FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long have you been doing bridal makeup?
I have been specialising in bridal makeup for well over a decade. I have countless weddings under my brush belt and each one has been an absolute pleasure to be involved in. I qualified in makeup in 2008 after initially gaining a City and Guilds in Cosmetic Makeup. Since then, I have completed many makeup courses and qualifications to keep my skills current, and from this I am now a freelance educator for Airbase Makeup and DFMA.
What brands do you have in your kit?
I have lots of great brands in my kit, some of which are more well-known amongst professional makeup artists. My favourite brands are Charlotte Tilbury, Natasha Denona, Hourglass, Dior, Too Faced, Airbase, Bobbi Brown, Viseart, and Airbase Makeup.
What is so special about airbrush makeup?
Airbrush makeup has a unique application process. I use a compressor and a spray gun to apply the base foundation which is sprayed onto the face in a fine mist. It is directional and does not overspray into hair and other areas, it is simply applied exactly where I want it to go. Airbrush makeup is perfect for weddings as the main ingredient in Airbase (the brand I use) is silicone. You find silicone in many high-quality foundations as it makes the makeup waterproof and heatproof. This makes the foundation long lasting, perfect for brides as it ensures the makeup will stay true all day.
How do I book you?
If you decide that you want to book me for your big day, I will email over my terms along with a booking fee invoice which will be valid for 7 days only from sending to payment. If you don't clear this payment within the 7 days and another bride wants this date, it will be offered to her. I will take a small booking and admin fee of £50.00 to secure the date for you, we will then arrange a trial closer to the wedding day to agree the final look.
What can I expect from a makeup trial?
We will agree a mutually convenient date and time, and you will arrive wearing a white or light top to provide you with a good indication of how your makeup will look against your wedding dress. If your hair trial is not on the same day, arrive at the makeup trial with your hair looking nice and well styled, as this will also help you see the overall vision. Before your appointment, take a look at some makeup ideas on Pinterest or Instagram and save any styles you like so that you can show me these on the day. Images of your dress and wedding colour scheme will also be helpful when creating the perfect look for your special day, this will enable me to build an image based on your overall style and look. The trial will last for a maximum of two hours, which is more than enough time for us to complete your consultation and trial some looks, any longer and I would suggest that we rearrange another date and time.
How soon before the wedding should I have my makeup trial?
I would suggest that you have your makeup trial no later than two months before the wedding and no sooner than eight months. By this time, you will have the dress, the details, and an idea of the look and style you really want to go for.
Will you help me with my skincare on the run up to the day?
I am a huge advocate of good skin, and good makeup begins with good skin maintenance. You simply cannot expect good, long-lasting makeup if your skin is not the best it can be. I will work with you on the run up to your wedding day to help you get into a skincare regime, this may be something completely new, or simply slotting a couple more products into your current regime.
Is there anything I need on my wedding day to top up my makeup?
Yes, sadly lipstick will not last the day. It will always come off as you drink, kiss, and eat. I advise you get a lipstick that you like and feel comfortable wearing on the day, simply pop it in your handbag to top up throughout the day. I would also recommend getting some blotting sheets to combat any shine on the t-zone, along with a pressed powder to apply before the evening reception to freshen up your skin and again, combat shine. A refreshing mist is also a wonderful thing to have close to hand as these freshen up makeup, especially if your skin is dry and dehydrated.