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.
It is with enormous pride and pleasure that I can announce another styled shoot feature. This time our shoot has ended up being shared on Strictly Weddings – a truly fantastic and inspirational wedding blog, packed with the most glamorous ideas for any budget.
I’ll be sharing more on how I created model Karen’s modern, minimal makeup design soon. But in the meantime… Click here to be suitable inspired!
Today’s big question concerns the bridal makeup trial, and what exactly is involved. Usually held approximately 6 weeks before your wedding day, the makeup trial is a chance to try out different styles that complement your wedding gown, colour scheme and theme. They also serve as an opportunity for a makeup artist to analyse the condition of the skin, and advise on ways to make sure it’s in tip top condition before the big day. But what exactly happens during the makeup trial? Here is a brief outline of how I like to approach the trial.
1. Firstly, hello! This is the first time we would have met after corresponding via email, facebook or over the phone. I like to see how you’re getting on with the planning stage, and if there is any assistance I can provide or any supplier recommendations you need.
2. Ok, let’s get down to business. For initial inspiration I like to see any images of your wedding gown, flowers or general colour themes. That way I can start to piece together a look that will complement all of these elements and (most importantly) something that will suit you and your gorgeous features.
3. I will then talk through the general outline of a makeup design I think will work, and if you’re happy with everything I’ve said then we begin! The makeup trial usually takes around an hour. As I work I will be getting to know your skin and how it responds to certain products. It is at this point I can quickly analyse the condition of the skin and provide advise on how to get the most out of your skincare regime.
4. After completing your initial look I will get you to have a look in my portable mirror (which you can then walk around the room with in different lights) to see if there is anything you want to add or change. It is at this point I fully encourage my bridal clients to really voice their opinions, even if they hate it! That way we can work together to build the perfect bespoke makeup design. If there are only minor changes such as more blusher, or a little less foundation then it all goes down in my diary to remember for the big day. Any major changes we correct together at the trial, so that you’re not worried about anything before the wedding.
My bridal clients often ask me what they will need throughout the wedding to keep their makeup looking fresh, especially if any tears are shed during the ceremony or speeches! A good tip is if you do feel a little emotional and the tears start to well in the eyes, have a tissue on hand and just dap don’t wipe across! This will save your eye makeup. This goes for if the tears that have made it down your cheeks. Below I have complied a list of useful items to have to top up your bridal makeup throughout the day. Give them to a trusted bridesmaid to look after for you x
1. Lipstick and lipliner. Be prepared to talk continuously throughout the day to friends and family! This natural action can result in the lipstick being warn off. Think carefully about your choice of lipstick – a neutrally toned shade is less obvious when it comes to fading. Drinking and eating will also mean the colour fades.
2. Pressed powder. Make sure not to go for a loose powder to avoid any upset if opened incorrectly, and powder ends up all over your gown! A little bit of powder may be needed just under the eyes in case of tears, and if you’re feeling particularly flushed and just need to take some of the oil out of the complexion.
3. Blusher. A little bit of pressed blusher can be useful if a lot of people have kissed your cheeks and worn of your ‘natural’ glow. Think about quickly topping this up before photographs. Don’t be tempted to use too much though!
4. Mints. Breath mints are really useful if you want to feel fresh quickly. With the wine and different foods you will be consuming, having some breath mints can just give you a little more confidence when talking to your guests.
Hello lovely people! Here are the remaining Spring and Summer wedding dates for 2019 for either hair or makeup, or both! If you would like any of these special dates please do email me on firstname.lastname@example.org – or use my contact form on my website here
Maybe you have a friend who still needs to secure a hair & makeup artist for their day, or perhaps you are attending a wedding and need to look and feel glam! Get in touch x
Saturday 30th March | Saturday 20th April | Saturday 29th June | Saturday 27th July | Saturday 24th August | Saturday 14th September
Your bridal hair & makeup should take your everyday look to the next level and complement, but never overpower, the occasion. It has to work hard though with getting the right balance for photographs, meeting guests and lasting the distance on what is a joyful, but long day. What’s also really lovely about having your hair & makeup professionally done, is that you have a little bit of time to sit back (glass of Prosecco in hand optional) and take a few moments to feel proud of all your hard work and months of planning. And to remember that wonderful person who’ll be waiting for you at the end of the aisle!
Saturday 10th November | Sunday 11th November | Sunday 18th November | Saturday 24th November | Sunday 25th November
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Photography by Charlotte Wise Photography