A little trip down memory lane now, and to my very first bridal front cover for Wedding Ideas magazine. I always remember this day as the day I found my ‘tribe’ ✨
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!
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
Getting married in 2020 and still need a hair and makeup artist to compliment your big day? Then get in touch either via my website’s contact page, or by sending me an email to email@example.com
£100 deposit secures your special date x
Last August I had the enormous pleasure of doing the bridal makeup for Sarah, after creating a makeup design for her engagement shoot a couple of months previous to her wedding. Sarah was in two minds what she wanted to go for with her bridal makeup – pinks or browns for the eyes. So after her trial we decided to create one of each eye! This gave Sarah the opportunity to really see what she wanted within a short space of time.
In the end Sarah made a decision to go with a subtle brown shade with a flawless face base and muted pink lips x
Yes, the big question… should you hire a makeup artist for your wedding? It’s a question every bride puts to themselves – shortly followed by the follow up question… or can I get away with it myself? Often I think the answer is in the ‘get away with’ part. Do you really want your wedding makeup to be something you ‘get away with’? If you’re at that stage of questioning, then here are my top 5 reasons for booking a professional make up artist for your wedding.
1. Your wedding day is not a day for ‘everyday’ makeup. You’re going to be photographed all day – and not just by a professional wedding photographer. Remember your friends and family are all equipped with cameras too. Whether it’s for photographs using natural or flash photography or meeting your guests in sunshine or by candlelight, professionally applied makeup will translate well to all mediums.
2. Do you have a million different bridal looks on Pinterest and still can’t decide what to choose? A makeup artist can translate these looks, picking out key elements that will compliment your wedding gown, hairstyle, theme and colour scheme.
3. Makeup artists know skin (!) and we can help identify the areas that may become an issue on the big day. For example, that patch of dry skin or the potential breakout that you don’t know how to deal with? We can quickly analyse the condition of the skin and give you advice on the steps you could take to avoid future problems. It’s just one less thing to worry about… and it’s all part of the service.
4. Much as I hate to admit it, weddings can be stressful! And no one would blame you for feeling a bit nervous on the big day. Having a makeup artist means there will always be a steady hand to apply that cat flick eyeliner or tackle those false eyelashes. And we’ll always have a tissue nearby as well in case things get a bit teary!
5. OK, and this is the big one: hiring a makeup artist is not cheap! But you’ve spent oodles on that gorgeous wedding venue and catering, an eye watering amount on that perfect wedding gown… why skimp on yourself? It is your wedding after all! This is your chance to be pampered by the professionals so sit back and enjoy it!
Early in October I had the pleasure of doing the makeup for the daughter of the owner of Deans Court, Wimborne. Lottie wanted her makeup to be very natural and completely her. She also wanted a nod to a sun kissed tan, by keeping the foundation very light in layers but complementing her own amazing natural tan x
Images by Deborah Grace Photography
As this can be quite a complex subject, I thought I would fully go into this and explain my prices and why I charge what I do. It’s also a question I know many of you would have asked yourselves before contacting me to book, or maybe even questioned this on the initial enquiry. I think it’s important to know exactly what you’re paying for, and see how the cost is broken down. As the wedding and beauty industry seem to vary widely in costings, I thought this would go someway to explain at least my prices to clients.
✨ Why do you ask for a £100 non-refundable deposit?
It is quite common for businesses (especially in the wedding industry) to ask for a deposit. The deposit ‘holds’ the date for a client and ensures that their chosen supplier is available for their special occasion. Personally, it also means that I will NOT book any other event on that same date, meaning I am completely focused and dedicated to my client for anything they need me for.
The deposit works in three-fold; 1. It holds the date, 2. It secures against anyone else booking that same date, 3. It roots out time-wasters and means only genuine clients book.
Any why is it non-refundable? Well this is actually for two reasons. The very fact that it is non-refundable puts a lot of people off, so for me as a business I only get clients book who like my work and really want me to be a part of their special day. It also serves to protect myself financially if a client decides to cancel.
✨ Why do you charge less for a trial than the wedding day?
This is actually quite a common question, and can leave a lot of people scratching their heads trying to figure out why the cost has suddenly changed.
It’s standard practice in the beauty industry to charge less for a trial than the wedding day. This is for a few reasons, but mainly it is because it allows clients to experience their wedding ‘look’ without committing too much money. It also gives the client the freedom to walk away if they don’t get the feels! The trial is also the time when things are discussed, experiments are made, things are changed and notes are taken – so when it comes to the big day everything flows smoothly and everyone knows what they are doing.
The trial is usually just for the bride, as I feel it is important to focus on my client completely without the distraction of the whole bridal party. However, I know it can be lovely to have the full gang together for a treat – so if you would also like the bridesmaids to have a trial, please let me know at the time of enquiry and I can work out a price for this.
✨ Why do you charge more for the bride on the wedding day than the other guests?
Ok, the big one! Why charge more for the bride? It seems unfair right? Well, I’ll try and break this one down so you can see where the extra costs come into it.
So firstly, the person who communicates with me from the start until the end is the bride. So whenever I reply to an email, text, phone call or Instagram message (which can be at all times of the day) this is my personal time. Don’t get me wrong I love to chat to my clients and I want them to feel as if I am there for them no matter what is going on, but as a business I still need to account for this time.
Now the next level in price is due to the physical application, skill and experience taken to do the bridal hair and makeup. I always allow extra time for the bride. No question. She will come first. This is where my 7 years of experience comes into affect to produce a hair and makeup look that my client is comfortable with, and which makes her feel absolutely exquisite. I am always striving for the next best thing so constant training with some of the biggest names in the industry is a must for me, but can also be pricey, so I have to balance this in the books and so therefore in my costings.
Finally, the last bit of cost for the bride is the ‘just in case’ scenario. I always like to leave myself a few extra pennies for peace of mind, just in case I need to purchase a special product for my client that she has asked for. Sometimes, this extra cash will be used to absorb any travel cost that maybe local but still a bit of distance.
✨ Why are the additional guests prices less? Does that mean they have less makeup/worse hair?
Absolutely not, and please don’t interpret the costings this way. Again there are definite reasons behind the price for guests; 1. It allows the guests to take part in the festivities without escalating the overall cost, 2. Guests are usually less concerned with their hair & makeup requirements, and are happy to take my lead when it comes to this – so I feel to reflect this attitude a dip in price is best.
But there is no way they will receive less of a service, and will definitely not have bad hair or hardly any makeup on.
✨ Why is there a surcharge of £90 for an additional hair/makeup artist?
I have a carefully selected team of individuals I like to have assisting me on larger jobs. These professionals usually have been working as a makeup artist, or hairstylist for 7+years and their skills are closely matched to my own. However, because they are also freelance sourcing their availability takes time.
The surcharge reflects the additional work I have to do to source the right person for the job. Securing that individual and guaranteeing them work at the end of the day is very important as a business.
✨ Why do you charge the amount you do?
So throughout my 7 years I have gone through all sorts of pricing mock ups, some with more success than others. It has been a tough learning curve, as wanting to reflect my experience and yet not price myself out of jobs has been no picnic! I’ve also learnt not to feel upset when another artist undercuts me, as I know deep down the job was probably not right for me in the first place.
I recently trained with Katy Djokic and The Bridal Stylists, and after speaking with Katy I soon realised I am very much close to her style and experience (especially when it comes to makeup) therefore I decided to match her costs. I hope in this way I have gone somewhere to even out prices and make it more fair to clients.
I hope all of this has made sense. If you do have any questions please do contact me x