Kate- Sparkly Smokey Eye and Sweeping Low Chignon for a Hampstead Bride

This cool, modern bride wanted something elegant, grown up and sexy for her Hampstead Pagoda wedding. In my opinion, Kate wanted a perfect mixture of a red carpet and wedding day look. Gorgeously glamorous eye make up, soft, flawless skin and a slightly dishevelled and elegantly detailed up do. We toyed with giving her soft front tendrils or as Kate put it : ” the front ‘annoyance’ ” and then ditched that idea! We ended up sweeping her fringe back into the bun and left out soft wispy tendrils by her ears so they wouldn’t ‘quote’: “piss me off ALL DAY” . I LOVE Kate.

cool slate sparkly shimmery smokey eye bridal makeup, sweeping low chignon wedding hairstyle London Surrey middlesex Berkshire
cool slate sparkly shimmery smokey eye bridal makeup, sweeping low chignon wedding hairstyle London Surrey middlesex Berkshire

We toyed with giving her soft front tendrils or as Kate put it : ” the’ front annoyance’ ” and then ditched that idea! We ended up sweeping her fringe back into the bun and left out soft wispy tendrils by her ears so they wouldn’t ‘quote’: “piss me off ALL DAY” . I LOVE Kate.

cool slate sparkly shimmery smokey eye bridal makeup, sweeping low chignon wedding hairstyle London Surrey middlesex Berkshire

Being a Mumma of a lovely little curly lady, Kate’s best friend Jenni mentioned she had very little time for herself. A copper/ gold smokey eye and flawlessly bronzed and perfectly concealed skin ensured she felt more gorgeous as she had in ages, not only bringing out her freckles but the blue in her eyes.

cool slate sparkly shimmery smokey eye bridal makeup, sweeping low chignon wedding hairstyle London Surrey middlesex Berkshire

I gave Jenni the most lush of blow dries, taking her frizzy, unruly and wavy hair into a slick, eclectic down do. I used a straightening cream by L’Oreal to keep her hair moisturised, added a protective serum by Aussie Miracle. I popped Babyliss rollers into the ends and kept her fringe in a Denman roller to ensure Oomph and minimal inconvenience. I finished with Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine and Schwartzkopf hair spray.

cool slate sparkly shimmery smokey eye bridal makeup, sweeping low chignon wedding hairstyle London Surrey middlesex Berkshire

Helping Kate’s beautiful step daughters get ready, I gave them a fresh look of tinted peaches on their eyes, a hint of sparkle and gloss. Whipping Madi’s hair up into a top knot I added fresh Lavender I’d sourced from the garden into the side of the bun like an asymmetric headpiece. Her little sister Maci had a very sensitive scalp. She washed her hair that morning and we softly rough dried it with a tangle teezer, afro comb for sectioning and the Eco Tools Ultimate Air Dryer Hair Brush– perfect for minimal heat damage and faster prep time. From there we sectioned the front of her hair into soft plaits and secured with a tie disguised with gypsophila. A perfect delicate up do for a prancing, dancing fine haired lady.

cool slate sparkly shimmery smokey eye bridal makeup, sweeping low chignon wedding hairstyle London Surrey middlesex Berkshire

Kate opted for a grungy cool smokey eye with browns, greys and warm silver shimmers to finish. This was almost like an oil slick meets 1920’s vintage inspired finish.

cool slate sparkly shimmery smokey eye bridal makeup, sweeping low chignon wedding hairstyle London Surrey middlesex Berkshire

Hair and Makeup Artist: Kylie McMichael

Photography: Helen Abraham

Wedding Dress- Jenny Lessin Bespoke Bridal Wear

Prep venue: Keats Grove via Let’s Book Hotel

Ceremony Venue: The Hill Garden and Pagola at Hampstead Heath

Reception Venue: Lauderdale House 

Flowers: Scarlet and Violet

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