Monday, 28 February 2011

Round up of my fave looks from the 2011 Oscars!


I was very excited to wake up this morning and see who was wearing what at the Oscars last night (I tried to stay up for it but couldn't quite manage it!!) but even more so to see what make-up looks they were sporting.

So this is a very indulgent posting but I thought I'd share with you a few of my fave looks, and what an array of amazing dresses there were with colours ranging from soft spring tones to darker red/purple, navy and black. I'll start with the ever beautiful Scarlett Johannson (my fave look and dress of all)...

What an amazing colour this dress was (good news as there seems to be a lot of it about at the moment)! The dark red/dark berry coloured Dolce and Gabbana dress was definitely up there as one of my faves and it was complimented with some stunning Dolce and Gabbana make-up, toning in beautifully with her dress and overall look. This look was all about the eyes, keeping the rest of the face neutral. Her make-up artist used copper and bronze hues from the D&G The Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Stromboli; Eyeliner was the Intense Eyeliner in Gold for a glittery look; Mascara - The Volumized Lashes Mascara in Black; Lips were a soft pink - The Ultra Shine Lipgloss in Candy. The Illuminator in Eva was used as a highlighter to give that gorgeous glow. She looked just stunning!

Another beautiful lady, Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for Best Actress for her role in Winter’s Bone, worked the hot Oscars trend of red and looked fab! Her make-up was just wow too - in particular her eyes. I don't know the full breakdown of which make-up items were used, but her MUA was from Avon and her eye make-up was created from the Avon Blushing Raisins Eyeshadow Quad. She wore an intense smokey eye, with lashings of mascara and black eyeliner. The rest of her face was kept neutral with bronze tones and a soft natural lip gloss.

Hailee Steinfeld's look is another of my absolute favourites! Adorable Hailee is only 14 and was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in True Grit. Her fresh look is just gorgeous for a girl of her age giving her a real Prom Queen look. Her headband looks fab with her up-do and amazing dress which helps to give her a young and graceful look. The inspiration for her high, chunky bun was for her to look one part Audrey Hepburn, one part ballerina! Inspired! Her make-up was very minimalist with a soft blush on the apples of her cheeks, a flicker of mascara and soft pink lips. A great look for any young ladies out there with a prom to go to ;o)

The beautiful Black Swan star Mila Kunis looked gorgeous in her Elie Saab gown on the red carpet. Inspiration for her make-up look came directly from her bold,yet feminine lilac gown. Rather than using the same eye make-up tones, contrasting coral and bronze tones complimented her look perfectly.  Kohl black eyeliner and waterproof mascara finished off her look. On her face, her Lancome make-up artist used Lancome Teint Miracle Lit-from-Within Foundation, Lancome Blush Subtil in Sheer Amourose, on her eyes - Lancome Color Design 5 Pan Palette in Coral Crush, Lancome Color Design Eye Shadow in Impress, Lancome Le Crayon Khôl EyeLiner in Black, Lancome Hypnôse Waterproof Custom Volume Mascara in Black. And finally, on her lips - Lancome Color Fever Gloss in Blazing Pink, Lancome La Laque Fever Lipshine in Lucent Nude. Phew - a whole lot of Lancome!

A heavily pregnant Natalie Portman, Best Actress winner for her role in Black Swan, looked her usual radiant and stunning self. Her beautiful empire-waisted, off-the-shoulder violet Rodarte gown was the inspiration for her make-up look of lovely purple tones.

Her make-up was by Dior and her make up artist used the following products: On her skin - Dior Capture Totale One Essential, Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Foundation #020 and #030, Diorskin Nude Hydrating Concealer #002, DiorBlush in Peechy Keen #553; On her eyes - Dior 1-Colour Eyeshadow in #546 Gold Touch, Dior 2-Colour Eyeshadow in Purple Look #885, Dior 5-Colour Eyeshadow in Extase Pinks #804, Diorshow Waterproof Mascara in Black, Diorshow Iconic Mascara in Navy Blue. And on her lips... Dior Addict Lipstick #623 Infamous Pink, Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss in Apricot Cloche #436. Wow a lot of Dior - it's true that the more natural the look the more products you need!

It was very bohemian in style, whilst keeping it soft, romantic and feminine...

Wowee, that's it for another year... or at least until the next high profile celeb event! I just love the Oscars and it's great to see so many different looks and to find out what different products they've used too. Obviously, like bridal make-up, make-up for an event like this has to have staying power so I'm always trying new products to give my brides the best possible look they can possibly have!

