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  • Feb 23

Sarah & Richard…

This month we have been meeting many of our lovely brides to be for their trials and as the summer season approaches, we thought we’d reminisce over these stunning images from our unbelievably beautiful bride Sarah and her husband Richard on their wedding day.

Sarah went for soft romantic curls, swept to the side, a deep smokey eye and flawless airbrushed skin.

I don’t know how we manages to whittle down these amazing images from our friends over at Dominic Wright Photography, but somehow we did! We hope you love them as much as we do.


The Catherine Elizabeth Team x


Hair & Make-up – Catherine Elizabeth

Photography – Dominic Wright Photography

Venue – Bowcliffe Hall

Dress Designer – Sophia Tolli at Wedding Belles and Beaus


  • Jan 5

Here’s to 2016!

This year has brought us lots of highs, smiles and changes; 2016 saw Catherine Elizabeth expanding into the team we have today, photoshoots, collaborations and of course, our many beautiful brides.

It has been a hard job condensing such a wonderful year, but here it is, a little snapshot of just some of our favourite moments from 2016…

TV & Film

January saw Catherine working alongside some of the industries finest, on fun filled, belly-laugh inducing, ITV television series Brief Encounters. Whilst filming was back in January, the series was released on ITV in July, so if you haven’t already watched, make sure you check it out for a New Year pick me up!

November was a very exciting month, as it saw 2 of the productions that Catherine has recently worked on released. Firstly, J K Rowling’s highly anticipated ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ and BBC 2’s ‘Close to the Enemy’  a 1940s post-war drama.

 Catherine Elizabeth Brides

Bride & Groom – Rosy & Sam Harrington

Photographer – Johnny MP Photography

Dress – Catriona Dowse at Rogue Bridal

Venue – The Hospitium

Bride & Groom – Lucinda & Adam Wherrett

Hair & Make-up – Catherine Elizabeth (Catherine & Emma)

Photography – Georgina Piper

Dress – Wilden Bride London

Venues – The Merchant Taylors York / Skipbridge Country Farms / Papakata

(Love this wedding? Check out the full details on our blog post here..)

Bride & Groom – Zoe & Tom Milburn

Hair & Make-up – Catherine Elizabeth (Catherine & Emma)

Dress – Little Pear Bridal Boutique

Venue – Burythorpe House

Bride & Groom – Lydia & Stuart Brohaska

Hair & Make-up – Catherine Elizabeth (Catherine, Emma & Kellie)

Photography – Alex Abbott Photography

Dress – Ian Stuart at Blewcoat

Venue – Goldsborough Hall

Bride & Groom – Anne & Kieran Raynor

Hair & Make-up – Catherine Elizabeth (Catherine, Emma & Hannah)

Photography – Hayley Baxter Photography

Dress – Enzoani at The Little Pearl Bridal Boutique

Venue – Swinton Park

(Check back soon for another blog post on the very beautiful Anne’s wedding!)

For the final wedding of the year, it was one close to the Catherine Elizabeth heart… December saw Catherine as the Maid of Honour for her very good friend Claire at Monk Fryston Hall. Emma came along too, to help Catherine get the bridal party ready, for what turned out to be a very beautiful day!

Photography – JoanneB Photography

All in all, 2016 has been a fun packed, smiles all round kind of year for Catherine Elizabeth and we can’t wait to see where 2017 takes us…

Happy New Year!

The Catherine Elizabeth Team x

  • Aug 5

Our Top 5 Make-up Tips This Summer…

1. It’s all about that base..

dermaYour daily skin care routine is just as, (if not more) important as your make-up. Catering to your skins needs does all the hard work for you when it comes to make-up application. There are many different products out there to cater to different skin types from dry to oily. One brand you will find in our toolbox is Dermalogica. Try their ‘Speed Mapping’ to see which of their regimes would best meet your skin’s needs.

As most of you may already know, skin types are usually divided into 3 categories; dry, combination and oily. There are of course sub categories that cover more specific skin types, but these are how most brands categorize their products. During hotter weather many people suffer with an increase of natural oils, what once was combination skin may now be more prone to oily and so on. A good way to tackle this is to switch your daily moisturizer to a ‘light’ or ‘oil free’ version of your preferred brand. However, if you’re one of the lucky few who can get away with it, a brilliant way to lighten up this summer is by using a tinted moisturizer.


2. Prime Time

Investing in a good primer is a sure way to help your make-up routine all year round, not just in summer. Primer creates a thin layer between moisturizer and make-up, helping smooth out creases, lines and even some acne scarring. Primer powers do however really shine through in summer months when make-up would otherwise slip and slide without it. With primers finally getting the credit and ‘coverage’ (excuse the pun) it really deserves, there are now many out there that cover different skin types from deep pores to mature skin. Here are a few that can be found in our kit..















3. Building Good Foundations

hd-powder-70908As we spoke about before, with the right base, your usual foundation should hold on tight. If however you are still finding oiliness creeping up on you throughout hot days, switching to an oil free foundation is the next step you should try. Many brands now offer oil free alternativ604214851108_allnighteres so ‘season proofing’ your make-up bag from Winter to Summer should be pretty easy. We do of course always recommend setting your make-up with a translucent powder and/or setting spray, this should help absorb any excess oil and keep your make-up in place.

