Bristol Makeup & Beauty Blog

By Jackie Fussell 18 Apr, 2017

Why airbrushing?

When you spray using an airbrush it atomises the product making the particles of make-up tiny. This is why airbrush make-up is used in HD TV and film. The particles in the make-up become much smaller than when it is conventionally applied and therefore less visible. HD TV picks up absolutely every imperfection! There are also hygiene benefits to spraying. When we use a conventional brush or our fingers there is potential to spread bacteria and germs across the face. By spraying Airbase make-up onto the face we can avoid this.

What about its staying power?

The silicone in the make-up makes Airbase incredibly long lasting and waterproof (and tear proof!). As silicone is heat resistant you don't get shine through as you can with water or oil based make-ups, and stands up to the intense heat of studio lighting and in bright sunshine... Airbase really does last all day.

You can build upon each layer to create the perfect  coverage .  Silicone foundation really does stand the test of time! It is this that helps give Airbase Make-Up its unrivalled durability. That means that your Airbase Make-Up application lasts all-day making Airbase perfect for bridal beauty - providing unrivalled durability

Luxurious feel and lightweight on the skin

It allows skin to breathe  Airbase Foundation does not clog pores and allows skin to breathe.  Last but not least, Airbase Silicone Foundation feels luxurious on the skin and is incredibly lightweight.

By Jackie Fussell 06 Apr, 2017 have analysed data from nearly 4,000 recently married couples to gain insights into wedding planning, spending and behaviours across the UK. The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) is the UK’s leading industry awards and from its survey we bring you the most comprehensive study and report of UK weddings.

Recently married couples who voted in The Wedding Industry Awards 2017 were asked to complete a survey about their wedding. 3,928 respondents completed the 51-question survey (Comprised of 86% Brides, 12% Groom, and 2% One of
Same Sex Married Couple)

I wanted to share some of the results with you:
By Jackie Fussell 01 Mar, 2017

CND (Creative Nail Design) first created Shellac back in May 2010 and revolutionised the nail industry.  Since then, it has become one of the most popular nail treatments..

Shellac is a hybrid,  (meaning half nail polish and half gel)  The product is applied like a polish to the natural nail  (or over extensions)  and is cured via a UV  light. Because the product is cured, there is zero drying time.

When applied and removed correctly Shellac should not cause any damage to your nails - here are some for looking after your Shellac ...

By Jackie Fussell 12 Oct, 2016

No matter how many weddings I do, I am always really honoured to be a part of a brides special day.

I can honestly say I have really enjoyed meeting everyone I have shared their wedding day with, and I really hope my brides enjoyed their day as much as I enjoyed the morning.

After being a regional finalist in 2016, I was delighted to be nominated in 2017 and would like to thank each and every one who voted for me.  However unfortunately I didn't get through this year :-(

The best thing about being involved in the awards is getting to see my scores, and all the lovely comments from my brides.

By Jackie Fussell 21 Sep, 2016
You've probably been planning your big day for at least a year, you've booked the venue, brought the dress etc - but have you thought about the wedding morning itself?

Your wedding day starts as soon as you wake up, so the main thing is for you to have a lovely and special morning, think about;
  • Where you want to spend it - Would you prefer to be at home, your parents house, hotel or the wedding venue? 
  • Who you want to spend it - your mum, dad, bridesmaids, pets, partner? A wedding morning can be quiet emotional so make sure you have people who will be there for you.
  • Logistically will your love ones be staying with you the evening before?  If so - remember to factor in some time during the evening before to socialise or have a pre-wedding pamper party so you all have your nails done ready for the big day.   If not - bear in mind where your wedding party lives or if they have children which may effect what time they can join you on the wedding morning. 
  • How far from the wedding venue are you staying? Research any local events taking place on your wedding date, which may effect traffic on the morning of your wedding. 
  • If you are having a photographer, Will they be able to take photos of both your and your partners wedding preparations easily? Will they be able to be present and capture the look on your parents or friends faces when they see you in your dress, before they have to leave to get to the venue? 
  • Is there parking for your wedding car, wedding party, forest, photographer and hair / makeup artist?
By Jackie Fussell 19 Aug, 2016

Win a wedding with the Bristol Post

Worth over £16,000 at exclusive venue Old Down Estate

We are giving you the chance to win a dream wedding worth over £16,000.

One lucky couple will be getting married at Old Down Estate, Tockington on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 2.30pm. This prize of a lifetime includes everything you will need to make your big day perfect.

By Jackie Fussell 08 Jul, 2016

Bear this in mind when thinking about what’s most important to you.  Its easy to get carried away with your wedding, with so many things available to make your day special the costs soon start to add up. Cost is obviously a factor when deciding on wedding suppliers, its important to check suppliers skills, experience and reliability – I’m still shocked at the amount of brides that contact me last minute as they have been let down by another artist.  Or have flowers or cakes arrived completely the wrong colour or not to the standard expected.

The wedding photos most married couples have on their wall or as their new facebook profile picture is of themselves.  The venue and overall feel of the wedding is important, the wedding day is about becoming the two of you becoming a partnership and celebrating your love for each other.  Its so important that you both look and feel your best, and have a great photographer / videographer to capture your special day.

Once you have chosen your outfits, its time to think about how to accessories with jewelry, hair and makeup.  As most hair and makeup artists are independent its important not to leave this too late as you will have less choice and may find the experience more stressful.

When thinking of hair and makeup, before deciding, ask yourself:
–     Do you have bridesmaids, mums and other people that would like their hair / makeup done?

–     Where you are getting ready on your wedding morning?

–     Logistically do you have enough time for you all to get to the salon or regular hair stylist? Will your hairdresser be willing to come to you?

–     If its only a few of you, would you prefer a separate hair stylist and makeup artist or someone that can do both?

–     Do you have a hair accessory or vail that needs to be incorporated? Will you be keeping this on the whole day and evening or just for the ceremony (hair styles can be built up around accessories to ensure they will last the whole day – or ensure the accessory can be removed easily without messing up your hair)

–     Have you got a hair / makeup styles in mind?  I believe we are all unique and beautiful, however styling can enhance your features – do you want to feel like you, but on a very good day, or try a new style?

–     Are you happy to do your makeup yourself?  If you decide just to buy yourself a new makeup for the wedding day – will this cost the same as a makeup artist would?

–     Will you enjoy doing your own makeup on a wedding morning? The morning can be quiet unpredictable and emotional (I am an experienced makeup artist however I still get very stressed trying to do my own makeup for a special event – especially when my husband is reminding me we are running late!!) It’s the onetime you should truly feel like a pampered princess!

–     Have you got time to watch youtube videos to learn new techniques to ensure the makeup will last the whole day? Most photographers will tell you they have less editing when the bride had employed a professional makeup artist.

–     If you are buying a new foundation are they the correct colour match? Will they still be the correct colour match in the big day (if your skin tine is changeable)


–     Where are you getting ready? Do you have enough room to fit everyone in comfortably?

–     Is there enough power and light for everyone to get ready?

–     If your party is doing there own makeup, is there enough mirrors? (Make sure you look at your finished makeup at all angels in a mirror in good light!).

By Jackie Fussell 11 May, 2016

I have attended a lot of hen parties, offering pamper parties and makeovers - so I just wanted to share some lovely tips.

The Party Planning

  •  Quality not quantity. The more intimate hen parties, with your best friends are usually much touching for the hen (as well as being easier to organise!)

  • Remember, it's a party for the Hen! Its all too easy to get carried away with plans especially if a few of you are organising the party. Try to think what the hen would like, remember you unfortunately cannot please everyone and so try to concentrate more on what the hen would like rather than trying to please everyone.

  • When you are planning the party unfortunately people you invite may be restricted on budget and appear inflexible, and even difficult.   Private Facebook or Whatsapp groups are good, when these involve people who don't know each other his can sometimes just be down to communication issues or taking things the wrong way. This is when you need to take a deep breath, a large step back, and re-focus remembering its all about the hen. At this point try to arrange a meet up with those involves, or a skype chat to iron out any issues that may have arisen.

  • Its the thought that counts! Its too easy to want to book the most expensive venue, in the most expensive city with the most expensive travel. However, the hen do is show the hen how special she is to all of you, putting thought and doing homemade games, activities and events will mean so much more.

By Jackie Fussell 26 Feb, 2016
It goes without saying that your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, however, not everyone chooses to have their hair and makeup done for their wedding.

Hair and Makeup artists are full of professional little touches and quality products to help you truly sparkle and leave you looking picture perfect.  A professional will also ensure your hair and makeup will last the whole day – through any tears, hugging, kissing, eating and dancing! Products like airbrush foundation is ideal for your wedding day offering amazing durability and long-lasting coverage that makes it perfect for use on your special day.  I have spoken to some brides have purchased a new complete high end range of makeup  products to do their own makeup on the big day, costing the same amount as a makeup artist and have rarely used the products after their wedding.

Your hair and makeup should enhance your natural beauty and create a flawless look you adore. Also try not to leave this too late, some hair and makeup artists can be booked a year in advanced too!

A trial is always included where you will have time to discuss and try out styles. The trial usually takes place 6 – 10 weeks before the big day. If possible try and arrange this on the same day as your dress fitting so you can experience your complete look.

Don’t forget to have your eyebrows well groomed and book beauty treatments like hair removal, tinting and spray tans several days before your wedding, at home treatments are popular which can be combined with your bridesmaids to have a fun pre-wedding pamper party.

On your wedding morning, having your hair and makeup done will make you feel truly pampered and like a princess, which is also a great treat for bridesmaid’s and mothers ensuring everyone is ready for their grand entrance! 

Don’t forget to allow time to eat, dress and have photos taken during the wedding morning.

By Jackie Fussell 11 Feb, 2016
An advanced makeup technique used to enhance facial features by adding light and shadow.  This is similar to tricks a photographer uses lighting - this can give the illusion of a altered the face shape or / and appear slimmer.  This can be done with powder, cream (including foundation) or pencil - use a darker shad to add definition / shading to under the cheekbones, neck, sides of nose or / and temples to  add shading, then use highlighter (or a lighter shade then your normal tone) to counterbalance the shade and illuminate areas of the face including brow bones, cheek bones and lip edges, making them stand out and giving the illusion of a more toned shape.  Use at least two shades lighter and darker than your normal tone, and make sure all colours are really blended in.  Be careful and experiment - contouring can look terrible if its too dark and not blended in, looking like you have dirty marks on your face, or in the wrong place can alter your face shape in a very unflattering way.

There are many contouring palettes on the market, at varying prices. I always recommend buying a more cost effective palette to start with to experiment in your own home (perhaps at the end of the day, so you don't feel bad washing it straight away while you are practicing).  Once you have mastered contouring move up to a cost and brand you are happy.
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