Bridal shoot – Purton House, Swindon

So, a couple of months ago, I got to do a bridal shoot with some fabulously talented women. In fact, I do believe it was my first all woman shoot. The results are gorgeous and therefore am proud to share some of these images with you.

The shoot took place at Purton House, Swindon, a family owned venue that recently opened its doors to the public for weddings, intimate parties and events. It is a beautiful location, set on a lake. It is, indeed so idyllic, that as I pulled up the drive  and stepped out of my car, I was greeted by 4 ducks……the welcoming committee I assume.



Purton House

The welcoming committee

Purton House

Stunning Hall

Hair and Makeup area

prep area

Katie Aldridge doing Touch ups

last minute touch ups


The vision for this 1920’s/Gatsby inspired shoot was the creation of the wonderful photographer Jody Sutton (more about her later) We wanted the makeup to be guided by the era but to have a more trend based edge that kept the look fresh and relevant. After all, this wasn’t fancy dress. The roaring 20’s makeup excites me, they weren’t afraid of makeup. They would team a strong smokey eye with a fiercely dark lip which has influenced some of the most iconic cosmetic and fashion houses over the last couple of seasons. (shown below)











As it was still technically a bridal shoot, it still had to be incredibly feminine but I really wanted to show the versatility of makeup. When people utter the words, “bridal makeup” everyone jumps to the conclusion that it has to be very natural, very fresh and very “english rose” well, I’m here to tell you that it most definitely does not. You can be strong yet still beautiful and feminine and I hope you agree that this is reflected in the images we created.




The hair was achieved in much the same way by the incredible Vicky Turner (now Stanley) of Goldsworthys, Cirencester who I have worked with more times than I care to remember. Vicky has this insane ability to switch from a complicated hair up to soft romantic waves in seconds…..ok that was a slight exaggeration but she’s very quick. Our model Sophie, who’s face I absolutely adore seems to suit any look I apply to her. it must sometimes seem like it’s buy one get one free when you book one of us.






Gorgeous cakes





And for the brains behind the vision, we had photographer Jody Sutton who makes me wish I could get married all over again just to have her as our wedding photographer. She has an incredible eye, and has produced some beautiful images. We have worked on a few weddings together since we did this shoot, including Vicky’s when she recently became Mrs Stanley and I hope to show you some of these gorgeous brides in the near future.

And one last mention goes to the incredible Belles Cake Company who created this gorgeous cake for the shoot and who also allowed us to “sample” a very beautiful cup cake! WOW!!!!!!!


I hope you have enjoyed these pictures as much as we enjoyed creating them.


Cotswolds Wedding Makeup at Barnsley House

As a lot you already know, I’m a huge fan of Barnsley House, Nr Cirencester, Glos. Not only is it beautiful and tranquil but the staff and especially Natalie, the wedding Co-ordinator are a real asset to the hotel.

I have been lucky enough to prepare a few brides at this venue and wanted to share this beautiful bride from last year with you all.

I was first contacted by Melani by email as she lives in Australia and therefore had to do a serious amount of planning from a long way away. She asked me if I had any recommendations regarding hair and of course I immediately suggested my fabulous partner in wedding crime, Vicky Turner from Goldsworthy, Cirencester. We held both hair and makeup trials at the salon to make it easier for when Melani came over as she only had a few days to squeeze a lot into.

What a fabulous and beautiful family they are and it was a real honour to be part of their big day. Also a big thank you to photographer Ria Mishaal at for allowing me to share these amazing shots with you.

Barnsley House wedding makeupBarnsley House has this incredible suite hidden away and attached is a beautifully bright conservatory which provides the perfect place for hair and makeup.

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I love artistic shots of makeup etc.

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Fabulous and very glamourous mother of the Bride getting “tight lined”

Cotswold wedding makeup by Katie Aldridge

What a beauty…..doesn’t take much to enhance such natural beauty.

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Finishing touches to the lips.

Bridal Party makeup

The finished bridal party. The mother and her 2 very beautiful daughters.

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I love the pure excitement caught by photographer, Ria Mishaal in this shot.

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Now that is how happy a bride should look on her wedding day.

I would like to thank the following suppliers for making my job so wonderful and letting me share my work with you.

Barnsley House:

Goldsworthy, Cirencester:

Ria Mishaal:

I look forward to many more weddings at Barnsley House!

Pennyhill Park Wedding

Back in July, I was lucky enough to beautify a bride who was getting married at Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa in Surrey. A stunning location both inside the house and outside in the grounds. And the wedding of Claire and Ferhaan certainly equalled the locations beauty.


I first met Claire a couple of months before, at her home in London for her trial. We sat down and discussed her expectations for her makeup and also what her sister and mother would be wanting. She talked me through some of the details of the day they had planned and how it would reflect her choices in her makeup.

