Portrait Photography Session

What does the Portrait Photography session include within the trial?

Makeup by our team member Libby

For your wedding day, not only does your makeup need to look great in person, it needs to show well on camera too. Nine times out of ten brides will have booked a photographer or videographer for their special day. Your photo's are SO important, they are what we use to re-live and look back at one of the best days of our lives.

Laura Carroll Makeup Artistry now offers a mini portrait photography session to capture your makeup at your wedding makeup trial. Using natural light and a professional camera Laura will be able to show you how well the makeup transfers. At this point you will see how well the makeup photographs and there may also be suggestions from Laura to enhance or soften any areas of the makeup ensuring it is picture perfect!

As you can see in the image to the left, the bride to be has also brought her wedding day jewellery to see the makeup with it on. Every bride is asked to wear a white/ light coloured garment of clothing on the top half so you can see the makeup next to a light colour. As close to your dress as you can get is best, even a similar neckline if you have something suitable! Take note if your dress is white, ivory, blush or champagne, this all makes a difference to the tones in the makeup. Do not worry if you don't have something 'dressy' or quite the same colour match, just wear the lightest thing you own. To find out more about how best to prepare for your wedding makeup trial click here.

Having these photo's taken is also great practise for your special day! Laura will help to position you into place, from there all you have to do is smile! The images will then be filtered through by Laura, and the best few will be sent via email 7-10 days after the trial. You can of course use the images as you wish; some print them off for a wedding scrap book as part of their wedding makeup journey, others may use them as their new profile photo! They are yours and there for you to refer back to at any point should you wish.

Remember, the prettiest thing a woman can wear is a smile, relax and enjoy!


Kirtlington Park Shoot

Kirtlington Park Wedding Styled Photoshoot

A collaborative shoot to bring to life Poppy Carter's vision of a luxe romantic wedding at Kirtlington Park. The dresses, flowers, tableware, hair and makeup all based around soft and elegant tones of blush pink and white whilst throwing in a splash of summer with coral hues. Kirtlington Park based in Oxfordshire, is a breathtaking palladian mansion set among stunning gardens and acres of parkland. The spacious elegant staterooms offer a luxurious wedding experience.

The Team

We are pleased to say we made the front cover of 'Your Berks, Bucks & Oxon Magazine' !

Photography: Poppy Carter Portraits

Venue: Kirtlington Park

Flowers: Forever Blossom By Vasti

Hair: Hair by Holly

Makeup: Laura Carroll Makeup Artistry

Dresses: The Bride, St Albans

Hair Accessories: Miss Clemmie Bridal Accessories

Tux: Henry's of Banbury

Children's Wear: Sue Hill Clothing

Cake: The Pretty Cake Company, Oxfordshire

Stationary: Merrie & Bright

Table (Glass, cutlery & chargers): Duchess & Butler

Centre pieces, Vases & Candle holders: Wedding Day Hire

Models: Shannon Walters & Nicholas Woodford

Bridal Prep

I will remain forever grateful that I get to collaborate with the most incredible suppliers and create something beautiful! On this particular shoot at Kirtlington Park I did the makeup alongside the incredible hair stylist who goes by 'Hair by Holly'. Our brief was romantic and luxurious, the perfect combination to match the venue! As you can see Holly created a gorgeous elegant up-do. To enhance the hairstyle more Holly used the beautiful hair accessories supplied and created by Miss Clemmie - if you are bride to be and looking for the perfect accessories for your big day look no further!

When deciding what makeup to apply I knew immediately soft blushes would fit the theme and also suit our gorgeous model Shannon! I used the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow talk collection, this consists of pink blush, soft pearl shimmers and rose gold sparkles. Every product applied was blended seamlessly so you could not see where any part started or ended to create flawless bridal makeup.

Throughout the photoshoot I intensified the makeup slightly to compliment the coral hues thrown in to add a splash of summer. A slightly stronger lip went harmoniously with the bright flower arrangements used later on in the shoot. Shannon was a dream to work on and she stole the show when fully dressed in beautiful gowns from The Bride. If you're looking for a show stopper bridal gown look no further! They are based in St Albans, Buckinghamshire.



