EXPERT BLOG
with Millie Elizabeth Makeup

TOP TIPS ON ALL THINGS 
BRIDAL MAKEUP!

Tell us about yourself and your business.

Hi I am Millie, I am 23 years old and have been a professional Makeup Artist now for 5 years! I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Media Makeup Artistry. This means I can also offer special effects and prosthetics makeup, skills I would love to use in TV & film one day!

What are your top tips to a Bride for choosing a makeup artist for her wedding?

Choose your artist based on their style of Makeup. If you are looking for a soft glam look, then make sure you are finding a MUA who creates this type of work, rather than going for someone who usually creates more heavier looks. And the same vice versa.

Why do you recommend a makeup trial? How soon before the wedding should a Bride have a trial? How should they prepare for the trial?

I always recommend a trial for all of my Brides because it gives us a chance to have a play around with your desired look & make any tweaks needed ahead of the big day! I personally prefer the trials to be around a month before the Wedding, usually factors like the colourings of skin are the most similar to what they will look like and behave on the day. To prepare for a trial I also suggest getting any treatments done, that you will be having on the day, so we can trial how these affect the makeup any way, eg Spray Tan, Lash lifts, Brows etc.

What are your top tips to a Bride for preparing her skin for her wedding day?

1. Drink lots of water, stay hydrated! It seems like such simple task but the difference it makes to the skin & overall wellness is unbelievable. 2. Keep up with your Skincare routine as usual. Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise the night before and also on the morning to allow us Makeup Artists to have a super clean base ready to start application. 3. Do not try anything new the week before your Wedding. No new skincare, No getting a brow wax for the first time ever. These will ultimately change the way your skins behaves. The week before your Wedding is not the time for you to have a sudden reaction to a product or breaking you out into lots of blemishes. Make sure anything new you need to get done or want to try out is done months prior to your Wedding, to save yourself from an unwanted breakdown!

How long does Bridal makeup take on the day? How soon before the ceremony should a Bride's makeup be finished?

I allow 1 hour 30 minutes on a Wedding day for Bridal Makeup. This full time is not always needed as I do tend to work quite quick, but it allows enough 'secured time' incase of any interruptions (which believe me happens a lot) I prefer my Brides to go second to last, so 1, their makeup is still looking super fresh and 2, it allows them extra time to go get ready, sit, chill and have a drink. I try to have the whole Bridal Party finished an hour before they need to leave for the ceremony.

What are you top three favourite beauty products for Bridal makeup?

I absolutely love all Charlotte Tilbury products but my favourites for Weddings are their Light wands. They seamlessly melt into the skin and give a glass like finish glow which just looks amazing walking down the aisle. Nars Radiant Longwear foundation is my favourite because it is so buildable, which make it easily customisable to each and every persons skin. Tatti Lashes Individual cluster lashes are my number ones because they enhance any eye look, from a natural look blending in with your own lashes, to a bold cat eye look added on the outer corners. They are just so diverse!

Tell us about your favourite client wedding.

I love all of my Weddings, each one is so different to the next. My favourites are the ones when the whole Bridal has been super relaxed, really welcoming and checking in on me to see if I'm okay, if I need anything & if I would like a hot drinks (which let's face it, always ends up going cold because I'm too busy creating) but it really is the little things from a Wedding morning that make it feel special for me!

How many client weddings have you been involved with?

way way over 50+

Photo credit - Lillians Lens Photography; Freckle Photography

Video credit - Capture Weddings

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