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Top 5 Bridal Up Do’s

Creating elegant bridal hair up styles

The popular bridal up do’s have really evolved through time with a lot of brides now favouring more relaxed romantic styles over the classic ringlet curls or clean sleek look. Along with choosing either fresh flowers for a youthful romantic bohemian vibe or sparkly tiaras and headpieces for a touch of glamour.

You can create such a varied type of curl or wave now using various styling products.

My favourite for medium to longer length hair has to be the Diva Big Hot Rollers. These are great to create both lift and volume at the root of the hair and to create loose curl effects which are modern and sexy as well as more stylised volumous curls and waves.

The curl results you want can be easily varied depending on your hair length, the heat of the roller, how long you leave the rollers in the hair to cool, and the hair section size you use. I love to use these on my brides as I can then move onto the make up until they are fully cooled giving them time to set so the curl stays put all day long.

Tongs and Wands are great on slightly shorter hair – again you can create tight curls with these by using smaller sections of hair or a looser natural wave for a casual beachy style with larger sections and combing out the curl. This all depends on the size of the barrels used as well as the size of sections in the hair.

Straighteners are another essential in my kit – such a versatile tool, you can straighten, curl or create a wave with any type of hair and length. I love the Diva Pro range with variable heat settings perfect for all my brides needs.

Our number 1 up do is this stunning soft textured low chignon.
This tousled organic framework carefully crafted into a low chignon is formal but with an element of fun and romance with a less contrived feel which is a favourite for many modern brides who aren’t afraid to play with texture and movement.

A twist on this is it worked to one side. The sexy textured tousled hair with defined waves highlight movement and with it pinned to the side it gives a sophisticated elegance. This is a lovely option which gives more interest from the front as it is visible from all angles and works wonderfully with both straps, sleeves or strapless bridal gowns.


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Updo 2 – Plaits and twists have been a massive hit this season on the runways and continue to be as popular in the world of weddings. They can be great for a more casual natural looking style for a more laid back, romantic rustic or beachy wedding especially with destination weddings becoming more and more common. Incorporating the plait or twist into the hair at the side of the head, through the bun or across the head with teased wavy textured hair are just some of the popular options chosen.

Updo 3 – Hair pulled all back for a real fresh face is a gorgeous bridal option – To keep it feeling modern and to soften the look, a lot of our brides prefer a more deconstructed windswept volume at the front preventing it from looking too constricted or coiffed. With height and the softened texture it creates an effortlessly glamorous A-lister style.

Updo 4 – A style that might be slightly less obvious as a bridal hair up do is the long fishtail braid which has become increasingly popular. Again, this is a cool modern style for a more relaxed Boho chic wedding style and really offsets a powerful dress. It is a little more edgy than a classically bridal style. Decadent without being fussy.

Updo 5 – If curls, waves and romance aren’t your thing then this has to be the all time classic updo with straighter hair. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn, with its polished contemporary elegance, the French Pleat is sleek and graceful with an intricate element for interest. It is a winner for brides, bridesmaids and mother of the bride and groom and can easily be worn with a hat fixed to one side.

Be Red Carpet Ready


Our favourite thing about the award season of the Golden Globes, Oscars and The Brits, has to be looking out for the best (and worst) dressed! It is all about who is wearing what on the red carpet matched with their hair and make up which obviously completes the whole look.

There was a very noticeable bridal theme being channelled with the pale tones throughout the dresses this year paired with nude lips and long lashes.

We have a step by step to create your very own show stopping look to have you feeling award ready.

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With a lot of flashes going off there are a few key points to note to ensure your make up looks great in both the photographs and reality. This also goes for Bridal MU, it is about finding the balance between that natural blushing bride look on the day as well as channelling that in the photographs which will be treasured forever more.

You are aiming for a natural glow with an effortless look, start by getting that flawless base, choosing a good primer such as MAC’s prep and prime will help keep the skin hydrated with a velvety finish. You want to achieve a thicker coverage of foundation than you would on a day to day basis and it is important that the foundation chosen has a matt finish, as any oily base will be very reflective in photographs, also dust over with a powder too to take any shine away. You may also wish to go one shade darker than you normally require too.

Harsh flash lighting acts to highlight every flaw big or small so ensure to conceal every blemish. A good tonal range of concealers is vital, use olive tones to cover up red flaws, lilac tones o cover up yellowing areas and natural/beige to cover discolouration such as dark circles.

Contouring and highlighting is a Hollywood-beauty secret that has gained popularity with the masses. This method works wonderfully to enhance those cheekbones. Using a contoured angled brush take the darker bronzer and sweep across where shadow would naturally fall if you were to suck your cheeks in.

