Getting to Know – Sally Orchard – Make-Up Artist

Sally Orchard - Wedding Make-Up Artist Cornwall

Interview With: Sally Orchard

Company Name: Sally Orchard – Make-Up Artist


Location / Coverage: Cornwall / Devon

How did Sally Orchard – Make-Up Artist get started and how long has the business been going?

I started out as a beauty therapist 20 years ago. There weren’t any make-up courses near me so I did beauty therapy instead, and then ended up working in salons and stores in Birmingham, Cornwall and London. I always loved the make-up side of the business and I was always the one who would do the make-up lessons and brides. I started my own make-up business 10 years ago specialising in bridal special occasion make-up. The last 2 years I have experimented with fashion and glamour make-up but wedding make-up remains the main part of my business.

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What services do you provide?

I offer bridal make-up, make-up lessons, makeovers and fashion/editorial make-up.

What areas of the UK do you cover?

I mainly cover Cornwall and Devon but I have travelled to other areas when needed.

Do you just provide make-up services for the bride?

I offer make-up services for the whole wedding party. I have an assistant who works with me on large weddings but I am always the one who designs the look.

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Why would you recommend female bridal party members have their make-up done by a professional on the day of the wedding?

How you have your make-up on your wedding day can make a huge difference to how confident you feel and also how positive your reaction is to the photos afterwards. Even natural make-up can give the skin a glow and colour that can be sapped from the face with flash photography. My job is to get the right balance between a look that enhances but is comfortable.

How many trials do you have with a bride?

Normally one is enough but I do more if the bride wants to try another look. One bride for example originally wanted red lips so I did that in the trial, but afterwards she didn’t feel it was her so we did another trial with softer lips which she preferred.

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What sets Sally Orchard – Make-Up Artist apart from other make-up artists?

I love make-up and enjoy transforming brides and seeing their confidence grow. I believe make-up doesn’t have to be thick and heavy to look good. I use make-up to bring out the best in my brides’ features, and my calm, friendly approach is a must on the wedding morning when nerves can be at their highest.

What’s the most popular style of bridal make-up that your clients ask for?

A natural, dewy look.

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What’s the best thing about your job?

I feel privileged to be a part of the wedding morning with the bride and bridal party as this is such a huge moment. What other job is there where everyone is so happy and excited?

What are your top wedding make-up tips?

Bring a picture of a make-up look you like to give the make-up artist some idea of what look you want. Their idea of a natural look may be different to yours. Also get your skin in tip top condition before the big day as make-up can only do so much. If your skin looks good so will your make-up

Where can I find out more about Sally Orchard – Make-Up Artist?

Visit my website

White Bridesmaid Dresses – Moody Monday

We are sure you will all agree that Catherine Middleton’s sister Pippa looked absolutely stunning in her white bridesmaid dress. There has been much debate following the Royal Wedding as to whether it is ‘right’ for anyone other than the bride to wear white at a wedding. We think it was a brilliant choice and we are sure that white bridesmaid dresses will now be very popular for 2012 weddings (and beyond!).

Here are some of our favourite white bridesmaid dresses.

White Bridesmaid Dresses

Strapless Maxi Dress – Dessy ‘After Six’

White Strapless A Line Dress with Black Sash – B-ayliy

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Low Back White Linen Dress – Etsy Creator LanaStepul

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Short Fitted One Shoulder Dress ‘Forever Unique Range’ – Next

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