frequently asked questions

Popular questions about services, covering bridal and occasion makeup and wedding planning. In fact, we get asked these questions so many times, we thought we’d answer them in one place!

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I'm pretty sure my friend could do my bridal makeup, or I could even do it myself! Why do I need a professional?
We’re sure you or your friend are more than capable of applying makeup, but chances are neither of you have experience in photographic makeup, which is why you need to use a professional makeup artist.

We know weddings are expensive, but your wedding photos and videos are an important part of your wedding and your look will be a lasting image in them. An expert will help you achieve your best look and ensure you look fabulous on your big day, so for your peace of mind, it’s worth hiring a professional.

How will you make sure my makeup lasts all day?
We’ll use the right primers to make sure your makeup lasts throughout the day and into the evening. Only if it’s particularly hot weather will it need retouching, and we can show you the right products and techniques you’ll need for that when you have your makeup trial.
What makeup brands do you use?
We use high quality products from Arbonne, Urban Decay, Angel Face, Tropic, Bobbi Brown and Smashbox to suit the variety of skin types, tones and requirements of our clients. We don’t believe in testing cosmetics on animals, so the brands we use are all cruelty-free, and some of them are vegan-friendly or have a vegan-friendly range. If there’s a brand you’d like to use (or even avoid!) then please let us know at your makeup trial.
I don't like makeup and don't usually wear it, but I still want to look good. What would you advise?
We always take your preferences, needs and expectations into account. Depending on the ivory/white tone (or other colour!) of your wedding dress, wearing no makeup at all will make you look washed out. We’d advise a simple, natural look that will enhance your beauty and make you look radiant.
I'm worried that my makeup will look too heavy. How will you avoid this?
Our aim is to enhance your natural beauty not hide it, but still disguise unwanted spots, blemishes, dark circles etc. without your makeup looking heavy. So, we’ll work with your skin type and choose the right foundation, mineral powder or mousse to balance your skin, leaving you looking natural, radiant and flawless.
How should I prepare for my makeup trial?
Your makeup trial is your chance to tell us how you’d like to look on your big day, so if you have any pictures, photos or ideas, please bring them with you! If you have any products or brands you’d particularly like to use or avoid, then a list of those would be helpful too. Also, if you have any known allergies, please tell us so we can avoid products that contain those ingredients.

 Finally, if you have fabric swatches or pictures of your wedding dress and your bridesmaids’ dresses, these would be useful too, so we can look at makeup colours that compliment, not clash.

If I decide to use false lashes as part of my makeup look, how long will they last?
We use high quality false lashes that are designed for single use. While they will last for your wedding day, they’re not semi-permanent and won’t last beyond that. If you would prefer semi-permanent lashes, we know plenty of local technicians who we can highly recommend. 
How soon should I book you for my wedding makeup?
As soon as you’ve confirmed your wedding date, then let us know as our diaries get very busy very quickly!
I really need help in planning my wedding but I've not got a clue where to start! Can you help?
At Your Beautiful Day, we know the essential things every wedding needs to ensure it’s a success, and we can work with you to sort the basics before adding any extra little touches that will make it personal to you.

If you need some inspiration, we can help with that too, by finding out if there’s anything you particularly like or dislike, want or don’t want and coming up with some creative ideas and suggestions for you. By that point though, it’s likely you’ll have plenty of your own ideas!

What happens at a wedding planning consultation?
At our initial consultation with you (and your husband-to-be if you wish!) we want to hear all your ideas, no matter how random, so that we can get a picture of how you envisage your wedding.

If you have pictures, photos, colour samples etc., bring them with you or add us to your Pinterest boards so we can see what you’re thinking.

Details of any suppliers you’ve already booked, or would like to use, will also be useful.

We’ll also ask for some practical details such as the date of your wedding, number of guests and most importantly what your budget will be.

Once we know all this, we can start working our magic, sourcing everything needed to create Your Beautiful Day.

I can't always respond to calls/emails and I don't have time to be too involved. Will that be a problem?
Every couple we work with is assigned a dedicated planner and it’s entirely up to you how involved you can or want to be. Your planner will consult with you every step of the way (or not if you prefer!), and keep you regularly updated, either by phone or email, giving you peace of mind that everything’s under control, on schedule and within budget.