Last week we were in search of the perfect smoky eye for Brides-to-be and Maidstone based make up artist, Nicola Peen, is here to give us a hand!

Nicola says “the key to successful wedding makeup is about finding the right look for you. If you don’t usually wear a lot of make-up then you won’t to go overboard on the big day, but may want to have a bit more for extra pizazz! For eye make-up that still has a natural look I choose
 browns, corals, creams and
 golds matched with light foundations 
that aren’t too matt. I don’t
 add too much shimmer either as this can give a 
sweaty appearance in photographs and I stick to highlighting the brow bone and the tops of the cheek bone for a subtle yet fresh look.

“For brides that prefer a more dramatic look on their eyes I use greys rather than harsh black eye shadow. Opting for a light grey shadow on the lid and working in a darker grey eye shadow into the socket line gives you a really subtle smoky eye. My favourite eye shadow brands are MAC and Christian Dior for their highly pigmented colours in a wide range of textures and shades – fabulous for perfect blending.

“Eyeliner defines the eyes and can give a number of different effects depending on what sort of look you’re going for. Gel eyeliner in black on the top lid will give a more dramatic and defined look making the eyes appear bigger, while kohl pencil in black, grey or brown on the top lid will give a softer look.

“False lashes are now really popular and they do make the eyes look stunning. After applying mascara I add about six individual lashes dotted along the lash line or sometimes just three to the outer corner of the eye for a natural but very effective look”.

Nicola, who trained at the London College of Fashion, has over 12 years experience
 of bridal make-up and is offering an exclusive discount to Wedding Dolls blog readers of 15% off when you book any package before the end of February 2013.

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Thanks Nicola for all your fab advice – we’re off to try it out for ourselves!

All images courtesy of Wedding Make Up by Nicola


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I’ve never quite mastered the art of applying makeup and have spent hours trying to create smoky eyes, add false eyelashes, or get flawless foundation but somehow only end up resembling a hungover 80’s rock legend. So I’m completely in awe when I see the ease and grace of makeup applied professionally. It’s a real talent and Kent based Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist, Lara Crudgington, has it in spades.

She’s worked with actors, celebrities, presenters, models, photographers, stylists and film makers all over the UK and even finds time to be the resident Makeup Artist and Beauty expert for a new online style website. Check it out!

Based in Kent, Lara is trained in Airbrushing which is perfect for that wedding day beauty must have. She also has a brilliant range of makeup tutorials and group sessions which would make the best hen night ever even better!

So if you’re anything like me and feel makeup for a special occasion is best left in expert hands then check out Lara’s website for prices and more info



Images courtesy of Lara Crudgington


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If there’s one set of photos you want to be looking picture perfect in it’s definitely your wedding album. But even professionally applied make-up will need a little helping hand during your wedding day, so Ellie of The Beauty Aisle, is back with a second guest post on that very subject. Over to you Ellie!


There’s nothing worse than painstakingly applying your wedding make up to perfection, only for it to disappear half way thorough the day so I’ve put together a few tips and tricks you can use to keep your make up looking great for longer.

1. Before you do anything it’s essential that you prepare your skin properly. Start by cleansing and using a good moisturiser or primer to give the foundation a good base.

2. I often use a cream eye shadow or eye primer before applying powder eye shadow. Mac Paint Pots are great for this and come in a wide variety of shades. They’re super easy to blend, will make your eye shadow last much longer and will also intensify the colour.

3. To give yourself a Matte skin look use a powder that matches the shade of your foundation. I would recommend using a pressed powder rather than a loose one – it’s not worth the risk of dropping a pot of powder over your wedding dress!

4. Healthy and radiant skin is the most beautiful, so if you want to go for dewy skin use a face mist to help. My absolute favourite is from French brand, Caudalíe. The mist is made from grapes and will also help set your make up as well as giving you a radiant look. It’s available from Boots and most department stores. Not only is it good for the skin but I find it calms the mind too, perfect for last minute nerves! The Body Shop Vitamin E face mist is another good option.

4. When applying lipstick I always use a lip liner all over the lips first, next I’ll apply one coat of lipstick, blot it with a tissue then apply a second coat. Remember to keep the lipstick in your bag and if you have chosen a bold colour keep the pencil handy to maintain the perfect shape.

5. Blotting papers are such handy little things, perfect to pop into your handbag. They soak up any excess moisture to keep you shine free. They are widely available and you can spend as little as £1 or as much as £10 on them depending on the brand.

Your Wedding Day Make Up Shopping list 

Caudalíe Eau de Beauté 30ml, £11.50

The Body Shop Vitamin E face mist, £8 for 100ml

Mac paint pots, £14 each

Thanks Ellie for another fantastic masterclass. For more hints and tips on wedding beauty check out Ellie’s previous post on getting wedding ready.

Post image by Richard Grebby, Featured image by Debs Ivelja


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