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Life as a makeup artist - your peek behind the scenes!

Josephine Way

It’s been a busy few months of makeup recently, with wedding season in full flow and lots of other exciting projects. I thought it might be nice to share a few of my recent favourites (although it was tricky to pick, I’ll admit!)

Louise, Louise, where do we start?! Sometimes you get clients that you just click with, for one reason or another, and Louise was definitely one of those ladies! She opted for a soft vintage feel to her makeup, and when we met at her trial we had a lot of fun trying out different lipstick shades to see which was best for the overall look (there were 4 of us present, and we all picked different shades!) I created a soft, vintage eye with a classic flick. By using warm tones and golden browns I was able to make her blue eyes pop.

It’s so nice when the day comes together and I get to see how the makeup works with all the other elements of the day. In particular that dress! Can we just all take a moment to appreciated that back detail?! Absolute dreaaaaaam!

The theme for the day was pastel blues and yellows and everything from the cake, to the bouquet, to the violinists playing as guests arrived, was perfectly thought out. This was one of those weddings, where I came away thinking WOW!

Louise very kindly sent me some photos so I could share her day on my blog (thank you lovely!) and I’ll admit I spent the whole time looking through them with a grin on my face. This pair are so loved up! Congratulations again Mr and Mrs Redhead.

Some of you may or may not know that I have recently been doing some work with The Makeup and Beauty Association I’m currently working on some tutorials for their private members area where there’s a whole array of amazing makeup and beauty tips, tricks and a fabulous community. We’ve already done our first set of videos – I have to confess I felt a little bit nervous about standing in front of a camera for the first time (I’m far happier standing behind it looking on for makeup touch ups!) but I actually loved it and I can’t wait to get back to record the next set in a few weeks. Robyn, the founder, and I have been coming up with some amazing looks,  if you’re already a member you’re in for a treat – if not, why not?! I've got some great ideas in store for you guys!

I love this shot from some recent work with Chris Harris and model, Jessica Workman. If somebody had told me when I was a little girl that I could make a living out of throwing glitter over a half naked body I’d have laughed in your face. But it turns out you can, and it’s also a lot of fun!! Jessica has such an amazing and quirky look and there were so many gorgeous shots to choose from -  there’s some more on my Facebook page in case you missed any!

This weekend I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for Kushvinder, and her sister’s at her traditional Indian wedding. I always love doing traditional Asian bridal makeup as it often requires far stronger, and brighter colours (think blues, purples, and glitter for this one!) I was allowed to use my creativity and create the looks I felt would best suit the girls outfits, whilst Kushvinder went for a bold red lip with bright, sparkly gold on her eyes. It was a 5am start for this one and I returned in the evening to create her perfect reception look. It was such a beautiful day and I even got invited back to the celebrations once I’d finished!

When I see all the things I've been up to I feel so genuinely lucky that this is my job. These past few weeks alone have seen 6 weddings, 3 bridal trials, 3 days in the studio, 2 prom ladies and a photoshoot. Phew! But without sounding too cheesy, it hasn't felt like work at all! (blergh...ok too cheesy. Even I feel a bit queasy after that!)