Choosing a bridal Stylist


 With the market saturated with hair and makeup artists, how do you know if a bridal stylist is right for you. My checklist will have you sorted.

⭐️ Do they listen and are they the ‘right fit’? ⭐️ There is no use hiring an artist who doesn’t ‘click’ with you or won’t take the time to truly understand your vision. You want someone who is totally invested in you, understanding your goals and working with you to achieve a customised look that’s perfect for YOU.  This is what will make you feel confident and happy on the day!

⭐️ Relevant skills/experience ⭐️ Yes, many artists are qualified but how many of them keep up to date with their training to be abreast of industry techniques/information, safety (especially in this COVID era) etc? Every year, I invest in training to ensure that my skills are up to date.  During the COVID lockdown, I completed advanced hairstyling techniques through Cara Clyne’s Hairboss university, and it has been so worth it.  I can now offer even more amazing hairstyles to my brides!

⭐️ Long lasting hair and makeup that look good in photos ⭐️ This comes down to products.  Most brands you see in retail stores are not designed for photographic use (with some exceptions), so most professional brands are relatively unheard of, to many clients.  Whilst I certainly DO carry a range of consumer brands, for bridal makeup, I use a range of professional brands because I know they are long lasting and photo friendly.  They have NEVER let me down!

⭐️ Communication ⭐️ Your bridal stylist should communicate with you every step of the way so that you’re both on the same page not only in relation to your desired looking but also in relation to trials, scheduling, payments etc.  No one likes surprises and good communication always results in a much happier experience and peace of mind for all concerned.

Are you ready to take the next step in your wedding journey and tick one more thing off your to do list.  Email me here to see if I’m available on your date or click here for a bridal quote. 

Looking forward to serving you and giving you an unforgettable experience xx

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Your Bridal Style

“What Is your Bridal style?” This is one of the first questions I will ask a bride

The reason why as a hair and makeup artist, I ask this question, is it helps my brides quickly pinpoint on where to get inspiration for their hair and makeup.
It avoids a lot of overwhelm and confusion about what they would like their hair and makeup to look.

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Hair and Makeup Inspiration

Thanks to the Internet and social media, brides these days have soooo many channels to get inspiration for their big day – Pinterest, websites, magazines, Instagram etc.
A few clicks on your phone and you can spend hours (yes hours!) looking at beautiful dresses, gorgeous venues, hair and makeup looks and everything in between and wondering how to narrow it down and decide what you want.

Brides who are unsure and “I don’t know what I want for my wedding” sit in my chair for their hair and makeup trials every week!
They do have a regular style for when they go to work or when they go out with friends.
But trying to narrow down a particular style for a wedding can be a little more confronting.
I don’t blame them for being confused given the reasons above.
They like this. And that. And the other. They can’t decide!

Bridal Styles Vs A Bridal Trends

In these situations, it helpful to think of trends vs styles and how they work with the theme and overall look and feel for the wedding that you’re trying to create.

A style is the mood or feel you want to convey for your wedding.
This could be modern, classic, glamour, vintage, boho, rustic, etc.
They are words that you would use to describe your day (think of how you’d describe your personal style in your fashion sense or home décor for example).

Trends on the other hand are currently popular items or ideas that help define your style.
Trends can be anything from, photo booth props, to specific colours and flowers.
How trends relate to hair and makeup is often with certain products or makeup techniques – Remember when everyone was asking their foundation to be “baked”
It looked terrible in real life but looked great in photos.
Or remember the trend when everyone was wanting mermaid or unicorn coloured hair?
There are now thousands of girls trying to grow out their over processed bleached hair. It was certainly on trend for a little while!

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Stick To Your Style And Add A Trend!

Styles and trends are exactly the same for weddings as they are in fashion and makeup. If the style of the wedding is glamour – then the dress, hair and makeup should reflect that. You can always add touches of a current trend to your overall style!

