Laura Holness bridal cosmetology

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FAQs & Blog

 Do I have to have trials for all of my bridesmaids or bridal party? 

 It may depend upon the recommendation, minimum requirement package of your make up artist or how meticulous you are with timing and accuracy. Having a trial for everyone ensures we know how long everything will take on the day itself, so we can schedule the morning precisely. Everyone’s hair varies in length and thickness so if your bridesmaids have very different hair types and are not all having the same hair style then a trial would definitely be recommended, as this can have an impact on the time it may individually take to get someone ready. Please also bare in mind that if some of your bridesmaids have particularly sensitive skin or other skin concerns/conditions, it is better to work out what make up will work for them before the day. It will also give us time to try more than one brand if necessary.
 Additionally it is worth keeping in mind if you decide not to have trials for everyone, that I do allow for a little extra time on the day for each person (purpose of extra charge) and try to judge it accordingly before hand as best I can. However there may be a slight increased risk that any artist may have to work faster to get everyone ready on time although this is often avoided by careful planning by the use of questions prior to the day. 

In any case it is usually compulsory for the bride to have a trial unless exceptional circumstances prevent this (i.e. The bride lives abroad/time doesn't permit).

What time will you start on the wedding day?

It is generally difficult to answer this question for certain prior to the trial, as the answer can vary depending on how may people there are for hair and make up, and what styles are chosen. I will time the entire session at the trial and take into account other members of the bridal party as accurately as possible by obtaining more information at the time. Just to give you a guide, it usually takes around 45 mins per person for both hair and make up with more natural make up/hair styles but it just depends - sometimes it can be less time or a little longer. There are lots of things to take into account such as style, hair texture, thickness, length and skin type etc. Please note that with my years of experience I am able to time things very accurately.

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Monthly Top Tips - Make up

With so many different makeup looks to consider it can feeling like an overwhelming task choosing a bridal makeup look that is right for you. 

  To help make things a little easier, I’ve put together some helpful tips and things to consider when choosing a makeup look for your wedding day.

Pick a look you're comfortable with....

Wedding makeup is one area of beauty that’s not particularly trend-led so don’t feel you have to buy into all the latest beauty looks just because they’re the style of the moment. 

 “Wedding makeup is about choosing a look that you are comfortable with and that enhances your features rather than being overly concerned about being 'on-trend',”

Drink Lots of Water Before the Big Day.....

This beauty tip is one to follow all year round, but it's even more important as your wedding day approaches. "Hydrated skin will allow for the best application of makeup," Miglino says.

Do I Need a Wedding Makeup Artist? 

Doing your own wedding makeup can add an extra element of stress to your day, so if you feel you’ll be in a flap, we’d recommend calling in a professional.

Hiring a pro will take away a potential stress on the day. Have you ever tried applying liquid liner with shaking hands? Not recommended.

“If you are able to hand the job over to someone you trust and you like their work and you can also afford it, I definitely recommend doing so.''

 “Having your make-up done is a perk. Enjoy it! It adds a special occasion feel as it’s not something you do every day.” 

Book a Wedding Makeup Trial...

Arrange a trial makeup session with them. Not only will this help you to decide exactly how you want your wedding makeup, it’s also a chance to check that you gel with the MUA you’ve chosen. They’ll be with you on one of the biggest days of your life, so you want to get on well and feel comfortable around them. We suggest holding your makeup trial around three months before your wedding – before things get really hectic, but hopefully once you’ve got your outfit and hair planned, so you know all three work together. 

Go to your makeup trial prepared with ideas of how you want to look so your MUA has an idea of your wedding makeup vision. Take a photo of your outfit too, so they can work out your overall vibe for the day.