Today we hear from the super talented, France based make up artist, Claire Jones! She shares her trend tips, favorite wedding moments and how she keeps up with trends! It’s a must read for all bride-to-be’s!
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Claire Jones, a professional bridal make up artist based in France. I am British but working in France at many of the best wedding venues found here, although my work does take me across Europe too. I am also a UK qualified Beauty and Skin Therapist which allows me to offer a bespoke skincare regimen to all my brides to follow in the run up to their big day. Great skin means that make up glides on to the skin and in turn makes for flawless wedding photographs.
What’s your favourite part of a wedding?
It is so hard to pinpoint my favourite part of a wedding as the whole process from the initial contact with a bride through to watching her sail down the aisle is magical. There is something very special about assisting an excited bride prepare for what is arguably the biggest and most important day of her life. Sharing the excitement in the build up to the wedding and sharing ideas and discussing themes and the bridal look are all very rewarding however, the morning of the wedding holds a big place in my heart. The smiles and laughter and the nerves and joy are all inspiring and make my job the best in the world.
What’s the best bit of advice you can give to couples in the planning process?
Research your suppliers, especially hairstylists and make up artists, thoroughly. Not all are equal and it’s important to ask questions before booking. What products are used, will those products stand up to the rigours of a hot French summer’s day and into the evening, what experience do they have, are they insured, are they refreshing their skills regularly and keeping up to date with latest trends and products, what time is given in the run up to the wedding to go through ideas and what additional services do they offer within the fee. Always visit the web site of your vendor and check out their social media sites to read reviews, testimonials and to ascertain whether their work is of a standard that you require. One of the biggest pieces of advice I can give is that once you have found the right supplier for you, book them straightaway by sending a deposit to secure the date. Experienced and talented suppliers will be booked early so don’t lose out on your favourite by delaying, some of us take bookings up to two years in advance.
What keeps you passionate?
Beauty and make up are my life, I eat, breath and live everything bridal. It is a fast paced industry, where new products and techniques are constantly being launched, so my job is never boring. My driving force though are my clients. To spend time with a nervous bride and watch her blossom into a confident and glowing bride on her wedding day and then watching her smile as she departs for her ceremony gives me ultimate job satisfaction. All of this fires my passion for my work.
Do you like to keep up with trends? What’s your biggest trend to watch currently?
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am the ultimate Beauty Geek! I am never far from the computer or magazines as I am constantly researching the latest trends, new techniques and skincare. I am drawn like a moth to the flame whenever I hear of or see something new and just have to know all about it. It really is super important in my profession to keep up to date with latest trends. At the moment I am totally head over heels with the hype around the colour rose gold. The Pantone colours for this season are all about going back to nature, embracing foliage and greenery with, they say, accents of silver. However, having spoken to brides-to-be and florists there is a real leaning towards coppers and rose gold as accent colours and I for one am delighted. I love the way it works with the soft greenery of the foliage and it is also such a gentle and romantic colour that works for most people. You heard it here first, rose gold!
What’s next for your business?
Aside from preparing for yet another very busy French Bridal Season I am looking forward to sharing a photo shoot that I recently worked on with a very talented group of bridal suppliers. Shot in a luxury Eco sustainable beachside Villa Hotel the shoot, an Eco Couture Fashion one, should be released very soon. The designers were very generous in offering us some wonderful couture wedding dresses, outfits and jewellery. I have seen the camera roll of pictures and I have to say that I am particularly proud of this fabulous shoot. With more photo shoots scheduled for later in the year, along with assisting this season’s brides-to-be I can honestly tell you that I am a very happy Make Up Artist.
How do we book/use your services?
I can be contacted through the contact form on my website www.clairejonesmakeupartist.com or through any of my social media accounts. I am also a Premium Partner of www.bridesinfrance.com and can be contacted through the link within their Big White Book.
Hands up who would really love Claire to give us some pre-wedding tips to get ready for the perfect make up? Comment below right now and we will ask especially for you!