HERE ARE THE ANSWERS TO OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long before my wedding should I get in contact?
We regularly take bookings up to 18 months in advance so it's important to get in contact as soon as possible!
When should I have a trial?
We advise that a trial takes place no later than 8-12 weeks before your wedding date. Keeping in mind that you ideally want to have your trial done when your skin is as it will be on the wedding day, a tan can dramatically change a makeup look.
Do my bridesmaids need to have a trial too?
Not at all. Although your bridesmaids are more than welcome to have a trial, it's certainly not mandatory, if somebody is apprehensive about having their hair or makeup done, a trial often reassures them. Your bridesmaids are also very welcome to attend your trial to ask any questions.
When does a trial take place and how long does it last?
A bridal trial is really relaxed, and it normally takes around 2-3 hours and we work together to create your perfect bridal look.
Trials take place at Laura's home or can be arranged at a location of your choice if you would prefer.
We recommend that you bring along any images, fabrics, hair clips, makeup items or ideas that you feel will give Laura an extra understanding into the look you are aiming to achieve.
Should my hair be freshly washed before the trial?
It's best to arrive with with dry hair, you can wash it the day before your trial or if you prefer to wash it daily then please do. Please don't use any deep conditioners, leave-in products or hair straighteners on the day.
Do I need to bring my veil and hair accessories to the trial?
It's not essential, but if you have them then bring them along so you can see how they look with different styles.
How many weddings have you done?
Laura has worked as a makeup artist for over 15 years and have had the pleasure of making up hundreds of brides during this time. Laura only does one wedding a day so that each bride has her full attention the morning of her wedding and there is no rushing off. She will always be there for last minute touch ups once the bride is in her dress and ready for the ceremony.
What is the maximum number of hair/makeups you can accommodate on the day?
The earlier the ceremony the earlier the start time, so do remember it will be a long day so getting up at 4am may not be the best idea. We like to have everyone ready 45 minutes before the ceremony to ensure there is no rushing around, with plenty of time to get dressed and photographed.
We ask for up to 2 hours for bridal hair & makeup and approximately 1 hour for just hair or makeup. For bridesmaids/other guests approximately 40-60 minutes for hair & makeup and 30-40 minutes for just hair or makeup. Laura is very used to starting as early as required on a wedding morning, and is often asked to stay at the venue the night before to ensure the earliest starting time. We have a small trusted number of makeup artists that we can arrange to help Laura on the day to accommodate a later starting time if desired.
What products do you use?
Laura has a range of premium brands in her makeup kit including MAC, BOBBI BROWN, URBAN DECAY and CHARLOTTE TILBURY. The products we use are of the highest quality; Laura trusts them implicitly and they really do last the whole day. All brands have been tested to ensure they are compatible with photographic lighting.
It's always worthwhile purchasing the lip colour used at the trial, or one of a similar tone for touch ups.
Hair products we regularly us are BUMBLE & BUMBLE, TONI & GUY & L'OREAL.
I like my own makeup, do I have to use yours?
No, it'’s your wedding day and you don't have to do anything you don't want to! However, I would never use a product that I know doesn't last well or look good in photographs.
How far do you travel?
Anywhere & everywhere! We've created unique bridal looks in Hampshire, Kent, Sussex, Cotswolds, the Isle of Bute... the list is endless. Based in London/Surrey, Laura is used to travelling all over London, the surrounding counties and abroad if wished.
Do you offer bridal makeup lessons?
Yes, CROWN + MUSE offer professional bridal makeup lessons. Much like a trial, we will arrange a date prior to your wedding date to run through all the techniques and essential products you'll require to feel confident on the day applying your own makeup. Laura will create a personalised face chart for you with step-by-step guidance to assist you on the wedding day.
How do I pay for my wedding makeup?
To secure the booking, you will be required to pay a non-refundable £50 wedding day reservation booking fee which will deducted from the final wedding day balance.
AFTER YOUR TRIAL - 25% of your final balance is due to confirm your booking within 5 days.
PAYMENT - The outstanding wedding balance is due no later than 30 days before the wedding day.
All payments are paid by BACS.