Every bride wants to feel beautiful on their special day and why shouldn’t they? So when choosing your makeup artist and searching through the internet, think about the style you want to achieve. If it’s a natural bridal makeup then choose the makeup artist that best suits this style. Choose your makeup artist by what you see on their on-line galleries look at their social media, read previous brides reviews and ask yourself, “Can I see myself looking like the women in these galleries”.

After the date of the wedding, your venue may be the next important decision you make. The choice of venue will often influence the style of dress you choose, this will then reflect in the choice of hair and makeup. There are many wonderful wedding themes to consider, Romantic to Rustic, Vintage to Bohemian, Traditional to Art Deco…

I often get asked the question, are trials important. I would say yes, in fact I would go as far as saying imperative. Firstly, to ensure you do not react to any of the new or different products your makeup artist uses on the day. Although most makeup artist use premium brands anything can cause a reaction and you wouldn’t want to leave anything to chance on the day. Strip lashes can also be uncomfortable for most brides especially if you are not used to wearing them so opting for cluster lashes which are lighter and more natural looking may be a better option and will make a real difference to your make up look.

Your trial is most important so get prepared – take with you as much information as you can – for instance, create a Pinterest board and share it with your makeup artist, bring magazine clippings choosing examples of makeup close to your own skin colouring. If you have a Pinterest board you can search specifics ie: pale skin, blonde hair, blue eyes, bear in mind makeup can look dramatically different on different skin tones so choosing something closer to your skin tone is important. Bring pictures of your dress if you can as this helps create the perfect bridal look to match your dress. Your trial, including the consultation can last anywhere between 2 to 3 hours.

For a Saturday wedding in peak season I recommend booking your trial at least 9-12 months in advance otherwise 3-6 months in the quieter periods should be fine…

Be realistic in what you are want to achieve a lot of images from instagram and Pinterest are filtered and what looks good on camera may not look so good in real life, heavy contouring and excessive highlighting can look heavy and greasy and not dewy like you see on social media.

On the day of your trial I always ask my bride to arrive in her usual everyday makeup or a makeup she feels comfortable wearing. This could be natural or a stronger look depending on the individual this enables me to see the level you’re comfortable with. I suggest you wear your hair in a style similar to how you would like it on the day. I think it’s a good idea, if you can, to try to get your hair and makeup trial on the same day, so at least you can see this part come together. I recommend wearing a plain top, something similar to the colour of your wedding dress, please avoid wearing patterns or darker shades as this will effect the overall look.