Feature Friday #10: Rachael Simms – Wedding Hair & Makeup Artist

I have always valued a good hair & makeup artist… being that I can’t even braid my own hair and don’t own any eyeshadow –  (yes, I am really a girl…) I have always seen the worth in having my hair styled or makeup done, especially before an important event… and what event is more important than your wedding day! As a wedding photographer, I am lucky to meet very talented hair and makeup artists constantly… however, recently when I met Rachael Simms, she just blew me away. Not only is she extremely talented, she is kind & friendly to boot – someone that you just want to be best friends with… I mean, look at her!


So, rather than keep her all to myself… I thought I’d ask her a few questions that might be of some help to you love, as you plan your upcoming wedding!

Ok Rach, So tell us a little bit about how you became a hair & makeup artist?

After working as a beauty therapist for 7 years I wanted to expanded into more of the hair and makeup scene, in particular the wedding industry and it really took off! So for the past couple of years I’ve had a great balance of work between my weekly weddings and regular beauty clients… plus, I just love weddings! The atmosphere is always fun and upbeat, but seeing everything come together at the end with hair, makeup, nails, tans and dresses is really rewarding…


Is it important for brides to show you images of the types of styles they envisage for their wedding day? Does this help your process or hinder it?

Great communication is the key to achieving a look that the bride is after for her big day and photos are a great way to do this. Sometimes trying to verbally describe a look can be tricky as it can be easily misinterpreted.

If a bride changes her mind about her bridal look, is it possible for her to have another trial? What do you suggest for this?

The bride is most welcome to have as many trials as she likes to get an idea of different designs for her hair and makeup. During a trial I give guidance in what will best enhance the brides features and suit her dress and wedding style. My brides walk out feeling very polished, confident and with a peace of mind that the morning of her wedding will run smoothly!


What kind of prep does a bride need to do before her trial/wedding? Is there anything you recommend?

On booking their bridal trial, I have a list that I give each of my brides to best prepare their skin for a flawless makeup application and long lasting hair style. At the trial I would then hone in on exactly what she may need to do to get the best wedding day results! A few of these pointers include, a simple yet effective facial routine as makeup can only look as good as the complexion its sitting on. And hair, I would give tips on a washing/conditioning routine to best prep the hair aswell as any hair trimming or clip-in extension/padding options to best enhance her chosen style!

Does a bride need to bring her veil/accessories to the trial and what if she doesn’t have them in time?

If the bride has found her accessories in time for her trial the it is the ideal opportunity to try them on to gauge the overall look. Alternatively bringing them along on the wedding day is fine also as there is always enough time allowed to make any adjustments that weren’t already practiced at the trial.


So, I’m sure my brides will love you as much as I do… how far in advance do you receive bookings for a wedding day? When should they get in touch?

I have received booking enquiries for as far as 3 years out from the wedding day. Yep, some brides are pretty keen! Although I only accept bookings up to 14 months out.

Tell us about your favourite trend/look for a bride on her wedding day?

My favorite makeup look at the moment is a well contoured, dewy, flawless complexion, with a natural understated lip and a soft well blended eye design with subtle lashes! The natural yet defined bridal look!
And my favorite hair style is a classic bohemian inspired side swept do that not only shows off the hair and helps to frame the face but is secured well enough to withstand the elements at a ceremony or a wedding reception with lots of dancing.


Lastly, are there any bridal beauty tips that you can give for the lead up to the wedding?

Getting the timing right can get many brides stumped. Here’s a guide to the best bridal beauty timing:
  • 3 to 6 months out: sort out a good skin care routine, including an effective form of exfoliation i.e microdermabrasion
  • 1 month out: trial a subtle bridal tan, trim and/or colour hair
  • 4 days out: all body waxing and a microdermabrasion
  • 2 days out: any hair colouring
  • Day before the wedding: Pamper day! brow and lash work, mani and pedi and a soft bridal tan, wash and blow dry hair.

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