Bridal Makeup FAQ take 1

29th November 2014
Posted by: Bridget Okeeffe

There are so many of the same questions that my clients ask me time and again. Today I am going to run through the most popular of them and explain in some detail the questions that seem to burn on every bride-to-be’s lips.

Should you have false eyelashes?

I absolutely have a personal preference which is to always add lashes to your look. The really lovely thing about lashes on the market today is that there really is something for everyone. My absolute favourite are semi permanent lashes that are applied a few days before you big day. As they are essentially lash extensions they are really natural and will last well into your honeymoon too. If you don’t want to go down this route, having a few individuals added onto your makeup look at the end is another option and one that will open and brighten your eye area. Even if you don’t want the lashes to be a statement, falsies are such a pretty feminine touch that really are at the top of my list of extras to have. If you want to know more about what options you have you can read my post on “Lashings of Lashes”.

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Do I recommend airbrushing?

The idea behind airbrushing is to give you full coverage with long lasting results that will not falter, no matter how hard you hit that dance floor. The liquid foundations that we use are high in pigment and thus have great coverage yet thin in texture so there is no heavy build up of product. If you feel that you need this full coverage because of problem skin or if your foundation doesn’t tend to sit on your skin and stay there then I would definitely recommend airbrushing.

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Can you change your makeup look from day to night easily without my help?

Most bridal makeup artists should easily be able to give you a few hints and tips if you would like to change your makeup for after the ceremony to something slightly more dramatic or suited to the evening. For the most part you can easily achieve this with a duo eyeshadow palette and small fluffy brush. If you are a bit daunted by the prospect of having to start contouring then you can stick with an eyeliner. Running a dark brown eyeliner (in some cases a black, although 90% of the time I find this too harsh for bridal) in your waterline or extending a slight flick on the outer corners of your eyes can change up your look from day to night pretty quickly. During your trial ask your makeup artist to tell you what you can extend on from the final look in order to give yourself a little more definition. Practice this with them there and they will be able to pass on some top tips.bridget small

When should you have your last facial?

Facials are such a treat for brides-to-be. There are two golden rules about them though. Firstly never ever try a new treatment a week or so before your wedding. Make sure that if you do treat yourself to a facial that you have had the exact one before so that you know don’t have any adverse reactions to the products. Secondly have your last facial about 36 hours before you walk down the isle. The reason for this is that your skin starts to look its best then after a facial. Your skin cell regeneration will have kicked off then and your glow will be at its peak. There very few exceptions to this, for example some derma roller treatments that are designed for 24 hours before a big event.

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When should you have your trial?

This is a tough one. Any bride of mine knows that I always recommend having your trial a month before the big day. There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, your skin will in all likeliness be in the condition that it will be on your wedding day, a month before. Secondly you are not likely to forget what you had in your trial if it’s close enough to your wedding date and lastly, you aren’t likely to change your mind about what you want. With so many different weddings magazines out there and all sorts of looks that you will be obsessing over, you will see thousands of different bridal hair and makeup ideas. You will be totally spoilt for choice and may well change your mind about what you like and what you want. If you aren’t sure that your makeup artist is the one for you and your trial is to test their skill more than design your look for the day then you will need to have the trial well before then. If the trial is a flop and you are convinced that you need someone else then you will need to have plenty of time to source someone else and fit in a trial all while finding someone who isn’t already booked for your date. Wedding season is a busy one for the top makeup artist in London so make sure you get your dates in early. If they are good then they will only do one wedding a day so make sure you get who you want early!


How long will your makeup last?

The honest answer to this is that it will last as well as it possibly can. It will last longer than if you had to have applied it yourself but it may not last as long as some brides. The reason for this is that everyone has different skin and even your eyelids can produce oil that could potentially leave you with creased eyeshadow. Any good makeup artist will be able to combat this if you warn them. We are all pros in the application department, something that not every girl has mastered and so theoretically if you have a makeup artist do your makeup for your wedding you should be able to wake up the next day with great makeup (given that NONE of you should be sleeping with your makeup on, of course this would never happen). As mentioned above, airbrushing certainly goes a long way in ensuring that your flawless look lasts.

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I will continue to do these FAQ posts so if you have any questions in particular please let me know and I will try to include them in the next post. You can tweet me or post the question on Facebook.

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