Bridal Skincare Tips

All brides want to look radiant on their wedding day, as a bridal makeup artist I know only too well the importance of beautiful healthy skin when it comes to achieving a flawless application. We use terms such as “the radiant bride”, meaning glowing, luminous and gorgeous. What we are acknowledging is not only the beautiful bride but also her perfect skin! But how do we achieve stunning skin that will hold a makeup application in place from the moment bridal makeup is applied to the very last dance of the wedding night?

Even though a wedding is a happy occasion planning such a big event comes with its stresses, if you have set the date you may already know what I’m talking about, after all, it’s going to be one of the most important days of your life ….. No pressure! As a bridal makeup artist, I have to be at the head of my game and start preparing brides well before their big day. Ensuring brides are armed with the tools for incredible looking skin, ensuring that they look and feel fabulous on their wedding day!

Stress is a big factor when it comes to the way our skin looks, so how do we go about achieving beautiful skin under the pressures of wedding planning, when would we need to start making changes to our skincare and what products will be the best for our skin…. many questions!


Why choose a skin specialist?

From stressed/hormonal breakouts to dry, rough skin, we all have minor skin problems from time to time. But unfortunately these imperfections are definitely not on the invitation list when it comes to a brides’ special day! That’s where I come in! I have been working with skincare for many years and understand the function of the skin, how to identify skin problems and help with issues that need addressing.

To start your journey to healthier skin, I would highly recommend a consultation, from here, I can make up a skincare plan that is tailored made personally to you. My aim is to work with you on this journey, so that we reach your goals to beautiful radiant skin and also take into consideration your time and budget.

When is it a good time to start my skincare with the run up to my wedding day?

You don’t need to wait for a good time, start immediately! It doesn’t matter if you are planning your wedding well in advanced over 2 years or within 6 months, start straight away, there’s no better time to get going. The sooner the better, don’t leave it until the last minute – within 6 weeks running up to the big day!

When you decide to make a start on your skincare you will notice improvements, your skin will feel more hydrated and will reflex the light, which is what we want to achieve. However, if you are new to the whole skincare routine, you may have underlying congestion that needs to be shifted, you really don’t want to have this problem to deal with too close to your wedding date.

What products would be suitable for my skin?

I have chosen to use the award winning KATHERINE DANIELS COSMETICS for my professional facials and I also stock a full range of KD retail products, ensuring that my clients achieve the results they want, and to maximise in-salon treatments. KD is a British skincare brand, lovingly developed by two British women. Designed to treat the most common skin types and condition. Their products take into consideration client – lifestyle, environment and our British climate. KD is a marine based range. Featuring the additional power of active ingredients coming from plants, combined with the very best that science has to offer. KD take full advantage of the latest techniques for combining highly technical ingredients to give you the very best anti-ageing results. Offering you undeniable effectiveness from the very first application because of the quality of the products. 

How do I get started and what skin type am I?

Analysing your own skin can be difficult, I would highly recommend an Educational Facial; a bespoke treatment where you will gain the fundamental basics of skincare, I will help you to understand your own skin type and I will also go through a homecare routine tailor made to suit you and your needs. This new founded knowledge will give you ‘’better skin for life’’! I will also send you home with plenty of KD skincare samples to try!!

I want to make improvements with my skincare but I’m worried about time and money when planning my wedding.

I would recommend booking a free skincare consultation, this is an ideal time to get to know my client and work out a plan to fit her needs. 

I understand that some people have little time to fit in extra tasks on top of what they already do, and want to keep their skincare routine simple. A client that usually just splashes her face with water in the morning and runs out of the door without moisturiser, wouldn’t thank me if I was to present her with lots of products, I would need to keep her homecare routine simple with just 3 easy steps!

Once we have got your daily skincare at home established, I would also recommend monthly facials and courses of treatments, this will truly maximise your results. However, I am aware that not everyone’s budgets can stretch to this luxury.  Again this is where the consultation is a great help, I will tailor make your skincare plan especially for your needs, you can still create great results, I am here to guide and advise you.

“Nichola worked her magic on our wedding party last Saturday and I can’t thank her enough. My daughter Kate had a trial with her a couple of months ago in preparation for the big day and we were totally confident that Nichola would not only make us look great but would add to the fun of the morning preparations with her lovely personality, we weren’t disappointed. As she worked her way through the bridal party all you could hear was ‘oh wow’ as we all looked in the mirror for the first time. She even managed to transform this mother of the bride who hadn’t managed more than 3 hours sleep the night before to a person with radiance! A massive confidence boost and a great start to a day of fun.”

Anne Jones

“Nichola what can I say but the biggest thank you in the world you made me feel so beautiful for the most amazing day of our lives, my bridesmaids and mom looked amazing we had so many comments on the day. Nichola you kept me calm on the day and from the first time of meeting you nothing was too much trouble. Nichola is one amazing person and every bride needs to have her on their big day, I can’t thank you enough. Sending all my love and best wishes. YOU ARE A STAR!”

Melissa Hunter

“Nichola did my make-up for my wedding day, as well as my mums and bridesmaids. From the moment I met Nichola (at the trial) I could tell she was an extremely good professional. Nichola gave me and my bridesmaids some great advice. I felt really comfortable and welcomed and on the morning of my wedding, Nichola made us all feel very relaxed during preparations! Nichola is really friendly and makes you feel so comfortable. She made me look very very glamorous, my make-up was done so beautifully, I couldn’t have asked for anymore 🙂 

Bella Boneham

“What a truly fantastic beauty therapist. Totally professional, friendly and most of all fab at what she does. Having moved recently Oxford I still return to Nicki for my treatments as I can not find anyone whom is as good as she is. She is well worth the Journey back to Shrewsbury. Must also say your treatment room is a truely amazing experience- well done.”

Linda Wright

“There aren’t enough words to say how fantastic Nichola is! Having never had my make up done by a professional before, I cannot recommend Nichola highly enough. Nichola you made me feel beautiful on my wedding day alongside my mum and bridesmaid and I the eyelashes you did for me….wow! “

Jane Whitfield

“Thank you so much for being such a star on my wedding morning. Not only did you transform me (just shows what good make up can do!), you were a delight to have around. There are official photos which I chuckle at every time I see them as I can remember exactly what it was you said or did to make me laugh. I am so pleased you were recommended – I was very dubious about having makeup done & now I’ll be in touch at the drop of a hat if I have somewhere special to go!”

Lesley Munro

“Nichola is a total perfectionist, she is meticulous in every detail, nothing is too much trouble. A total professional who is not only a brilliant therapist, her treatments are divine, she also possesses the skills of a true artist when she weaves her magic when applying make-up. Nichola’s salon is beautiful, elegantly furnished, spotlessly clean and well laid out. A visit to Nichola is a truly pleasurable experience not only for her wonderful treatments but also for the fact that she is a lovely bubbly lady who always makes you feel most welcome and ALWAYS makes me feel like a million dollars! I cannot recommend Nichola Witcombe-Tant highly enough.. long may she reign!!! Julia Corfield”

Julia Corfield

“I would personally like to say thank you to you from the bottom of my heart for how amazing you were on my wedding day. Right from when you got there to when you left, you put us all at ease and made us feel very relaxed. You fitted in perfectly with my girls and made each and every one of them feel special. It was truly a magical day for us and you couldn’t of done my make up more perfectly. It was exactly how I wanted it to be and everyone commented on how beautiful we all looked. We are so grateful for the time, effort and hard work you put into making the morning of my wedding magical. 4th July 2017”

Jadie Hawkins

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