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 – Amy’s Wedding

The very end of February marked Amy’s wedding, who was getting married at Kings Weston House. I went along to her house to get Amy and her mum ready.

Amy had quite short hair but wanted a low messy bun, this style is great as you can make it look like there is a lot more hair than there actually is. I curled the hair to start, I put volume through the top using Batiste Plumping powder and back combing, then at the back I put the hair into three small ponytail and then used the curls to pin sections creating a messy bun.

Amys bridal hair and make up by grace kingsley

For the make up, Amy wanted a fairly classic winged liner and bold lip combo so I defined the eyes using a light pinky brown in the socket and a black gel liner, she had amazingly long lashes so no falsies were needed! I used a mix of Arbonnes CC Cream and MAC Face and Body to create a soft fresh looking base and a soft pink blush. For the lips I used Diva, a plum tone from MAC.

I am sure most bridal make up artist will know your job never stops with the final application of lippy, you might end up doing up dresses, pinning button holes tying cravats, the list goes on. The final hour of a wedding morning flies by and on the morning of Amy’s wedding I was happy to help out with little bits an pieces to take some of the stress away!

The sun was shining for Amy so I can imagine their day was amazing!

Congratulations Amy, and thank you for having me as part of your day.

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo

Real Weddings – Hannah’s Wedding

Back in February I worked with Hannah and her bridal party doing Hair and Make Up for her special day. I went along to a lovely cottage on the outskirts of Bristol called the Chapel to get them ready before they travelled over to Leigh Court for the actual ceremony and reception.

I met with Hannah along with her mum and one of her Bridesmaids in early January to do her trial, I knew I was in for a good wedding morning with them all straight away as the whole trial was filled with laughter.

The morning of the wedding was no different, especially when it was filled with stories of Hannah’s and her sisters childhood memories (don’t worry, what I hear in the make up seat, stays in the make up seat!).

Hannahs Bridesmaids Hair

I set to work with the bridesmaids styling their hair, they all had different styles that suited them but it was pulled together with beautiful hair accessories from Keli Thompson. I also did a blow dry for Mum and a friend of Hannah’s too.

Hannahs Mum blowdry

For the Bride herself we went with a fresh looking base using a mix of Arbonnes CC Cream and MAC Face and Body, and a soft pink blush. For the eyes Hannah wanted a well defined look so I used the Naked3 Palette from Urban Decay to create the look using light to dark browns and a hint of a deep plumy brown tone, individual lashes and winged liner finished off the look. To complete the make up we went with a coral red for the lips.

Hannah Bridal hair and mek up by Grace Kingsley

Hannah’s hair was a french pleat with a vintage twist, using the basic form of the french twist I used the remaining hair at the top to create a large pin curl for detail. The style was completed with a sparkly comb.

I had a great time with Hannah and her family, it was a pleasure to have been part of her big day!

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo

Always the Bridesmaid never the Bride….

Back at the beginning of October I had the honour of being one of my best friends Bridesmaids!

I just wanted to share a couple of pics with you all! I had the best day ever! Michelle and Dan’s day was amazing and genuinely so full of love. I am not one to cry at weddings but they cracked me…..I have to admit I shed a tear!

The morning of the wedding was really lovely, we all got ready together at one of the other bridesmaids houses, there was rollers and make up everywhere!




Wedding Day Selfie!





My finished Hair and Make Up!




Everyone loves the prop box!



Me and my gorgeous mummy!

I couldn’t be happier that Michelle’s has met her lobster! Congratulations and thank you so much for having in your special day.

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo

Real Weddings – Kirsty’s Big Day

On the 27th September I went along to Kirsty’s mum’s house to get her, her three bridesmaids and her mum ready for her big day!

Kirsty was recommended to me through Kirsten from the Little Wedding Helper who was doing the styling for the venue.

I met Kirsty for her trial which was pretty easy, she wanted defined eyes and flawless skin for her make up and her hair curled and over to one side. We got it perfect first time.

Kirstys Bridesmaids Hair

Kirstys Bridesmaids make up

On the day I worked with the bridesmaids first doing a round of hair and then a round of make ups, two of them had a braid over to one side with a messy bun and one had a bob so we just styled that and placed a head band in. Make up wise they all had fairly natural looks, I focused on giving them slightly more defined eyes with natural skin, for the lips I used a gloss for a bit of shine.

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For Kirsty I curled her hair through and braided it over to one side, the remaining hair was left loose. Kirsty had an amazing headpiece that sat forward on the head and a veil that we placed lower down at the back.


For her make up I defined the eyes with a neutral base and then used pinky brown tones to define the socket line, I added a slightly darker brown on the outer third of the eye to give it a subtle smoky look. Using medium and short flare lashes and a good coating of mascara kept the eyes quite simple. The skin was kept dewy using an Arbonne cc cream and mineral powder. A mixture of boldly bare and Love lorn from mac completed the lips.

When I was looking on instagram Kirsten had put a photo of Kirsty’s cake topper which is adorable !

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I know Kirsty was off on a amazing sounding honeymoon so I hope that has been great!

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo