I've mentioned these in a couple of posts before, but thought it worth mentioning again to those who can't afford/find a make up artist for their big day.
On Saturday I went for a "bridal" make up lesson with Bobbi Brown in House of Fraser - 45 minutes, free of charge, and really useful. They listened to what sort of thing I was after, and took time to find products that would work, explaining along the way what they were doing and why. I used to think that one make up session was much like another, but the girl was talking about the need for a bit more depth, or a bit less of something else, that was more specific to the wedding eg how flash photography would show up different foundations in different ways, or how I needed to use a different lipstick due to all the "mwah mwah" kissing I would be doing etc.
Last night I did a similar thing, this time with Dior in Debenhams. Not a specific "bridal" session, but obviously tailored to my wedding. I showed her a picture of my dress and the colour so she could work with my style. We actually spent 2 whole hours talking about the options, choosing colours and getting "the look", and she really explained what she was doing step by tiny step so that I can recreate the look myself without stressing. She told me what I needed to practice more of, tips on how to perfect my eyeliner - even asked if I wanted to have a practice with her there and then! Nothing was too much effort.
Now, of course, I know that ultimately both those ladies were after sales - but honestly, neither of them pushed me to buy anything. In fact, with Dior last night, they had 10% off at Debenhams making things reasonable value, but she told me to do it bit by bit to practice and use each element rather than buying the whole lot in one go, so I would have spent more, quite happily, than I did.
It is still a year til my wedding, but the reason for doing this so early is that I figure my skin tone will be more or less the same now as it will be in 12 months time, so working on colours etc would make more sense now rather than trying to work with winter pallor in February! Plus, it gives me time to perfect the more tricky bits, and also to buy one product each payday, spreading the cost and looking out for offers!
If anyone is thinking of doing their own make up for their big day, do go and make use of the department store counters - wander round and find a saleswoman who you think is looking good in her choice of makeup - if she is looking like a clown, she may go overboard on the blusher on you too, and if she has scary foundation lines, stay well away - and book yourself in. Free of charge, you'll probably get some freebie samples thrown in to try at home, and you'll enjoy the experience too!
What have you got to lose?!!