You may think your bridal make-up trial starts when you are in the stylists chair, however it starts before that with a bit of preparation…

Do I come in my make-up?

If you are concerned about how you like your make-up, please arrive with your make-up on. This helps me to see your preferences and how much you are used to. For example, natural make-up means very different things to different people.

How do I get the best out of the trial?

Try and book your hair and make-up trial at the same time, one can look totally different without the other.

It’s a good idea to wear a nice top or dress in a similar shade to your wedding dress – this will help you imagine how your final bridal look will actually look.
When you are all done and looking beautiful after the trial, always take selfies facing a window in natural light for truer colours and finer details. Never photograph under a downlight or in a heavily lit room.

What cosmetics do you use?

Expect only the best quality products. These include: Bobbi Brown, Mac, Laura Mercier, Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel, Stila, Dior, Benefit, illamasqua, Gorgio Armani, Hourglass and Tarte. (Eyeliners and mascara are longwearing and waterproof).

Is a trial really necessary?

It’s essential. Will your chosen hair style work and meet your expectations? Will the make-up look compliment your overall look, suit your skin and feel comfortable to wear?  Will it last all day?

How will it photograph?

Depending on the time of year when you are getting married and the lighting conditions, it is designed to photograph beautifully.

Even for a very natural look it’s usually a little more than you would expect, however it will define your features for camera and look natural.

How long will the trial take?

As a guideline, a bride’s hair or make-up trial and consultation takes 1 to 1hr 30mins. A bride’s hair & make-up trial and consultation takes 3 to 3hr 30mins. For other members of the bridal party attending a trial please allow 45mins to 1hr per person.

I would like to try out more than one make-up look and or hair style at my trial, will time allow?

Small changes and tweaks are always accommodated. However if more than one full hairstyle or make-up look is requested and the guideline timings do not allow, extra trial time must be booked.

Do I need to bring anything to the trial?

This is the ideal time before your wedding day to meet and discuss your idea’s. We encourage you to bring photos of hair and make-up looks you have in mind, as well as any hair pieces and accessories.

Feel free to email any photo’s beforehand for inspiration. Please be mindful that many Instagram and Pinterest make-up photos are heavily manipulated with retouching, filters and lighting tricks to give an unrealistic impression which is impossible for any make-up artist to recreate fully.

I have fine hair; would you recommend I bring hair extensions along? If so, what type do I go for?

Fine hair and hair extensions are a perfect match for wedding hair!
Most photo’s you see of wedding hair will have hair extensions or hair padding of some kind.

When you are looking, try and get some advice from the store. I recommend specialist shops. Go for the nearest colour match and good quality hair on clips that are heat resistant. Most people need them clipped up to just below the crown from the nape to add volume. There is no extra charge for fitting extensions.

When should I have my trial?

A trial is recommended 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding. From years of experience working with brides, I know your style and idea’s often change throughout the run up to the big day. Your skin type and shade changes from season to season as well as the length and condition of your hair.

Where does the trial take place?

Trials run Tuesday to Friday from my home studio: 48 Foundry Gate, Wombwell, S73 0LF. Appointment times are either 10am or 1.30pm

What if I don’t like what you do?

Your trial is an essential time to communicate with us your ideas and vision for the wedding day. Communication is key, please also be realistic in what will work and be honest with your feedback. I am happy to work with you to create a flawless look for your day to the very best of my ability.

Can I add to my booking at a later date?

Yes, if the timings allow on the morning. Please give as much notice as possible. Please be aware, yourself and the bridal party have an allocated time to be ready and in most cases it is not usually possible to accommodate extra people on the morning of the wedding without prior notice.

How long will it take on my wedding day?

A trial will establish exact times for hair but usually an hour for both hair and make-up is allocated to the bride and around 45 mins per person for hair and or make-up for other party members.

Is there anything I should do to prepare my hair for my trial / on the day?

It depends on your hair type, but generally it is best to wash your hair the day before and to avoid very heavy conditioners. It should be thoroughly dry and free from any products.

My mum has booked a blow dry on the morning of the wedding, should she wash her hair that morning?

Yes, hair is best freshly washed before the blow-dry. The fascinator is fitted nearer the time of leaving.

Is there anything you recommend I get for the day?

Almost every Bride will need her recommended lipstick for a top-up throughout the day and if you have oily skin, a compact of translucent face powder is a must for the T-zone.