Hope you've enjoyed reading this and looking at the pretty ladies and frocks too!

Emma x

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Video highlights from the Mitton Hall Wedding Supper Club


Lovely sunny (but cold!) day here in Manchester... could that be Spring on its way?

Just a short post for today to showcase the stunning video from the Mitton Hall Wedding Supper Club created by the fabulous Tom Harrington from Silk Wedding Videos. I don't need to say anymore as it tells its own story (see previous post for more details if you haven't already seen it)!

Check this out...

Wedding Supper Club - Mitton Hall Video from silk wedding videos on Vimeo.

Love Emma xo

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Mitton Hall Wedding Supper Club


Wow what a fantastic weekend it's been, I'm only just getting over it! Not only was I lucky enough to be involved in the fantastic Charlotte Balbier designer weekend in my role as bridal stylist at The White Closet, but I was also involved as make-up artist at the Wedding Supper Club at the amazing wedding venue, Mitton Hall on Sunday evening. Well, what an evening it was, and it was great to be amongst such great company with the best suppliers in the business. The evening was hosted by Jason Thompson from Flower Design and Jonny Draper from Jonny Draper Photography.

Flower Design produced the most breathtaking floral displays as always. Check these out...


Mitton Hall provided the most amazing array of food

Howard Wing provided the evenings entertainment and sang his heart out, creating a fantastic atmosphere amongst the guests. They were even up on the chairs by the end of the evening!

Tom at Silk Wedding Videos filmed the full evenings events too - really looking forward to seeing it Tom!

The lovely Sheree from One and Only Bridal Couture brought two stunning gowns for our models to show off - the glamorous Eden by Jenny Packham and what can only be described as wow... the Flowerbomb by Ian Stuart. A big dress with serious attitude! I do appreciate a good wedding gown and these truly were up there with the best I have ever seen. Just stunning.

Now, on to the make-up! Our two gorgeous models for the evening were the lovely Olivia and Sarah, who were such fun to work with. I worked with Olivia on a shoot recently and was very excited to work with her again. I can't take the credit for their natural beauty of course but hopefully you'll like their make-up and agree that I simply made them a more polished version of their natural beautiful selves - my ultimate tip for any bride!

It was important for Sarah's look that I captured the 1920's glamour that her Jenny Packham dress oozes.  It's a beautiful, delicate, vintage dress so I needed to keep this in mind. I would always recommend that when a bride is deciding on her make-up look for the big day, they should consider their dress style and ensure that their make-up compliments it. I wanted to create a contemporary twist on a 20's look, so after giving her a smooth creamy foundation base,  I used a blend of soft peachy champagne and taupe eyeshadow tones which have a slight shimmer to really open up the eyes.  I lined her eyes with a gel liner to give them definition. Soft pink tones on the apple of her cheeks and golden bronze contouring under the cheekbones to give them definition. This was topped off with a slightly deepened pink lip colour with a glossy finish. A classic bridal look with a sexy twist.

The definite wow factor of Olivia's Ian Stuart gown meant that I had a lot to live up to! This dress has a vintage shabby chic feel to it but is very theatrical at the same time. For Olivia's look, the taupe colour of the dress led me to choose a shimmery champagne gold and deepened olive and taupe eyeshadow colours to create a smokey eye. Black gel eyeliner for definition and soft nude blusher with a hint of pink on the apples of her cheeks, contouring once again with a golden bronze. I then used a brighter coral lipstick with a touch of gloss to add a bit of drama.

Doesn't their hair look great too - we have Sheree to thank for stepping in to do this - just another of her many hidden talents!

Big thanks Olivia and Sarah - can't wait to work with you both again soon! Oh and I mustn't forget to mention the 2 gorgeous "grooms" Ben (from Rowley's Catering) and Daniel. They looked fab and looked after our lovely brides very well indeed.
Sheree and I after our work was done (and we'd got down from dancing on our chairs)!

Last but not least, wedding photographer (and my lovely husband) Jonny Draper took some amazing photos during the evening. Thanks Jonny for all the pics you took of the models that I've included here - they're ace!  He even did a little sing-song with Howard... not what he would usually do at a wedding but if you asked him nicely I'm sure he might ;o)

Well, I'm all excited again just re-living it - can't wait for the next one!