Claire and Ferhaan had ensured the big day married together the different traditional ceremonies of their cultural backgrounds. It made for a truly gorgeous day.

When I arrived at Pennyhill Park, I met Claire in her suite along with her mother, sister and gorgeous nieces and set up as close to the natural light as possible. I hadn’t worked with the photographer Adam Szczepanski before so it was nice to get to know his work too. He is responsible for all the photos in this post.



Now with the makeup, we came to the conclusion that a simple contoured eye, shaped brow and black flicked liner would be the core of the design but with different lipsticks to compliment the different dresses.


The old faithful Laura Mercier Eye Basic on Wheat first, to prep the lid before any shadow is applied, to correct colour and to enhance the longevity of the eye makeup.


Claire is undeniably a natural beauty and doesn’t require much assistance……..lucky thing, so we kept the skin natural and clean by mixing MAC’s Face and Body foundation with Laura Mercier’s Silk Creme to ensure she looked flawless.


We used some individual lashes by Shu Uemura on the outer corner of the eye to really lift the flick which was created using Bobbi Brown’s Gel Liner in Black.


Finishing touches to the hair and nearly ready to go.


Claire in her traditional Chinese dress for the first part of the day.


The happy couple in the grounds taking their vows.



And finally a quick change for the evening reception into this fabulous evening dress and  stronger lip to intensify the makeup.

As a makeup artist, you don’t always get to witness the final day in all its glory so it’s great to be allowed to view the pictures taken by such great photographers.

Thanks to Adam at for allowing me to use his work on this website and to the happy couple for giving their permission for me to share their beautiful day with you.

Military Bridal Makeup Discount




Ladies and Gentlemen of the Armed Forces,

I’m pleased to be able to offer a special discount to both brides-to-be who are part of the armed forces or brides who a marrying someone involved in the military. As a makeup artist in the Cotswolds I cover a lot of the South West but can travel and have travelled to wherever I’m needed.

15% discount will be deducted from the wedding day makeup for both the bride and her bridal party.

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I have been involved a few weddings with brides who have been planning their big day whilst their husbands have been in various countries on behalf of Great Britain and if this helps in anyway then it’s the least I can do. I not only have the utmost respect for members of our armed forces but also for the incredible strength of the loved ones at home waiting for their return.


Those of you who know me on a personal level, know that I am emotional at the best of times, (I cry at everything) but these weddings, and indeed being honoured to be part of military weddings is very special to me and when I see the bride walking towards her uniformed husband to be, I challenge anyone not to get a lump in their throats.

So if you know of anyone who would like to take advantage of my Military Bridal Makeup Discount please pass on the details below.

07506 705719


The new (beauty) love of my life!

As a Makeup artist, my hands take a huge battering everyday, with everything from being used as a palette to mix products, reacting to some strange new cream, or to having to wash them 20 times an hour, they end up feeling very sorry for themselves by the end of a job and hand cream is a must have for my kit. So I’m always on the lookout for the best one on the market and… I THINK I’VE FOUND IT! The new beauty love of my life!

Bobbi Brown recently launched a hand cream, Extra Hand Cream and boy, oh boy, it’s amazing. I have tried a lot of hand creams, I’m not talking 4 or 5, I’m talking 25-30 of them. Everything from the budget to the premium and this so far is my out and out winner.

So, after searching for years for the ultimate hand cream, I’ve found it and it really was love at first sight. I’m very excited to be sharing this new obsession with you and yes, I’m aware that I really need to get out more.


As with other products in Bobbi’s Extra range, her hand cream is formulated with the Extra Repair Complex which helps strengthen and repair the skin. It also has a blend of shea butter and avocado oil to help soften and smooth the skin and liquorice root extract to help reduce any discolouration such and age or sun spots. Add that to the glucosamine which gently exfoliates the skin, you are left with much healthier looking hands.

For any of you that have tried the Extra products, you’ll be familiar with the gorgeous smell that accompanies the creams, those of you that haven’t, you’re in for a treat. The ingredients used give a calming soothing fragrance made up of Mulberry root extract, Rosemary, Geranium flower oil, bitter orange oil, grapefruit peel oil and of course that liquorice. Heaven , I tell you!

Dermatologist tested, 50ml retails at £21.00 at most departments stores or online at

One “extra” (see what I did there?) piece of advice – use a very small amount, it goes a long way. It penetrates the skin quickly, leaving nor greasy irritating residue, just smoother more healthier hands.

Disclamier: I was not given this product to try by either the company or a member of the company. I bought the product at a counter.

See you soon!!!


Cowley Manor fashion show

Last Thursday I was honoured to be part of a charity fashion show held at the very beautiful Cowley Manor Hotel and Spa just outside Cheltenham in the Cotswolds. Cowley Manor is hidden away in a tranquil setting next to a gorgeous lake. The hotel and spa has the perfect blend of traditional heritage and modern deco that manages to balance the new with the old seamlessly. If you ever find yourself down that way, you should definitely treat yourself.  Unfortunately, my phone pictures don’t do it justice so click on the link above to view the fabulous website.


