Thursday 11 April 2024

Friday Fave! The Sophisticate palette

Friday Fave!

Charlotte Tilbury  - The Sophisticate palette

Unlike many of the other Charlotte Tilbury quartet palettes that have sparkles and shimmers this is a gorgeous matte eyeshadow palette consisting of cream, tan, taupe and chocolate shades.  A timeless palette of four colours for classic beauty suitable for day and evening looks.

Definitely a firm staple in my professional kit.

RRP £46.00

Thursday 4 April 2024

Friday Fave! Jones Road Miracle Balm

Friday Fave!  Jones Road - Miracle Balm.

Shade: Au Naturel

Miracle balm is available in 12 shades, I love the clear 'Au Natural' shade for all skin tones. This is described as a subtle opal pearl and will provide a light reflecting enhancing glow to the skin.

Achieve an all over glow easily - it can be worn alone, over any base and on the lips.  Not to be used on the eyes.

Break the top surface with your index finger, then warm the product in your finger tips to soften the formula before applying to the face for the perfect natural glow.

Pro tip! I like to pat on to the top of my cheekbones using my ring finger for a dewy finish to my makeup.

This balm will enhance your skin and is the secret to "no-makeup makeup" 

Bobbi Brown's clean and cruelty free beauty line 'Jones Road'  is free from sulphates, parabens and phthalates.

Available exclusively at Liberty London and online in the UK.

RRP at £36.00  

Friday 29 March 2024

March Update!

March has been the month of a lot of pre-wedding hair and makeup trials ahead of summer and autumn weddings.  I have also been very busy holding lots of 1:1 makeup lessons and makeup workshops. It seems more and more women are wanting to learn new makeup skills and enjoy new products and I love guiding you through the process!  I have also been busy updating my pro-makeup kit researching the best new products out there so you don't have to! You can simply enjoy all the great makeup products during your appointment with me.

Make up Workshops and just some of the beautiful ladies that joined me.

Caring for my elderly toy poodle in-between clients always!

Such a beautiful day for a March wedding at

I have been enjoying cooking up my first chicken ramen, it was so good but think I used a bit too much chicken so less next time! I followed the recipe recommendation from the recent newsletter from the lovely Kate at if you need branding photographs look no further!

I am currently reading Caroline Hirons 'Skin Care' book and 'Read this if you want to take great photographs'. I usually have two books on the go at any one time but find I only read snippets here and there so it takes me months to get through them which is frustrating!

I am enjoying Spring, now it is finally getting going. Roll on summer please!

Join me for my "Summer Make up Workshops" on May 10th 2-4pm /11th 11-1pm.

Held at my home studio in Harpenden, Herts in small groups of up to five.

All Makeup and tools are provided.

Expert tuition and guidance throughout.

Fizz, nibbles and a goody bag.

Limited spaces.

Email to reserve your space!

Wednesday 28 February 2024

February Update!

February started with a lovely little recharge in Suffolk for a long weekend.

Hair and makeup bridal trial's are in full swing!

I had my first couple of weddings of the 2024 season, two absolutely beautiful brides to work with!

Also held a Makeup workshop with these lovely ladies.

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Wednesday 31 January 2024

January Update!

January started with a nice warm break in Gran Canaria 23 Degrees of Bliss, then I retuned to minus three and bitterly cold.... I hate winter....roll on Spring!

January has seen lots of 1:1 makeup lessons and workshops at my Harpenden studio as well as bridal trials ahead of spring weddings.  I have so enjoyed meeting and chatting all things weddings to my lovely 2024 brides!  I have met some truly lovely ladies this month, it has been a real pleasure and I am very grateful to do a job that I love.

I have also taken some time out for my wellbeing by starting the year at a much slower pace as I do tend to rush around trying to do too much and then feel complete overwhelm and eventually exhaustion. I have taken time to do ignite my creativity doing some online training and reading about hair and makeup, mindset and photography all to continually develop my skills and better the service I provide to my clients. 

I am running makeup workshops throughout the year.  These are held in small groups of up to five at my home studio in Harpenden, Herts. Workshops include all makeup and tools, face chart to make notes, fizz and nibbles and a goody bag.  You will learn a natural day makeup and then how to turn it into evening makeup. I will be hands on throughout sharing my pro tips and personalised advice.  The workshops are two hours long and £50.00 per person, a booking fee of £25.00 is required to secure a space.

Upcoming Day to Evening Makeup Workshops:

February 24th 10-2pm and 2-4pm

March 15th 2-4 and 2-8pm

March 16th 10-2pm and 2-4pm

Email to reserve your space!

I will release further dates throughout the year so if you can't make these dates watch this space! All dates will be advertised on my social media @nikimakeup and on my website

I also run workshops for you and a few of your friends on bespoke dates to suit either at my studio or at a location of your choice, so do get in touch to enquire.

Wishing you all a fabulous February! 

Niki X

Saturday 23 December 2023

December Update!

December has literally flown by so fast, I don't know why I am surprised it seems to get quicker every year! I still have one more wedding this year on the 28th at

It has been a busy yet great year I've enjoyed doing lots of makeup workshops in my studio, lots of weddings and special occasions, some special shoots and events and one to one makeup lessons.  I also enjoyed a big trip to Oz back in February also visiting Abu Dhabi and Singapore which was absolutely amazing, on reflection 2023 has been pretty fabulous.

I am so grateful to every client who I have had the pleasure of working with and I look forward to meeting lots of new brides and clients in 2024!  It is certainly looking busy for weddings I have lots of dates booked now so do book early to avoid disappointment

I have a few makeup workshops booked from January to March so do check @nikimakeup on socials for regular updates on these and email or direct message to reserve a space.  All makeup is provided for you to use, my signature natural day makeup look will be taught plus how to adapt for evening with lots of tips and new techniques taught along the way.  Fizz, nibbles and a goody bag held in small groups of 3-5 at my Harpenden based studio.

The puds and cake are made, presents brought and wrapped so I am all ready for Christmas and New Year! I will be taking a two week break this year and will return to work on the 8th January.

Here is some of my snaps from December!

One of my puds!

Occasion Hair & Makeup for one lucky client!

Wedding trials for spring weddings

A lovely December wedding

Studio Christmas

A couple of visits to London for shopping, dinner and the beautiful Christmas lights!

I took inspiration from Pinterest and made a festive fruit platter 

A great lip colour I love, this one will suit so many of you Loreal 129 MontMartre!

Even found some time to do a bit of sketching in my sketch book some mornings.


I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a very healthy & fun filled new year!

Niki x