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FAQs Wedding Hair and Makeup

Check out our most asked questions that brides like to know the answer to below in our FAQ’s Wedding hair and Makeup.

What type of brands do you use?

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We use many different brands hand selected to give the best results for each skin/hair type. Makeup brands include, Charlotte Tilbury, Urban Decay, M.A.C, Bobbi Brown Dior, Smashbox, Benefit and Art Deco used on “Dancing on ice” for its waterproof and HD ready effects. Hair products include, L’Oreal, Sebastian, Wella, Tresemme and Toni & Guy

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Do you cater for sensitive or problem prone skin?

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If you have a sensitive skin we have products designed to calm and desensitize your skin. For Acne/Rosacea or problem prone skin, we us specially formulated primers and concealers to neutralize redness, ensuring your skin remains flawless all day. With this in mind your are welcome to use any products that you feel work well for your skin type we are more than happy to use them as we want you to feel totally comfortable on the special day.

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I want to use some of my own makeup products is this possible?

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Yes of course, we want you to feel totally comfortable so if you would like us to use a product you know works well on your skin we are more than happy to do so.

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I normally wear very little makeup; will I need to wear lots of makeup to look good?

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Not at all, our service is about enhancing your natural features and creating a look that feels like you, just more polished, ensuring you look flawless on and off camera. Bridal makeup is all about good balance therefore we will ensure there is a balance of what will look good on camera and still natural to make sure you feel comfortable with your chosen look.

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How do I secure the booking and when do other payments need to be paid by?

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Once you have received your quote, a 25% deposit payment is payable to secure your booking with your chosen artist. This is payable within 14 days from the date you receive the quote. If you have requested a trial this payment is payable 1 week before the trial date. The final balance is then payable 8 weeks before the wedding date. To make a payment please follow the instructions on the quote email to log in to the booking system which will direct you to our Worldpay online secure payment system where you can by credit or debit card. The process can be done for trial and final balance also.

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How far do you travel?

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We cover The Northwest, Greater Manchester, Cheshire & Lancashire, There are 50 miles included free in any package booked which includes travel to the trial location and location for the wedding anywhere further is not a problem, it is just worked out by postcode from the hair or makeup artists location to yours and charged at an addition 45 pence per mile after the first 50 miles.

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Do you charge extra for Sunday or Bank Holiday Weddings?

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No the cost is the same whatever day you book as we believe there should not be a premium for a certain day of the week or public holidays.

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What methods of payment to you accept?

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Through WorldPay we offer all major bank and credit cards.

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Can I add extra people to the booking after the initial booking has been made?

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Yes it is fine to add any extra people to the booking for hair or makeup, you would just need to contact your hair or makeup artist with the details and confirm they have time to provide them with hair or makeup to fit in with your booking.

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What if I need to cancel my booking or reduce the numbers for hair or makeup?

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Cancellations can be done at any point however charges may apply. Please see our terms and conditions for details.

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What if I need to re-arrange the wedding date?

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You are more than welcome to rearrange the wedding date due to unforeseen circumstances, however if you have a new date in mind we will need to check if your hair or makeup artist is available. Our cancellation terms will apply. Please see our terms and conditions for details.

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What if my Hair or Makeup artist has to cancel the Hair or Makeup before the wedding date or is ill on the day of the wedding?

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Cancellations by the hair or makeup artist due to circumstances including, but not limited to, problems rendering the hair or makeup artist incapable of their obligations, the hair or makeup artist will endeavor to find a suitable replacement however if this is not possible a full refund will be given by the hair or makeup artist. No further compensation will be offered.

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Are all your team fully insured and qualified?

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Yes all of us at Absolutely Flawless have full public liability insurance and we will not operate with out it. We have also hand selected the best hair and makeup artists in the industry who are all fully qualified and highly experienced to ensure you have the best hair and makeup experience and piece of mind in knowing you have booked a professional.

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How far in advance do you take bookings and do you have last minute availability?

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We usually take bookings up to 2 years in advance so it is never too early to book. As we have a team of hair and makeup artists we can also book last minute weddings.

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When do I need to book the bridal trial?

