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The last wedding before lockdown….

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It was a Friday morning back in March. I didn’t know it at the time, but this was the last bridal party I would be beautifying for a while.

I’m really missing wedding mornings and spending time with my gorgeous brides and bridesmaids, so I thought it would be nice to take a look back at my last wedding before lockdown.

Bride and groom at altar

Makeup by Sarah-Lou

I had a busy morning ahead of me with an early start. I was doing makeup for Claire (the bride), her 6 bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom.

The wedding was at the wonderful Sloans in Glasgow city centre, so the girls had rented an Air bnb in the Merchant City for the night before. This was where I was going to be doing their makeup.

I arrived bright and early and straight away got to work on the bridesmaids’ makeup. The early morning rise was quickly forgotten about as the girls all chatted and excitement grew for the day ahead.

Bride and bridesmaids standing in a group

Makeup by Sarah-Lou

The bridesmaids each chose their own makeup but they actually all ended up quite similar in style. Whether natural or a bit more full-on, the girls picked colours that would complement each other well, yet they still had their own personal style. This was also highlighted by the fact each of their dresses was slightly different in design. They all looked amazing dressed in black with red bouquets!

As usual for a wedding morning, time flew by and before I knew it, it was the bride’s turn to sit in the makeup chair. Claire had booked me to do her bridal makeup back at the start of 2019 (always a good idea to be organised and get booked in well in advance!) but it was another year before we actually met.  Claire had arranged her makeup trial for the end of January to coincide with the day she was going away on her hen weekend. The perfect opportunity to test out her makeup!

The bride-to-be opted for a classic winged eyeliner, soft natural smokey eyes, a subtle highlight and finished off with deep red lips. On the wedding day she also chose to add some strip lashes which really finished off the look….. simply stunning! And that gorgeous dress and red shoes just topped it all off!

Bridesmaid having makeup done

Makeup by Sarah-Lou

I had a lovely morning with Claire and her girls, and I can’t believe it’s already been 3 months since my last bridal party booking! I honestly can’t wait for weddings as we know them to be up and running again so I can be back at work doing what I do best.

I wonder when my first wedding after lockdown will be?……. I don’t have the answer to this yet, but I’m patiently waiting to find out!

Sister Act!

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A number of my bridal bookings come through recommendations. And it’s often the case that I do hair and makeup for a bridal party, then afterwards one (or more!) of the bridesmaids will book me for her wedding hair and makeup.

So for this blog post I thought it would be nice to feature the weddings of sisters Michelle and Laura, who both booked me to do their bridal makeup.

Bridal makeup, Michelle and bridesmaids, wedding makeup

Makeup by Sarah-Lou

Michelle was the first to get married back in March 2016. I’ve known Michelle for a while now, so was thrilled when she asked me to do her makeup for her special day, along with her 2 bridesmaids and her mum.

It was a cold but sunny day when I arrived at the venue, The Bowfield Hotel & Country Club, and the girls were all excited for the day ahead. Michelle opted for natural smokey eyes with a touch of highlight and finished off with statement red lips, such a lovely look. The bridesmaids also went for a smokey eye, with Ariane going for a slightly heavier look than Laura, but both girls looking equally as gorgeous. Mother of the bride Linda went for a very classic look with natural colours. The girls all looked stunning!

Bridal makeup, Laura and bridesmaids, Wedding makeup

Makeup by Sarah-Lou

Early the following year, I was delighted to hear from Laura, who was in the middle of planning her wedding for that October. She had been delighted with her makeup when she was bridesmaid for her sister, and wanted to book me to do her wedding makeup too.

The months flew by and before I knew it, Laura’s wedding day had arrived. The venue was The Busby Hotel, also part of the Manorview Group (I absolutely love all of the Manorview Hotels…. Stunning locations with amazing honeymoon suites. There’s definitely been a lot of thought put into the design!).


Mother of bride makeup, wedding makeup

Makeup by Sarah-Lou

I did makeup for Laura, Michelle, and mother of the bride Linda. Laura chose a natural look for her wedding makeup, and I just loved creating a gorgeous soft and dewy look with natural smokey eyes and a natural lip colour. Michelle was looking for something a bit heavier, so we went for darker smokey eyes but kept the lips natural. Linda went for a similar look to what she had for Michelle’s wedding…. Classic with natural colours. And once again, the girls all looked gorgeous!

Since then Michelle, Laura and Linda have asked me back to do their makeup for Linda’s 60th birthday party just a few weeks ago. Thanks again for choosing me to do your makeup girls….. hopefully I’ll be seeing you all again soon for the next special occasion!