So you're going to be getting ready at your wedding venue or perhaps you’re getting ready at home or a relatives house? Whether it’s a hotel bridal suite or another venue here’s our 4 essential things needed to help with bridal preparation so that the wedding morning runs as smoothly as possible.
As large as possible as makeup is best applied in natural lighting. If you have a conservatory, even better! What about bringing a ring light I hear you ask? I’m personally not so keen on these. Although they provide a great light for taking photos in or for styled shoots in reality you want to look good in natural lighting as well as in your wedding pics, right? Plus I'd rather bring more of my lovely skincare and makeup products with me than lighting. However if I know your wedding venue is particularly dark or if the weather is predicted to be a bit of the gloomy side I will always bring additional lighting with me.
Plug sockets - which are available
An available plug socket (sorry we might have to ask you to unplug your phone charger for the morning) or two if its a larger wedding and we have more than 1 hair stylist on the job. Essential for plugging in our hairdryers, GHD’s, curling tongs and sometimes those good old fashioned heated rollers. We try to remember to bring an extension lead too but this is probably our second from top most forgotten item left at our last wedding location (number one spot, goes to our mirror!) So if you have a spare extension lead - even better!
Bridal preparation rooms can get very hot with a room full of bridesmaids, mums and excited flower girls, especially in the midst of a heatwave! We don’t want the makeup sweating off upon application (or more importantly the bride fainting!)
Bar stools or chairs with a back for the bride to sit in are ideal. You’ll be amazed at how many wedding hotel rooms and bridal suites are lacking in chairs. When I was first starting out I used to bring one of those directors chairs with me.
Yep it looked professional, however it was a blimmin’ pain to carry alongside my already two heavy makeup kit bags! I also quickly realised this wasn’t ideal for everyone to climb into (especially nana) and could cause embarrassment for bridesmaids larger than a size 10! With fashion changing to a bigger booty too, my skinny directors chair had to unfortunately get the boot too!
So that’s our top 4 requirements from a Makeup Artist and Hair Stylists' view! Have you experienced a fab bridal suite or wedding venue to get ready in? If so, we want to know!
Next time we’ll be bringing to you our favourite Dorset and Hampshire wedding venues to get the bride and her wedding party ready in!
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Lash inserts/fake lashes/lash extensions whatever you want to call them DO look amazing I’m not going to lie! However, I do feel like it’s something you definitely need to trial well in advance of your wedding day and here’s our top 3 reasons why!
If you’re not normally a makeup or big lash kinda person you may not feel comfortable with what might feel like 2 foreign object stuck to your eyelids! They can take some getting used to and there’s lots of different types to choose from such as Russian volume, hybrid, cashmere to name just a few!
Allergies! I personally used to get my lashes done for months but annoyingly developed a reaction to the glue. As with all allergies they can develop at any stage in life as can be triggered by a variety of things which can be difficult to pin down such as medication, hormones or an illness such as coronavirus. Therefore I’d advise getting a trial done around 3 months before your wedding day which is around the same time we recommend you book your hair and makeup trial which works out perfectly.
The cost. Lash extensions aren’t cheap and can really vary in price depending on who your lash tech is. Someone well established using high quality lashes can cost up to 3 times the amount as someone newly trained and using budget lashes so it's recommended you do some research and check out the beauticians reviews. Salon prices are usually more, so if you’re on a budget you may wish to go to an independent lash tech who works from home. There's also the maintenance of attending appointments to get your lash "infills" every 3 or so weeks.
If you want that extra wow factor for your wedding day pictures and have the time and budget to try them out before your wedding day (remembering not get them wet for the first 24 hours) then yes - go for it! It is your wedding day after all. You won’t have to worry about your mascara running if you shed a tear when you say I do, plus they’ll look fab in all of your honeymoon pictures too.
If you're still on the fence, you may prefer to have a lash lift and tint plus plenty of mascara or maybe just go for good old strip lashes instead. We recommend Ardell Demi Wispies for a fluttery natural look which we provide free of charge when you book your wedding makeup with our Head Makeup Artist Olga.
If you'd like further advice about what to do about your lashes to go with your wedding day makeup then don't hesitate to get in touch. We can also recommend local salons and individual artists who can help you achieve the look you want.
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