Red lip by Nicola Honey

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Cassie - Hair and makeup by Nicola Honey

Cassie got married on the 27th August  . I loved doing Cassie's hair and makeup , mainly because she has amazing skin and so much hair but also because she is such a blast! 

From the day I met her at the trial to the fun we had on the wedding day I knew she would make a long lasting impression . 

Cassie wanted something really natural , so I concentrated on her skin , gave her a nude lip and then added a very thin eye liner along with a few individual lashes.

For Cassie's hair she had quite a large beehive and then I pinned the remaining masses of her hair into pin curls at the nape of the neck teamed with a sweeping fringe.

She finished it off with her now grandmother's tiara.

Cassie got married to Dave at The Village hotel in Solihull

Hair and makeup by me , photos below taken by me.

Lynsey - Bridal makeup look by Nicola Honey

Lynsey got married on the 20th August 2016 at her local church in Solihull , her photographer was Damian Burcher . 

I did Lynsey's and her mom's makeup for her gorgeous day .  

Lynsey has amazing green/hazel eyes just like her mom so I used soft warm sparkly browns and golds on her eyes . She has beautiful large lids and fantastic full lips so it was an absolute pleasure doing her makeup for her wedding day .  

Lynsey wore the most incredible dress by Jesus Peiro 

The hair style was created by Laura , Laura and I both represented Your Beautiful Face on this day . Photographs below taken by me.

Griege lip by Nicola Honey

This has become quite a popular look lately and has graced instagram and makeup blogs more times than I can remember, so what is a Griege lip ?  Greige = grey and beige.  

Time to get technical.. 

In colour theory adding grey to a pure colour is called a TONE . (A tone is produced by the mixture of a colour with grey) 

You will see many 'tone'  colours day to day , as they tend to be more appealing to the eye, these shades are used a lot in home decor as they look more pleasing, subtle and sophisticated. 

For Griege colours take a look at :

MAC Stone lipstick

NYX Black sesame Macaron lipstick

LASplash Ghoulish liquid lipstick

For more tone lipsticks so pinks with grey for example take a look at more mauve/lilac shades, I recommend :

Limecrime Cashmere Velvetines

MAC Frou Glaze Lipstick

MAC Whirl lipstick

Gerard Cosmetics Underground lipstick

Love Honey x


Happy 1st Anniversary - Makeup look - Carly by Nicola Honey

Happy 1st Anniversary Carly !! Carly got married on the 17th July 2015 . I did her mom's, her three bridesmaids and her makeup . The bride's hair was styled by her bridesmaid Claire. 

She got married at The Limes country lodge  , my brother got married here so I adore this venue!

Their photos were taken by Silverleaf photography.

 Carly wanted her makeup natural fresh and  pretty, the theme throughout was purple so I used some soft pretty lilacs on the bridesmaids eyes.

I used the following products on Carly.


*Omega Eyeshadow through the brows.

*Painterly Paintpot all over the lid 

*All that glitters and Nylon Eyeshadow all over the lid adding more Nylon in the inner corners.

*Cork and Bamboo Eyeshadow in the crease  

*Dipdown Fluid line along top lash liner

*Cork eyeshadow on bottom lash line

*Blank type Eyeshadow on Brow bone

*Black mascara and individual lashes 

*NC15 Studio sculpt foundation mixed with N1 Face and Body foundation . 

*NC15 Studio finish Concealer along jaw line .

*NW15 Moisture cover Concealer under the eyes.

*Ladyblush Creme blusher with Shell Cream colour base on cheekbones.

*Subculture lip pencil 

*Le Kuex Peachkeen cheek and lip shade on lips.(this such a perfect shade , really long wearing, matte and in a beautiful peachy sixties shade)





Rachel and Sophie- Happy 1st Anniversary by Nicola Honey

Rachel and Sophie's wedding has been by far one of my favourite weddings.  I did both their hair and makeup for their wedding day.

They expressed they felt a little nervous about having their hair and makeup done as they often do not wear makeup..

Rachel and Sophie are made for each other and I had so much fun with them, they came together to their trial and got ready together on their wedding day too, they are soul mates and wanted to share all the special things of the day , together!  Just lovely!.

I love doing both the hair and makeup on a bride as I feel like completing a whole look is so rewarding, I felt so special that they trusted me with this task ,  the fact I was able to do the hair and makeup for both brides was a lovely treat!.

On the day I had the added bonus of Chris Barber Photography doing his magic. 

It is quite rare you get good 'makeup' photos  from a wedding as naturally the photographer is focusing on the wedding photography rather than the makeup, but Chris captured some beautiful makeup shots showing off their beauty in such a serene way. 

I love Chris's photography , the pictures are so raw, full of emotion , beautiful and always captures natural laughter and excitement.  I could not wait to see the final wedding photos after seeing the engagement shoot. The wedding was held at the Custard factory teamed with a VW, colouful converse, black bridesmaid dresses and bright yellow sunflowers, this wedding oozed Rachel and Sophie's personalities.  Happy 1st Anniversary !!!!

