Wearing lashes on your wedding day

MUBYLEIGH - Hair & Makeup Artist applies individual eyelashes to North East, Newcastle bride.



One of the most common questions my brides ask is whether they should be wearing eyelashes on their wedding day? Many are open to suggestions, some are downright terrified, and few are already pro-lash before discussing options during their trial.

Let’s be honest, we’ve all seen complete disasters when it comes to false lashes. Whether you’ve worn them yourself and found them unbearably irritable, or you’ve walked past the girl on a night out with spiders literally hanging off her eyes. It’s no surprise that many brides are wary of how lashes will look, feel and last throughout their wedding day. But here’s why no bride should rule them out.


Second only to finding your perfect dress, possibly the most important part of achieving your dream wedding day look is nailing your hair and makeup. When it comes to applying makeup, bridal makeup is a whole different ball game. Not only do you want to look and feel your best, your makeup needs to survive a full day, excel in all kinds of lighting, and look amazing through a camera lens.

Aside from flawless skin, the beauty priority of most brides is their eye makeup. They want their eyes to pop, they want them to stand out. Without a doubt, applying eyelashes will quickly and dramatically enhance your eyes. They add length and thickness to even the sparsest of lashes, without the hassle of overusing lash curlers, layering mascara and inevitably having to separate spider legs.

With the added definition, your makeup will for sure stand out on your photographs and you will look and feel amazing. Whether you decide to go all out with a beautiful, bold lash, or keep it subtle with a natural, ‘no one would ever know’ lash, adding them to your look will undoubtedly be the perfect finishing touch. So how do you choose the right lash for you?


When it comes to wearing lashes on your wedding day, there are generally three options:


So, these lashes you’ve definitely seen before. These are the ones prearranged on a (usually plastic) band and they come in all different lengths and styles. Often we’ll see advertisements or shop aisles full of huge, fluffy, pretty scary strip lashes, and this can certainly be what puts brides off wearing them full stop! But never fear, super natural strip lashes are readily available too.

Strip lashes are generally super easy to apply, meaning they quickly add that finishing touch to your eye makeup. As the strips are applied across the lash line, generally from corner to corner, they can certainly be known to lift at the ends. But, when using the right glue and with precise application, I can guarantee they will stay in place. 

Nevertheless, if you’re not used to wearing lashes in the first place, they would not be my first recommendation. They can definitely feel uncomfortable and can cause irritation. After years of wearing strip lashes myself, they are no longer my personal choice. Which brings me to the next option…


My go to lash for both myself and my brides! Individual eyelashes are actually clusters of around 2-5 lashes and are applied, yes you guessed it, individually. This means that, as no strip is being placed across the length of your lash line, these eyelashes are much more comfortable to wear. I can guarantee that, when wearing these lashes, you will hardly feel that they are there and no one will ever guess they are either.

Individual lashes are buildable, meaning we can create the desired look without having to search for the perfect strip lash. Whether you’d prefer a natural, barely there look or long and fluffy lashes on your wedding day, these beauties will do the job. The only downside in my opinion – these lashes do take longer to apply, meaning more of my (steady hand, high concentration) time. I MUST love them!


The most long-lasting option of the three, eyelash extensions are applied to your own individual lashes using semi-permanent glue and generally last between 2-3 weeks before an infill is required. As these lashes are applied prior to your wedding day, your makeup artist will save a lot of time on the morning of your wedding having no need to apply strips or individual lashes!

Extensions are a fantastic option for your wedding day, especially if you’re heading on your honeymoon soon after. You can continue to make the most of your lashes while lounging around the pool and will feel like an absolute babe despite being makeup free.


So, it’s clear that I’m a fan of lash application and I sure hope that reading this post has helped them to seem slightly less scary! My advice is absolutely to be brave and try them out at your trial. Discuss options with your makeup artist (if that’s me, yay!) and they’ll help you choose the style that’s perfect for you. Try them, wear them in, get used to them. Keep checking yourself out in the mirror – I promise you’ll love it.

If you decide against them afterwards, then that’s fine! But, trust me, I haven’t had a bride to date who’s said no…

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I’m a professional Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist, based in Stanley, Durham. I beautify Brides and their tribes across Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. Planning your own wedding and looking for your bridal hair and makeup artist? Let’s chat!


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Preparing for your trial

Durham, Tyne & Wear, and Northumberland based MUBYLEIGH - Hair & Makeup Artist applies mascara to blonde bride at her bridal trial before wedding.



Arranging your hair and makeup trial may be one of the last things you think about when planning your special day. It can also be one of the most nerve wracking. But rest assured, you have nothing to worry about. I have created this guide to help you feel as prepared as possible for your trial and to ensure that we can make the most out of your experience. As your big day inches closer, your hair & makeup trial will allow us to get to know one another better and provide you with an exciting glimpse of how amazing you will look on the big day! 


  1. Choose your dress – So many Brides will tell you that the wedding dress they chose was nothing like the dress they thought they would wear down the aisle. So, find the one before deciding on your hair and makeup. Once you have your dress, we can create a look that compliments your overall bridal vibe. If you’re planning to wear a veil or hairpiece on your wedding day, or maybe you have statement jewellery in mind, consider also purchasing these items in time for your trial.
  2. Start looking for your ideas – Remember, Pinterest is amazing but it can also be full of unrealistic and heavily edited images! Look for inspiration to incorporate into your wedding day look – know what you want, as well as what you definitely don’t want!
  3. Focus on skin care – One of the best things you can do in the run up to your wedding is to up your skin care game. Commit to drinking at least 2 litres of water a day. Consider chatting with a skin care specialist to create a tailored regime. Moisturise!
  4. Time to book – Around 6 months before your wedding day, let’s catch up and discuss arranging your trial. If you have a specific date in mind (maybe your hen do, or a friend’s wedding), and would like to make the most of having your hair and makeup done, get in touch as soon as possible to check availability.


  • All bridal hair & makeup trials are held at my home studio20 Ousterley Terrace, Stanley, Durham, DH9 6EU
  • I recommend holding your hair and/or makeup trial around 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding day. Please be aware that weekends are prioritised for weddings – weekday, daytime trials are preferable (see yourself in the daylight, as you will on your wedding day).
  • The trial price stated on your invoice will be payable on the day of your trial.


prepare YOUR HAIR
  • Please wash your hair the night before or, if necessary, on the morning of your trial. Do not arrive with dirty or wet hair!
  • Arrive with dry hair, but avoid using heated tools/straighteners and product before your trial.
  • If you have a ton of ideas, I would recommend narrowing them down to your TWO favourite styles. Otherwise, you will become overwhelmed and your hair will not thank you for the excessive heat and styling!
  • If you’ve chosen a veil/hair accessories/your jewellery, please bring them along with you so that we can try them out. This will really help you to see your overall wedding day bridal look!
prepare for MAKEUP
  • Please arrive wearing no makeup – especially no mascara! If possible, follow your usual skincare beforehand.
  • As well as inspiration photos, please bring along photos of how you would normally wear your own makeup, including on a night out. This will help me to get a better understanding of the style/amount of makeup you’re used to.
Trial tOP TIPS
  • Avoid wearing black/dark colours to your trial. Instead, wear a white top or similar to mimic the colour of your wedding dress.
  • Even better if you can wear a top with a similar neckline to your dress. Avoid turtle/high neck tops.
  • Come with ideas, as well as an open mindBe ready to answer lots of questions and tell me all about your big day!
  • Please allow up to 2 hours for hair/makeup only trials and 3 hours for both.
  • You are welcome to bring ONE family member/friend. Make sure it’s someone who’s opinions and ideas you admire – positive vibes only!
North East based MUBYLEIGH - Hair & Makeup Artist blends eyeshadow during bridal hair and makeuptrial.

I’m a professional Hair Stylist and Makeup Artist, based in Stanley, Durham. I beautify Brides and their tribes across Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland . My job often requires me to travel further afield and I’m more than happy to do so. Planning a wedding? Let’s chat!


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