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The ‘no makeup’ makeup look

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OK, I know…. Just before Christmas I promised to share with you my Christmas party makeup and a rundown of the products I used. Unfortunately December proved to be a very busy month and time just ran away with me.

Since Christmas is now well and truly over with, I’ve decided to leave my party makeup blog until a bit later, and instead I’m going to share with you my tips for achieving that fabulous glowing ‘no makeup’ look.

I’m sure we’d all love to jump out of bed in the morning and leave for work with our skin looking effortlessly flawless. But in reality, that very rarely happens. The ‘no makeup’ makeup look seems to be very popular at the moment, especially among celebrities, and I think it’s a great way to differentiate your daytime makeup from your nighttime party makeup.

The main thing to remember with a no makeup look is ‘less is definitely more’. Always use a light touch and apply products sparingly. That way you’ll avoid looking too ‘made up’.

A good skincare routine
A good skincare routine will undoubtedly help you achieve a fabulous no makeup look. As a very minimum, you should be cleansing, toning and moisturising every day, morning and night, to make sure your skin is free of dirt, oil and makeup. Once a week you can exfoliate and use a face mask for a deep cleanse. You also need to know your own skin type, whether it’s dry, oily, normal or combination, so you can use products that are appropriate. And don’t forget, your skin type can change depending on a number of factors including the time of year, hormones and age.

Primer
Using a primer will help even out your skin tone, so it’s the perfect base for your no makeup look and also helps your makeup stay in place. My favourite, and the one I have used in this picture, is Mac’s Prep and Prime Natural Radiance. It’s even got a bit of shimmer in it to help with a natural dewy look.

Base
Rather than using the full coverage foundation you would use for a night out, opt for something a bit more minimal for your no makeup base. Tinted moisturiser or BB cream is ideal, or if you want something just a bit heavier then go for a light to medium coverage foundation. The one I have used here is Mac Face and Body Foundation, which I just love. Then add a touch of your favourite concealer under your eyes if you wish. I’ve used NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.

Bronzer and Highlighter
Because this is a no makeup look we aren’t going full on contour, but there’s definitely still a place for some bronzer and highlighter. Use a light sweep of cream bronzer, as it will absorb into the skin more than a powder and give a much more natural look. A touch of cream highlighter will also help with that dewy look. I’ve used my Clinique Chubby Stick in ‘Hefty Highlight’ as a highlighter for this look, and Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel for my bronzer.

Blush
Again, using a cream blush will help give a more natural look than a powder. Add a little to the cheeks for that natural flushed look. One of my favourite cream blushes is Mac Cream Colour Base, which is what I’ve used in this picture.

Brows
Your brows frame the face, but avoid doing quite as much with them as you would for a night out. In this picture I’ve used my Benefit ‘Gimmie Brow’ to brush my brows into shape and give them a nice subtle tint.

Lashes
Go easy on the mascara for your no makeup look. Go for more of a lengthening look than volumising. Eyelash curlers are also great for achieving a longer lash. In this picture I’ve used Smashbox’s eyelash primer, followed by Mac’s Extended Play mascara and have also curled my lashes.

Lips
A nice natural lip gloss or tint will help give your lips a lovely natural sheen, without going overboard and will finish off your no makeup look. In this picture I’ve used Clinique Glosswear in ‘Juicy Apple’.

Before and After….. makeup by Sarah-Lou

And there you have it…… my ‘no makeup’ makeup look!

Get your glam on for Christmas!

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I know I keep saying it, but the years are flying by…. And this year is no exception.

Makeup by Sarah-Lou

December is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about Christmas. Which also means it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas party makeup.

I do love Christmas, and I especially love the makeup trends at this time of year. I really enjoy getting my clients glammed up for the Christmas party season, so I thought it would be nice to share some

of my tips with you.

If you’re struggling for a bit of inspiration for your Christmas makeup, then read on…..

A nice warm glow….

Christmas party makeup

Makeup by Sarah-Lou

A nice dewy glow to your skin is perfect for this time of year, and highlighter is definitely one of our favourite makeup pieces at the moment. A sweep over your cheekbones, under your brows, the inner corners of your eyes and your cupid’s bow will add a lovely subtle glow to your Christmas makeup.

