Kiss and Makeup with The Spa at The Grand

We caught up with Emily, The Grand's resident Makeup Artist, to discuss the Do's & Dont's for creating your perfect wedding day look and her top tips for making sure your skin is glowing and gorgeous in time for the Big Day.

At what point of the planning process do you recommend having your make up trial?

Your make up trial should be at least three months before your Big Day, this allows enough time for you to experiment with products and looks with your Makeup Artist as well as time for any changes or adjustments you may want to make prior to your wedding.

Planning three months ahead gives you the opportunity to prep your skin through a series of facials and products to use at home if you choose which will ensure it's looking its very best!

What should you bring to your trial?

I would always encourage brides to bring along a selection of images that showcase the type of wedding makeup looks they like - this is a good basis to start a consultation from.

I would also ask them to bring along any make-up products that they use at home if they would prefer me to use them on the day rather than the products that are already supplied, this allows me time to play around with the product and find the most appropriate way to apply it.

Other helpful things to bring include any images of the wedding dress, flower arrangements, bridesmaids dresses and an idea of the colour scheme for the day.

Will any skin care advice be given to follow in the lead up to the wedding?

During the trial a full skin analysis and consultation will take place where we can talk about any concerns you may have such as dryness, pigmentation etc. Based on the information given I will recommend a suitable package of facials, products to use at home and home care advice to follow in the lead up to the wedding.

In your experience, what are the most popular wedding make-up styles?

Of course the bride can have whatever look she likes on her wedding day and it's important that she feels comfortable in herself, however there are a few looks that I often get asked for:

1) A smokey eye is one of the most popular looks - it is so diverse, it can be soft and subtle with warm browns and nudes or completely vibrant with darker colours and even a pop of sparkle or winged eyeliner. This look is always best complemented with a blush lip that gives just a hint of colour.

2) Another extremely popular look for weddings is understated and natural - this consists of a base with a rosey blush and highlighter to add extra glow, often complimented with some feathery lashes and a nude lip.

3) For a bold and slightly more vintage look I would use cat eye eyeliner on the top lid, (also ideal for somebody who doesn’t like eye shadow on themselves, or has an eye shape that doesn’t allow much of their lid to be seen), combined with more subtle eyeliner around the rest of the eye, it really makes the eyes pop for the camera. A red lip finishes the look - instant glamour!

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