Getting your wedding makeup right is a big part of your overall look, and to help you, we’ve got some top tips from an industry expert to answer all those questions you need to know. We spoke to Cathryn Kerwin-Rawlinson, an award-winning bridal makeup artist with over ten years of experience who has countless weddings under her brush belt, who gave us her best advice for your makeup trial.
Make sure you take a look at Cathryn’s website to see all of the amazing ways she can help you.
“I suggest doing your makeup trial between two and six months before the big day, but definitely no closer to your wedding date. By this time you will have likely found your dress, decided on a theme and colour scheme and ironed-out some of the finer details, so that will help us decide upon your final look.”
Do your research
“Bring lots of inspiration to the trial of what you like and don’t like, as it really helps to give us a good starting point to creating the perfect look for you. Just be aware that photos in magazines and online will often be heavily filtered and manipulated, so bear that in mind when seeing what’s possible. Also, any photos you can bring of the dress, colour scheme, bridesmaid dresses and the theme of the day will be a great help so I can start to visualise how the makeup needs to suit the day.”
Know your skin
“Knowing your skin type is very important for you and me and will help to determine the right preparation, as well as the skin finish and base. Whether it’s dry, sensitive or oily, I’ve got plenty of experience managing different skin types in the run-up to the wedding day and can help you find the right products that will work best for you. On the day, make sure you turn up with clean skin and no makeup. It helps for me to work on a blank canvas and I will always prep and prime the skin before we get started.”
Keep the numbers down
“While it’s great to have the support of your friends and family, I would advise not bringing a massive entourage to your makeup trial. Lots of different opinions and tastes can often take you away from the original vision you had in the first place and it’s easy to get caught up in it all and have your mind changed. If you feel like you need to bring some support, I would suggest just one person whose opinion you can trust.”
Look the part
“My final tip is to come with your hair styled and wearing something special and white or light in colour. This way it’s much easier to see the final vision and you can judge the makeup look in a similar way as you will on your wedding day.”
Thank you so much to Cathryn Kerwin-Rawlinson for all her amazing advice. Make sure you take a look at her website to see how her award-winning skills can help you, or check out her Instagram @madeupbycathryn or Facebook.
For more brilliant advice, take a look at these 10 Tips For Getting The Best Wedding Photos, you won’t regret it!