Ashleigh Donnelly - Owner
Ashleigh obtained her diploma in Makeup Artistry from the prestigious Sara Hill, Academy of Makeup, Glasgow. Through the Academy, Ashleigh was able to learn from Award Winning Makeup Artists, as well as lead artists from Illamasqua, Hourglass, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier and Giorgio Armani. Taking inspiration from these artists, continually pushed Ashleigh to pursue her goals with passion, and create a truly bespoke makeup service within the wedding industry .
Ashleigh is a firm believer that good makeup is a result of good skincare, and has recently thrown herself back in to education to obtain a diploma in skincare and "Facial Treatments". As well as makeup services, a full range of bespoke facials are now available to book in the lead up to your wedding day.
Ashleigh's main focus is to appeal to those clients who strive to look like a polished version of themselves on their wedding day, insisting that "facial features do not have to be altered drastically to make you look and feel confident". Ashleigh recommends earthy toned eyeshadows, illuminated skin, rosy flushed cheeks and peach tinted lips, ensuring that combining these steps will deliver an elegant, timeless look, that will never go out of style.
As of 2018, Ashleigh is proud to call herself an "Award Winning Makeup Artist", after being crowned"Bridal Makeup Artist Of The Year" from Lux Lifestyle magazine and "Bridal Makeup Specialist of the Year" from the Official Makeup Awards 2019. Ashleigh would like to thank all of her past and present clients who have taken the time to submit a nomination for Ophelia Bridal Makeup. All of your continued love and support is very much appreciated.
Bridal Makeup Trial:
It is recommended that a bridal makeup trial is organised to take place, roughly 8-10 weeks before the wedding day. Ashleigh will begin your makeup trial with a 10 minute consultation to get an idea of the makeup style the client would like to create. During this consultation, the brides dress, chosen colours of the day, face shape and over all theme will be taken in to consideration. This trial will also check for any skin sensitivities and give the client the chance to discuss any requests or requirements she may have. Everything discussed, and the products chosen will be documented, so it is time efficient to carry out on the wedding morning itself, with minimum distractions.
Bridal Party Prep:
Ashleigh's bridal party prep service includes travelling to the bride's location of choice and re-creating the chosen look from their previous makeup trial. Wedding photos will last a life time so it is important that the bride feels confident and as beautiful as ever during this time. Should the photographer already be on site, this is a great time for some natural photographs, whilst the bride and her maids relax during their makeup application.
Whilst aiming to make the bride feel the best possible version of herself on her wedding day, a bespoke bridal service should provide more than just makeup. Ashleigh aims to arrive early, and stay with the bridal party until everyone is happy to walk down the aisle. The bridal party prep really is one of the most enjoyable, relaxing parts of the day and should be faultless from start to finish.