This was taken from our prep room.


The fashion show was held to raise both awareness and money for the charity Hop, Skip and Jump , a wonderful charity which has centres across the south west for children with disabilities and life threatening illnesses to visit, giving them a space to play, build their confidence and interact with other children, whilst giving respite and support to the carers, families and parents. Please visit the website linked above to find out more information about their work and their wonderful Ambassador Elizabeth Hurley.


Both myself and another lovely artist who I hadn’t worked with before, Lucy decided that the look needed to be classic, timeless and flawless to accompany the range of clothes inspired by Race week.  Lots of tweed, silks, knitted dresses and of course amazing hats by Milliner Denise Innes of  British school of Millinery. The hair was swept to the side in soft waves and curls, very elegant and reminiscent of old Hollywood starlets of the 40’s and 50’s. Laura from Laura Leigh Hair did an amazing job and the models looked amazing. Even Tickle got in on the act and stole the show.image

The gorgeous Kat.

It really was a fabulous day out for everyone who attended and for the team behind the scenes who worked so hard to organise it and I’d like to thank them for letting me be a small part of it.  Having only moved back down this way recently it has been lovely to make contact with such talented people already and I look forward to working with them in the future.

Who says everything happens in London? Haha! I’m excited about building a life and a business down here and  beautifying the Cotwolds brides in the future.

Hair by of Cheltenham

Stay tuned for a list of products I used to create the classic makeup look.


Interview with Rafflesbizarre blog

A couple of weeks ago, I was approached by Jess ,a makeup artist who amongst other things has a great blog.  Every Monday Jess features a makeup artist and their journey through the makeup world.

I was honoured and flattered when she asked if I would answer a few questions about my product favourites and my experiences so far in the crazy world of makeup.

I touch on my love of makeup and where it began, what keeps me interested and why I couldn’t leave this fabulous industry. Featuring Laura Mercier, illamasqua, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista, MAC and many more.

If you’re interested, please head over there and have a glance round her lovely posts.

I hope you enjoy.


Wedding with Plenty To Declare Photography

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a good one and I wish you all the success and happiness to 2013.

Here are some posts about some previous work from 2012. Please enjoy!

Back in August I was the makeup artist for a lovely and very sweet bride, Steph from Egham, Surrey. Steph contacted me after hearing about me through her wedding photographer , Having viewed their gorgeous work, I was excited about being involved in a wedding with Plenty to Declare Photography.

Steph wanted the true fairytale wedding and looked every bit like a princess on the day. When we first met, we talked about the look that she wanted to create, a soft bronze smokey look for the day and then a little more dramatic for the evening reception. Once we’d perfected the day look we worked on the evening additions.


  I used Laura Mercier’s Mosaic in bronze for the eyes and to illuminate the skin, Bobbi Brown’s gel liner in Black ink, and on the cheeks we used Rose Bloom from LM and Nars Orgasm in top. Steph’s skin was perfected with a mix of LM’s Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer and Silk Creme Foundation.


It was the first time I worked with the charming Daria and Marek from Plenty to Declare but having met them previously, it was great to finally collaborate. I only hope it won’t be the last. They bring a very calm and serene influence, to the point, you forget they’re there, catching all the special moments of the day.

Bridal Makeup

  The wedding was lovely, traditional and very romantic with accents of pink running through the theme including a Horse and Carriage to take the bride to the Church and then onto Langley for the wedding breakfast.

I wish Steph and Mickie a long and happy life together. And thank you Plenty to Declare for the lovely images.



This is a very personal post for me to write and although has nothing to do with “being a makeup artist”, as it was National Psoriasis day yesterday, I wanted to share my experiences.

I developed the skin condition when I was 8 years old. My sister who was and is my best friend left for boarding school that year and they believe that it was the trigger for my first out-break. Back in 1984, Psoriasis wasn’t as well documented as it is now and my GP at the time , informed my mother I had ring-worm, which is something that is easily picked up from cattle (I lived on a farm at that point in my life). However, as the condition began to spread from my scalp, down my arms and back, it was clear that it was something very different.

The following year, I went to the same school as my sister, in the hope that it would help with the fact that I was clearly missing her. Now at this point I have to explain that the school I attended was a full time dance school, which means that my body was on show in a leotard for many hours a day. Now this, you would think would have been a traumatic experience but as my school was very small with only about 300 pupils, I was lucky that most people were very sensitive to the condition. By this point my back was completely covered, the tops of my arms were insanely bumpy to touch and my legs had a considerable amount of patches covering them. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t plain sailing, I had a few comments over the years at boarding school, mainly from girls that had just joined the school, I remember one incident when a new pupil in my dorm, pointed to my back when we were changing for bed and said to another girl “yuk, what is all over her back”. And yes, it hurts but kids can be cruel and I’m grateful that only had a few situations like that. I hated the idea of Pas de Deux classes, because I didn’t want the boys to have to touch my arms and would avoid them as much as I could.

