What a wedding makeup artist really wants you to know before your big day

Wedding season is fast approaching and it’s safe to say planning your big day brings with it new levels of stress – but new levels of happiness, too. From finding the venue to choosing the cake there’s an endless list of to-dos before you make the big ‘I do’. So when it comes to your bridal beauty plan it’s important to make it as enjoyable as possible. From on-the-day tricks, to treatments and a mix of real life, celebrity and expert advice we’re bringing you a bridal beauty breakdown to get you prepped and ready.

A wedding makeup artist is somewhat like a wedding superhero – they’re not just there to do your makeup, they double up as a calming presence, keep track of the schedule and ensure you, your mum and your bridesmaids all look and feel their best, minus the stress. Makeup Artist Samantha Lee has a tonne of bridal appointments under her belt, she even did her own makeup for her big day, so who better than to share their secrets…

Leave your face alone

“I always suggest to not play with your skin or try anything different a few weeks before your wedding. If you’re planning on doing skin treatments I highly recommend starting it a minimum of four months prior. A lot of places offer bridal packages or if you purchase a certain number of treatments you get some for free. It’s also important to keep in mind potential delayed pimples after a facial (usually the next week) as it draws out all the impurities.”

Trust your makeup artist

“This is our job. I personally want my brides to look and feel the best they have ever felt on their wedding day. It’s also your makeup artists’ reputation and we want you looking your absolute best so have a little faith in us.”

Stick to what you’re used to

“Ever since Meghan and Harry’s wedding my brides have been asking for less. Less foundation, no fake lashes and focusing on their skin. Booking a trial with your makeup artist could clear up any makeup looks you are wanting to try but I always suggest sticking to looks and colours that’ you’re used to, and nothing too crazy that you’ll have to continuously top up throughout the day.”

A makeup trial is a must

“Booking in a trial gives you a chance to meet your Makeup Artist before the wedding day and talk through different look options and colours. Doing a trial on your hens day or if you have any other events in your social calendar can be a good opportunity to see how the makeup sits on your skin during the day, too.”

Pack a touch-up kit

“You don’t need a lot – but every bride needs a lipstick to touch up with. Whether it’s a lip balm, lipstick or gloss. For oily skin types I recommend a compact powder or blot sheets. This goes the same for outdoor or summer weddings.”

Don’t ask them to do your mother-in-law the day of

“There is nothing worse than rushing a makeup job because we have had last minute add-ons. No one wants added stress, especially you. Be respectful of our time and finalise numbers the week before the date so everything runs smoothly.”

Expectations v Reality

“Remember, that what looks good on someone else might not look good on you. When I’m shown a photo of makeup on a model or a celebrity, I can’t turn you into that model. What I can do is enhance all of your features and make you the best version of yourself. The most important thing to remember is to stay calm and be patient.”