Add a bit of sparkle and shimmer…

If you can’t add a bit of sparkle and shimmer at Christmas, then really, when can you? And this most definitely applies to makeup! Whether it’s some shimmery eye makeup, or full on glitter, you just can’t go wrong.

Dare to be bold….

Christmas party makeup

Makeup by Sarah-Lou

Winter is generally a good time to experiment with bolder makeup looks, so what better time to go bold than at Christmas? Try some heavier eyeliner, or darker eyeshadow colours, and finish off with a statement lip colour, such as dark red or plum, and you have the perfect look for Christmas.

In the next couple of weeks, I’ll be sharing my own Christmas party makeup on this blog. Watch this space for a step-by-step guide and run-down of the products I’ve used.

Prom time!

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Is it really almost September? It’s only now that I’ve stopped to breathe I’ve realised my blog has been a little neglected over the last couple of months.

I’ve had an amazingly busy summer, and looking back through all the weddings, proms and beautifying, there’s one particularly special client that stood out for me this year……. My daughter Millie!

prom hair and makeup

Hair and makeup by Sarah-Lou

It was Millie’s last year of primary school this year, which could only mean one thing…. Prom time!

I’ve done quite a few prom hair and makeups over the years, both for high school and primary school. But while I always find the primary school proms exciting, I also find them just that tiny bit more challenging than high school proms. Why? It’s all about getting the balance right between them not yet being a fully-grown woman, but no longer being a child, and still delivering what the client (and mum!) wants.  And I found this especially challenging with my own daughter!

I really had to take a step back for this one. I had to listen to what my daughter was asking for, yet still keep my mum-head on and apply a bit of common-sense. Millie’s very head-strong and knows what she wants, but thankfully she trusted my judgement and in the end, it turned out our views weren’t so far apart after all.

Nails glitter shellac

Glitter Shellac nails by Sarah-Lou

Nails
I honestly think Millie and her friends had been planning their prom outfits since halfway through primary school! When we started talking dresses and shoes Millie straight away said she wanted to wear Converse, which I thought was a great idea! And when she chose silver sparkly Converse, I knew the perfect nails to match.  I’m not overly keen on children having nail enhancements (my own personal opinion), but for her prom I decided to compromise and do Shellac for Millie, which she was very chuffed about. She was a bit unsure of my suggestion of silver glitter to match her Converse, but we went with it and she was delighted with the results.

prom hair

Hair by Sarah-Lou

Hair
Like me, Millie has exceptionally thick hair, so whatever style we went with would really have to stand up to the test! I suggested that, since it was the middle of June and they were going to be Ceilidh dancing, it was probably a better idea to have an updo and Millie agreed 100%. She was quite happy when I suggested a braided bun-style updo, and in fact was happy just to wait until the day without having a trial beforehand. When prom day arrived, she was over the moon with the look I created for her.

Makeup
This is the part I found particularly challenging. Makeup is such a big thing for girls these days, even as young as Primary 7. When I first started thinking about what to do for

prom hair and makeup

Hair and makeup by Sarah-Lou

Millie’s makeup, I worried it would be difficult to strike a balance between my own views on how much makeup she should wear, and what I thought Millie herself might want. Fortunately, I found that when we actually started discussing it, we both had similar ideas on a makeup look that would work. And I hope you’ll agree, we got it spot on.

I had such a fun time doing Millie’s hair and makeup for her prom…. Only another 6 years until her high school prom. Oh, and before that I’ll have my youngest daughter Mia’s Primary school prom too…… I just love being a mum of girls!

The Finishing Touches!

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I’m sure most of you will know that, as well as hair styling and makeup, I also offer a full range of beauty treatments, from nails, massages and waxing to eyelash extensions, facials and spray tans.

As well as being able to offer a full range of services to my regular clients, including hair and makeup for those special occasions, it’s also great news for my brides-to-be! It means I’m not only there to make sure they look a million dollars on the big day, but I can also help with their all-important beautifying (and relaxation!) in the run up to the wedding day.

So, what better subject for my latest blog post than my tips and advice on your pre-wedding beauty treatments!