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Our team will contact you around 8-10 weeks before the wedding date to arrange a trial date, as by this point most things will have been decided including dress style and colour schemes so the hair and makeup can be styled accordingly. If you have these things in place you are welcome to have the trial earlier. To book a trial for both our hair and makeup team on the same day please let the hair/make-up artist know well in advance any dates you have in mind so they can co-ordinate their diary’s

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Do my bridesmaids need to have a trial?

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We do recommend it but it is not essential, it just gives you peace of mind, to ensure the perfect balance for the photographs and that the wedding party are perfectly happy with the final result so every detail is covered for the wedding/event, so no little stresses to worry about.

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Will having a tan/lashes or hairstyle change affect the look of the hair or make-up on the wedding day?

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It is advisable if you are thinking of having a tan or lashes to trial them just before the bridal makeup trial so you can see how the makeup will look with them for the wedding day, however if this is not possible don’t worry as the makeup can be colour matched again on the wedding day to blend with the tan.

If you are thinking of changing your hairstyle dramatically in colour or length we would strongly advise having this done first before booking the trial so you can then see how the hair will look on the wedding day as if it changed after the trial the hair stylist cannot guarantee the style will look the same.

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What happens at the hair or makeup trial and how long does it take?

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We will firstly provide a full in-depth consultation. This is where we will go through with you every detail so we can gain a real understand of exactly what you do and don’t like. Taking in to account your personal style and hair or makeup preferences i.e., whether you like a little subtlety or prefer a bolder more dramatic look. Detailing any colour schemes and themes for the wedding to incorporate in to the final look.

We will show you examples of hair or makeup styles to give you some ideas or you are welcome to bring some ideas along to the trial, Pintrest, Instagram or wedding magazine are great for this.

Your artist will make note of any skin or hair issues you would like to conceal and features you would like to enhance.

Once a style has been decided,  we will style the hair or makeup showing you at every stage so you feel comfortable with the chosen look, if necessary we will make any changes to the hair or makeup to ensure you are perfectly happy with style no matter how long it takes.

At the end of the consultation we confirm all the details and timings for the wedding day so you can relax knowing everything is organised and in place for your special day.

As the lips are the only thing that will need re-applying, we will confirm if you would like to order a lipstick from us, use one of your own on they day that is similar, or would like us to provide you with a little lipstick/gloss in a pot with a lip brush.

Please allow 1.5 hours for the bridal trial bridesmaid/wedding party trials may take a little less time.

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What do I need to prepare for the hair or makeup trial?

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For makeup it would be helpful to bring along the makeup you currently use, as we will go though any items as part of the consultation to understand what level of makeup you feel comfortable with. You can have makeup on or bare faced it is up to you as the mak-up can be taken off if necessary.

Please wash and dry your hair the night before the trial, as this will be best for styling the hair.

Provide any hair accessories you would like us to use on the wedding day.

If you would like any hair extensions adding please bring these along to the trial, you can discuss with your stylist before hand where to buy them from.

If you would like more involvement in the hair or makeup styling please feel free to show us any hair or makeup ideas you have collected. Instagram, Pintrest or wedding magazines are a great resource. Alternatively, if you haven’t seen anything you like, we will suggest styles, which will compliment you perfectly, and together we will achieve a look you’re happy with.

Unsure about any aspect of your hair or makeup at the trial? Please let us know, as we won’t be offended and will be more than happy to try other looks until you are happy with the results and will stay as long as it takes to make sure it is perfect for you.

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What if I change my mind about my chosen look after the trial?

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At the trial we try to ensure that you love the look that has been chosen. We will change the look at the trial to make sure you are happy. However if you decide after the trial you are not entirely happy with your chosen look please contact your artist within 7 days to rearrange a second complimentary trial. After 7 days a second trial fee would be payable.

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Where does the trial take place and do you come to my location on the wedding day?

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We would come to your location of choice both at trial and on the wedding day.

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Can I book a trial before booking the wedding date?

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Every bridal booking needs to be secured with a deposit. This reserves your date with your chosen hair or makeup artist as we cannot guarantee your date will be available if you have the trial beforehand, due to the high number of enquiries.

