Halloween Feather Headdress Tutorial

I was recently sent a Feather Headdress from Novum Crafts, it is full of black and royal blue feathers which are super vibrant and perfect for a Halloween costume.

Not everyone is down for a gory themed Halloween Make Up look so I have created a more pretty look that can be teamed with a Feather Head Dress and a simple black outfit, it won’t break the budget and with out going over the top your Halloween costume will stand out for all the righ reasons!

Red Indian Head Dress Halloween tutorial by Grace Kingsley

First of all I started with the eyes, I always do it this way when I am using darker eye shadows so I can clear away a fall out from the powder after with my foundation.

Eye tutorial by grace kingsley

  1. Prime your face, I used my favourite Primer from arbonne. Once that’s on the skin you can leave it so the skin is ready once you have finished your eyes.
  2. Apply a blue toned cream base to the mobile lid and slightly blend on to the socket line and under the lower lash line, I have used a Paint Pot from Mac in Imaginary and applied this with my fingers.
  3. Go over the cream base with a blue eye shadow, I have used shadowy lady from mac.
  4. Start blending the colour out from the socket line outwards using a dark plum toned shadow, I have used smoulder from Urban Decay which comes in the naked smoky palette. I also took this under the lower lash line. If you want to soften the edges further you can use a neutral pinky toned shadow and lightly sweep that outwards.
  5. Add some glitter! I used Reflects Purple Duo from mac and packed this in to the centre of the mobile lid and sweep it lightly under the bottom lashes.
  6. Create a winged liner with a black liquid or gel liner, I used Black track from mac.
  7. Its time for mascara (apply your lashes at this point if you are using them) and a coat of pencil liner on the water line to make the eyes super dark and mysterious.

Skin tutorial

Now the eyes are done its time to move on to the skin…

  1. I used my normal foundation which is the liquid foundation from arbonne and I mixed it with the white face and body foundation from mac to lighten it up.
  2. Contour the skin to give the skin a more structured look, because this is for Halloween you could go really heavy on the contouring and go for a more skeletal look. If you are doing that you could feel for the hollows in your face and put your contour product there. I used a contour duo from Illamasqua  and highlighted the cheek bones and through the centre of my face.
  3. Create your eye brows, I have gone for a more heavy brow.
  4. Apply a lip colour of your choice, I have gone for a neutral pink gloss called Calla from Arbonne. For a more vampy version you can add a dark lippy.

Once you are happy with your make up you can add some tribal inspired markings, I went for white and blue dots and stipes and Voilà your simple pretty halloween make up is complete.

Tribal make up by Grace Kingsley

Now to finish your costume you just need an Indian Headdress by Novum crafts like the one I have! They have a huge range of colours to choose from and you can go short, medium or long. You can take this theme as far as you want in regards to costume or just keep it simple like I have and let the headdress do all the work!

There is still a bit of time before Halloween so pop over and take a peek!

Have a spooky Halloween!

Grace xoxo




Real Weddings – A Folly Farm affair!

Easter Monday saw the arrival of the sunshine we have all been waiting for over the bank holiday, and it could have been better weather for a wedding at Folly Farm! I arrived to find the bride sat on a hay bale soaking up the rays.

Sophie was a super organised bride (and I love an organised bride!), we had her look planned out but after being totally wowed by a beautiful head piece from Hermione Harbutt she made a last minute purchase so we changed the hair style slightly.

For Sophie’s hair I popped in the heated rollers to get some extra volume, I twisted the back just to give a bit of detail and the we added a few extra hair pieces to give a fuller effect. Using the curls I created a detailed side up do and swept the fringe across to join it.

Sophie wedding hair and make up by grace kingsley

Sophie’s make up was slightly heavier on the eyes, we used quite a few individual lashes to get a full lash effect along with a natural brown tone to define the eyes. The skin was fresh looking with a light cc cream and a sweep of mineral powder, finishing with a peach blush. We completed the look with a sheer red lip using Runway Rouge from Arbonne.

Sophie’s dress was out of this world, a 1920’s feel to it which suited her perfectly.

I had a lovely time getting her ready and wish Sophie and JP all the best for their journey ahead!

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo

Real Weddings – A Spanish wedding in Bristol!

On the Saturday of Easter weekend I went along to the Woodlands House Country Hotel in Brent Knoll to do the hair and make up for Blanca, her mum and sister.

The bridal party were Spanish and they had a lot of their family staying at the small hotel, that meant only one thing…. It was very loud! But it was so much fun, and to be honest hearing lots of people around me speaking in Spanish made me feel like I was on holiday!

Blanca’s sister opted for a lovely simple hair style, it was a volumised half up half down style with small braided details at the side. Fir her make up I created depth on the outer third of the eyes with a brown tone and used black gel liner on the outer third only. I kept the skin nice a glowy with a cc cream and a mineral powder over the top and finished off the look with a light pink lipstick.

Blancas bridesmaid wedding hair and make up by grace kingsley

Blanca’s mum hardly spoke any english so after a few hand gestures to indicate the hair style she wanted I went through and straightened her hair but flicked the ends, I then put volume through the top with some plumping powder. For her make up I kept it fairly natural with the skin and a soft definition on the eyes, but we finished it off with a bright red lip! I am judging by the thumbs up and the si si si that she was happy!