Spray tan, hair and makeup by Sarah-Lou

Spray tan, hair and makeup by Sarah-Lou

Spray Tan:
So many brides are unsure whether to get a spray tan for their wedding day, but if you’re thinking about it, then I would definitely advise getting at least one trial tan before your wedding day. If you don’t regularly tan then you won’t know what it will look like and when the best time to have it done would be. Some people like their tan best the day after it’s been done, whereas others prefer it after 2 or 3 days.

Here’s my tips for achieving the best possible tan, and for ensuring it’s a long-lasting and even colour: Exfoliate thoroughly 48 hours beforehand, and shave/wax no later than 24 hours beforehand to give skin time to recover and pores time to close. Moisturise thoroughly the day/night before to provide a good skin base for the tan. Make sure you do not have any lotions, perfumes, oils or deodorants on your skin before the tan, as these will act as a barrier. Wear dark/loose clothing after your tan and ensure arms/legs are fully covered. Overnight tan can be showered off the next morning, or rapid developing tan can be showered off in as little as 1 to 3 hours.

bridal nails, bridal glitter

Nails by Sarah-Lou

Nails:
What bride wouldn’t want her nails done!? You’ve got a lovely new ring to show off so everyone’s going to be looking at your nails, and not to mention the photos too. Even if you don’t regularly have your nails done, why not opt for a basic file and polish with CND’s long-lasting Vinylux nail polish (lasts up to 7 days). And for those who want something a bit longer lasting (think honeymoon!) I can offer Shellac on natural nails, or gel extensions. So many gorgeous designs available for bridal nails.

Eyelash Extensions:
Any kind of eyelash extension will add that finishing touch to your bridal makeup. Strip lashes are included in the price of all of my makeup applications, although many brides choose something a bit more permanent….. again, think honeymoon! Semi-permanent eyelashes will last between 2-4 weeks before they require infilling so are a perfect option for not only your wedding day, but also for the honeymoon too.

Waxing:
Another long-lasting beauty treatment that’s great for your wedding day and honeymoon too….. from underarms, to legs and bikini line. Before getting waxed you need to make sure you have at least ¼ inch (2 weeks) of hair growth, otherwise waxing won’t be as effective. The day before, exfoliate your skin thoroughly to remove dead skin and free any trapped hairs.  If you’re having a spray tan, make sure and wax at least 24 hours beforehand.

bridal lashes, semi permanent lashes

Semi-permanent lashes by Sarah-Lou

Massage and Facials
With so much involved in the planning of a wedding, particularly in the final few weeks, brides can often find themselves getting very stressed. What better way to relax and unwind with a massage or a facial.  Why not involve your bridesmaids too and turn it into a pamper evening, or even better incorporate it into your hen party plans!

Whatever you choose for your pre-wedding beauty treatments, if it’s not a regular treatment for you, or you’re unsure of the look you want, make sure you’ve got your trials booked well in advance. A couple of days before your wedding definitely isn’t when you want to discover you don’t like the colour of your spray tan, or your nails aren’t what you had in mind! I know I always say it, but don’t be tempted to skip the trials!

Sister Act!

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A number of my bridal bookings come through recommendations. And it’s often the case that I do hair and makeup for a bridal party, then afterwards one (or more!) of the bridesmaids will book me for her wedding hair and makeup.

So for this blog post I thought it would be nice to feature the weddings of sisters Michelle and Laura, who both booked me to do their bridal makeup.

Bridal makeup, Michelle and bridesmaids, wedding makeup

Makeup by Sarah-Lou

Michelle was the first to get married back in March 2016. I’ve known Michelle for a while now, so was thrilled when she asked me to do her makeup for her special day, along with her 2 bridesmaids and her mum.

It was a cold but sunny day when I arrived at the venue, The Bowfield Hotel & Country Club, and the girls were all excited for the day ahead. Michelle opted for natural smokey eyes with a touch of highlight and finished off with statement red lips, such a lovely look. The bridesmaids also went for a smokey eye, with Ariane going for a slightly heavier look than Laura, but both girls looking equally as gorgeous. Mother of the bride Linda went for a very classic look with natural colours. The girls all looked stunning!

Bridal makeup, Laura and bridesmaids, Wedding makeup

Makeup by Sarah-Lou

Early the following year, I was delighted to hear from Laura, who was in the middle of planning her wedding for that October. She had been delighted with her makeup when she was bridesmaid for her sister, and wanted to book me to do her wedding makeup too.

