Should you book a Makeup Artist on your Wedding Day?

Its very difficult to know whether to book a professional makeup artist for a trial of whether to pop into boots to have an assistant give you a makeover and sell you products to do yourself on the day.

The best way is to compare the pros and cons of both and consider what the best option will be for your budget.

Counter Makeup VS Freelance Makeup

Counter Makeup

A Counter Assistant is trained to represent a specific brand and how to sell it. The products may not be suitable for your specific requirements. They will be trained in everyday makeup but not skilled at the details needed for photography and long lasting makeup for weddings.



Freelance Makeup Artist

 A Makeup Artist will be trained by an accredited makeup school from anywhere between 1 - 5 years training. They will understand different skin types, shapes, undertones, coverage and corrective techniques. They will also be able to provide an unbiased approach when selecting makeup products to suit your preference and be able to use their trained artist eye and knowledge to advise the client what will be most suitable and what will compliment the dress/styles etc.. The artist is not there to sell you makeup but to make you look flawless on your special day.

Remember that a makeup artist will provide an on location personal experience. This may work out a little more expensive, but remember that this is because they use the best quality brands, they are responsible for their own taxes, advertising expenses, insurance and all the other costs involved in running a business.

When contemplating what to do, ask yourself the following questions

1. Do you know how to apply make-up to bring out your best features in order to get the best results on your wedding photography?

2. Do you know how much make-up to put on to show up on your wedding photos?

3 .Do you know how to correct any flaws in the skin ie. dark circles, redness without having layers upon layers of foundation and concealer on that just sits on the skin?

Finding a professional who really understands your needs

A true artist is only too happy to answer all your questions and will take the time to assist, research and advise in the best way they can.

"Great makeup starts with a good canvas". No doubt, artists can work miracles… but we are not plastic surgeons! Regardless of how much we “work our magic,” makeup can only take you so far.

The best way to have great makeup is to take excellent care of your skin. Any quality makeupwill look better on a canvas (your face) that’s healthy, hydrated, and well cared for.

Most beautiful makeup has great skin that is well taken care of underneath.

There are so many makeup artists out there to choose from, how do I know which one is right for me and where do I start?

A. Makeup is so personal for each individual and getting it right for your big day is number one priority, so to try and help all you brides out there I have gathered a checklist to help assist with this.

1- Choose your theme first, whether its modern ortraditional make sure you know what style you are going for first.

2- Find out/be aware of your skin,i.e, type, condition, past reactions, allergies etc, so that you can discuss this with your prospective artist first.

3- Do some research, write a list of local artists and look at there work to not only compare but see which ones match your criteria, and ask other local businesses to find out a bit more about them .Remember that all makeup artists will have different strengths and weaknesses!

4-Go through your list and contact the local artists, ask questions like, there products, previous work, qualifications, payment,prices and terms etc.. This would help you to have a better idea of the best makeup artist which could suit you the most.* A good makeup artist know and understands how the skin works and how to adapt the makeup.*

Skincare Counts!!!!

Hope this all helps.

Ruth xxx

How to Rock a Red Lip

With the holiday seasons approaching, everyone wants to know how to rock the red lip. However, many people don’t feel comfortable wearing them. So I thought I would share with you some greattips and tricks on how to wear red lips and look simply striking and stand out from the crowd.


My rule of thumb is if you over play your lips then you under play your eyes. With red lips, opt for a soft beige/brown eyeshadow, a couple of coats of mascara and a small dab of the red lipstick on the apples of the cheek(blended up and out)  Accessorize with some flashes of red to compliment your lipstick, and either wear your hair down loosely to soften the look or a smart twist in the hair for a more classic demure effect.


Different styles

Classic look - Matt red lipstick

Modern chick look -  Add gloss to the lipstick

Soft English rose - Red lip stain with for an added subtle wash of colour with a longer lasting matt finish

Youthful glow- Subtle pop of colour with mixing a lip balm and red lipstick

Evening Party Lips -Add a metallic gold lipstick to the center of the lips to add a sparkly finish that creates the illusion of a fuller, more dramatic pout. (Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense line has great metallic lipsticks.

Easy peasy way to apply your lipstick

Prep your lips
Gently rub some sugar scrub over your lips to remove any flakiness and also plumbs up the lips too!  Finish off by moisturizing to soften and hydrate the skin.

Conceal and neutralize the lips
Using a concealer and your index finger, apply a small amount around the outer edge and blend into the skin and onto the lip line. This will add a greater contrast between your lipstick and the natural in your skin.

Line the lips
Lining lips is key for any lipstick shade. You don’t need to have a shade for every lipstick you own maybe just the bolder shades of the bunch. Trace the lip line and slightly fill in, this will stain the lips so even if the lipstick fades, you still have a pigment of colour and also stops the lipstick from bleeding. Once you’ve done that you’re ready for the next step

Apply your lipstick
 You can opt to apply either straight from the lipstick or alternatively use a lip brush. Starting at the bottom, apply the colour from the middle out. Then do the same on the top. Do not worry too much about applying this to the edge at this point.

Grab a tissue, fold it in half and blot the excess lipstick off!

Re-apply your lipstick
Now re apply your lipstick, this time without blotting.

Line the lips for more precision
Now select a red lip liner to match your lipstick and line the lips by starting at the cupids bow to corners then bottom lips working from the middle to corner. I find doing this protects the lipstick longer and it gives you a sharper precise edge.

Grab a piece of tissue and separate so it’s only one layer and place over your lips. Use a loose translucent powder and dust over the tissue gently to lock everything into place.

Refreshing your lipstick later on will keep the look fresh and vibrant.


Ruth xx