Q: HOW EXPERIENCED IS ELIZABETH? MORE SPECIFICALLY, IS SHE EXPERIENCED IN BRIDAL HAIR & MAKE UP?

A: Elizabeth has worked and show cased her work at weddings shows and fairs throughout the country, including cultural and ethnic weddings. By viewing her portfolios alone, you can sense the quality and experience of her work. The photos are clean, professional, and cover a wide range of looks. The makeup is always meticulously done. Elizabeth knows how important it is to look good both in person and on camera. The London trained, hair and make-up artist has been creating tailor-made responses on modelling, promotional and photographic events for over 6 years. Working along side a diverse range of clients, as well as some of the most well known photographers, casting directors, advertisers and designers.

Q: WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY WEDDING HAIR & MAKEUP TRIAL?

A: Your hair and makeup trial is your chance to find the look you adore, which will be immortalized in your wedding photographs.

1) Try to be on time. If you make it to your trial with plenty of time to spare, then you will be feeling calm and not pressured to rush through this important step. If Elizabeth is coming to you; you need not worry.

2) Be open to new approaches. You will be given advice on what styles suit you best. A look might be suggested that you hadn’t considered before. Don’t feel pressured to follow Elizabeth’s advice, but while you have her expertise at your fingertips, try to give it your consideration.

3) Your opinion is what matters the most. It’s natural to want to get the opinion of your mum or maid of honor, but at the trial they may overpower your ability to communicate with your stylist and listen to your own instincts. Rather than bringing them along, make a plan to go out afterwards, so you can get their opinion then. You will get the best outcome if you let Elizabeth know at the very beginning what looks you like (and dislike). That way, time won’t be wasted going down the wrong track.

4) Elizabeth will want to get to know you. She will listen carefully to your ideas and opinions, and respect your vision. Please don’t feel overwhelmed if she has a lot of questions to ask you. She needs to find out more about how you like to wear your hair and makeup. Yes, she is an expert—but this is your day. Elizabeth wants you to look like the best version of you.

5) Speak up. If you don’t like something, speak up! Try to be as specific as possible, is it the blush; is it the way your hair is framing your face? This will help pinpoint the problem and correct it. Don’t be too disappointed if you feel that your look isn’t totally picture perfect. The goal of the trial is to discuss options and arrive at the basic concept of your wedding-day look. It will never be as perfect as the wedding day, but it should give you a good idea of what the actual result will be.

6) Pamper yourself. Makeup and skin interact with each other in a way that even the most experienced artists cannot always predict, so after the trial, you will need to “live” in the makeup for a bit. If it wears off too quickly, or after wearing it for a while you change your mind about the look, then be sure to tell Elizabeth. The same goes for your hairstyle. It’s normal for a look to be tweaked a bit based on trial results.

7) Don’t forget to have fun. A marriage is a joyous occasion, and we believe that the preparations should be too!

Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING ALONG TO THE TRIAL?

1) A picture of your dress: This helps Elizabeth create a look that will complement your dress. Have a friend take a photo of you at a fitting. Or bring a photo or sketch of the style of dress you visualize yourself walking down the aisle in.

2) A swatch of fabric: This is especially helpful if you have chosen a gown with a unique color or texture.

3) Pictures of your ideal makeup and hair looks. Bringing pictures that show your personal style. This helps the artist understand you and come up with the right look. A picture can head off the confusion that often results when different people try to describe colors—for instance, “coral” eye shadow might mean light pink to one person but a vibrant red to another. Choose pictures that can be adapted to suit your own natural assets—if you’re fair and curvy, then Scarlett Johansson might be a better goal than Natalie Portman.

4) Jewelry and hair accessories. If you have already picked out your bridal jewelry and hair accessories or veil, bring those along—or pictures of ones that you like. It will help in finding the right look and making sure your hair style works with the accessories.