The months flew by and before I knew it, Laura’s wedding day had arrived. The venue was The Busby Hotel, also part of the Manorview Group (I absolutely love all of the Manorview Hotels…. Stunning locations with amazing honeymoon suites. There’s definitely been a lot of thought put into the design!).

 

Mother of bride makeup, wedding makeup

Makeup by Sarah-Lou

I did makeup for Laura, Michelle, and mother of the bride Linda. Laura chose a natural look for her wedding makeup, and I just loved creating a gorgeous soft and dewy look with natural smokey eyes and a natural lip colour. Michelle was looking for something a bit heavier, so we went for darker smokey eyes but kept the lips natural. Linda went for a similar look to what she had for Michelle’s wedding…. Classic with natural colours. And once again, the girls all looked gorgeous!

Since then Michelle, Laura and Linda have asked me back to do their makeup for Linda’s 60th birthday party just a few weeks ago. Thanks again for choosing me to do your makeup girls….. hopefully I’ll be seeing you all again soon for the next special occasion!

Customer feedback…… what you really think!

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I think you all know how devoted I am to providing my clients with customer service that is second-to-none. So I thought it would be quite fitting for my latest blog post to share with you some of the results from my customer feedback survey.

This is something I introduced a couple of years back, as I think it’s really important to give my brides the opportunity to provide their feedback (anonymously if they wish!) on my service in the run up to, and on the wedding day itself. It not only helps me to make sure everything was perfect for them, but it also helps me identify any areas I might be able to improve upon for future brides.

And I’m delighted to share some wonderful results with you!

Over the past year, of the 64 responses to the survey I’ve received, the following answers were given from a choice of Excellent, Good, Neutral, Fair and Poor:

  • 64 rated my level of communication as ‘Excellent’
  • 64 rated my attention to detail as ‘Excellent’
  • 58 rated my industry knowledge as ‘Excellent’ and 6 rated it as ‘Good’
  • 61 rated my ability to deliver the desired look as ‘Excellent’ and 3 rated it as ‘Good’

Also, of the 64 responses received, the following answers were given from a choice of Very Satisfied, Satisfied, Neutral, Unsatisfied, Very Unsatisfied:

  • 62 were ‘Very Satisfied’ with the end result, and 2 were ‘Satisfied’
  • 56 were ‘Very Satisfied’ with the price they paid, and 8 were ‘Satisfied’

I’m really pleased with these results, as it shows how happy you all were with the service I have delivered. My vision to be a provider of outstanding bridal hair and makeup, at an affordable price and with customer service that is second to none, is most definitely being achieved!

I also received some fantastic comments in the survey too, a few of which I’ve shared with you below:

My bridesmaids and I were so happy with the service we received. Loved our hair and make up. We felt very comfortable and at ease with Sarah as she was very nice and professional.”

The service was fantastic, she arrived promptly at the hotel in the morning, was both fast and efficient. She was able to do every hairstyle we requested and to a high standard. She made me and my party feel and look amazing! Thank you Sarah!”

I was so happy with the service received from Sarah-Lou Beauty. She listened to everything I had asked for and delivered exactly that! All my wedding party commented about how relaxed they felt on the morning of the wedding and were so happy with their hair and make up!”

Bridal hair and makeup

Hair and makeup by Sarah-Lou Beauty

Sarah was amazing on the morning of my wedding. She remained calm and relaxed while doing hair and make up for mother of the bride and maid of honour AND 2 bridesmaids plus bride. I was delighted with the final look and would highly recommend Sarah to anyone. She also did my nails and spray tan with attention to detail as I’m super pale and don’t normally tan. Thank you Sarah you did great.”

I absolutely loved my hair and the bridal party’s hair for my wedding day. It was exactly what I had in mind. Communication between you and myself was brilliant. You always replied so quickly and it made the planning process so much easier. I would definitely recommend you to others.”

Sarah was very precise and provided excellent attention to detail. She listened to what I wanted and delivered that to an extremely high standard.”

Some lovely comments there, and so many others that I didn’t have the space to share. Thank you once again to everyone who takes the time to complete my customer survey….. it all helps towards me providing the best service possible!

2017 in review….

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With 60 plus wedding bookings and the ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service, 2017 proved to be another fantastic year for Sarah-Lou Beauty.

