‘Ask The Expert’ – Sally Orchard Make – Up Artist

Get The Glow

When it comes to wedding beauty prep, there’s no such thing as starting too soon! I have a lot of brides who come to me with little or no skincare regime. If your skin looks its best then your makeup will and your makeup will last longer.

Wedding Skin Prep

I recommend using a cleanser, toner and moisturiser for your skin type, plus bring in a weekly exfoliate and mask. If your is skin is very dehydrated a serum used day and night will give the skin a boost. A facial will really help to balance out the skin and get it ready for the wedding. Bring in a lip balm to help moisturise your lips, but not petroleum based, as this just sits on the surface. Go for a balm with shea butter in like Burt Bees lip balms.

Have A Drink…

Of water!! And lots of it! This can make a huge difference to your skin and try and keep down the alcohol, as this dehydrates you even more.


When Should You Book Your First Make-Up Trial?

I usually do the trials 2-3 months before the wedding, when the bride knows most of what her wedding entails. My trials take 1-2 hours. I find out all about the wedding including colours, the dress, hairstyle, usual makeup routine, to really help me come up with a look that I think will really bring out the best in my brides features. I have been a makeup artist for over 20 years now and seen a lot of changes recently and especially with makeup. My favourite look to do is not based on fashion, but what will enhance my brides. You want the makeup to be timeless.

My Top Tips

  • Think about a spray tan. We use Vitaliberata in our studio. This gives the skin an incredible glow and looks very natural. It will even out your skin tone and look great against a ivory/white dress. Test it out before hand to check if you are happy with the colour
  • Purchase your lipstick, gloss and finishing powder to keep your makeup looking perfect throughout the day and into the evening.
  • Allow your makeup artist to come up with a look that they think will suit you, rather than you telling them what you want. A makeup artist has been trained to know whats best for you, allow her to do her magic.
  • Keep your makeup on after the trial, as you will get used to it after a while and you can see how it lasts throughout the day.

If you have any other questions, I would be happy to help! Please contact me >> www.orchardmakeup.com/