Sometimes clients are drawn to a particular look, but don't like how it feels on them. For example, they love the vintage aesthetic, then feel too costumey in full vintage makeup.
But it's not as cut and dried as they think. If you like something, I can dial the intensity up or down to suit your personal taste.
Take smoky eyes. We think of them as an evening look, but they're actually appropriate for most occasions! It's all about colour choice and density. As subtle as they are here, this bride wouldn't look out of place at a garden party.
You can also pick and choose elements you love - glam eyes with a more natural face, or vintage brows with a modern look. Mixing and matching to make something new and beautiful is part of the fun of makeup!
So if you're drawn to a style but feel like it's too much for you, don't feel like you can't have any of it! We'll just try different things until you have a look you love. Keep that in mind as you're gathering inspo pics.
I love how this @donnacrainsurrey accessory is so detailed, but looks so subtle in lighter hair. Not hidden, but not obvious from a distance either.
Most bridal hair accessories show a lot of contrast (think flower crowns or tiaras!) but there's something really beautiful about this approach too. An accessory that's around the same lightness or darkness as your hair, but full of its own detail for when people get closer and see it.
I love how this textured style makes the accessory feel almost hidden! If she'd wanted the accessory to be more obvious though, I could have just reduced the texture and gone for a smoother bun. That's the kind of thing we can play with at your trial, to see which you prefer.
Some kind words from a bride, these are always so touching!
"Katy is super nice, relaxed and patient. She gave me plenty of time and was happy to try a few different things during the trial so I could decide what I wanted – which is really helpful if you’re not sure.
I didn’t feel pressured or rushed and Katy always asks if you’re happy along the way and adjusts accordingly.
On my wedding day, Katy and her assistant (who did the hair and makeup for my bridesmaids and was also wonderful!) arrived in plenty of time as promised and Katy had notes from the trial so knew what the plan was.
Katy also did my mum’s hair and makeup – without a trial beforehand – but she allowed plenty of time for this and did a really lovely natural look for my mum, just as she wanted.
I can’t recommend Katy enough – I’d have her do my hair and makeup every day if I could!"
It's super important to me that brides feel comfortable and relaxed when I work with them, so feedback like this means the world to me. I hope putting it up here means any nervous brides feel more comfortable getting in touch for a chat.
Destination weddings feel like a million years ago! But they have been very much a part of my service.
Destination brides are working with a lot of uncertainty and hope, so it's reassuring to know that even if things go wrong, they'll still look amazing. That's the benefit of booking a hair and makeup stylist at home, where you can get a trial well in advance.
Obviously everything is on hold for now, but I know there'll be a rush of excited brides to talk to once this is all over, and I can't wait.
I love working with South Asian brides. It often means I get to use a different colour palette than usual, and can offer a choice of bold makeup options.
Seeing it all come together is always so satisfying too! Adding the dupatta + maang tikka/matha patti + saree/lehenga choli makes each bride a gorgeous picture of colour and richness.
If you've never had a chance to go to a South Asian wedding, trust me: it's absolutely breathtaking, every time.
But of course every bride is different, and some of my South Asian brides have preferred a softer look with more muted colours. That's beautiful too, and entirely possible even with the bright colours and jewellery everywhere else!
It's all about knowing how to style your hair and makeup to become a well-balanced part of that rich overall picture. Experience is essential!
One thing I love about styling hair is how you can make it into its own accessory.
Like I love this twisty, textured bun because it makes the back so artistic and pretty. You see the beautiful @donnacrainsurrey hair band at the front, then get another wow moment when the bride turns around.
For some of you, I know it's very important to look almost the same on your wedding day as you look in your normal everyday life. I completely get that, and there's nothing more beautiful than a comfortable bride!
But I also know that some of you are excited about your wedding day as a chance to look very different. It's a lot of fun to look at wild inspo pics and figure out how to make them work best for the bride-to-be in front of me!
You don't even need inspo pics though. Just tell me "I want to look different to the way I always look," and we'll start from there. I promise you have loads of options, and I'll love talking them through with you!
It's amazing how a bit of texture can transform an otherwise classic look!
Just add some pretty accessories, like these Wildflower combs from @makemebridal.accessories, and you have a bride who looks fresh, modern, and relaxed. Beautiful.
If you're not sure where to begin on finding your dream wedding hairstyle, learning how much texture you like can be a great starting point.
Do you prefer full boho, with loose strands everywhere?
Or just enough texture to make a classic style look more relaxed?
Search "textured updo" on Pinterest and see what you think!
When you say you want a "natural" look, that doesn't usually mean "I want to look like I'm wearing no makeup at all." (Though it can!)
What it usually means is "Don't make me up so I can't recognise myself in my wedding photos."
Not all brides know what they want to look like, and not all of those who do have the words to explain it clearly. But as a stylist, my job is to hear what you say and try to understand what you actually mean.
And it's a job I love, because I always, always get better results when I understand what's important to you, what worries you, and how I can help. For bridal makeup, communication and empathy are key.
Loving how versatile this look is - sweet and pretty from one angle, sultry and glamorous from another.
I used @ctilburymakeup Golden Goddess luxury palette for the eyes, so there's actually a bronzey shimmer that's hard to capture in pics. It's subtle, but adds a warmth and glow I really like. It lifts a smoky eye just a little, making it feel more like a daytime look.
Lots of brides want to look one way walking down the aisle in front of grandma then another way tearing up the dancefloor with their girls. If you want to look really different, I can be available to do touch-ups and change your hairstyle for your reception.
But if you just want to get you a look that can do both, I have a lot of tricks up my sleeve for that! Just let me know, and we'll figure it all out at your trial.
Brides-to-be often ask me what to do for their skin before their wedding. I think they expect me to recommend expensive facials, but the solution is much simpler.
The best thing you can do for your skin is just to get into a good cleansing routine. (Face wipes don't count, I'm afraid!)
My favourite skin care product is the @lizearlebeautyco Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. It smells incredible, and using it with the hot cloth feels soooo good on your skin. This is the one product I always recommend to help get your skin into tip top condition before your wedding day.
That's because it leaves your skin fully cleansed, moisturised, and exfoliated so your makeup goes on easier, looks smoother, and lasts longer.
Also, even though it's a gentle cleanser, it's strong enough to take all that makeup off at the end of the night. It actually makes the horrible job of taking it all off afterwards something to look forward to!
So if you want to start on your pre-wedding skin care, my advice is to keep it simple. One good cleansing product over a few months will do so much more for you than an expensive facial right before the big day.
Statement bouquet, anyone? 😍 In love with these stunning flowers!
Take out the greenery and it's a normal (beautiful!) bouquet of neutrals. But styling it with the leaves gives it a wilder, more boho feel. It's a great way to soften a more polished ceremony look!
I love it when brides show me what they want their bouquet to look like. It helps me see what you want your overall vibe to be, sometimes better than your dress.
So if you have ideas, bring them along to your trial! (But not to worry if you don't - we'll work through everything at your own pace, whatever that is.)