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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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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!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

A Year of Weddings - Maggie's Wedding | Cambridge

This is a perfectly fitting blog of weddings this week because the wedding I am doing this Friday is being photographed by the same photographer, Ben Minnaar, from Maggie's wedding just over a year ago. Only this week I will be in London.

Maggie, my lovely bride, is a beautiful Californian who I had the pleasure of doing hair and makeup for, for her wedding.

With Monica, my sidekick, we tackled this gorgeous wedding on a lovely August morning.

Maggie wanted her hair to be sophisticated and soft. We went for a smooth undo with a soft, sort of basket weave bun. It was gorgeous! We made sure we emphasised her eyes but kept her looking sun kissed and natural at the same time.

The whole look really complimented the 1920's-30s feel that the wedding dress embodied!

These are some of my favourite wedding photos from last year and you can probably guess why...from just looking at them :)
Ben Minnaar Photography

Ben Minnaar Photography

Ben Minnaar Photography

Ben Minnaar Photography

Monday, 8 September 2014

How to look super fresh for school this year!

So either school is under way or people are just starting back this week! Its pretty stressful, from what I remember, going back to school, whether you're just hitting high school or you are starting college, young and old!

I know that one thing that gave me more confidence when I was going back to school is having a new outfit or two (to deflect from my nervousness) and also just feeling good about yourself on the outside while you're totally freaking out on the inside.

Below is a quick tutorial on how to feel and look your best on the outside when starting a new year cramming your brain full of clever stuffs!

Benefit- Stay Flawless Primer
Maybelline-  BB Cream- Dream Fresh
Maybelline - FIT ME concealer 20
Rimmel-  Scandeleyes Taupe Eyeshadow Stick
bareMinerals-  Shimmer Eyeshadow in Taupe
Barry M -  Grey Khol Eyeline Pencil
Maxfactor- Wild Mega Volume Mascara
Smashbox- O Glow Cream Blush
MAC - Refined Golden Bronzing Powder
bareMinerals- READY Tinted Touch up Veil
Benefit- Dandelion Lip Gloss


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A Year of Weddings - Iryna's Country Wedding

Last year I had the absolute pleasure of doing Iryna's wedding at Old Hall Ely, one of many weddings I have done at this Jacobean Manor House. I do love it when I have a local wedding in Ely!

I really had a soft spot for Iryna and her lovely sisters and amazing mother. After the initial trial in London, I knew I was going to get along with these ladies like a house on fire.

Iryna wanted a focus on her eyes but to still look natural and fresh. We kept the foundation lightweight with MAC's Face and body and used neutrals on her eyes with a bit of liner to define them to the way Iryna loves it! 
We did a soft, messy bun that wasn't 'too bridal' so that strands could fall out naturally and frame her face. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

Guest blogger Lena Mae brings you STREET STYLE with Kylie!

Hallo meine Favouriten! I return with another style crush for you, this time it's the gorgeous Kylie.

Yeeeah ok not THAT Kylie, but this one is just as adorable I promise! I met her in Yorkshire last weekend, she was working backstage at a show I was performing at and I was in awe of her presence from the get go. Not only was such an incredible sweetheart, but her outfit popped and I was instantly jealous of her drag inspired style.

*As an aside, unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me, so had to use my telephone in this particular vogue emergency, please excuse the quality of photographs. *

Let's GO! Check out this jumpsuit :

LOVE IT. Bright reds, yellow and greens. Tapered leg, pluuuunging neckline. And if that wasn't enough, Kylie wore a few shades of bright green eyeshadow. She said I knew I had to clash, so green had to be main colour. I have always had a strong fascination with make up and never felt "pretty". Studying countless MUAs and being around drag queens of old I have started to go for big drama with my make up.'

For your info.. The jumpsuit is from and the gorgeous golden footwear shoes are Anna Sholz for Simply Be; 'A bloody bargain reduced to £18'

Next stop, that enormous flower in her hair. Approximately the same size as her head. That's the way to do it.

I do enjoy a good bit of head garnish, and the drama of Kylie's made me so happy. Check out where she got it..THRIFY ACCESSORIZERS take note!

'I knew I wanted an extravaganza look to go with the garish jumpsuit. I raided my local garden center. Got the old glue gun out et voila. Massive shit off hair piece.'

So eloquent! Balancing out the 'shit off hair piece' was a mountain of hair on the other side. We're talking uber volume. We're talking Victorian madame out hawking for business type volume. Genius. Here's how she created it :

'My hair was flumped by the addition of a 3/4 wig simply for volume. If you need a hand getting fat hair, use a wig. I bloody love having mahoosive hair. Hate wash day as have to brush all the back comb out!'

For those make-up junkies having a read, I found out which brands Kylie used to create her look. Don't say I never give you anything :

'For this look I used just two brands. Elizabeth Arden double wear foundation and my NYX all you ever need palette - contains eyeshadows, contour palette etc Oh and my lips were lined using Illamsqua pencil then topped with Boujois Velvet lip stain in Ole Flamingo.'

And lets have a final look at the whole she-bang in it's full length glory :

Bloody Lovely.

A little added info, the show I was part of was www, and I highly recommend it. You can read a little more about me at, if you like! 

Auf wiedersehen for now! Lena x