Then with the lighter bronzer apply above the bronzed line, blending slightly. The idea is to highlight your natural cheekbones while the darker creates some depth.

To really complement and add extra intensity add a light dusting of HD Brows Illuminator to the apples of your cheeks with a blusher brush.

You want to create real definition to your eyes, think soft and smokey. Carefully building up the colour with a carbon shade with a combination of the HD Brows Foxy eyeshadow palette,
sweeping it into the socket of the eye and underneath the lash line. Use a gel liner and eye liner brush to sweep across the the upper lash line and wing outwards to create a feline look. If you want to open the eye up, try HD Brows Eye Opener on the lower water line to widen the eye.

To complete the look, line and paint in the full lips with a creamy nude pencil, this double ended pencil from Vincent Longo is great in Toffee/Toast. Follow up with a layer of clear or pale gloss for an irresistibly plush finish. This shockingly pale hue is a perfect dramatic statement for a natural bride with the dark smokey eyes.

Ten Quick Photographic Make-Up Tips

1. Choose a shade darker for foundation
2. Ensure your foundation has a matt finish to avoid shine
3. Disguise all blemishes and dark circles with a concealer with good coverage
4. Always opt for dark eyes and individual lash extensions
5. Remember eyebrows are important in shaping the face
6. Use lip liner to enhance the shape of the lips
7. Use contouring to accentuate those cheekbones
8. Aim for your look to be a bit dramatic
9. Have a good variety of brushes
10. Use a finishing powder to eliminate shine

Dress and headpiece by Luellas Boudoir
All images are from various sites and photographers via Google Images

Destination Wedding – Florence Bridal Shoot

We are very excited to share this featured article that we had such a pleasure working on; A gorgeous rustic bridal shoot last year in the stunning setting of sunny Florence, now in print in Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Magazine.

The inspiration behind this piece was natural beauty with a rustic tone, very fitting with the location, one of the most beautiful cities in the Italian region of Tuscany. 8821a05f-eb9f-41ec-932a-19ad90fef3d1-page-003




Working with a variety of hair styles for the collection of dresses chosen; we opted for fresh flowers in the hair worked in amongst a very elegant feminine curled and twisted up do. Alternative styles included simple hair down with a soft curl – to a add a touch of vintage glamour, the brides wore a selection of our understated headpieces carefully pinned into place at the side of the head. For the real boho style, which is an ever growing trend with brides at the moment, we chose a headpiece to sit around the head with the centrepiece focus to the forehead.

These hairstyles were all teamed with a very fresh natural dewy base for sheer radiance every bride should have. Throughout the looks you can see subtle hints of peach and rose used on the apple of the cheek and lips, along with a dusting of bronzer for a light sunkissed glow, perfect for any destination wedding.

For all destination weddings it is so important to use waterproof make up, not only as it is a very emotional day so you are highly likely to shed a few happy tears but the heat and perspiration can cause make up to slip and create a real shine to the face too. My key tip for make up in the heat is to use a great primer to start and it is also a must to set all make up with a fixer or translucent finishing powder too.

See some of my favourite products I never fail to have in my kit for a Destination Wedding sun kissed Bridal look.

Eye Primer Sand – HD Brows
Vitamin Enriched Face Base – Bobbi Brown
Double Wear Light – Estee Lauder
Bronze Goddess Bronzing Powder Light – Estee Lauder
Duo Gel Liner – HD Brows
Pure Colour Long lasting lipstick in Rose Tea
– Estee Lauder
Long Wear Cream shadow in Copper – Bobbi Brown
All that Gitters eyeshadow – MAC
Mono Eyeshadow in Panama – Dior
Fix Spray – MAC
Translucent Finishing Powder – HD Brows

Photography: Modern Vintage Weddings | Videography: Innocenti Studio | Flowers: Francis Flowers Wedding Design Shoes: Rachel Simpson | Bridal Gowns: Luella’s Boudoir | Bridal Gowns: Blackburn Bridal | | Headpieces, Hair and Make-Up: Gemma Sutton Style & Design: Carter Nendick Weddings & Events | Venue: Villa La Vedetta

Stunning St. Lucia Wedding

In the heat you’re highly likely to perspire a little, what it also tends to do is make your your skin produce more oil, which is one main thing that melts make up more than heat and perspiration, so before you get started with make-up application be sure to grab an oil preventing cleanser and blot before you apply any makeup.

Start with a good primer for both the face and eyes. This is key to long lasting makeup in the heat. We love HD Brows Eye Primer, it is enriched with polymers and silicones which refines and visibly smooths the skin texture, as well as creating a great base for eyeshadows to prevent creasing in the heat. For a face primer we would recommend Bobbi Brown’s Vitamin Enriched Face Base, it is rich in feel but never greasy, with an oil-free face formula it instantly hydrates, which is extremely important when using long lasting foundations as they can tend to be quite drying.

Once your face is primed, apply a light, oil-free mineral foundation. Start with thin layers and build up if you require more. Using an oil-free foundation will again help reduce shine throughout the day. Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Light is a lovely one to choose and also has an SPF in it so you have that protection with it too. Always apply with a good foundation brush to get that flawless base.

Opt for a light weight creamy water resistant concealer for the under eye and any skin blemishes. MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer is great as it is available in an array of tones, it’s enriched with antioxidants and also contains Silica which helps to absorb the skins oils. Again, always apply with a good medium to firm fibre brush.


A cream blush for the cheeks will keep that fresh summery dewy appearance. Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Creme Rouge Sunset is a beautiful rich golden peach colour that is quite subtle but gives that natural flushed look that you’re going for, and it truly flatters most skin tones, looking stunning in natural daylight.

Adding a touch of bronzer for a sun kissed glow is necessary for any beach wedding. A mixed powder bronzer with varying shades which blend as you apply it to the brush creates the most natural look. Tap or blow on the brush to rid of any excess, then apply to the high points of your face where the sun naturally hits you, so your forehead, cheekbones, nose and chin to gain that natural warmth to the skin. Don’t forget to blend down the neck to avoid a colour line.


Moving onto the eyes – make waterproof your mantra!
With it being such an emotional day along with the heat and humidity it is essential that all of your eye makeup is completely waterproof.

With your primer and under eye concealer applied take a waterproof pressed powder eyeshadow. We love the HD Brows eyeshadow palettes with five rich colour-intense complimentary shades, they also have two different powder textures which is ideal. Using a light matte shade provide a base, with an eyeshadow brush sweep across the whole lid, the socket and up to the brow bone. Continue to build up the colour with the satin shades which have a subtle iridescence to lift the colour, perfect on a sunny day.

Next, take a waterproof eyeliner, long lasting water and smudge resistant Duo Gel Eyeliner from HD Brows is wonderful, it gives you the look of liquid liner but with the soft feel and ease of a gel formula, it glides on allowing you to get it just right before it dries. Using a eyeliner brush for precision start at the inner eye and glide across the lash line, you have to work fairly quickly as once it sets it will stay put without a smear or crease all day.

You are going to be photographed a lot on your big day and these snapshots are going to be your keepsakes that you will treasure forever, so it is important you have good definition from your make up on this special day whilst maintaining your natural beauty. For our brides we always use individual false lashes. This gives the eyes that intensity but still with a natural look. They can quite tricky to apply so if you are doing your own make up you may like to try strip lashes, HD Brows have a selection of 3 to choose from depending on what look you are after. Once you have your beautiful thick lashes set, reach for the mascara. Bobbi Brown’s No Smudge Mascara is long-wearing, it helps define, curl and lengthen without smudging, clumping or flaking and above all it is waterproof, so it will stay put after you have shed a few happy tears. Start at the root of the lashes, gliding the wand through in a zigzag motion applying light pressure upwards. Keep building up the coats to get your desired effect.


Lipsticks can be quite heavy in the heat so we would suggest opting for a lipgloss which is much fresher and easier to reapply throughout the day. The HD Brows gloss comes in 6 perfect bridal shades, they are lightly pigmented with a divine wet-shine finish and enriched with moisturising emollients they visibly plump and condition the lips. Wear it alone or use the Watercolour Creme Blush for a touch more colour, adding the gloss on top.

And finally, it is essential to use a finishing powder to set your make up for the day. We love MAC’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder, it is translucent, weightless and has the feeling of silk on your skin. It will help absorb any oil throughout the day and reduces shine. It ticks all the boxes and is suitable for all skin types and colour leaving you feeling completely comfortable and at your most beautiful for your very special day.


All hair and make up by Gemma Sutton
Photography by

Lisa joins the GS Pro Team

We are extremely happy to welcome our new Silver Stylist, Lisa G onboard our ever growing Pro Team!

Lisa is a very talented hair and make up stylist, with 19 years of experience behind her. She adores what she does which shines through in her work and personality when you meet her.

Her extensive make up kit includes brands such as Bobbi Brown, Mac, Laura Mercier and our newly stocked HD Brows.

