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I recently went to visit Amanda Simpson from The Art of Beauty. She has recently renovated a vintage caravan in her back garden, which is now her perfect work space and it really is just that! The perfect place to relax and have your hair and make-up done. I couldn’t wait to see what she had done with it - it’s amazing!

Whilst I was there I got lot’s of tips from Amanda on Bridal Makeup, so we decided to put together a very useful blog post for Brides to be on choosing the perfect makeup artist for your wedding day and how to can get the best from your make-up and look stunning throughout the whole of your wedding day, even if you want to do your own make-up. However I’d highly recommend Amanda, she is such a talented lady and very passionate which makes her fantastic at her job. You can check her out here on Facebook or visit her website.

Amanda is a professional, freelance Lancashire Makeup Artist based in Barnoldswick. She specialises in Bridal, Prom & Special Occasions, Hair styling, Makeup, Face and Body Art. Amanda prides herself on offering an amazing individual experience from start to finish for each of her clients. She uses only the best quality cosmetic products from brands such as Mac, Estée Lauder, Smashbox and  Motives cosmetics. She offers a custom experience to create the perfect flawless look that every woman wants whilst focusing on enhancing your best features.

Amanda – “My love for makeup started at a very young age but my career in the industry started on cruise ships 13 years ago, working with a range of makeup lines including Estée Lauder, Clinique & Lancôme. Since becoming land based 5yrs ago I have qualified in Media Hair & Makeup & now work all year round creating countless Bridal,Prom & Special occasion looks for parties all over Lancashire & parts of Yorkshire.”

Amanda - “My most recent project is the renovation of my vintage caravan, which I converted into the perfect little work space / mobile beauty room. My clients can relax and enjoy getting beautified in a quiet, comfortable space away from any distractions. She is now ready for me to take along to special events. Her very first, exciting venture out is at the end of August to a Festival themed wedding, where I will be getting creative with lots of festival glitter for all the guests.”


  • When choosing a Makeup Artist. Ask around for recommendations. Look for someone with a portfolio you love and someone with lots of amazing reviews
  • You might notice varying prices as you shop around for quotes. As with everything, the best service delivery comes at a price. So do you really want to skimp on something that will be on photos for the rest of your life
  • The best makeup artists get bridal bookings years in advance so if you have your heart set on one book them early to avoid being disappointed
  • To be confident your going to look the best you’ve ever looked, always book a trial. If possible, no later than one month before your wedding. If you’re unhappy then at least you still have time to change your mind. Although expect to lose your deposit
  • Take lots of pics to get someone else’s honest opinion or even better take along your maid of honour
  • Trials are important for any of the bridal party for those with skin concerns, sensitivity or allergies. Then you can be confident your skin won’t have a flair up on the day
  • If you choose 3 different makeup looks you love, the makeup artist can advise you on the look that will suit you the best & enhance your natural beauty. Try not to choose something that may look dated in a few years or something that is way too heavy as you may regret it
  • Get your skin looking radiant, hydrated and your skin tone even by cleansing, toning & moisturising daily & exfoliating weekly.
  • Treat yourself to a monthly facial and aim for one 3-4 days before your wedding
  • Tint & tidy Brows at least 24 hrs before
  • If your having a spray tan I recommend booking 2 days before wedding. Follow before & after care instructions to avoid the tan going patchy
  • Tired eyes, dark circles or fine lines? Drink plenty of water to keep the skin hydrated from the inside, use a hydrating eye cream, get enough sleep leading up to your big day
  • Finally prepare a nice spacious area for your makeup artist to work his/her magic. Somewhere where he/she can arrange her products on, with plenty of light. Preferably natural light by a window


  • If your not very confident at applying makeup then a makeup lesson on the basics may be a good idea & watch tons of YouTube tutorials then practice practice practice
  • Search online for a look you love and keep recreating this look. Even if your confident with it, to ensure its perfected for your big day
  • Avoid getting to adventurous, keep it realistic to your ability
  • Make a note of all the products you use and take lots of pics to refer back to
  • When choosing a foundation I would recommend going to every makeup counter in the department store and speaking to the professionals. Get their recommendations on the best foundation for your skin type, the best shade for your skin tone, which will last the longest on you & one that photographs well
  • Get a sample from each makeup counter to take home and try. Try each one to find the one you love & make sure you photograph in different lights with the flash on and off
  • Avoid white face powders & makeup that has spf and zinc or titanium oxides as these don’t photograph well, they can cause a white cast on your face with flash photography
  • Prepare your skin by cleansing, toning, moisturising daily
  • Exfoliating / face mask weekly & 2 days before
  • Tint & tidy brows at least 24hrs before
  • On your wedding morning give yourself plenty of time to get ready. Get ready in a calm stress free environment so you can fully concentrate without getting distracted
  • Always start with your eyes, if there is any fall out or mistakes made it can easily be cleaned up without ruining the rest of the face.
  • Use an eye primer to prolong the eyeshadow
  • For oily skin, prep with a mattifying primer to prolong foundation
  • For visible pore, fine lines & wrinkles, prep with a silicone based primer
  • For dry skin, prep with a hydrating moisturiser
  • Apply foundation with brush or sponge recommended by the beauty advisor when purchasing your foundation.
  • Bring the foundation down the neck and blend out onto the chest, to avoid an uneven skin tone from the face to body.
  • Set your foundation with a setting powder
  • Apply your chosen lip colour and blush
  • Apply lashes, don’t forget to cut them to size
  • Fix all your makeup in place with a setting spray

Your Makeup should now look flawless and will last the entire day and night. Just take a lippy for touching up.

  • Model – Alisha Meldrum
  • Photographer - Lyndsey Ann Photography
  • Make-Up Artist - Amanda Simpson