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 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 weekend I am crazy busy with bridal makeup trials all over the South of England and with the Bridal Boot Sale at wedding venue Houghton Lodge Gardens. Free Sunday? Then why not pop along to the Bridal Bazaar & Bridal Boot Sale at Houghton – pick up a bargain for your wedding and have a chat with hand selected wedding suppliers. We don’t bite honest!!
Sunday 2nd April 11:30am – 14:30pm x
“A happy marriage is about three things: memories of togetherness, forgiveness of mistakes and a promise to never give up on each other.” Surabhi Surendra
Photography by Ikonworks Photography
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?