Frequently asked questions
What do you charge to travel to my location?
I cover all of South East England but being based in Portsmouth, the areas of Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, Dorset and Isle of White are within easy reach. Travel charges will apply outside of a 20 mile radius of Portsmouth and are charged at 35p per mile, based on a return journey.
Do you offer trial applications?
I strongly advise to have your trial done 2 to 3 months prior your wedding. If trials are required, I can either travel to your home or you are welcome to have the trial at my studio in Portsmouth for a charge of £60. If you prefer the trial to take place in your home, please contact me for the travel charge if it falls outside of the areas I cover.
What information do you require from me when making a booking?
I will require your name, the date of your wedding or event, including the time that you need to be ready by. I’ll need the venue name, address, the service that you require and if you’d like to book any guests of the bridal party in for their makeup. Please also provide any information that you feel is relevant, for example, your particular style preferences, any skin sensitivities or other allergies.
What is the best way for me to book?
Please send me an email with the above details and any other requests and I’ll come back to you as soon as possible, or feel free to fill in the form on the “Contact Me” page.
Do I need to pay a deposit?
Once you’ve sent your enquiry and booking request, if I have availability on the chosen date and time I’ll send you an invoice for the deposit (which will be deducted from the final payment due on or before the day of the event), and once payment has been made your booking will be confirmed. Unfortunately I cannot guarantee a reservation until the deposit has been received.
Is a trial necessary?
A trial is recommended to ensure that your chosen makeup look suits you and that you are happy with it. The majority of brides will have these between 2 and 3 months before the wedding. You’ll have some photos taken during these trials to ensure the look is just right for you and I’ll make notes about any products used and your feedback on the trial look, so it can be repeated on your wedding day. It’s definitely preferred because you won’t need to worry that your makeup might not suit you. It’s also wise because in the rare event that you have a reaction to a product, we’ll be able to try alternatives to be sure that the ones used on the day agree with your skin. Please allow approximately 2 hours for the makeup trial, because we may need to try various looks to be sure that you are pleased with the completed application.
Which products do you use?
I only use highest quality products and which ones will completely depend on the client, the look they desire and if they have any sensitivities. They include Laura Mercier, Kevyn Aucoin, Make Up For Ever, Charlotte Tilbury, Shiseido, Becca, Liz Earle, Hourglass and Studio 10.
Do you offer any discounts for a large bridal party?
Please contact me to provide specific details of your requirements and how many ladies are in the bridal party requiring makeup, as well as any other requirements.
How long does bridal makeup take?
This will take around one hour and a half for the bride and around 40 to 50 minutes for members of the bridal party. Brides generally like to be ready in good time before they leave for the ceremony – usually about an hour before – so they’ll have time to change into their dress, relax with a glass of champagne and do anything else they might have remembered while they were getting ready. This time allowance is definitely recommended so there’s no panic!