Follow these helpful tips to get the most out of your bridal hair and makeup

Your wedding is one of, if not, the greatest day of your life. Whilst that comes with so much excitement and fun, for some it can be quite an overwhelming time to plan all the aspects of their big day. It is so important that you have full trust in your wedding suppliers and know that you can count on them to make your big day the best it can be. With that in mind, to ensure you get the most out of your bridal hair and makeup experience, here are my honest TOP TIPS to help you.

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Wedding Planning and Consultation

-When it come to inspiration, Pinterest boards are your best friend! You can be really specific in your searches by tailoring them to your skin colour and hair type which will help to give more of an accurate representation of how a style will look on you. I always encourage my brides to share their Pinterest boards with me before the trial, as I can advise you on any prep you need to do before the trial to achieve the look you want (buying hair extensions, developing a skin routine etc..)

Go with a look that you know you will be comfortable with. As much as you may think you want to try something different to stand out, this is your wedding day, and you still want to look like and feel like you! Odds are, if you’ve never worn a red lip or had your hair up before – this won’t feel right on your wedding day. This is not only important for your comfort throughout the day, but your confidence in your hair and makeup will also reflect on the photos, and we want you to look and feel your best!

Talk to your hair and makeup artist in the consultation process about any concerns you may have about your skin or hair care –  we will be able to give you tips and tricks to help these in the run up to your trial. Equally, share with us what you love about yourself and what you want to enhance for your big day. I want to help you embrace your natural beauty so let’s focus on the features that we can highlight to enhance your look! 

Examples of Bridal Pinterest Boards
Be specific with your searches on Pinterest by skin tone/hair type

Your Trial

-Please bring as many inspiration pictures/ideas as possible to your trial. It will help your artist gauge the style you will like. It also helps if you can be specific about what you like in each of the photos –  for example you may love the neutral colours of an eye makeup in a photo, but not like the full coverage skin. This is important for us to know so we can tailor a look to suit you and make sure you feel your very best. 

-If you can, wear something that is a similar colour to your dress to your trial with a similar neckline/material – this will help you to visualise the hair and makeup better for the big day. 

-Any treatments you plan on getting before the big day i.e. a spray tan, eyelash extensions, hair dyed/cut, please try and do this for your trial as well. If you turn up on your wedding day looking completely different to your trial, then the makeup/hairstyle will also look different and this may not be something you are happy with!

Please be honest with your artist throughout the trial process – if there is something you don’t like about the look, however small, please tell us! Odds are we can tell how you are feeling anyway, and it is usually an easy fix! At the end of the day, that is what a trial is all about – finding the right look for you, so please trust the process. 

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The Big Day

Have a designated area for your hair and makeup artist (a chair and a small table near a window or some sort of natural light and not too far from a plug socket!). Your artist can stay here throughout the morning, out of the way, and your bridal party can go over to them when needed.

-Unless you are staying at the venue the night before, a lot of wedding venues don’t let their clients in until quite late on the wedding morning, which generally doesn’t leave enough time for you and your bridal party to get your hair and makeup done. Try and find out their plans to accommodate you on the morning and communicate with your hair and makeup artist so you can discuss timings for the day. It may be that you need to have your hair and makeup done at home or elsewhere and then travel to the venue to ensure you and your bridal party have enough time to get ready in the morning

-Have some sort of schedule planned out with your hair and makeup artist. Generally, the bride goes near the end and then the bridal party before-hand. Some people may not be able to get to the place of preparation until a certain time, so they can slot in later on in the morning. Knowing things like this and establishing a rough order for the morning will help things flow smoothly on the day and will make the day a lot more relaxing for you!

-Please consult your hair and makeup artist if you are planning to have any treatments done such as facials or anything that might impact the appearance of your skin/hair for the big day. Don’t try any new skincare products in close proximity to your wedding, as you may have a bad reaction and you don’t want this to impact your special day. 

-Finally, make sure to relax and enjoy your wedding morning! You have done all the hard work and this is the time for you to enjoy yourself and spend time with the people you love most. The whole day will go so quickly, so being able to take in all those memories is what really matters – your wedding suppliers will take care of everything else.

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Photo by Hannah Millard

Hopefully my advice helps you in the planning of your hair and makeup for your special day. Have a question about your bridal booking, or want to book in? Enquire now or send me an email on

Hayley x

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