Your Wedding Makeup Artist

Q&A with Makeup Artist Helen Lee

It’s a good idea to start thinking about who you would like to do your makeup and hair for your wedding as soon as possible, as the best ones all tend to get snapped up extremely quickly.

Over on my Instagram page there is a highlight dedicated to all of my favourite suppliers in this area. You can see weddings and shoots on which I’ve worked with each of them and then tap across to links for them too.

I’ve worked with one of my favourite Makeup Artists, Helen Lee on a lot of weddings, and most recently some styled shoots too. I chatted with her and asked some questions that I thought could be useful for you when considering Bridal Makeup.

How Far In Advance would you recommend I get in touch to book?

As soon as possible! I get booked up extremely far in advance, especially for peak dates. I can sometimes be booked 2 or even 3 years in advance.

How far in advance would you recommend I have a trial?

I would usually recommend a trial around 3 – 6 months before the wedding day, however this can also be done earlier if preferred.

Can I bring photos of the looks I have in mind?

Yes please! It’s great to see images for inspiration, and it can often be easier to gauge preference from an image than a description. Try to stick to images of ladies with a similar skin tone and hair colour for consistency

Will you recommend makeup for my face/eye colour?

Skin tone and eye colour are two of the major factors I take into account when deciding upon colours and styles of makeup. For example golds look stunning on blues eyes, pinks look beautiful on green. I also take into account the colour of your dress, flowers and the wedding day colour scheme as a whole

I want a bit more than a ‘bridal’ look….is that ok?

Definitely! Although many brides choose a natural look on their wedding day, there is increasing demand for more dramatic styles, which can look equally as beautiful. It’s important that bridal makeup reflects your individual style and personality; if the natural look isn’t for you there’s absolutely no need to opt for it on your wedding day

Would you recommend lash extensions? Or can you apply lashes for me?

False eyelashes can be added to your bridal makeup to optimise photographic appearance and to enhance the shape and size of the eye. I offer a wide variety of different lashes; from cluster lashes from natural enhancement, to dramatic faux mink strips for brides looking for something more glamorous!
I am equally happy to work around eyelash extensions, which are a great option especially if you are going on honeymoon immediately after the wedding!

I have a big bridal party. Will you fit us all in or should we book someone else?

Depending on the ceremony time I am able to apply makeup comfortably by myself for up to 8 ladies. For a shorter preparation time you may prefer to add an additional artist from my team to your booking. I will work closely with my assistant artist to achieve a consistent and seamless look for your entire wedding party

What advice would you give, to ensure my skin/base looks the best is possibly can?

* Good prep is essential to achieving the best possible results on the wedding day. Drink plenty of water….at least 1.5-2 litres a day. This will improve hydration and can also decrease dark circles

* Look after your skin, as I can’t stress how much difference this will make to the adherence and application of makeup!

* Cleanse, tone and moisturise AM and PM. Exfoliate 2-3 times weekly and apply a mask or intensive treatment on the skin at least once a week

* Always, always, always wear a sunscreen to protect the skin and avoid tan lines!

Can I have my trial on the day of my pre wedding/engagement shoot?

This all depends on what you are looking for and how much of an idea you have on the type of makeup look you would like. Although many brides do choose a makeup look that is very close to their everyday makeup, sometimes it is necessary to trial 2 types of foundation, or even 2 different eye-makeups, this is to make sure the best possible look is achieved on the wedding day itself and that it lasts. Makeup at the trial may be applied in a slightly different order to on the wedding day, in order to make decisions on different elements, so may sometimes not be as polished as on the wedding day itself. If you are thinking of booking the trial on the same day as your pre wedding shoot, just let me know and we can chat through some options.