Booking a Makeup Artist for your Wedding Day

Everyone wants to look their absolute best on their wedding day, not only will every eye in the house be on the bride, not only will it be the most photographed you’ll ever be but you’ll also want to be at your most gorgeous when you commit to your husband.  All of these factors, plus the fact that your wedding is the biggest excuse you’ll ever have to truly pamper yourself mean that booking a makeup artist for your wedding is one of those bridal essentials.  

So how do you choose a makeup artist?

The first thing to do is look through their portfolio. My website has a number of examples of previous clients and showcases the rich variety of modern, bohemian, vintage and classic looks that I have achieved.  You’ll also see that I can adapt each look to work with each client’s individual look and personality as well as the wedding itself. Once you’re happy with the makeup artist’s work, it can be an idea to scroll through the testimonials. They are a great way of gauging how happy previous clients are and what to expect from the service. Finally, you need to speak with the makeup artist. I am always happy to chat things through with potential clients. I want your big day to go as smoothly as possible and will do all I can to answer your questions and put you at ease. I believe a makeup artist shouldn’t just be a skilled individual, it’s equally important that they can help the bride relax as she prepares for the biggest day of her life.  I feel so privileged to share these special moments with so many beautiful brides and to contribute to their wedding day.   

When to book your makeup artist:

You need to book as early as possible. I get booked up way in advance and would hate to disappoint anyone. Ideally, you’ll have chosen your theme, colour scheme and dress before you have your trial. That way we can really work together to utilise these elements when creating the perfect look for you. I would suggest booking your trial around 2-3 months before the wedding. If you are planning on having fake tan, you need to experiment with that around this time and it’s an idea to come to the trial with the tan you intend on getting married in. Same goes for hair colour. Although, I can adapt to skin and hair colourings very easily, you’ll feel much more confident if you have established the exact look with time to spare. If you are planning on having your brows shaped professionally, it is wise to do this just before the trial too. Your eyebrows really frame your face and it can be surprising how different a different brow shape can make you look. 

What to expect from your consultation:

In the meantime keep magazine cuttings and celebrity looks that inspire you and bring them along when you meet me. I can recreate them to suit your facial features and colouring, and to tie in with the rest of your look and the wedding itself. Don’t worry if you don’t have a clue where to start, I can suggest some styles that will look incredible on you and try them out until we have something that you absolutely adore. I pride myself on creating the bride’s vision and have always been spot on. I want you to look back on your photos with pride, and that’s why I always create looks that are timeless and capture my client’s nature beauty. I love to get feedback during the trial, be constructive and let me know your thoughts and I’ll make you look a million dollars! I will happily keep tweaking until we have a look that you are completely happy with.    It’s a good idea to book your makeup trial and hair trial for the same day, to see how the styles work together. Ideally, you’ll have your hair styled first as certain hairstyles bring out different features and I can work your makeup to tie in with this. It’s also an idea if you wear an outfit with a colour in a similar shade to your wedding dress.  Different colours will have a different impact on your skin tone and give a different impression.  

Looking after your skin:

Looking after your skin is vital in the run up to the wedding. Not only is flawless skin an integral part of the final makeup look, but all the stress in the build up to the wedding can lead to break outs or dry skin. It takes around a month for your skin to renew itself so you need to get into a good skincare routine at least a month before the big day. This doesn’t just mean religiously cleansing and toning and using treatments, but also drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. You may also want to take a vitamin supplement that is made to boost your skin’s health. As well as cleansing and moisturising twice a day, it’s a good idea to invest in a good quality eye cream, use a face mask at least month a week and exfoliate every other day. Facials are a great way to boost your skin’s radiance and get a really thorough cleanse. It’s a good idea to start getting monthly facials 6 months before the big day. This means that by the time of your trial your skin will be in great condition. If you know you don’t react to a specific facial, it can be nice to get one the week before the wedding for optimum skin on the big day. 

It’s not your job to worry about timings. The makeup artist, hairstylist and photographer will sort the timetable out. You just need to chill out, sip champagne, get pampered and prepare for the best day of your life!  LJ x

Makeup Artist in Kent

Getting Celene ready on her wedding day!

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