GREAT WITLEY, WORCESTERshire
As I made my way over to Amy's studio in the beautiful village of Great Witley, I wasn't sure what to expect. I confess much of the drive behind me conducting these interviews was to learn more about what lies behind the other important aspects of a wedding day, and I don't mind admitting makeup is not something I know much (if anything!) about, and so learn I did - much more than anticipated! Rachael came along with me to experience Amy's expertise first hand...so prepare to be enlightened!
Makeup artist and super-inspiring woman of business!
I first met Amy at a wedding last year where I was struck by how glamorous yet natural the bridal party looked. I had very little time to speak to her on the day so I was very happy when Amy kindly agreed to spend an hour of her valuable Saturday trials time to sit in her own hot-seat and tell me all about what makes for great bridal makeup, both pre-wedding and on the big day itself...
Why did you become a makeup artist?
I have always loved makeup. Playing around with it, trying different things. I love the way it can make you look and feel totally different. I trained as an actress, and then had a family, and afterwards it made sense to use my passion and train to be a makeup artist.
How far in advance should you book your make up artist and trial?
No less than 12 months (and up to 18 months), especially if you are not a big makeup wearer. Make sure you've seen lots of pictures of the artist's style and you are sure they can do what you're looking for. Trials should be booked in 3-4 months out from the wedding day. There are not many bridal makeup artists that specialise in the natural look so make sure you get them secured.
What are your top tips to achieve the best pre-wedding skin?
- Skin can react badly to changes in your skincare regime so its best not to make any drastic changes too close to the wedding.
- Skin texture is key to beautiful makeup. Use an acid toner and liquid exfoliant to smooth the skin. Vitamin C also brightens and evens out texture.
- Use SPF every single day. At least factor 30, ideally 50+ - don't rely on your makeup!
- Keep hydrated, consume good fats in your diet - you are what you eat!
- And if you can stretch the budget to fit in regular facials in the 6 months up to the wedding, facialists can really help you prep your skin ready for the big day.
What are your favourite go to brands?
Oooh! I love playing with and trying so many different brands and products! Ok...
- Hourglass for powders
- Tom Ford - I would have everything Tom Ford! But I especially love the eyeshadow quads
- NARS for foundation
- Charlotte Tilbury and Lisa Eldridge for lipsticks!
Do you provide a wedding day touch up kit?
I do! I provide one for the bride and anyone else I am doing makeup for that day - mother of the bride, bridesmaids etc. The touch-up kit really depends on what the bride needs, but usually I put in some lipstick, blotting paper, tissues and some surprises also.
If you were on a deserted island, what’s the one beauty product you could you not be without?
SPF! Very important.
Can I have two things? Concealer also! Concealer can do everything - you don't need a foundation if you have a concealer. Those are the two things!