Tips & Advice

For most brides, their wedding day is the most important day of their lives to date which means that you will want to look and feel your best on your special day. To ensure that the bride feels at their best, I would recommend the following:

  • If your budget will allow, I strongly recommend having regular facials at least six months before your big day - the saying goes 'great makeup starts with great skin'. Facials boost your skin's health meaning that it will look clearer and brighter. Allow at least two weeks from your last facial to your wedding day to allow for any possible post-facial breakouts to clear up. Before choosing a beauty therapist, do your research and/or ask people for personal recommendations. If you're still unsure where to go, I will happily make recommendations based on my own personal experiences.

  • Have your eyebrows shaped. If you don't already, start to have your eyebrows professionally waxed/threaded, shaped and, if necessary, tinted. Your eyebrows really do make a significant difference to framing your whole face.

  • Always have a makeup trial and try and have a trial at least three weeks before the wedding. This is where you'll fine-tune your look with me so you know exactly how you'll look the day of.

  • If possible, those having their makeup done should not be wearing any makeup upon my arrival. This is especially important on the day of the wedding. This is because a significant amount of time can be spent trying to remove all traces of makeup which will eat into precious time. Removing makeup can also make your skin and eyes look red and blotchy which we want to avoid when applying  makeup on the wedding day.

  • At your trial, try and wear a white top so you can see how your makeup looks against a pale colour. If possible, have your trial done during daylight hours so that you can see how your makeup looks in natural light. It is also wise to wear this makeup during the day to see how well the makeup wears.

  • If you plan on using fake tan for the big day, have a test run before your makeup trial so we can see what colour your skin becomes with the tan.

  • Feel free to bring references to your makeup trial. Look for pictures of makeup that you really like and bring them along with you on your makeup trial day. Equally, you can send these images to me in advance of your trial. If you can, try and identify what it is in particular you like about these images, whether it be the radiant complexion of one photo, or the eyeshadow colour of another photo.

  • Chances are that on your big day, there will be a lot of kissing, eating and drinking which will inevitably mean that your lipstick/lip gloss will wear off over the hours. Find a lipstick shade that you love and ask a trusted friend to look after this for you on your wedding day until you need to reapply it. If you need help finding the perfect colour for you, I will, of course, be happy to help.

  • The same goes for a face powder to control any shine or oiliness that may come through. Whilst my makeup is applied with longevity in mind, there is always a chance that you may have shine in unwanted places, especially in the summer months and hot weather. A simple translucent powder dusted through the shiny areas of the face (usually the t-zone) should suffice. A translucent powder is a sheer, colourless facial powder usually used to set makeup, not to cover or add colour. It can also be used just to control shine and give the complexion a matte finish.  Again, I would be more than happy to make any recommendations.

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