As we’re getting ever closer to the big day (232 days my countdown app tells me) I’ve started to look at the finer details of the day that need organising.
Anyone that knows me knows that I have never been a very ‘girly’ girl, so when the checklist of things to do threw up makeup I must admit my heart did sink a bit.
I’ve never been one of those girls that knows much about makeup, I have never owned a MAC lipstick (shock horror!) and up until a few months ago I’d never made any attempt to tame my unruly bushy eyebrows, mainly because all methods bloody hurt. At school I was too much of a nerd to worry about makeup and after that I never made it a priority.
My makeup bag, which is very small, consists of my day to day products of concealer, foundation, eyeliner, mascara, a little bronzer and if I am feeling wild I may add a bit of lipstick, that is literally it. The thought of trying to communicate what I want on my wedding day is not going to be easy, mainly because I have no idea.
Obviously I want to look nice on my day but trying to discuss lashes, colours and whatever the hell contouring is will not fill me with joy. So I did the usual, I googled, read tips on the ‘do’s and don’ts’ and generally procrastinated until something more interesting came along.
What astounded me first of all was not only the choice on offer, but the price! As someone that buys very few products I had totally underestimated how much getting your makeup done on your wedding day would cost. I had quotes ranging from £90-£150 for what apparently takes between 30-60 minutes and obviously you don’t get to keep what they use on you. Am I the only person that thinks that is mad?? at that kind of hourly rate I am in the wrong industry!
Luckily for me at the same time as all this was happening an old work colleague was taking the plunge in leaving a corporate city job behind in a quest to start her own business, as a hair and makeup artist! Unlike me, Alex always looked immaculately turned out with her trademark lipstick on and her hair looking amazing – thank god.
I’d seen her talking about her business on Facebook and had looked at her website (www.verybettie.com check it out!)but had ruled her out as I had moved an hour and a half away from my old job. Weirdly not long after that, Alex got in touch and asked if I needed someone to do mine and the bridesmaids makeup for the day. I explained my situation and my location and was amazed that she was happy to travel and take on my 5 bridesmaids all on her own.
I said to Alex that I have no clue what I want and generally need help (in life not just makeup) and she totally put my mind at rest and has made me feel a lot better about the whole thing.
So Very Bettie is booked! she will be coming to do a trial for us all next year and will be joining me on my big day. I love supporting small businesses if I can, so please check out her Facebook (@verybettiemua) and website. Not only is she willing to travel but she charges nowhere near as much as the other people I researched, oh and she’s lovely which I think helps a lot!