It started off with my first wedding booking early in February, an elopement with the lovely Laura and Richard at Ardeonaig Hotel near Loch Tay, and ended just three days before Hogmanay, with bride Katie who came over from New Zealand to marry here in Scotland.

Bridal hair by Sarah-Lou

Hair by Sarah-Lou
Photography by Mike Cook Photography

In between there’s been so many memorable weddings, some gorgeous locations, loads more hair and make-ups, my regular beauty clients and finishing the year with a nomination for Best Freelance Hair and Make-up Artist in the Scottish Wedding Awards 2018!

Here’s some highlights from this year’s weddings:

Millie – March 2017
Millie didn’t have a trial beforehand, so the first time I met her was on her wedding morning when I arrived to do her hair and make-up. It turned out the whole wedding was actually a surprise, where all the guests thought they were going to the couple’s farewell party, when actually it was their wedding! How wonderful!

Lynne – April 2017
I first met Lynne at her trial in February. Lynne was unsure about how she wanted her hair and make-up, but after we tried a couple of different styles she settled on a gorgeous top-knot style updo and a very natural look for make-up. Such a fun morning getting Lynne, her bridesmaid and her mum all glammed up for the day ahead.

Bridal hair and makeup by Sarah-Lou

Hair and makeup by Sarah-Lou
Photography by Weddings by Anna Photography

Denise – May 2017
This was another elopement wedding I did hair and make-up for during 2017. The location this time was the fabulous Lodge on Loch Goil. Denise and her groom only had immediate family at the wedding, which was kept a secret until afterwards. Lovely location and a lovely morning getting the gorgeous bride-to-be glammed up.

Gayle – July 2017
Gayle’s venue was Balmule House near Dunfermline, and what a gorgeous location it was! I did hair for the bride, 2 bridesmaids, 1 flower girl and mother of the bride. The weather was amazing as you would expect for that time of year.

Susan – July 2017
Susan lives in London, but returned home to Scotland to marry at the stunning University of Glasgow Chapel and then on to Three Sister’s Bake in Killearn for the reception. I had a lovely morning beautifying the bride, her 2 bridesmaids and her mum. I just loved styling Susan’s naturally curly hair (and her sister’s as well)!

Jennifer – August 2017
Jennifer was another one of my brides from this year who lives down south, but was returning home to get married. It was a busy but fun morning spent at Jennifer’s Parents’ house doing makeup for Jennifer, her two bridesmaids and her mum.

Bridal hair and make-up by Sarah-Lou

Hair and make-up by Sarah-Lou
Photography by Burfly Photography

Brychan – October 2017
There was a real Autumnal feel to Brychan’s wedding hair and make-up, lots of golds and browns and fresh flower hairpieces. I was up very early to get Brychan and her wedding party ready, especially since the bride had probably the longest and thickest hair I have ever seen!

Claire – November 2017
On what was one of the coldest days this year, I left home at 5:30am and headed up to Aberdeenshire to Drumtochty Castle. What a stunning location! I spent the morning doing hair and make-up for bride Claire (originally from California) and her entourage, who had all travelled over from the US for the wedding (2 bridesmaids, mother of the bride and mother of the bride’s friend).

These are just a handful of the weddings I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with in 2017, and I can’t wait to see what my wedding bookings for the coming year will bring. Looking forward to meeting all of my new brides (and catching up with my regular clients too). See you all in 2018!

Top of the ROCCO!

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It’s now been a couple of weeks since my amazing win at the ROCCOS; The Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce ROCCO Award for Excellence in Customer Service!

I’m absolutely ecstatic with this latest win as it reinforces my commitment to delivering excellent customer service, and to be recognised for this in my local community makes me so proud.

For me this award was a bit different, as it’s not just specific to the wedding industry.  It takes in all kinds of businesses in the Renfrewshire area, some large some small, and all industry types from manufacturing to education, leisure and retail.

First of all, I had to complete an application form, answering questions relating to my business and commitment to customer service. The judges were looking for specific evidence that I have customer satisfaction at the heart of my business, and proof of my continued commitment to exceeding customer expectations.

So my application was completed and submitted in time for the deadline, and a few weeks later I was delighted to receive an email from the organisers saying I’d been shortlisted, along with two other organisations, for the award.

