The Ultimate Beauty Sleep

Wake-up to fewer fine lines and sleek and glossy hair – without splurging on expensive creams or treatments…?! Is this really possible??

Gingerlily - the silk bedding company, have introduced a new addition to their range that will apparently revolutionise your skin care regime; containing a 100% silk pillowcase, ‘Gingerlily’s Beauty Box’ is claiming to help you to make the most of your precious beauty sleep.

Gingerlily - Beauty Sleep

Sleeping on silk has long been recommended by leading dermatologists as an anti-aging tool. Less absorbent than cotton, silk helps skin retain its natural moisture; keeping it soft, supple and helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Silk also won’t absorb your night cream, allowing it to soak into your skin and work more effectively. Silk is naturally hypoallergenic and breathable, so it works to regulate the body’s temperature so that you sleep soundly all night long. 

Apparently this magic little pillowcase can also cure the dreaded ‘bed-head’ hair. Because it contains the same naturally occurring proteins as hair, it will reduce static and moisture loss, preventing hair from becoming dry and brittle; so you wake up with healthy, sleek and shiny hair!

It is expensive at £39, but I think this will be a great addition to any beauty regime and a ‘must’ for your Christmas list!

At the end of the day, this little pillowcase is helping me to enjoy one of the best beauty treatments of all; a good night’s sleep. My ‘bed-head’ days are almost gone. As for fewer lines and wrinkles… I guess time will tell!

Karen Xx
Franchisee – Hair and Makeup Artist Hertfordshire
SG (Stevenage) and (St Albans) AL postcodes

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Gingerlily - Beauty Box - Pillow

Camp Katur, an alternative wedding venue North Yorkshire

Camp Katur, alternative wedding venue North Yorkshire….
and fab wedding photography by Shutter Go Click

The beginning of August was an exciting time for me.  Apart from going away for my summer  holiday to Zante.  I also got to re-visit  a newly found favourite alternative wedding venue of mine, Camp Katur in Bedale, North Yorkshire.  I was there to do lovely Lorna’s wedding hair and makeup.

I think this was my favourite wedding of 2014 just because it was right up my street! From the quirky venue, the Glamping accomodation, the laid back feel and Lorna and her now husband Liam, were both so cool! You know when you just want to be friends with someone!

The beautifying began with me setting Lorna’s hair, she had a lot of hair and wanted a relaxed, natural wave, Boho style.  I used hair straighteners to curl her hair fairly tightly and then clipped the hair in barrel curls to cool and set the curl. Babylis pro heated rollers, in my opinion the best rollers out there are an alternative of getting a similar style if you can’t curl with straighteners.

wedding hair north yorkshire wedding hair and makeup camp katur

For the make up at the trial Lorna tried a fairly dark smokey eye with a light pink glossy lip and flawless skin. When it came to the wedding day Lorna’s decided to tone down the eyes a little, so we went for bronze tones on the eyes and kept the flawless skin and natural pink glossy lip.

bridal make up north yorkshire

When the bridal make up was done I unclipped the curls and brushed through them a couple of times until they fell into a nice relaxed wave. Her wedding hair and makeup was completed with the fab 20’s style diamanté hair accessory she had picked.

bridal make up and hair north yorkshire

bridesmaids hair and makeup

Despite the crazy weather we had on the day, Lorna stayed so positive. Most brides would have let it get to them a bit, especially having an outdoor ceremony in the woods, staying in the glamping village at night and having the evening celebrations in the rustic barn….. however this is what made the whole day a memorable one.

wedding day morning preparations

Photographer Ryan from Shutter Go Click Photography was great and displayed the imaginative, creative skills that reassures why you pick a professional photographer like Ryan who can keep cool and capture amazing pictures whatever the weather. A few more of these amazing pictures from the day are below.

Thank you to Shutter Go Click, Lorna and Liam allowing me to share these lovely images.

Camp Katur North Yorkshire

alternative wedding venue north yorkshire

Camp Katur, alternative wedding venue

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Wedding Hair and Makeup – Aimee from Beauty Call

Alternative Wedding Venue North Yorkshire – Camp Katur

Wedding Photography – Ryan, Shutter Go Click Photography

Ceremony – Celebration Ceremonies & Weddings


Franchisee for North Yorkshire and County Durham
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What is Contouring Makeup?

What is Contouring Makeup?

Dannique, Beauty Call franchisee for South East London tells all (and it’s really simple!)