5) Something dressy. If you come along to your trial in your sweats or your work clothes, it will be harder for you to judge how your hair and makeup will look on your wedding day. We recommend that brides wear something dressy to the trial, preferably white or off-white.

Q: DOES ELIZABETH CLARE PROVIDE HAIR SERVICES AS WELL?

A: You will not have to worry about scheduling two different stylists or maybe even commuting to two different places. Elizabeth will do both. Having one artist who provides both services will ensure that your look is cohesive and share the same quality.

Q: HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY BRIDAL HAIR TRIAL?

A: On the day of your trial, Elizabeth will want to get a feel for your hair and what styles will suit you. There are some easy steps you can take so that your locks are in the best condition to work with.

Pay extra attention to hair care in the weeks leading up to your trial, so that your hair is shiny and healthy. If you’re unsure of the best products for your hair type, consult with your stylist.

Keep having regular haircuts.  Many brides-to-be are trying to grow their hair long. Don’t overdo it, though. Very long or un-layered hair can be so bulky that it is difficult to manage and style, making it harder for your stylist to create looks for you.

Come in with clean, dry hair on the day of your trial.  Avoid using a lot of conditioner that morning, especially a leave-in conditioner; and stay away from styling products that make your hair silky. These can weigh your hair down and make it slippery to work with.

Brush or comb your hair, as the less time spend on basic preparation such as getting knots out of your hair, the more time Elizabeth can spend on helping you find your dream bridal look.

Your hair color influences how a hair style will look on you, so when you are going through magazines for a picture to bring to your trial, try to find a picture with both the color and style that you want.

TOP 10 TIPS FOR BRIDAL HAIR

1) Show and tell.  On the day of your hair trial, bring anything you think will help your stylist understand the looks you love or the style of your wedding. Have a friend take a photo of you in your dress at a fitting. Bring a swatch of fabric if you think that will help. Bring pictures of brides, celebrities, models—anyone whose look inspires you.

2) Enhance your unique beauty.  When you’re finding pictures to show Elizabeth, try to find ones that don’t stray too far from your own look and style. If you are the kind of girl who loves having her hair down and flowing, maybe you don’t want to go for a sleek up-do—and vice versa. It’s best to go with the look you normally go for when you dress up for an occasion, and then glam it up a notch for your wedding day.

3) Be open. Your hair trial gives you the chance to live with a look and discover whether you feel comfortable with it. If Elizabeth suggests looks that you hadn’t considered before, don’t feel pressured to follow her advice—but while you have her expertise at your fingertips, you may as well give it your consideration.

4) Accessorize.  There are so many great hair accessories available now to add a gorgeous accent to your wedding hair. It will depend on the look you’re going for. For a more classical look, you might want to wear a tiara. Jeweled barrettes can be great. Some favorites at the moment are bird-cage veils, and feathers, which go beautifully with more unstructured, flowing, playful gowns.

5) Extend yourself.  If you or Elizabeth is worried about your hair holding a particular style all through your wedding day, you might want to consider hair extensions. Even if you own hair falls, the extensions won’t.

6) Keep having regular haircuts.  Even if you are trying to grow your hair for your wedding, keep having regular haircuts. If your hair is very long or un-layered, it can be difficult to manage and style, limiting the looks Elizabeth can show you at your trial.

7) But don’t get your hair cut just before the wedding!  It’s better to be safe than sorry, so avoid having a cut too close to your wedding. Especially avoid a radical change of style.

8)  Look after those locks.  Pay special attention to hair care in the weeks before your trial and wedding, so that your hair is shiny and healthy. If you’re unsure of the best products for your hair type, consult with your stylist.

9) Be product free on the day.  On your trial day and wedding day, go to the stylist with clean, dry hair. Avoid using a lot of conditioner that morning, especially a leave-in one. Stay away from silkening products that weigh your hair down and make it slippery to work with.

