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

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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 – Abi and her seven Bridesmaids!

This past Sunday I went along to Cadbury House in Congresbury to do the hair and make up for Abi’s wedding.

When I met Abi at the her trial is was pretty easy as she wanted something that was simple and fresh looking.

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I did a natural defined eye using the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, this is definitely my go to palette for brides as the colours work so well for natural make up. Abi hd lovely skin so I used a BB cream mixed with a bit of face and body from mac for a light smooth coverage. Keeping with a totally natural theme I used the very simple Rosy Vaseline on Abi’s lips.

For her hair she wanted it up and off her face, which was a good job as it was around 26 degrees. We used a giant doughnut ring to create a high bun, to give a bit of detail we used a braided hair band to wrap around and then quiffed the fringe up.

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Abi had six bridesmaids and a flower girl, which meant a 7am start!! We kept the hair the same on all of them which made it a lot more simple. I curled all the hair then braided it over to one side and created a messy bun. All of them had natural but defined make up. Even though they al had the same, the nice thing is they all still looked different.

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I also glamified Abi’s mum by doing her make up too.

Sunday marked my 30th wedding of the year so far, it was a beautiful venue with lots of sunshine. I hope you all had an amazing day.

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo

West Wedding Magazine – Autumn photo shoot

On Monday I went along to Old Manor HotelΒ in Bradford-on-Avon to work with an awesome team on a West Weddings Magazine photo shoot. Despite it being one of the hottest days of the year we had to pretend it was Autumn.

The mood board was full of raspberry tones rather that the typical orange and browns, it worked beautifully and I kept that theme in mind when I did the make up, I used pinky brown tones on the eyes, flawless skin and then mixed the perfect rasberry colour for the lips using mac’s retro matte lipsticks.

For the hair I created two styles, one up with twisted sides and loose curls into a detailed bun at the back and for the second look I curled the hair through and then brushed it out to create a glamour wave.

The venue was amazing and so welcoming, I highly recommend going there for dinner or just a wander round.

I thought I would share a few behind the scenes pics with you!

West Wedding Autumn hair and make upThis shows the hair and make up I created for the four bridal dresses we used

West weddings mag autumn shootWorking with two very gorgeous models definitely made this shoot!

The team I worked with were great, I have teamed up with most of them before so we all work really well together and to celebrate an awesome shoot we sat down for a cuppa and some cake at the end of the day that was supplied by Pretty Amazing Cakes!

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West Weddings Magazine, Venue – Old Manor Hotel, Β Stylist – The Little Wedding Helper, Photography – Photo Dabek, Dresses – Solitaire Brides, Flowers – Tin Can Floral, Accessories – Bridzillas, Models – (groom) David Hill Souch & (bride) Stacey Hayward, Cake – Pretty Amazing Cakes.

I can’t wait to see this shoot published, and I will share the photos with you as soon as I get them.

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo

 

Photo shoot with Nick Robinson

I recently got to do a photo shoot with the very talented Nick Robinson!

We worked with three models from Gingersnap Models in Bristol, taking full advantage of the sunshine we grabbed our equipment and took to the streets!

Here are some of the final images…

Photo shoot with Nick Robinson & GIngersnap Models

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I am really pleased with the images, if you want to see all the final images you can here

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo

Let me introduce myself….

I’m Grace Kingsley, I am a Make Up Artist, Hair Stylist and Nail Stylist.

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I have worked in the beauty industry for eleven years, starting my career as a beauty therapist, Β I set up my own business straight from college and added Make Up and Hair to my skills set as I went along.Β 

Now I specialise in Make Up and cover pretty much everything from Bridal to editorial, Body painting to special effects and sometimes I get to work on TV and Film too.

I love my job and everything in the beauty industry, so much so I wanted to share it all with you!

I will be doing reviews, tutorials and sharing my work with you all. If you have any questions or request please get in touch!

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo