Beautiful Bride Charlotte who was married at Monkbar Hotel York

Bridal make-up: Julie Mercer
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Photography: Nikki Bowling

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Charlotte was so excited about her summer wedding and was the most organised Bride I’ve ever met!  At Charlotte’s trial she explained to me what type of make-up she would like and showed me photographs of the make-up looks she liked.  From listening to Charlotte and looking at her eye colour and flawless skin and her wedding dress style and jewellery,  i advised of using a lovely MAC rose gold colour to keep her eyes smokey but also lightened to emphasise her beautiful dark brown eyes.  I also applied some express lashes on Charlotte to make her eyes look bigger and defined for her photographs.  The Airbase Airbrush foundation was applied and it looked stunning on Charlotte’s skin and she advised me later that she didn’t need to top up with any make-up during the day or night (apart from lipstick). I used a MAC lipstick in a purple/pink colour to compliment the eye make-up and also her MAC pinky blusher on her cheeks.


Beautiful Bride Nicola who was married at Hazlewood Castle

Bridal make-up: Julie Mercer
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Bridal Hair: Reflections Hairdressing Salon
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Nicola wanted to keep her make-up very flawless & natural for her wedding day but focusing on her lovely eyes.  I used an Estee Lauder foundation for Nicola’s base as she liked a totally matte finish to her face and then i applied a lovely peachy coloured MAC matte blusher to highlight her cheekbones.  I kept Nicola’s eyes cool and smokey with the MAC eyeshadows in smokey silvers and greys and Nicola wanted me to use some of her own silver glitter eyeshadow on her eyes as it was what attracted her ‘husband-to-be’ to her when they first met! I used a cool lipstick/gloss colour by Laura Mercier to compliment her summer look.


Beautiful Bride Joanne who was married at Merchant Adventurers Hall, York
Merchant Adventurers’ Hall

Bridal make-up: Julie Mercer
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Bridal Hair: Cut Hair Salon, York

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Photography: Nikki Pix

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I met lovely Joanne at a wedding fair in York and we chatted about wedding make-up and her wedding plans.  I gave Joanne some information about the Airbase Airbrush Foundation and she couldn’t wait to try it! Joanne’s wedding had a 50’s vibe to it and red lipstick was a must!! Joanne had a beautiful white tea length wedding dress, which we all loved-its so lovely to see different wedding styles! I kept Joanne’s make-up very flawless and matte to compliment her lovely skin and emphasised her eyes with a MAC black fluid liner and flicks, which made her blue eyes even bigger! I used Joanne’s favourite MAC red lipstick to complete the 50s look.


Beautiful Bride Vicky who was married at The Hospitium York

Bridal make-up: Julie Mercer
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Bridal Hair: Megan Boyne

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Photography: Dominic Wright

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Vicky will admit that she was last minute in contacting me for wedding make-up! I think I did her trial a couple of weeks before her wedding date!  Sometimes this happens, some Brides are already confident at applying their own make-up and some Brides are scared that they will look ‘caked in make-up’ if a professional make-up artist did it?! this isn’t true of myself, I like to listen to what the Bride actually wants and what make-up they use on a day to day basis.  It’s amazing with experience how we all define ‘natural make-up’… Vicky was a little bit scared as she didn’t wear a lot of make-up but her amazing photographer Dominic Wright  advised her to have her make-up applied professionally as it makes such a difference on the photographs.  I used the Airbase Airbrush foundation on Vicky to compliment her flawless matte skin.  It was a good foundation choice too as it was another boiling day and i had every confidence that her make-up would stay in place from morning to night! I used a lovely MAC rose gold eyeshadow on Vicky to lighten up her lovely eyes & for extra definition I used my favourite amazing Eyelure strip lashes! Vicky likes her black eyeliner so I didn’t want to leave that out as Brides should still look like themselves on their wedding day! A lovely MAC peachy mineralise blusher was added and extra Hoola contouring to define her beautiful cheek bones and a MAC peachy pink lipstick was applied to finish the look.

