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Makeup is not One Size Fits All

August 27, 2017
Makeup is not One Size Fits All

Makeup is not ‘One Size Fits All’

I’m always pleased to hear positive feedback from clients – but particularly when it’s specific to something I’m really passionate about providing in my service.

Each woman I work with is so unique in her own way – her skin tone, her eye shape, the way she does her hair, her attitude, her smile. We all have different aspects of ourselves that we love to play up. We all have those little touches that give us a pep in our step getting ready for a big event – our go-to look, our favourite colours or a bit of sparkle!

So when it comes to my service as a makeup artist, I cannot and will not take a ‘one size fits all’ approach. It just doesn’t work.

This is why I love to consult with my clients both before and during their makeup appointment.

There is no template ‘look’ that I follow, or step by step guide with specific products on hand.

Yes, I could save myself a lot of time doing so, but I’d be sacrificing the very thing I love about makeup. Which is sitting in front of the mirror and thinking…

“How can I bring out more of ME today?”

Or, when it comes to working with clients…

“How can I bring out the unique features of this lady, whilst delivering the perfect look she has in mind?”

“What tools, colours and techniques are going to make this client’s confidence and personality shine bright at their event?”

My job is to create a bespoke look for each person who sits in my chair, so when she looks in the mirror at the end her eyes light up and she feels like the best version of herself.

This whole post was sparked after a lovely bride-to-be who has booked with me for 2018 mentioned in her email enquiry…

“I think the makeup you do is beautiful and really enhances all the different ladies’ beauty!”

I cannot tell you how much that message made me smile! It is truly what I set out to achieve when I started this business 4 years ago – because I believe every woman is beautiful, makeup just emphasises that.

To hear that’s what people see when they come to my website or my Facebook page lights me up. 💗

Thanks for reading. As always, if you’d like to book in for your wedding or special occasion, please get in touch!

I’m now taking bookings for 2018 Weddings, as well as Christmas and New Year party season. Book today to avoid disappointment, it’s never too early to secure your date and time in the diary.

Kat x

Photograph by Emmylou Kelly 


7 Things Every Makeup Artist Wishes Their Clients Knew!

July 25, 2017
7 Things Every Makeup Artist Wishes Their Clients Knew!

Or at least…7 things I personally wish my clients knew when they booked their appointment with me! 😃

1 – We want you to be 100% happy

I honestly do not want you to leave my chair until you LOVE your makeup.

Sometimes I get it perfect on the first try.

Often I need to get some more info from you along the way to make sure we’re on the same page.

Sometimes it takes a few tweaks at the end, but I would honestly rather spend that extra 10 minutes with you to make it 100% perfect than rush off. Call me a perfectionist but it’s true!

2 – We love pictures and mood boards

This goes along with being on the same page. What many clients would deem a ‘smokey eye’ is not what I initially think of.

There are so many terms in the industry – smokey eye, natural look, glowy, etc. – that are batted around, yet are all SO subjective and completely open to interpretation.

This is why I love my clients to have a Pinterest board or pictures saved on their phone of makeup looks they love. Not only so they can be clear on what they like, but also so I have a good feel for the type of makeup look they want.

Some people love a full face of glam, some prefer a really light, glowy foundation to pair with their smokey eye. Some people want sculpted brows, some prefer me to leave theirs completely natural. It’s all so subjective, and pictures help me deliver the look that you envision in your head!

3 – We want you to feel like yourself

Okay, so everyone’s work and style is so different. My personal makeup mantra is that makeup should enhance your natural beauty.

Every woman is beautiful, and I think some special touches here and there just bring that inner beauty to the surface – whether it’s making your eye colour sparkle, making your beautiful freckled skin glow – taking your favourite features and making them even more eye catching.

Which is why I always want my clients to feel like the most beautiful version of themselves.

ESPECIALLY on your wedding day or for a special event – you should feel like yourself. I don’t want makeup to be a mask, or a ‘one size fits all’ look that is painted on from an Instagram post. Even if a client loves a particular photograph, I will always tweak that look slightly to fit their personal face shape, skin type, etc.

4 – We love honest feedback

This is another thing I stress to brides. Honest feedback is crucial, particularly at the trial and for first time clients. Many of my regular clients trust me to do whatever look I feel is best for their occasion, because that trust has been established over several appointments. They know they’ll like it whatever colours I use, or eyeshadow shape I apply.

However, I know for new clients that trust isn’t there yet, which is why I always have ‘checkpoints’ and encourage new clients to speak up throughout the appointment. Please don’t think I’ll be offended or feel like you can’t voice your opinion.

Not only does it ensure you are 100% satisfied with the service, it allows me to improve as an artist as I’m constantly learning and growing.

5 – We want you fresh faced

If I had a penny for every time a client has APOLOGISED for presenting me with their bare face, I’d be retiring in a few years!