5 star My wife and I had both our hair and make up done by Nicola for our big day and literally couldn’t have been more happy with the results! Neither of us usually wear make up but Nicola listened to everything we wanted and helped make us look and feel amazing on our perfect day! Thank you so much x


Makeup look - Kathy by Nicola Honey

I did Kathy's makeup in February , she had her wedding at the registry office in Birmingham followed by a fabulous reception at Bank restaurant.

I used the following products:

*MAC Omega Eyeshadow through the brows.

*MAC Painterly paint pot all over the lid

* Copperplate and wedge Eyeshadow washed all over the lip and blended up to the crease

* Scene Eyeshadow washed through the crease . 

* Patina Eyeshadow pressed on the lid

* Dipdown Fluid line on the bottom lash line smudged with Copperplate Eyeshadow

*Blacktrack Fluid line along top lash line , smudged with Carbon Eyeshadow and more Carbon added on the outer edges 

*Blacktrack applied again in a thin line on the top lashes

*Technic lashes

*Prep and prime CC in Nuetralize applied on red areas.

*C2 Face and body and NC30 Concealer .

*Prep and prime transparent Powder

*Golden bronzer and Trace gold Blusher 

*Dervish lip pencil with Cosmo lipstick 

Makeup look - Emma by Nicola Honey

Emma got married to Joe on the 23rd May at Billesley Manor hotel , her dress was from Shakespeare in Love Wedding Boutique, their beautiful photography was taken by Jennifer Peel Photography

Emma along with her beautiful mother had five gorgeous bridesmaids , I had such a fun morning listening to all their stories and doing their makeup. 

Billesley Manor is out of this world amazing!  A beautiful 16th Century Manour house set in 11 acres of grounds,  only three miles from historic Stratford-upon-Avon  . It has 100 year old topiary gardens and a pool! 

The bridesmaids wore a mint coloured dress so I thought a soft pastel pink on the lips with golden eyeshadow would work a treat.

On Emma I used the following products .


* Painterly Paint pot all over lid

*Soft beige Eyeshadow on the brow

*Omega Eyeshadow through the brows with clear Brow Set

*Honeylust Eyeshadows on the lid 

* Wedge eyeshadow through the socket

* Phloof eyeshadow in the inner corners and the centre of the lid.

*Dip down Fluid line along top lash line.

*Black mascara and individual lashes 

* C1 Face and body on the face with Pale Ivory and Sand Bobbi brown foundation mixed together.

*NW15 concealer under the eyes

*Prep and prime CC colour corrector powder in Neutralize all over the face

*Sweet william blusher on the cheeks with Hush and Shell Cream colour base on the cheekbones.

*Lovelorn lipstick mixed with Politely pink lipstick 


My very first journal post by Nicola Honey

I used to write so much when I was younger, whether it be in a diary, poems or lyrics, I had stacks of books with writings, scribbles and sketches. 

I have found in recent years I am not so prolific and find writing tricky, I am most definitely more artistic and I would rather pick up a brush than a pen, so honestly for me writing a blog is quite daunting but I would love to share with you what I get up to with my makeup adventures.

I will start with a little bit about myself.  I started working with makeup over 16 years ago, I feel honoured to do a job I love,  the fact that I get to do something different everyday makes it even more interesting, whether it be a different face, venue or look, I love the variety!

I especially love, love, love weddings.  The flowers, the dress, the shoes and of course the hair and makeup.  From the preparation of the trial to the excitement of the day,  weddings are by far my favorite events to take part in.

I have always loved drawing and painting, growing up I was always drawing and used to plaster my bedroom walls with drawings of my favorite bands, so it was a natural progression for me to start 'painting' people.  I love how a little makeup applied correctly can make a world of difference to a person's confidence, it can instantly make a person flourish, it sounds cheesy but the aura of someone who feels beautiful makes me feel so happy and so delighted that I contributed to that person feeling that way. 

I initially took a Performing arts course in 1997 and I did a theatrical makeup class as part of the course, I was not really a fan of the performing arts part of the course but loved doing the makeup class so I then went back to college to learn  about makeup, I did all sorts of makeup from theatrical, photography, fashion and editorial, I also learnt about wig making and hairdressing too.  I then started to work for MAC, I was with the company for over 12 years, I loved it !. I had the opportunity to do so many things including body painting in Europe, London fashion week on many occasions, representing at trade shows, product launches, charity events  and teaching makeup classes.  The training with MAC was constant, we had training every three months to keep us up to date with the cosmetics industry, product knowledge, trends and perfecting my artistry skills.  My time there was so much fun and invaluable.

I then fancied a drastic change and took myself off for a taste of the Far east .....  (to be continued .....)

When I returned to England I continued to build my Freelance business in Birmingham UK.  I am loving every moment of working as a freelance hair and makeup artist, I hope you will join me in my next journal post, that's all for now . 


 xx Honey xx ......Bee lovely.