If however, after your trial you are not entirely happy please contact us within 7 days, we can then offer a second complimentary trial, trial with different artist or a refund of your deposit.

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I would like wedding hair or makeup but not both is this possible?

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Yes of course, as we have separate hair and makeup artists it is possible to book for either service.

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Do you offer a service where you stay during the wedding or reception to do touch ups for hair or makeup for the bride and guests?

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Yes we do offer this service. It is payable from the time of your ceremony and is based on an hourly rate of £45 per hour.

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What happens on the wedding day and how long will hair or makeup take?

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We spend time at the trial getting every detail perfect for you, so on the day the hair and makeup runs smoothly.

Your artist will arrive promptly at the time arranged at your chosen location with their full hair or makeup kit.

Our team will set up an area for hair or makeup usually we would ask for a location with lots of natural light for applying the makeup if possible and for hair an area that has a plug point for the hair appliances.

We would then start applying the hair or makeup and ask that someone is available for hair or makeup every 45 minutes as that is the usual time it takes per person for hair or makeup.

Once every one is completed the hair stylist will wait till the bride is ready to fit the veil and any last minute touches.

The makeup artist will offer any last minute touch ups to lips etc. to ensure you are all camera ready for the day ahead.

If anyone on the day opted for lashes this will be paid at this time.

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I have a larger wedding party or guests staying locally can you accommodate larger groups or multiply locations?

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Yes as we have a large hair and makeup team so we can provide more than one hair or makeup artist for your wedding or special event.

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When do we pay the final balance for the wedding day hair or makeup?

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This is payable 8 weeks before the wedding.

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Will we have the same hair or makeup artist on the wedding day that did trial?

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Yes when you make the booking, the hair or makeup artist selected will always provide hair or makeup for both wedding day and trial unless they have had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances and a different hair or makeup artist will be provided where possible or a full refund will be given.

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Will my makeup and hair last the whole day through?

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We at Absolutely Flawless pride ourselves on our skills in this field and have over the years cherry picked the best products to ensure your hair and makeup will last the whole day and evening and most of my brides have said “it lasted all night and in to the next day”.

The only item that should need topping up is the lipstick/gloss as they tend to be less durable, with this in mind we provide all brides with a small amount of the lipstick/gloss used with a lip brush or alternatively we will recommend the lipstick/gloss used at the trial for you to purchase.

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On the day do I need to get hair or makeup done first?

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If hair and makeup are going to be done at the same time and same location, it does not matter which is done first.

If you plan to wash you hair on the morning we would recommend doing this before any makeup is applied.

If you are going to the hair salon in the morning, we would suggest you go as a tag team so 2/3 would stay and get make-up done whilst the others go to the hair salon then by the time the 2/3 are back from the hair salon the first 3 to have make-up will be ready to go to have their hair done.

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Is there a running order/schedule for wedding makeup on the day?

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After years of experience in bridal hair and make-up we would recommend the following order: –

  1. Bridesmaid/person that is going to get the bride in to her wedding dress go first, that way once they have had their hair and makeup done they can put their dress on and will be ready to help the bride in to her dress once her hair and makeup is finished.
  1. It would be advisable for the bride to have their hair and makeup done some where in the middle as if first they can worry about it lasting and if last they will feel rushed to get in to their wedding dress.
  1. Mother of the Bride/Groom or anyone not involving in dressing the bride to go last as they can easily slip their dresses on.

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What do I need to do to prepare for hair or makeup on the wedding day?

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For your makeup application, if you can cleanse and moisturize your skin and possibly have eaten and brushed you teeth that will really help.

If you can freshly wash your hair either on the morning in oily or on the day before if normal/dry this will help with styling.

Avoid using any hair products or using any heat appliances as this can affect styling.

Please wear a robe/dressing gown or something that can be easily take off rather than over the head as this may affect the finished hair or makeup.

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Do you provide bridal tattoo coverage?

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Yes we do offer this service. At trial stage we will assess the tattoo to see how long it will take to cover and any extra costs for bespoke products needed so we can give you an accurate quote for the wedding day. Products can also be purchased for at a later date.

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