Makeup Advice

How Long Should I Set Aside For My Make Up Trial?

Asked by: Melanie S

Hello lovely, I would recommend setting aside at least one and a half hours for any makeup trial. My makeup application time is usually about 40 minutes, but as it's a trial I like to make allowance for a thorough consultation time, and the time needed to make any changes so that the bride can be truly thrilled with her choice and the final look.

- Billie Makeup Artistry

Can I Bring My Bridesmaids To My Makeup/Hair Trials?

Asked by: Tammy K

Yes, of course you can bring bridesmaids to your trial! Planning a wedding can be stressful, and it is quite common for brides to be a bit indecisive about the final look they’re after. Having bridesmaids at the trial can give more perspective and an honest opinion on the looks we run through in preparation for your special day. It can also make the makeup artist's job easier, as they gain a better understanding of your style from the people closest to you. TIP: Please bring only a few bridesmaids (max. 3) as a courtesy to the salon/studio.

- Billie Makeup Artistry

What Is A Good Style Of Make-Up For A Beach Wedding?

Asked by: Lucie C

 For a beach wedding, a boho-style would be the perfect relaxed vibe: think natural with a sun kissed glow! As it is outdoors and in the sun, it’s important to really think about how the weather and heat might affect your makeup. I would be layering light base products that give good and lasting coverage, but don’t look cakey. We want your beautiful inner glow to show through in a beach inspired look. My method involves using lots of shine free/matte base products, as well as layering illuminisers in areas that need a bit of radiance. Finishing the makeup look with a really good setting spray is essential for this kind of look, so you can enjoy your sun-kissed glow for the rest of the day and night- check my Instagram for some natural sun kissed glow looks.

- Billie Makeup Artistry

I have really oily skin, how can I ensure I stay matte well after my make up is done?

Asked by: Kelly R

All brides want to have perfect skin on their big day! This is why a makeup trial is recommended: it lets us find a specific combination of products that suit your skin. At the trial, I will assess your skin type and decide on the best products to use for you personally. If you have oily skin, a mattifying primer, oil-free foundations and loose powders tend to be a good choice. Makeup is then set with a matte setting spray.  You can keep your skin matte throughout the day by using blotting paper, and touching up with translucent powder.


Skin care is also really important in the six months leading up to your wedding day. Deep cleansing facials, keeping yourself hydrated and using skin products that lock in moisture will help ensure your skin produces less oils in the long run. 

- Billie Makeup Artistry

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