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Bridal make up – all you need to know

For many women, hiringthe right make-up artist for their wedding day is as vital as picking theperfect dress. Here, experts at the London centre of The Beauty Academy,explore why learning to apply a flawless face to a blushing bride can be alucrative career path for any budding beautician.

Most brides want to look perfect on their big day.

But make up must withstand tears, joy, hugs, kisses, a stuffy church, along reception do and an evening of partying.

It must look good on photographs but not look like its been applied witha trowel and you need to have a range of techniques up your sleeve to impressthose who want natural radiance right through to those who want a full on face.

Where to start

The Beauty Academy offers a wide range of make up courses at theirbeauty treatment training centres around the UK.

In the capital we offer an extensive range to choose from. You can takea range of beauty courses in London including a beauty diploma, make uptraining, nail technician training and manicure courses.

You can learn how to apply make-up to Asian, Black and White skins,learn creative techniques, air brushing, how to create bridal updos, apply hairextensions and fantasy eye make up.

And all of these beauty courses can help you forge a successful careerin creating special looks for special days.

Here are some simplerules to impressing your clients which will see them saying “I do” in style:

1.Provide a trial beforethe wedding to allow the bride to be see exactly what skills you have. Ensureyour subject has applied fake tan (if she intends to wear it on the day) andwears a white t-shirt so she can see how the make-up looks against a palecolour. Let her take a picture in daylight to see how her professional shotsmight turn out.

2.Make sure you have anextensive toolkit. This will include a range of colours – in foundations,blushers, eyeshadows, mascaras and lipsticks. Every complexion is different andit’s important to have all the make up you need to hand to adapt, blend, mixand shade to create the right effect. Our beauty courses in London help you tomaster techniques for all skin types and look at compatible color palettes.

3.Remember that bridalmake-up needs to have enough colour to compensate for the whiteness of thedress. Talk to your client about why bridal make up needs to be stronger thaneveryday slap and use her trial to show her comparisons.

4.Consider offering anextra boost to her natural beauty. Learning how to apply individual eyelashesfor example, is a brilliant way to make eyes stand out and look far more subtlethan a full strip. At The Beauty Academy we offer a wide range of eyelashcourses to give you the skills you need to offer this service.

5.Don’t just focus on theface. A bride wants to feel good from top to toe so taking a nail course inLondon or a manicure course could help you offer a little bit extra to clients.

6.Recognise theindividuality of your client. Focus on the most important elements of theirlook, such as beautifully natural-looking skin, softly groomed brows andfeathery lashes and accentuate these. If you get these basic factors right therest of your make-up will fall into place.

7.Try differentapplication methods. What works for one skin type, might not for another.

8.Listen. This is key toyour success as a make-up artist. It’s absolutely fine to make suggestions butdo not hijack a bride’s look by ignoring her wishes. Just because you don’tlike a shade she picks or a look she is after, does not mean you shouldn’t provideher with it. It’s her big day after all and the customer is always right.

9.Remember neck andshoulders. Do not just apply make-up to the face. Instead, extend down yourneck and over your shoulders if necessary, this will ensure you face is not adifferent colour or even texture to your body.

10.Help your bride understand how to maintain her look.Waterproof mascara is an obvious requisite, but it’s also worth consideringcream eyeshadows that stay where you put them. Suggest your bride purchases alipstick or powder compact to make her own touch ups through the day.

11.Don’t rush. Allow at least 45 minutes to an hour formake-up application on the wedding day.

Why you should learnwith The Beauty Academy

Working as a make-up artist can be extremely lucrative, especially ifyou specialise in wedding day looks.

An average bridal make-up artists charges £50 for a trial and around£100 on the big day.

If you combine that with bridal hair too you could make even more money.

At The Beauty Academy we offer courses in both make up and bridal hair.We also offer full beauty courses, manicure courses, make up training and nailcourses in London. Contact us for more details.


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