JM MAKE-UP BLOG

May 14, 2018

As you may have seen on one of my Facebook posts recently, I was kindly sent the Veil Cover Cream ‘Professional Kit’ to try out and review. 

It is a makeup brand that has been around for years and is known to cover a wide range of skin imperfections. To explain it a bit more, this is the Cover Cream blurb that they have on their website homepage...

“Veil is a specialist brand of high coverage make-up designed to provide long-lasting cover for a range of skin imperfections including vitiligo, birthmarks, port wine stains, rosacea, acne, pigmentation, scars, eczema, psoriasis, varicose veins and unwanted tattoos.

If you are looking for a high coverage, flawless finish, Veil Cover Cream is also the perfect addition to your everyday make-up as it covers uneven skin tone, blemishes, dark under-eye circles and redness with ease.
It is also suitable for a range of make-up techniques including contouring, highlighting and strobing.

With our wide range of shades to suit all types of skin...

May 12, 2018

I posted a snipit (more of an essay) of information onto my Facebook page last night and the response has been wonderful. *If you missed it - see paragraph below for last nights post!* After a long think about the way I run my business I’ve decided I have to be a bit more disciplined than I’ve ever been before. 

I’m currently in my 4th year of business and it’s definitely been a learning curve up until now. I’m always quite relaxed with the way I handle my enquiries. I’m professional and know exactly what I need to ask, but am also friendly and approachable. I’m the same face to face. I like to ‘chat’ to my clients and get to know more about them. I like to feel a part of their wedding morning, prom or whatever event they are going too. A lot of my past brides, bridesmaids and first time clients have gone on to become second, third, fourth, fifth time clients etc. It’s always lovely having a chat with my regulars and catching up on all of the news. They become less and less like ‘client...

April 27, 2018

As you may have noticed, I have recently updated my website. As a result of this I have used the following images taken by different professional photographers in the industry throughout my website, as well as few of my own images...

I am lucky enough to work with many talented photographers, models and beautiful brides. I do quite a few TFP shoots which enables me to showcase my work through fantastic images that I am able to use for my own portfolio, or however I see fit to build my business. I also get sent so many beautiful images by my past brides with them telling me to 'use them for whatever I want'. I am so lucky and absolutely love seeing the makeup I've done brought to life with fantastic images.

I want to take this opportunity to credit the photographers for the following images of theirs that I have been lucky enough to use to update my website!

Thank you so much for all of these images and to all my brides/clients/industry friends who continue to sen...

April 27, 2018

I spent Monday to Wednesday this week traveling to, working in and travelling home from London. It was my second time working with Cancer Research on one of their projects as I also helped them out with their Race for Life clothing Photoshoot last month. 

This time the Photoshoot was for an advertising campaign aimed at selling their new brand of merchandise to help those going through cancer treatment. A few items include cooling gels, bath soaks, pashminas and even a travel mug that you can’t knock over. I tried this when I was there and was amazed at how it worked!

So Monday morning I packed my cases, made myself a packed lunch and coffee for the train and headed to the train station. I wanted to get a lunchtime train which meant I’d hopefully get to by hotel before 5pm. I wanted to have enough time to settle in and unpack and also didn’t want to be walking through London after dark.

The hotel I stayed in, thanks to Lexi from CRUK, was Tulse Hill Hotel. It was beautiful. It’s a boutiqu...

April 20, 2018

Last week I spent the week helping Antonia, a member of The Port Talbot and District Amateur Operatic Society, get ready for her role in CATS The Musical. The musical was being performed at The Princess Royal Theatre in Port Talbot.

I first met Antonia last year when I also made up one of the society members, Hefin, for his role is last year’s musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

What a wonderful week it was! Antonia played the role of the sassy cat Bombalurina who stood out from the crowd as the ‘red cat’ in her own leotard which was custom made by her fiancé. 

For her makeup, we took inspiration from the broadway/west end productions of CATS and used their Bombalurina looks to inspire our own. Each cat has its own unique look so we didn’t want to stray too far away from Bombalurina’s character. 