Wedding couple in front of York Minster


Beautiful Bride Becky who was married at York Registry Office

Bridal make-up: Julie Mercer
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Bridal Hair: Reflections Hairdressing Salon
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Becky wanted to keep her day as relaxed and low-key as possible and wanted to show off her York roots by having her wedding photos taken around the stunning York landmarks. Becky has beautiful youthful, glowy skin (its because of all of her Temple Spa products that she uses)! It was very easy for me to apply her make-up as she has a perfect complexion – I chose the Airbase Airbrush Foundation for Becky to compliment her skin and also because the weather was boiling that March day and I knew it would last her upto 15 hours in the heat! I applied a MAC cool mink colour to give Becky’s  eyes a smokey look and highlighted her beautiful cheek bones with a MAC mineralize blusher in a gold/coral colour. Express eyelashes were applied to give more definition on her eyes and a Laura Mercier waterproof brown liner was applied too. I finished the look with a peachy lipstick to compliment her spring wedding look.


Beautiful Bride Laura who was married at the stunning location of
Grays Court, York

Bridal make-up: Julie Mercer
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Bridal Hair: Evolve Hairdressing, York
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Laura had a dilemma on her wedding day…it was the Tour De Yorkshire weekend and the cycle route came right through York and this meant road closures! So to make things easier Laura and the bridal party came to my house to get changed! Laura has flawless skin and wanted to have a dewy glow to her skin and also emphasise her gorgeous cheekbones in a beautiful MAC pink colour.  To define Laura’s eyes I used some natural Eylure strip lashes to give volume and length.  I used a lovely coral coloured MAC lipstick to compliment the whole look!


Beautiful Bride Becky who was married at the stunning York Maze.

Becky said: Thank you again for making us all look and feel amazing on the day!

Make-up by: Julie Mercer 07761 584190

Becky wanted her make-up to look flawless on her wedding day to compliment her overall look, I used an Estée Lauder foundation base to make Beckys skin look flawless and matte.  Becky wanted her eyes to be very defined so I used a MAC mink eyeshadow to bring out the colour of Beckys eyes & powdered her eyebrows for a fuller brow.


Beautiful Bride Claire who was married at Bedern Hall, York

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Make-up by: Julie Mercer 07761 584190
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Claire who is originally from the UK but lives in Australia wanted a traditional english wedding.  I met Claire the week of her wedding and at the make-up trial Claire mentioned she was struggling to find a hairdresser for her wedding hair! Don’t panic she only had 3 days to find someone!?! Luckily my colleague Lorraine was free and did an amazing job on Claire’s vintage look wedding hair! Claire wanted a strong make-up look for her wedding day & was adamant that she had strip lashes & glamorous red lipstick! I used an Estée Lauder foundation base to give a good coverage and then warmed up her skin with a MAC warm blusher and used a fabulous red lipstick, which teemed up gorgeously with her red rose bouquet.


Beautiful Bride Jenny who was married at Barmbyfields Barn, Barmby Moor, York

Jenny was having a barn wedding with a 50’s vintage influence! This is one of my favourite wedding make-up looks to do (love the glamour of red lipstick)!! Jenny had a bird cage headdress for her hair and a tea length 50s swing wedding dress and wanted her make-up to look glamorous, emphasising her eyes and lips but wanted a foundation base to look soft/light and also allow her freckles to come through! Normally I’m asked to hide freckles, but Jenny embraces her freckles and she has amazing flawless skin.  I used a MAC face and body foundation, which is light weight but brilliant for photographs. I also used some Eylure Strip Lashes, which just transforms the whole eye area, giving a more vintage look and ended the whole look with some MAC red lipstick! An absolutely stunning bride!


Beautiful Bride Charlotte who was married at Middleton Lodge, Richmond

Charlotte wanted a completely natural/peachy look to her wedding make-up as she was not used to wearing make-up at all (she’s an outdoors girl, running marathons/kayaking…) so I put Charlotte at ease at her trial by using a light foundation by Estée Lauder which would last all day & night for her but also would be fabulous for her photographs.   Charlotte has amazing cheekbones so i contoured them and added some MAC blusher to warm her skin up and then opted for a lovely warm brown/ginger eyeshadow and Laura Mercier Brown eyeliner to make her dark brown eyes more of a feature.  We ended the look with a MAC peachy lipstick to tie all of the make-up together – her photographs show how fabulous she looked at her woodland themed wedding.

Hair: Paula at Reflections Hairdressing
Make-up: Julie
Photography: Dominic & Zoe Wright

Charlotte said:
Thank you so much for doing such a wonderful job on my make-up and also my bridesmaids & my mum.

It looked great on camera & it was still going strong at 3am!

Your professionalism & skill made the morning pass by in such a relaxed manner & even when things suddenly got frantic at the last minute, you were still so calm!

You created exactly the look I wanted & I was so glad I chose you.