Getting The Most From Your Wedding Make-up.

My five tips to get the most out of your Bridal make-up.
1) First thing's first- Why pay for a professional?

There are Brides who do their own make-up on their wedding day, and some who have a friend or family member do it for them. They probably get by just fine and it is of course personal choice. Some women feel they know their own face and what suits them better than anybody else and it can seem expensive to have somebody else do it for you, and that's true in part, but obviously I'm going to advise you to have your wedding make-up done by a professional and for a number of reasons. We have access to a specialist kit full of tried and tested products that work under conditions that your usual make-up may not stand up to. (The hugs and kisses of hundreds of guests and well-wishers, flash photography, high definition film if you're having a videographer and the longest day you're ever likely to need your face to last for!) We know all the tips and tricks, do's and don'ts and the timings of wedding morning. It's the one day when you need your make-up to go right and chances are you'll be nervous and anxious so why put that pressure on yourself? Why not relax with a glass of fizz and have a pampering experience safe in the knowledge that your foundation won't oxidise before you've made it down the aisle and there's no titanium dioxide in your concealer to give you ghost-face when the photographer uses his flash for the dance floor shots.

(Image Courtesy of Steven Barber Photography)
2) Do your research.
When looking for a make-up artist there are a couple of things to consider. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to get good honest recommendations and you may already have someone in mind if you've got friends who are married or perhaps you've been a Bridesmaid and found somebody that way. If not, then google or searching on facebook is the other obvious way. Bear in mind that asking on facebook groups such as your local 'Sell and Seek' is usually political and people will always recommend their friend whether they are good or not and quite often people will only have experience of one make-up artist and deem them to be 'the best' which may not always be true so it's good to have an open mind at this stage. It is a good way to gather the information though and then you can do your own research. Have a look through online portfolios or blog posts and make sure the work you're seeing is current and was actually done by the person posting it! If you want to ask any questions outside of the usual availability enquiries then feel free- a good make-up artist will be happy to answer any queries you may have either via e-mail or be willing to call you for a chat without you feeling obliged to book them! Once you've chosen just check whether a deposit is required and what the terms of this are, as well as what their cancellation policy is and when your balance is due.
(Image Courtesy of Ian Wood Photography)
3) Be Prepared.
I'm going to assume you'll be having a pre-wedding consultation, or 'trial' before the big day because I don't usually do wedding make-up without one! It's a chance to decide exactly what your Bridal look will be and have a little fun along the way but you can make the process a lot easier by being prepared. Have a look for images of make-up that you like the look of, either on Pinterest, Instagram, Google images saved as screenshots on your phone or even pages taken from magazines. You could bring along some of your own make-up as an example of what you usually wear, especially if you have a signature lip colour or blush that you want to incorporate into your wedding day make-up. If you have any images of yourself with how you usually do your own make-up or at a time when you really liked how you looked then that is also a great starting point.
 (Image Courtesy of Joe Mather Photography)
4) Be realistic.
We are constantly surrounded by images of models, celebrities and 'real people' alike that are edited, filtered and re-touched beyond all recognition from the original shots. They adorn magazine covers, music videos and instagram accounts with their flawless complexions, perfectly even skin-tone and airbrushed, line-free faces. This isn't real. And even with the best make-up skills in the business you probably wont look like this on your wedding day because these people didn't look like that in the flesh either. It's important to remember this! Quite often the shots that end up in wedding albums are also subjected to this post-processing too and so it almost does us a disservice as make-up artists (and hair stylists) because that level of expectation is set at an unrealistic high. It can't be achieved with foundation alone. Most Brides say to me 'I know it's a cliché but I just want to look like the best possible version of me.' It is a massive cliché but it's a good thing to aim for. I want to enhance all your best features, make you look and feel the best you ever have. Radiant and glowing with happiness and just the right amount of glossiness and polish and realness. I'm trying to find a balance between making sure you look good for the pictures and ensuring that your make-up photographs beautifully but at the same time I want you to look good for the guests that are standing in front of you. And for your Husband who sees you every day and wants to marry you with your face. Not Kim Kardashian-West's painted over the top of it!
 (Image Courtesy of Tiree Dawson Photography)
5) Be honest.
There are a million different make-up looks that I (or any other make-up artist) can do for you. I can do what's 'technically correct' and what I think enhances your beauty and plays up your features but the only look that's right is the one that you love and to get to that, we need honest feedback. I want you to pick out and pore over every little detail during your pre-wedding consultation and I will never be offended by making tweaks and changes or even starting all over again! Sometimes it's difficult to visualise what you want and even more difficult to communicate that to somebody else. That's where the prep and a good in-depth discussion beforehand comes in but what if you've done all that and you're still not exactly on the same page? I have lost count of the number of times somebody has said to me 'I'm not sure how I'm having my hair yet. I had my trial but it was awful.' And I have to ask if she told the stylist that she didn't like it. The reply is usually 'Well I didn't want to offend her...' Why are we so terrified of offending people yet so willing to tell everyone else what we really thought?! I've done it myself! And yet when it comes to my Bridal clients I would far rather know that we're not quite there yet and have the chance to put it right than have somebody leave a trial not feeling absolutely incredible. I try to instill this into everyone who sits in my chair but regardless of who you choose for your wedding make-up it's important that you feel able to say 'Oh actually I thought I wanted smokey eyes but now I feel like it's a little darker than I would usually wear. Can we try something else?' 
Be honest! With yourself and with your make-up artist. Make-up is personal. I never take it personally.
(Image Courtesy of Lisa Aldersley Photography)
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Aimée x

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