Brides, Festivals and Babies....

It's been a busy few weeks at Kate Balding HQ, I've been meeting lots of new brides-to-be for wedding trials, honouring flower garland orders for weddings & festivals and providing one-on-one tuition. It's been great fun making people look beautiful and finding out all the wedding details (including cheeky sight of top secret wedding gowns!).

My main challenge this year was to get driving and I passed my test (first time!) early August (woo hoo!). So, I am now a makeup artist avec wheels - which should make life easier transporting my massive kit wherever I go. 

Last weekend I attended V-festival where the lady herself Beyonce headlined - an amazing day shared with great people (let's not mention the rain!). I have attached a few pictures of the day below, I wore a handmade flower garland, vintage 1960s kaftan and my lippy of the moment - MAC's Candy Yum Yum! 

On top of all this, my cousin gave birth to baby Arthur - was soooo excited to meet him and already cannot wait for more cuddles!

Next weekend I have a massive cupcake order for a 30th birthday party. Its been a while so I'm looking forward to chucking the apron on and getting creative - will definitely share pictures.

So lots of good news and fun stuff going on, if you haven't already, be sure to visit my facebook page (link below). 

Have a fantastic bank holiday weekend and until next time.... x


Wireless 2013 Hair & Makeup

Festival season…makeup, hair & flower garlands.

What with the arrival of festival season in London, we’ve welcomed lots of new clients visiting our studio for ‘pre-festival beautification’ - hair, makeup and to purchase flower garlands.

Here are some beautiful shots of client Nicola ready to hit Wireless 2013!

List of products used:

Skin: Bourjois Healthy Mix serum foundation (Shade 53). This foundation is a delight to work with, skin looks flawless, is hydrating for drier skin types and lasts all day - currently a favourite in my kit.

Eyes: MAC’s Samoa Silk on the lids (a peachy colour to emphasise Nicola’s lovely blue eyes) and MAC’s Espresso (brown) run through the crease and under the eye to give a smokey effect.

Lips: My personal favourite, MAC’s neon pink Candy Yum Yum, lined with MAC’s Magenta (the title says it all!) - A duo that when paired give longevity.

Cheeks: A sweep of MAC’s sweetness (pink)

Hair: Loose and tousled crown plait

Flower Garland: bright pink and yellow ranunculus.

If you would like to book an appointment at Makeup-London’s studio or to order a flower garland please refer to my website for contact details www.katebalding.com


Peony & Rose Flower Garland and Bridal Makeup Look

Peony & Rose flower garland.

Another day, another flower garland! Again, this one was really fun to create, using deep pink, cream and lemon peonies, peach, cream and deep pink roses and mini pink ranunculus with gyp and green foliage to add some variation.

As with the garland I recently created for a beauty photo shoot (see - http://katebalding.tumblr.com/post/56415911828/flower-garland-ethereal-beauty-shoot-london) this garland was large and voluminous and I think the large buds look really effective balanced against Alix’s long (and luscious) locks!

For Alix’s makeup I kept it really simple as not to overpower the garland, plus Alix has lots of beautiful freckles and I didn’t want the makeup to look as if I was attempting to ‘cover’ them up.

Products used:
• Clarins Beauty Flash Balm - as a base
• BECCA Matte Skin Shine Proof Foundation in ‘Sand’- just a sweep of this to even out skin tone.
• MAC blush in Gingerly.
• On the eyes I used MAC Brule, All That Glitters and run some Embark through the crease and under the eye
• I used some Vita Liberata Skin Perfecting Illuminisor in Rose on the cheekbones (although this cant really be seen in the pictures). This product is quite new to my kit but gives a beautiful highlight to the skin.
• I used ‘HD brows’ shadow through the brows and extended them slightly.

This is a beautiful bridal look - hope you like!x

Flower Garland Photoshoot - Brick Lane

Flower Garlands.

Model and actor Sarah Akokhia (www.sarahakokhia.com) modelling some of my homemade flower garlands. Sarah popped to our studio for full makeup application - what fun we had shooting in the glorious London sunshine!

For more pictures of my flower garlands or for more information on the makeup services we offer at our Makeup London studio space in Brick Lane, please visit my website: