How far in advance should I book my makeup artist?
The short answer is as soon as possible. Wedding suppliers get booked up fast and makeup artists are no exception. I would recommend securing your booking at least 12 – 18 months in advance of your wedding date, especially if you are getting married during peak wedding season.
I do have some times during the year where I can accommodate short notice bookings so please do get in touch to check availability.
Is a makeup trial really necessary?
I will always say yes, absolutely. A trial gives us the opportunity to create a bridal look that you are 100% happy with and allows us to make sure the products are suited to your skin type. This means we are not leaving it to chance on your wedding day – therefore taking the stress out of this element of your day as it will already be in hand.
Another benefit of having a makeup trial is you will get the chance to wear the look all day and night to see how it wears and lasts as well as giving us the opportunity to discuss any changes you would like to make ahead of the day.
I also think it is quite nice to meet the people that are going to be around you during the hours before your wedding, this will make you feel much more relaxed and at ease.
I do of course understand that a trial is not always possible, for instance I have brides who do not live locally or even in the UK and so a trial just isn’t feasible. We can work around this so please do get in touch if you would like to book but a trial just wouldn’t be possible for you so that we can discuss.
Trials; when, where and how long?
I always recommend having your trial at least 6 – 12 weeks before your wedding day. This allows us to create your perfect bridal look in plenty of time, but also gives me the opportunity to make suggestions to get your kin in the best possible condition for your big day. Your trial will last approx. 2 hours and usually take place at my home address (16 Tower Close, Abingdon, OX14 5US) however I can travel to you if it is more convenient.
My bridesmaids / Mum would like a trial too, is this possible?
Trials for the bridal party are optional but of course can be booked for those who would like to see how they will look on the day or are nervous about having their makeup done.
Can I bring someone with me to my trial?
Yes, of course! Many of my brides come to their trials with their Mum, a sister or friend / bridesmaid for a second opinion and support, as a lot of people are nervous about having their makeup done. All I ask is that you let me know in advance and that you bring no more than 2 people with you as I unfortunately do not have the space to accommodate any more.
Do you offer makeup lessons?
I do indeed and more information can be found here . Makeup lessons are great for anyone wanting to revamp their look, learn new tips & techniques and find what makeup suits them best.
Lessons are also a great option for brides who will be doing their own makeup, such as destination brides or brides on a budget. Whatever the reason, I can help you create a look that is easy to recreate and makes you feel amazing, confident and in control.
What makeup brands and products do you use?
I use makeup from a variety of cruelty free & vegan brands. My kit has been carefully curated with products and brands I trust and know work. I also use products from across the pricing spectrum as more expensive doesn’t always equal better quality or longevity. More information on this can be found here.
I have sensitive skin, can I use my own makeup?
It is absolutely fine to use your own makeup if this would make you feel more comfortable. However, we will need to check that your products photograph well, do not cause flashback, look beautiful in person and will last all day.
Please do note that no discount will be given and that my prices will remain the same whether using your own products or my professional kit.
How many people can you do makeup for when working alone?
On the basis that sufficient time is available, I can do makeup for up to 5 people when working alone. I do have a few Makeup Artist contacts who are reliable and highly skilled who would be happy to come on board and assist with further bridal party members if your bridal party exceeds 5 people.
An additional fee would apply to cover the cost of the additional artist and their travel. Please get in touch for further information as the added cost will vary depending on the requirements of your booking.
How much time do you need on the day?
I always allow 1 hour for the Bride and 45 minutes per bridesmaid or mother of the bride. I will generally arrive 15 minutes prior to the agreed start time and ensure everyone is ready 1 hour before you need to leave. This will allow enough time for everyone to get into their dresses and for have a few minutes to relax before leaving for your ceremony. My preference will be to always do the brides makeup last.
Will you stay until we leave for the ceremony?
Yes, I will stay until you all leave for your ceremony. I do this so that I can provide any last minute lipstick touch ups, and also assist with anything else if needed. If you would like full touch ups later in the day or a makeup change for the evening please do get in touch and I will provide you with a quote for this service.
What is included in the touch up kits?
Bridal touch up kits include: a sample of your chosen lipstick, a lip brush, a pack of blotting papers, a pack of tissues and a few q-tips all contained in a little organza bag.
I have an allergy to ‘X’ can you still do my makeup?
If you have an allergy to specific products or ingredients please let me know in advance of your trial so that I can ensure I have the correct products to suit you. This includes latex and the eyelash glue I would normally use is latex based!
What happens if you are sick or cannot make my wedding day?
There are very limited circumstances which would mean that I would not be able to attend. Mostly due to severe sickness or extreme weather conditions which means it is unsafe for me to travel. If either of these were to happen then a replacement makeup artist with equal skill and experience to myself would be sent in my place. Saying that, please feel confident that I will turn up for your trial and wedding day, I pride myself on being professional and reliable. Letting people down is not something I like to make a habit of so come rain or shine, I will be there!
Hair or makeup first?
I recommend that you hair is styled before makeup as the last thing you want is to feel hot and bothered whilst your stylist is using hot appliances after having your makeup applied. We want you to be feel fresh and radiant prior to you leaving for your ceremony. However if you require your hair to be styled after your makeup this is also OK. This is your day and I will accommodate you as best as I can and where possible.
How far can you travel and how much do you charge?
All travel is charged at 45p per mile from OX14 5US, both to and from your getting ready location. If we are holding your trial at a location other than that of OX14 5US then the same travel charges will apply. If an overnight stay is required this will be discussed with you directly.
I can also travel internationally, please get in touch to discuss further.
I want to go ahead with my booking, how do I secure my date?
To secure your date in the diary, a 25% non refundable deposit is required within 7 working days of my invoice date. This will ensure that the date is yours and I can decline other enquiries for the same date. The deposit will be deductible from the balance. Payment of the remaining balance will be due at least 7 working days prior to your wedding day.