Long before Kim Kardashian let the secret out on this huge trend, voguing ‘Queens’ were parading this now popular makeup look all over New York and Paris.

Kim Kardashian Contouring

Contouring is simply a way of shading your makeup to create the illusion of smaller and more defined features. With contouring you can create a supreme feminine look by shading in super high cheekbones and a beautifully uniformed nose, chin and jawline.

There are loads of different ways to recreate this look but my favourite and probably the simplest is by using two cream foundations or concealers.  One foundation should be 2-3 shades lighter than your own skin tone and the other 2-3 shades darker.

Bobbi Brown Foundation Sticks are great for this:


  • First begin by highlighting the high points of the face by drawing an upside down triangle shape with the lighter foundation under the eyes up to the temples, a straight line up the bridge of your nose, upside down triangle in the middle of your forehead and a straight line up the middle of your chin.
  • Contour the shadows of the face by drawing lines with dark foundation along the jawline, under the cheekbones and along both outside edges of the nose between the highlight.
  • Then blend the 2 foundations together to create a flawless and well-defined base add a loose translucent powder, apply blusher, lipstick and mascara.

Feeling stuck or in need of more inspiration just look on Instagram – sooo many images!!

Beauty Call on Instagram

Beauty Call’s Instagram is beauty_call_uk – come visit and like our pics!!


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Has your makeup got the X Factor? Cheryl Cole Makeup

Here are 3 easy steps to create the looks of your favourite X Factor judge…..
Cheryl Cole!

1. Shine free

Under hot TV lights Cheryl Cole makeup needs to keep her skin looking shine free.  We recommend using Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder, it has photo reflective pigments which disguises any skin blemishes. It’s best to use this after your foundation, not only will it mattify your makeup, it will set your foundation.

2. Want Cheryl’s smokey eye?

Use Model Co’s “All About Eyes Smokey Eye 3 Piece Set“. It’s easy to use and you have all the colours you need in one place.


Step 1:
Build up your eye shadow from the lash line making sure that the intensity of the colour is here then working up to the brow bone, blending is essential to creating a perfect Smokey Eye.

Step 2:
Once blended place your eyeliner along the lash line, this will add intensity and make the eyes look more dramatic.

Step 3:
Finally add the finishing touches with your black mascara add two coats to both the top and bottom.

To create a solid Smokey Eye, add black liner to both top and bottom water line.

3. Full lips

Cheryl has amazingly full lips, we recommend using Nars Cosmetic Lipstick all shades are beautiful but for this look it would be best in “Christina” there’s no need to prep your lips with any primer this lipstick contains conditioners making it easy to wear with no fuss.

For a fuller lip, apply lip gloss to the centre of your lips to enhance your pout.

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Five Beauty must haves from a Berkshire makeup artist Mummy

Kim here, Berkshire makeup artist and new mum!

Having not long had my baby girl I thought I would share with you…..

My top five quick fix beauty essentials for new Mums:
All can be applied one handed!! (apart from number 2)

1: Batise Dry Shampoo, for those mornings you haven’t got time to wash and blow dry!

Also an essential in every makeup artists kit especially if you have fine / just washed hair, it makes it much easier to style!

Batise Dry Shampoo

2. St Tropez One Hour Tan, why had I not discovered this before! You can shower it off after an hour – saves fake tan on your sheets and also most probably fake tan on the baby!

3. Tinted moisturizer, my preference has always been Laura Mercier (a classic) – you still get coverage and gives the skin a great glow, along with spf 25.

4. The cult product Touche Eclat Radiant Touch - some mornings I feel I would like to put my face in a bucket of the stuff but a few dabs around the eye area and on the brow bone work wonders for tired eyes! You can also use this to contour the face (if you have time).

berkshire makeup artist recommends touche eclat

5. Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for face and lips – apply with fingers to cheeks and lips for a pop of colour, my faves are rose and raspberry.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge

You can be tired and still beautiful ladies – don’t give up!!


Hair and Makeup Artist for Berkshire – Reading (RG) and Oxford (OX) postcodes
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Festival Fever – Festival Hair and Makeup Ideas

It has been an incredibly busy season for weddings in Wiltshire this year, but as well as wedding season being in full swing there is also a lot of festival fever around!

Music, comedy & beer festivals are taking place up and down the country (Reading and Leeds, The Notting Hill Carnival and Bestival coming up) and as there are so many going on, full of crazy beautiful things to see & do it’s time to get crazy beautiful with my…..

Festival hair and makeup ideas!