My mother , who is an amazingly strong woman, used to tell me that there were kids much worse off that me and encourage me constantly to get out in the sun in my bikini as it was the best cure for my type of psoriasis. And I think because I developed it at such a young age, I wasn’t as body conscious as I would’ve been at 15/16 and trying to get into a bikini with the patches showing, so I had a blissful ignorance to what other people thought on the beach.

As I got older, and I’d start to discover boys, it became more of an issue and I hated the idea of anyone coming near me. I was worried, they’d flinch if they ran their hand over my skin or think that it was catching and not want to touch me so I avoided boys for a very long time, only really trusting that someone liked me regardless of my skin at 26 years old! I’d have trouble and still have trouble deciding what to wear on a night out or when I go to a wedding, whilst everyone was wearing these little dresses, I’d be wearing trousers to cover my skin or long sleeve tops. I get angry and frustrated and constantly ask my husband, can you see it, can you see it on my legs? It makes the dressing up bit to an event very unenjoyable.

I still have psoriasis now and infact this is the first year its ever moved to my face and I’m still conscious of it but I have a healthier acceptance of it now which comes with maturity, confidence and being with someone who loves you, warts and all. I try not to get too stressed about it as it triggers the condition and you get stuck in a catch 22 situation. But anyone who knows me, knows I’m easily stressed and can get very over-sensitive which is a bad combination for someone with Psoriasis.

Over the years, I’ve tried many, many, many, different ways to clear the scales but they work for a while and then it returns. When I first was diagnosed, the doctor gave me a steroid cream which I’m not a huge fan of, from there my mother searched tirelessly to find different cures, she took me to a homeopath, I had light treatment, she found a company that would import salts straight from the dead sea and I would bathe in them, she found a Native-American doctor on a visit to Canada who made me up a concoction of tablets and drops to put in my drink, I visited Philip Kingsley’s clinic to get my head scraped, you name it and I tried it.

More recently, I was given a cream by a friend to try, as one of her colleagues had had some amazing success with it on his psoriasis. I used it, only on one patch as a experiment and I have been pleasantly surprised, and I will do a before and after in a separate blog in a couple of weeks to document the improvement.

If you would like to know more about Psoriasis: the causes, the science, the do’s and don’ts then the following websites are a great way to search for your answers.

As a makeup artist you come up against insecurities and lack of confidence all the time in clients, both in and out of the public eye and I have learnt that we all have our flaws, some can be seen and some can’t but they make us who we are and only we can control how we let them affect us.


Recent Shoot at Bedhead Studios with Josh Goldsworthy for Hairdresser of the Year Awards

A couple of months ago, I was involved as the makeup artist for a shoot with hairstylist Josh Goldsworthy of Goldsworthy’s in Swindon. I’ve worked with Josh before, infact I have had the pleasure of working with quite a few of the Goldsworthy’s team over the last few years and it always amazes me how much talent there is in these 2 salons (Cirencester and Swindon).

Josh concentrating on the images coming through at Bedhead Studios, Battersea

This shoot took place in Battersea at the Bedhead Studios, this studio alone is pulsating with talent, with Anthony Mascolo and Linda Evans wandering in and out, it’s easy to get caught up in the creativity that bounces around.

Lina and her gorgeous bone structure.

Josh Goldsworthy used both the models hair and Balmain Hair extensions to create some of these beautiful creations. The makeup was to be natural colours but still with some emphasis on the eyes that gives a strength to the model whilst also incorporating a soft, clean, flawless skin.

The Charming Femke

We used alot of natural caramels and taupes to create a very soft smokey eye. The products used are listed at the bottom of the page.

The ice blue eyes of Ali.

Face products: Laura Mercier – Silk Creme foundation in various colours
Laura Mercier – Secret Camouflage
Laura Mercier – Universal setting powder
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder
Bobbi Brown – Under Eye Correctors
Eyes: MAC- Paint Pot in Painterly
Bobbi Brown – Nude Eye Palette
Laura Mercier – Cafe au lait, fresco, buttercream and whiskey (discontinued) eyeshadows
Laura Mercier – Mahogany Brown cake liner
Lancome – Doll Eyes mascara in Noir
Cheeks: Laura Mercier – Wild Bouquet Cheek Colour (blush)
MAC – Sculpt concealer in various colour (depending on the model)
Lips: MAC – Myth lipstick and concealer mix

Hope you enjoyed this short post. Please feel free to let comments or questions below.

Katie xx