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!