How to prepare for your wedding makeup trial

Wedding Makeup Trial

Before setting a trial date please ensure these elements of your wedding day have been chosen:

  1. Wedding date: We only offer trials to brides who have already secured us for their date. The time of year you decide to get married plays a huge role! For example if it's a summer wedding there is much more natural light so even light makeup can feel and look more that usual. In the winter however you may need deeper tones for it to stand out where the natural light isn't around for long.
  2. Venue: Maybe you have booked a barn, a manor house or perhaps your getting married outside! The venue will give us an indication of the style of your wedding, and of course we want the makeup to run harmoniously with your vision coming to life!
  3. Your wedding dress: What style did you go for? Will you be changing in the evening? The detail or simplicity within your dress is considered when creating your makeup look to ensure there is balance and it compliments well. For example, a simple and minimalistic dress style would suit a polished and sleek makeup look!
  4. Your colour scheme: Here we mean the colours in your flowers, general decor and what colours you put your beautiful bridesmaids in! For example if you were to choose a deep red we would need a makeup look that wouldn't get lost in the rich colour. If you have chosen soft, muted colours the makeup style could still be soft but also soft shimmers could lift the whole look.

Once these factors are decided it allows me to envision your special day and create a makeup look not only to suit you but to work harmoniously with your entire day. You may wish to have your trial done sooner and before some of the finer details have been chosen to double check I am the right makeup artist for you- and that is completely fine! Once details are finalised we can always arrange another trial to tie everything in together to create your final look.

When should I book my trial?

We recommend your trial to be done 3-6 months before your wedding date. We will send out a reminder email if you are booking in advance!

Where will it be held?

Trials are held Laura's spacious studio, based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. The studio has been designed to enable the best natural light to ensure a spot on skin match. All products are available to create any look. Due to COVID-19 we are currently unable to provide beverages but please bring anything you need. There is also a comfortable seating area for you / your guests to watch and see the makeup magic unfold!

For any brides booked with Laura's team members the trial may be held at Laura's studio or the team members home studio.

What do I need to bring/ wear ?

  • I always recommend the bride wears a similar colour top to their dress (white/ off white/ blush/ champagne). This plays a huge part in seeing how the makeup sit against a lighter colour.
  • Bring your wedding day jewellery if you have already have some.
  • If you are planning on having a tan of any sort on your wedding day please ensure this is done for the trial. If you are having your trial in the winter months for your summer wedding try a soft tan moisturiser to give you that summer glow. The makeup style can look SO different on different skin tones.
  • Have photo's on your phone of makeup inspiration, images of my work are preferable but please have at least 3 images we can discuss within your consultation.
  • Make a note of which foundation you use (if any), and any favoured lip colours.
  • Arrive with no makeup on, if you are a makeup wearer please have a photo of yourself with every day makeup on and an image of what you would do for a special  occasion.

Skin preparation

Prepping your skin correctly can dramatically change the results of the makeup, both at the trial and on the big day! Smooth, clean, well taken care of skin will aid the result of flawless makeup! Before your trial please wash your face with a cleanser and wash off with a flannel, this will ensure a smooth base for makeup application.

I have found an amazing book I highly recommend that will change your skincare routine for the better! Caroline Hirons is a skincare guru and has written a book about all things skin care. She speaks about every skin type, condition – you name it! I do have this book for us to look at during your trial but if its something you would like to get into to ensure your skin is tip top for your trial click here for the link.


COVID-19 Health & Safety

COVID-19 Health & Safety


Coronavirus has changed all of our lives, how we live and work has been hugely affected. Please rest assured that I will continue to provide my services following the safety guidelines given by our government. It is paramount to keep everyone safe and well during these difficult times.

Please read the safety guidelines that must be followed throughout the work environment. These are subject to change as per the most recent government guidelines:

  • Hands will be regularly washed/ sanitised, especially between each clients.
  • Products and tools will be disinfected in-between each use.
  • A visor and mask will be worn by the MUA at all times.
  • The client must sanitise/ wash hands before approaching the makeup station.
  • If you feel unwell and display any symptoms of COVID-19 please let your MUA know as soon as possible to cancel or postpone the appointment.
  • When you are not receiving the makeup service we ask everyone to please keep a 2 metre distance between yourself and the MUA.

As we adjust to this new normal I want to thank you for your support at this time. Together we can ensure all industries remain open by following the safeguarding guidelines outlined.