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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

Rachel’s Curly Wedding Hairstyle.

Curly wedding hairstyles are more popular than ever. Here’s how i created Rachel’s perfect curly wedding look.
Before the Wedding…
I recommend for Rachel to treat her hair…. Hair that’s healthy will naturally have less frizz and more shine. Trim the hair a few weeks before the wedding removing all dead ends. I recommends to have a deep conditioning treatment (an absolute must if your hair is naturally coarse or if it’s been heavily processed or colored).


The Morning Of…
I got Rachel to hold her hair upside down while i dryed her hair using a blow-dryer with a diffuser. “You can take advantage of the natural root lift and body this way,” To get the most out of curls, i straighed the hair first with the good old ghd’s.  Then the curling iron where needed..  I begain at the nape of the neck, picking up a small section of hair at a time. I wraped the section around the outside of the curling iron. I healed for a few seconds, then gently let go.  I alternate the direction of the curl’s and also the size of the sections so this give a much more natural look.
For some finishing touches i sprayed some super shine spray, to add a little more shin to Rachel’s locks. After a brief spritzing, I carefully run my fingers through the curls to separate them and make them look a bit more natural.

Ta-da! Rachel has her beautiful curly bridal wedding hair. xx

“Hi Gemma, Thanks again for all you did on my wedding day.   I had a lovely day, and looked my very best, Thanks to you.” All the best R x


Jo’s Wedding in France.

This was a wedding I was very much looking forward too for a long time.

Jo and her parter chose well for there fairytale wedding set in the beautiful Brantome, Southern France. The Chateau de la Cote was truly stunning, it was romantic with a rustic charm, feeling every inch a historical setting, ambits fields of sunflowers, it was so quiet and peaceful.

On Jo’s wedding day, I had Jo, her sister who was a bridesmaid and her Mum’s Hair and Makeup to do.  We started early so we didn’t have to rush and everyone could enjoy the morning set in Jo’s room which was attached to an amazing tower with the chateau, with a private terrace, four poster bed and views to die for overlooking the picturesque land and abundant sunflowers all around. A picture perfect setting, people would envy.

I first started with Jo’s hair, setting her hair in curler’s,  Then cleaning/moisturising her skin. Once this was done Jo took some time to enjoying some breakfast with her mum which the frantic staff at the chateau had just brought up.
My attention was then on Jo’s beautiful sister’s hair and makeup. Hair which was swept to the side and pinned up creating a very natural curly bun, makeup was glamourous with deep purple eyes, lots of lacers, flawless skin and nude lips. The focus was keep to the eyes choosing deep purple to go with the stunning bridesmaids dresses Jo had chosen.

Jo’s mum was kept natural using grey/pink coral eyeshadows on the eyes, again lots of individual lacers were applied.  The sun was starting to bee into the room, powder was heavily added, and fix spray was needed so the skin wouldn’t shine whilst the photographer was taking pictures. Jo’s mum’s hair was blow dried with lots of body and height, she had a very glamourous hat, but when she was to take it off she didn’t want a flat head of hair, so lots of hair spay was needed.

Jo’s makeup was kept very clean and natural,  primer, mineral foundation, and powder was all that was needed.  Jo wanted her eyes to be the focal point, but still wanting to keep the whole look quick simple and natural. A thin gel, brown/black liner was applied with two layers of individual dark brown lashes. Individual lashes are great as you can make the lashes as thick and full as your bride wants. Jo kept saying a couple more, so i think i probably used a whole pack in the end. “Fluttering her lashes to the photographer”.  Jo’s hair was swept to the back of the head creating a loss wavy bun, hair pieces were added to make the hair look fuller and thicker. Jo had beautiful head pieces which was added to finish the whole look.
Hair up was the best option as the day started to warm up. Jo would of been far to hot with hair on her back and neck.

Time was starting to tick on, so everyone started getting into there dresses, champagne was pooping and tears of joy were shared with mum/dad and Jo. Jo looked so so beautiful in her dress. A beautiful day which will never be forgotten by all. xx

Hair Trends at the Bridal Fashion Show in Paris.

It was all about the sleek undo, half up and half down hair styles at the 2011 Paris Bridal Catwalk Show, keen to see the freshest first seen trends for myself, I popped over to this romantic capital to capture these top styles and trends to help all my brides to be see what other alternatives there are for making them look their very best on their biggest day.

The classic, couture undo’s are still a strong trend and a fantastic alternative to the more undone styles. This is a more traditional look, hair was parted and swept beautifully over the forehead, giving any bride a softer frame to the face.

There was a lot of half up half down looks on the catwalk, for brides who just can’t decide on hair up or down, still taking the hair softly off the face, a classic elegance to any bridal look.

Tumbling curls over the shoulders adds to the softness with a vintage boho feel.

Hair accessories were kept to a minimal, with small silver pearls and crystals adding a little modern-vintage glamour and interest.