Hair and Makeup

The ability to transform women first gave Michelle the inspiration to become a hair and makeup artist.  Makeup has the ability to enhance our facial structure, highlighting and contouring with the right shades and products improves symmetry – creating higher cheekbones, defining jawbones, fuller lips, sliming noses and enhancing eyeshapes in a natural or more dramatic way.

During the trial, hair and makeup ideas are explored to suit your style and personality, also taking into consideration your wedding dress, theme, season and destination, ensuring everything fits together.

“Most clients I see want to feel like themselves, the best version of themselves. I like skin to look like skin, fresh, dewy and bright. There is a balance to making sure your makeup looks good on camera although not a heavy handed application that your groom and guests will be wondering where you are hiding under all that makeup!

Choosing the right hairstyle can have a big impact on your overall look, with vintage hairstyles giving a timeless sophistication or braids and soft updos creating a more natural and effortless glamour. As everyone has different hair types and features, I find it best to borrow ideas from different era’s and styles to suit the individual.”

See the gallery, blog, instagram or Facebook for hair and makeup inspiration.

Every day Makeup tips:

There are many considerations when applying makeup, the technique I would say is most important is to blend, foundation, eyeshadow and blush. Not too heavy so there is no harsh and obvious lines. If not confident applying makeup less is best. Having a selection of brushes and also the right products is essential to correct makeup application.

Primer – used to smooth over any lines or crevices before applying foundation will help create a more youthful complexion.

Foundation – I prefer to use liquid foundations, avoiding matte finishes that are going to settle into any lines or pores, using a brush will help blend the product so it feels and looks like second skin.

Concealer – a lightweight concealer is great for highlighting under your eyes, minimizing the appearance of dark circles that the foundation couldn’t quite tackle. Use concealer sparingly so as to not settle into fine lines around the eyes.

Eyeshadow – for a basic day to day eyeshadow, keep it simple, choosing two colours is ample for softly contouring your eyes, a lighter colour to use all over the lid, and a deeper shade to sweep across your lash line for a more smoky effect, finish with curling your lashes and a good coat of mascara to open up the eyes.

Blush – cheek powders, creams or stains are fantastic for giving you a more radiant complexion. Apply to the apples of the cheeks and sweep towards the hair line, making sure the blush is evenly blended.

Lipstick – for prefect lips, apply a little foundation of your mouth to have a smooth canvas for applying the lipstick, this will also help reduce any bleeding of the lipstick into lines around the mouth. Use a lip pencil the same tone as your lipstick lining your lips to the desired shape, then using a lipbrush apply your lipstick or gloss of choice.