For over 10 years now, Amelia C & Co has been glamming up the Las Vegas Bridal market. Amelia and her team are always such a joy to work with and our brides & bridal parties love the work they do.
We had a chance to chat with Amelia for a quick Q & A session to help our brides by answering some of their frequently asked hair and makeup questions.
How much time should I allocate for your services per person on my wedding day and how many artists do you typically send for a wedding party?
The number of artists that are assigned to your wedding party depends on how many people are needing services. Typically, a good rule of thumb is no more than 4-6 services per artist. For example, if there are eight people in your bridal party, and everyone is getting both hair and makeup, that would be sixteen services. In an ideal situation, two hairstylists and two makeup artists would arrive, each providing four services. However, if say only four people were getting hair and eight were getting makeup, one hairstylist and two makeup artists would be sufficient. The goal is to not spent more than 4-5 hours total on hair and makeup if it can be helped. That is not always a hard and fast rule, though, more of a general guideline. Scheme and your beauty professionals will work together to determine the timeline based on the start of events that day, and we’ll make sure there’s plenty of time leftover for snaps and champs!
Can I show you inspiration photos of the look I’m hoping to scheme on my wedding day and where do you suggest I search for inso photos?
Inspiration photos are the best! One bride’s “smoky eye” is another’s “more natural” look. Often, clients don’t realize how many interpretations there are for certain makeup applications, so trying to describe it may lead to misunderstandings. Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder, and where some brides cringe at glam makeup and feel like a “drag queen”, others feel disappointed in more natural looks and as though their artist didn’t do a great job. Photos are an excellent communication tool. Pinterest, Instagram, Google, blogs, and other online media are a great ways to get started. The most important thing to look for is brides with similar features and hair.
When it comes to features, choosing an inspirational image with similar skin complexion and tone, along with similar ethnicity, will help your artist recreate the look on you with your own features. As far as hair goes, many times clients with dark hair will choose blond photos, not realizing the texture they love about the photo is hard to see with darker hair coloring. Don’t forget, the most important part of a hair inspo photo is the front! That’s what you and your guests will see. The back may be gorgeous, but if you always wear a middle part and the hairstyle requires a side to be swept back, you won’t be comfortable no matter how pretty the back of your head is.
What kinds/brands of products do you use? If I have skin allergies, will you be able to work with me?
One of the most wonderful things about retaining the services of a free-lance artist is that we are not bound by the obligations of representing a specific line, which includes that lines limitations. A wide range of professional brands like Makeup Forever, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Urban Decay, Too Faced, and so many more are at our disposal. Not one line can possibly do everything perfectly, so having the professional luxury of hand choosing the best of the best is a fantastic asset to our brides. If skin sensitivities are a concern, you’ll definitely need to let your artists know exactly what ingredient it is you are sensitive to. For example, many professional makeup brushes are made with animal hair, so if you are allergic to any kind of animal you’ll want to speak up and synthetic brushes can be used. Another common allergy is latex, and many lash glues use latex properties. Though there are a few normal sensitivities, many times our clients aren’t sensitive at all and simply had a bad experience with a product because the product itself was low quality or the artist that applied it was unskilled. It’s very important to let anyone you invite to do your wedding day makeup know about your allergies, but it’s also equally important to not give vague references to sensitivity based on previous experiences that had little to do with the ingredients. When we receive requests about sensitivities, we will generally only service clients who can give us exact ingredients to watch out for, because that is the only way we can be sure not to cause a terrible reaction on our bride’s wedding day. Not having specifics not only jeopardizes the health and safety of our clients, but also our company reputation and liability. The best advice we could possibly give is to hire an artist or company you have full confidence in, provide a complete list of ingredients that you have been known to have a reaction to, and then allow the artist to use their professional experience to determine which products should be used to create your desired look.
When is the best time to schedule my Trial Run?
Trial runs are a fantastic way of trying out the look you want to create for your wedding and then having a chance to modify it if you need to. The best time to do a trial run is within the month of your wedding, because although it may be tempting to schedule one early on in the planning, there’s a good chance that your overall look will change as accessories are purchased and details are finalized. The more complete your bride-to-be look is, the more effective the time and money spent at your trial will be.
What is the difference between airbrush and traditional makeup? Do you suggest one over the other?
If you love the artist’s work, then let the artists choose their own personal preference on application. How a makeup artists get’s there is not nearly as important as the end result. Some artists prefer the ease and quickness of an airbrush application. Some artists prefer the precision of a hand application. Though “airbrush” is a really trendy word, you’ll find extraordinary artists on both sides that feel their way is better. The only thing that matters is that a bride looks amazing, at the start of the day and at the end, and how an artist goes about making that happen is irrelevant. What is relevant, however, is asking an airbrush artist to do a traditional application, or asking a traditional artist to do an airbrush application. If the artist created beautiful work using their own methods, telling them to get the same result but using a different method doesn’t always work out best. It’s also worth mentioning that there are dual artists, and that artists who use both tend to choose their method of application based on the situation. For example, a well-trained artist will generally not use an airbrush application on dry, flaky, scarred, or acne skin. However, airbrush would be ideal for 10 models with perfect skin for a large-frame fashion photo shoot. Again, the outcome should determine the artist, and the artist should determine the method of application.
Thank you so much to Amelia for taking the time to answer these questions. Let us know if there are any other hair and makeup questions you have & be sure to check out Amelia C & Co for your hair and makeup needs.
Photo Credit: Gaby J Photography