Check out Lisa hard at work and some previous brides in her profile at ‘Meet the Pro Team’


Wedding Industry Awards 2012

I attended the Wedding Industry Awards 2012 last week that took place at Cafe De Paris in London’s West End.

The awards are only wedding industry awards that are voted for solely by the wedding clients of the suppliers who have entered; the only true representation of just how good wedding suppliers really are.

A big congratulations to everyone who won this year xx

The atmosphere at these awards are always electric… I feel honored and love being a  part of this industry. And always lovely catching up with people in the industry.

Im excited to let you all know that i will be putting myself up for nomination next year… so will ask all my beautiful brides to vote nearer the time. xx




Bright Pink Bride.

Perfect makeup on her wedding day means you don’t want to look overly made up. The rule of thumb is to enhance either your eyes or your lips, but not both at the same time. If you go for minimal eye makeup, do a bright pop of colour on the lips, but if you’re doing a smokier eye with a lot of drama, go for a softer lip colour.

A bright bold vibrant colour that I used on Louise’s wedding day was a MAC classic colour “Girl About Town” This beautiful bright pink, doesn’t look to overpowering and looks great on every bride.

Louise made pink a feature and added bright pink shoes and flowers to her outfit. She looked so beautiful, a wedding I will not forget.

MU/Hair: Gemma Sutton. Photography:

Bride and Groom: Miss Louise Sullivan and Mr Tam Rodwell
Venue : LONDON  Fulham Palace SW6

Curvy Modern Mohawk

Lipstick is HOT right now, I think go red and bold with a bridal twist. Celebs like Gwen Stefani, Georgia Jagger and Katy Perry are all lovers of a brighter, vintage-esque sexy fuller lip.

My Top Tips to get your perfect red point.

• Smooth concealer over your lips to lock down the colour.
• Work in thin layers, starting from the middle of the lip and work outwards.

• Apply lip liner after the lipstick and Use a lip brush for a smother finish.
• Add clear gloss after to make lips look even fuller.

My favourite reds are Colour Fever Lipstick in 151 by Lancome, Signature hydra lustre lipstick in Rich Red by Estee Lauder and Moisture Drench Lipstick in Dare Devil by No.7

If you want a modern look with an edgy hair do, why not try a . This is a look both male and female can do! Adding curls to the your mohawk will make the look softer and more refined.

Venue : Altitude 360 & The River Room
Photography:  Sergerius Bruce Photography
Planning & Styling: Always Andri Wedding Design
Hair & Makeup: Gemma Sutton.

More Pic’s and info @ Rock My Wedding. xx

Yellow Bow.

With this stunning yellow bow and gorgeous details this is definitely not to be missed!
This shoot was the result of a collaboration of a number of people in the wedding industry. Juliet McKee, Stacey Marie Chalk of Cherry Topped Bespoke Weddings. The dresses were supplied by Lou Lou Bridal which were customised for the shoot with yellow sash made by Emma Meek of Miss Bush Bridal. Hair and makeup was by myself.
With the makeup i went with deep black smoky eye using deep blacks and grey eyeshadows, adding layers of individual false lacers to give a glamours look. Skin was keep very natural using mineral foundation, adding a cream blush on lips and cheeks.
Hair was swept up off the face, to show off the makeup keeping all impact on the eyes. Model “Gemma Underhay”
This look would be for a bride wanting something a little more dramatic with a fashion but glamour twist.

Many Thanks to all team member’s of this shoot. xx

These and many more images will be featured in Wedding Magazine. Feb/Mar and Apr/May.

“Remember to buy your Wedding Magazine” x

Photographer: Juliet McKee
Wedding Planner: Stacey Marie Chalk
Dresses(lou Lou, Jesus Peiro)supplied by Miss Bush Bridal
Hair & MU: Gemma Sutton
Cake: Janet
Sweeties and jars:
Flowers: Steph Turpin
Table decor:
Additional glass wear,
Venue: Pendell House, in Surrey.

Gemma Sutton’s Bridal Collection.

With the collaboration of Gemma Sutton & Donna Crain they have teamed up to create this stunning collection of handmade bridal pieces exclusively for Gemma’s beautiful brides.


Having worked in the bridal industry for over ten years Gemma appreciates a hair piece beautiful in design and of the highest quality, for Brides wanting something a little different and very special on the most important day of a their lives. With this is mind Gemma and Donna have created a stunning range of inspired, vintage and glamorous collection of elegant flowers and decedent hair accessories. Made with Donna’s love and passion in creating something special for the most important day of your life. x

Photography: David Wickham