Bride of the month

Bride of the month

Hope you are all having a lovely week. I’m back to show you again my bride of the month. I love doing bridal makeups its so different than regular day to day makeups, its much more personal.

I find as a makeup artist you really get to know the bride as a person, which I love. It is very important as I need to create a makeup style to suit their personality. A brides day is the most important day of their life so its so awarding to enjoy the moment with them.

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Tina was a spring 2016 bride, I know this seems like a lifetime ago now as the months have just flew this year. Where has the time gone?. I always wait for brides to send me professional photos of the day to post up a blog ,as it lets me show you the special moments of the day.

 

Tina was the nicest person ever and so calm.

Her makeup was Glowing and flawless. Look at that highlight.

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Foundation was Mac Studio fix fluid and Nars radiant creamy concealer.

The eyes were all Matte tones with lashes and smoked in the waterline to add definition.

 

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Bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses: Embrace Bridal Gorey

Photography : Gibbons Photography

Flowers: Anita Gibbons Flowers by Anita

Jewellery: Thomas sabo

Hair: Sinead Redmond and Sis Doyle

 

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For bridal enquires  please contact Melissaclarkemakeup@gmail.com

Hope you enjoyed and have a lovely day

Melissa xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Its all about the base- Why you need a Skincare regime

Its all about the base- Why you need a Skincare regime

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Since my teenager years I have always been interested in my skincare regime. I ventured into the beauty industry before my makeup artistry studies which helped me thoroughly understand how the skin works and what it needs.

Looking after your skin is essential, not only to have healthy radiant skin but also gives you a flawless base for your foundation. This is a factor that most women and men don’t understand. Do you ever question “why is my foundation not lasting”?.  Makeup needs a fresh clean base, to adhere the products.

The skin constantly produces new cells but as we get older the process slows down so we need to work with our skin and give it some help. A build up of cells on the skin can give a rough texture with a flakey appearance.  For radiant glowing skin new fresh cells are needed on the top layer of the skin.

First of all know your skin type, there are so many skincare products out there to suit each type of skin. Believe it or not using the wrong products for your skin can be more damaging then not using any products at all.  Skincare products do not have to be expensive. I have found some great high street brands that work wonders so search around, boots do fantastic ranges suitable for all ages and price range.

  1.  Bin the face wipes – Please do not use wipes to cleanse your face everyday. Wipes are too abrasive for the skin and do not give the skin a deep cleanse.
  2. Cleanse -cleansing the skin will remove  dirt on the surface of the skin.  Cleansing the skin should be done twice daily every morning and evening. Cleansers come in many different forms lotions, creams, balms and oils.
  3. Toning- Helps tighten the skin and pores, removes trace of any cleanser on the skin and refreshes the skin. Use every morning and evening.
  4. Exfoliate- Helps to remove dead skin cells. Exfoliation should be done twice a week for oily skin and once a week for normal to dry skin.
  5. Mask- Helps penetrate the skin with ingredients suitable for the skin type. Apply once a week.
  6. Serum – serums are lighter in texture than moisturisers but contain more active ingredients. More suitable for mid twenties upwards. I wouldn’t recommend for teenage skin. Apply only every evening.
  7. Moisturiser -Helps keep the skin soft and hydrated and acts as a barrier to protect the skin. Apply every morning and evening.
  8. Eye cream- Helps keep the eyes hydrated apply every morning and evening around the eye socket.
  9. Spf – Apply every morning

 

Hope this helps

Melissa x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa – Bride of the month

Lisa – Bride of the month

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I had the pleasure of doing Lisa’s bridal makeup on the 8th July 2016 in Douglas Co.Cork. I arrived in the early morning to the stunning Maryborough Hotel

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I set my area up in the outstanding bridal suite. It was filled with natural lighting which was a massive bonus for me, I was ready to get into the job. Lisa was surrounded by friends and family and everyone was calm and relaxed.  They were enjoying each and every moment. It was a pleasure to be part of the day.

 

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I did a trial on Lisa a few months back so we were both happy to keep the same look we originally discussed . We decided to go for a soft glam eye with a simple flick liner to had definition and to add volume to her lashes. The complexion was flawless with perfectly sculpted cheeks with a soft rosy blush to the apples of the cheek.


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Lisa’s Dress was stunning. It was elegant with a classic twist, it suited her to a tee. The veil was absolutely mind-blowing, it was the most amazing veil I have seen over my years of doing bridal parties. I took these two photos myself the morning of the wedding to capture the detail.

 

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Her dress and veil was from Folkster In Co. Kilkenny.

The  nude bridesmaids dresses were from Asos , very simple but just so beautiful and complemented Lisa’s stunning gown.

 

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Photography Tomasz Kornas.  Tomasz is a documentary style photographer and is based in Portlaoise and travels nationwide.

For bridal bookings Please email Melissaclarkemakeup@gmail.com

Melissa xx

 

 

Smile Bright like a diamond

Smile Bright like a diamond

Hey guys so I said I would give you a quick update on my invisalyn Treatment so far. I have had my invisalyns on 6 months so far. I’m currently on set 15, in total I have 27 sets. It’s gone so quick I cant believe it. Since my last blog update  the routine has become a lot easier. I don’t even notice I am wearing them, if anything I actually feel strange without them in. I don’t experience any pain anymore, slight pressure when I change to a new set but only for a few hours.

As it’s a gradual movement of teeth I didn’t notice much of a change as I’m looking at my teeth everyday. In the past month so many people have commented on my teeth saying how amazing they have changed

I took pictures of each set when I changed them.  I looked back  today and I’m stocked.  I did not think my teeth were so bad, I’m actually so embarrassed. So be prepared to see.

 

Top is before  my treatment

Bottom is set 15 with Invisalyns on.

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I said I would share this experience with you. I get so many questions about them on my Snapchat asking how I find them and are they worth it.  I am so happy I got them and they are invisible which is a bonus. I still have 12 sets left so I can’t wait to see the difference from now till then. Check out my previous blog on invisalyn here Invisalgn my experience

 

 

Enjoy the weekend

Melissa x