Covid-19 Hygiene & Sanitization Practices

As we move into Phase 2, makeup artists are allowed to operate again. We want to start our operations responsibly and hence, these will be the practices that we will be conducting from here on. Do allocate extra time for these extra steps that we will be taking ensure our safety and also our clients’.

To ensure the safety and well-being of our artists, please fill-up the health declaration form before the start of any services rendered by Lush Looks’ artists. You can fill-up the form via this link – https://tinyurl.com/LLhealthdeclaration
Thank you!

Advice from a Bridal Hair & Makeup Artist: Wedding Day Preparation Tips & Tricks

“Hello (Name of Bride), where are your shoes? Where are the wedding invite and rings?”, a very typical question that the photographer will ask the bride while I do her makeup for her on an actual day morning. More often than not, the shoes are outside by the door, the invite is on top of her dresser drawer and the rings are on her vanity table. This means she has to give 3 separate instructions to let the photographer know where all these things are placed. Actual days are already hectic enough, we don’t need all these small things to cause more stress for you. Read on for tips and tricks to help your makeup artist avoid the risk of running late, and also to have a calm and relaxing morning while you enjoy your makeover session.

Taken by Joy De Vi

Save time

  1. Pre-plan everything and make sure all the bridal entourage is in the loop. If you have a habit of showering in the morning, make sure to get up early to do so. Avoid washing your hair if you’d already washed it the night before so you don’t need to blow dry them again. If you really need to wash your hair in the morning, wake up even earlier to make sure you have enough time to blow dry before the makeup artist arrives.
  2. Have your breakfast and coffee/tea before your makeup artist arrives so you’ll be ready to start immediately.
  3. Pack the table that the makeup artist will use the night before you sleep. If you don’t know how big a space the makeup artist needs, you can always take a photo and send it to her to check.
  4. Complete all traditional customs like hair combing before makeup artist arrives.
  5. Put all the things that others will need at one place so they can just go and find whatever they need themselves or you can always send them a text to let them know where to find the things they need beforehand.
  6. Have someone in your household who knows where everything is placed ready to answer your bridesmaids’ questions when they prepare for the gate crash games in the morning.

Have a relaxing and calm wedding morning by being prepared.

Taken by Knottiesframes

Makeup and Hair Service Prep

  1. Make sure your face and hair are clean and completely dry before your makeup artist arrives.
  2. Avoid exfoliating facial treatments less than 1 week before your AD. If you feel there’s a need to exfoliate, you can consider chemical exfoliation on your own at home 2 nights before. Remember to exfoliate and moisturise your lips too!
  3. Do not go for brow waxing, threading or plucking if you’re prone to become red after such procedures too close to your AD. Do it around 3 days before so your skin has enough time to rest and the redness can subside fully.
  4. Do not pick on any blemish or pimples. You can always opt to visit a dermatologist to get a jab to calm the swelling but do not squeeze!
  5. If you have not done any bridal trials, prepare photos of makeup and hairstyles that you want.
  6. Wear a nice button up top or a bridal robe so you won’t mess up the hair when changing.
  7. Do not apply any hair oil or products on your hair. However, if you have very soft, fine and not a lot of hair, you can consider spraying sea salt spray on your towel-dried hair before you blow dry your hair the previous night.

Try to pick photos from your artist’s portfolio or Instagram. This ensures that the style fits their aesthetics and it’s also a way to show that you appreciate their work.

Taken by Bridelope Productions

Other things to consider

  1. Avoid strap indents/marks on your chest/back by wearing a strapless bra, or even no bra at all when you go to sleep. Put on your stick-on bra before the makeup artist arrives.
  2. Remember to exfoliate your body before the wedding, and moisturize well the previous night with lotion.
  3. Drinking ample water will help promote a healthy glow to the skin, while limiting sugar and salt at least one week prior to the wedding, and cutting dairy intake completely at least two weeks prior to the wedding, will help keep breakouts, bloating and water retention to a minimum.
  4. If you are wearing contact lens, remember to put them on before your makeup artist arrives. It will help your eyes look bigger if you go for coloured contacts with slightly bigger rim. But remember not to get the overly exaggerated types!
  5. If you are wearing a veil, it will be wise to iron/steam the veil the night before or when you receive it from your bridal shop. Remember to hang it up so it doesn’t crumple anymore.
  6. Try taking a small dose of Melatonin around dinner time, with food, if you know that you will be too excited to go to bed. It will be a tiring day so you need all the rest you can get the night before. Having a goodnight sleep will help you wake up looking more fresh and well rested. If you are afraid melatonin will make you lethargic in the day, a cup of coffee will help.
  7. Set multiple alarms if you know you are someone who snoozes the alarm indefinitely. Make sure to get someone else in your family to wake you up if you’re not confident of waking up on your own.
Taken by Cepheus Chan Photography

You’re now ready for your actual day! Some of these tips and tricks are also applicable for photo shoot sessions if you’re hiring a makeup artist. Help us help you save time so you can be pampered and get a makeover like a princess without any distractions and worry.

