Mel Kinsman

London, Greater London

Mel Kinsman
I've been a makeup artist for over 20 years in both Media & Advertising, Photoshoots, Celebrity and private clients, and Bridal (concentrating these days in the latter two). I absolutely love my work and my clients and love to bring my expertise into the bridal field and make my clients feel confident and stunning on their wedding day. Although I only have skills in Make Up, I have a great network of hairstylists that I work with regularly and can provide the right stylist for my clients depending on location, budget or preferred look. I use high end products and even a Vegan kit for those requiring It. I can cater for all skin tones and can handle any look from the barest minimum, natural makeup to full on glamour or Asian Bridal style.

My Portfolio

One of my favourite looks - vintage style makeup with a modern twist due to creative hairstyling

This is an image that I took of a bridal trial. This bride is getting married at Hedsor House in...

This bridal look was created by me for a shoot at the elegant English stately home of Somerley House in Hampshire. I wanted to capture a striking makeup but not overdone and using natural tones coupled with an understated hairstyle - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Kitty Wheeler Shaw. #classic #blonde #bridalmakeup #elegant Photo by Kitty Wheeler Shaw
https://www.kittywheelershaw.co.uk/

This bridal look was created by me for a shoot at the elegant English stately home of Somerley House in...

Another bridal trial makeup. This bride-2-be doesn't like heavy foundation and wanted a natural glow and we focused on the eyes but not making them too stylised and a mid rose lip colour - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Mel Kinsman. #classic #naturalmakeup #bridalmakeup #roselip Photo by Mel Kinsman

Another bridal trial makeup. This bride-2-be doesn't like heavy foundation and wanted a natural glow and we focused on the...

This is from a bridal makeup trial where the client wanted a stronger makeup for her winter wedding - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Mel Kinsman. #classic #bridalmakeup #goldeyeshadow #elegant Photo by Mel Kinsman

This is from a bridal makeup trial where the client wanted a stronger makeup for her winter wedding

My gorgeous Bride Vanessa. Timeless elegance. - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Lorraine Claire Photography. #classic #glamorous #naturalmakeup #blonde #bridalmakeup #updo #elegant Photo by Lorraine Claire Photography
http://www.lorraineclaire.com/

My gorgeous Bride Vanessa. Timeless elegance.

From the same shoot at Somerley House, Hants, but for a more striking and daring makeup. I chose to smoke up the eyes and to add a burgundy lip - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Kitty Wheeler Shaw. #classic #glamorous #bridalmakeup #updo #soft #chignon #elegant Photo by Kitty Wheeler Shaw
https://www.kittywheelershaw.co.uk/

From the same shoot at Somerley House, Hants, but for a more striking and daring makeup. I chose to smoke...

As a destination wedding makeup artist I wanted to include this image in my portfolio. This is from an engagement...

From the Lake Como Boudoir shoot. I love the smoky eye and nude lip combination

Bridal trial for my client who wanted soft natural tones for her winter wedding. She loved the addition of lashes! - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Mel Kinsman. #classic #glamorous #naturalmakeup #bridalmakeup #elegant Photo by Mel Kinsman

Bridal trial for my client who wanted soft natural tones for her winter wedding. She loved the addition of lashes!

This is a picture of a gorgeous bridesmaid. We matched the rich colours of the eye makeup to her dress - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Mel Kinsman. #classic #weddingmorning #gettingready Photo by Mel Kinsman

This is a picture of a gorgeous bridesmaid. We matched the rich colours of the eye makeup to her dress

Maid of Honour who wanted a glamorous, striking makeup without it being too OTT - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Lorraine Claire Photography. #classic #glamorous #weddingmorning #updo #roselip #elegant #brunette Photo by Lorraine Claire Photography
http://www.lorraineclaire.com/

Maid of Honour who wanted a glamorous, striking makeup without it being too OTT

All pretty Maids in a row! - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Lorraine Claire Photography. #classic #glamorous Photo by Lorraine Claire Photography
http://www.lorraineclaire.com/

All pretty Maids in a row!

