eyes.

Ardell Lashes are available from Boots Stores Nationwide and

Illamasqua School of Make Up Art Courses

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I attended the Illamasqua School of Make Up last year and I was so impressed with the teaching I decided to go on another course about something I know very little. You guessed it Drag make up! One of my favourite West End shows is ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’. I love all the glamour of the show! I think about how much time it must take a drag queen to do their make up and the skill involved. After doing this course I know it takes a lot of time to perfect!

We all watched Daniel in action as he showed us how to create the look on the lovely Sally-Rose. It was amazing to watch and I learnt so much from the course! You can never learn too much about make up techniques!

Daniel in action

Sally-Rose being made up

The finished look

A close up

My attempt

A messy job but a good attempt, complete with false lashes!

ثنائي الخيار الروبوت هو عملية احتيال There are lots more courses available and I intend to do them all.

Dragstar Super Hero is run once a month on a Friday from 7-9pm in the Beak Street Store, Soho.

For more information on courses at The Illamasqua School of Make Up Art visit or call 0844 984 1700 to book!

Be Drop Dead Gorgeous this Christmas

Christmas is nearly here so make sure you re ready to party by following a few simple tips. The basis of true glamour is a flawless skin so if you ve been working in a hot office all day it important to drink lots of water to re-hydrate your skin. Then, with the right foundation for your skin tone, you can achieve a soft, dewy complexion which can be contrasted with dramatic, vibrant eyes.
This season eye colours are gold, brown, plum, dark or vibrant blue and green. To simmer with a sexy, smoky eyed look, apply a neutral shade of eyeshadow on the brow bone, a mid colour shade over the rest of the eyelid and a darker shade to create depth in the socket line. Blend in and carry this under the lower lashes with a finer brush and apply eyeliner above and below the lashes.

To shimmer create some sparkle by adding a touch of glitter to your eyes, but if you re wearing a sparkly dress then you need to keep glittery make-up to a minimum. Experiment with glitter eyeliner over your usual eyeliner or try some glittery eye shadow, but if your eyes are too sensitive for this add some shimmer with a sparkly body cream.

False eyelashes give eyes a really striking party look and adding a few individual lashes to the outer corners of the eyes really open them up. Choose lashes that are slightly longer than your own lashes so that they look realistic. If you re going for the full effect then strip lashes can be found in different lengths, colours and designs.

Vampish red, dark burgundy or plum lipsticks are really in this festive season. Make sure they shine by applying a clear gloss over the top and use a matching lip liner to stop the lipstick bleeding. Put a little powder blusher on your cheekbones and some blotting sheets and concealer in your bag so, however much you partake of the Christmas spirit, you ll still look drop dead gorgeous and have a great night out.