Marisa and Edward’s Wedding Day. Photography by Anushe Low.


I first met the lovely and gifted lifestyle and portrait photographer Marisa Findlay last year, when she asked me to style hair and make up for a boudoir shoot she was organising. Here she is on her big day full of love and excitement as not only was she getting married but also emigrating to Turks and Caicos with her family !( I can’t help feeling a teeny bit jealous on this misty, wet, autumnal day with the light fading fast!). I was so delighted to be asked to be part of her wedding morning with her inspiring and loving family, such a treat! Have a look at her gorgeous images and stories… I personally love following her colourful blog, it’s very uplifting and her images are very powerful and from the heart.

Marisa Shearer
Lifestyle Portrait Photographer
Tel: +1 (649) 245 9288

“Hi Christina
Thank you so much for doing such an incredible job of my hair and makeup and most of all for the wonderful energy and prescence that you had on the day. I was so grateful for the time I sat with you gently calming my nerves!
Life in Turks & Caicos is amazing! Each day I’m so grateful that we made the move, it’s so much easier here and everything is falling into place so effortlessly.

Sending you lots of love,
Marisa ”


‘Look Good Feel Better.’ National cancer charity.

Happy and delighted to be volunteering by assisting women undergoing cancer treatment, with their skin care and make up, helping them to feel better at a difficult time in their lives. Can you help too?
Look Good Feel Better® is the UK’s only national cancer charity dedicated to helping women and teenagers manage the effects that cancer and its treatment have on their appearance.
Registered Charity No. 1031728. Company Registration No. 2850925.

Mel’s wedding morning at the Hotel Du Vin, Brighton. What a lovely thank you message!

imageHey lovely lady!!image
Have to be quick as now on the plane but wanted to say a HUGE thank you for your amazing skills. You were simply wonderful and everyone looked amazing!
Doing my Aunt’s hair as well was so kind of you and she was so happy.

Everyone kept saying how fab my hair and makeup looked and I was so happy to feel beautiful as well!!!
Love you honey and thank you again – you are a very special and talented lady and I am very blessed to have found you.

Take care
Mel xxx

MAC Workshop, Leica Studios, Mayfair, London.


Really inspiring MAC workshop on ‘Make Up Essentials’ , given by Claire Mulleady, senior artist at MAC for several years. Claire has worked on London Fashion Week, shoots in Paris, Milan and also worked with inspiring and celebrity make up artist Val Garland.
So Claire showed us 2 looks on the 2 lovely models, one with the perfect eye and lip liner (often a challenge!). Second look smokey eyes using a soft pencil then clever blending leaving centre of eyelid paler for a slightly 3D look . Lip gloss (natural) was then applied all over eye for a cool fashion shoot look, finishing with a nude natural lip. Much product and application discussion was shared, plus clever tips to reduce kit and packing! Its always so good to learn new tricks and update product knowledge! Can’t wait for the next one… ‘Femme Fatale!’

Lovely textured side bun for Sarah (congratulations to Sarah and Will) on her wedding morning. Images by Paul Tanner Photography.

image“Hi Christina
Just wanted to say thankyou for your wonderful work on my wedding day. You were such a lovely calm presence in the morning, and did such a brilliant job. Will’s mum said it was the best her hair had looked, and both of the bridesmaids had such individual styles which suited them so well.
I think my hair was my favourite part of my look – it was exactly what I was looking for – so classic and elegant but yet so intricate. You really are brilliant and I was so pleased.imageimage
Thanks again
Sarah “

New for 2015…Airbrushing.

imageKirsty's Wedding morning preparations.... full of colourful Autumnal detail !Good news for 2015! Have a free airbrush make up trial, offering a flawless yet dewy foundation finish, without the need for touch ups whatever the weather! Whether it’s your wedding day, special party or event or you just fancy trying it out, airbrushing make up looks and photographs beautifully!
Airbrushing is used on Hollywood Celebrities, ‘Strictly’, ‘Downtown Abbey’, Sky and by many TV and and Film make up artists, so it’s also perfect for Shoots and Weddings!

It covers spots, mild skin discolouration and small imperfections ( including tattoos ), yet looks natural, lightweight, dewy and fresh. You can still see tiny freckles in the first image of a bridal trial, so it looks natural, but it is possible to apply a slightly heavier layer of misted foundation to completely cover freckles if required. The fine mist of applicationimage enhances the skin giving a glow rather than completely masking the skin . It also prevents clogging of the pores, as the application sits on the skin rather than penetrating the pores.
The images say it all, beautiful natural looking skin!Kirsty's Wedding morning preparations.... full of colourful Autumnal detail !
Here are some further notes from Airbase:
Airbase Make-Up Foundation (Silicone based Foundation) combines a unique mix of ingredients with silicone at the heart of its formulation. Silicone is a heat-resistant, non-stick and incredibly pliable compound making it perfect for use in Foundation products. Loved by celebrities like Rihanna to professional Make-Up Artists like Julia Carta (X Factor 2012 and 2013), Airbase Foundation also benefits from added vitamins that nourish the skin.

• Vitamin A: Airbase Make-Up includes Vitamin A, an ingredient that is proven to improve elasticity of the skin and therefore reduce fine lines.

• Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant that moisturises and repairs helping to deactivate the free radicals that age the skin.

Lara’s Wedding Morning, Goodwood. Images by Pippa Mackenzie Photography.

imageHad a brilliant morning with Lara and her family, styling 8 make ups… Many thanks to mua Sarah for her beautiful make ups. Lara had a very natural and fresh make up look, what a beautiful bride…. Huge congratulations to her and Ben.
“Hi Christina,
Thank you for all your lovely makeup wizardry on Saturday, you both are fantastic at what you do and it was lovely having you there with us.
Best Wishes
Lara xx ”
Photography by Pippa Mackenzie