One of my top products I use for events like these are Phyllis Cohen’s amazing creations my favourites being Face Lace.

These intricate amazing designs are instant makeup for the face that come in all different colourways and styles making it perfect for festivals/parties…just stick on & go!

festival hair and makeup ideas

These can be worn over makeup, so go for a light BB cream you can pop on in your tent where you don’t need to worry about the foundation brush. For a skinted BB you can trust Garnier BB’s to give you the sheer coverage you need and if you are feeling a bit minted go for Dior Skin Nude BB voted no.1 by Vogue darling!

Dior Skin Nude BB

Try out Dove Child which comes in 3 different colourways reflecting perfectly the festival feel inspired by Woodstock.

Dove Child

Also try out the cool splash sheets, & beauty sparks for a hint of that 90’s IT girl as worn by Jenner Kendall.

festival makeup ideas

As the 90’s vibe is well and truly here you can go daring and be more adventurous with a statement lipstick, think Gwen Stefani mid 90’s or Rhi Rhi’s latest rival wearing a deep emerald shade.

statement lip

statement lips

If you up for being daring this summer head over to Illamasqua – the top shop for all crazy colourful makeup buys and try out lippy’s Apocalips and Underworld

Illamasqua lipstick

And for Gwen’s notorious deep red pout go for Lime Crime’s Velvetine lippy in Wicked which will last you through to the wee hours! (FYI Also great for a vintage bridal look!)

Lime Crime’s Velvetine


One of a girl’s main issues when camping it up! But you can leave the confines of the tent with Batiste Dry Shampoo Spray, now endorsed by Pixie Lott – if it’s good enough for her gorgeous locks, it’s good enough for us!

To disguise the ‘haven’t washed in days’ look – plaits are the way to go! From fishtail to french the possibilities are endless and they won’t show the greasy roots or dry ends!

festival hair plaits

My new favourite product which was introduced to me by one of my stylist friends will instantly change your hair from drab to fab in seconds. It’s called Colorsmash Hair Shadow…this great product is condensed pigment that when you drag onto hair will change the colour for up to the minute styling!

Colorsmash Hair Shadow

I have Oh La La Lavender which is a great pastel purple and when taken onto strands and put into plaits it looks amazing and anyone would think you have spent ages on your hair when it takes seconds!

Colorsmash Hair Shadow Oh La La Lavender

So go on and get creative, it’s never been a better time to express yourself!!!

Marie xxx
Franchisee for Wiltshire – SN and SP postcodes

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Wedding Hair and Make up Brighton

Wedding Hair and Make up Brighton – Becky

It’s been a busy Summer for me with lots of variety of jobs which is always nice!

I have been up at 2am ready to get a large Asian wedding party ready by 6am! Can’t say I enjoyed getting up at that time but all the ladies looked lovely!

I’ve been to the King of Dubai’s home with a team of Beauty Call ladies to make up their waitresses as geisha girls for his grandsons 14th birthday party! What an extravagant party that was!

Geisha makeup   Geisha make up

I have also been doing quite a lot of training for the Beauty Call Advanced Hair and Makeup courses which I am really enjoying! I did my PTLLS qualification at the beginning of the year which enables me to teach and give a qualification at the end of it.

At the end of the training course the student gets to do a shoot day with an amazing photographer, this time David Meyer at the Beauty Call Studio in Shoreditch. Nicky normally covers the shoot day however I had the pleasure of doing Vanessa’s with her.

The resulting pictures came out amazingly well and the day ran surprisingly smoothly! (it can get a bit hectic with so many creative minds involved!)

Here are her final pics:

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wedding hair croydon   bridal make up croydon

I also had a photoshoot of my own, for the new brochure for The Grand in Brighton

Leonie Claire Bridal in Brighton supplied four amazing wedding dresses along with some gorgeous accessories!

Sarah Critchlow was our very talented and professional photographer and I was on hair and makeup!

The brief was vintage Hollywood glamour, The Grand being the ideal place for this type of shoot! We even managed to get out onto the balcony to capture the front of the hotel.

The Grand Brighton

wedding hair and makeup brighton

bridal make up brighton

vintage bridal hair and makeup

All in all I have loved my Summer and can’t wait for a mega busy Autumn!

Love From


Franchisee for Brighton (BN) and Croydon (CR) postcodes
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Wedding Tattoo Cover Up – I do or I don’t?

Wedding Tattoo Cover Up – I do or I don’t?

When it comes to your wedding day, of course it goes without saying that every bride wants to look their best, calling on wedding for hair and makeup specialists at Beauty Call to help them achieve it.

