Day 5 – Beauty maybe skin deep but a great makeup artist helps too

All brides want to look their best on their wedding day but do you know how to get the
best of out of your bridal trial?

Top tips……..

  • Get to know your make up artist/hairstylist through initial email and Skype/Facetime calls. Check that their portfolio suits the look you want and ask about experience, insurance and what you can do/bring to the trial.

    Photographer, Lydia Taylor Jones Photography

  • As with a hairdresser don’t be afraid to bring images of styles you like but be realistic. Pinterest and Instagram are such a fabulous source for wedding ideas but so many of the images are photoshopped or for a shoot (so would not last the rigours of a wedding day) so again ask advice and look for real life images or for someone who looks a little like you.
  • It is also vital for the artist to see your dress (or a least a picture!) and to understand any other themes that you may have too.
  • Take a camera or your phone to the trial. This will help you to see how you will look in your photos which is different to what you see in the mirror. Also handy for you to see the back of your hair!
  • Bring everything that you want to have in your hair along to the trial e.g. veil, tiara, clips etc. The most important thing is that you leave the trial knowing exactly how you are going to look on the day (apart from your dress!) so that the look can be recreated perfectly for you and you remember it well.
  • Wear a similar coloured top to your chosen outfit/dress. Dark colours take colour away from the face and light reflects onto it, which changes the way that colours look on the skin
  • Bring your make up bag and any favourite products with you. Remember that everyone describes colours differently so what might be bright to one person is not bright to another!

    Neil Redfern Photography.

  • Most importantly avoid trying anything too different from your normal look – if you never wear your hair up, or wear a smoky eye, your wedding day is probably not the time to try is for the first time!'
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up if you do not like something. This is not the time to be shy or indifferent. The English are very good at saying they like something when they really don’t!! Also, sometimes the relationship and connection is just not there, so don’t be afraid to say no and start to look again. Your artist will also know this too.

Photograph by Kristine Krupenny

Carey Hawkins is an experienced Make Up Artist and Hairstylist and has worked with brides for the past 14 years, as well as working on a wide range of films and TV. For more information visit: