The Professional Beauty Show
This year’s Professional Beauty Show was packed with makeup demonstrations, seminars and live stages and hosted 800 cosmetic and skincare brands.
I saw the preparations for a live stage by Airbase who created some vibrant peacock inspired body art (picture below) and then attended a wedding makeup demonstration sponsored by Mii Cosmetics on current bridal trends for beautiful bridal and bridal party makeup.
With the demand on ethical and organic cosmetics bigger than ever, it was fascinating to listen to a talk on organic, natural and vegan makeup options.
Of course I also took full advantage of the show offers and bought some lovely new products for my kit including new brushes, eyeshadow palettes and brow products.
Here’s a few pictures from the day.
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This was a true Sussex winter wedding on the 27 December 2017 complete with early morning snow!
I arrived at Karen’s house in Wadhurst earlier than planned to help allay any weather related nerves and make sure she had plenty of time to get to her wedding ceremony. Karen and Dave got hitched at a really unique venue in the private lounges of the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. She had a beautiful rose/champagne lace gown and silk bouquet which she hand-tied herself.
Karen opted for a natural bridal makeup look with a hint of shimmer and finished off with her own favourite MAC lipstick.
Photography: Geoff Penn
Makeup: Sophie Jane Makeup
I spent Halloween this year doing something a little different over at The Sussex Makeup Academy! Far removed from my usual bridal brief, I worked on my first creative Halloween makeup look with Principle Amy Prifti.
Taking inspiration from some of the fantastic skull makeup looks online, we designed the skull effect that we wanted to achieve with pen and paper first.
We painted on the white base to cover the bottom half of the face using a large buffing brush and sponge before mapping out the key features of the cheek bones, jaw line and teeth with a finer brush. We moved on to contour and shade each element with black and grey makeup to create the 3D effect of the skull.
Once the eye socket and cracking details were added around the chin and cheeks, the look was given a finishing touch using gems from Funk On.
I thoroughly enjoyed working on this creepy look and was amazed by what could be achieved with Amy’s tips and guidance.
The Sussex Makeup Academy run a variety of creative makeup courses for all skill levels so if you want to get involved, check them out: http://www.sussexmakeupacademy.co.uk/
Hannah and Ed got married in Rotherfield on a gorgeous sunny day in September. Hannah went for lovely natural makeup with pretty of individual lashes and a perfect shade of pink lipstick to complete the look. Her dress was from bridal boutique Fross in Uckfield and had a beautiful lace neckline. I just loved the country feel to this wedding. I was even lucky enough to meet their gorgeous son Henry during her trial. Congratulations Hannah and Ed!
A few words from Hannah:
“Sophie did mine and my bridesmaids makeup for my wedding on 16th September. She was a pleasure to deal with and so professional from start to finish. At my trial and on the day she really listened to what I was looking for while still offering professional advice where needed. One of my bridesmaids was nervous about having her makeup done due to problem skin and Sophie chatted with her beforehand to go through her options and put her completely at ease too. I absolutely LOVED my makeup on the day and looking back at the pictures I am so glad I hired Sophie to do it. My makeup lasted throughout the day and night – even my lipstick lasted well through the dinner! I would not hesitate to book Sophie again and would highly recommend her to anyone. Thank you Sophie! X”
These stunning shots of Hannah and her bridal party are by wedding photographers Confetti and Toast Photography based in East Sussex.