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 – 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

Real Weddings – First Wedding of the year…..This shit just got real!

Its not like me to swear in a blog pots, especially the title but all will become clear!

Saturday 24th January was my first wedding of the year, it kicked off what is looking to be a jam packed year of weddings. I met with Amy for her trial before christmas
Amy wanted something fairly simple but striking, so we went with a bit of a classic glamour theme.

Grace Kingsley - Bridal Make Up

With the make up I kept the skin looking fresh by using a face and body foundation from mac, finishing it with a light dusting of Arbonnes mineral powder which gives a glowy look to the skin and great staying power!
For the eyes I kept them softly defined using pinky brown tones from the Urban Decay Naked3 palette, a sweep of winged eye liner and some individual lashes.

The only thing we couldn’t decide on was the lips, there were two choices a neutral pink or a deep red! So we chose both, pink for the day and red for the evening.

Grace Kingsley - Bridal Hair

For Amy’s hair, I put heated rollers in to create big curls which I then brushed out to create a loose glamour wave which I then pinned back slightly on one side, to complete the look I popped a Jenny Packham hair accessory in.

Grace Kingsley Bridesmaids hair Amy’s lovely Bridesmaids had a braided side up do, both had very different hair but this style worked for both of them, again finishing the look with Jenny Packham hair accessories. For their make up I kept the skin natural and the eyes nicely defined so they would look great in photos.


Now most brides look forward to getting a well thought out gift from their husband to be on the morning of their wedding, Amy was handed a gift and card by the bridesmaids from the groom. She read the nicely worded card, opened a nice bottle or port and for the final part she opened a hip flask with the words “Shits about to get real” on the front! It definitely wasn’t what any of us were expecting to be opened but it did make us laugh, but the words rang true as it doesn’t get much more real than getting married!


I had a lovely morning with Amy and her Bridesmaids, I left them as they headed off to Coombe Lodge where the wedding was taking place. I have seen a few sneaky pics and it looked lovely. Congratulations Amy and Richard!

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

Real Weddings – Hannah’s Folly Farm wedding

Hannah got married at Folly Farm in Pensford, I have worked with a few brides that were getting married there but this was the first time I actually got the bridal party ready a the venue and it was just as beautiful as I imagined!

I met Hannah and her mum for their trial a little while back, I learnt then that Hannah was very organised and had a good idea of what she wanted, which i love!


Her dress was vintage inspired and very gorgeous, so with that in mind we went for a simple and very intricate looking style for the hair. I curled the hair through and gave it some volume through the top, then separating the hair in to two I created a twisted braid along both sides, using the rest of the twists I pinned it in to place at the back giving the illusion of lots of intertwined pieces. It was finished off with a beautiful sparkly comb that sat to one side of the hair.


For the make up we kept it simple, with soft definition on the eyes and a few flare lashes. I kept the skin soft using a bb cream and arbonne mineral powder to set. Using a pink blush to give a healthy glow and finished off the look with a very simple coat of rosy vaseline.

As well as the Bride I did the hair for Hannah’s Bridesmaids and her mum, they were all so lovely and made the morning go by so quickly with all their stories and lots of laughing!

Thank you for having me as part of your special day, I hope you had a great time celebrating with all your friends and family. Congratulations Hannah.

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo