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Community groups throughout Renfrewshire are set to benefit from a new pot of funding and expert advice to help them stage their own events.

Renfrewshire Council is making a festive events fund of £20,000 available to help local groups stage events in towns and villages across the area.

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There will also be an events toolkit offering detailed advice on how to plan, organise and promote their own – as well as a series of public surgeries run by the council events team

Paisley’s festive events programme is being boosted with a series of special events to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Glen Cinema disaster, including a torchlight procession featuring local schoolchildren and community groups.

Plus some of Paisley’s upcoming festive events are being reprogrammed to spread the benefits to different parts of the town – Sma’ Shot Day will take place in a new location around New St/Shuttle St next month, and the event sites for Halloween and Christmas lights will include the area at top of the High St.

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The events toolkit has been produced by the council’s events and marketing team and contains their expert advice on everything from applying for licenses and public safety to generating media and online profile.

Public surgeries to help local groups will take place in Paisley, Renfrew, Linwood and Bridge of Weir during July and August and are open for booking now – along with details of how to apply for the new fund – via

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “Renfrewshire’s major events programme is a massive success story – it has put the area firmly on the map as one of Scotland’s key destinations for great days out, and brings huge numbers of people into our town centres.

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“We want to build on that success and evolve the programme further – and the ongoing work in and around Paisley Town Hall gives us the chance to spread the benefits of some of the major events around other areas of Paisley town centre.

“The new community events fund and toolkit will also help those benefits reach the rest of Renfrewshire by equipping community groups across the area to stage their own – by offering a mixture of funding and expert advice.”

The developments are included as part of a report to the council’s Leadership Board yesterday which covered a number of highlights around the area’s growing events and visitor profile, including:

– the 2018 events programme was worth £4.7m to the local economy and attracted 160,000 attendees (34% of whom were visitors to Renfrewshire)

– this year’s Paisley Food and Drink Festival saw attendees rise 32% to almost 20,000, with an economic impact of 1.1m – and was listed as one of the best food festivals in the UK

– there were nearly 340 million chances to see or hear something positive in the media or online about Paisley and Renfrewshire in the past year

– the website to promote the area as a place to live, visit and invest saw nearly 250,000 page views in its first year, while its social media content had a reach of 3.5m

– a new partnership has been formed with Visit Scotland to drive national awareness of Renfrewshire attractions

The next events in the council’s programme are Sma’ Shot Day in Paisley on Saturday 6 July, and the Johnstone Fire Engine Rally on Saturday 10 August.


Paisley is set for a festival of family fun when The Wee Spree comes to town this October.

The popular programme of kids activities will take place as part of the annual Spree arts festival from 11-19 October with thousands set to be entertained during the school holiday period.


The festival coincides with The Spree festival of music and comedy set to take over the town centre. The magical Salon Perdu Spiegeltent will be located in the town’s County Square for the duration of the festival and will host much of The Wee Spree programme.

Youngsters can learn how to be Circus Stars (Weds 16 Oct) from hula hooping and juggling to tightwire with the team from Glasgow’s Aerial Edge.


For budding young comedians, Comedy4Kids (Fri 18 Oct) will host a free workshop helping kids ‘find the funny’ before putting some of the best stand-ups and sketch artists on the circuit in front of a family audience in the Spiegeltent.

Families can get active together with two sessions of Family Yoga (Fri 19 Oct) led by Renfrewshire Leisure, while little ones will love the Bookbug sessions (of song, rhyme, music and stories organised by Renfrewshire Libraries.

Family celebrations of music are at the heart of the programme with Mini Manoeuvres (Sun 13 Oct) and Baby Loves Disco (Sun 13 Oct) shows letting families have ‘a gig experience’ together.

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The ever-popular FUNBOX gang bring their Rocking All Over the World show to the festival (Tues 15 Oct) and the Spiegeltent will host two special BSL-signed screenings of Dance Along Mary Poppins Returns for families (Thurs 17 Oct).

Paisley’s strong tradition of commitment to Gaelic music and culture will be celebrated during the festival when the popular local Fèis Phàislig host a Stramash in the Spiegeltent (Fri 19 Oct). Traditional music will also be showcased at the free Trad Tunes for Tiny People and Big Music for Little Ears shows (Weds 16 Oct).

There will also be two shows specially designed for young people with additional support needs and their carers (Fri 18 Oct) – a film screening of kids favourite Paddington 2 in the Spiegeltent and an Animation Workshop run by Cinemor77 in the Methodist Central Halls. A second animation workshop open to all will run in the same venue later on that day.


Entertainment of another kind comes from the Computer Xplorers (Sat 12 Oct) who will teach kids how to program their own robot using the latest technology. Fans of LEGO will want to sign up for one of the Bricks4Kidz camps (Tues 15 Oct) in the Methodist Central Hall which will have a Paisley-inspired twist featuring lions, walruses and crocodiles.

And the fun isn’t limited to Paisley – the Wee Spree will also reach Johnstone this year with the Soundplay Dome in Johnstone Town Hall (Fri 18 and Sat 19 Oct) supported by Creative Scotland – a magical sensory space where children and adults of all ages can explore sound and light.

Tickets for The Wee Spree go on sale from 10am on Friday 21 June and can be bought online via or from the festival box office at InCube Shop, 9b Gilmour Street, Paisley PA1 1DG.

The Spree is Paisley’s annual arts festival and one of the events which has made Paisley and Renfrewshire one of Scotland’s key destination for events in recent years.

Some of the big-name music acts playing as part of the main Spree bill include Glasvegas, Hue and Cry, Gruff Rhys, Hayseed Dixie, PP Arnold, Karine Polwart and a Gerry Rafferty Songbook night, as well as comedy from Jerry Sadowitz and more. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

The line-up will be announced over the summer for the Spree for All fringe festival – which will see shows take place across all of Renfrewshire.

The Spree is organised by Renfrewshire Council, programmed by Regular Music, and sponsored by Tennent’s Lager.

There can be no growth without leaving your comfort zone, they say, well Saturday 15 June 2019 saw 20 of Iconic’s members leave their comfort zones and venture south to Drumlanrig Castle to take part in the Tough Mudder event.
“Tough Mudder is and endurance event series in which participants attempt an 8 to 10-mile long obstacle course tattiest mental and physical strength. It was co-founded by Will Dean, a former British counter-terrorism officer and Guy Livingstone, a former corporate lawyer. the obstacles play on common human fears, such as fire, water, electricity and heights. The Tough Mudder organisation values camaraderie throughout the course, designing obstacles that encourage group participation.” Wikipedia
A combination of a cross country run, with extra mud, an assault course with electric fences, and mud, climbing ropes, with mud, cargo nets over mud, monkey bars, with mud, freezing cold water, with mud and mud, with extra mud thrown in.
Iconic PT James Miller had prepared the team well training way in advance, James is no stranger to Tough Mudder having completed the course last year along with other Iconic members Angela Little, Mia Mortimer andMartin Millar (who used a trip to Uganda to build a school as an excuse to avoid this years event), under James excellent tutelage they were ready to take on any obstacle, no matter how high, how wet, how muddy, how physically and mentally challenging, so forewarned if not forearmed  we set off from Lawn St, in an excellent luxury coach organised by the excellent luxury John Rae, a two hour journey to the dark heart of Dumfriesshire.
Bit drizzly on arrival we bundled together and got through the registration process, got our team start time of one o’clock and made last minute preparations for the race, wrote letters to loved ones, completed the wills forms that the chaplains passed out, sorry no, that was D-day, we were just running up a hill in the mud.
I’ll get the obstacles out of order but from the start they were a stretch, a rope climb, a ducking under three huge pipes, hurdling over straw bales, and then it got worse! Swinging from ropes, electric shocks, having to be carried for 50 Metres (thanks Mia), you get the idea, it was muddy and wet and cold, weather was nice though I got a lovely beetroot coupon as you can see below, thanks also to our support team Craig, Fiona and Katie who popped up occasionally with cider and chocolate.
Twenty of us started, aged between 16 and 56, and I’m happy to say 20 of us finished after an afternoon of laughter, terror, pain, cooperation that I’ve never seen before, both from team members and from complete strangers, when faced with a 15 foot high barrier to have 2 Edinburgh Bikers say “stand on me” was the one way any of us were getting over!
Money raised for charity at time of writing stands at an amazing £5000, achieved the unacheivable, had one of the most insane days of my life and enjoyed every minute of it.
Would I do it again?
Aye, right, it’s called a comfort zone for a reason!!!
Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson - high-res

Renfrewshire business leaders will recommend a strategy to support the region’s future economic success this autumn.

Members of the region’s Economic Leadership Panel have been working together on the proposals which will underpin the approach over the coming years.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson - high-res

The panel was set up in 2017 drawing from leaders across the private and public sector, enterprise agencies and education and skills experts.

This brings together major local employers including Glasgow Airport, Hillington Park, Intu Braehead and DXC Technology, as well as SMEs and microbusiness, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, West College Scotland and the University of the West of Scotland.

“I’m incredibly proud of what Renfrewshire has to offer locally, nationally and internationally,” explains Economic Leadership Panel Chair James Lang, Director of Bridge of Weir-based Scottish Leather Group.

“There’s a strong collective pride in our place across the panel and we are all determined to deliver a bright future for Renfrewshire. The panel has been looking at the key sectors to the region and identifying how we make Renfrewshire a prosperous place to live, visit, work and invest, a place which leaves no-one behind.

“Once we present these plans for the council’s consideration, that is just the beginning. For the strategy to succeed everyone will need to play their part and having this panel ensures we can keep communicating, evaluating and adjusting the strategy as we move forward.”

James Lang

Panel members have been considering how to grow key sectors of the local economy. This includes manufacturing, which already accounts for one-fifth of the area’s economic output and employs 9000 people, with the potential for significant growth to make Renfrewshire one of the largest locations for manufacturing industries in the UK.

The strategy will also set out how Renfrewshire can improve its competitiveness and capitalise on £1.4billion being invested in world-class research and development facilities, infrastructure and skills, while thousands of new homes being built here will support growing the working age population.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “We have high levels of employment in Renfrewshire and have committed substantial investment to grow the economy, creating new neighbourhoods to live in, new jobs to work in and new places to visit. Combined with our proud heritage, as a place rich in creativity and innovation, we have fantastic foundations to build upon.

“We face significant challenges and barriers too, not least areas of persistent poverty and we know that the only way to achieve inclusive economic growth is through collaboration and by listening to what our communities tell us they need.

“I look forward to seeing the strategy brought forward for the council’s consideration later in the year and know that working together we can ensure a thriving Renfrewshire.”

Coats Memorial

THE campaign to save an iconic Scottish building for future generations has received a major funding boost.

An overseas benefactor has stepped in with a six figure donation after visiting Thomas Coats Memorial, the former church in the centre of Paisley.

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Locally based sculptor Alexander Stoddart is working on a statue for one of Harlan Crow’s properties in the USA. During a visit to the sculptor’s studios, Mr Crow was invited to visit Coats Memorial.

He was so impressed that his donation of £100,000 will boost the fund raising effort to create a multi-purpose venue in the threatened Grade A listed building.

Ian Henderson, chairman of Coats Memorial Preservation Trust, said: “We showed Mr Crow, who is a keen supporter of the arts, round Coats Memorial and he was hugely impressed not only with the building but also with our plans to preserve it as a multi-purpose venue to be used by the local community.”

Alexander Stoddart is the Queen’s Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland and is well known for a wide variety of work including statues of Hume and Playfair in the centre of Edinburgh and Burns and his publisher in Kilmarnock.

Ian Henderson added: “This is a very generous donation that not only takes us much closer to our fundraising target but also gives us a great personal boost. It is wonderful to know that someone from more than 4000 miles away is thinking about Coats Memorial. The donation is fantastic news for the project and for the town.”

Thomas Coats Memorial was designed by Hippolyte Blanc and completed in 1894 for the Coats family who had made their fortune in the thread industry. It was known as the Baptist Cathedral of Europe but dwindling congregations and rising costs led to its closure as a church last year.

It is planned that Coats Memorial will become a venue for weddings, concerts and a wide range of events serving the local community and beyond.

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Free weekday parking for up to three hours could soon be available in selected Paisley town centre car parks – if plans for a pilot scheme are approved by councillors later this month.

Proposals have been drafted to test the impact of a partial removal of parking charges – to help inform future decisions over parking in the town centre.

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If given the green light, the pilot would run for six months from July and see three hours of free parking on weekdays in five town centre car parks – at Weighhouse Close, Hunter Street, Orchard Street, School Wynd and Oakshaw.

Currently, parking is free in all Paisley town centre council-owned bays and spaces at evenings and weekends, but charges apply from Monday to Friday during the day.

The recommendations have been made by the Paisley Town Centre Parking Working Group – which was formed earlier this year and includes councillors, business groups, private car park operators and public transport representatives.

The proposed pilot scheme was created after a request from town centre business improvement district Paisley First, who sit on the working group.

The aim is to generate the data needed to allow the potential benefits to town centre traders to be measured against the financial and logistical implications for the council and private car park operators – which will then be fully evaluated before next steps are agreed.

As part of the pilot scheme, parking charges would be reintroduced on Saturdays – apart from in the five car parks named above (where the free three hours would still be available) and on the ground floor at Renfrewshire House in Cotton St, which would remain free all Saturday.

The reintroduction of Saturday charges was agreed by the working group to discourage people from parking for free in Paisley and travelling by train to Glasgow – and will free up spaces for people visiting local businesses.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “The issues surrounding parking in Paisley town centre are complex – but we are keen to work with businesses to find solutions that work for everyone in Renfrewshire.

“A historic town centre with a wide range of uses and users will never be able to offer the same ease of parking as out-of-town development designed around the car.

“We want to bring new life to Paisley – which we are doing through our £100m investment in venues and outdoor spaces and successful major events programme.

“That extra footfall will not be delivered by free parking all day, as commuters and workers who are in town anyway would fill the spaces – but time-limited free parking is an idea we are happy to test.

“But there will be a financial cost. Town centre parking brings in considerable revenue which goes into the services we provide to all Renfrewshire tax-payers – and what is being proposed will also require investment in new modern parking meters.

“We need to be able to measure the hoped-for benefits against those financial and logistical costs – and the proposed pilot is designed to let us make an informed decision on what we do in future.”

Councillors on the leadership board will be asked to consider the scheme when they meet on Thursday 19 June as part of a detailed report which reveals the following:

– there are more than 2,100 car parking spaces in Paisley, 1,250 of which are council-controlled, plus hundreds more free spaces on the edge of the town centre;

– the income from on and off-street car parking in the town centre is worth around £1m a year to the council;

– for any Free for Three scheme to work, new modern parking meters are needed – these will require drivers to enter their vehicle registration to stop them moving from one free car parking location to another after three hours. For the proposed pilot, this will cost around £30,000;

– a new Traffic Regulation Order would be needed to change on-street parking arrangements, and this would take up to a year – so the pilot has to be restricted to car parks rather than streets;

– the five car parks in the pilot total 186 spaces, around 15% of the council’s off-street total;

– it is predicted the proposed pilot will cost the council around £200,000 lost income and this will need to be met from within existing resources.

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Glasgow Airport was named Airport of the Year at the Scottish Transport Awards – one of three accolades picked up by the transport hub last night.
The airport also scooped the Accessible Transport Award for its popular special assistance service, which last year ensured more than 121,000 who need additional support while travelling through the terminal enjoyed a safe and pleasant journey. Glasgow also became the biggest airport in Scotland to open its £144,000 state-of-the-art Changing Places facility.

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Glasgow Airport’s Chaplain Keith Banks, due to retire later this month, received a standing ovation when he was presented with the Lifetime Contribution as a Frontline Employee Award.

Managing Director of Glasgow Airport Mark Johnston said: “We are absolutely thrilled to win the Airport of the Year Award. I firmly believe that our ‘one-campus’ approach, which involves over 5000 hard-working people from more than 100 separate companies across Glasgow Airport, continues to be the driving force behind our unique customer experience. “We put our passengers at the heart of everything we do, so it’s fantastic that the hard work of everyone at Glasgow Airport has been recognised at the Scottish Transport Awards. “Despite this being a challenging period for the airport and the wider industry, we continue to strive to deliver for our passengers and Scotland.

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The arrival of the iconic A380 aircraft into regular service on the Dubai route earlier this year, which was a first for Scottish aviation, is a fantastic example of our ambition. “I was especially pleased to see our special assistance service recognised through the Accessible Transport Award. We welcome more people who require additional support each year than any other airport in Scotland and a huge amount of endeavour and investment goes into making sure every passenger enjoys a pleasant journey through the terminal. “Finally, I’d like to congratulate our retiring Chaplain Keith Banks for his Lifetime Contribution as a Frontline Employee Award. Keith has served his colleagues and the millions of people we welcome through our doors each year with dedication and distinction.

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He leaves later this month with our best wishes and upmost gratitude.”

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson MSP welcomed 450 industry professionals to the event last night to celebrate the people and organisations that make a real difference to transport across Scotland. Hosted by broadcaster James Naughtie, the 17 th annual Scottish Transport Awards once again recognised excellence, innovation and progress across all areas of transport.

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St. Vincent’s Hospice is bringing its hugely popular CarFest into Paisley town centre once again this Saturday, 15th June, and a fun day out for all the family is guaranteed!Paisley First

There will be classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars, supercars, and emergency vehicles, not to mention motorbikes!


As well as treats for motor enthusiasts, there will be plenty of family-friendly fun with fairground rides, children’s entertainment, live music, stalls, tombola, and a prize raffle!

This is the sixth year of St. Vincent’s CarFest and its third visit to the town centre with all funds raised on the day supporting St. Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood

The event is organised by MaxSafe and sponsored by Paisley First.

The cars will be on show from 10 am until 4 pm so come along and join us for a great day out in Paisley this Saturday!



Which Bridal Makeup Is Best? With Nicola Keegan, Nik Makeup Artist interviews for Wedding Espresso

May 23, 2019
Which Bridal Makeup Is Best? Full time MUA, Nicola Keegan from Nik Make Up Artist shares her best tips for looking your Bridal best on your Wedding Day!

Listen to Nicola on the Wedding Espresso Awesome DIY Wedding Planning Podcast…
Nik, Make Up Artist
Rachel [00:00:03] Hi Nik. Thank you for joining us. It’s really great to see you again.
Nik [00:00:10] Nice to be here. Tha

nk you for having me.
Rachel [00:00:13] You’re welcome. So you are Nicola Keegan from Nik Make Up Artist up in beautiful Scotland – Paisley isn’t it.
Nik [00:00:22] Yes Paisley, Glasgow, all over Scotland for bridal, yes.
Rachel [00:00:29] And we’re going to talk bridal makeup. So I’ll start off with a little story.
Nik [00:00:33] OK.
Rachel [00:00:34] I was bridesmaid for James’s sister. Quite some years ago now, and I decided to have a few makeup trials, I don’t know, to feel nice when I was trying on my Bridesmaid’s dress. So I went to a Department store and had my makeup done. And I thought, you know, “Awesome I look fabulous”, then I went out in the street and I was getting the weirdest looks and when I’d looked at myself in natural light I looked like the Gruffalo.
Rachel [00:01:12]

So that made me really cautious when we were booking our own wedding. I went to tons of trials and got clued upon it because I didn’t want that to happen on my big day. 

Nik [00:01:37] No of course not.
Rachel [00:01:37] There’s lots of things to consider isn’t there when you’re talking about Makeup. The question that we’ve been asked is.

“Which Bridal Makeup is Best?”. 

Rachel [00:01:49] I suppose you can take that from two different angles can’t you. You can take it from what is the best look and what is the best product. So what would you go with? Is a bit of both? What do you think?.
Nik [00:02:09] OK so I always say. Firstly thanks for your story. And it’s always nice to hear feedback from brides and their experiences because everyone is different. And any feedback make up artists can get is vital to us in our businesses for learning and growing and adapting to all different types of women out there.
Nik [00:02:33]

So that would bring me to what is the best type of bridal makeup. The answer is there is no best type. If you’re looking for a broad spectrum we can do that. But every woman out there is different.

Every woman out there has different skin types, skin tones. And nowadays that can be changing every day. It depends on what time of the month it is, what time of year it is. You know, we all used to know our skin types and then we think we’ve nailed it and all of a sudden one person might have dry skin and they wake up with a breakout all over their chin or forehead because of the weather, because of what time of the month it is etc, etc. So I would say the best advice that I give to my brides is stick to what you know.
Nik [00:03:33] If you are super glam and can’t go outside without eyeliner and your three layers of foundation then I am not going to strip – well I’ll do it in a very professional way! And give you a full look makeup without making you feel like you have the three layers of makeup on but still make you feel comfortable,  Like you’ve got enough makeup on for what you are comfortable with. If you are totally natural, you don’t wear makeup on a day to day basis.
Rachel [00:04:08] Yeah that’s me!
Nik [00:04:16] So I would advise you to definitely have a trial and try possibly two different looks. One with a BB or a CC cream.
Rachel [00:04:32] Oh right!
Nik [00:04:32]

So these are more like tinted moisturisers they’ve got normally five skin benefits, they’ve got primers in them as well. They feel more like a skin care but they give you coverage, they even out your skin tone. 

If you’re not used to wearing makeup I know if can be hard to even do that step. But once you have done that step you might be more adaptable to wearing a lighter coverage foundation.  Not all foundations make you feel like you have foundation on, so it is vital that you go to a makeup artist with all this experience because they’ll know how to advise you in the right direction. What products to use for your skin type and not just your personality. You might have redness or breakouts you want to cover but you don’t like wearing make up.  How do you combat that?
Rachel [00:05:43] Yeah totally.
Nik [00:05:43] So again it would be using the right products, using a really good primer with green tones in it to combat the redness first.
Rachel [00:05:43] Oh ok, yeah
Nik [00:05:43]

So you get the skincare down first, it’s not all about masking. We want to  give you a flawless finish without putting the mask on you, it’s about layering products up so really good primer. 

Nik [00:06:09] If you’ve got redness or dull skin maybe a lavender toned primer or a green toned primer will neutralise everything first, then using a concealer to conceal any breakouts, then a light coverage foundation over the top.  So everything’s covered but you don’t feel like you’ve got tons of makeup on because you haven’t – you’ve just used really good skin care, a really good concealer  – just on the bits that’s needed and then your light coverage foundation over the top. And once you kind of go to those steps for the more natural bride you may want to come in and try and more full on look because you feel so comfortable with the process but you’ve got to stick to what you know.
Nik [00:06:58]

You don’t want to come in thinking “Oh you know it’s my wedding day, I’ve never tried makeup before but I want this Kim Kardashian look”. 

Rachel [00:07:04] Haha.
Nik [00:07:09]  You’re going to feel totally out of your comfort zone.
Rachel [00:07:11] Can you imagine that? Ooh Crikey!
Nik [00:07:12] Yeah and you know your Wedding Day, there’s been such a huge build up to it.  You’ve already been hugely uncomfortable probably on the run up to it with all the do’s and don’ts and what should I be doing and is this the right way to do things?
Nik [00:07:31] Listen. There is no right way, the right way is your way.
Rachel [00:07:36] Your way, yep, yeah totally. You know what we’re all about doing things your your way, it’s your day isn’t it!
Nik [00:07:43] That’s why I always say to my brides stick to what you know.

For the natural bride we would use NARS foundation, this is sheer glow, this gives you a more radiant finish like what I have (on at the moment) but it’s so light, a fantastic foundation.

It lasts for hours as well. Always use a setting spray to set bridal make up. That will set you for the rest of the day with a good primer and foundation underneath.  Yeah, first step good primer. Then the foundation sits on that instead of sitting into your fine lines and pours – Argh, who wants that?? Not me.
Rachel [00:08:33] Haha, yeah, yeah.
Nik [00:08:33] Another good one for the natural bride. These can be built up, so they are really good products.  Even though I am saying they are good for the natural bride, they can be built up to more of a full coverage finish if need be.  So this is your Laura Mercier.
Rachel [00:08:53] Yeah , I’ve actually heard of her!
Nik [00:08:54] Yeah they are a big bridal foundation. So that’s probably why. I know you did your research back when you had to.  The thing is don’t spend too much time researching brands, makeup and makeup types, spend time researching also makeup artists in your area.
Rachel [00:09:17] Yeah that’s what I did.
Nik [00:09:17] And then they do all this work for you. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with educating yourself along the way but I’m sure all our brides to be have got a million other things to think about.
Rachel [00:09:29] Alot on…You know yourself with your own wedding don’t you?
Nik [00:09:36] Yes, I do! Even though I’m in the industry it’s still not as easy as it looks. So well done all the brides, like yourself, that have been through it and are then at the other end.
Rachel [00:09:50] Yeah, it’s worth it, trust me.
Nik [00:09:53] So those are like the more natural buildable ones.

And the bad boy of the industry I would say is your Estee Lauder Double Wear.  This also can be mixed, sheered down with a highlighter.  I’m also for using Jojoba oils – I mix a lot my foundations with skincare depending on my clientele. 

I don’t find any one foundation can be perfect, so what I do is have an in depth consultation with my clients and I’ll normally mix them up an amazing bridal blend of foundation.
Rachel [00:10:40] Maybe you should set up your own line!
Nik [00:10:40] I know I know.
Rachel [00:10:48] Do your own blends!
Nik [00:10:48] Totally because since I started nine years ago, it’s always come really natural to me. I’ve never really, unless the days I was on the counter, days when I had my managerial roles I had to obviously use the foundations on the counter to colour match people.  But that’s such a good experience, I can colour match someone as soon as they walk through the door, because of that experience you know.

but since being a freelancer in the industry and using the products for so many years I love to mix bespoke foundations for my clients. 

Rachel [00:11:33] That’s very cool. I love that!
Nik [00:11:35] Yeah it’s exciting because no one else can ever make that blend. I write down the the exact formula. So that on your wedding day you have the exact same look.
Rachel [00:11:48] Yeah. Yeah it’s very important because it’s not trial and error on that day, you as a professional need to be as fast as possible, don’t you, because you could have nine people plus the bride to do it in a morning.
Nik [00:12:09] Yes. This is why trials are so vital as well.  Once you have been around someone’s face and all the Bridal Party and everythings written down to a tee.

The second time you do someone’s makeup is always, I don’t know why, but it’s always better.  Because you know their contours you know their face shape, you’ve got everything written down to a tee. You know the skin type, you’ve made a bespoke foundation for them, you know exactly how their skin’s going to react to certain things. 

Nik [00:12:49] So when you go on a wedding day it’s literally like step by step, job done and sometimes the time gets halved on the Wedding day to the actual trial because you’ve had that experience on that specific person’s face, it just goes on much quicker.
Rachel [00:13:12] Yeah I totally get that. That’s fabulous information, there, thank you.  Little quick question then, What’s the favourite part of what you do then? Is it you you blending because you seem pretty, you know, jazzed about that, you’re well into it!
Nik [00:13:26] I’m gonna make you a blend once we’re finished today, we can have wee consultation. I’ll make blend and send it down.
Rachel [00:13:43] Sounds like a plan.
Nik [00:13:43] We can confer in another month’s time.  The the best thing about my job is making a woman feel amazing about herself. And you just know. You know she looks in that mirror, even throughout the makeup.  If I’ve got a mirror sitting and you can see wee glances.
Nik [00:14:07] Because this is something they’ve always imagined, always wanted glowy skin, they’ve always wanted a really matt skin without any shine on it.
Nik [00:14:22]

You can see how excited I get when I’m talking about glow and matt – my earphone literally just jumped out of my ear! 

When you are going through this process, you know, you have to use your instincts in this industry not just in  makeup but as a supplier in the Wedding Industry you have to use your instincts and build that rapport and if they’re not giving me the wee looks as I am going along, I would stop and I would be asking how does this feel? is this the look you wanted? do you want maybe try a more matt look instead of a glowy look? You know, if they’re not giving you the smiles and the agreement along the way then you stop and check.
Nik [00:15:12]

And then the final outcome, you look in the mirror and the whole body language changes their shoulders come up, swagger comes out and it’s all because they’re feeling more confident about themselves. And that is what makeup can do for anyone.  And that is why I love it.

Because there is no better feeling than just nailing it and finding out what a customer wants and achieving that for them. It gives me life, honestly, I just love it!
Rachel [00:15:53] It’s lovely to see how passionate you are about what you do. It’s absolutely fabulous. I’m afraid that’s all I’ve got time for.
Nik [00:16:01] All right sorry I was just going to say. I am a freelance artist I do all sorts in the Industry but the biggie is for Brides because it’s such a special day.  You’ve been waiting for this day your whole life. So I know that, I’m a bride to be myself!
Nik [00:16:21] Its of huge importance to me to make sure that you’re comfortable and get the exact look that you want.
Rachel [00:16:30] Yeah it’s it’s absolutely fabulous that you’re so passionate about what you do, it.  It just shines through. You can see it in your face it’s great.
Nik [00:16:40] Thank you.
Rachel [00:16:41] And on that note. Where can people connect with you like Facebook Instagram, E-mail, Web site. Go on tell us.
Nik [00:16:50] Yeah. All of them.
Nik [00:16:52] So and I am really trying to  build my website now, I was social media for many years but 
Rachel [00:17:04] That’s now with a K isn’t it.
Nik [00:17:06] Yes. Thank you. Nik no spaces and the same for Facebook and Instagram. Just the Facebook/NikMakeUpArtist and the same for Instagram and Pinterest.
Rachel [00:17:24] All right. Cool. Do you do Twitter?
Nik [00:17:28] I do Twitter and that is @NicolaK1983.
Rachel [00:17:42] Well it’s been absolutely fabulous to speak to you today Nicola and see you again.
Nik [00:17:48] All right. Thanks for having me.
Rachel [00:17:49] I will speak to you soon.
Nik [00:17:52] Okay. Bye.

Huge Thank you to James and Rachel for having me.

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