What is your most memorable wedding?
It's impossible to pick one! I've been so lucky to do a real range of weddings and that's what I love about my job. No two are the same even if some weddings are similar in style it's the people that make it stand out for me and I love meeting so many different brides.
Describe your style in 5 adjectives.
Diverse, high-end, vintage, creative, bespoke
What about your business are you most proud of?
Building up a small business from scratch is hard work and it takes buckets of determination and self-confidence. I am most proud of the lovely feedback I get from brides and the feeling I get seeing a happy bride feeling beautiful on such a significant day never gets old!
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Stay true to your vision as a couple and remember the reason for the wedding in the first place! It's easy to get weighed down by all the details but ultimately your wedding day is about celebrating your love with all your family and friends so just make sure to always keep that in the front of your mind!
What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?
One wedding I did had individual vintage books as wedding favours for each guest, so they had spent lots of time sourcing a book which would especially suit each different guest, I thought that was so lovely and thoughtful.
Describe your typical process with a couple.
When a bride contacts me the first thing I do is find out as much as possible about the wedding so I can build a picture of what they are looking for. If they then book a trial I will then spend time talking to them about what look they want for their wedding day, we will look at pictures, find out what kind of makeup they usually wear and then spend time trying different looks until they are happy. We might also talk about skincare and I advise them on what to do between the trial and the wedding. I then note down all the products used so I can recreate the look on their big day!
What do you love most about your job?
I love that no two days are the same! Each bride is completely different and as a very sociable person I enjoy meeting so many different people. However I think that the ultimate reason I do what I do is the sense of satisfaction I get from being part of such a special day. It's incredibly rewarding and a huge privilege to be part of something so special..
What is your No. 1 beauty tip for a bride?
Skincare, skincare, skincare! Look after yourself in the lead up! I don't recommend starting a completely new skincare regime a month before the wedding as this could cause your skin to react or break out. If you want to start using new products make sure to start plenty time in advance, 6 months if possible! But the main thing is to make sure you cleanse thoroughly and moisturise twice a day and of course, drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun.
How do you keep the bride feeling calm on her wedding day?
I have a very relaxed and friendly persona which definitely helps. I worked in Events Management for several years too which has ensured I am unflappable under pressure! I think people feed off your energy so if your Makeup Artist stays calm and relaxed this helps the whole bridal party too. I also make sure I've built a good rapport beforehand either at the trial or through communications leading up to the wedding day, and this helps my clients feel at ease.
What advice would you give to brides to stay looking great throughout their wedding day?
The key is to make sure the skin is well prepped before makeup is applied, which I always make sure is the case with my clients. Other than that I think a bride's job on the day is to just relax and enjoy it! I always give my brides a little pot of the lipstick I've used so they can reapply but my job is to make sure it's as long lasting as possible so that the bride doesn't have to worry about it, she should be having too much fun anyway!