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TELEPHONE:  0115 981 6778

EMAIL:  the-lakes@live.co.uk

I do return all answerphone messages so please do leave your name, number and a brief message should I not be available to answer the phone. Thank you!



 
BRIDES - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS




When do you do trials?
The trial takes place approximately 6 to 8 weeks before the big day,  I can do trials for the mum and bridesmaids too if required. Allow around 1.5 hours for your trial and if possible, have some ideas or pictures of make up that you like the look of.
 
Where will you do my wedding make up on the big day? Will you come to me?
Yes, I am a Freelance Make Up Artist and I come to your home or venue and bring everything I need with me. 

How do I pay?
The total cost for bridal make up is £125, this includes the trial and make up on the day. You will need to pay a £45 deposit to hold your wedding date, with the balance payable at your trial. Please note that I only take cheques or cash. 
Bridesmaid and mother’s make up is £45 on the wedding day and an extra £30 if they want the trial. All monies for bridesmaids and mothers is also payable at the trial date. Thus leaving the wedding day free of any payments – you have enough to think about on the big day!

How far do you travel?
I cover a 10 mile radius of Nottinghamshire from our salon based in Gamston. Anything over 10 miles will be charged at 45p per mile. 

What make up do you use?
I have a very wide selection of make up in my kit and I am always replacing and updating the kit too. I mainly work with Chanel, MAC, Estee Lauder, Lancome, Bobbi Brown, Arbonne, Nars, Sephora and other big make up names. Your make up needs to last all day so the make up that I use is a very high standard. I always use primers when doing make up as this helps the make up to stay looking radiant all day and night.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you cancel a make up trial appointment, you will not incur any charges. If you are cancelling your wedding make up, your deposit will be lost. If you cancel your wedding make up three weeks before the wedding date then 50% of the total cost is payable.

What if you need to cancel or are ill on my wedding day?
In the extremely unlikely event that I am not able to make your wedding date due to illness or other emergency, I will try my best to substitute another equally experienced artist for you. She will have been briefed fully on your wedding make up. If I am unable to find a replacement artist, I will provide a full refund.

How soon can I book my wedding make up with you?
I do only take one wedding booking a day. This is so that the bride gets my full attention and so that I don’t have to rush from one wedding to another. Therefore, it is best to book your wedding make up with me as soon as possible to ensure that you get the date that you want.  Spring and Summer months do get booked up well in advance.
Just call me to check availability. There are sometimes cancellations at the last minute so it may be possible for me to be free for you.

How long does the make up take on the day?
I always allow approximately 30 to 45 mins for each person. 
Should I have my hair or make up done first?
I would always suggest having your hair done first and your make up done last. This is because the make up needs to look nice and fresh and also, having your hair done after your make up may cause smudges/runny eyes etc.
How many make ups can you do at my wedding?
There is no limit as to how many people can have their make up done. I have done huge weddings and also busy fashion shows so I am used to doing lots of make ups!
What do I need to do to my skin on the morning of my wedding?
Before my arrival you need to have cleansed your skin and applied a generous amount of moisturiser to soak into the skin before I start my make up work. Don’t worry about any spots that have popped up in the night! We can conceal these and also photographers can work miracles these days with their photo editing. Don’t let a spot get you all worried and stressed.

I have sensitive skin and I don't usually wear much make up. I just want to go for a natural look, is this possible?
Absolutely. Lots of brides are not used to wearing heavy make up and I will take this into account when we meet at your trial. I will also have a chat with you about your skin and any problems you have. Remember, your make up will only be as good as the skin underneath it!
I am also a qualified beauty therapist and have some wonderful facial and body treatments available to ensure that your skin is in tip top condition for the big day. My facials don’t bring out spots either, they are boosting and rejuvenating facials and I use some fantastic products too!. I do Microdermabrasion Facials which make a huge different to skin with blocked pores, blackheads, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation marks, chicken pox marks and acne scarring.

Will my make up be ok if I cry?
I always use waterproof mascara as well as water resistant eyeshadows.  The key is to dab the eyes rather than wipe them. Your make up should withstand a few tears!

Why should I have a make up artist and can I afford one?
Once the Big Day is over, your photographs and video will be your everlasting memory of a wonderful day.  You will want to look at your photos with pride, knowing that you looked you're very best.  Brides are keen to spend huge amounts of money on cars, photographers and flowers but then tend to leave THEMSELVES out of the equation!  Everyone in the congregation  (as well as your husband to be!) will be waiting to set eyes on you and I believe that THE most important thing on any bride's wedding day is how they look and feel!