I see a lot of trends in makeup thanks to the myriad of YouTubers and Instagrammers out there.
These girls often showcase a LOT of makeup with many products and layers with heavy contouring and highlighter, over exaggerated brows and lashes.
These are all makeup trends (popular right now) – not styles

Add Touches Of A Current Trend

For bridal hair and makeup these trends usually do not always work well.
A vintage styled wedding should have vintage inspired makeup and not seek to incorporate a lot of the YouTube trends mentioned above.

A way to keep give vintage inspired makeup a more modern vibe is to keep up with the current trends in eyebrow shape.
Vintage eyebrows were plucked to oblivion – so keeping the current eyebrow shape will give it a modern vibe and this also goes for hair.
We often use the term vintage inspired – we can create a hairstyle that has a vintage profile or shape, but the styling details are mote on trend.
Like using soft waves rather than stiff finger waves or braids instead of chignons.

Similarly over glam looks like heavy smoky eyes, winged eyeliner and dramatic false lashes won’t work well for the boho bride –she would look better with a nice braid, flowers in the hair and a lighter more natural look.
You can add a hint of trend by using a watered down version or choosing just one trend element rather than incorporating every current one!

The point is you don’t want consistency and a streamlined look as that’s what creates a beautiful look.
Trends come and go so it’s important to try and stick with something more timeless.

Timeless Beauty Is Always On Trend

I can pretty much guarantee that brides who don’t do this will have some regrets down the track.
Of course if the bride is adamant that this is what she wants (because it makes her feel more beautiful) then we can incorporate those trends but all I’m saying is that it’s important to look at the bigger picture.

So where to from here.

I encourage all brides to show me as much inspo as possible –a good way is to pin it all on Pinterest mood board where we can go through it detail.

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Why Have A Hair And Makeup Trial?

As part of the consultation part in my bridal trials , I use my experience in colour analysis.
This helps to understand styles and trends to work closely with the bride to determine a wedding style that reflects who the couple are.
It also allows some trends (eg.ombre décor, photo booths, certain flowers etc) fit perfectly into that style then we add them in to create a lovely personalised wedding that’s on-trend and uniquely represents the brides!

Of course, that includes designing makeup looks for you and your bridal party that are complimentary and reflect your personal style.

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Peggy xo

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Wedding Day Schedule

Getting the timing for your wedding day schedule is important!

As you have now realised, all wedding vendors work to a strict timeline.
Often there are other weddings happening at the same church or garden and running overtime will impact other weddings.
The catering needs a timeline so that all food is served at the right time
The photographer needs to know every minute of your schedule so that they can capture the important moments.

The hair and makeup team are often the first of your wedding vendors to start the work for the day.
You need to have the timings happening right from the start as this is what will set you up for the entire day.

Running late from being held up at a hair salon will throw the rest of your morning into panic mode.

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Why Mobile Hair And Makeup Is So Popular!

It surprises me how many brides like to cut the timing quite fine on the day.
One of the most common mistakes brides make is not allowing enough time for hair and makeup.

By including enough prep time for hair and makeup in your wedding-day schedule, you’ll arrive at the ceremony venue relaxed, stress free and ready to go, with plenty of time to spare.
Otherwise, if hair and makeup run late, other aspects of the wedding also run late.
In most cases the entire bridal party must be ready for the photographer one to two hours prior to the ceremony time (depending on photographer).

That is not including driving time to the location for pre-wedding photos (if relevant). Every bride should make sure they understand the exact timing needs of their photographer as part of the wedding day planning.

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How Much Time Should You Allow?

Some brides try to cut costs by having their friend/sister/bridesmaids do the hair and makeup.
If this is the case, please consider the time it normally takes for them to get ready for a special occasion.
Don’t forget to add plenty of extra time forgetting ready in an unfamiliar location (eg hotel room), several women sharing the same bathroom, for misplacing or forgetting necessary items, running behind schedule, etc.

A Room Full Of Women Ready On Time?

