Frequently Asked Questions
Before booking a service, you may have a few questions that you would liked to be clarified. Please see below our FAQ's.
Q: Do I need to hire a professional makeup artist for my wedding day?
A: A professional makeup artist will ensure the appropriate products i.e. textures, colours and tones are selected, whilst staying in line with your wedding vision. You're hiring a professional make-up artist for their professional expertise and experience.
Q: I feel confident in applying my own makeup, do you offer make up lessons?
A: If you feel confident applying your own make up, you may wish to opt for a Bridal Make up Lesson. Nicky can take you through the steps of preparing the skin through to completion of your bridal make up. During the lesson you will be using your own products, and key products will be recommended to add to your make up bag.
Q: How far in advance should I book my bridal make up?
A: Nicky's diary is often booked up to 12 months in advance, therefore it is recommended that you book as soon as possible.
Q: How do I know if there is availability and how do I secure a booking?
A: Services are booked on a first come, first reserve basis. To reserve your date, please head over to the Bookings and Services page and request the service you require; this will then give visibility of Nicky's calendar. Once you have requested your date, a non-refundable reservation fee of £100.00 is required to reserve your day. Should you have a large booking, i.e of 5 or more people including the bride, an addition MUA will be required. The fee will also be payable and is non-refundable.
Services booked within 6 weeks of the wedding date, requires payment in full.
Q: Are you qualified and insured to carry out your services?
A: Nicky is a qualified make-up artist and is insured to carry out, make up, skin treatments, aesthetics, and training. All make up artists and hairstylists from the team, are also insured.
Q: Do you travel to the wedding venue to provide bridal make up?
A: Absolutely! You can look forward to the luxury of being pampered with your bridal party, as Nicky and the team will travel to your wedding venue. Please see the T&C's for travel costs and if necessary hotel requirements.
Q: Can I have a trial run of my wedding day make up?
A: Bridal Trials are recommended for all brides. The wedding day is not the time to be experimenting with your wedding make up look. Ideally, it is best to schedule your trial 3 - 6 months prior to your wedding day. This will help to alleviate any worry around the overall look. Bridal Trials are carried out at Nicky's Studio, usually on a Saturday or Sunday depending on availability.
To prepare for your Bridal Trial, arrive with your eyebrows shaped, any unwanted hair removed, and your hair groomed. It often helps to wear a top/shirt which is a similar colour to your wedding dress. Take with you photos of inspiration looks that you like; this will help you to communicate ideas. Nicky will discuss the details of your wedding, including the style of your dress, flowers, colour scheme, hair, bridesmaids’ dresses etc.
Q: Where can I find inspiration for my wedding look?
A: Some great places to look for inspirational photos are in our Gallery, Pinterest, Bridal magazines, Instagram and celebrity looks on the red carpet. Please keep in mind many of the looks social media may be filtered.
Q: I am allergic to a specific product or ingredient, what should I do?
A: It is the clients responsibility to make Nicky aware of any products, skin issues, allergies, or sensitivity to equipment or anything that may affect the service or performance of the makeup.
Q: Will I need to wear heavy makeup on the day?
A: The bridal service is about enhancing your natural features and creating a look that you feel comfortable wearing.
Q: What look should I choose for the Bridal Party?
A: Once the brides look has been finalised, Nicky will explore looks you have in mind for your bridal party. Of course, everyone wants to feel comfortable in the makeup they’ll be wearing, but it’s also important to make sure that the looks are cohesive with each other and the overall vision on of the day.
Q: What type of brands do you use?
A: Nicky and the team use many different brands including, Charlotte Tilbury, M.A.C, Bobbi Brown Dior, Morphe and Laura Mercier.
Q: Can you use my makeup?
A: Nicky and the team are equipped with professional make up, therefore all you need to bring is yourself! All make-up artists are trained and experienced in custom-matching foundations and product selections for all skin tones, and professional products are flash photography-friendly. By using only their professional kits, the team can ensure the safety of all clients. Should you wish to use your own products, Nicky and the team cannot be held responsible for the performance of the product.
Q: Do you provide a Bridal Hair Service?
A: Nicky specialises in make-up artistry, however if required the resident hair stylist can be recommended. Should our stylist not be available, once you have secured your date, Nicky will be able to provide you with the contact details of trusted and talented hair stylists. Please note, Nicky does not receive commission to introduce vendors to the client. It is the client's decision to book such vendors, Nicky does not have any influence over such relationships, pricing, or the vendors performance.