FAQs: What to expect from your bridal makeup artist

What happens at the initial bridal makeup consultation practice session?

The consultation is not timed and my promise to the bride is that I will only leave once she and her bridal party are 100% happy I normally suggest allowing 30 min’s – 2hrs per person and the consultation will need to be carried out during the day because daylight gives the truest reflection of how their makeup will look. I create face charts with in depth notes of every member of the bridal party so I know exactly what I am doing on the wedding day.

The wedding day is discussed at the consultation and I provide the bride with a timetable for the morning so she has a clear idea of the makeup running time. I also incorporate the hairstylists times, find out if the photographer needs time with the bride for formal photographs (this will mean getting ready earlier) what style her dress is and how long it takes to get into it and also if she needs to talk to the registrar. Timing is so important on the morning of the wedding and the last thing I would want is to have to rush. I explain that I would allow 30/45 minutes for each member of the bridal party and 60 minutes for the bride, who I always do last so she is immaculate just before getting into her dress. I like to create a fun and relaxing environment for the bride to enjoy the experience.

How do I help the bride to find the right look for her big day?

The most important thing is to enhance natural beauty and create flawless skin; the rest is listening to my clients needs and then building upon that to design their perfect wedding look.

What I have learnt is that my opinion only matters to a certain extent. I have the skill to apply the makeup and give advise but when a bride has her ‘perfect wedding look’ in her mind its my job to intemperate it the best I can. This will start by initial chats on the phone or by email and once I meet my brides at their consultation (normally 6 – 8 weeks prior to the wedding) we have a chat about their wedding style, their personal makeup style, colours, and discuss images of makeup that the bride likes. I always explain that once I start to apply the makeup, it will always be a more minimal/natural version of what I think they want, because I never assume what I do will be the finished article. My brides will then see their makeup, we look at the option of using lashes (strip or individual) and the do the tweaks and changes of colours to build upon the final look. Changes are sometimes minimal but other times we can work together to create a much more dramatic finish.

Describe which brands you use

I try to use a good cross section of premium products that will last the duration of the day and well into the night and whether it is a summer or winter wedding. It all helps to makes the bride feel pampered, because this will be a once in a lifetime occasion. The main brand I use is MAC, I find that the MAC products are great for fashion and bridal and the quality and longevity of the products are what’s important when it comes to bridal makeup. I also use Dermablend, which is a full-coverage concealer, it is a concealer that is waterproof, smudge-proof, non -transferable and full coverage so brilliant for covering severe blushing, tattoos, birthmarks and I also use it as a concealer for acne. I continue to invest into new products all of the time.

Other Makeup and Beauty products I use:

Nails – OPI Nail Polish, ASP Gel Polish

Lashes – Ardell Lashes

Makeup – MAC, IllamasquaBare Minerals, Benefit,  Smashbox and many more!

… If I am happy to use it on myself I am happy to use it on others!

Do I provide makeup services for other members of the wedding party?

Yes! I like to include as many members of the bridal party as possible, I understand that sometimes its not possible for everyone to attend the consultation so I will then allow a little more time on the wedding morning so we can discuss their needs before I apply any makeup. The thought of someone else applying your makeup can be quite daunting for some people. If a nervous mother of the bride/bridesmaid/mother in law is toying with the idea of makeup but they are worried they will feel pushed into looking like a clown/transvestite (I hear this a lot lol!) I suggest that even if they are not sure they should come to the bride’s consultation and they can get to meet me, we can have a chat about it and I can give them the reassurance they need. If they are happy I can then apply their makeup as a trial with no obligation that they have to commit to it on the wedding day. I am glad to say that they aren’t scared by the end of the trial and will generally book in for makeup on the wedding day. On occasion when a bridesmaid has been adamant that they don’t want their makeup done they have a change of heart on the wedding morning so as long as time allows I will always try to accommodate them!

What happens on the wedding day?

When it comes to the wedding day I believe that specialising in one thing is far more important than being adequate in two (on average I can apply makeup for 5-7 ladies on the wedding morning, time allowing). I like to keep to makeup application only the wedding day and being completely confident in my skill and service. I work alongside some amazing hairstylists that I am happy to recommend to everyone because their attention to detail is the same as I mine. I like to focus on the makeup and it has to be perfect! I do everything I can to make the wedding morning a fun – not nerve-wracking experience and I like to fit into the environment. I do what I am there to do, help out with any dresses if asked, give a final makeup touch-up, I will leave samples of lipstick/lipgloss that I use on everyone and sometime concealer, if any of the bridal party has a ‘breakout’ (they may need to touch up later in the day) and leave once everyone is completely happy.

Do I offer other beauty treatments?

Yes. I offer a few beauty treatments to give my bridal clients a wider service. The services that I offer are normal manicure, pedicure, Gel manicure/pedicure and spray tanning (I am also in the process of training in Eyelash Extensions). Having a full understanding of the above treatments means that I am able to advise my clients if logistically I am unable to carry out the treatment. There is nothing worse than a terrible spray tan or lash treatment so I am able to advise what are the best brands to use, timings and sometimes recommend a therapist if I am unable to do it! The additional treatments I offer are a great source of income the most important thing is that the bride has a great experience every step of the way and I am glad that I can cater for their pre wedding pamper parties or hen do’s.

I hope that has been helpful!! LJ xx