This summer we worked with the lovely Laetitia Rix from Makeup Angel on a styled photo shoot at Court Lodge Estate in Lamberhurst. It was a great shoot, and wonderful to see so many wedding suppliers showcasing their skills and expertise. We have no hesitation in recommending Laetitia to our brides, her skill and experience shone through on the day, and she put both our models at ease right away.

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Today Laetitia has written a guest blog post for us on what to expect at wedding makeup trials. Over to Laetitia…

Wedding Makeup Trials

You’ve finally selected your professional wedding makeup artist and may now be wondering what to expect. If you haven’t already done so when researching your makeup artist, have a read of all the information on their website. The gallery of images is great to see examples of their work, but it can be helpful to read about their experience and background and how they run their trials.

Ideally you will have an idea of the makeup look that you want. Bridal magazines, Pinterest and wedding blogs can be a great source of information. These images can be used to inspire but do remember they can be enhanced through lighting, photo shop etc. so don’t have unrealistic expectations! Photos of you, your dress, flowers and hair styles illustrate the style of the wedding which is important for the makeup artist to see too.

The wedding trial will generally start with a consultation, referencing all the information you sent or brought with you. This is your opportunity to discuss what you want regarding the style and colours of your makeup. Obviously if you’re not sure your makeup artist will advise you. It is important to communicate well so the look created is what you had in mind.

Consider and talk about every aspect of your look. Start with your base, what coverage do you require? Do you prefer a matt or dewy appearance? Look at colours that will enhance your eye colour, how much definition do you want ? You may need more than you usually wear to register for your photographs and video. False lashes or the increasingly popular eyelash extensions are an option. Long lasting matt lipsticks are a good choice to take you through the day to night. They can be used as a base and layered with nourishing lipsticks or glosses.

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Once you have had your consultation, your artist will create your look. It is always advisable to be patient and view the finished look. Like a painting it’s best to see the end result! On completion, this is the time to make any changes if desired. The makeup artist will take photos of you and record the products used to reproduce on the day. Viewing the photos will show you how your makeup will register on camera and it’s advisable to wear your makeup for the rest of the day to check durability. Long lasting products and setting sprays can help with this and waterproof mascaras and eyeliners are critical! There will be teary moments.

Hopefully satisfied with your look, this will be recreated on your day using photos and records and will take approximately an hour (possibly longer if interrupted). If other members of your bridal party are also having their makeup applied you can discuss the timings with your artist. When a larger party is involved a schedule maybe required that works with the hair stylist too. Always allow plenty of time to dress and relax if possible before you have to leave! Getting ready with your bridesmaids is such a fun and important part of your day, so remember to relax and enjoy!

I recommend these products for longevity:

  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
  • Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation Estée Lauder Double Wear Light
  • Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Maybelline Super Stay 24 Colour Lip Colour L’Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Lip
  • Colour Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara Laura Mercier Creme Eye Liner


Contact Details

To book Laetitia for your wedding, please visit her website for contact details.

Finally, to find out more about our wedding photography collections, or to check our availability for your wedding, please contact us. You can contact Tony on 07725 805768 and Carol on 07703 493574. Alternatively, you can email us at

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