Elisa is an expert make up artist, able to make any bride look truly beautiful on her wedding day

Make up by Elisa - MUA

I love working with women to design a look that will make her look and feel beautiful for one of the most important days of her life.

I focus on the Make-up and work closely with a very talented hair stylist called Sherrie.

Quick reference:

Where are you based? Surrey
Facebook: makeupbyelisaUK
Favourite Bijou Venue: Cain Manor
How many weddings do you do a year? 60 - 70
Average price/cost: £ 175 - £250

Tell us a little about yourself?

I am fascinated by the Hair and Make-up Artistry, it is so creative and has the ability to completely transform the person you are working with. From my first days training with the London College of Fashion onwards I have been completely hooked! I started off working in TV and fashion, however progressed to specialise in Bridal Hair and Make-up, this is the area I am most passionate about. I get a real buzz out of making women look and feel beautiful and always feel very privileged when someone selects me to be a part of their special day. I love working with a bride from the initial consultation, through to creating a look that is unique and individual to her, and will make her feel confident and beautiful on one of the most important days of her life.

How would you describe your style and what makes you unique?

I would describe my ‘style’ as enhancing someone’s natural beauty. I do believe that there is a time and a place for every kind of make-up style, but it is my job to really work with the bride to create a look that is unique to her. During the consultation session I really take the time to get a feel for the kind of make-up styles that the bride likes, I also take into consideration her natural style, eye shape, any themes for the wedding and skin tone to make sure that I really enhance her natural beauty. My aim is for the bride be 100% confident that she is going to look and feel her best for one of the most important days of her life. Do you offer specific packages or is it a bespoke service? The service that I offer is completely bespoke and is tailored to the needs of the client. Every wedding is different and I think it is important to remember that and tailor my service accordingly.

Do you offer a trial and how long does this usually take?

Included in our Bridal Hair and Make-up service is a consultation session during which we will have a chat about the look you would like to achieve on the day. We will give you advice on which styles would suit you best analysing your hair, skin tone, eye colour, shape, natural style, personality and of course match the whole look perfectly with ‘the dress’. We include in the consultation session advice on your hair and skin type and how to get them in the best possible condition for your wedding day. Once we have taken all of this into consideration we can move into the trial, this is where we will create a look that is personal and unique to the bride and hopefully gives them the confidence to shine on their wedding day safe in the knowledge that they are going to look and feel their absolute best.

What brands do you use?

I have a huge case of all sorts of goodies. Foundation wise I like a brand called Make-up Forever. They do an HD foundation which gives a really flawless yet very natural finish. It is a really buildable product allowing me to apply more in the areas that need it! My eye shadows are a mix, mostly Mac and Urban Decay as the colours are beautiful and varied. Blushes and bronzes I again use Mac as they have a great range of colours and some lovely shades for sculpting, I also have quite a few Jemma Kidd products. Lipsticks are a real mix I tend to use a lot of Mac pencils with gloss which I find gives that all important staying power to last a little longer than a lipstick would. The concealers I use are Laura Mercier they are lovely and give great coverage, they also have some really natural shades in both warm and cool tones. Mascara always Lancôme Hypnose or Definicils they are amazing and I wouldn’t ever change that.

How far in advance should a bride book you?

I would say as early as possible my diary gets very busy, but it is totally up to them.

What are your favourite trends?

I am very into trends, but I do feel that with Bridal Make-up it is important to keep it fairly classic with a modern twist, otherwise the make-up may look dated in years to come or you might not like the style.

If you were getting married, what look would you go for and why?

I would go for a vintage 50’s look, it’s glamorous, timeless and elegant.

Do you have any beauty tips you could offer?

Always take off your make-up thoroughly at the end of the day, cleanse, tone and moisturise. Drink plenty of water and make sure you are giving your body what it needs in terms of nutrition, this will radiate through into your complexion. I also always advise brides to exfoliate twice a week, removing the dead skin allows the new skin to be moisturised. I like to keep skin products as natural as possible, I like making my own face masks and exfoliators with natural coconut oil, you can bulk buy this in tubs, it is a pure product that really moisturises the skin. It’s also great as a body moisturiser all year round, I put it on the radiator to warm in through slightly, this makes it easier to use.

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