First of all – I see so many women with makeup-less faces. Everyone is beautiful in their own unique way – whatever their skin tone, skin type, face shape. Whether they have dark circles, acne, scars, whatever. It’s all part and parcel of being human and doesn’t take away from your beauty. 💗

Secondly – I much prefer you to turn up with a gorgeously fresh, clean, moisturised face. It saves a lot of time at the beginning of the appointment which means more time for your consultation and makeup application – sometimes, that 5 minutes saved at the beginning can be crucial at the end if you’re tight for time and want an extra finishing touch.

So yes – please embrace your natural, naked face and allow me to apply all the makeup! 😉

(The only time I’d say was an exception is sometimes brides like to turn up to their trial with a face of makeup – as then they can instantly communicate to me how much they normally wear. As the trial appointment is double the time of a standard occasion appointment, the extra time for removal isn’t a problem!)

6 – The more info the better

I love it when a new client is so prepared for their appointment. She has her makeup bag out with all her favourites ready to show me, she has a lipstick picked out to wear, she has pictures on her phone, she tells me what her skin type is, what her skincare routine is like, any skin concerns she has.

Of course not everyone is like that and that’s fine – that’s what the initial consultation is for. But don’t feel like any information is too much. In fact, some information like allergies and skin issues are crucial to disclose, so please give as much info as possible. It’s all an important part of creating your bespoke look that’s right for you, your preferences and your individual skincare and makeup concerns.

7 – Plan for touch ups

Thanks to the amazing products in my kit and a few industry tips and tricks, your makeup will last as long as you do. However, it’s always best to plan for a few touch ups and pack a few key items in your clutch bag.


After eating and drinking, your lipstick will have come off. The types of lip products that last through eating or drinking I find can wear off a bit funny looking, so I don’t stock or use them in my kit. If a client wants to wear a liquid lipstick or longwear stain, etc. that’s absolutely fine and I usually apply their own with my lip brush.

However, for most ladies, I recommend we match the lip colour I’m using at the appointment with a similar one in your makeup bag. That way, you can bring it with you to re-apply after you’ve had a bite to eat.


I’ve never had a client report back that they were shiny at the end of the night – so 90% of people shouldn’t have to worry too much about this. However, if you do find you get a shinier T-Zone (mainly people who have combination skin like myself or oily skin) – it’s always a good idea to pack a pressed powder in your bag. Especially for longer events like a wedding or daytime party, sometimes it’s nice to re-mattify the skin a little bit for photographs, after you’ve been out in the sun or dancing!

Just make sure that the powder photographs well under flash photography – check for Titanium Dioxide or anything with HD in the name. If in doubt show me before I leave!

I hope any client reading this, past, current or future, will find it helpful when coming to their makeup appointment.

If you are looking to book me for your special event or occasion (I’m based in Bolton and mobile across the North West), please head to my contact page and let me know the details, including the date and location. I will get back to you ASAP with my availability.

Love, Kat x

Photography by Anthony Higginson


Summer Makeup and Beauty Tips

July 5, 2017
Summer Makeup and Beauty Tips

Summer Makeup and Beauty Tips

Whether you’re enjoying a staycation and hoping for more heatwaves in the UK, or heading to more tropical climates for guaranteed sun, these Summer makeup and beauty tips will ensure you look and feel fabulous on holiday.

Fake It ’til You Make It

If you’re like me and dread getting your pasty pins out in Summer, apply some fake tan before you go away. You’ll rock your bikini with way more confidence on your first day, and will be able to relax and tan at a safer and steadier pace.

My favourite at the moment is the St. Moriz Professional Mousse, as it’s easy to apply and a lovely rich colour, but there are loads of great brands like St. Tropez, Bondi Sands and Vita Liberata available at Boots, Superdrug & online. You could also treat yourself to a spray tan for a longer lasting bronzed look.

If you’re DIY’ing it, be sure to use a good oil-free body scrub or exfoliating gloves and apply a light layer of body lotion to elbows, hands, heels and knees (or all over if you have dry skin) before you apply your tan. Make sure you’ve done any waxing and hair removal the day before you tan, and always use a mitt for even application.

Protect Yourself

Personally, I prefer my tan to come from a bottle – it’s worth the effort for me to keep myself safe and keep my skin healthy. However, if you do like to tan please protect yourself and do it gradually – use a high SPF of at least 15-30, re-apply regularly, wear a sun hat and cover up and spend time in the shade.

Bonus – you’ll not only be protecting your health but also your skin’s bounce and elasticity long term, as sun damage is the number one cause of skin ageing and wrinkles!

Beach Waves

Holiday style should always be low maintenance – we want to be out the door in 5 minutes to enjoy the sunshine. Skip the blow dry and straighteners, and embrace your hair’s natural texture. Apply a generous amount of serum, oil or leave in conditioner to protect your hair from the sun, distribute with a detangling brush, scrunch with an old t-shirt and leave to air-dry for a heatless beachy wave.

For extra texture and volume, use a salt spray on dry hair and use the same scrunching method with your hands to work the product in.

