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I feel so incredibly lucky to have experienced Antonia's talents for my wedding. From the moment I rang her to make an initial enquiry, through to my trial and on the day itself she has been an absolutely pleasure to work with - warm, friendly, caring, a calming influence on the morning of the wedding, and so so talented.
She really took the time to listen and understand how I'd like my hair and make up, and what feels most natural to me. I wanted to feel glam for the day, but also still feel and look like me and was initially worried about feeling 'caked' in make up. She delivered everything I wanted and more...Skincare advice and product recommendations in the run up to the wedding and when the day itself came around I felt amazing and still like myself. The make up products were light, fresh and comfortable, expertly applied and they lasted right through to the early hours of the morning with not a single touch up (other than lip gloss after eating) needed.
Antonia gave me great advice and consultancy on my hair style throughout the prep period as I couldn't decide between fresh flowers or a hair piece. In the end, we used fresh flowers and she created something on the day that I absolutely loved without a brief - she was that much in tune with the theme and style of the day. All of our hairstyles (myself, 3 bridesmaids and my Mum) were still in tip-top condition by the end of the night!
What a lovely lady and what a wonderful business. I can't recommend Antonia and Elle Au Natural enough. Next up, I'm keen to book in for some of her make-up lessons...!
Antonia did my hair and make up for me on my wedding day and reception evening. I just wanted to say a big thank you to Antonia. The hair and makeup was exactly how I imagined it to be. I felt like myself.
Antonia was calming presence on the day. She is one of the most professional people I have met and truly talented. I would definitely recommend Antonia.
I would like to thank her for making my day so special.
Every client is different, but any time from five months before the wedding date. The first thing I would suggest is that you definitely need to know the style of your dress as we need to know what the neckline will be. I would also advise not having it later than two months before as you need to leave a good amount of lead up time for your cut and colour.
The maximum number one stylist can manage are three adult hair and makeups. Hair is more time consuming than makeup so it could be that if you require five people for makeup only that this will only require one makeup artist. This information will be given to you at the time of booking when we send you your quote and will be down to Antonia’s discretion as to whether she feels it requires two people or not.
Again every artist is different and will do their own timings for the morning of the wedding, but on average, for three adult hair and makeups you will need around four and a half hours for hair and makeup, possibly five. You then need to add on around thirty minutes dressing time for a corseted or buttoned up dress plus time for the photographer, if they want to take pictures of you fully dressed before you leave for the ceremony. This seems like a long time, but this is a specialist service where each person booked in for hair and makeup gets quality time and will have approximately and hour and a half spent on them, depending on their requirements and you will find the time will fly by.
We can offer this service so please mention this at the time of booking so we can quote for it. We are happy to stay just till the end of the service or into the afternoon/evening if required. Price will depend on the number of extra hours required of us to stay.
We have hair and makeup artists based in Berkshire, Surrey, London and Leeds. All of whom are happy to travel. Antonia travels internationally as well as all over the United Kingdom. In some cases travel charges are added and they will be listed on your quote at the time of booking. Any journey exceeding two hours will incur an overnight cost.
Every client’s requirements are different and every makeup artist works at a different pace but on average I would say allow around three hours of daylight hours. It is important that the trial takes place during daylight hours as we are creating a daylight make-up which is extremely difficult to do if we are working in false light.
We only use high end brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Nars, Laura Mercier, Mii Cosmetics, Morphe and Stila to name but a few. As well as luxury skin care range called Beauty Lab, created in Harley Street.
Antonia has been a hair and makeup artist for the last twenty five years, specialising in Bridal work for the last twenty years. She trained at The London College of Fashion and has worked in the TV, film, theatre, photographic and commercial industries.
Yes it should. First of all we prep the skin well, with high end skincare according to your skin type and then prime the face and eyes. As makeup artists we tend to build the makeup up in layers, blending well as we go. This layering helps build up a base that will hold better than if you were to do it yourself. This doesn't mean that it looks heavy, in fact the opposite as we only build the layers where we need them, which leaves the skin fresh and clear.
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