Frequently Asked Questions

I love your style! When I should I book your wedding day services?

I take bookings up to 2 years in advance of a wedding date. It is advisable to schedule your wedding date with me as far in advance as possible. If your wedding date is very soon, please do still contact me as I may have availability.

Please note: A minimum of four (to include the bride) make ups must be booked.

How much is the deposit?

To secure your date, a booking fee of £50 is required which is non-refundable if the date is cancelled. This fee will also cover the cost of your Bridal Trial with me. Booking fees must be received within 24 hours of your booking otherwise your date will need to be released.

The remaining balance is due to be paid 4 weeks prior to your wedding date. I request money via bank transfer, please ask me for the details.

When booking makeup for bridesmaids, mothers of the bride etc; the booking form is taken as confirmation of the booking and my diary will be booked out accordingly.

If for any reason bridesmaids, mother of the bride etc decides not to have makeup, a cancellation fee is payable at the time of cancellation. Apologies for this, however, on a few occasions’ bridesmaids etc, have cancelled makeup close to the wedding. It is too late to re book my diary for other weddings or clients as most brides book me 6-12 months in advance. The cancellation fee is to cover loss of earnings.

How much do you charge for mileage?
I charge 45p per mile both ways from my home address in Pelsall, Walsall.
How do I help the bride to find the right look for her big day?
I feel the most important factor is to enhance natural beauty and create flawless skin; and to listen to my client’s needs and then build upon that to design their perfect bridal makeup look.

I have the skill to apply the makeup and give advice but when a bride has her ‘perfect wedding look’ in her mind it is my job to interpret it to the best of my ability.

This will have started from initial conversations on the phone or by email and once I meet my brides at their trial, we would have had conversations about their personal makeup style, any specific colour schemes or themes for their wedding and we may have looked at images of makeup that the bride likes.

I am not sure what makeup look I want on my wedding day, can you help?
Yes, I can help. I will ask you what makeup you usually wear so I am aware of how much or how little makeup you are used to and what colours you prefer along with any colour schemes or themes you have planned for your wedding. I like to use Pinterest to search for bridal makeup looks, this is something you could look at for inspiration. It is really important for me to achieve the right look for you and for you to feel happy with the final look.
Who needs to have a make-up trial?
Make-up trials are optional for bridesmaids and mums but as a bride, it’s really important to have a wedding make-up trial before the big day.

Trials are an opportunity for us to talk about the colour scheme and the overall style/theme of your wedding, the kind of makeup you feel comfortable wearing and what you have got in mind for your wedding day make-up. It’s also a chance for you just to sit back and enjoy the experience of being pampered, knowing that your makeup will be taken care of on probably the biggest day of your life.

Can I do a trial before I commit?
Absolutely! I want you to be 100% sure of your decision but please bear in mind that I cannot hold a date until your deposit (the cost of the trial) has been paid.
Where do the trials take place?

I usually carry out the trials at my home in Pelsall, Walsall, where I have access to my full range of makeup and tools.

I will travel to your chosen wedding venue or home (wherever you choose to get ready) on your wedding day.

How long does a trial take?
Makeup trials usually take up to 2 hours. I will always endeavour to stay with you until you are satisfied with your look. Please note: the trial will need to be carried out during the day because daylight gives the truest reflection of how the makeup will look.

A tip for the bride and bridal party – you may wish to have any makeup looks you have found to show me, and you can tell me about any colour schemes or themes you have in mind for your wedding.

What brands do you use?
My kit contains mainly Airbase Airbrush Makeup, Nars and Charlotte Tilbury, I have a lot of other premium brands too including Dior, Anastasia Beverley Hills, MAC and some professional brands including RCMA and Krylon. Although I am a Charlotte Tilbury and NARS Pro makeup artist member and hold professional accounts with other brands, I’m not affiliated with any company; all of the cosmetics I use are ones that I have researched, tried and tested and I know are going to last all day, look amazing and photograph beautifully.
How long does it take to do makeup on the big day?
Bridal makeup takes approximately around 1 hour for the Bride, depending on the style.

Other members of the bridal party such as Bridesmaids and Mothers makeup takes approximately 40 to 45 minutes each. You will want to aim to be ready around 45 minutes before you need to leave so you can get dressed, have a glass of champagne, have a few photos any other last-minute things (veils and buttons can sometimes be tricky!)

Do you do Airbrush makeup?
Yes, I offer Airbrush foundation or traditional foundation, I offer both to all brides, so if you want to give it a try at your trial just let me know.
What is Airbrush Makeup? Is it better?
Airbrush makeup has a long-lasting finish, is water resistant and can last from 12-24 hours making it an ideal choice for brides on their wedding day. Airbrush makeup is sprayed onto the skin using an airbrush in micro fine particles instead of being applied with sponges, brushes, fingers, or other methods. In recent years it has also been gaining popularity among brides who want a flawless look without the feeling of wearing heavy foundation or makeup. 

