Welcome to Bridal Beauty Makeovers.

Hi, Iím Cara. Iím a professionally trained hair and make up artist specialising in bridal beauty in Bristol, Bath, Somerset and Gloucestershire. I offer radiant and flawless make up application and gorgeous, fashionable hairstyles.

Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions that will hopefully help you when planning your special day.

Do I need a trial?
Yes, definitely! A trial is important to ensure you decide on the perfect look and style for you. I can travel to your home or parentís home in the West Country to undertake the trial. The trial normally lasts 2-3 hours.
Organise a trial around 2-6 months before the wedding, ideally once youíve decided on your dress. Itís a great idea to have pictures from magazines of various looks that appeal to you, a photo of your dress and a description of your flowers so that I can see what the general look and feel is for your wedding day. To help you choose the perfect look and style for you, Iíll advise you on the make up colours that suit your skin tone and hair colour. Weíll also discuss what hairstyles go with your dress, what your everyday hair and makeup is like and whether youíre having a day or evening wedding. This will all help me to design the perfect hair and make up look for you and your bridesmaids.

What happens on my wedding day?
I come to your venue and re-create the look from your trial.

How long will hair and make up take on my wedding day?
I arrive early and allow plenty of time to recreate your perfect look, so you can relax and enjoy being pampered. Depending on the hairstyle, it takes between 1Ĺ - 2 hours for the brideís hair and make up and 1 Ė 1 Ĺ hours for anyone elseís hair and make up. For larger bridal parties I can bring along an assistant.

What products do you use?
Iíll use the right products for your skin and hair to ensure that you look your best in the photographs and that your hairstyle and make up lasts throughout your wedding day. I use the best hair and make up products around, Iím a product junkie so youíll always find the latest colours in my kit. I use MAC, Laura Mercier, Chanel, Bobbi Brown, NARS, Chantecaille, Shu Uemura, Make up Forever, Bumble and Bumble, Aveda, Líoreal Techni Art and many more.

Will I need to buy any products for my wedding day?
Itís really handy to have a wedding day touch up kit with a lipstick or gloss and a pressed translucent powder so youíre picture perfect at all times. So these are the only things Iíd recommend that you buy.

Why do I need a make up artist?
If you donít usually wear make up, you may wonder if you need to book a make up artist on your wedding day. It may be worth considering how much you will be photographed on the day, especially with a professional flash outside in the natural daylight. Make up can be used to ensure that your dress doesnít wash you out. I can use my expertise to create a natural Ďno make up lookí whilst still combating shine, dark circles and emphasising you at your best.

Do I need to do any beauty preparations before my big day?
Yes if you can. Having a pre wedding beauty regime is essential for achieving super glossy hair and getting that glowing, fresh faced skin. Ensure you have a daily skin care plan; clean skin = clear skin. Exfoliate weekly and do regular face masks to detoxify and hydrate your skin. If you can, have regular facials tailored to your specific skin type.

Look after your hair by having regular trims, use an intensive hair conditioner weekly. If you straighten or blow dry your hair, use a heat protective product. If you colour your hair, try to time it to have the colour done a couple of weeks before your wedding day.

Drink lots of water to hydrate. Youíve heard it a million times before but carrying around a 2 litre bottle of water each day and drinking it all will have an amazing effect on your skin, keeping skin hydrated and flushing out toxins.

Donít forget that your body and mind wellbeing is important for looking good. Eat well, exercise regularly, get lots of sleep and take time out to ensure youíre relaxed.

"I wanted to write and say thank you so much for everything on the day of our Wedding. I absolutely loved the hairstyle which stayed in all night and the make-up which looked so natural and yet flawless in all the photos. The bridesmaids also looked stunning and thanks for agreeing to do Genevieve's hair with only a few minutes to spare - she looked gorgeous and also really enjoyed the grown-up experience of having her hair done by you."
Katy x

"Just wanted to say a massive thank you for doing such an amazing job on my wedding hair and make up. I loved the whole look and felt so glamorous. I had so many fantastic compliments and it made the day extra special for us. Will definitely recommend you to everyone I know getting married!"

"I have just returned from my honeymoon (which was lovely) and I just wanted to say a big thank you for your work on my wedding day. The rest of the day was really fantastic. Everyone had so much fun. And it felt wonderful to know that, with your help, I really did look my best. After the service my Nan said loudly 'you'd never tell she was 35' so I take that as a big compliment!"

"Cara, a million thanks again for the beautiful hairstyle and make up. I was so pleased with the results. wish I could look like that everyday. Canít thank you enough. Lots of love Sophie Just a very quick note to thank you again for the wonderful job you did with the make-up on Saturday. I felt absolutely amazing and it was lovely having a professional beautify us!"