So it’s not surprising that many brides consider whether to show or cover their tattoos. I think this comes into consideration for a number of reasons.  A tattoo is an expression of individuality and usually has a meaning for the “owner”.

Of course there are those tattoos that were done when very young and not considered in such favourable terms as one gets older!

Wedding tattoo cover up

I have been to several jobs this year who have asked me this exact question and my reply to them all is, don’t listen to outside influences, as those of us who have had their wedding day know there can be many opinions on things, but go with your gut and how you feel most comfortable.

I know some brides who have styled their bridal look around their tattoo and its given their look a quirky and unique feel!

quirky kent wedding

Recent bride Clare who got married last month at Kent Life, Maidstone was having laser treatment on her tattoo so it was barely visible anyway.

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Whereas Dee married at Knowle Country House in Sevenoaks decided she wanted hers on show.

Samantha 4


For those brides like Emma, just married this weekend at Turkey Mill, Maidstone she just had one tattoo that she no longer liked so wanted that covering up, have no fear there are plenty of products your professional makeup artist should carry and be able to help you with.  A personal favourite of mine is Keromask. It does a fab job and if applied correctly will not transfer onto your dress.

So whatever you decided, there’s no wrong or right here ladies just make sure it’s your own personal choice!

Happy wedding day!


Beauty Call franchisee for Kent
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Bridal makeup Southport, Lancashire

ONCE UPON A TIME  ………. in the centre of Southport sat a beautiful bespoke Bridal Studio……
 Bridal Studio and Bridal makeup Southport

I have connected with Sophie and Anna, the creators of Bridal Studio, over the last few months via emails and calls, with are love for weddings in the North West.

And they happily recommend Beauty Call to all their brides for bridal makeup Southport, so I thought I would visit there studio and see all the beautiful hand made wedding dresses, and get to know the sisters a bit better!

Bridal Studio Southport

They both have fashion backgrounds and started up together, but decided wedding dresses was the route to take. They do everything from bridesmaids dresses to mother of the bride/groom and even beautiful christening gowns.  Everything a bride and her party would need – their bridal studio is the North West’s Destination.

Bridal Studio Lancashire

Sophie and Anna are so sweet and you can tell that they will have as much passion in each and every creation, as the bride will have for her big day.

We had a lovely chat and decided to organise a bridal shoot for their new collection – watch this space!

I’m sure I will visit them again soon to see what they have in store for Spring /  Summer 2015 – if you are from around this way do make sure you go in.

I’m sure I will see them around at all the North West wedding fairs too.

I hope you are all having a lovely summer?


Franchisee for the Chester (Ch), Liverpool (L) and Preston (P) postcodes
North West

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Wedding Hair and Makeup Didsbury, south Manchester – it has it all!

Wedding Hair and Makeup Didsbury

Well what a busy few months it has been, wedding season is in full swing and I have moved house in the middle of it all!

In-between unpacking boxes and furniture shopping I have managed to take a walk round my new village and check out the shops – not only is Didsbury, South Manchester home to some beautiful independent boutiques, bars and restaurants, it has a lot to offer the bride to be.

Read on…

To start off with Burton Road, West Didsbury is home to one of the most beautiful bridal boutiques in the North West:

The White Closet  is home to some famous designers such as Jenny Packham and Charlie Brear. Since opening their doors in 2009 they have gone from strength to strength, this twice award nominated boutique showcases some of the most amazing gowns. It is advised that you book appointments well in advance as they get very busy especially on Saturdays.

The White Closet Didsbury

After that, I would have a walk down Barlow Moor Road to The Didsbury Flower Lounge, they have a wealth of floristry experience and cover all areas of Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and all over the country. They also have a range of items for you to hire for your big day including tall vases, tea lights candelabras and much more.

The Didsbury Flower Lounge

If after all that you fall in love with Didsbury as much as I have, take a look at The Didsbury House Hotel

You can get married here too! This chic luxury town house has 27 bedrooms perfect for a small yet personal wedding day.

The Didsbury House Hotel

Across the road is home to Fletcher Moss Gardens  which is a beautiful park with a rockery flower area that is maintained by volunteers. Would make some beautiful wedding pics!

Fletcher Moss Gardens

And last but not least we are here! Myself and the Beauty Call team would love to make you look and feel beautiful for your big day or special occasion, whereever you choose to have it in the North West….

Please feel free to contact me with any enquires

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Love Kat x
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