A few FAQs
What makeup brands and ranges do you use?
One of the best things about being a freelance makeup artist is that I am not tied to any one range - which means I can pick the best from across the board. I tend to love products rather than brands, but my kit does have a lot of the following brands in it: NARS, Charlotte Tilbury, Illamasqua, Sara Hill, MAC, Urban Decay, Laura Mercier, Becca, Anastasia Beverley Hills, Kat Von D, Chanel and Tom Ford.
Do you have makeup ranges suitable for vegans/vegetarians?
Yes, on request I am able to provide makeup using only vegan makeup and synthetic brushes.
Why is bridal makeup more expensive than occasion makeup?
This is - rightly - one of the most frequently asked questions for all bridal makeup artists, so I wanted to provide some information about what to expect from your makeup artist before and on the day of your wedding, and share some information regarding why the cost for bridal makeup is (and should be) a bit higher than standard occasion makeup. Any professional makeup artist charges a premium for bridal makeup, as it is a premium service. The products used and how they are used should be done in such a way that is equivalent to red carpet makeup; it has to look good in person, on photographs, video, last all day and look good in both natural and artificial light. This is no mean feat! The slightly increase in pricing reflects the additional time spent with all brides, admin leading up to the day, as well as insurance and kit costs.
Do you provide a schedule for the wedding morning?
Yes, which I'll send on following your trial. The schedule takes into account time for touch ups and hiccups, and I generally try to ensure everyone is completely ready at least 45 minutes prior to your departure.
What areas do you cover?
I am booked for weddings across Scotland and the UK, and am more than happy to travel. I am predominantly based in the Central Belt of Scotland, and work in the following areas regularly:
Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Dunblane, Perth, Loch Lomond, Hamilton, Bellshill, Coatbridge, Ayr, Kilmarnock, Clydebank, Dumbarton, Cumbernauld, Wishaw, Lanark, Stepps, Paisley, Largs, Falkirk, East Kilbride and Killearn.
What is the maximum number of people you can do?
It depends a little on how early I can start and the time of your ceremony, but usually I would say no more than 7-8. If there are more than this, I have a number of assistants I regularly work with that I can bring along.
How long will my makeup last?
I use professional skincare, primers and makeup applied in thin layers, ensuring your makeup will last right through to the wee hours! It is worth having a powder or blotting paper to use throughout the day to keep shine at bay, and you will need to top-up your lipstick, though I have a few tricks that mean you won't be constantly touching up - touch up kits can be included as part of my service. I discuss all of this in-depth with my clients at their trials and recommend products, and the makeup I use is designed and applied to last as long as possible - it is tried and tested. I also offer an additional touch-up service for any brides that would like me to return later in the day before evening guests arrive.
Are lashes included? And how do I take them off after!?
Yes, lashes are included in your makeup pricing. It does not have to be a full strip lash if you are worried about comfort, which we can discuss further. To remove lashes, I recommend rubbing a little oil along your lashes and they'll simply fall off.
Do you do hair as well as makeup?
I occasionally offer bridal hair to smaller bridal parties but usually there are three or more people and there simply isn't time for me to do both make-up and hair, and a separate hairdresser will be required. If you are looking for a hairdresser I can recommend some fantastic stylists who I work with regularly.