This month I am excited to introduce a very special person to BBB’s monthly blog-spot….Grace Kingsley – Professional hair and make-up artist, nail artist, entrepreneur extraordinaire! Grace has built up what can only be described as an empire of beauty. Only last week I discovered she had beautified one of my brides and I was so pleased because she really is an amazing talent who can make a vision a reality.
On our recent photoshoot at Bristol Grammar School I made a comment about how a strapless dress looked so lovely with hair down as it softened the overall look and did away with the issue of looking a bit bare from the chest up. And so an idea was born. Grace offered to help me with learning more about bridal styling and make-up and I asked her to be a guest on this here blog.
We have taken each look she created and I have asked Grace to tell us more about what inspired her to use a red lippy here and a bejewelled hairpin there (all courtesy of Vintage Button Bridal Designs) – you get the idea…
First up is the beautifully classic ‘Ellie’ by Sassi Holford.
“When I style hair for a bride wearing a strapless dress I very often go with a softly waved style either completely down or a classic half up half down. This keeps the look very soft and more on the natural side of things and also gives the bride an extra bit of cover where the skin is exposed. By adding a hair accessory in to the mix it can take the look from simple to stunning, for the shoot we used a head piece that definitely did that. Using something that sits to the side enables it to be seen more but also makes a simple style in to a full blown bridal look, it also balances the look when the hair is over to one side! By taking the curls over to one side it will keep it soft but also show off any extra detailing on the dress.
For make up I like to keep that soft and natural to go with the hair, using soft brown tones to define the eyes and keeping them as the main feature. The skin is kept very fresh using a lightweight cc cream and light setting powder along with soft pinks on the cheeks and lips, this gives the classic ‘English Rose’ look that has been really popular over the past few years.”
“Going with the same theme and keeping the hair down, with this dress being less intricate I kept the hair down over both shoulders, I also like to use a hair accessory that is slightly more central on the head. With all the hair being down it gives way for a slightly more dramatic look, a heavier lip colour will work for this. I went for a deeper pink.”
“When it comes to dresses with a one shoulder detail it works really well to have your hair over to the opposite side. On this occasion I went with an intricate up do, by curling the hair through first and using those curls to create the up do it not only gives lots of detail but also can make your hair look a lot thicker. Using an accessory to give some sparkle its always good to place it towards the top of the up do.
When you have an up do I always think it can pave the way to a more glamorous make up look. Taking the eyes slightly more smoky and a bolder lip definitely does this.”
“With a high neck line a high up do works really well to make sure all the detail of the dress is shown off. Taking the hair up in to a high styled bun gives a slight twist on the classic Audrey Hepburn look. Using a large hair accessory along the front of the bun again takes this style from simple to stunningly bridal!
A strong winged eye liner with a bold pink lip works well with this style, it keeps it all very classic but totally on trend.”
GRACE: “This beautiful one shoulder dress has plenty of sparkle to show off so an up do is a must! By using a side up do to balance everything but by adding an accessory that has a lot of sparkle on the same side will pull the hair and the dress together perfectly.
The huge amount of detail on this dress definitely requires a more full on make up look, a strong eye and a bold lip like the red I have used will give more of a glamorous evening feel.”
Thank you so much to Grace for her expertise and advice!
Photos courtesy of Ruth Garner Photography
Model Rachel Harvey
Hair and make-up Grace Kingsley
Bouquet by Emma Norton Wedding Flowers
Hair accessories by Vintage Button Bridal Designs
Styling by Kirsten Butler – The Little Wedding Helper