FAQ

WHAT MAKES APRIL FOSTER BRIDAL UNIQUE?

I’m more than just a makeup artist – I’m dedicated to making sure you feel as gorgeous for your wedding day as you deserve to feel! Obsessed with all things beauty, I don’t just stay on top of what’s popular – I spot emerging trends and translate them into looks that can be as modern or as classic as you want.

At April Foster Bridal, I want to highlight my bride’s natural beauty – but I also want to make my clients feel like they matter, because they do! Customer service and client experience is just as important to me as how you look and feel when I’ve finished your bridal look.

Let’s put it this way: I’m committed to making you look and feel as fabulous as Queen Beyoncé herself on one of the most memorable and special days of your life!

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY AESTHETIC?

Red carpet glam – all the way! From fresh, radiant looks that can stand the test of time, my bridal beauty aesthetic is about keeping things timeless, romantic and modern. No one wants a dated wedding look when they go through pictures 20 years from now! I customize each look for my bride and take your comfort level into consideration when creating a style that accentuates your beautiful, unique features.

WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU USE?

At April Bridal Foster, I use only the tried and true favorites – award-winning products that offer exceptional wear, results and performance. Some of the top brands I use are Laura Mercier, Tom Ford, NARS, Makeup Forever and Lancôme – just to name a few!

Without proper skin prep, makeup can only go so far! To help with a quality and long-lasting application, I use non-drying and gentle products that are alcohol and sulfate-free from top brands including Caudalie, Herbivore and more.

For hair, my go-to products that deliver on style and hold include R & CO., Bumble & Bumble and Oribe amongst others.

DO YOU OFFER HAIR EXTENSIONS?

Clip-on hair extension applications are included with bridal packages at your request; however, they are not provided by April Bridal Foster. Need a recommendation for brands and where to get quality extensions? Just ask.

WHAT ABOUR AIRBRUSH MAKEUP + FALSE LASHES?

Each of the bridal packages include the option of applying complimentary false lashes. To keep the look natural and fresh, custom individual lashes are applied. Airbrush makeup is also available at no additional cost and during the consultation I can talk about your application options – we offer brushes and sponges, in addition to airbrush!

IS AIRBRUSH MAKEUP BETTER?

I offer airbrush application as an option, at no additional cost. Is it better than other application techniques? It all depends on a variety of factors, such as understanding your skincare routine, any skin conditions you might experience, or what kind of wear you’d like to have. During the consultation, I’ll go over these factors so I can decide which application will give your skin that flawless finish.

If you’re not too familiar with airbrush application, here are a few of the features: it goes on like a mist using an air compression device. Liquid foundation is transformed into a very fine spray through the airbrush tool, which allows for precise coverage and a more controlled application. One major benefit to airbrush makeup is that I can use any foundation with the airbrush tool – combined with the thinning agent, your favorite brands and products can be applied to your skin.

LET’S TALK ABOUT TATTOO COVERAGE

Don’t want to show off that tattoo on your wedding day? I can cover it with airbrush makeup and alcohol-based color correctors. During the consultation, I’ll go over the options and let you know what factors are involved to see if it’s something you’re interested in for your wedding day.

One thing to keep in mind with tattoo coverage is that product transfer may still be a possibility due to sweating, humid or damp weather, sun exposure, friction or proximity to clothing. This is because while a makeup or beauty product might be considered water resistant, it’s still susceptible to heat or sweat.

My tattoo coverup application doesn’t require any additional touch ups and will be water resistant. With each tattoo concierge service, I require a signed release of liability.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE ESSENTIAL + CLASSIC PACKAGES?

Good question! It all depends on what you want from me. With the Essential Package, you’ll get makeup application and hair styling before the wedding and then I leave. The Classic Package is like your personal beauty concierge – up to three hours during bridal portraits, I have my eyes on you making sure that your makeup and overall look is flawless during pictures.

The Classic Package is perfect if you’re getting married during warmer summer days, you tend to be more emotional (that’s a great thing during weddings!) or you just want to ensure your makeup looks perfect to capture it in those everlasting photos. Another great feature of the Classic Package is when you’ve planned the ‘first look’ or bridal portraits before the ceremony – this allows you to have a gorgeous appearance for the photos while also maintaining a perfect finish when you walk down the aisle later in the day. Basically, you have complete peace of mind that your hair and makeup will look stunning no matter what timeline you’re working with on the wedding day!

HOW DO I BOOK APRIL FOSTER BRIDAL?

My services typically book between six and nine months out – even up to a year during peak bridal season! To secure your date, book my services as soon as you finalize your wedding date – I require a 50 percent deposit to hold the date, in addition to a signed contract. All dates are first come, first serve and service rates are subject to change (service rates will be booked at the rate that is current at the time of contract submission).

Reach out to me through the contact form here on my website or by email so that I can send you a contract and requirements for the date retainer. No wedding dates are held without both a contract and date retainer in place!

OKAY, I WANT TO BOOK NOW. WHAT DO I DO?

Send me an email or fill out the contact form on my website. Next, you’ll need to sign a contract and complete all of the necessary wedding day details – including a confirmed headcount for hair and makeup services – as well as credit card information.

The signed contract and a 50 percent retainer is due in order to reserve the wedding date. No exceptions!

CAN I DO A TRIAL RUN BEFORE COMMITTING?

You could, but it’s a risk you must be willing to take. My services book out quickly with clients who want to secure my expertise ASAP – so while I might be able to provide you with a trail run before booking a date, chances are that date will be filled by the time you submit a contract and you’ll be back to square one.

Also, please understand that my calendar is often booked months out – weddings are booked up to 18 months at a time! This means that taking time for a trail run before committing isn’t in your best interest if you’re looking to secure a date, ESPECIALLY if you’re getting married during the peak wedding season.

I do provide trail runs within two to three months of the wedding date. This allows me to go over your style inspiration, wedding aesthetic and what you’re looking for in terms of a bridal look. During this trial application, you’ll also have your dress, jewels or accessories, and veil, which will help make the trial run even MORE successful! I’ll also go over the logistics of your wedding day and work with you to create a schedule that fits your needs and keeps you stress-free.

WHERE IS APRIL FOSTER BRIDAL LOCATED?

Our adorable Union Coiterie is located in the Marina District, surrounded by shops and dining, in beautiful San Francisco.

Also, I LOVE to travel! Anything out of the Northern California Bay Area is considered a destination wedding for me – I can offer you a custom quote depending on your location, so you can secure my services.

Do you live out of town and coming to San Francisco for your wedding? I can easily accommodate your needs for the consultation and trial run. One of the best ways around this is I do your trial run the day before the wedding – which means you’ll look pretty darn gorgeous for your wedding rehearsal. #Score

HOW LONG DOES MAKEUP APPLICATION TAKE?

Please allow up to three hours for the preview consultation. On the wedding day, we accommodate two hours for bridal hair and makeup, followed by 90 minutes for hair + makeup for those in the bridal party. During the consultation, I’ll go over your wedding day timeline to ensure everything runs smoothly for the events and photographer.