For some it may be the perfect choice on their wedding day because they may have a lot of acne scarring or think they may cry a lot while for others they may not feel it necessary. No matter what the choice – Airbrush or Traditional foundation application I promise you a base that will be even, glowing and look great for the entire day.

How long does the bridal make up take?
Bridal makeup takes approximately 1 hour and other wedding party guests’ (e.g. bridesmaids, mother-of-the-bride) makeup takes approximately 40 to 45 minutes each.

Brides tend to want to be ready with makeup about an hour before leaving for the ceremony in order to leave enough time to get dressed, have a glass of champagne and perhaps some portraits or any other last-minute things.

Time disappears quickly on the morning of the wedding; therefore, I highly recommend scheduling plenty of time for makeup before having to leave for the ceremony and evening!

Would I have my hair done before my makeup?
In an ideal world yes, it is best if your makeup done after your hair as heated appliances/sprays can interfere with the finished look.
I have sensitive skin and I am worried about what products might work?
There are certain products that work better for sensitive skin, although it can be a case of trial and error, as what works for some might not for others. This is what you can establish at the trial. If you have found a particular product that works well for your skin condition, I am happy to use it.
I don't wear a lot of makeup, but i still want to look beautiful on my wedding day. Should I hire a professional makeup artist?
Yes, you don’t have to wear a lot of makeup on your wedding day, it just needs to be applied correctly and with the appropriate products. If you don’t want to feel like you have too much makeup on for your wedding, I can give you a very natural bridal look. It is most important on this day that your makeup is long lasting, looks good on photographs which you will still be looking at in years to come, and which makes you feel beautiful so that you feel and look your best on your special day.
I’m thinking of having a spray tan applied. Is this OK?
Yes, it is not a problem to have a spray tan applied beforehand.  I would advise though that you have this applied ahead of your makeup trial so you will be able to see it with the makeup as it would look on your wedding day.  If you decide not to have a tan for your trial, but to have one on the wedding day, this isn’t a problem as I will colour match the appropriate foundation shade on the day.
Do you offer Tattoo Cover up and is this charged separately?
Yes, please ask me for a quote as this is dependent on the size of the tattoo.
Do you do Bridal Hair as well?
No, for such an important event I prefer to put all my focus into my makeup artistry. I believe that your wedding day will run smoothest when makeup and hair are performed by two separate artists.
Can you recommend someone for Bridal Hair?
Yes, I have several stylists I know of and I would be happy to recommend one that fits your needs.
Can I meet with you for a consultation?
I would love to discuss your wedding day with you if you wish to do so before booking me for a trial/securing your wedding date, I can offer a complimentary bridal consultation via telephone call or FaceTime. You can ask me any questions that you may have, and we can get to know each other a bit and discuss all the details of your wedding. Your consultation will last approximately 20 minutes.
What information will you need from me?
By including all of the info below I can deal with your enquiry more efficiently:

* Name of the bride

* Date that the services are required for

* The time that the bride needs to be ready for

* Name and address of the venue where services are required

* How many people makeup required for

* Any important information I should be made aware of, such as: a particular makeup that is required, if there are any specifics about the client’s skin that are important, if there are any sensitivities to particular products, etc.

How do I book/contact you?
Please fill in the contact form with the details requested above or with any queries you may have and I will get back to you as soon as possible. See Contact Form Here
How do you keep your products sanitary?
It is extremely important to me to ensure that the makeup I use on clients is sanitary, having also trained professionally in beauty therapy, I totally understand the importance of health and safety and keeping products sanitary. I always begin applying makeup using clean and disinfected brushes and products. My brushes are cleaned before each working day and are cleaned with antibacterial brush cleaner between clients.  I do not share lipsticks and other products between clients, I use spatulas and a sanitized cosmetic palette.  All eyeshadows and eye/lip liners are disinfected with cosmetic sanitizer between usages as well.

"I don't generally wear makeup, so I wanted to for my wedding day and Maria did an amazing job. I wanted something natural which Maria was more than capable of doing. Maria was professional and friendly, giving me the conFIdence I wanted for my big day. I highly recommend Maria for all your beauty needs." Hayley Keillor

" I would highly reccomend Maria for bridal makeup. Her skill for creating a natural look which also shows up well on camera is amazing. The makeup Stayed put all the way into the evening despite it being 30 degrees. Do not hesitate to book Maria for your wedding makeup, you won't regret it." Charlotte parker

"I have used Maria for many spray tans for weddings and events and they have always been fantastic! great colour and Maria always puts you at ease. Would highly recommend and I will continue to have these tans". EMILY BISSELL

"What a lovely lady. I always leave more than pleased with my treatment! Maria is very attentive and gentle, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing experience! Thank you!" Anna carter

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