I was particularly delighted with the news because, as a small business, I had been shortlisted alongside two much larger organisations, and for me this is a major achievement.

For the next stage of the judging process I had to prepare a presentation and take part in an interview with the judges.  A bit nerve-wracking, but once I got to work on my presentation I found I had so much to say about my commitment to customer service, and how I can demonstrate this. All of my worries quickly faded, and I actually really enjoyed the process.  Now the hard work had been done, I could look forward to the awards dinner.

On the evening, my award was the first to be announced and I was surprised but thrilled when my name was called out.  My very own business, Sarah-Lou Beauty, chosen as the winner….. WOW! It was a brilliant evening all round, and was a great celebration of some of the fantastic businesses there are in Renfrewshire.

This award is another wonderful accolade for Sarah-Lou Beauty…… thank you everyone for your continued support!

The Wedding of Carly and Andrew

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For my latest blog post, I’ve decided to feature a wedding
I did hair and make-up for back in August; the wedding of Carly and Andrew at New Lanark Mill Hotel.

Carly originally contacted me back in November 2016, which in terms of wedding planning, is later than some to be arranging hair and makeup. Fortunately though, I still had her date free so I provided her with a quote and was delighted to receive an email a few days later saying she’d like to go ahead and book!

In 2017 there’s been a definite trend amongst my brides, in that quite a few of them don’t live in Scotland, but were coming here to get married. And Carly was one of them.

Hair and make-up by Sarah-Lou  Photography by Paul McGuigan Photography

Hair and make-up by Sarah-Lou
Photography by Paul McGuigan Photography

To be honest, this doesn’t pose any real problems to me, other than making sure I can fit the bride in for a trial around her schedule of when she’s going to be in the area. Or if she can’t make it here for a trial beforehand, ensuring I have a good idea of her requirements for the day.

First Meeting
I met with Carly in March for her hair and make-up trial, when she was here for the weekend on a wedding planning trip.  We discussed her ideas for hair and make-up and Carly was delighted with the look I created for her.  Even better, she got to show it off that evening as she was catching up with friends for dinner!

At the trial we also discussed hair and make-up styles she would like for the two bridesmaids, as since they both lived down south as well, it wasn’t possible for them to come to Glasgow for the trial.  But with a few email exchanges, some hair and makeup trials in their home town, and a few pictures later, I had a good idea of what the bridesmaids would both like for hair and make-up on the big day.

Hair and make-up by Sarah-Lou Photography by Paul McGuigan Photography

Hair and make-up by Sarah-Lou
Photography by Paul McGuigan Photography

The Big Day
It was an early start for me on that Sunday in August, as I had to be at New Lanark Mill Hotel for 8am to make sure I had plenty of time to get everyone ready.

As a mobile hair and make-up artist, I don’t always know exactly where I’m going to be getting a bride ready on her wedding morning, and can often find myself in less than spacious surroundings! But this definitely wasn’t the case at New Lanark.  They have a dedicated room for getting the bridal party ready, which is very aptly named ‘The VIB Suite’.  It most definitely has the WOW factor, and all of the little details have been thought of, such as fairy lights, dressing tables, hooks to hang the dresses, and anything else a bride could possibly need on her wedding morning.

The morning went by in a breeze and I had such fun getting all of the girls ready; Carly and her two bridesmaids, Jennifer and Komal; mother of the bride, Sheila; and mother of the groom, Dawn.

Before we knew it, it was 1:30pm, the girls were all looking gorgeous, and it was time for me to leave. I always love looking back at the transformation from when I arrive first thing in the morning, to the point when I leave and everyone’s excited for the day ahead. Carly and the girls were no exception!

After the Event

Hair and make-up by Sarah-Lou Photography by Paul McGuigan Photography

Hair and make-up by Sarah-Lou
Photography by Paul McGuigan Photography

I was delighted to hear from Carly before she went off on honeymoon a week later. I received a lovely email, thanking me again, and also enclosing some pictures from the professional photographer, Paul McGuigan Photography. I just love it when my brides send me on their professional pictures! It’s great seeing the way the photographer has captured the morning.

Thanks again Carly for choosing me to do your hair and make-up for your special day!

