When clients see someone like myself who is both skilled in makeup and hair styling – there seems to be a little reluctance in being able to freely ask whether I wouldn’t mind doing just makeup or just hair. In fact I don’t mind at all – I’m just excited to be a part of your big day and if by my doing a gorgeous cat-flick, or a soft tousled up-do you feel completely fierce and ready for your red carpet moment then I don’t mind at all!
If you are confident in applying your own makeup, but need a little assistance in the hairstyling department then always feel you can contact me and discuss your requirements. What really helps, when discussing hairstyles on email, is to tell me of any hair pieces you have purchased and want to wear or if you have decided to go for a veil and the setting this has. For example, does the veil have a comb attached or clips? Also, send me any images of styles you like to get a sense of what you’re after. If you have no idea of what you want then don’t panic – we can always discuss this at your trial. Lastly, you will need to send me a description of your own hair and any images of it’s condition, length and colour.
Top Tip – My top tip when searching for wedding hairstyles you like is to try and find styles that are very similar in colour to your own hair and the same length. That way you will not be disappointed when the same style in blonde doesn’t look quite the same as in brown hair.
Bridal makeup by its very nature is not like everyday makeup. This is because of two things; 1) it has to be photo-ready or photogenic 2) it has to last at least 16 hours in different temperatures and under varying pressures. Therefore, it will most certainly be more products than you’re used to applying on a daily basis. So something to consider when deciding on hiring a makeup artist for your wedding, is whether you like to wear makeup and how much do you like applied? Sounds like a pretty obvious question, but you’d be surprised how many of my clients are a little tentative with the amount of products needed to produce a relatively ‘natural’ makeup look!
This is most evident at the makeup trial when I create a bespoke bridal design for a client, and there initially reaction is shock – not because the makeup is awful or anything! It is entirely down to the fact that they are seeing the makeup out of context without having their hair styled or their wedding gown on to counter balance the look. And that is where the skill and experience of a makeup artist lies, in knowing where that line is without everything wedding related around them. It can feel like a lot of makeup when you’re in jeans and a T-shirt at your makeup trial – but believe me on the wedding day when you’re wearing the most stunning wedding gown, your is hair styled and with a stunning bouquet held at your waist it will not feel like you’ve overdone the foundation! x
A very common worry among brides (when considering to hire a makeup artist) is that they will not look like themselves, or that they will be too heavily made up. There isn’t a bride alive who doesn’t want that pleasant in-take of breath when she enters the room, and see’s her guests and partner for the first time. You want to be breathtaking for all the right reasons, and any makeup artist worth her salt will always strive to help create that moment for you. Here are a few myth busters to help you make your choice.
1. One of the most common fears surrounding hiring a makeup artist, is that you will be made to look too heavily ‘made up’ and covered in foundation. Believe me, no one wants that! True, we will use slightly more products than than your usual everyday look, but that is only because the makeup design has to work well for meeting guests, different lighting effects, professional photographs and lasting the distance on what is a joyful – but long day.
2. At the makeup trial you will be asked what is usual for you in terms of your everyday look, and what products you like to use. That way we can design something that is very typically you, yet slightly tweaked to be the very best version of yourself. A makeup artist is not there to experiment and try out the latest trends on you (only if you want to though!) We’re here to give a guiding hand to create something that is uniquely you, yet translates well to all mediums.
3. Ok, yes we use a lot more products than you’re used to. There are eye primers, facial primers, an array of eyeshadows, setting sprays, vitamin sprays the list is endless. But we only use what we need to, to achieve that flawless base or that gorgeous smokey eye – the key is thin build-able layers that just looks seamless in it’s execution. Basically, don’t panic when I open the makeup kit!
Reliability is something I think we all feel is vitally important. We all cherish and rely on the friend who is organised, turns up when they say they will and can be trusted with valuable things. As a wedding supplier I feel this responsibility all the time. So, like a good friend, I make sure to be organised by planning ahead and turn up when my client needs me to. I also endeavour to make sure a client feel’s they can trust me with their hair and makeup on what is one of the most important day’s of their life, by going through every detail at the trial and through various communications.
Sometimes, I am a little shocked when a teary bride will call me a couple of day’s before her wedding explaining that a supplier has let them down last minute. I think ‘where has their reliability and responsibility for their client gone?’
You should feel you can trust your wedding supplier to provide you with their skill to the highest of their ability. A good supplier will happily explain and go through all the details until you feel happy and confident. And if they don’t? Well, they might not be the right supplier for you. But someone out there will be! x
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Are you getting married abroad, volunteered to do your friend’s bridal makeup, or are simply doing your own makeup for your big day but need a little hand in the basics? My 1-2-1 bridal makeup training sessions are tailored to your skill set and individual concerns.
Working with real models or with a friend (of your choosing) we will work through a full makeup look that you want to achieve. I will aim to work at your pace and will slow down any technique that you want to master.
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Today’s question revolves around the vulgar subject of money. While the hire of a makeup artist is properly going to be your least expensive purchase, a lot of brides are still curious to know what they’re getting for their money. A fair question. So without further ado:
1. Training. Any makeup artist worth his/her salt will have received a level of training when starting to develop their necessary skills and will continue this training whether by attending more courses, events or seminars to expand these expertise.
2. Experience. This is probably the main factor in how much a makeup artist will charge. Over the four years I have been in the wedding industry, I have worked with many different bridal clients, their bridesmaids and mothers – meaning I have experience working with different skin types, ethnicity and varying ages. I know what will look gorgeous on a bride in her 20’s and sophisticated on a lady in her 60’s and the differences required in products and technique.
3. The makeup kit. I spend about 80% of any earnings on maintaining my makeup kit. This includes regularly purchasing new products, replacing short term usage products such as mascaras, the constant buying of false eyelashes and maintaining the brushes.
4. Travel. Not the most glamorous part of the job but obviously a necessity. Please note I would be more than happy to travel to your wedding if you’re getting married in the Bahamas!
5. And finally, you wouldn’t believe the time I spend filling out paperwork! x
Brace yourselves ladies – this one’s a bit controversial! If a friend offers to do your make up for your wedding it is obviously a beautiful gesture and is always done with the best intentions. Unfortunately, sometimes the pressure of the occasion just hits home and they pull out or the friend can no longer attend the wedding – usually because of the pressure of the occasion! Here are a few things to consider when asking should a friend to do your wedding makeup.
1. Your friend is amazing at makeup and has agreed to do the makeup for you and your bridesmaids for free as a gift. But is that same person attending your wedding? Will they have time to get ready themselves?
2. Will your friend by using her own make up or will she be using products that are designed for your skin type and colour?
3. Have you had a makeup trial with your friend and discussed the look you want, ensuring it will complement your dress, colour scheme and theme?
4. Worst case scenario here: your friend has done a wonderful look… but you hate it! How do you break the news? Sorry, that one’s a bit bleak but I’ve seen it happen and it can put a real dampener on your big day.
5. Remember to get your friend a lovely present to say thank you for being part of your big day.