December is the most popular time of year for marriage proposals, and many make-up artists will attest to a bridal makeup jobs booking frenzy in the New Year. With that in mind, and ahead of Hannah Martin’s exciting bridal master class here next week, we decided to write about bridal make-up; an often misunderstood and niche make-up genre.
The struggles of bridal makeup jobs
Bridal makeup jobs demand a special skillset for working with clients who are not models, actresses, or even used to having their make-up done by someone else! The make-up artist has to work with nerves and highly personal tastes that sometimes defy all sense or logic… “Are you absolutely sure you want me to use black on your fair eyebrows??”
The big day is emotional; the mother of the bride is usually difficult, the bride keeps bursting into tears as each person says something nice to her, the bridesmaids mistakenly think the day is also about them, and there are members of the bridal party who are not confirmed with the hair stylist or make-up artist, but they want to be glammed up too, loitering around bare faced and stringy-haired. Bridal makeup jobs are stressful, best suited for people who have bags of charm, empathy, patience, warmth, the ability to put others at ease, and a slightly jaded type of professionalism, that lets your clients know, it isn’t your first rodeo.
One of the first students our founder Penny Delamar ever trained was Amanda Roberts. For the second year running, she has now won London Bridal Hair and Make-up Artist Of The Year, at the English Wedding Awards. We are so thrilled! When talking about the school, Amanda said:
“It’s so good to see that the school is still going and still has such a great reputation. I still use most of the skills today Penny taught me all those years ago! She was such a wonderful woman and I owe so much to her. Her death still makes me feel so sad.”
Successful bridal makeup artists
Understanding that bridal makeup jobs are good earners for our graduates, we have decided to put some practical focus on this area of the industry. The Delamar students have enjoyed an Indian Bridal Masterclass by Mira Parmar, you can read about this here. We are delighted to be hosting Hannah Martin next week for a classic bridal masterclass. Hannah is in demand by A List stars, Vogue editors and several key members of the British Royal Family. When sharing the news with her Instagram followers, Hannah said:
“It is such an honour to be hosted again by this respected school. I used to see their advertisements in the back of magazines and longed to be a student there. Now they are hosting me for a masterclass! Ha!”
Bridal make-up is often misunderstood as just a basic beauty look that has to be “natural”. The reality is any make-up look that makes the bride feel and look like her best self, is a bridal make-up. There is only one rule – the make-up has to last all day. On Wednesday next week, Hannah will be talking the students through her top tricks and advice. With the upcoming bridal make-up bookings about to hit many a make-up artist’s diary, this could not come at a better time!
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