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Isle of Wight make up and hair

Isle of Wight Beauty

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Make up, beauty treatments and hair styling can be a stranger to many of us women, and considering it for your wedding day can be a bit of an unknown. Personally here at Wight Wedding Days both Marianne and Katie use make up but mainly in a slap dash fashion and for special occasions, so we would definitely be considering having a professional finish on a day where there will be more pictures taken per half hour than ever in our lives!

It can be tempting to go for a ‘natural’ look on your wedding day as it feels like the safe option, and normally means a slight enhancement of what mother nature gave you without feeling uncomfortable or like a different you. That’s fine and if it is what you have your heart on, then don’t change your mind. However, for the people with a strong wedding theme and colours may consider trying something a little different for their wedding day. Everything from your theme, colours, dress type and hairstyle can affect your decision on how to have your make up on your wedding day. That is the beauty of having a consultation ahead of your day. Sometimes they can take a while but it will ensure you can try what you think you would like and perhaps even something you would like to try. Just to see what it looks like. You might be surprised how you feel, so give it a go, as there’s no harm in trying it out.

   

Photography: top left - Mandy Meadows, right and bottom -  Jason Mark Harris

We mentioned before a professional finish to your make up on your wedding day, and that is what we profess to be amateur at. Yes – both of us. Remember those paint blocks you saturated with water in primary school…..ok, so we aren’t that bad but when you’ve seen the 10’s of brushes laid out and the suitcase a make up artist has full of products, you realise that the make up bag in your drawer slightly tainted with that eye shadow that exploded once might not cut it for your wedding day.

A mobile Isle of Wight based make up and hair stylist (yes she does both, winner) who has 10 years experience in the UK and Canada is Lynsey-Marie Lamothe of Isle of Wight Beauty. A talented and experienced make up artist and hair stylist whose work can be seen in our very own Real Wedding with Hayley Dyer, but also in some of the amazing photography in this feature, some of which is photographed by Jason Mark Harris. We asked Lynsey a few questions to delve into her world of make up and hair alongside fashion and weddings, and she gave us an insight into her life and how she came to be on the Isle of Wight as a professional make up artist and hair stylist.

 

When did you start Isle of Wight Beauty and Why?

I started Isle of Wight Beauty in 2007 when I moved back to the Island after working away for 13 years. I left home at 16 years old to attend a private dance school in London. After graduating at the age of 18, I started working as a makeup and skin care consultant so that I could pay my rent to go to auditions in the West End. I worked as a makeup artist for many cosmetic lines during this time for companies such as Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and John Lewis.  I worked as a singer/dancer in the entertainment industry for several years before starting work as a full time makeup artist for Laura Mercier in Vancouver in 2004. I have always loved working in the beauty industry and I knew this was going to be my next career path following my dance career.

I had been living and working in Vancouver Canada as a makeup artist for Laura Mercier in the years before returning to the Island.  I gained invaluable experiences working with some of the best international makeup artists while with Laura Mercier.  The one person instrumental in my development that I still keep in close contact with is the lovely Michel Coulombe. I moved back to the Island to be closer to my family, and because I had a desire to start a family of my own.

 

Why did you decide to base your business on the Isle of Wight and what are the benefits?

I am born and bred Isle of Wight, and proud to be! After all the travelling I have done, I can honestly say the Island is a gorgeous place to live. The Island will always feel like home and remains a big part of me.

The Isle of Wight is such a unique place to have wedding business; the Island we live on is such a wonderful location to get married. Many of my brides from the past years have had little or no connection to the Isle of Wight, but see it as a lovely venue to get married. The main benefit for me is that I can be a full time mum, and still run a successful business while working my hours around my two lovely children.

      

Photography -  top and bottom -Jason Mark Harris, bottom right Julian Winslow

How has isle of Wight Beauty grown since I started?

As soon as I moved back to the Island, freelance work started coming in straight away.  I had my website designed before I came back which generated some interest, and I started by doing a few bridal shows. I have increased my activity year after year, and a great deal of my business comes from word of mouth. I work with many of the Island’s best photographers who recommend me to their brides, and I get referrals from the brides I had worked with in the past.

 

Who are the team behind Isle of Wight Beauty?

The team is just me! If I have a big wedding party, I will bring another hair stylist with me, and I have a trainee makeup artist that works with me when I need her.

 

What are the main weddings services that I offer?

The core of my business is specialising in bridal hair and makeup. I also offer pamper parties on an evening before the wedding, where the bridal party can get together for some pampering. Popular treatments for pamper parties include manicures/nails, facials, eyelash extensions, hand treatments, waxing, and more!

 

Do you offer anything that a client might not know about?

I am a trained mobile beautician, so I can offer many services for any occasions such as gel nail extensions, facials, waxing, makeup lessons, makeup parties, eyelash extensions, and eye treatments such as tinting, perm, and shaping. I provide the hair and makeup for photo shoots, proms and formal events, as well as providing a range of customised hair accessories through my other website Preciouspins.co.uk.

   

Photography - top - Jason Mark Harris bottom - Mandy Meadows

What is the future for Isle of Wight Beauty?

I have many ideas and plans for the future, but for this year and maybe next I am perfectly happy with how things are panning out, as I have a newborn baby and a toddler that keep me very busy.

In February 2013 I will be attending a professional artists course in London for Vintage artistry, learning styles from the 1920s to the 1960s; this will be something new that I am offering this year, as there is increased demand for vintage hair and makeup.  I have other courses planned in the months ahead in hair styling as well, to ensure I can continue to provide my clients with the range of styles they desire. I currently do a lot of work with Jason Mark Harris for his fashion shoots; he is a very inspiring person to work with I feel very lucky when I get the chance.

 

What do you think differentiates Isle of Wight beauty from other hairdressers & make up artists?

There are now several beauty services on the Isle of Wight and we all have good qualities, but for me I feel that I have a natural talent in hair and makeup.  I feel that there is a limit to what training can achieve, with an artist the talent is already there, it just needs to be brought out! I do believe in updating my skills and keeping on top of the game with the beauty industry, as it is forever changing.

 

An inspiring woman with many strings to her bow and all with a new young family. It is great to hear that Lynsey likes to keep on top of her skills and train in new and exciting styles. You can see from the images featured above that Lynsey has a real talent for wedding make up and hair. It is reassuring that there are professional out there who can help Marianne and Katie too, when the day comes of course!

If you would like more information from Lynsey on how she can help you for your wedding on the Isle of Wight, she would be more than happy to hear from you and you can get in touch using the enquiry button on the Isle of Wight Beauty profile in the directory.

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