In The Spotlight: Makeup Artistry by Lily
10 May 2022
Looking for a wedding make-up artist in Norfolk or Suffolk? Learn more about Makeup Artistry by Lily
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Lily Thomas tells us more about her business, Makeup Artistry by Lily.
Tell us about your business
I am a bridal make-up artist and brow stylist, who specialises in naturally enhancing make-up for the modern bride.
When and why did you set it up?
I set up my business as a freelancer in 2019 after studying fashion at university. I had a passion for the art of make-up and always wanted to do something creative.
What do you love most about your job?
I love meeting new people and putting a smile on their face. It gives me so much satisfaction that I’ve been a part of their special day and made them feel confident.
What do you love most about the weddings industry?
The excitement on the morning of the wedding. It gives me such a buzz and most days never feel like work, which I love. The best piece of advice I’d give someone who wants to work in this industry is give it a go; it requires hard work and determination, but I've never looked back.
What is the most memorable wedding you’ve worked on to date?
The most memorable wedding was on Halloween last year. The bride wore the most beautiful black lace wedding gown with a long train. The whole wedding was Halloween-themed and set in a gothic venue, with mini pumpkins as table decorations and all the guests dressed in fancy dress for the evening. As you can tell, I love Halloween!
What trends do you predict will take hold for 2023?
One of the bridal make-up trends for 2023 will definitely be blusher on the high points of your cheeks in pink and peach shades. It's so popular and you see it everywhere. I’d also say matte eyeshadow colours in neutral pink and brown tones. Many brides are stepping away from the usual shimmer and going for something more natural.
What is your best piece of wedding planning advice?
I’d say booking your make-up artist at least a year in advance. I've seen so many disappointed brides leave it till a few months before and most weekends are already booked. This will most certainly continue even after the backlog of weddings from the lockdowns.