They say a picture is worth a thousand words. As a makeup artist, it’s my job to make certain those words include: stunning, gorgeous, and beautiful. I love working with brides, wedding makeup is my hands down favorite. I get to work with my clients on their most special day, and help them look and feel their most beautiful. I’m currently right smack in the middle of wedding season. I often work with brides who do not wear a lot of makeup, and request a more natural look for their big day. While this is definitely achievable, and I’m all for a natural look, you do need to keep some things in mind when it comes to wedding makeup.
- You will never be more photographed in your life. Not only will you have your picture taken by your hired photographer, but your guests will be taking your picture too. With everyone and their grandmother having Facebook, everyone is a photographer. You need to ensure that your makeup is flawless, from every angle. It’s like I always say, pictures last forever.
- The camera flash is not your friend. As a makeup artist, my job is to ensure that the makeup photographs beautifully. I have to constantly keep the cameras flash at the forefront of my mind when I’m working. The camera can wash you out, and make you appear as if you are not wearing any makeup whatsoever. Cameras also can emphasize pink and red tones in the skin, so using yellow based foundation helps counteract this problem and gives you even, flawless skin. Powder is an absolute must, any kind of shine or moisture the camera will read as oily or greasy. So when I have clients tell me they don’t want to wear “a lot of makeup,” I internally cringe. Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to makeup. One woman’s red lipstick is another woman’s natural day look. You may opt to not wear very much makeup for your day to day life, but when it comes to your wedding day makeup you need to step it up a notch. You have to define the eyes, nothing makes your eyes stand out like eyeliner therefore it is a must, and bronzer and blush is imperative for a healthy glow. Ideally you want to accentuate your favorite feature. If the focus is on the eyes, the lips are a soft nude or pink. If the eyes are relatively simple and clean, the lips need a pop of color for pictures. Think your lips, but better.
- Your makeup needs to last to the last dance. As I stated previously, your wedding day is not the day to keep your makeup routine pared down and simple and do things business as usual. When I do a bridal client I use a lot of products, well, what others may see as “a lot.” These products may be more than my client is used to, but they are necessary and well chosen for the individual. I don’t just apply products to apply products; everything has a function, a purpose. Par exemple, I never do makeup without moisturizing the skin first and using a primer to ensure the makeup lasts. I always fill in the brows as these complete the look and frame the eyes. I always set everything with powder to increase longevity and to make certain the look photographs wonderfully. Rest assured, there are a lot of products being used, and lots of things going on, but it doesn’t ever appear that way, that’s my job. You want to look polished, fresh, classic, and timeless. You want to look like you, at your very best, for your most special day.
Here are some beautiful looks that would be perfect for any wedding: