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Wadhurst, United Kingdom

©2020 NICOLA DOWNEY : HAIR & MAKE-UP ARTIST

March 11, 2019

As a busy working mum to three boys, my make-up routine is quick and easy. More often than not, I will do the bare minimum just to look more human. Usually in the (stationery) car before school drop off!

On days when I need to make more of an effort, I'll use more produ...

December 4, 2017

The great thing about our profession is that there are many different directions we can move in, continually learning as we go. There is so much variety to our work that we needn't get bored or feel stuck and I particularly enjoy working across different mediums and wi...

November 29, 2017

I often get asked by women how to create the coveted smokey eye, especially now that the party season is fast approaching. The main issue seems to be applying the darker colour without it looking like a real mess and they are convinced it is an impossible look to achie...

November 9, 2017

Braids and plaits are still really popular at the moment, particularly with school aged girls. Many can create wonderful styles on themselves that adults can only seem to dream of!

I encounter many parents who are struggling to learn how to create even the basic plaits...

November 8, 2017

As the end of another busy wedding season fast approaches, attention now turns to 2018 and even 2019/20 weddings. Lots of brides are getting in touch to book hair and make-up for their big day and no doubt there are many excited bridal parties looking forward to all th...

June 6, 2017

It's no secret that being a freelancer these days is tough work, particularly in the hair and make-up industry. I remember during my training at Brushstroke, many moons ago, being told that we would only get to work in one area of the industry, never across the whole o...

April 4, 2017

I set up my popular Braided Belles classes nearly three years ago after a good friend suggested I pass on my skills to fellow mums and dads. It's no secret that I love teaching parents how to master french plaits, fishtail braids, ballet buns and more on their daughter...

March 7, 2017

The wedding season is nearly upon us and so begins for me, a very busy 6 months. I have been working with brides for over 15 years across the South of England and no two weddings are the same.

Sure there are popular styles of dress each year, a similar colour scheme and...

February 9, 2017

It's no surprise that as we get older, our faces and skin textures change, meaning how we apply our make-up and the products we use can also change. The good news is that you can achieve a more youthful and flattering look without the need for surgery!

Choosing the most...

February 2, 2017

I launched a brand new service this week which I am really rather excited about but which I do have to credit a good friend for as she came up with the idea! Thank you Sarah.

A common complaint I hear from my clients is how intimidating they find saleswomen on the big m...

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