With love,
Xin Er

Melissa & Chetwin’s PWS

Melissa’s prewedding shoot was back in 2018 so this is a really outdated post because I’ve been procrastinating so much. I was still living with my parents-in-law back then when she came over to do her makeup and hair.

I’m really grateful to have done this shoot because many of her friends and also common friends with my other brides came to find me to do their makeup and hair. Things work in their magical ways….

Times are really different now. I’m actually on zoom with fellow vendors right now as I’m typing this post. Stay home and stay safe people.

Yi Ling’s AD

Has it been 9 months since Yi Ling’s big day? Time really does fly by quickly when you’re busy (wedding season lasted the whole of 2nd half of 2019 and I was waking up at 2 or 3 am every weekend). I’m currently sitting in my study room where my vanity table is as I type this post out.

Covid19 has swept through the globe forcefully leaving us with so many casualties and deaths. I’m feeling more afraid than sad that I am without any job now as we go into the ‘soft lock down’ as I would like to call it but my country leaders call it the circuit breaker. Everyone is supposed to work from home now if you’re not in essential services which I’ve been doing for the past 3 weeks or so because almost all of my brides have either postponed or cancelled their weddings.

So, here I am so free from actual money making work, typing this overdue post out in front of a mirror that has my own reflection instead of my client’s.

During our trial, we had discussed and decided that natural style with a braided updo will be the most suitable for her in the morning of her Actual Day. I think my style has been largely dictated by what my brides ask for so what you see here is what I typically do for my brides. Very natural, slightly enhanced and adjust double eyelids, healthy glowing skin achieved with the right skincare that goes underneath the makeup.

Not every is blessed with even double eyelids, in fact, most of us don’t unless you had gone under the knife to achieve those balanced parallel double eyelids. Yi Ling’s eyes are only slightly different which can be easily corrected with double eyelid tapes and the appropriate way of attaching the lashes.

This is my first time working with Cepheus from Cepheus Chan Photography. He is one of my preferred partners so my brides get some discounts from him 🙂 I love how he captured the moments shared by the couple and also taking time out to take some portrait shots of each of them. I’m very thankful for photographers who do this because it means more portfolio photos for me if the brides are willing to share.

Yi Ling is also my first common bride with Amy from Amyt Fleur. We are currently planning to come up with a long term Prewedding and Solemnisation Package so stay tune to both our social media platforms when the details are launched. Amy has been such a lovely vendor to work with. She knows what types of floral to give for the hair so that the MUAs don’t have a hard time trying to make sure the flowers don’t come off after we leave.

For Yi Ling’s style change, we converted her updo into this textured mermaid braid which I love love love. Ever since I posted this hairstyle on my Instagram, I have so many brides who asked to have this hairstyle. I’ve since made many variations of this style and I am still very amazed with how versatile this hairdo is.

Cepheus’ wife, Madeline, who is also a MUA was the 2nd shooter for that day. She’s a dear friend of mine so she came up to take some behind the scenes for me which I am so grateful for. Behind the scenes are usually taken at the bride’s place in the morning and most people don’t really take any photos before the first march in. It’s great to work with vendors you know because they will go the extra mile. All my partner vendors are extremely helpful and more than willing to give you more than you ask for as long as you’re reasonable and nice people. More of than not, it pays to be kind.

Awww…looking at these photos make me want to go back to work. Covid19 can you please go away!!!! Can Singaporeans be responsible and stay at home. Don’t go out unnecessarily. It is paramount we push through this circuit breaker and not let things spiral out of control. Please know that the frontliners are working so hard and some have even fallen sick because of the very virus they’re trying to fight. We can fight this as long as we all play a part by staying home.

2019 Review

2019 is my official full year as a full-time makeup artist and it had been nothing but exciting and fulfilling. It had its ups and downs but I’m sure I can only become better from this.

I want to thank all my brides for trusting in me and also some grooms who were the ones who actually chose me to doll their beautiful wives up on their big day.

Here are some of my brides in 2019 and I’m so grateful to have met every one of them!

I had a total of 65 brides in 2019 and I’m so excited to meet another 65, 75, 85, 95 brides in 2020. Thank you so much for your trust!