4. Cream Of The Crop

Firstly, let us state that the list of beautiful powders we use here at Catherine Elizabeth is endless, but for some, with hot weather comes powder incompatibility. This applies specifically to eyeshadows and blushers, in hot weather, even the best brands can sometimes bake into lines and creases, which does not help get us that ‘sun-kissed’ and ‘glowing’ look this summer. If this sounds familiar, try changing things up and switching to cream blushers and eyeshadows. Have a little look below at some of the products we use on our clients..

bobbimac blush












 5. Most Importantly..

If you take one piece of advice from this post, please let it be this…

SPF, SPF, SPF, please make sure that at least one of your base products contains SPF, whether it be your moisturizer, primer or foundation, protecting your face from harmful UV rays is a must. It is not hard to come by, there will be an SPF option in one of your products and can be easily added into your daily routine. Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget your lips, the skin on your lips is easily damaged by the sun and there are many balms available on the market that provide SPF.

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The Catherine Elizabeth Team x

P.S. All images will link you to the brand websites, happy shopping!

  • Jan 28

At Home Herbal Facial Stream

At Home Herbal Steam Facial

This soothing treatment is simple to do yourself and offers your skin and senses a host of benefitsFacials are one of the most popular spa offerings for good reason: Not only are they incredibly relaxing, but they offer a number of beauty benefits, including clearer pores, softer skin and a glowing complexion.

Benefits of Steam

A steady stream of warm, soothing steam does more than instantly relax your body and mind. Steaming your face also:

  • Boosts circulation. Exposure to warm steam increases perspiration, helping your skin’s blood vessels to dilate, which improves blood flow.
  • Hydrates and oxygenates your skin. Moist heat revives dry, tired-looking skin thanks in part to that fresh, oxygenated blood.
  • Loosens debris and unclogs pores. Warm steam softens the skin’s surface, which makes it easier for bacteria and dirt to exit pores.
  • Promotes a healthy glow. That boost in circulation beneath the skin, combined with a blast of hydration to the surface, will help you look refreshed.
  • Calms your nerves with herbal aromas. When you add herbs and essential oils to your facial steam, it works as aromatherapy to help soothe your mind and body.

Creating Your At Home Herbal Facial Steam

You don’t need a pricey facial steam machine, like those that aestheticians use, to reap the many benefits of this treatment. Simply find a metal pot or mixing bowl and follow these other set-up steps:

Step 1: Boil water and add enough to almost fill a plastic, ceramic or stainless steel basin.

Step 2: Add a few pinches of the dried herbs of your choice to the water in the basin and allow to draw for a few minutes.

Step 3: Sit at a table with a towel over your head and cover the basin of hot water in front of you. Keep your head at a comfortable distance above the water so the steam reaches your face. You may prefer to keep your eyes closed if you think the steam may irritate them.

Step 4: Sit for 5-10 minutes with your head in the ‘tent’ and allow the herbs and the steam to do their work. You can use the bathroom sink instead of a basin – just take a chair into the bathroom so that you can sit comfortably

Step 5: Gently rinse your face with cool water to remove any sweat and debris that’s loosened from your pores, and pat your face dry with a clean towel. Then choose your favorite hydrating serum or moisturizer and massage a small amount into your face. Just as a professional would do during a facial, take some time to massage your jaw, cheeks, temples, forehead and nose. while taking the steam.
Choose the Right Herbs

Knowing which dried herbs/plants or herbal essential oil is best for you can help you make the most of your at-home facial steam:

Dried_Chamomile_Flower.jpg_140x140  Chamomile Flowers to soothe irritated and sensitive skin.




394788622_071  Lavender Flowers as a good tonic for all skin types.




Valentine heart of dried nettle on white background  Nettles to cleanse pores on oily skin.




21  Peppermint leaves to close pores, tone and clarify the skin.




wedding rose petal confetti real ferrari ducati formula 1 moto gp  Rose Petals to help with acne and oedema.




Fotolia_5300629_Subscription_L  Rosemary to tone and restore elasticity to the skin.




bigstock-fresh-sage-leaves-on-white-bac-43698121  Sage as an astringent and antibacterial toner.





Nurture Your Skin

  • Dec 31

2014 An Amazing Year

What an fabulous world wind 2014 has been and has been such a pleasure to have worked on so many fantastic TV and film projects and creating a variety of hair and makeup styles for our 2014 brides.

Started the year in Yorkshire on BBC drama “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell“, working with some fantastic cast and crew, which I ended my journey in a fabulous place in Croatia.

The seven-part series stars Eddie Marsan (Best of Men, Ray Donovan, Filth) and Olivier award-winning Bertie Carvel (Restless, Hidden, Matilda) who take on the magical roles of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. Further casting includes Alice Englert (Ginger & Rosa, Beautiful Creatures), Marc Warren (Hustle, Mad Dogs, The Musketeers), Samuel West (Mr Selfridge, Fleming), and Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights, Easy Virtue).


Then straight into a great journey working on great war film “Testament of Youth“.  From one war I had the pleasure of joining the hair and makeup team on second world war film “Girls Night Out“, working on Hull, Derbyshire and Brussels.  We may have worked over a month of night shoots but what a ball we had creating a variety of 1940’s hair and makeup looks.

A fabulous summer was spent on the cobbles of Coronation Street at their new home at Media City in Manchester.

All about the brides, in between my filming adventures I have had the pleasure to meet and create some fabulous hair and makeup looks for Catherine Elizabeth Brides.

Thrilled to have been short listed for hair and makeup artist of the North East Wedding Awards

And to have been voted to been one of the Top 50 Makeup Artist’s in the UK, by

Rounding off the year joining the hair and makeup team for the film remake of “Dad’s Army“.  Which was an absolute honor to work with and along side some great cast and crew.

And my favorite thing of all of 2014 is our baby news!!!!

2014 has been one hell of a journey in many ways and I can not wait for the next chapter to start!



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