For this post, I will be digressing from blogging all things make-up, brands and beauty to talk about something which forms a vital part of any wedding day – the plan! As a Make-Up Artist, one of my jobs is to consider how I can ensure the morning - or, more rarely, afternoon – runs smoothly, calmly and with time for touch-ups whilst making up the bride and any members of the bridal party.
I’m a planner by nature, so I always come armed with a schedule and usually discuss this at the trial, or just following, to make sure everyone is happy. I like to leave at least 45 minutes for bridesmaids and mums, and at least an hour for the bride. It seems like a long time to apply some make-up?! However, during this time, I’ll run a mini consultation, I’ll be prepping the skin, applying the make-up, maybe applying lashes, allowing time for small changes and sanitising my make-up brushes ahead of the next client. So, every second counts!
Many of my clients like to have an idea of how to approach the morning of their wedding, so it runs as smoothly as possible for them. I’ve put together some of my top tips based on my experience:
- It’s a good idea to work backwards from your ceremony time. For make-up, I recommend that everyone is ready at least an hour before it’s time to leave the house or hotel.
- I usually leave the bride until last, or second to last. During the morning, there are often guests arriving, bridesmaids to co-ordinate and breakfast to be eaten! I like to leave the bride to have time to answer last minute texts, open presents and enjoy the morning of her wedding day!
- The morning is whatever you would like it to be. Whether that’s a few bottles of Prosecco and some classic wedding tunes, a chilled affair with Classic FM or surrounded by family. Think about how you can make it a calm atmosphere for you.
- It’s best to be fresh-faced, with no make-up on, particularly on the eyes since this takes a little longer to remove and can irritate the delicate eye area more. A thorough cleanse is recommended, and exfoliating the face a day or two before is highly recommended. This takes off any dead skin cells leaving a smooth canvas for make-up application.
- I’m always asked whether it’s best to have the hair or make-up done first. There is no right or wrong answer, and I work with both. However, if you have a tendency to get warm or flushed sometimes the heat from a hairdryer or curler can cause perspiration which may affect the make-up.
- If the bridal party is large, it’s even more important to have a schedule so that both the hairdresser and make-up artist can work together effectively.
- Think about a ‘getting ready’ area or room in your house or hotel. Somewhere with a couple of tables, plug sockets and access to mirrors tends to work best for everyone. A room with good, natural light is ideal.
- Sadly, with larger bridal parties, it may be an early start! It’s not uncommon for me to arrive before 6am for a wedding. If the ceremony is very early and the bridal party is very large, I may need to bring an assistant with me to ensure everyone is ready. If you’d prefer just one artist, you may wish to consider the ceremony time when you’re wedding planning so everyone is ready.
- Leading on from the above … there may be some debate as to who takes the early slot! I’ve witnessed straws being drawn to decide. For whoever volunteers to go first, reassure them that their make-up will last just as long. They also have longer to enjoy your wedding day with you!
Image courtesy of Neil Parry Photography.