Just received these gorgeous images by Emily & Steve Photography of Nicki and Deej’s wedding, held in my hometown of Lymington! As Nicki loves festivals and was due to have an outdoor wedding in a stunning marquee, she wanted her bridal makeup to reflect this loose boho feel. Keeping the eye makeup simple with just a bone colour with plenty of sparkle, I then focused on creating a classic flawless base to keep the design ‘bridal’ x
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.
This morning I had the great pleasure of doing the bridal makeup for Jacqui at Carey’s Manor Hotel and Spa – which seems to be my spiritual home at the moment, as I have had a whole year of weddings at this beautiful New Forest hotel. Jacquibooked me a bit last minute, with having a makeup trial just on Sunday! But she knew what she wanted and was confident in my work – which is so wonderful and she was an absolute joy to work with. Jacqui wanted a smokey eye look – not too harsh, but just naturally beautiful. I kept the eyes light using browns instead of black for the smokey element, then added further impact by the addition of thick false eyelashes Jacqui loved. I then kept the skin flawless using a mix of foundation from my Bobbi Brown BBU palette, using bronzer and blusher to give warmth to the complexion. Keeping the brows natural, I then added a soft pale brown/pink to finish Jacqui’s bridal makeup design x
Last Thursday I had the great pleasure of providing my makeup services to Kathryn and her bridal party. Kathryn was getting married at one of my favourite New Forest hotels, Careys Manor Hotel and Spa, located in the picturesque village of Brockenhurst. And what a beautifully sunny day for an outdoor wedding, with just a gently breeze – surely perfect wedding weather?
When I met Kathryn for her makeup trial see wanted something that was ‘au so natural’ looking, but still stood out for those important photographs – yet was still true to herself and her style. She was the perfect client, as she effectively gave me free reign over the eventual design and followed my pre beauty wedding advice to make sure her skin was in great condition for the day. A** to Kathryn as her skin was flawless!
With the whole organisational process of a wedding, something which is really exciting to book is a professional hairstylist and makeup artist. It’s just the thought of having your hair and makeup designed especially for you, bespoke elements down to a tee. It’s not only incredibly relaxing, but also a great time to get creative and completely focus on yourself for an hour or so. The chaos can wait. But there are certain things you need to ask yourself before you hire either, and some things that you need understand about each profession.
1. Firstly you need to ask yourself, do I need a hairstylist and makeup artist? Silly question I know – but if you were, or still are a hairstylist or makeup artist – can you do it yourself? Or would you allow someone else to do it, and be happy with the result? If the answer is yes, then go ahead and start researching those fab suppliers.
2. Who to book? Recommendations go along way, especially from past clients and even wedding suppliers who know people in the biz. Check out suppliers websites, do they have ‘real’ images or are they using stock images from Google. Beware those that don’t have up to date examples of their work, or no examples. Also, do a bit of stalking and search all of their social media pages, are they updating regularly – do you like their work?
3. Ok this ones basic. Remember when you hire a hairstylist or makeup artist, then that is exactly what they’re going to do. Style your hair and apply your makeup. Prepare yourself for the fact that the hairstylist will manage your hair into that perfect wave, or that cute bun you showed them from your mood board. Don’t have that style everyday? Then make sure you choose something you know you will be comfortable with, and that you like. The same goes for the makeup artist – don’t be surprised when they apply more products than you do in a year (not all in one go though!) Choose a makeup design you are happy with, don’t be surprised when you have makeup on though – as that’s way you hired a makeup artist, right?