Harry Jon Hair and Makeup
Stop the press!! NEWSFLASH: Harry Jon has a home!!
2015 has been one hellova year here at HJ! With hundreds of gorgeous Harry Jon brides walking down the aisle over the last twelve months, this autumn, our very own Clare joined them in marrying the love of her life in front of their gorgeous two daughters, loving family and favourite friends, on a day we won’t be forgetting in a hurry! So with a fresh new start for the head of our gang, we can’t think of a better way to see in the new year, than with a brand new base on the high street!
By early spring 2016, we will be opening our doors to the brand new HJ HQ here in Middlewich, East Cheshire. We are bursting with excitement and ready to invite all of our clients with a very special welcome to our new home!
But not only that….there’s more!!
For 7 years, we have been travelling the length and breadth of the UK to our brides-to-be. But of course, trying to reach everyone on one day becomes difficult and we have sadly had to turn many people down, due to time restrictions. So, not only do we now have an HQ as our base…but we are also launching the Glam Bar!
The Glam Bar will be for anyone looking for that extra special make up:
- A night out, big birthday, hunt ball or just an excuse to look fabulous – open exclusively on Fridays and Saturdays for all those who like to party!
- Bridal trials – without having to throw your fiance out for an hour so we can talk all things ‘wedding’ in private, now you can relax and we can work on your ideal look together!
- Training – we now offer workshops and courses for those wanting to learn how to self perfect that smokey eye, balance that unsymmetrical winged eyeliner or simply bring a bit of glam to your day look! We can’t wait to share our top secret hints and tips for quick makeup fixes and hair dilemmas!
Forget chasing after the kids with curlers in your hair, a fake eyelash stuck to your cheek and a half attempt at full evening make up because you ran out of time…no, no! Bringing a chic and swanky new setting to Cheshire for all clients to relax and enjoy with a glass of bubbly, join Harry Jon at the Glam Bar for your unique glam-up experience!
AND it doesn’t end there! We want your feedback to help us make your experience the absolute very best it can be. We appreciate your thoughts and we want to hear from you! Any additional services or courses you’d like to be made available, please let us know so we can work on it.
We’re busy transforming the space already!
So there you have it, 2016 will be the year of Harry Jon! Make sure you join us on social media and pop in for a visit soon. Watch this space for news of the all exclusive Harry Jon launch party!
So this lovely lady is one of my closest friends!
I was so excited when she asked me to get her ready for her wedding day… and looking back i’m glad i was there to keep her relaxed – hair and makeup for my gorgeous friend and her mum and a quick rescue with hair for all the bridesmaids.
A completely gorgeous day… Take it away Claire
It was love at first sight!
I met James back in 2009, the timing was terrible! My parents had just separated and my whole belief in love, family and marriage was blown to pieces. After cancelling on him once I decided to bite the bullet and just go on the date….
Standing and waiting for him to arrive (for once I was early, ask James now and he will say it is the only time I have ever been early or on time in the whole time he has known me). A really hot guy walks past me, looks at me and smiles then realises he needs to do a 180 because I was the date!
Almost instantly I feel in love with this sweet, shy, generous and super hot figure of a man who can dance…oh yes he can dance! Every girl wants their own Patric Swayze and I now have one!
Within weeks James had managed to rebuild my trust and belief in relationships and love. Within 3 months we were living together and within a year and half he had proposed!
The proposal was lovely and so James! He is sweet and shy but his attention to detail is like nobody else’s I know, he managed to surprise me with a trip to London, a wonderful evening with friends that I had not seen in a long while and then the next day in a restaurant that I had always wanted to go to he presented me with an amazing ring and asked me to be his wife, I was in complete shock! But of course jumped at the chance to marry him!
Here is where is the fun begins…..Do you remember I mentioned James attention to detail! Yeah well at times that came in REALLY handy, he made our seating plan and individually glued all the gems on himself! We made all our own invites… Other times not so handy, trying to sneak on those extra canapes and confetti cones!
James and I rarely argued about what we’d like from our wedding day, we had pretty much the same view. He appreciated that I always wanted to get married in the same church as my sisters and I understood that if we were going to go back to Wales to get married we needed to provide transport his extended family to attend….extended family being the local Rugby club he captained at the time. So we knew it was also going to be a big event.
Keeping it true to us though we wanted suppliers and people that we trusted around us whilst it was a big day we still wanted it to be personal; from the venue that I already knew well The Grosvenor, Pulford , their amazing wedding planning team and hotel manager Maurice could not have been more accommodating. To the florist at Greens N Things who agreed to my strange request to have the flowers in champagne buckets – to my godfather who spoke at our wedding and James stepmum and one of my closest friends who also did a reading for us.
Finally, we come to the amazing Clare Ardern, Clare, you’ll all know owns HarryJon and she is one of my closest friends so I had to have her! She’s wasn’t just a makeup artist but my stylist, this woman is incredible, she can literally transform you from the person you are to the one you have always wanted to be on your wedding day! This for me was a regal feel, fairy tale meets Hollywood glamour. Clare worked with the theme of my day, dress, colour schemes and personality. Somebody who can do all of this is worth their weight in gold!
Her patience on the day was amazing, we had over 6 adults to get ready and a sneaky little flower girl also managed to use her expertise. (My niece Eleanor is a force to be reckoned with!) My wedding morning wasn’t as smooth as I wanted, I think it is important for all brides to put their foot down here, you need people around you that make you happy. Clare was calm and composed whilst I was having a mini breakdown! She handed me a glass of champagne and smiled, put me in my dress, a Maggie Sottero gown from the ladies at Aristocrats in Chester.
That moment was amazing! All set to travel to our family church in a stunning wedding car of Horgans. If it wasn’t for Clare I can whole heartedly guarantee that James would not have been half as impressed as he was when I met him at the alter.
As for the groom… Now my amazing husband I could not have been happier with what we achieved for our day and now we have photos that will last a lifetime to always remind us of our awesome day!
BEFORE & AFTER:
Like you’ve never seen us before!
For most women before & after pictures are terrifying! To be seen without our war paint on is a big no no – so these were particularly brave under the circumstances. Harsh lighting and a very early start meant that these pre-makeup shots were never going to be picture perfect and not particularly what we’d want seen all over the internet… BUT we’re warriors, so here we go!
A 5.30am start to get myself ready revealed the true horrors of the dreaded ‘pillow face’. Many of my clients laugh when I tell them about the ‘lazy side’ of my face and that my skin isn’t particularly great, because I cover it with professional makeup. But as I was asking other ladies to bare all, I decided to join them and show that the proof is in the pudding! I think we can all agree that this bad boy snap, really does show my double sided face at its worst!
At wedding fayres, I always aim to find out which bridal looks are already donning the runway before deciding what style I will produce for myself. Today’s was a scruffy up-do with a quiff fringe. I decided against putting anything additional into it, because it is a versatile hair up complimented best by flowers, a tiara or comb etc depending upon your own personal preference. Instead, I went for some statement Stella & Dot Holly Drop Earrings with the intention of testing these pretty, but edgy, drop earrings for my own big day. I think I’m a little bit on love with them…what do you think?!
For the makeup, i went a darkish smokey eye with winged vampy eyeliner saluted by a dramatic berry lip from Illamasqua suitable for both of the gowns i was wearing today from Victoria Jane by Ronald Joyce and the other, Mori Lee.
Kit in the car, drive to venue…
Thankfully,I was only working on the catwalk today, so I didn’t have the additional stress of setting up an exhibition stand for the wedding fayre. BUT, what I did have was eleven models about to descend on me for all their hair ups and make ups, in preparation for the show!
Holly – Lorna – Charis
Charis & Holly of Dream Dress Bridal and Mandy of Mrs Toppings Tea Parties arrive bright and early at 7am to set up stands providing me with a little extra time to set their prepped hair before the others arrived.
The gorgeous bridesmaid gowns were supplied from Mark Lesley Bridemaids and i was asked to incorporate a flower headband into each look to suit the collection. On wedding days every bridesmaid has a different style so to inspire I created each look to have the same shadow base in a mauve, applied to accentuate the fresh and girly pink tone of the dress but with their own personality twist.
- Charis: traditional smooth curled hair with the addition of a retro liquid liner to her makeup.
- Holly: Cheryl Cole inspired BIG hair and a smoky liner for sultry eyes with lots of bronzer.
- Mandy: a softer look consistent with the vintage style, using brown liner and a small amount of black with English rose blush cheeks (Mandy was also a bride today too, so her look had to be wearable for her vintage princess wedding gown from Mori Lee later on in the show)
Jen and Michelle also volunteered to join us for a before and after makeup picture too, however I do feel that with their natural good looks, they got away a little easier than me and my pillow face! Jen requested an up-do to trial a ‘scruffy chignon’ for her sister’s big day with added flowers, which I absolutely loved in her hair.
I went to town with the backcombing on Jen’s hair before shaping it into place (although poor Jen had to do the practice catwalk with unfinished MASSIVE hair. Luckily she’s a good sport and took it in her stride, smiling all the way!). For Jen’s makeup I applied a soft look but with definition using lots of liner, mascara and lashes and then super rosy on the apples of her cheeks – a look that worked well with both gowns from Diane Harbridge & Heritage.
With the launch of the new movie, ‘Cinderella‘ Michelle was our very own girl with the glass slippers as she wore two gowns from Diane Harbridge collection encrusted in diamontes and sparkle. Michelle’s hair was heavily curled with added extensions and then creatively pinned for a ‘half up-half down’ look. Topped with a beautiful tiara from Richard Designs. The perfect accessory for any princess bride!
Michelle’s makeup was encrusted in a soft pink (a mixture of two from Eye Kandy) with a thin line of black liquid liner, a pink lip and cheek, with lots of highlights and finished off dowsed in glitter spray – she literally shimmered her way down the catwalk in superb Cinders style!
By this point, I was four girls down and seven more to go…the clock was ticking and with only so many hours in the day, I certainly had my hands full and the pressure was on. Thankfully Jen jumped in to lend a hand adding lashes to the girls; a makeup artist turned beautician! Whilst Michelle, a fellow hairdresser, grabbed the curlers and got stuck in to assist getting the job done on time. Thank you so much ladies!
Michelle – Charlotte – Clare – Mandy – Jen – Charis and little man Alfie
As Lorna arrived, I decided a quick plaited up do was most suitable for her bridal look, as she was also being a bridesmaid (pictured above with Holly & Charis) later in the show. This is a super fast but effective look for bridesmaids and easily adapted to your own personal style; individually altering more height, more drama, more loose, etc.
Lorna’s makeup was a traditional and natural wedding look; a wash of taupe brown on her socket, brown liner and mascara, then an apricot cheek to go with her cappuccino bridesmaid dress from Mark Lesley.
Our catwalk community is very much like a little family. We all work hard and pull together every show to create something inspiring and entertaining for prospective brides who come to visit. Year by year the comments get better and better on the choreography and vibe of the team – something that is so encouraging and rewarding for all those who put in the work on the stage and behind the scenes!
Charlotte joined us for this catwalk and having worked with her before, I knew she’d fit right in with the team. She’s a complete professional so standing looking at her moodboard for the show I heard the girls gasp from their makeupless faces. She is absolutely gorgeous…I certainly didn’t want to walk after her down the catwalk! She is an absolute stunner and the kindest person with it, she certainly was a newly added asset to the team.
For the launch of Dream Dress Bridal’s new boutique, I showcased the classic hair down with extensions for volume. But with Charlottes hair this time, I opted for a soft and very loose updo with pieces cascading topped off with a fresh bridal look for her makeup. In all honesty Charlotte would look amazing no matter what she wears, but she looked particularly sensational in this Heritage gown – my own personal princess favourite of the Dream Dress boutique.
Next was Jen, always my edgy bride and today is no different as she graced the catwalk in a complete embellished fishtail gown with a sweetheart neckline from Mori Lee – to say she looked absolutely stunning is an understatement! Today we went for a dramatic eye makeup – shimmering gold from the Urban Decay palette teamed with a MAC brown paint pot underneath to give some added depth, with a bronze cheek and added coral on the apples giving her a dramatic sun kissed look (also from my MAC palette).
Jens hair was whizzed up into a sleek classic updo style; a pleat complemented by pretty flower slides through the back from Richard Designs.
Next was Michelle number two, this time opting for an art deco inspired hair, pinned up in curls around the back to one side, showing off the embellished back on this amazing princess gown from Mori Lee.
Michelles makeup defined her socket line, liquid liner, lashes and a slightly heavier contour than the others and lots of high lighter from Illamasqua
Mandy – Charlotte – Michelle
Maxine arrived with a full face of makeup, like many, she does not leave the house without it, so a before and after picture was not possible this time and no time to remove all the makeup traces – think on your feet, I topped up her make up quickly, as by this point, we only had about 20 minutes left before the start of the show and no time to waste – i’m almost there and feeling good as this is the biggest show i’ve done with no assistant! Thank heavens for a fellow makeup artist and hairdresser on hand who just happen to love parading round in wedding dresses!
Last was my gorgeous gal Georgia – (yet to be signed by a modelling agency but I doubt it will take long) who walked for the newest designer for Dream Dress; Gemy Maalouf looking absolutely gorgeous on the catwalk.
We opted for a curled look again for Georgia’s hair as I wanted to keep it quite sleek but have a slightly rough look around it to keep in style with ‘glam boho bride chic’. For her makeup, I decided upon lots of liner and super smouldering eyes. Georgia has a real Arabian princess look about her, my very own Princess Jasmine, whose beautiful face demanded plenty of bronze tones to make her eyes pop with black liner around her eyes as well as on the water line. She carried the headband tiara off so well, I’m sure you’ll agree!
Special mention for the boys of Whistle & Flute who two little lead men stole the show… Take a look at the video for a peek at the catwalk.
Nicky – Mick – Andy
We love to hear your comments – favourite products – hints & tips for Brides to be. So please leave your comments below!
All wedding gowns are available at Dream Dress Bridal in Bredbury.
Menswear: Whistle & Flute Menswear
Chalotte Clemie is available to book: Alan Sharman Agency
Toast Master: Bob Williams
Videographer: Rich Video
Jen – Clare – Mandy – Bob – Charlotte – Georgia
What kind of bride are you?
Here’s some inspiration to help you find your wedding style!
Finding your wedding style within the bridal world can be tricky for some. We all love imagery and shopping with our eyes, but the rules can change when it come to being head to toe in a full on bridal gown and corsetry. Shopping as you know it doesn’t quite work when you come to try on the ‘perfect gown’ and its can all be a bit of an anti climax! My advice, get to a boutique and try these gowns on. Ive met brides that want a lace gown with possibly a little detail who have left in head to toe sparkle and vice versa – my point is, your everyday style browsing through a wedding mag doesn’t cut it this time because i guess it just doesn’t feel special enough?
As well as a hairstylist and makeup artist i also work along side a 5* bridal boutique Dream Dress Bridal and a stunning jewellery company Stella & Dot, i love the styling side of my work so i’ve put this together to help you piece your perfect wedding style together… Hopefully it helps but get your comments below, give your advice and let us know if love any of the styles!
The Princess; A Ronald Joyce princess gown (this has a detachable flower) it has an amazing corset and encrusted sweetheart neckline, the waistline plunges to make it even more slimming! I’ve teamed this with a Richard Design Central tiara and Stella & Dot’s Vintage Crystal Necklace , Deco Drop Earring & Vintage Crystal Bracelet. The Crystal Necklace works great in multiples too!
The Dramatic; A Tulle fishtail gown (that the boutique also has in very similar with straps) this gown is super dramatic and sexy, the corsetry is amazing in this and shows curves off amazingly well! I’ve teamed this with Stella & Dot’s Casablanca Chandelier Earrings and matching Casablanca Bracelet… The Chandelier earrings are so versatile with 3 looks in one – check them out on the Stella & Dot site to see the alternative images! Plus a hair comb from Richard Designs for the hair, heavy but small to work well with the statement jewellery. Need MORE sparkle? This Mori Lee gown also looks great with a blingy belt!
The Boho Babe; This has just come in to the boutique and i absolutely love it! Layered lace and super drapey its a perfect boho brides gown. I’ve teamed this one with Stella & Dot’s gorgeous Zinnia Split Ring, Becca Bracelet – both come in an alternative if you are not a green girl and Reverie Chandelier Earrings. Then a headband from Richard Designs with accents of gold to pick out the jewellery and beading on the gown – wear as a headband or across the forehead.. OR add flowers?
Which are you? If you would like to see more inspiration give us a comment below and we’ll create your mood board…
For headpieces & gowns check out Dream Dress Bridal in Stockport
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If you love glitz & glam of the golden age then this is for you ! Key vintage hairstyles & makeup inspiration from way back when…
I was elated when Melanie from ‘Case of The Curious Bride’ recently contacted me to see if I’d be interested in conducting some real life makeovers with real life ladies. It was to be based on her new ‘White Threads’ collection, inspired by the Golden Age of Cinema, to bring you some vintage hair and makeup inspiration from the 1920’s, 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s.
Describing ‘vintage’ often refers to several eras spanning almost ten decades. So to decipher the years and their distinguished styles, can often be a task in itself. The 1940’s victory rolls, the super thin brows of the 1930’s and the finger waves of the 1920/30’s, are perhaps the most obvious approaches. But nowadays, it’s not uncommon for us girls to pinch our favourite parts of all the styles and combine the essentials to create a unclassified ‘vintage’ look.
Melanie’s shoot was set to be a great opportunity to get stuck into some good old fashion hair setting, whilst investing in lots of liquid liner and transforming my five gorgeous girls into vintage dolls to demonstrate the eras apart and combined.
My first willing victim was the lovely Sarah, representing the 1950’s bride. Sarah had the traditional setting put into her hair showing a mixture of pin & barrel curls. Her eye makeup was mushroom browns tipped with classic ivory, then strong liner to define the eyes, lashes gently accentuated with a light mascara and then her 1950s wedding makeup was finished off with a fabulous red bow pout, perfect for the era!
As Sarah disappeared behind the scenes to slip into her wedding gown complemented by handmade vintage accessories crafted by Ivory Tuesday, model number two, Laura took a seat.
Laura was my 1940’s Rita Hayworth inspired and stunning bride to be. It was important that I kept all of Laura’s vintage makeup delicate, with a soft smudged brown liner, a smidge of black pushed into the top lash line and some subtle lashes to set it off. I contrasted the gentleness of the overall look with a vibrant coral lippy and gradual waves – of course including the signature 40s quiff in her hair.
Seema was to be my irresistible late 1940’s rockabilly bride. Using warmer shades of brown on the eyes and a gorgeous pout with an Illamasqua matt lipstick, I added lots of black liner and lashes to supplement the late and post war era.
Our models loved the hair whizzing up for this one. Seema had SO MUCH hair, at one point, I never thought I’d see the end of it! I added some loose curls to the back section of her hair and then back combed through to the front as the curls cooled. Two pinned victory rolls at the front followed by the cute curls at the back, made the perfect 1940’s vintage hairstyle. Whilst Seema changed into her outfit, I made a quick dash to make a last minute additional fix to our first bride Sarah with a hair accessory from Ivory Tuesday – handmade headpieces by Melanie herself!
After finalising Seema’s 1940’s kiss pout with a quick powder to finish the matte look, I moved on over to my fourth stunning model, Sally
Sally was to demonstrate my 1930’s bridal look. The signature look of the era is a much thinner and more arched brow from the previous looks, with all warm natural tones to enhance her gorgeous bone structure.
Looking at Sally now you wouldn’t believe that her hair is currently cut in an ultra modern ‘short back and sides’ style, something that I knew was not typical of the vintage era. To overcome this, I decided to go for a change from the marcel waving, instead opting for an ‘I love Lucy’ inspired hair up. I curled her hair with a WAM curling iron to ensure it was super tight, then I fluffed it up and slicked back the sides for a much workable and edgy look that was ideal for Sally’s quirky personality.
Last but not least, my 1920’s inspired bride, was the crazy gorgeous Sian who was an absolute hoot to work alongside! The popular Gatsby look is typically defined by incredibly pale skin, so I applied the eye makeup first using a Illamasqua gel liner and black pigment to smoke it up and soften the edges without drop down onto the foundation. I then used airbase foundation with a soft coral cheek to highlight the style whilst leaving her statement dark eye makeup and wild finger wave hair to do the talking.
Each of the looks seemed to work exceptionally well for the models and seemed to bizarrely suit their personalities so well!
John Boy Wilson was our photographer for the day who used both an indoor and outdoor set up for this photo-shoot. I was pleased with how the day had panned out, covering several eras over five models. Even some of the Sale community were congratulating our brides outside in their vintage attire!
Thanks to John, Mel and my five best girls for lending me their beautiful faces through the eras.