We started off by having a trial day the week before where we chose the look and played around with different materials in order for the look to last on stage. By the time the dress rehearsal...

April 18, 2018

Hi all. This is just a little post to say that the website now has a whole new look! 

I have realised recently that I haven’t updated this blog in over 2 years... I have been crazy busy (which has stopped me from blogging so much) but it’s also meant I’ve had so much to talk about that I haven’t had time to share with you. 

I have also downloaded an app which will send my blog posts straight to my website, enabling me to blog on the go. This is my first post using the new app so is also a test for me to see how it turns out... fingers crossed!

I have lots to share with you so will post a little update of how last week was for me sometime tomorrow. 

Have a great day all! Jess x

April 8, 2016

“What is the difference between airbrush make-up and conventional make-up?”

 

This is a question I get asked all of the time. How do you choose the best type of base for you and what are the differences between the two? It is important to choose the correct one for you. Everyone is different and make-up can be a very personal thing; so it’s important that when having your make-up done for your occasion, wedding etc. you choose a make-up style and make-up artist that resembles you and what you are used to. You want to still look like yourself, just a polished version… ;)

 

 

Conventional Make-Up

 

This is just the professional name for your regular, everyday make-up. This make-up comes in a few different forms. From liquids and creams to pressed powders etc. The liquids and creams can be applied in a few different ways. For most people it can be applied using your fingertips, but for the professionals and for others it is applied using brushes and sponges. The make-up can be painted onto the s...

March 22, 2016

The last time I posted a blog was a month ago. I was in the process of sorting through my make-up kit to take abroad with me for my cousins wedding. A LOT has happened since then! I haven't only been to Florida once, but twice in the past 3 weeks. I have now become a bit of a natural when it comes to packing make-up to take over seas. I simply separate my liquids and glosses from my powders and solids, putting the liquids in my hold luggage and my powders etc into my hand luggage (that way they don't crack or break because I am responsible for them). 

 

Going through the security section of the airport with my hand luggage in tow, containing my make-up, was very daunting the first time. I was on edge the entire time in case it turned out that I wasn't allowed to take any make-up etc through as hand luggage, meaning I would have to leave it all behind. The main bulk of my kit was in that suitcase so it was very important that I got it right! Thank god it was all fine! I was relieved to kn...

February 21, 2016

So in a matter of days I will be jetting off to Florida with my family. My cousin Ben Powell is marrying the lovely Helle Frederiksen next week and she has kindly asked me if I would do her make-up and hair for the very special day. I am very excited! It's a huge honour. 

 

I have been slowly packing my case over the last few weeks and deciding what to take with me (referring to my endless lists that I've made since the trip was planned), when all of a sudden I had a panic about how I'm going to pack my professional make-up kit!?!? If any of you have ever seen it, you will know that it is rather hefty and heavy, to say the least! I didn't want to take up all of my baggage allowance with my make-up, as I had planned on taking some clothes with me too...lol!

 

I've come to the decision that I am going to pack as much of my kit into my hand luggage suitcase as possible. I am going to use that case as my 'kit bag' on the wedding day anyway, as it's easy to wheel about, so it made sen...

January 4, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

 

What a difference a year makes...

 
It's officially been a whole year since I decided to cut some strings and start my own business. It's been brilliant! There's been plenty of highs, a lot of lows, some quiet moments, but also a load of busy, happy moments. 

For a first year of business it has gone better than I ever would have thought! Everyone told me that the first year is always the hardest. This time last year I was starting from scratch, with no bookings in my diary and only my tiny reputation and hope that everything would work out and be ok. I couldn't have done it without everyone's support and encouragement, so I want to say THANK YOU to everyone who's helped - you know who you are! Every recommendation, page like, share or comment goes such a long way! It really means the world to me. 

I have also met some brilliant new people this year! Not just my lovely brides and clients, but also the other professionals I have met along the way - hairdressers,...

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