About James and FAQS

Hello and thank you for visiting James McKnight Makeup Artist.

In my 15 years as a professional makeup artist I have a wide range of experience working with both luxury and niche makeup brands as a lead makeup artist and trainer and developed my signature style of sexy, ultra-feminine, red carpet makeup to make hundreds of women look and feel fabulous for their special occasions.

I specialise in Bridal makeup and makeup for special occasions and I love to teach too! For clients who would like to feel more confident in their own makeup application I have a wealth of experience in 1-2-1 makeup lessons and group Masterclass style presentations. I also offer bespoke in-house training other makeup artists and teams of therapists looking to improve their makeup artistry for in salon services.

I am based in Birmingham and primarily cover Solihull and the West Midlands however I often travel extensively for my makeup work.

How long before my wedding should I book in my makeup artist?​

You should book your wedding makeup artist as soon as you know the date and location of your wedding and ideally how many people will require makeup in the bridal party so you can be provided with an accurate quote.  I am often booked as a bridal makeup artist up to 2 years in advance so early booking is highly recommended.​

When should I book in my makeup trial?​

Ideally it is best to have your wedding makeup trial around 12 weeks before your wedding. By this point you should have your wedding dress, colour theme and overall style of your wedding all pulling together nicely so the makeup will compliment all those elements.

Many brides book their wedding date with me well in advance and then have their makeup trial closer to the day. However, should you wish to have your bridal makeup trial before booking, that is absolutely fine too.  If you feel that you would like a second makeup trial closer to your wedding date, we can arrange this – no problem.

Can bridesmaids and other members of the bridal party have trials?​

Of course! Usually it would just be the bride who has a wedding makeup trial however should you have a member of your bridal party (especially mother of the bride or groom) who is a little nervous of having their makeup done a wedding makeup trial is a great way of them seeing how fab they will look on your big day.

It is also a great way of seeing how the bridesmaids makeup will compliment yours at your wedding.

Where does the makeup trial take place?​

Your wedding makeup trial will take place at Cutie-Cals beauty salon in Solihull.

Will my makeup last all day?​

Absolutely, this is one of the main reasons why having a professional bridal makeup artist for your wedding is so important.  Your makeup needs to withstand heat, sweat, tears and more than a few kisses from the morning all the way through to the last dance while still looking beautiful both on camera and in person.

Depending on your skin type, a light application of pressed powder to remove unwanted shine may be needed later in the day and your lipstick will need topping up occasionally to keep it looking fresh.

Personally I don’t use long wear liquid lip colours as these tend to dry out through the day and give a chapped effect to the lips and can look patchy.   For me a satin finish cream lipstick is better as it will fade gradually and can be topped up repeatedly without overloading on product and keeping the lips kissably soft.

What makeup products do you use?​

My kit is made up of products I have personally tried and tested on hundreds of women and I know will last all day and look beautiful in person and on camera. Primarily I use a lot of Charlotte Tilbury products and key products from MAC, Estée Lauder and Urban Decay.

If you have any sensitivities or requirements in terms of products please let me know in advance of your booking so we can discuss.

Do you offer makeup lessons?​

I do indeed, especially for brides or mother of the brides who are having destination weddings and may be doing their own makeup on the day.

In a 2 hour hands on makeup lesson I will take you through your bridal makeup step by step with one half of your face done by me and the other half done by yourself.

I encourage brides to bring their makeup bag so I can advise you on what will work on the day and provide you with a full product listing of tried and tested brands that will withstand heat, humidity and last all day.

For destination brides I often do them a makeup lesson for the ceremony abroad then do the makeup for the entire bridal party for the reception on their return home.

Are you a mobile makeup artist?​

Absolutely, I will travel where needed.  My general rule of thumb is if a brides wedding venue is in the midlands and she comes to me for her bridal makeup trial in Solihull I don’t charge travel for the day.

For further afield weddings there may be an additional travel charge but I will always discuss this with you before you book.

To make a booking, please use my contact form and I will be happy to help.