I recently featured the beautiful wedding of Simon & Vicky on Dotty’s. Vicky absolutely glowed on her special day so when the opportunity to feature her fabulous make up artist arose, I couldn’t resist.
Makeup by Kayleigh is headed up by the lovely Kayleigh Pyne. I caught up with Kayleigh to find out a little bit more about the lady herself.
How long have you been working the bridal hair/make up industry? How did you start your career?
I have been working in the makeup industry for three years and specialise in bridal makeup. I started my career by training at Cambridge College then freelancing for various professional makeup artists in order to gain knowledge and the experience needed to be successful within the bridal industry.
What’s the most challenging part of working in the industry?
The most challenging part of working in the bridal industry is knowing where your next job is coming from. Weddings tend to be seasonal, mainly during Spring and Summer months so I have to work much harder in the Winter to get bridal bookings. I have relied heavily on recommendations and word of mouth to build up my current client base.
What’s the most rewarding part? Do you have any heart warming stories?
The most rewarding part of my job is the confidence boost that I give to my clients. On your wedding day you should feel the most beautiful you can feel, and my job plays a big part in that. I’m a total perfectionist so I will not be happy until your skin is glowing and your eyes are sparkling. I find working with brides who have problem skin or other confidence issues the most rewarding as when they are concealed/corrected; the gratitude and happiness on their face says it all. Being able to look flawless in your wedding photos is the most important thing for brides.
I recently worked with a bride who had a scar on her arm and was worried about it showing up in her photos. Due to my training in prosthetics and corrective makeup, this allowed me to layer on a stronger, transfer resistant makeup and we managed to conceal it almost completely. To the naked eye you would never have known it was there. Along with having an amazing complexion, my bride was also put at ease by knowing her other worry was gone.
How would you describe your ethos as a hair and make up artist? What are your do’s and don’ts?
I believe that beauty comes with confidence. As long as you are happy with yourself, it will radiate to those around you. My job is to enhance the beautiful features you already have, not to fake it. I always try to ask as many questions as possible during my consultation with clients so I can get the best knowledge of what they like and don’t like. I never get offended if a bride to be is unsure about a makeup look I create during their trial.
I encourage feedback, good or bad, and that is how I can then create the perfect look for you. I design your makeup around your preferences, not mine. I just apply what I know will suit your face shape/eye/hair colour etc then we tweak it based on what your used to and any colour schemes and makeup ideas you have.
Can we have three top tips for a bride to be planning her wedding hair and make up?
Tip 1: Have more than one trial. Whether it’s with different makeup artists to see different styles, or the same one so they become familiar with your face. I find that the brides who have two trials with me end up with the best look for them. I’d recommend this especially if you are going on holiday before your wedding or having a spray tan.
Tip 2: Be as critical as possible during your trial. It’s your day, your look and your face! Any professional makeup artist will encourage feedback and your likes and dislikes in order to get the best look possible for you.
Tip 3: If you’re on a budget when it comes to hair and makeup, don’t always opt for the cheapest. I have found that you get what you pay for in this industry so head for somewhere mid range if you can. Also, if you have 3 or more bridesmaids It’s always worth asking if the artist can offer a discount on larger bookings. This is do-able if it means it will secure the artist the job.
Kayleigh serves Hertfordshire and Essex, including Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow, Chelmsford, Braintree, Broxbourne and Epping. She can travel further afield, but a small charge will be applied.
It is recommended that you book Kayleigh at least 3-4 months in advance of your wedding day to avoid disappointment.