Your wedding makeup: an expert’s guide to your Big Day

You’re planning for your big day; you’ve found THE dress, the venue is booked and you’re starting to dream about walking up the aisle…
But what about your wedding makeup? Enter Kate Causton makeup artist…

Kate Causton wedding make up artist


ME: Kate, tell us what are the wedding makeup trends that you’re seeing in 2017?

KC: Most Brides want the natural, no makeup makeup look. With rosy cheeks and lips.

ME: What products do you use and recommend?

KC: Laura Mercier, Mac, Smashbox, Bare minerals, Estee Lauder and Bourjois, mostly top leading brands.

ME: And what about specifics, for example, what’s the best wedding makeup foundation?

KC: Yes Mac Face & Body or Bourjois are my go to foundations. The Mac Face & Body can be blended down the neck, décolletage, shoulders and arms for a really natural look.


ME: You have also mentioned that you offer airbrushing, can you explain what that is?

KC: The product is applied using a compressor and airbrushing gun. It is the ultimate in terms of being smudge, water and sweat proof. You can rub your skin and it just doesn’t move until you use a cleanser. I’m seeing more and more demand for it.

Bride having lipstick applied by the make-up artist at the Elvetham Hotel

ME: OK, can you talk us through the service that you offer brides?

KC: I offer a pre-wedding trial which lasts up to two hours. During this time, we will discuss the type of wedding, the look she wants to achieve, the dress and her colour scheme. I will talk them through everything from skin care and preparation to the products that I am using. When I do the make-up I always start minimally and build up layers as more is wanted, it’s much easier to add than to remove. I also give guidance on how best to keep her skin in tip top condition ready for the wedding day. The pre-wedding trial normally happens one or two months before the wedding. Then on the day I come to bridal prep and do her make-up.

Skin care for your wedding makeup

ME: Can you tell us a bit about skin care and the guidance that you give.

KC: Yes at the pre-wedding trial I will analyse her skin and give her a proper facial; cleanse, tone and exfoliate, followed by a facial massage and moisturise. My advice to Brides is to drink lots of water to keep skin hydrated and to daily cleanse, tone and moisturise. Make-up won’t sit well if your skin is dry or flaky so a good routine will really help.

ME: Do you have any other tips for before the wedding?

KC: If you wear a lot of make-up every day then invest in a good gel cleanser and use it twice a day. I recommend Dermalogica. Also use a decent moisturiser depending on your skin type. I can’t recommend one because skin types are all different. But if you’re not sure go to a beauty salon that stock Dermalogica for a skin mapping facial.

In preparation

ME: On the wedding day what should a Bride do in preparation?

KC: Exfoliate the day before and then just cleanse, tone and moisturise. If your skin is prone to breakouts then don’t touch it – as tempting as it is! I can easily cover a red lump but a scab is not so concealable. Again the Dermalogica clear skin range will help.

Fake tan

ME: Do you have any advice for Brides who want to wear fake tan?

KC: I will need to colour match your skin so fake tan before the pre-wedding trial. The same applies for your eyebrows, they need to be done before the trial so that we can see how you will look on the actual wedding day. Obviously you will then have this redone before the wedding.

bridal shoot, model wears a lilac dress and pink and lilac floral head dress

ME: How long does it take for Bridal make-up on the day?

KC: Allow an hour for the Bride and 30-45 minutes for the Mother of the Bride or Bridesmaids.

ME: Thanks so much Kate for all of your advice.

If you would like to contact Kate she can be reached on 07578 231611 / or her website

make up artist applies lip liner to model at Farnham castle

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