Wedding Makeup FAQ


I often have brides to be who are unsure of what to expect from a wedding makeup artist. I have created this page to answer some of their questions and to help guide you when choosing your artist. If your question is not answered here, or you would like to discuss any aspect of your bridal makeup needs please get in touch!

Do I need a trial?

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I would always suggest you do, yes. Even if you know exactly the look you want, and are confident your wedding makeup artist has created the look before, it is always advisable to see how the vision in your head translates before your wedding day. You may find the look does not suit you as you had hoped. You may wish to experiment with several looks to ensure the one you settle on is the perfect style! Even though things can always be adjusted the last thing you wedding want on your wedding day is any additional stress.

Do my bridesmaids need a trial?

This is not very common. Bridesmaid’s looks tend to be softer than the brides, with many opting for a fresh natural look. Unless a bridesmaid has a specific requirement, or has previously had a bad experience, they do not tend to request a trial. If they do choose to, than the trial is usually at the bridesmaids own expense.

How long should I leave for my trial?

It is a good idea to allow a few hours for your trial in order to have time to chat with your artist, research some looks, and experiment with what suits you. Generally I’d recommend about 1.5 hours for a makeup or hair only trial and 2.5-3 hours for both. It is a great idea to bring along images of hair and wedding makeup styles you like.

When should I have my trial?

Generally a few months to several weeks out from the wedding. You don’t want to have it done too far out from the wedding as a number of things can change in the time between your trial and wedding including skin condition, skin tone and weight. Your wedding itself may also change and develop and a look that suited your wedding perfectly when you were just starting planning a year ago, may not suit the final wedding theme. On the other hand, you don’t want to leave your trial too late in case you have any concerns, after all your artist will be an important part of your day!

A lot of brides are opting to have their wedding makeup trials before their hens parties or other special event. This is also an excellent way to ensure your artist has used quality products that will last throughout your day.

What sort of look is appropriate?/I don’t usually wear makeup, what will suit me?

The makeup look you choose for your big day is very personal to you. There is no simple, one size fits all look for a bride. That is why it is so important to talk to your makeup artist about the style that suits you, your personality, and your wedding, best!

Should I have traditional or airbrush makeup?

This is a tricky one. It really comes down to skin type and personal preference. Some people much prefer the feel of airbrush, whilst others find traditional makeup to be more comfortable and hydrating. If you are unfamiliar with either technique it is a great idea to chat with your artist about which they think may suit you best. Or to trial both techniques and see for yourself which feels more comfortable for you. For more information check our my detailed breakdown of airbrush vs traditional makeup.

How long will I need for makeup on the day?

This all depends on the style and complexity of the hair and makeup. As a guide, for basic hair styling and wedding makeup, including touch ups, I schedule 1.5 hours per person. The more complex the look the longer it will take. The timing of specific looks can be worked out at your trial.

How much should I expect to pay?

Prices can vary greatly between artists and I have seen quotes from $120 to $300 for hair and makeup. Unfortunately price is not always an indicator of quality. I’ve seen some great artists who charge much less than they are worth, and some average work charged at exorbitant prices. The main things to look at when booking an artist is their previous work, experience, and the quality of the products they use. If you are being charged a price that seems too good to be true, chances are corners are being cut somewhere and unfortunately brides have fallen prey to products that do not have the staying power to last the day, or that reflect poorly in photographs. Realistically, prices will generally fall somewhere between these two extremes. My prices are available here.