10) Don’t make any last-minute changes. The hour or so before you walk down the aisle is not the time to be experimenting with looks. Have someone take photos at your hair trial, so that there won’t be any confusion or stress. A marriage is a joyous occasion, and at Once Upon A Bride, we believe that the preparations should be too!

Q: DO I NEED TO FOLLOW A SPECIAL SKIN CARE ROUTINE?

A: The goal of the trial is to decide on your wedding-day look, and having well-prepared skin—just as it will be on your wedding day—is the best way to get an accurate idea of whether the makeup is working for you. So here are some tried and true tips for ensuring your skin is ready.

Have a facial: Scheduling a facial a week before your trial is a great way to prepare, but avoid a skin peel or any other kind of treatment that may temporarily irritate your skin.

Exfoliate: The night before your trial, mildly exfoliate your skin. This is an important step, as makeup works best and lasts longest on a fresh face that is free of the outer layer of dead skin cells.

Look after your lips: If you have chapped lips, for a few days before your trial, every night before you go to bed use the bristles of a clean toothbrush to lightly exfoliate them. Then apply a heavy lip balm before you go to sleep.

Tanning: If you are going to be tan at your wedding, try to get the same tan for your trial, so you’ll have a more accurate idea of what your makeup will look like on your wedding day.

On the day: It is best to arrive at your trial with no makeup on, or light makeup. While sunscreen is important on normal days, avoid wearing it on the day of your trial (and on your wedding day), as it can make foundation appear white, especially in pictures.

Q: WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET READY?

A: Consider having Elizabeth come to your location whether it’s a hotel, the venue, or at home. With the morning of the wedding day usually being hectic, avoid the stress of traveling to get your hair and makeup done. This convenience is all part of the services for a small fee.

Q: CAN ELIZABETH ACCOMMODATE YOUR WEDDING PARTY SIZE?

A: Many brides who have several people in their bridal party often enjoy the convenience of makeup artists who work with an assistant or team. With additional hands, everyone in the bridal party can be finished within a reasonable time frame. If you’d prefer Elizabeth to do the whole party alone then details will need to be planned accordingly with her to allow for ample time to get ready.

Q: HOW LONG DO YOU NEED THE MAKEUP ARTIST FOR?

A: Think about whether you would like Elizabeth to be around for the entire day or just for a few hours to get you ready. Having the artist stay with you may cost a little more as she will be ready to do frequent touch-ups or look changes throughout the entire event. Perhaps you would like her to come back later in the day to do touch-ups or change your look for an additional fee. If Elizabeth will not be with you for the entire day, ask if a touch-up kit will be provided so that you may have that on hand for later to do your own touch-ups.

Q: WHAT TYPES OF MAKEUP DOES ELIZABETH OFFER?

A: Elizabeth uses an array of conventional makeup products and techniques, she is there to accommodate and met your needs. For example, you may want a tattoo or scar to be covered up. This is a fun process, learn as you go along, Elizabeth will teach you about the benefits of the makeup she is using, what suits your particular face skin tone, texture, and colour.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET FOR HAIR & MAKEUP?

A: Elizabeth’s rates for bridal hair and makeup are highly competitive. Rates can vary greatly from artist to artist, so be sure to research thoroughly and make comparisons. Have a range in mind that you are willing to spend; however, do not try to compromise quality work for affordability. You will be looking back your wedding day photos years from now, so you would want to remember how beautiful you looked on your wedding day.

Q: WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND AFTER THE TRIAL RUN AND WANT A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LOOK?

A: Don’t panic! Elizabeth will make you feel relaxed and comfortable. You should be able to easily communicate your visions and concerns without much hesitation. You will be spending a lot of time with her on the day of the wedding and maybe on occasions leading up to the event, she will take photos throughout the process and provide a face chart with your desired look after the initial consultation, you can have as many trials as you’re happy with. Elizabeth will spend as much time with you as is necessary. Her aim is to leave on the first appointment with a look your truly happy with.