Hands up if you want to look drop dead gorgeous on your wedding?
That’s everybody then!
Today we will be talking to a key profession in the wedding industry, a bridal make up artist.
We spoke to Bristol based Emily Woolley at Beauty by Emily Faith to get to the bottom of all things beauty based for your wedding day and asked her advice to consider for your special day.
Hi Emily, Can we first ask you to tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I'm a production manager in television as my day job, but my real passion is make-up and has been for about 7 years, when I had a short break in my tv career and started working for body shop. I found I had a flair for make-up and loved every minute of it. From doing demonstrations at parties I gradually started getting wedding enquiries and well one thing led to another and Beauty By Emily Faith was born!!
At what stage did you realise you wanted to become a make up artist?
It was about 3 years ago when I properly knew it was what I wanted to do. I started meeting other businesses and making friends in the industry and knew it was for me. Plus I never struggled to get out of bed at 6am on a Saturday morning when I was doing a wedding- a big tell tale sign that I loved my job!
Where did you train and what did you gain from this time?
I trained with Body Shop, I learned the basic skills of make-up artistry and spent the next 4 years refining them before creating my business. I'm doing a level 2 in make-up this year to keep up to date.
Photo Credit: Sam Gibson Photography
How did you break into the wedding industry?
A lot of hard graft. Having a full time job as well I currently work 6 days a week with one weekend off a month. It's the only way to really get yourself out there. Also making friends in the industry, helping others out and supporting other fledgling businesses has meant we've grown together.
Do you have a particular style or is flexibility the key to being a make up artist?
I guess I do have a style but yes a certain amount of flexibility is important. I don't cake make-up on. I often get brides saying how it doesn't feel like they're wearing any make-up. This was a big aim of mine after having the opposite experience and it was really unpleasant. It's important to understand you're bride to try to read what will make her feel comfortable.
What beauty trends have been particular popular for your brides this year?
1950's and retro make-up is really big. Strong black eyeliner and bright red lips, it's a statement look and it's fab!
Have you got any secret trends to share for the 2016 season?
Not really, bridal make-up is all about what makes you feel comfortable rather than what's fashionable at the time. The last thing a bride wants to do is look back in 10 years time and think why did I go for my make-up like that! Classic is key!
What has been the biggest highlight of your job to date?
When a bride sees her make-up and she has a blub... whilst this isn't ideal (tears attempting to ruin my work) it's just the most moving moment to see a bride look at herself and see the image she always hoped she would see. It's very special to be a part of that.
Are their any exciting developments on the horizon for you?
Yes definitely 2016 is going to be a big year for me, but you'll have to wait and see why!!
What do brides need to consider when thinking about their make up on the day?
Think about what they usually wear and don't steer too far away from that. Grooms can be very put off by too much make-up and want to marry the girl they fell in love with not a girl who looks like someone else. So involve them in the conversation. My husband asked that I didn't wear bright lipstick as he just doesn't really like it so I didn't. At the end of the day you want to look amazing but you want to look like you!
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What advice can you give in regards to costs and timings for bridal preparation as well as the key members of the bridal party can you give?
Make a plan. I provide schedules to all my brides on a brightly coloured spreadsheet, we talk about, hair, getting dressed, flowers, photographer, travel the lot! This way we've thought about everything. Now I'm not going to say it always goes to plan but by having something to follow you at least know when you're ahead of schedule and can stop and take a breath and take it all in. It really can't hurt to be organised.
With regards to costs. You need to weigh up what's important to you. Also if something seems too good to be true then it probably is! Don't go too cheap with your make-up artist, they're not just there to put make-up on you, a good one will reassure you, help with getting people dressed, fitting button holes and calming down worried mums! It's worth booking someone a little more expensive for their experience alone. Don't forget the fee isn't just covering them turning up on the day, it's travel, a very extensive kit and tools, training, insurance, a vehicle to get them to you, a website so that you could find them and many more things!
Finally if you were to sum up why a bride should consider using a professional make up artist on the day what would you advise?
Unless you're really competent with make-up, leave it to the professionals. They will have the tools and skill to make it last all day, to ensure when you cry you don't end up crying off all your make-up. When you sit in their chair you can just relax and be pampered and isn't that what it's all about?
For more information and to get in touch with Emily go over and visit her website here.