Effortless Makeup

When I’m off to the beach, I prefer to be bare faced. If there’s any time you can embrace the natural look, it’s on holiday! However, for the ladies who want a little holiday glam, here’s an easy and simple look you can do in a couple of minutes. Feel free to add in or take away anything you like to make the look work for you.

Start with a tinted moisturiser or BB cream. This will boost your skin tone and enhance the colour you get when you’re out in the sun. Dot around your face and massage in with your hands. Dab a small amount of cream bronzer and highlight on the cheeks and temples to give the skin a bronzed glow, apply waterproof mascara and finish with a fine dusting of powder down the t-zone and a generous amount of powder bronzer everywhere the sun hits – along the forehead, down the nose, across the cheeks and across the décolletage area. Apply some lip balm with SPF and you’re good to go!

If you want to amp it up for night time, smudge a cream eyeshadow across the lid and along the lower lash line and blend with your finger. Or, play up the lips with a fun sheer colour – reds, corals and pinks scream Summer, and they look even more gorgeous with a tan.

I hope everyone has a fabulous Summer holiday, wherever they’re heading. If you have any special occasions and events planned, from weddings to parties and big nights out, be sure to get booked in and have your makeup done! I’m mobile across Bolton and the North West so enquire today about your event’s date. 💄


My Pro Makeup Kit Essentials

June 14, 2017
Pro makeup kit essentials

Today I wanted to share some favourite products from my professional makeup kit, as it’s probably my number one most asked question from clients and friends!

I am VERY fussy when it comes to kit products. I will try almost anything on myself, but products have to be a certain standard to make it onto a client’s face! These are just a few things that have earnt my seal of approval over the years.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

I feel like I should try other Setting sprays as there are so many now they’ve made it into the mass market of Boots and Superdrug brands! But this is one of the originals and the best. I don’t leave a client without giving them a spritz of this! Not only does it lock makeup in place, it keeps skin looking fresh and hydrated even after an all day/night event where lots of dancing and alcohol has likely occurred! 🍸 it’s like an insurance policy for makeup.

Mac Patisserie Lipstick

This shade is a definite favourite amongst bridal and occasion clients. It’s just a lovely soft neutral shade that flatters all skin tones and is comfortable and moisturising to wear. It’s one of the only lipsticks I’ve had to replace more than once, I go through it that often!

Maybelline Gel Liner

Again, there are hundreds of gel liners I could – and have – tried on the market from more expensive brands. As good as they are, they don’t beat Maybelline, and for half the price it still is on par with them in terms of quality, pigment and longevity. Inky black, easy to use (especially with an angled brush for wings) and never smudges or flakes. The only issue is getting it off at the end of the night, it’s that long wearing!

Illamasqua Hydra Veil

One thing I’m very passionate about investing in is skin. It’s probably the most important aspect of a makeup for me. Everyone wants their skin to look natural, glowing and flawless. Hydra Veil is an amazing base for foundation. Super soothing, hydrating and plumping for the skin, it gives you this glow that you can’t always achieve with some primers. I am much more a fan of hydrating primers, then using powder as a mattifier. Unless you’re excessively oily (in which case try Matte Veil!) but for everyone else – particularly those with dry or dehydrated skin or those seeking that ‘glow’ – Hydra Veil is a wonder product!

Have you tried any of these? I’d love to know what your top makeup products are at the moment – what are you loving?! Let me know in a comment! 💕

Head here for info on pricing, get in touch to enquiry about a booking or head to Facebook to see reviews and photographs of previous clients.

Thanks for reading. 😊
Kat x


Beauty Tips For Brides To Be!

May 31, 2017
Mobile Wedding Makeup Artist Bolton

Beauty Tips For Brides

Following your makeup trial, here are some top tips for the big day, to ensure you look and feel your best!

  • If you haven’t already, trial any beauty treatments you plan on having (tan, brow wax, lash extensions, etc.) to make sure they’re the exact look you want. It’s advisable not to try any new beauty treatments and/or products the week leading up to your wedding, as you risk having a reaction or breakout!
  • Please book these treatments a few days before your wedding date, to ensure your makeup application is perfect on the day – waxing and other treatments can produce swelling/redness and irritation, so it’s best to allow the skin at least 24-48 hours to calm down.
  • Look after your skin and, if possible, treat yourself to a facial or two in the weeks/months leading up to your wedding. This will mean your skin looks even more flawless on the day. You may also want to head to one of your favourite skincare brands to get a consultation and address any specific skincare concerns (e.g. dryness, breakouts, etc.) you may have. Drink loads of water, keep up your skincare routine and get lots of sleep.
  • Please notify myself or your makeup artist of any allergies, sensitives or skin conditions that arise, that we haven’t previously talked about at your trial.
  • Remember to pack any specific products you want to use (e.g. sensitive skincare products) on the day. Also, don’t forget to leave your lipstick of choice and powder compact with your chief bridesmaid if you want to touch up throughout the day.

Be sure to get in touch if you have any questions or queries relating to wedding makeup! If you’d like to enquire about your wedding day, please see my price list here and fill in a contact form.