Consider the consequences of running late.
If you’re hiring a hair and makeup artist, they should put together a detailed wedding day schedule for you which indicates who should be in what chair (hair or makeup) and what time.
A mobile hair and makeup team are experienced with dealing with emotive women on what can be a stressful day.
They will guide the entire morning by working to a schedule and one by one each girl is sitting with their hair and makeup done and all in an order that will help the bride and mother of the bride to still attend to the things they need to do.

Often the mother of the bride will have errands to run and they will need to be finished first and being able to help the bride get dressed and be a part of the mornings photos and fun.

The Organised Bride

The bride should have a copy of the schedule and have discussed it in detail with the rest of the wedding party.
All it takes is for one person to run late to throw the schedule off.
The time allowed depends on a lot of factors including the desired look (highly ornate hair and makeup looks will take longer) and the condition of the hair and skin.

The bridal trial is when the hair and makeup team can start to work out their time schedules

A wedding timeline should also include details of when pre-wedding treatments should be scheduled (facials, brows, waxing, nails) and details on the pre-wedding skin and hair routine to ensure that everything is optimal on the big day.
However, even when the trial has taken place and good skin routines followed, skin blemishes can and do appear on the day of the wedding and time needs to be factored in for proper coverage.

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Wedding Day Timeline Considerations

Some good rules of thumb include:

Bride: 1 hour for makeup (and up to an hour for hair depending on the look)
Bridesmaids and Mother of bride: 45 mins per bridesmaids for makeup (and ~45mins for hair) – These are generally guides only.

Here are some more wedding timing tips:

  1. The order for hair and makeup is the Mother of Bride first, followed by the bridesmaids and finally the bride who needs to look ‘freshest’ for the camera.
  2. Hair should be done first then followed by makeup so the hair stylist should start first (while the hairstylist is working on one, makeup should be done on the other)
  3. Book the photographer to arrive one hour before the bride is ready to go. That way, he or she will be able to shoot getting-ready shots, like the bride applying her last bit of lipstick or having a flower pinned to her hair. This also gives your photographer plenty of time to capture those oh-so-important detail shots: your gown on a hanger, shoes, jewellery, etc.
  4. If you have yourself plus four bridesmaids all getting your hair and makeup done, allot at least four hours of getting-ready time. That may seem like a lot, but it’s just enough.If you’re bridal party is a bit bigger, your bridal makeup artist should bring on an assistant
  5. If you’re traveling to a salon, double the travel time you anticipate.
  6. Don’t forget to factor time to eat something healthy. No one wants a hungry bride (who then becomes rather ‘hangry’) –the wedding day is a long day and you need your energy so having some sustenance through a nutritious meal beforehand will keep hunger pangs at bay for you and your bridesmaids.

Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to make it to the church or ceremony on time, happy and ready to go for a fabulous day!

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Sample Timeline For A Wedding

Take a look at our suggested running schedule for hair and makeup on your wedding day morning.

For our example, there’s a 4 p.m. ceremony start time and the bride has four bridesmaids in her party.

10:00 a.m. Bride’s makeup and bridesmaid No. 1’s hair
10:30 a.m. Bridesmaid No. 2’s hair
11:00 a.m. Bridesmaid No. 3’s hair and bridesmaid No. 1’s makeup
11:30 a.m. Bridesmaid No. 4’s hair
11:45 a.m. Bridesmaid No. 2’s makeup
12:30 p.m. Bride’s hair, bridesmaid No. 3’s makeup, photographer arrives to take getting-ready and details photos
1:15 p.m. Bridesmaid No. 4’s makeup
2:00 p.m. The Photographer can start

I hope this has helped you to understand the time schedule a little more.
A well planned morning will ensure a relaxed morning on your wedding day.

Till next time
Peggy xx

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Do I really Need A Bridal Trial?

This question if I need a bridal trial is the number one question I get asked.

Brides usually have a tonne of questions but as a professional hair and makeup artist, there is one question that I always get asked and that is “Do I really need a trial?”

