Charlotte Easton is a fully insured, qualified freelance makeup artist based on the Isle of Man and I have experienced her passion for makeup first hand as she made my Bridesmaids, my Mum and I look stunning for my wedding (which I am going to get around to blogging soon, I promise!). I have also worked with her on numerous photoshoots, where I have seen the range of her talents, from natural, barely there makeup to full on dramatic transformations.
I found having Charlotte as my wedding make up artist invaluable – my makeup routine generally consists of tinted moisturiser and some mascara, with occasionally a bit of eyeliner if I’m going out! For my wedding I wanted to feel confident and beautiful and didn’t want to be getting stressed out on the morning of my wedding because I couldn’t get my eyeliner straight! Charlotte also introduced me to the most amazing red lipstick, which I would never of thought to wear before but matched my look perfectly and I ended up buying the lipstick from her (YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mats 204 in case you were wondering) and frequently wear it on a night out!
So I asked Charlotte if she could share some of her expertise with you all to help you get the best experience with your wedding makeup artist and what to expect…
What should Brides think about when choosing wedding makeup?
Every Bride wants to look perfect on their special day. The most important step is to choose and book your makeup artist as soon as you can.
Ask for recommendations to find an experienced, qualified, professional and reliable makeup artist and review their website to see their bridal portfolio.
Once you’ve decided on a makeup artist whose portfolio you like, get in touch and be prepared to sign a contract and pay a deposit in order to secure your date and time. If you would prefer to have a trial first before doing this so you can meet your artist and make sure your comfortable, book this as soon as you can. The more popular an artist is, the quicker he or she will book up.
Remember, professional makeup artists are trained in dealing with all skin types, tones and issues as well as photographic makeup. They know how to make the most of your best features and diminish any flaws. They will also be able to design a look suitable for the time of day you’re getting married and your reception. It’s the one day of your life you have a great excuse to be truly pampered too (no stressing about last minute breakouts or shaky hands trying to do your eyeliner!).
If you are getting married abroad and/or have your heart set on doing your own makeup see if you can book a professional makeup artist to do some lessons with you beforehand. This will work out more expensive than booking a makeup artist on the day as you will most likely have to invest in suitable makeup and brushes in order to get the desired finish but is worth the investment as your makeup will look fantastic and you can use the tips you learn for doing your own makeup for other occasions – one less thing to worry about!
It’s also time to start thinking about skin preparation. Your makeup artist should be able to recommend a good skincare routine and/or beautician to help you get your skin in the best condition you can before you say “I do”.
Will the makeup last all day?
With quality makeup products and professional application techniques your makeup should last well into your wedding day and night with only minimal top ups required although this will depend on the condition of your skin and how oily you tend to get.
Lipstick and/or gloss, is a must after all the kisses and your wedding breakfast as are blotting sheets and powder for later on in the evening to avoid shine.
However, for a full VIP experience, ask your makeup artist if he/she can be booked out for the day to retouch the makeup before any close ups or if they offer a “Second look” service whereby they can come out on location and change your makeup to make it more dramatic for the evening.
One of the products I offer my brides is a mini top up kit containing the essential items to keep my clients makeup looking perfect all day and night. These prove extremely popular and also make a lovely gift for bridesmaids on the day.
What should Brides discuss at the trial?
By getting your trial booked in early you can rest easy that this element of your day is organised so I recommend leaving it no later than 6-8 weeks before your wedding. To get the best out of your trial I’d also suggest bringing (or emailing your artist beforehand):
- at least five reference/inspiration images of the type of makeup you are looking for on your big day (they aren’t mind readers!);
- an image of your dress;
- your colour swatches for bridesmaids dresses and/or flowers, and your veil and or any accessories being worn.
Wear a white top or dress so you can see how the makeup will tie in with your wedding dress and if you can, book your hair trial on the same day too so you can see how everything looks together. Another tip I give my clients is to wear a comfortable bottom half as you’ll be sitting down for quite a while!
The trial is also a good time to firm up any details which you were unsure of at the time of booking, i.e photographer’s arrival time, are behind the scenes photos of makeup being applied required and final numbers for makeup applications. Make sure you liaise with your photographer too to decide a photo start time for bridal portraits. Your makeup artist can then ensure everyone is ready in good time.
How should Brides decide between different wedding looks, i.e. glamorous/vintage/natural etc?
There are so many different styles and ideas out there so it’s important to think carefully about having a look to tie in with the overall colour palette and theme. When looking at your makeup artists’ portfolio, see if you can find some examples of different types of bridal makeup for some inspiration.
Tell your makeup artist that you still want to look like you, but at your most beautiful and let them get creative.
Should Brides go for false lashes or keep it natural?
False lashes might see a bit scary but 90% of my brides choose to wear them and absolutely love them. They really enhance the eyes and look beautiful in wedding photos. Don’t rule them out without trying some during your trial. There are so many styles to choose from. My personal favourites are the individual cluster lashes for brides. I apply these in different lengths and they joining right up to the lash line so look really natural.
Photography credits: Shan Fisher Photography, Matt Mosur, Matt Mosur, Jewell Photography, Jewell Photography, Pete Williamson Photography