A day (or few!) in the life……

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As a bridal hair and make-up artist,
my life is consumed by all things wedding…… I literally eat, sleep and breathe weddings.  Especially at this time of year!

I appreciate this is not the norm for most people, and if you’re just starting to plan your wedding you may not have a clue where to start and what to expect when booking your hair and make-up artist.  So I’d like to take you on a little journey…..

In this blog post, I’m going to take you through a typical wedding booking with Sarah-Lou Beauty, right from the initial enquiry to the big day itself and beyond.

bridal, hair, makeup

Hair and make-up by Sarah-Lou

I’ve got mail
A booking would usually start with a phone call, email enquiry or Facebook message.  I’m a very busy lady but I know you’ll be eagerly awaiting my response, so I do my very best to answer all emails and messages within 24 hours (most of the time a lot quicker)!

I will always respond with my availability on your wedding day, full pricing information and an accurate quote on the services required including any travel charges involved, as well as answering any other specific questions asked.

If I don’t hear back from you after a couple of weeks, I will always send a quick follow up email.  I’m not being pushy, just want to make sure my email was received (and not landed in spam!) and you have all the info you need.

So you want to book?
Once you have confirmed you’re interested in booking, I will send over a copy of my contract for you to review and complete, as well as details for paying the all-important deposit – as soon as I have received both, the date will be reserved in my diary. Exciting!

Arranging the trial
Once your booking has been confirmed, you’ll want to start thinking about arranging your trial.  It’s entirely up to you when (and if!) you have a trial, although as a guide most brides would usually have theirs a couple of months before the wedding.  I do always recommend a trial for the bride, just so we know exactly what’s happening on the day and to make sure your chosen style of hair and make-up is both achievable and exactly what you’re looking for.  I would always advise getting your trial booked in the diary as soon you can, to make sure you can get the date you’re looking for.

bridal, hair, makeup

Hair and make-up by Sarah-Lou

The all-important trial
This is your chance to try out the hair and make-up look you had in mind and to make sure you’re happy with it.  I would encourage you to do a bit of research before the trial and look for styles you particularly like (or dislike).  Don’t worry if you’re still not completely sure when it comes to the trial, as I will chat through all options with you and advise on suitable hair and make-up styles, depending on a number of different factors.  Once you are completely happy with your hair and make-up, I will take pictures and keep notes of all products used so I can refer back to on the wedding day.

Always on hand
After the trial, I generally won’t have any need to contact you until nearer the big day. But that doesn’t mean you can’t contact me!  If you have any questions at all (no matter how daft you think they are), I’m always at the end of the phone, email, Facebook message etc so please just get in touch and I’ll be happy to help!

Run up to the big day
A week or two before your big day I’ll be in touch to re-confirm all details with you including the date, time, number of people for hair and make-up, and final balance due on the day.  This will give us both peace of mind that we know exactly what’s happening and when!

bridal, hair, makeup

Hair and make-up by Sarah-Lou

On the day
A wedding day for me will often involve an early start, and depending on how far I’m travelling, can see me setting off as early as 5am!  Hair and make-up usually starts any time from 7am, but don’t panic if you think that’s very early to have your hair and make-up done! I’m more than happy for you to dictate the order that everyone goes in, but with an early start like that I would usually advise beginning with hair.  That way I can curl and set hairs and start with that side of things, before moving on to make-up later in the morning.  More often than not a bride will want to go last and that’s no problem at all.  I would however advise with large parties that the bride goes second last, just so there’s plenty of time for her to get her dress on once her hair and make-up are finished.

I say this so many times, but I absolutely love being a part of a bride’s wedding morning and I like to think of myself as more of a friend than a supplier on your wedding day! I spend a good few hours with you, and try my best to have a calming effect and help turn your nerves into excitement for the day ahead!

After the big day
Now that your wedding day is a distant memory and you’ve returned from honeymoon, you can expect an email from me to follow up and invite you to take part in my customer feedback survey.  I’ve tried to keep this short and sweet as appreciate you don’t want to spend ages filling in forms!  It’s really just a few questions so I can make sure everything was OK for you, and invite you to make any suggestions on how I might improve the service for future brides!

Hopefully this post has given you an insight into what your hair and make-up booking with Sarah-Lou Beauty will involve and has helped to answer any initial questions you may have before and after you book.  Happy wedding planning!!