So you have secured your makeup artist and it’s time for your trial, here’s HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR BRIDAL TRIAL.


A lot of brides have a lot of questions surrounding the bridal trial so here are a few frequently asked questions.

Can I have a trial before I book a makeup artist?

I personally only secure a date with a non refundable booking payment, so this all depends on timing. I understand you will want to try out maybe one or two artists however there is no guarantee your date will still be available. Most makeup artists , like myself will take bookings up to 2 years ahead, I stopped taking 2018 bookings around April/May 2018 time, as I was fully booked.

Trials need to be done around 3 months before and not really any sooner, so there is no way a date would be available at such short notice. My advice is to book in for an event makeup with an artist you like in PLENTY of time and I’m talking a year or two, before even planning the wedding, if you are engaged get your makeup done, you will then get a feel for the artist, their personality and their work. You will then feel sure enough to secure a date with them and have your trial nearer your wedding.

When should I have my trial?

As I said earlier I often say within 3 months before the big day, not really any sooner as you want your skin tone to be as similar to how it will be on the day.

Should everyone have a trial?

It is compulsory that all my brides have a trial and that we perfect your look before your big day. Bridesmaids etc don’t need to have a trial this will only double the price you are spending on bridal makeup. If anyone is really unsure or has any allergies it is advised they have a trial to relieve any worry.

Should I have someone with me at my trial?

This is a difficult question to answer. If you are indecisive or need reassurance then sometimes a bridesmaid or mum can be helpful in reassuring you that you have made the right decision about your look. However, people have THEIR opinion and its not always in line with yours, so you are then faced with you being happy or wanting your makeup a certain way and the possibility of someone not liking it and thinking you should wear less, wear more, not have lashes etc Sometimes even the strongest minded of people then start having doubts about what they had planned in the first place.

Should I be makeup free?

It’s always a time saver if a client is makeup free, however some pictures of your usual day and evening makeup style are always handy, remember us artists are going in blind so to speak , everyone has their own way of applying makeup and it WILL look different to how you apply it, we rely on your feedback and the chance to tweak bits if necessary so you are 100% happy.

Should I get my trial done for a night out?

Some makeup artists will recommend doing the trial for say the hen do. I’m not too sure about that it all depends on your style, the trial is to perfect your wedding day look so it all runs smoothly on the day. More often that not if we were going on a night out we’d have heavier makeup or bigger lashes so this might not be suitable. I do understand that you have spent money on your trial and will be too glam to sit at home watching corrie, so defo grab a friend or your mum and go for a bite to eat and drink.

Should I put my contact lenses in first?

Yes if you are going to be wearing contact lenses on the day and want to view your makeup without your glasses, please pop them in before your makeup trial.

Should I have pictures ready to show the makeup artist?

Yes pictures are always good as a guide. Please do be realistic though the large majority of images from the internet are heavily photo shopped, edited, have been taken with studio lighting or are done on models who have amazing skin and features and are probably 20. You’ll be surprised how many pictures of Michelle Keegan I have been shown and asked to “look like that” I am a makeup artist not a plastic surgeon and anyway if I could make people look like her, don’t you think I would make myself look like her first!

Pictures of your dress, bridesmaids dresses and flowers colours and also if you have had your hair trial are all also useful to give the artist a colour palette to tie in with.

What if I don’t like my makeup?

Before and during the makeup application the artist should be chatting and asking questions about your usual makeup style, likes and dislikes, colours etc and be tailoring the makeup to you. Often brides will have pictures of styles they would like the artist to recreate so when you look in the mirror it shouldn’t be too far off what you have asked for. I always tell my brides, its a trial. a chance to try and test the look so don’t worry you wont offend your artist if you need a little more or less of something.

Will I need to purchase anything to top up on the day?

I am personally very confident in my ability to say to my brides that the only thing they should need to reapply is their lipstick. I recommend them purchasing a lipstick and even the liner too that I use at the trial. If a bride wishes to use a lipstick she already has then that is also fine with me, you will need to have it at the trial though to make sure it goes with the rest of the makeup look. Very occasionally someone with very oily skin may need to blot or take down shine with a bit of powder, but you will know that as the day goes on in your trial makeup.


If you have any other questions please feel free to comment below

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This year it has really become apparent just how much of an issue this topic is, so let me advise you on WHEN TO BOOK YOUR BRIDAL MAKEUP ARTIST.

January comes and an influx of bridal enquires come flooding through, everyone must think “lets get Christmas out the way then get down to wedding planning”.

However, this year I have turned more brides down than ever before and I started to wonder why? Why weren’t people more organised? Why were they leaving it til the last minute?


This led me to trawl the internet, wedding planning diaries and bridal magazines where I discovered that most of them recommend that you start to find and book your bridal makeup artist as little as 3 months before your big day….this is outrageous!

Unless you were getting married on a Tuesday in February or November I would definitely not leave booking an artist til 3 or even 6 months before.

This article in you & your wedding magazine recommends 12 months which is much more realistic, the more notice the better I’d say!!



The way I work is that I offer bridal exclusivity which means I only book one wedding per day, you have my undivided attention and I’m not dashing off to squeeze someone else in.

I’m also one person, not a team of people that are here, there and everywhere….you book Lucie Makeup Artist and that’s who is there to do your bridal makeup.

Many other freelance artists work the same way, so once a date has gone….IT’S GONE!!!

Lately I have received many enquiries from people that have been following my work on Instagram and love my style…however have left it too late and I am already booked.

If you are following an artist you love or have experienced before and want them to take care of you on your big day as soon as you know the date BOOK THEM!

I have even had 3 brides in the past that have enquired which dates I am free before deciding on their date….which I think is so funny but very, very cute.

I know being a makeup artist myself I am biased but it still amazes me how many people think “it’s just makeup” and it seems to slip to a last minute thought to organise, every single guest will see your face up close and on pictures forever and ever, your face will be on every single picture so I think it’s a pretty important part of the day.

You will have paid hundreds if not thousands for a photographer and dress, why would you not want your whole look captured on the biggest day of your life to be completed with beautiful, professionally applied makeup?

This is not about booking me it’s about booking the person you want and not having to resort to who’s left.

I’ve also been called up on the day and days before, where other artists have not shown up or cancelled so whoever you choose, choose wisely. (See choosing a bridal makeup artist post)

I know it sounds like I have a bee in my bonnet but I just want to make people aware, its awful when someone has there hopes set on booking you and you have to turn them down. Both myself and other artists are constantly putting on social media about our limited availability and the importance of booking in, we are not showing off or begging for customers we are genuinely trying to avoid disappointment.

So please if you are thinking of getting married, have just got engaged or know someone that has please get them to read this post.

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This weekend I was asked to attend a wedding weekend at Bashall Barn. It was filled with some of the most amazing suppliers and it was a great chance for me to network and also meet lots of new brides….and grooms!


Bashall Barn is a stunning venue, late last year I did a shoot there for Great Northern Wedding Venue Magazine (See blog post) and just fell in love with the place. It has a rustic barn feel, yet light, airy and the most amazing views make it such a beautiful place.


I was there both Saturday and Sunday doing the makeup for the bridal wear models.

The makeup was kept simple yet glam to compliment the overall look. My belief with bridal makeup is that it should be ‘you on a good day’.

Here are some before and after pics of the makeup.

Molly was given a flawless complexion and defined eyes and brows, no lashes were added to Mollies look.



Michelle was given a stunning glowing complexion with a soft yet glam eye using neutral peaches and browns and her eyes were further enhanced using M103 lashes.



A soft yet beautifully enhanced look for Anita, with glowing flawless skin and once again a lot of focus on the eyes, once again using lashes to add the finishing touch this time using M101.

The foundation was carried down onto the chest to help conceal any blemishes.


Hair by the amazing Hair by ZW, Zoe and I work together frequently on weddings, our styles and personalities compliment each other so well.


On Saturday we had beautiful dresses from Foxglove brides


On the Sunday yet more amazing dresses from Kimberley Anne bridal boutique.


Here are some other pics I managed to take throughout the weekend.




Flowers  Sam Williams

Event dressing  Creative Events

Photographers Gingerbread Weddings and Shane Webber

Entertainment  Piano Daisy , Guy Porteous and DFC

Cakes from The Wedding Cake Co

Finishing touches  Brides Little Helper

Photobooths NattyBees

Transport Northwest Vintage VW


Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, I hope you enjoyed it!

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below

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choosing a bridal makeup artist

Choosing a makeup artist for your wedding can be tricky decision and when it comes to wedding preparations, a lot of brides think twice about hiring a professional makeup artist for their wedding, as they see it as an added expense that they could do without.

