• Melinda Gill


Luxury Makeup Artist Laura Kate shares her top 5 tips to make you look and feel your best on your big day

Bridal makeup may look easy, but it truly takes skill, determination and the right products to achieve the desired look for each and every Bride. Having worked in the luxury beauty industry in the past, I would like to emphasise the importance of booking a bridal specialist, who is an expert in the field and has extensive experience. Here at Luxus Events we want all our Brides to feel like a million dollars on their wedding day, so our Luxury Bridal Concierge Services are specifically designed to assist our beautiful Brides with all their wedding related needs, taking the stress away and allowing them to fully enjoy the whole process.

Today we're going to talk about the importance of hiring a Makeup Artist for your wedding and how to achieve your desired look, making sure it lasts throughout the whole wedding day. I have asked Luxury Makeup Artist, Laura Kate who has worked with some well-known names such as Millie Mackintosh, Tamsin Egerton and Rosie Fortescue, to share her expert tips with you.

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Having worked as a luxury Makeup Artist for many years,  I have learned the key to beautiful makeup is looking after your skin, so a good skincare routine is very important before a wedding.

What are the main things you would suggest for our Brides to do to achieve healthy looking skin for their big day?

“I would suggest to start your pre-wedding skincare routine at least 4-6 months prior to your big day. Having a healthy and glowy skin will improve the appearance and duration of your makeup. It’s all about finding what's best for your skin and if something is working, then don’t change it. The skincare I’ve always loved is Origins, they have many fabulous ranges suitable for every skin type. Before your wedding make sure you eat healthy, exercise regularly and drink plenty of water. If you suffer from breakouts, it’s good to have monthly facials and to keep your skincare simple. The goal is to create a natural glowy look. Facials like Face Gym are great because they stimulate blood circulation and help to contour and sculpt the face, which gives a healthy lift to the skin for your special day. Make sure if you are changing your skincare routine to do this well in advance of your big day. Brides can be prone to break outs in the lead up to the wedding, so changing your skincare, or having a new facial too close to the day is a big no-no.says Laura.

Personally, I love my Clarasonic Cleansing Brush, I recommend using it once a week in the evening as a pre-wedding skincare regime for a brighter and flawless complexion to all my Brides.

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On a wedding day every Bride wants to look their absolute best, but it can be tricky to achieve the look they want. Hence it's crucial to find a Makeup Artist who is a good fit, fully understands the requirements and has the skillset to achieve the look. I always suggest to my Brides to book their Makeup Artist well in advance to avoid any disappointment, as luxury Makeup Artists are always in high demand. They often get booked up to 2 years in advance, especially when it comes to wedding elopements abroad! Once you secure your artist, we recommend to have at least one trial no later than 2 months before your wedding, in case you need to book more appointments to try different looks.

What would you suggest our Brides do in preparation for their first makeup trial?

“Make sure you bring images with you of the look you are aiming for, Pinterest is great way to show your ideas. I usually also ask my Brides to show me a few pictures of themselves wearing their every day makeup. I find this very helpful because it tells me how much makeup they are used to wearing day to day. Try to wear a top which is similar colour to your wedding dress to help to see how your makeup colour will work on the actual day. If you are planning on getting fake tan let your Makeup Artist know about it and try to schedule your trial a few days after your fake tan trial session, which should be at least 2 months before your big day. If you have your Makeup Artist coming to your home, make sure to have the trial in the morning, so you can wear the makeup all day, see how the makeup feels and wears and you can give your artist feedback at the end of the day." says Laura.

Image via Fashion Stock | Berta Fall 2020 Bridal Runway Show


For your perfect day you want equally perfect makeup and skin.

How do you achieve prefect flawless skin for your Brides?