Blancas mums wedding hair and make up by grace kingsley

For Blanca we wanted to create a softly curled side style that had a twisted braid around the back and then all the curls were gathered to the side. Blanca had ordered a lovely headpiece that had peach toned flowers in that finished the style perfectly. For her make up we kept the skin looking soft with a glow, again using a cc cream with a mineral powder and a soft peach blush. Here eyes were defined with a soft and a deep brown shadow and a winged gel liner. To finish off we used a peachy pink lipstick which was Blanca’s own.

Blanca Wedding hair and make up by Grace Kingsley

I had so much fun with them all and even had an invite to Madrid…..when is the next flight?!

Congratulations Blanca, thank you for including me in your special day!

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo

Real Weddings – Becky’s Hotel Du Vin Wedding

On good Friday I did the hair and and make up for Becky and her mum and bridesmaids. Becky was getting married at Hotel Du Vin but we were getting her ready at home.

I started with the bridesmaids hair, they wanted the same style for all three of them, I started off by curling the hair. I then did a reverse french braid from one side round to the back, then with the remaining hair I created a messy side bun. For mum I straightend the hair and softly flicked the ends out.

beckys bridesmaids wedding hair by grace kingsley

For Becky I curled the hair and then created a very low up do, Becky’s hair was quite short but the style worked well and she had a really cute comb to put in which finished the style perfectly. She didn’t want it to be too neat and structured so we left wispy bits out to give a messier finish.

becky wedding hair and make up by grace kingsley

For the make up we went for natural looking skin, Becky suffered with eczema so we didn’t want to build up too much on the skin as it may make it look more obvious. I used a soft brown on the socket line and outer third of the eyes along with a black gel liner along the top lash line and a khol liner on the bottom water line. To finish off I used a nude lip liner, Boldly Bare  and a soft pink lip stick, Love Lorn both from mac.

Becky’s dress was so beautiful and simple and she just looked stunningly beautiful!

Congratulations Becky, thank you for having me as part of your special day.

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo

Real Weddings – Claire’s central wedding

Last weekend I went along to The Grand Hotel in central Bristol to do the hair and make up for Claire and her bridal party for her wedding day.

Both the bridesmaids and mum aren’t huge make up wearers so we kept it fairly natural for them, a soft brown on the eyes just to define with a brown gel liner and some short individual lashes. Keeping the skin nice a natural and the lips were finished with a tinted balm. For mum I kept it fairly similar but rather than a gel liner I used a plum khol liner which I smudged out a little for a softer definition.

claire bridesmaid and mum wedding hair and make up by grace kingsley


For their hair I curled the bridesmaids hair and then I did a low messy bun on one and a loose twisted up do on the other, I did a blow dry for mum to get some extra volume which worked perfectly with her Fascinator.

For Claire’s Hair I curled it all through, I created a small bit of volume through the top and then used the curls to create a structured details up do at the back. Claire had a beautiful sparkly comb that looked great against her dark hair colour.

Claire wedding hair and make up by grace kingsley

For her make up we created a darker eye so that they were the focus, I used browns and charcoal browns from the naked3 palette with a gel liner and individual lashes, I also used a khol liner on the lower water line for extra definition. The skin was kept soft with a mix of mac face and body foundation and arbonnes cc cream and a soft pink blush. I used a nude lip liner and coloured in the whole lip and apply a tinted balm over the top.


Claire looked stunning in her dress and I had so much fun with them all on the wedding morning.

Congratulations Claire!

Stay gorgeous

Grace x

Real Weddings – Anna’s Country wedding

Last week I did the make up for Anna and her bridal party. Anna was getting married at Coombe Lodge in Blagdon, but we were getting her ready in a near by B&B which was absolutely beautiful, in fact I was hoping they might not notice if I moved in!

A family friend was doing the hair so I could just focus on the make up which was nice for a change. I started with the Bridesmaids and we went for a fresh make up look, with soft definition to the eyes, soft dewy skin and a coral pink lip. I used MAC Face and body on all of them along with a light dusting of Arbonne mineral powder to give it some staying power for the day.

Annas bridemaids and mum wedding make up by Grace Kingsley

For Anna’s mum we went with a slightly more dramatic with a grey tone on the eyes and a fuchsia pink lip.

For Anna we went for a natural but defined make up look, with a very soft smokey definition on the eyes, I used a winged liner and some individual lashes for more depth on the eyes. I wanted to keep the skin looking glowing so I used a MAC Face and Body foundation with a Mineral powder over the top completing it with a soft pink blush. For the lips we went for a really soft natural pink.

anna wedding make up by grace kingsley

I didn’t get to see everyone dressed and ready as they moved round to Coombe Lodge to finish off getting dressed but Anna sent me a pic the next day and all I can say is she looks amazing!

Thank you for having me as part of your special day, it was great fun working with you all! Congratulations Anna.

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo

Bristol Magazine!

Back in February I worked with Bristol Magazine on a lifestyle shoot which featured creatives living and working in Bristol.

The make up was fairly natural, just making sure they all looked photo ready.







The make up for this image was done by Shari from my make up team.



PUBLICATION: The Bristol Magazine


STYLIST: Harriett De Winton

MAKE UP: Grace Kingsley and Team

HAIR: Noel Halligan of Sean Hanna Bristol

I hope you liked the pics!

Stay Gorgeous!

Grace xoxo