If you’re the type of bride who gets riddled with nerves easily or has little experience with makeup applications, hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding would not only make your wedding day less stressful, but sitting in a chair and getting pampered helps you totally relax so that you can focus on walking down the aisle, and finally be married to the one you love!

Firstly you need to think about your look, I always say to brides that you want to be the best version of you. If you usually rock a smokey eye or wear black liner then stay true to your style as anything else will make you feel bare, however if you usually wear very little makeup then stick to a natural, polished look.

Bridal makeup needs to transcend on to the camera and also still look great in person, the most important factor is that it’s going to be long lasting, most bridal prep starts at 6am and your evening guests may only get to see you for the first time at 7pm, any true professional bridal specialist like myself will feel confident that you will still look amazing whilst you are dancing the night away into the early hours.

Ask family, friends and other suppliers for their recommendations, that’s always a good place to start. The majority of my work is through recommendation, someone has experienced my work and will vouch for the quality, its lovely to do a bridesmaids makeup and for her to choose you for her own big day.

If you haven’t got any recommendations or just want to find someone yourself then research is key, look at their website and social media for pictures of their work and make sure their work is in keeping with your look.

Choose someone you click with AND whose work you love, you want to make sure their work matches the quality of makeup you are expecting to receive for your wedding plus you will be spending a significant amount of time with your makeup artist on your wedding day, so it is super important that you get along with your makeup artist.

Never book a makeup artist based on price, thinking ‘if I pay a lot she’ll be really good’ is definitely not always the case and also thinking ‘its only makeup, it’s half price down the road’ is also a big gamble. You spend lots of time and money on a venue, flowers, cake, photographer and dress and whilst I appreciate that people have budgets, your face will be on almost every picture so why spend all that money on your dream day and not have the best makeup?

If you are really worried about your makeup I suggest booking in for a special occasion makeup with your chosen artist, this wont necessarily be your bridal look but it will give you an idea of whether their work is something you feel comfortable with and also allows you to meet them in person.

When you find the right one, BOOK THEM securing your makeup artist needs to be done as soon as possible, we professionals tend to book up quickly (about a year in advance) especially during wedding season (March-September) so it’s really important to secure your makeup artist as soon as you find the one that fits you best.  I personally have brides booking up to 2 years ahead and I offer exclusivity, so only take one bridal booking per day, once your date has gone its too late.

The artist will require a deposit or booking payment to hold your date for you and your trial will need to be done 3 months before your date at the earliest.

At your bridal trial this is the time to make sure you speak about your makeup likes and dislikes and be confident to tell your artist if there are any changes you want to make at the time, she will appreciate it.

I love to make my client’s feel comfortable enough around me that they don’t feel awkward, ashamed, or embarrassed to ask me to change or add anything when I’m done with a makeup application. I also love to make my client’s feel like they can ask me about anything makeup or even just vent to me about wedding stress. We are there to help you carry the load!

Have you had any good or bad experiences when looking for an artist? Any other tips you found helpful?

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I was extremely honored to be flown to Lake Como, Italy for my first ever destination wedding.

I flew out the day before the wedding from Manchester… after a much needed full english and of course a breakfast mimosa at the airport.

I was greeted by a private transfer and escorted to Il Grifo in Lenno where I was staying.

Once I was unpacked I went for a short walk around the Lake and out for dinner… and obviously had to sample a couple of cocktails!

Prior to my trip everyone I spoke to said how lovely it was and I thought, aren’t most sunny countries lovely?… but all i can say is WOW, Lake Como is absolutely breath taking, the views are just incredible it truly is a beautiful place.

On the morning of the wedding I was taken to the villa where the bridal party were getting ready, I think its safe to say the view from my window at work had never looked so good, I had to pinch myself.

After the bridal prep I decided to catch the ferry over to Bellagio and take in the sights along the way.

Once in Bellagio it was tapas and cocktail time, I was served a platter of delicious meats, melon, bruscetta and freshly made bread with oils and balsamic, all washed down with a very delicious (and very strong) strawberry daquiri.


Back to the accommodation to pack my case and get an early night for the flight home, bye Como hope to visit again soon.

Have you been to Lake Como? Did you have a destination wedding? Or would you like to? Leave your comments below