Monday, 2 December 2019

November Update!

November began with a beautiful wedding at St Michaels Manor hotel, St Albans  https://stmichaelsmanor.comin  where I am lucky enough to be the Recommended Makeup Artist. I did Makeup and Hairstyling for beautiful Viveka and her bridal party whilst we watched the rugby, it was a fun and memorable morning!

Stunning Bride Julie also married in November, I did her wedding hair and makeup at home in Kimpton then she went on to celebrate at

I held a smokey eyes workshop and the lucky ladies received a goodie bag too!

Special Occasion Makeup's for the festive season!

I spent a couple of touristy days in London this month, I couldn't resist a snap of Fortnum & Mason it looks so beautiful decorated like an advent calendar.   The Lucian Freud exhibition at The Royal Academy is a great one if you like portraiture he is the king!

It has been wedding show season in October & November, I am recommended at Brocket Hall and Offley place so really enjoyed exhibiting at these shows.

Behind the scenes on a shoot with the very lovely Jacquie who is fabulous travel blogger @flashpacking_family /

Lots of Bridal trials ahead of upcoming weddings, below are just a couple of the gorgeous brides I will be working with next year, 2020 is THE YEAR to get married!
I now have very limited dates available so please do enquire and reserve your date early to avoid disappointment  I also do wedding makeup in Andalusia Spain and LOVE working on Brides in the sunshine!

The longest natural hair ever!

Love my new neon lips sign available at Next!

Christmas is coming at Nikimakeup HQ!

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Smokey Eyes Workshop!

If you are based in or around St Albans I will be holding a one off 'Smokey Eyes Workshop' on Thursday 21st November from 7pm to 9pm just in time for the party season!

Come along to the where I will be hosting the event in a private dining room. Enjoy a glass of prosecco and learn all the professional tips and techniques to achieve a perfect smokey eye.

Go home with a gift as well as the confidence and ability to wow your friends and family this festive season with amazing smokey eyes to suit you!

All tuition, makeup and tools will be provided for you.

Email to book your space. Please note spaces are very limited book early to avoid disappointment.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Niki x

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

October Update!

October has been a lot calmer after the busy summer season!!

Autumn brings with it wedding show season I have exhibited at and as I am a recommended Makeup Artist at these venues.

Amy had her October wedding at where I am also lucky to be recommended.  I styled Amy's Hair & Makeup on her wedding day as well as her bridesmaid's hair who all opted for soft textured bun styles.

Kara came over to the UK from the USA for her traditional English wedding at

I only met her a few days before the wedding day for a makeup trial along with Jaydean who styled her hair

On the wedding day we changed from the grey-toned smokey eye shades used at the trial to warmer bronze-gold tones.

Kara's Beautiful Mother

Gorgeous Bridesmaids

Special Occasion Hair & Makeup at

On the last Saturday in October I arrived at stunning at 7am to do eleven make-ups!! It was a busy morning so I didn't grab many photos but this was just one of the glamorous ladies i had the pleasure of meeting.

Wedding dates for 2020 are now limited.  Check availability and reserve your date now via

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

For the Bride that lusts after "stand out eyes"!

Are you considering doing your own wedding makeup?

Maybe you are on a tight budget or getting married abroad.  To give you an expert helping hand here is my guide to achieving "stand out eyes" on your wedding day.

A special thank you to Laura Charles at for inspiring this blog post!

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Photo @mira_malovana

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1. Prime
I always use a primer on the eyelids to keep eyeshadow in place.  I prefer a primer in a flesh tone shade this will even the skin tone before you apply eyeshadow so you get much better colour payoff.

I like MAC Pro Longwear Paint pots, I mostly use 'Soft Ochre'.

2.  Shade 
As a good guide apply three colours to help open and define the eyes.  First apply a light base colour all over the lid up to the brow.  Next add a mid-tone shade such as a light pink, peach, gold or light brown to the lower lid.  Finally a touch of a darker shadow such as a brown at the corner of the eyes and into the outer eye socket.  Blend all the colours together well! Choose timeless, classic shades such as browns, greys and plums but nothing too bright or shimmery.

I personally love MAC Eyeshadows.

Base shades I use include Blanc Type, Shroom, Brule and Ricepaper.

Great Mid-tones are Amber lights, Woodwinked, Grain, Girlie, Era & Wedge.

Darker shades to go for are Cork, Charcoal Brown, Embark, Swiss Chocolate, Mulch, Print, Greystone, Shale & Trax

Urban Decay Naked 2 & 3 Palettes are also very good options.

3. To define your eyes apply Eyeliner to the top lash line and slightly to the bottom lash line as well. Opt for long-wear, waterproof and smudge-proof in the title when choosing an eyeliner. Black, Brown, Grey or Plum are all good options depending on the choice of eye shadow you have used.
Liquid, gel and pencil are all great!  Simply choose whichever you find easiest to use and like the effect of.

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4. To brighten the eyes I use a pencil in the lower waterline to emphasise the natural highlight.  I like Charlotte Tilbury 'Eye cheat' or Benefit 'Eye Bright'.
I use a shadow like 'Nylon' or 'Ricepaper' to add highlight under the arch of the brow and to the inner and outer corner of the eye.  You could use a liquid highlighter as an alternative like Charlotte Tilbury 'Flawless Filter' or Benefit 'Highbeam'.

5. Curl lashes using metal Eyelash curlers.  Pulse them for a better curl. My top tip is to go back at the end of makeup when the mascara is dry and curl again for big impact!

6. Apply two to three coats of BLACK mascara. Again, go for waterproof or smudge-proof. I would only use dark brown if you are really fair or a red head.

7. For additional eye definition in photographs and to add a little drama to the eyes apply false lashes.  Individual or cluster will look more natural and feel more comfortable. A full set is a better choice if you are used to wearing lashes or want super glam' eyes.  I always use Ardell lashes, the individuals are knot-free and look very natural and the Ardell  'Demi whispies' are my favourite full set of lashes.

8. Brushes
These are the key to perfect eye makeup and will do a lot of the work for you!
You will need a base brush, blender, mid-tone brush, socket brush and angled brush.

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I highly recommend the following MAC Brushes.

MAC Medium Angled shading brush 275S
MAC Tapered blending brush 224S
MAC Large Shader brush 239S
MAC Pencil Brush 219S
MAC Small Angled Brush 266S

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Finally some beautiful eye makeup inspiration from Pinterest for you!

If you have any questions do get in touch I would be happy to help!
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