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 – 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 Β 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

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





Real Weddings – Jenni’s Masion House wedding!

At the beginning of March I got to do the hair and make up for Jenni and her bridal party. The wedding was at Kings Weston House, a beautiful grand Mansion house in Bristol.

We set up in one of the bedrooms which I think was made specifically for me!


I was doing the hair for two bridesmaids, make up for mum and hair and make up for Jenni.

The bridesmaids had a simple curled loose style which I totally forgot to take photos of!!

Jenni Wedding hair and make up by Grace Kingsley

The bride how ever I did remember to take photos of! We went for a soft smokey eye with brown and dark plumy brown tones, the pink undertone in the lighter browns made Jenni’s eye colour pop! To finish the eyes I used individual lashes and brown gel liner. I kept the skin soft and opted for a simple mineral powder foundation and a soft pink blush. The lips were a nude tone called Blankety from MAC.

Jenni’s hair was kept simple with a loose wave and a volumed half up half down style, which was finished off perfectly with a beautiful Hermione Harbutt headpiece.

I have seen a few pics from the reception and it looks like everyone had a amazing time! Congratulations Jenni, Thank you for having me involved in your special 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

Real Weddings – Amy’s secret wedding!

It’s very rare that I am able to fit a Bride in my diary when they book only four weeks prior to their big day, but luckily I was free and I am so glad I got to be part of Amy’s special day with a twist!


Amy is a red lipstick fan which I love, so it was obviously a must for her wedding day. I used a mix of a CC Cream from Arbonne and mac’s Face and Body foundation to get the perfect mix and coverage on the skin, using Arbonnes mineral powder to set everything. A light dust of a dusky pink blush over the cheeks completed the skin leaving it fresh and flawless.

For Amy’s eye I used a natural cream base and used a pinky brown tone through the socket for definition, a nice sweep of eye liner and some individual lashes.

We wanted a matte lip colour with good staying power so I went with Dangerous (annoyingly this was a limited edition colour!) which has an orange undertone and was perfectly striking.


Amy’s hair is nice and thick, I used my GHD’s to add a loose wave through the ends. I made two small fishtail braids which I wrapped around the back which created a really nice detail at the back with out being fussy. Amy was going to be wearing a flower crown headband later in the evening which would go with the braids really nicely.

Now the twist to Amy’s wedding was that it was a secret wedding. It was a really simple ceremony with Amy and her husband to be along with their two friends who were acting as witnesses. It was Amy’s 30th birthday the day after so she was having a party that evening, her guests thought it was a surprise party for her, little did they know the surprise was on them when they found out Amy and Russ had tied the knot!

Congratulations guys, I wish you all the happiness in the world!

Stay Gorgeous

Grace xoxo