“The key is to apply a primer specific to your skin type, it will allow your makeup to go on smoother and last longer. It also minimizes the appearance of blemishes, lines and wrinkles. My favourite primers are the Tom Ford Illuminating primer, which is designed for normal / dry skin and Smashbox photo finish primer, which is perfect for oily skin. It’s very important that your foundation and concealer matches your skin for a beautifully natural look. I find the Collection concealers work great under the eyes, they provide a good coverage and they aren't cakey. It’s crucial not to use the same concealer for your face and eyes. Eye concealer should be cream or emollient-based to avoid a cakey or flaky effect, and can be a couple of shades lighter than the skin to brighten the eye area. Laura Mercier Brightening Powder for underneath the eyes is so fine you won't see it, but sets the under eye concealer. I recommend to contour and highlight after applying your base, but be careful not to overdo it. I prefer to use a cream highlighter for a dewy finish rather than powder. I love the Tom Ford Shimmer Shots, they are beautiful and look stunning down the nose for a natural glow. If you have oily skin make sure your T-zone is matte, which can be achieved with fine translucent powders and blotting powders. Only use mattifying powder where necessary as this can give extra coverage and can look cakey if you have normal / dry skin. If you are having any flash photography, I would recommend not to wear an SPF, as the flash will bounce off the skin making you look washed out. Be sure to test at your wedding makeup trial by taking a photo with your flash on.” says Laura.


Eyebrows are getting a lot of hype these days and I completely understand why. They frame the eyes giving your face definition and dimension.

What are your top tips when it comes to brows and lashes for a Bridal Makeup?

“Fill in your brows to give them a full, natural shape. I love the Smashbox brow powders which you can flick through the brow and build up to the desired density. I prefer to use individual false lashes on my Brides they’re a brilliant way to make the eyes stand out and look far more subtle than a full strip. I would recommend to go for different lengths and place them in between the natural lashes rather than fixing them on top to create a really natural fluffy look. When using an eyebrow pencil, go for a shade or two lighter than your natural brow colour. If you want something more durable especially if you are getting married somewhere hot or going to honeymoon straight after your wedding, then I would recommend getting microblading done. Apart from Bridal Makeup I also specialise in microblading, I create for my clients a super natural effect so it blends in seamlessly with their natural hair. I would recommend to get this treatment done 4 months before your wedding, it's worth doing as it can last for 1-2 years depending on your skin type. It's also great to get a lash lift done directly before the wedding, which beautifully lifts and tints your natural lashes for 6-8 weeks. ” says Laura.

Image via Fashion Stock | Anne Barge Spring 2020 Bridal Fashion Show


What are the final touches and the best lip colours you would recommend for Brides?

“Neutral, brown, and pale lip colours can look washed out in photographs, so choose a colour for your lips that’s one or two shades brighter than what you would normally wear. If you usually wear a neutral colour, it should be worn as a base, with a pink or rose colour on top. If you typically wear dark lipstick, use that as the base, and apply a brighter pink on top to give the colour a lift. Soft pinks and roses are all great, classic choices for brides. It’s important to pay extra attention to your lips and keep them hydrated. I love Burts Bees Ultra conditioning lip balm, and for a more natural finish I often just use lip liner and a clear or tinted lip balm or a gloss on top, this gives the lip volume but shows off the beautiful colour of the client’s lip too. I always tell my Brides to keep these products on them so they can top up throughout the day. I like to finish off the look with a wedding day scent to compliment my Bride's outfit. Wear your personal favourite perfume, whatever makes you feel beautiful. I love Byredo Gypsy Water, it's my absolute favourite light summer scent. " says Laura.

Most importantly make sure you allow 1.5 hours for makeup application on the day itself, if possible. You absolutely don’t want to rush or feel pressured on your big day. Having a Makeup Artist is a great investment as, it will help you keep to the time scale. Your artist will carefully discuss timings with you beforehand and will have a clear plan of action, leaving enough time for touch ups at the end.

Remember to enjoy this amazing experience, it happens once in a lifetime and make sure you pamper yourself whenever you have the opportunity!

Happy planning!

Melinda & Laura x

Laura's Details

Website: www.laurakateartistry.com

Email: info@laurakateartistry.com

Mobile: +44 7733 817 301

Hopefully these tips will help you in the run up to your wedding. If you would like to find out more about our Luxury Bridal Concierge Services and discuss how we can help you with your wedding planning process, get in touch to book your luxury personal consultation.

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