Primp Powder Pout - a Make-Up Artist's Life


Primp Powder Pout

Primp Powder Pout
Ashley Kay Gifford Make-up & Hair Artist

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My name is Ashley Kay and I am Primp Powder Pout. 

I spend my days recording tutorials, reviews, writing blogs and making people beautiful running after my son and when I have time, actually doing a bit of painting as well. 

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Glittery Festive Nails

I'm the first to admit that I'm not very good with my nails. I hardly paint them, especially in the summer (only my toes), but for some reason when winter hits, I go a little crazy for glittery nail varnish!

Its funny that I tend to step up my nail routine in winter, considering my hands are permanently in gloves, but I just don't feel properly festive unless I've got some glitter on!

This year I have tried out some new varnishes! I tend to stick with my 'old reliables' but have ventured into a brand that I hadn't used before but thought I'd give it a go.  George from Asda!

This week, as the weather got colder and the Christmas feeling really kicked in, I got to have a lovely little play with George's Nail Art. Which, I must say...was a little scary to use at first, seeing as I NEVER do my nails. The NailArt varnish comes in a slim bottle with a long pipette so that you can paint any design you like! I went for Black and Gold because..well Gold just felt Christmassy!

I also went a little nuts with the GEMSTONE Varnish in Amethyst and Garnet! One of my pet peeves about glitter varnish is it tend to chip almost the same day it has been applied. I found with these, if I applied a clear varnish first, then the glitter coat and a top clear coat it had a staying power of 4 days. That's pretty good going for glitter I think as it tends to catch an edge and chip...The price you pay for sparkles.

So basically I was quite happy with it's staying power.

Also, with the Nail Art, I found it went on really easily and had great staying power too! For a mere £3 each! That's pretty amazing!

Friday, 21 November 2014

MY NEW WEBSITE! Primp Powder Pout - UK Makeup & Hair Artist

YAYYY! My new website is up and running! I have finally been handed full control of my site and can let my hubby relinquish his duties of sorting out all the things I want changed or updated!

I am very particular about my websites and how they represent me! Though I do makeup and in my own way, am quite girly, I wanted my site to be clean and clear without the frills. I wanted the images to represent the beauty of what I do and the rest of the site to be clear and concise!

There is more I am adding as I go. I have hundreds of photos coming up from this season and many from the previous years. But for now, I have a good amount on there!

Let me know your thoughts and what you think about it!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

How to Get a Perfectly Bouncy Bob

Helloo!! So over a month ago I cut ALL of my hair off! Not just a little but ALL... ok well like a foot of hair!

This is exciting because now I get to try all new HAIRSTYLES OUT!

Here is a mini tutorial on how to curl and wave a medium length bob! I used two different tongs. One large barrel tong under the hair (I don't like super tight waves underneath my hair because it knots up) and a totem styler on top. OBVIOUSLY, you can use any one you prefer.

A large barrel tong will give looser waves and curls and a tighter styler will give tighter, bouncier curls. Both are lovely and both are easy to use!

Enrapture Totem Styling Wand
Babyliss Pro Curling Tong, Large


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Party Makeup with Emerald Green Eyeliner

Its finally made it past Halloween and we are swiftly approaching the party season...though I feel like it start ages ago!

This look that I created was inspired by my little niece, Ruby, who is seriously into her makeup. She always has HUGE cat flicks and really loves to experiment. Ruby is also my model in this tutorial as she really wanted to try something new for a big party she had coming up.

This look is more suited for evening, but could be worn during the day if you tone down the eyes a bit.

I hope you enjoy!

What I used:
bareMinerals BareSkin foundation
MAC concealer
bareMinerals eyeshadow
BarryM Eyeliner in black
bareMinerals blusher
bareMinerals Moxie lipgloss
KIKO mascara

Here's how I did it:

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Alien Halloween Makeup Tutorial- Suitably Spooky

I love Halloween and every year  I recreate new looks, as I've said in previous blog...
However, it is so hard to come up with new, original ideas. So this year, I went through Pinterest and tried to find some inspiration. I came across an amazing artist with a her instagram name Sammylovesfossas . Sammy is great at painting...particularly on her face! So I took the alien look she created and tried my best to show you all how to do it.

I didn't do a trial run on this. I literally winged it. It could probably be perfected and made A LOT better if I did it again, but this video shows you how it can be done...on the day, with no practice.

I hope you all enjoy!

I will also be uploading a video of Grey (my little boy) doing my makeup as well. So stay tuned for that. He went from making me into 'Spider woman' to basically colouring my entire body, black!


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Getting the Makeup to Suit Your Dress

Yes, this is a blog, all about weddings again. Its what I do people... so just embrace it, because I have!

I have brides from all around the world from styles ranging from complete classic, Breakfast at Tiffany style to naturally Bohemian. 

One of the things I love about these amazing brides of mine, is the beautiful dresses they choose and the makeup and hair I get to pair up with it. 

In this little blog, I have had the pleasure of pairing up with and giving you guys a little glimpse at how I pull a look together with some beautiful wedding dresses!

My first look I wanted to put together today is this beautiful Temperley Dress.
I love the cut of the dress with the flower details. It doesn't have to have bling to make it special! It could almost go without jewellery, other than some small pearl earrings or even something that pops. 

