I have recently found that I am repeating myself a lot as there are lots of questions I am asked on a regular basis. Hopefully this blog post is useful in answering some of your burning questions, but of course if you have others please do email me and I’ll be happy to answer them.
How soon should I book you?
As soon as you finalise your wedding date! I get booked up around 18 months in advance for popular dates and as the Save the Date deposit is just £50, it is advisable to book me sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.
Can you use my own makeup?
I prefer to use my own makeup as I know which products work well together and how they are best applied. However, should you have allergies or very sensitive skin I am happy to use your products.
Can you do any look?
Makeup artists generally have a signature look – mine is beautiful, glowing skin and natural, but defined, makeup – but we are able to create any look you desire.
What makeup brands do you use?
I use a large array of brands but my main staples are Bobbi Brown, NARS, Chanel, MAC, Laura Mercier, Dior, Charlotte Tilbury and Tom Ford.
What is airbrushing?
Airbrushing is a way of applying foundation by lightly spraying it onto the face. For further information, please see my blog post here: http://blushbeautyandhair.co.uk/blush-beauty-hair/airbrush-not-airbrush
How can I prepare my skin for the big day?
Throw away your face wipes! Get into a good cleanse, tone and moisturise routine, drink plenty of water and don’t pick at any spots that may arise!
Do I have to have a trial?
You don’t have to have a trial but I strongly recommend it. Very occasionally someone has a mild reaction to a product and there isn’t much wiggle room for alterations should you want to change things on the big day.
What if I have no idea what I want?
Pinterest is your friend! Save lots of pictures that you like and generally a theme will begin to emerge such as braids, loose waves, unstructured looks, smoky eyes, barely there eyeshadow etc.
When should I have my trial?
I generally recommend having your trial 2-3 months before your wedding date. You’ll have chosen your dress by this point and your hair will be at optimum length where length is required. Of course you can have a trial earlier should you wish to, however the majority of brides who have an early trial change their minds about hair style (the curse of Pinterest!) and then have to pay for a second hair trial.
How long will the trial take?
For hair and makeup I generally say to allow between 2 and 3 hours.
Can other members of the bridal party have a trial?
Do I need to bring hair pins/bun rings?
No – I will provide all of these.
Do I need my hair accessories/veil for my trial?
It is helpful to bring any hair accessories and your veil to the trial, but if you haven’t chosen them yet, don’t worry, I have a selection that you can try.
The wedding day:
Can I wash my hair on the morning of the wedding?
In general, hair styling is easiest when hair is not freshly washed, however if your hair is very fine, thin or oily or you simply can’t bear not to wash it, you should wash it on the wedding morning.
How long do you allow for hair/makeup?
Generally speaking I allow 45 minutes for each hair or makeup which gives me a bit of contingency time should someone have a lot of hair or want a complicated hairstyle/makeup look. If any member of your bridal party does have masses of hair, please let me know so that I can add on additional time if necessary.
Will you bring anyone with you on the wedding day?
This depends on how many of you there are and the time of your ceremony. Sometimes I may bring a second hair stylist/makeup artist and sometimes an assistant who will do lashes, lips and curling but their fee will come out of the total cost of your wedding hair and makeup so there will be no hidden charges.