FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Why should I hire Mai – a professional make-up artist and hair stylist for my wedding rather than just makeup by myself or asking friends and family to do it for me?
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, and for sure you will want to look perfect. You cannot afford any mistakes with your make up and hair as they will be captured forever on photos and will definitely make you disappointed later. Also, trying to apply make-up and hair style by yourself on the wedding day can cause you lots of stress and panic. By booking with Mai, you can be sure you will look your absolute best on your big day. Different from other artists who can only do make-up or hair, Mai can give you both services at the highest quality. She is fully qualified as a makeup artist and hair stylist from the most prestigious make-up and hair academies in London (see About Mai for more details). On your wedding day, Mai will arrive in plenty of time ready to make you look gorgeous and fresh. She can tackle all skin type, blemish or dark under eyes. Making sure that you’re ready on time and helping you to stay calm and relaxed is also part of her service.
Q. Can I afford a professional make-up artist/hair stylist?
You are spending a lot of money on photography, dress and flowers, but you forget that only a perfect make-up and hairstyle is the foundation to make you look perfect on your big day and to make everything else worthwhile. Having make-up and hair professionally done will also ensure that your photographs will look the best and will be admired for years. While ensuring her highest quality of work, Mai’s price is still the most affordable you can find in Croydon, London and South East England.
Q. What products do Mai use?
Mai only use professional make-up and hair products, Mac, Dior, Ester Lauder (for make-up) and L’oreal Professional (for hair), to name a few. A plus on top, Mai always make sure the ingredients in her make-up products are mineral for you best looking skin or are as gentle to skin and kind to hair as much as possible.
Q. Why should I book the make-up and/or hair trial?
Trial is very important time to discuss and define the look you want to achieve for your big day, so please do make use of this time. Mai always recommend any bride to come for the trial at least 3 to 4 weeks before the wedding (but obviously depends on your time schedule). Normally consultation/trial is carried out at Mai’s home in Croydon. It takes about 1 hour for make-up and 1 hour for hair per person. It is always a good idea to schedule a night out after the trial so you can make use of the makeover, plus you can have other people’s opinion on how the make-up suit you and also to test how the make-up stay on for the night.
Q. Do I have to do the trial to book Mai for the wedding day?
Absolutely not. Eventhough trial is highly recommended for all the right reasons, it’s not compulsory. If your time is tight, you can always trust that with her years of experience in bridal make-up and hairstyle, Mai will do her best to make you look fabulous on your big day.
Q. Do Mai come to me on the wedding day?
Yes, Mai will come to you wherever it is your home, church, hotel or any place you decide to get ready at. If it’s within 7 miles from Croydon (or less than 30 minutes), travel expense will be free of charge; otherwise she will have to charge a small fee of 40p per mile round trip to cover for traveling. Also parking fee will need to be paid by client. Please note that if you can travel to Mai for the make-up and hair, discount price will apply.
Q. How long does it take on the day?
Generally for the bride, make-up will take about 45 minutes and hair will take from 1 to 1.5 hours. For any other people (bridesmaid, mother of the bride, etc), make up will take from 30 to 45 minutes and hair will take from 45 minutes to 1 hour. Please note this time is approximately only, depends on the look you want to achieve, time can be shorter or longer. If there is a limit in time, Mai will bring in assistant(s) to make sure you will be ready on time.
Q. What does Mai require you on the day?
Normally wedding day is a busy day so if we co-ordinate well enough, no pressure or last minute panic will ever happen. Mai will arrive on time and carry out the work in speed and precision. In order to help Mai achieve her work successfully, please make sure your (and all your company)’s skin is clean from any product. It’s ideal if you wash and blow dry your hair a day before the wedding. Mai also offer a service to prep your hair a day before the wedding so please ask if you are interested.
Q. I know exactly what I want to look like, can Mai do that?
From natural to glamorous bridal look, all you have to do is just ask. Mai is a good listener, also a good advisor. Being a professional, Mai is continuously learning and improving herself on new make-up techniques, products, styles and trends so you can be quite confident that Mai will help you achieve your dream look. On a trial day, if you can bring a sample of your dress colour, any accessories and hair pieces you wish to wear, that would help a lot in defining your look for the big day.
Q. I never apply make-up in my life; can I look as natural as possible?
Yes, of course. But one thing you need to understand is that natural look is a make-up look that is natural, not a look without make-up. Also, for your wedding day, it is important that you need to look good in front of other people’s eyes, but also look good in the photos as well. Insufficient make-up will tend to be washed out in the photos. In addition, make-up for photography and the products used are very different from your everyday make-up. But do not worry; with years of experience plus her extensive ranges of professional products that compliment with photography, you can be sure Mai will make you look your best.
Q. What other services do you provide?
Alongside with bridal make up and hairstyle, we at GM Studio strongly recommend you to go with our wedding photography package as well. We team up for a reason, to make the bride looks best on her photos. Mai understands exactly how to make you look your best in front of the camera, and Giorgio – our skilful photographer, understand exactly the techniques to downplay flaws and highlight the better features of you. No pale, no shiny face, no washed out make-up, we promise!
Q. How can I book Mai?
You can check our availability and book Mai by email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07906 634702. You can also visit Mai’s personal website for more details about her. Normally Mai will not pick up the phone if she is busy doing makeup for the bride or in the middle of the photoshoot, but by all means please leave a voice message or text message and Mai will get back to you as soon as she can. Alternatively, you can write a message using our contact page.