Hair & Makeup Artist Jo Twidale answers the question: How closely does bridal makeup follow trends?
“Look, I’m going to say really closely for now. Do I think that will change? Absolutely. In fashion, what you’re seeing right now is that really clean skin, amazing feathered-brows, soft lips. You’re seeing that through bridal a lot as well. But you know, that could change in the future for sure. For right now, I think they’re quite close.”
Hair & Makeup Artist Jo Twidale answers the question: How does bridal makeup differ from special-occasion makeup?
“This is my favourite thing. A lot of the time brides come in because people might have been exposed to such a small amount of looks when it comes to makeup. We always encourage our brides to get together a look-book prior to coming in and meeting us, so that I can see the general feel of what they love. Then I would start to create something from there.
On your wedding day, you don’t want to look like you’ve been smacked in the eye with a truckload of blacks or greys, or really harsh colouring. We want to achieve a flawless look: something that is luminous and effortless, but looks like you’re wearing minimal makeup, even though the contouring that we’ve done could be quite a big job. Minimal and flawless are the two the two main things we set out to achieve.”
Hair & Makeup Artist Jo Twidale answers the question: Can sunblock and light-reflecting makeup cause problems?
“Absolutely, absolutely. Because of the oil-content etcetera, the problem with sunblock is certainly the issue that the makeup will not adhere to the skin as well. That definitely has a massive effect. That’s why with Twidale you will always get Twidale’s tips. Our number one thing is when we arrive, we want clean skin nothing on the skin and clear, clean skin, because we have preps and primes and different products that will prepare the skin to take on the makeup not slide off the face.”
Hair & Makeup Artist Jo Twidale answers the question: What makes a beautiful bride?
“Being herself and being natural. I’ll just letting her emotions and her feelings come out. Don’t try and be something that you’re not: just be yourself and enjoy the day, and all that happiness and luminosity will all come forward.”
Hair & Makeup Artist Jo Twidale answers the question: What’s the most important thing for brides to remember about their their wedding day makeup?
“I’m going to say something that sounds so weird, but the first thing I always find out when I start to do a bride’s trials is, do they cry. Crying’s not fabulous, no matter what it is. Though welling in your eyes is amazing for photography. But if you’re blubbering, it’s not going to do your makeup any good. I would say feel the emotion, but try to remember that you want to stay looking awesome. So, no wiping: just treat your makeup gently.”
Dress Designer Brad Webb answers the question: What shoe style do you tend to recommend?
“I normally recommend something comfortable, because the bride is wearing them all day long. Depending on the cut of the gown, if it’s a traditional silhouette you don’t even see the shoes and it’s not as important that the design of the shoe is mirroring the design of the gown. Obviously you want to wear something beautiful, so that’s tricky: something comfortable but also something nice. You don’t always have to stress too much about the design of the shoe if you’re not going to be seeing it very much.”
Hair & Makeup Artist Jo Twidale answers the question: How long do you spend preparing a bride for her wedding?
“I guess I’m quite dogmatic, in that I like to give the bride more time than less. We work really closely with photographers, and just listening to them, they’ve said their pet-hate is an artist running late, because that then cuts into their time of photographing the bride prior to the wedding. So, we say about an hour and forty-five minutes per person for hair and makeup. But in saying that, with Twidale, you have two or three artists on a wedding. If there’s six people, we would probably allow four-and-a-half hours, even though we’d probably be finished in about three-and-three-quarters.”