Hi Claire, tell us a bit about yourself and what you do:
I am a qualified beautician and makeup artist from Limerick.
I qualified six years ago and worked in a 5* spa for three years doing makeup
for all the weddings there along with other beauty treatments. I then decided I
wanted more experience on a makeup counter, I was lucky enough to get a job
with one of my favourite brands (Urban Decay) and worked there for two years.
Then I made the big move and opened my own makeup studio and itâ€™s the best
thing I have ever done.
What advice would you
give brides when choosing the type of makeup theyâ€™ll wear on their wedding day?
Do what makes you comfortable. If on a daily basis you donâ€™t
wear a lot of makeup, keep it simple. If you love wearing makeup then go for
it, the more glitter the better. Just make sure you are 100% happy. You will be
looking back on pictures for years to come.
How soon before the
wedding day should a bride trial her makeup with you?
I think three months is plenty, you donâ€™t want it too early
as styles change all the time but you donâ€™t want to leave it too late either in
case you arenâ€™t happy.
What trends are you
seeing for bridal makeup for the winter months?
I think brides are definitely going bolder with their
makeup. And I love that. But the most popular trend for a winter wedding is a
red or burgundy lip.
What are the
essentials a bride should keep on stand- by on her wedding day?
The lipstick that the makeup artist used on her. Make sure
to find out the name so you can buy it for the day. A setting powder in case of
shine. It is a long day/night and a mini setting spray to cool you down and
bring your makeup back to life too.
Whatâ€™s your favourite
thing about doing bridal makeup?
Seeing the familyâ€™s reaction when the bride is done. Itâ€™s
always so nice. And when you have a fun bridal party you leave smiling and
excited for them.
Quick fire round:
lasting foundation: Oily skin urban decay all Nighter. For dry skin Urban Decay
Favourite bridal lip
colour: nude or burgundy
Favourite bridal lash
type: Individuals because you can tailor them
highlighter: Laura Geller Gilded Honey