Getting Bride Claire ready for her wedding at the Savoy - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: We Heart Pictures. #vintage #flowercrown #curls #weddingmorning #gettingready #bridalmakeup #meatwork #prep Photo by We Heart Pictures
http://www.weheartpictures.com/

Getting Bride Claire ready for her wedding at the Savoy

I took this picture from behind the scenes of a bridal shoot I did for Heritage Brides Bridal wear in Hatfield House. I wanted rich golden tones on the eyes and golden glowing skin - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Mel Kinsman. #bohemian #glamorous #hairvine #bridalmakeup #glow #goldeyeshadow #elegant #brunette Photo by Mel Kinsman

I took this picture from behind the scenes of a bridal shoot I did for Heritage Brides Bridal wear in...

Beautiful bridal portrait of one of my sweetest brides. - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Ilaria Petrucci. #classic #glamorous #naturalmakeup #halfuphair #bridalmakeup #roselip #elegant Photo by Ilaria Petrucci
http://ilariapetrucci.co.uk/

Beautiful bridal portrait of one of my sweetest brides.

A gorgeous soft smoky eye makeup can work really well for weddings, especially for brunettes with hazel eyes! - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Cristina Rossi. #bohemian #boho #halfuphair #bridalmakeup #tousled Photo by Cristina Rossi
http://cristinarossi.co.uk/

A gorgeous soft smoky eye makeup can work really well for weddings, especially for brunettes with hazel eyes!

Gorgeous Asian Bridal makeup without being too strong

Bride Winnie and her sisters - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Elizabeth Slater. #glamorous #gettingready #bridalmakeup Photo by Elizabeth Slater
http://www.slaterpictureco.co.uk/

Bride Winnie and her sisters

Beautiful classic , soft makeup to compliment the pastel colour of the dress - Make Me Bridal Artist: Mel Kinsman. Photography by: Kate Nielen. #classic #naturalmakeup #blonde #bridalmakeup #elegant #pretty Photo by Kate Nielen
http://www.katenielen.com/

Beautiful classic , soft makeup to compliment the pastel colour of the dress

FAQs

Where/when do the trials take place?

I usually do my trials at my studio in West London (Notting Hill) but can come out to you, if necessary, for a small extra cost

How long does a trial take?

A makeup trial can take between 1.5 and 2 hours

What deposit do you require?

I take the price of the trial as a deposit to save the actual wedding date

What is your cancellation policy?

Please refer to my Terms and Conditions on my website www.melkinsman.com for cancellation policy

When do your require final payment?

Final payment for the bride is to be made after the trial to confirm the booking. Any other payments for additional bridal party members and any travel costs or products purchased, will need to be settled about 1 or two weeks before the wedding date

How long do you need on the wedding day?

An hour per person would comfortably take care of all in the bridal party, arrival and setting up and packing up

What additional services do your offer?

I can provide a hairstylist if needed

Prices

Services Trial Price Wedding Price
Bridal Makeup 100 175
Bridesmaids Makeup 65 75
'Mothers of' Makeup 65 75
Flower Girls Makeup

More info on my pricing

Bridal makeup Trial from £100
Trial for others in the bridal party from £65

Bridal makeup on wedding day £175
Bridal party members £75pp

Multiple ceremony days - Please ask for bespoke quote

Same sex weddings - both Brides charged at £175 each

Contact Artist

We will store your enquiry for 1 year and a minimum of 3 months after your wedding date, if provided. This is so that the artist can always refer to it if needed. After this time your enquiry will be automatically deleted.

Important Info

Services Offered

  • Makeup

Locations covered

  • Middlesex
  • Oxfordshire
  • Suffolk
  • Surrey
  • West Sussex

Insured

Yes

Minimum Booking Fee

Saturday and Bank Holiday weekend weddings between 1 April and 31 October minimum of Bride + 2

Travel Expenses

First 20 miles free from London, W11 then 50p per mile thereafter. Any voyage between 80 and 120 miles charged at a flat fee of £75

What's in my kit?

Giorgio Armani,Charlotte Tilbury, MAC,Illamasqua,Kevyn Aucoin, Hourglass, Natasha Denona, Urban Decay, Nars, Bobbi Brown,Viseart, Milani

What others say

I feel very lucky to have found Mel to do my wedding day makeup for myself and my bridesmaids. Mel is such a friendly make up artists who is extremely...
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Put simply, if you're thinking about hiring a makeup artist for your wedding and Mel is available...BOOK HER! Mel is not only super talented - I am picky about makeup...
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