With a dress like this, I would go with an undo, for sure, to show off the amazing bodice. 
For the makeup, I would go for something classic and current. 

My go to products for something like this would be:
Photography: Debbie Wallwork
Photography: Debbie Wallwork

MAC & Body Foundation-for a naturally flawless finish that lets the skin look dewy and sheer. 

bareMinerals Eyeshadows Dream Sequence- Their colour range is beautiful. Especially for 
autumn, I would go for warm rust and purple tones, especially for blue and green eyes. 

Smashbox Black Gel Eyeliner in Jetset : You can't go wrong with a flick. A line, bumped right up against the lash line and a small flick will elongate the eyes and make the eyelashes appear long and full. 
MAC Blusher in Flirt & Tease- This blusher is warm and rich toned but sheer. With it's buildable colour, you can work it into the apples and deepen it to lift and plump the cheeks. 

Estee Lauder Pure Colour in Rebellious Rose-  This lipstick will tie it all together and keeps the colours along the same range. 

It doesn't take a lot of makeup to make a look work. It's just getting the colours right and the overall vision correct. This look will compliment rather than overpower the dress. Leaving the bride feeling classically beautiful and allow her to look back at the photos and know that the look would never date!

Thursday, 9 October 2014

A Year of Weddings- Emma's Cambridge Wedding

Next up on my year of weddings is Emma!

Emma was such a fun bride to be with on her wedding day! This girl is hilarious. I already have a bad habit of talking in a  funny way, but whenever Emma was telling a story or joke, she would do the same and pick up this funny accent WHICH I STILL DO TO THIS DAY! Emma! I can't get rid of this funny voice when I tell jokes now!

Emma had quite a traditional dress with a lovely up-do to compliment it! We softly pulled the hair back with a lovely soft bun and let some hair naturally frame the face.

The makeup was classic with a black eyeliner to emphasise the eyes and a lovely pink lip!
Scott-Wood Photography

Scott-Wood Photography

Scott-Wood Photography
It has been lovely that I have been able to stay in touch with Emma. It really was a pleasure to do her hair and makeup as well as her bridesmaids' hair!

Monday, 6 October 2014

The Best of Halloween Makeup Tutorials!

 Deranged, Scary Clown Tutorial
Deranged, Scary Clown Tutorial! Click at your own risk!
It is that spooky time of year where I start to do my Halloween tutorials! I love this time of year because I can really push the boat out and do some things I never really get to try... especially in wedding industry ;)

Here is my playlist of all of my favourite halloween tutorials I have created! As well as my latest 'Undead' tutorial I uploaded last week!

I hope you enjoy and if you have any requests, then please let me know and I will try and get one out for you!


Click for Zombie Bride

 Evil Clown Tutorial
Evil Clown Tutorial

Click to watch my half skeleton , half beauty makeup tutorial!

Click for one of my 4 Sugar Skull tutorials!
The some of the other videos are below:
Dark and Moody Sugar Skull
Soft, Pretty Sugar Skull Tutorial

Thursday, 2 October 2014

A Year of Weddings- Anna Waterhouse's Perfect London Wedding

On the 31st August last year, I did makeup for Anna and this was definitely a special wedding! Anna and her hubby are the epitome of cool, both being screenplay writers in London.

From the dress Anna designed herself, to the amazing location we got ready in... The Covent Garden Hotel, this wedding was everything you'd want from a London wedding. 

I really enjoyed getting to know Anna. 
Her look was delicate, but her dress made the impact. 
Anna has perfect skin, that we let breathe with a sheer foundation. Her eyes were subtle and her lips were pink. 

Anna's Sister, before hair, after  Makeup

Look at Anna's Beautiful Dress!!

Friday, 19 September 2014

A Year of Weddings - Double Wedding Day -

There are some Saturdays that I have two weddings. I try not to do them very often but if I have a timeframe that works and a bride that will do anything to have me, then I will add the second wedding.

On this particular day in August I had the chance to do Lisa's wedding:

Lisa was completely calm and collected! Even though she heard another wedding couple in the same hotel arguing over the groom losing the wedding ring... it didn't give her the jitters like it would most brides. 
Lisa had a traditional style and wanted a smooth half up and half down hairstyle , adding a hairband with a lovely vintage style broach on the side. We emphasised her eyes, keeping the rest of the skin fresh and dewy. 
Lisa and her photos just looked absolutely amazing on the wedding day!

My second wedding of that day was Sophie! Sophie, the bridesmaids and my assistant and I had the pleasure of watching Friend (American sitcom) the entire time we were getting everyone ready! Let me just tell you that nothing sets the tone like some hilarious Friends episodes! So funny!

Sophie opted for a lovely plait along her fringe and we went for a light smokey eye and pinky lips! 
While Monica worked away on the bridesmaids' makeup (her job was so easy, just look how stunning they are), I did their hair. We went for soft, side swept half up styles that looked elegant but natural. Sophie comes from an outdoorsy family and she didn't want anything too harsh!

With this particular undo, we went for the veil to be underneath so as not to upset the intricate style of the bun! It worked perfectly!