The reason I get asked is because in most cases wedding budgets are tight and the bride doesn’t want to spend on a trial or they think it’s a way for artists to try to make more money.

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Here are here I will give you 5 reasons as to why my response to that question is always “YES!”
A trial is an opportunity Wedding day schedule:
All wedding day schedules are very tight so knowing exactly what look is desired and how long it takes to perform can save a lot of valuable time.

Why A Bridal Trial Is Needed

Things happen, people run late and so on. I hear brides say “but I only want a natural look”so it shouldn’t take long.
That may be the case but one lady’s natural look is another’s full blown Instagram Kardashian look.

Working out all the details (for your own look as well as your bridesmaids) is absolutely essential to ensure you’re happy with the look.
It will allow you to prepare your skin for the big day and that that things run smoothly on the day.
Also it gives the bride the opportunity to wear the makeup look for the day or night.
This is an important part of knowing if your makeup and hair will last for your wedding day ceremony and your reception.
Some brides may need a touch up service to freshen up their hair and makeup and this particularly happens if a bride has oily skin.
No makeup can last an entire day and night on skin that is oily.

Wedding day look and style:
This follows on from the above.
The wedding day is not the time for us to working out what your bridal style should be!
There is no time to be on Pinterest or discussing your preferred style (vintage, glam etc).
Nor it is the time to be deciding on colours, whether or not to include a winged liner or a red lip or a chocolate smoky eye.

Professional Hair And Makeup Artists

As wedding professionals, we will always try to please the client but sometimes, the desired look is not always possible depending skin type or face shape.

A trial run is a good time to discuss your options and to try different looks that will work for you.

Wedding Hair Trials

Having a through hair trial will give you the chance to order the extras that you will need to achieve the hairstyle or makeup look that you want.
At a hair trial we will discuss if your hair is going to be:

  • Will it be long enough to create the hairstyle you want?
  • Do you need a haircut with extra layers around the face to create softness.
  • Does your hair need a relaxing treatment to prevent it going frizzy?
  • Will the hairstyle you have chosen, work in with your veil?

A trial run is more than just a practice run for hair and makeup. It is the perfect opportunity to get to know your artist’s personality and their skill level.
This will determine if they are the right fit for you.
You want to be comfortable with your artist.
Being comfortable with their expertise and able to answer your questions and execute your makeup look.

Avoid Wedding Day Dramas!

While most professional makeup artists try to work with mostly hypoallergenic products.
It is possible that you may be allergic to an ingredient in a cosmetic.
Your wedding day is definitely not the day you want to discover you are allergic.
Common allergies we see are to the latex eyelash glue or the mica in an eyeshadows.

  1. A trial run gives you the opportunity to test out not only the final look, but also the products used.
  2. The key to awesome makeup is starting with a great canvas. Makeup applies differently based on how healthy your skin is.
  3. The trial is when we undertake a full skin assessment and recommend a regime (either skincare, treatments etc) to ensure that it’s in the best condition on the day.
  4. Skincare and treatments take time to work so starting well ahead of time is highly recommended.
  5. A trial run is also a great opportunity to discuss any details such as the number of attendants and services. A timeline can be created for the day.
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Running On Time For Your Wedding

A trial gives the bride a full understanding of the timeline.
Allowing plenty of time to get ready and setting the expectation on her and her bridal party.
When there is a schedule, It gives both the bride and the artists piece of mind that timelines are understood. A schedule will also mean that nothing has been left to chance.
Trials can make or break a successful wedding day look and are important part of the bridal makeup process.

Trials do take time for the artist (and the bride). Yes they are an expense and whilst they may add to your budget, they are well worth it.
We always suggest to have the makeup trial on a day that you are going to an event so you can make the most of your makeup!

Every bride wants to feel beautiful and confident on her wedding day.
By knowing exactly how the day will go and exactly how you will look, both you and your artist can be confident that you will look and feel your best!
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Peggy xx