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Bridal Make-up Tips

From Professional Cambridge Wedding Make-up Artists


How exciting, you are getting married and planning a wedding. You’ve booked your venue and your photographer…. ah hem!! What’s next on your list?  Well, I personally would research and find a make-up artist who you love.  A lot of the Cambridge wedding venues will have a list of recommended suppliers that will include wedding photographers, venue dressers etc and Bridal make-up artists.  This is a good place to start if you haven’t used a make-up artist before.  Wedding venues will only recommend suppliers they know and trust, so you are in good hands.

You will see examples of their work on their websites, Facebook pages and of course Instagram grids.  Give them a follow and watch their work, decide if their style is for you.  I am sure they all recommend that you have a trial first and to arrive with an idea of what you want for your big day.  On your wedding day you want to be the best version of you.

 I’ve asked some of my Bridal make-up artists friends to give me a product that they love and one piece of advice for all you Brides and Brides to be out there wedding planning.

Kate Fletcher – Flash Kate

 My fave top product for brides is Weleda skin food, a rich moisturiser that gives smooth and glowy skin and a perfect base for makeup. You can use it everywhere! hey if it’s good enough for Julia Roberts and Rihanna it’s good enough for me and my lovely brides.

Kate can be found working at some wonderful Cambridgeshire wedding venues such as Longstowe Hall, The Old Hall Ely, Lattenbury Hill and The Granary Estates


Advice, drink loads of water and sleep as much as possible, leave the rest to the pro’s! xxx Kate Fletcher – FlashKate

Hannah Spendelow

I met Hannah a few years ago at a local wedding at The Old Bridge in Huntingdon. She loves to work at South Farm, The Old Hall and Swynford Manor as they all have wonderful Bridal suites


Being a Makeup Artist I love skincare & makeup products but one of my favourite ‘go-to’ products for brides is a complexion/beauty booster it helps to illuminate the skin with a healthy glow and creates a flawless base which is perfect for those all-important wedding photos. 

I have a few beauty boosters in my kit which I alternate depending on skin type but I absolutely love the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Filter, it’s so versatile it can be used underneath foundation as a complexion booster or over the top of foundation to add extra highlight. All my brides love how their makeup looks & feels with this hero product ❤️

My top tip for brides is to get into a proper skincare routine early of cleansing, toning and moisturising twice a day and ditch the face wipes… they dry your skin out which is not what you want for your wedding day – Hannah Spendelow –  Hannah Spendelow Makeup Artist .

Kerry Curl – Cambridge Makeup Artist


My favourite product at the moment is the Bobbi Brown vitamin enriched face base moisturiser. It smells divine and fresh, absolutely everyone notices the ‘soothing’ feeling straight away, then within a few minutes, it develops into an amazing long-lasting primer for makeup which is absolutely perfect for brides wanting that long-lasting effect.

I first met Kerry when we were working together on a Woburn Sculpture Gallery wedding. We are both now recommended wedding suppliers for Bassmead Manor Barns and South Farm. Kerry is also on The Granary Estates suppliers list. 

My one piece of advice would be, start giving your skin hydration, night serums and eye creams give a ‘much’ better overall look when you are applying professional makeup. We have a much higher amount of brides to be with ‘dry’ skin than oily skin, so do everything you can to invest in your skin at least 6 weeks before the big day x – Kerry Curl –  Cambridge Makeup Artist.

Lauren – Be Fabulous

I asked Lauren for her favourite venue and she said Chippenham Park straight away, well she would, that’s where she got married. She also loves South Farm too.

A few products that I would recommend to brides doing their makeup themselves for their special day are:

Mac Volcanic Ash Exfoliator – This will removal dry, flaky skin ensuring that your skin is the best it can possibly be if you haven’t managed to do anything else before your wedding day.

Chanel Soliel De-Tan Cream Bronzer – This product will give you the most beautiful sun-kissed glow, which will make you look healthy and bronzed in your pictures.

Ardell Demi Wispies – These strip lashes are perfect for enhancing your eyes in photographs.

My biggest advice for bridal makeup is skin prep, makeup will only be good as the skin underneath so start a good skin regime at least 3 months before your wedding day for maximum benefits, cleanse, tone, exfoliate & moisturise, get in touch with a beautician who can design a personalised skin routine based especially for your skin type.
A good skincare regime can counteract, dryness, oiliness, open pores, redness and so much more. – Lauren Siddons – Be Fabulous

Paige Richards- Paige Richards Freelance Make-up Artist
My Advice to future brides:

It can be so confusing deciding what and how you want your make up for the biggest day of your life, especially if you’re not one to always wear make up! My biggest piece of advice would be to stick to what you know, don’t try anything drastically new for the big day that is going to make you feel self conscious. Remember these pictures will last a last a lifetime, following current trends can make your pictures look dated later on in life, when you look back. Keep it classic and keep it you! Be totally clear with your makeup artist how you would usually wear your makeup, take their advice on board and come up with something stunning together, so that you can feel not only the best version of yourself but feel comfortable too and feel that way every time you look back on your big day.

My Favourite product

Tom Ford Lipstick – Pink Dusk.
Not just a Bridal favourite but a personal fave too! This dusky pink is the perfect shade for Bridal make-up. Its undertone is bright meaning it lifts the complexion adding to your bridal glow. No mauve or dull and dark undertones here!

Paige Richards – Paige Richards Make-up Artist