Asked Questions

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How do I know you’re the right Makeup Artist for me?

Your Makeup Artist plays a huge part in your wedding morning, so it’s important to find someone you connect with and trust to create your dream look. For me, this comes down to makeup style and personality.

I want you to feel completely confident in your decision to work with me. I would encourage you to study my portfolio and past bridal makeup looks. Can you see the style of makeup you love and would like to wear on your wedding day? It doesn’t need to be the exact look you want, but you should be drawn to the same overall feel.

Social media can be a great way to get to know your wedding suppliers and peek ‘behind the scenes’. I’d like to think my personality shines through both here on my website and in any other content I put out. Personal recommendations and experience working at your chosen venue are a couple of other things to look out for.

Are you a full-time Makeup Artist?

Yes, I’ve been working in the beauty industry for 15 years and specialising in bridal makeup for the past decade. You can read more about my training and experience here

Which areas do you cover?

My private makeup studio is located just outside Canterbury and I work throughout Kent and across the South East.

When should I get in touch?

Like many wedding suppliers, I’m often fully booked well in advance, so I’d recommend getting in touch as soon as possible once you’ve set a date for your wedding. At this point, you don’t need to have chosen the style of makeup you want or any of the finer details. Even if you’re further along in the planning process, it’s still worth enquiring. I may be free on the exact date you need.

What information do you need?

To confirm my availability and create your bespoke proposal, I need to know the date and time of your wedding ceremony, where you’ll be getting ready and how many people you’d like to include in your booking. 

How many people can be included in a booking?

This depends slightly on things like location, ceremony start time and makeup style. For larger parties with an early start time, I may need to enlist the help of an additional artist from my Pro Team. Don’t worry, I’ll explain this clearly in your proposal and itemise any additional costs.

What do you mean by ‘Pro Team’?

I have a handpicked team of highly experienced bridal Makeup Artists who regularly assist me. Having worked with them for years, I know they have a similar makeup style to my own and a friendly, professional presence that will enhance your wedding morning. If additional Makeup Artists will be needed for your booking, I’ll let you know when you enquire.

Do you do hair?

Hairstyling is not a service I provide, but I often work with incredibly talented bridal hairstylists who I’d be happy to recommend.

When is payment due?

I require a non-refundable, non-transferable £75 booking fee and completed booking form to save your date in my diary. This amount will be deducted from your final balance which is due four weeks before your wedding date. All payments should be made via bank transfer.

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Why is a trial important?

Your makeup trial is an essential part of the overall bridal experience. It’s an opportunity for us to discuss what you want, experiment and create your dream makeup look. For this reason, trials tend to take longer than your makeup will on your wedding day. We’ll be busy playing with products, trying different techniques and tweaking things until they’re perfect.

I work hard to make each trial as fun and enjoyable as possible. Refreshments will be provided, and I’ll do everything I can to ensure you leave feeling excited, pampered and special.

Who needs a trial?

While trials for your bridal party are optional, they can be a lovely experience to include as part of the wedding planning journey. Many clients decide to make a day of it, treating themselves to brunch or afternoon tea before or after their appointment. If you’d like to do the same, I’d be happy to recommend the best places to visit nearby.   

With friends and family dotted around the country and people leading such busy lives, it can be difficult to get everyone together. I’m happy to create a look on one bridesmaid and then tweak it to suit everyone else on the day. If you attend your trial alone, we can chat through what your bridesmaids want in detail and take it from there.

When should I have my trial?

In general, I would recommend scheduling your trial somewhere between six months and six weeks before your wedding day. The final few weeks tend to be busy, so unless it’s completely unavoidable, I wouldn’t suggest adding your makeup trial into the mix.

I offer trials on weekdays all year round and at weekends from October until March. Weekend appointments are limited between April and September due to weddings, but appointments can sometimes be arranged for the afternoon. As soon as you have a date in mind, please get in touch to check my availability.

How long does a trial take?

Typically, 1.5 – 2 hours for the bride and 1 hour for bridal party members.

Is the cost of my trial included?

Trials are priced separately and are payable on the day.

Where do trials take place?

Most trials take place at my private makeup studio near Canterbury. It’s a small, intimate space, so for larger bridal parties I occasionally recommend a different location (travel costs may apply).

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Prior to your trial, you’ll be invited to complete a detailed makeup questionnaire. At the same time, you’ll be encouraged to collect a range of inspiration images, so we can chat through what you do and don’t like, highlighting any individual elements you’d like to recreate.

Please arrive makeup free if possible. I will begin by thoroughly cleansing and prepping your skin, but sometimes it can take a while to settle down after removing makeup. If you’re planning to wear your hair up or down on your wedding day, it’s helpful to style it in a similar way for your trial. I’d also recommend wearing a top in a similar colour to your wedding dress so you can get a feel for your makeup without being influenced by anything else.

It’s not essential, but please feel free to bring along any makeup products you absolutely love, use every day or can’t live without. It’s always helpful to learn more about your favourite makeup brands, colours and textures.

Can I invite a friend or family member?

Of course! I’d be grateful if you could let me know beforehand so I can ensure there’s enough space and refreshments for everyone.   

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What time do you start on the day?

Usually bright and early, but the exact hour will depend on the timing of your ceremony and the size of your bridal party. We’ll confirm these details beforehand, so you’ll know when to expect me. I always recommend finishing at least an hour before you need to leave. This gives you time to get into your dress, take a few photos and enjoy a moment with your bridal party.

What comes first, hair or makeup?

I’m very flexible and will happily work around your hairstylist. In my experience, they tend to have more of a preferred order than I do, usually based on the type of hairstyle(s) they’re creating. The only request I have is that the bride’s makeup isn’t left till last.

I wear contact lenses. When should I put them in?

As a contact lens wearer myself, I would personally pop them in before makeup. However, you should do whatever feels comfortable.

The length of time you can wear your lenses for plays a part. If you can only manage a few hours at a time, you might not want to put them in at 9am. The other thing to consider is how easily and neatly you can pop them in as the process can make your eyes water and cause you to touch your face. Don’t worry too much though, I’ll be on hand for touch-ups if needed.

What happens in the unlikely event you can’t make it on the day?

Please note, this has never happened in all the years I’ve been working in the wedding industry. However, in an emergency, a member of my Pro Team will step in to cover my absence or you will be offered a full refund (minus the booking fee, cost of bridal trials not included).

How are you keeping clients and yourself safe from COVID-19?

Hygiene has always been incredibly strict within the beauty industry. Recent events have only made me more committed to keeping my clients, myself and my kit safe.

I work in line with both the current government guidelines and those issued by my insurance company. Please be assured that correct personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn at all times and my kit is thoroughly cleansed and sanitised after every use. Details of the current guidelines are sent out ahead of any appointments and you’ll be given clear instructions about attending safely. You’re not required to wear PPE and hand sanitiser is available at all times.

In the event of another lockdown, should you need to postpone your wedding due to it not being legally possible for you to get married (as opposed to personal preference or restrictions on the number of guests allowed), I will happily transfer your bridal makeup booking to another date as long as I am available. To avoid disappointment, please check my availability before confirming a new date.

If you have any specific questions or concerns about COVID-19 in relation to your booking, please get in touch.