DivaDust - Ashleigh Koefod

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Professional Bridal Makeup Artist with over two decades of experience, highly reputable and dependable. Friendly, professional service, fully insured with competitive rates.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£80
Details

Products and Services

Stay Through Ceremony
Make-Up Artists
Stay Through Reception
Pre-Wedding Trial
Mobile Services
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Group Bookings
On the Day Services
Full Description
As a bridal makeup specialist, I always feel privileged to be a key part of the wedding morning preparations. I strive to provide a personally tailored service that will ensure you feel at your most beautiful on one of the most special days of your life. Makeup by DivaDust is long lasting, yet kept clean and natural with enough definition to enhance your best features but not hide you under a mask of makeup.

Experience

Year Business Was Established
2009
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
7
Reviews
(26)
amii
Married in September 2016
September 2016
10...
10/10 for diva dust! so pleased with all the makeup for the myself and my whole wedding party! I was over the moon with my makeup! would definitely book this lady again!
Charlotte
Married in September 2016
September 2016
Ashleigh is clearly a very experienced make up artist...
Ashleigh is clearly a very experienced make up artist and did a fabulous job at making my bridesmaids and I look beautiful. Her communication was great and she arrived at the venue punctually. I'm not one for wearing a lot of make up so really appreciated her help and advice in choosing the products that were suitable for the look I wanted to achieve for my wedding.
Joanne
Married in September 2016
September 2016
Excellent service myself 3 bridesmaids mother of the bride...
Excellent service myself 3 bridesmaids mother of the bride and 2 flower girls had our makeup done and it was fantastic and lasted all day!! Highly recommended !!
Lisa
Married in September 2016
September 2016
Ashleigh was amazing in doing mine...
Ashleigh was amazing in doing mine and my bridesmaids wedding make up. She was so friendly and professional, getting back to me promptly and understanding what we wanted despite our struggle to explain it! Both the trial and the day went perfectly. She made lots of notes at the trial so she knew what products and look we had gone for and the make up was exactly the same on the day. She really helped me stay calm on the morning getting ready and worked efficiently. Shes a star :)
Kate
Married in August 2016
August 2016
Ashleigh was extremely professional while still being friendly...
Ashleigh was extremely professional while still being friendly. She listened to what I wanted from my make up and went step by step through the process to ensure I got the look I wanted. On the day of the wedding she was on time and ensured my stress levels were kept to a minimum! She also stayed to help me into my dress, which ensured my mum's stress levels were kept to a minimum too!
Cheri
Married in August 2016
August 2016
Ashleigh was highly professional from my first initial contact all...
Ashleigh was highly professional from my first initial contact all of the way through. She was clear and concise. Ashleigh listened to what my thought and vision were as a bride and ensured that I remained the focus and distractions weren't else where towards my 6 bridesmaids. On the day of the wedding Ashleigh was amazing not only did she stick to the rigid timescale she set she kept things calm for everyone and assisting others and myself tying our dresses up! A made it an enjoyable time!!-
Location & Contact Details

Address

Tyne and Wear, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Travel Notes

Nearest Motorway & Junction

Nearest Airport

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Press & Awards
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Press & Awards (2)

Your North East Wedding Magazine
Belle Bridal Magazine

Industry Awards (2)

Regional Finalist - The Wedding Industry Awards 2016
Regional Finalist - The Wedding Industry Awards 2017
FAQ
(10)

What is your most memorable wedding?

I have too many to choose from! My last wedding of 2020 was pretty memorable - it was up in the Scottish borders at the most divine venue I've seen (and I've seen a fair few)!. The bride was from North Tyneside like myself but had seen the venue and fallen in love. She hit lucky because the Scottish Covid restrictions on her date were a lot more relaxed than England and she was allowed twice as many guests .... and the following day these restrictions were tightened so she really did pick the right date and place! It was just before Christmas and the makeup was that winter glam style that works so well at that time of year.

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

classic, glamorous, long-lasting, polished, perfection

What about your business are you most proud of?

my reputation - it's so important to be known as one of the best in my area and I nurture my reputation very carefully.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Don't lose sight of what the day is about - the two of you and the celebration of your love and lifelong commitment to one another. You don't need a huge, costly event in order to do this.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

Memorials to lost loved ones is always a favourite of mine, whether that be something tucked in a bride's bouquet or a discreet photograph at the venue. It's also nice to see little touches on the tables at the reception - things to get people on the same table connected

Describe your typical process with a couple.

From my first email/message I'm transparent about my pricing and explain the breakdown of prices for both the wedding day and the trial. A small deposit secures the booking. A makeup trial then takes place around 6 weeks before the wedding and during this appointment a bespoke and individual look is created for the bride to be and any of her bridal party who also want to have a trial. During this appointment we also go through all the timings for the day so they are fully informed of who needs to be where and at what time. Any final adjustments are made to the wedding day cost and I ask for a pre-payment towards this (usually £50) 7 days after the trial. The final balance is payable any time before or on the wedding day. I keep in touch with the bride on the lead up to her wedding as I know that's when nerves kick in and I like to make sure she is reassured of our commitment. On the day we turn up and make sure the bride and the bridal party are aware of the timings and we keep a firm hold on these timings to make sure everyone is ready on time and looking and feeling amazing.

What do you love most about your job?

It is a huge privilege to be invited to be a part of a bride's morning on her big day, in her inner sanctum with her close friends and family. This is something I will never take for granted and always hold dear.

What is your No. 1 beauty tip for a bride?

Take care of your skin on the lead up to your wedding day (I will often give advice at the trial on this). Don't have any facials in the week prior to the day in case of breakouts or reactions. Don't try anything new just before the day (eg. lash extensions, brow treatment).

How do you keep the bride feeling calm on her wedding day?

I have a few tactics for this - what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another! The usual way of keeping a bride calm is a bit of friendly banter. Brides are often nervous about the same things - the walk down the aisle being the main one and over time I've picked up ways in which to reassure a nervous bride. The bride is in my chair just before she gets her dress on and one of the most common comments I get in my reviews is that I have been calming and reassuring during this time.

What advice would you give to brides to stay looking great throughout their wedding day?

Makeup by experienced professionals will last the course of the day and provide the longevity needed for the emotions and the kissing and the dancing! The only thing a bride will need to touch up will be her lipstick. On hotter days in the summer it is also useful to have a powder compact to hand to blot away any shine.