Harriette wanted luminous natural skin for her Kensington wedding day. She wanted to be spot free and wanted to show off her freckly complexion with hair that felt like hers, not at all crispy or pulled back completely off her face.
Harriette’s journey was a really interesting and fun one. We did her first trial whilst I was heavily pregnant, I waddled round her dining room for quite some time whilst we tried various up and down hair styles that could have worked with her antique heirloom tiara. At the time I had no idea what I was doing with regards to its application, but after seeking some help from Bentley and Skinner we arranged a second trial after I’d had my son and experimented some more.
At Harriette’s first trial the look we had in mind was all about the lashes and clearer skin. We kept shadow to a subtle contour with liner but amped the lashes up. It proved too much so we used a minimal amount of mascara to subtly lengthen and added very small clusters to add volume to Harriette’s lashes. Two techniques so as not to overwhelm. Skin wise we held an in depth skin consult, after finding out her face had been stressed for quite some time with hormonal acne and redness I put her in touch with the team at Mortar and Milk. Sam took good care of her and by the time it got to her second trial and then the wedding, Harriette was completely glowing and much less congested.
We used Exuviance Gentle Cleansing Cream and Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre to prep. Harriette’s base was a combination of Makeup Forever’s Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream, Inglot’s YSM Cream Foundation and EX1 Foundation. The cheek colours used at Harriette’s original trial were quite peachy beige in tone ( Bobbi Brown Uber Beige pot rouge ) when actually when I used rose and candy coloured blushers ( Fresh Melon and Pale Pink) to lift her complexion. This also complimented the blush couture gown Harriette was having made.
Trialling Harriette’s hair look the second time was a challenge as she had so many ideas, so instead of executing every single one to perfection I sped styled each one, applied the tiara the way I had been shown at Bentley and Skinner, showed her with a mirror, took some quick photos and changed it. I think I styled 6 dos that session! As you can see, on the day Harriette decided not to wear the heirloom after all. As stunning as it was she felt it wasn’t right for the day and how she wanted to feel. We ended up doing this gorgeous low ponytail, slightly sixties in style but super modern with body and movement.
Wedding Hair and Makeup Artist: Kylie McMichael
Photography: Douglas Fry
Couture: Isabelle Fox
Prep Venue: The Egerton House Hotel, Kensington, West London
Ceremony: St Columba’s Church of Scotland, Belgravia, London
Reception: The Polish Hearth Club, Knightsbridge, London
Florals: Aesme Studio