Real Weddings… Betsy’s Glamorous Day!


Welcoming Mrs Betsy Quartly-Hall…

Betsy picked up my card at a wedding fair and luckily for me she got in touch. She was planning a Spring wedding with her two sisters and her best friend as bridesmaids. Teal was her colour scheme and her wish for her make-up was to look glamorous  I love it when I’m asked to produce this!


Betsy has a 2 year old daughter Delilah and as most mothers do she dedicates most of her time to her daughter now. So feeling a million dollars on her wedding day was really important to her.

I met with Betsy and her lovely family just before Christmas. We talked colour schemes, her dress (I love this bit) and she had cleverly planned to have her hair done on the same day and had a wonderful beehive up do going on. I couldn’t wait to start playing.

We went straight for a strong dark brown eye colour with a gentle bronze shimmer. This complimented her hair colour and allowed plenty of black liquid eyeliner and of course a set of full false eyelashes to add to the glamour to finish off the look.

Products used to create this look: Body Shop Browns – eyeshadow cube, Body Shop eyeshadow in chocolate, Benefit Badgal Eyeliner and Mascara, Body Shop liquid Eyeliner.


She has fabulous cheekbones so it was important to emphasise these. I used, Make Up Academy Brightening concealer palette to cover any blemishes and  L’Oreal 16 hour infallible foundation to create a flawless look, followed by Body Shop Mineral foundation to create a matte finish. The contouring on the cheekbones was created with High Beam above the cheekbones and Make Up Academy mosaic blusher in a sweeping motion up towards the temples and along the cheekbones.


Betsy went for a very soft nude lip colour and topped up with a simple gloss throughout the day. I think you’ll agree she looked beautiful and the make-up worked very well with her hair –  I loved the full fringe which was apparently a late decision  a good one I think!

The Bridesmaids

905354_10152713023215507_616612229_o (2)

Betsy wanted her bridesmaids to all have silvery make-up. The same make-up isn’t something I would usually advise purely because everyone has very different skin tones and colourings and one colour might not suit everyone. In this instance her bridesmaids were all quite different in looks and whilst I used the same make-up on each girl I applied it in 3 slightly different ways to make it work for them. They all were excited about having their make-up done and were a little apprehensive about it but were very happy with the results.

Products used to create this look…


Body Shop Baked-Eye-colour in Moonstone, Body Shop Shimmer cubes palette 07, Benefit Badgal eyeliner and Benefit Badgal Waterproof mascara. I used a number of blushers on the girls as they all have very different skin tones, including… Body Shop Mineral Loose Powder Cheek in Golden Pink, Make Up Academy Mosaic Bronzer in Sunkissed Glow, Body Shop Cheek Blush in rose and Golden Coral and Bourjois Blush in Rose Frisson. It might sounds like a lot but remember your face isn’t one colour and for the most natural look buy a number of shades and use a little of each and blend well with a big face brush.  The girls all wore Mac Lipstick in Fanfare.

Mother of the Bride…


Betsy’s Mum loves her make-up, and was very concerned that it should match her outfit (but of course). We discussed this in detail at Betsy’s trial and she mentioned she might treat herself to a selection of make-up to use on the day. This is never a problem for me in fact it often makes life easier especially when the person in question’s favourite brand is Estee Lauder. I love ES make-up but can’t afford to have it all so when I was greeted on the morning with a glorious selection of make-up for me to use I was very excited. She wasn’t afraid of make-up in fact loves it and like me doesn’t feel ready for the day without it. So I got going on her look using the  Estee Lauder eyeshadow set called raisins. A soft peachy pink colour with a dark burgundy to compliment it. I used the paler colour over the whole lid and applied this generously. I used the dark burgundy colour to create shadow in the out corners and then blended well. Lashings of eyeliner and mascara finished the eye look. She has great skin so a wash of her favourite Estee Lauder foundation gave her a comforting, flawless glow.


This was my first wedding of the year and I loved every minute of it. It’s always a pleasure to spend time with a family on one of the most exciting and nervous days of their lives. To share in their joy and laughter but also to ease any last minute nerves. There’s a definite feeling of responsibility that you’re used to this scenario and you’re looked at to be calm and confident and to help relax everyone in the room. I personally love this responsibility and can’t wait to head off for my next wedding on Saturday in Exmoor!

Thank you for reading

E x

All images in this blog were taken by Thomas Frost Photography

Primers… are the really worth it?

I’ve been asked quite a few times recently if I use primers, in a word yes! Admittedly not everyday, barely have time for moisturiser some mornings but if I have night out or special occasion and I’m spending a little more time on myself I’ll always use a primer.

What is a primer?

