Welcome to our new monthly feature, where we introduce you to some of favourite wedding vendor collages and they share with you their top insider wedding tips to help you with all things from cakes to make-up.
First up this month we take a look at the world of hair and makeup with Emma of EmmaOllif.com
Emma specialises in fabulously flawless glowing natural makeup and her passion is helping women look and feel their absolute best. Emma believes in letting her bride’s natural beauty shine through by enhancing features rather than hiding them under a mask of excessive makeup, and hair should have texture and movement.
Emma is also dedicated to providing the best, top-quality cosmetics with no animal ingredients or insect-based pigments. This also extents to Emma’s choice of brushes which are cruelty-free synthetic brushes of the highest quality.
So Emma what do weddings mean to you?
I really love being part of my brides wedding day and getting to meet all their family and bridesmaids. I really enjoy watching the morning unfold and seeing all the characters, the emotions and excitement. There is something ever so special about watching everyone’s reactions when they see the bride in her dress for the first time – its magical.
As a professional in your field what are your 5 top tips to couples?
- Book a trial – I would strongly advise that you book a trial at least 4-6 weeks before your wedding day. You need to ensure that you are happy with your look for the day, have the opportunity to talk through ideas with the makeup artist and ensure that you feel comfortable with them. If you’re going to have a spray tan for your wedding day, it’s important you also have one prior to your trail so that your colouring represents what it will be on the day.
- Bring pictures – It’s so useful for brides to provide pictures of makeup that they like prior to, or at, their trail. It gives a makeup artist a good idea of what you like style and colour wise, but it is also important to consider your skin type and colouring. A very bronzed look would not suit a very pale skin tone, however, your makeup artist should also make suggestions based on this as well as the style of your wedding and dress. It’s a collaborative appointment where you should be as honest as possible.
- More is sometimes better – A lot of brides I meet desire a natural look for their day. Whilst taking this into account, it’s also important to consider that about 20% of makeup is lost in photos. If your eyes are a feature you really want to enhance for example, a slightly darker application will look wonderful rather than something barely there. Classic looks are a fantastic option as this will not date in 10 years’ time when you look back at your photos.
- Individual lashes – Some brides love strip lashes and for others it terrifies them. A great option, and something I always recommend to brides who are unsure, is a few individual lashes applied on the outer corner. This enhances the eye, creating a beautiful almond shape, whilst still looking natural.
- Allow for plenty of time – it’s easy to underestimate the timings for your hair and makeup on the day. I always advise allowing more time than is needed. I work by asking the bride when she is being picked up by her wedding car and how long it will take to travel to the location of the wedding venue (if she isn’t getting ready at the venue) and work back from there. Ideally, I aim to finish 45 minutes – 1 hour prior to this so that the bride has plenty of time to get into her dress and some time for pictures and prepare herself for the ceremony.
What are couple’s main questions and concerns when they approach you?
Brides are normally worried about still looking like themselves and being comfortable – but at the same time looking picture perfect! My job is to ensure that they look perfect in the first photo of the day as well as the last one.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
It might sound cheesy. But every single wedding is a highlight. I feel so incredibly blessed each time a bride chooses me to be part of her day – it’s a real honour.
And in terms of life outside of work what are you loving in life at the moment?
My favourite things are …. my beautiful, funny, intelligent children; Grace, Henry, Sadie and Elsa (yes, I have 4!). My incredibly patient, gorgeous and amusing (or so he thinks) husband. Living in the country … but close enough to the seaside to enjoy gorgeous salty walks, travelling with and without the children – they both offer different things! Makeup – I’m honestly obsessed with it. The smell of rain on a hot summers’ day. Good wine – my husband is studying viticulture, so we are trying a lot of fabulous wines, all in the name of study. Coffee – my morning coffee is ever so important – without it I’m honestly not worth talking too. My work, I really, really love my job and being part of my bride’s special day and I always feel blessed I’m the one that they have chosen – it’s an honour and something I’m incredibly passionate about.
You can contact Emma via
Telephone or Text: 07833 348623