In short it’s a cosmetic product that you apply before foundation to smooth and conceal fine lines and uneven skin texture. It also helps your foundation adhere to your skin properly. The best primers will also contain a SPF, which is advised all year round. Apply it with clean hands after your moisturiser.

I tend to chose translucent primers rather than coloured ones to avoid issues with not getting the correct shade. It is worth spending money on a good one to ensure it’s doing the job. If it’s not planned to be used every day then it’s worth spending more on it I think as it won’t need replacing so regularly.

Which ones are best?

I’ve listed a few below that should suit most budgets and also most skin types. If you have oily skin be careful to buy the right one as they could make your skin worse.

Studio Secrets Anti-Shine Mattifying Primer, £14.29, L’Oréal Paris – great for those with oily skin

PhotoReady Perfecting Primer, £8.99, by Revlon – Brilliant for oily skin and if you’re on a budget

One I am yet to try but have heard great things about… YSL Flash Radiance Skincare Brush, £38, why not send me your review if you do try it, I’d love to hear how you get on! It’s going on my birthday list that’s for sure!


You can also buy primers for your lips, they make your lips look plumper and fill in any creases. Try Benefit Lip Plump £14.50, I love the stuff!!

All in all I think primers are worth having in your make-up bag. Give them a try and see if they suit you. You might just be suprised at how great they are!

E x

I cant guarantee that all of the beauty products I recommend will suit you. I only use products I personally think are good after trying them on myself and my clients but everyone’s skin is different and it’s possible to be allergic to anything. If at all possible, test products out on yourself before purchasing.

Quick tips… the secrets to healthy looking skin…

My new right hand lady in my day job Lucy has been throwing some ideas around about things I should blog about and this was a suggestion of hers. Lucy has great skin and was telling me about some of the things she does to keep her complexion glowing so I thought I would share both hers and my tips…

I’m sure this one must sound like an obvious one but…

Drink water


You should try to drink 2.5 litres of water a day. Not only is it important to keep yourself hydrated, drinking water helps to suppress your appetite and the best bit is it does wonders for your skin and hair. Drinking water leads to a healthier digestive system which in turn helps to prevent acne and spot break outs. A good tip is to keep a 1 litre bottle on your desk at work this way you’ll be able to keep track of how much you’re drinking. It’s so simple there’s no real reason we can’t all drink more water!

You should try to drink 2.5 litres of water a day. Not only is it important to keep yourself hydrated, drinking water helps to suppress your appetite and the best bit is it does wonders for your skin and hair. Drinking water leads to a healthier digestive system which in turn helps to prevent acne and spot break outs. A good tip is to keep a 1 litre bottle on your desk at work this way you’ll be able to keep track of how much you’re drinking. It’s so simple there’s no real reason we can’t all drink more water!

Use an SPF face cream / foundation daily

P1030526 (2)

L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream – SPF 12

A huge percentage of us put something on our face every morning. Be it face cream, tinted moisturiser, foundation or BB cream. Why not save yourself the worry of prematurely ageing skin and invest in one of the above that includes an SPF. The sun can age your skin, through clouds and even in the winter so it’s not just something to consider in the Summer months.

Here are a few good suggestions for you…

L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream – SPF 12

The Body Shop Extra Virgin Mineral Foundation SPF 25

Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Ultimate Moisture Day Cream SPF 10

Take Multi-Vitamin tablets


Not everyone has the perfect diet, in fact very few of us do so taking multi-vitamins can really help to to ensure your body’s not missing any vital vitamins. Vitamins A and E are great for skin appearance and Vitamin C stimulate collagen development which helps with the elasticity and also helping it look healthy and bright. It’s no real trial to add one tablet to your daily routine and they don’t have to cost the earth either so pick up a packet today!

Don’t smoke

Now I don’t want to sound like I’m lecturing but the fact of the matter is that smoking really does add to the ageing process of your skin, it makes it duller and it depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. That’s all I really need to say so if your skin is important to you, give it up! 🙂

Go easy on your skin


I can highly recommend you ditch the face wipes and use cotton wool and cleanser. Apply the cleanser to dampened cotton wool and use in circular motions to gently remove eye make-up and dirt. It will do the same job without drying out your skin in the way face wipes do.

When applying eye creams, use your middle or 3rd finger, you’ll find the pressure you use with these fingers is far less than your index finger.

Avoid any strong soaps, anything you use on your face should be gentle. Definitely buy something specifically for your face and never use shower gels or body washes, they’re far too harsh for your skin. A good value and kind to your skin face wash is Simple – Kind to Skin, Refreshing facial wash gel.

I hope you’ve found these very simple but tips useful… have you got any of your own you would like to share with me? I’d love to hear from you

E x