It was my 8th wedding anniversary this week, how time flies. I did my own wedding makeup typically, mainly because I wanted to look like me and I hate being messed with. It's the automatic reaction to think you should have a makeup artist and that is a lovely idea but it has to be the right one for you. I had one for my UK wedding because I wanted to look different but when I went abroad I needed a calm space of just me to get ready in so I opted to do it myself.
You know how you look best so when you do invest in having someone to get you ready then it's important to work with them and chat through things you like and your inspiration so they can get a really clear picture of what your expectations are. That way they are more likely to achieve them. We can paint a picture but you are needed to help make it the best.
Summmer weddings trends tend to display a more natural finish and it generally consists of getting a more polished version of how you usually look. As it gets to summer I always tend to lighten up my makeup anyway because I hate being hot and having makeup sweating off my face. Brides need to not be worrying about their look so the less you put on the less that can move. Obviously the UK weather doesn't give us too many problems but I still like to work on the side of caution. It's the same for brides. We need coverage and definition but want it to be effortlessly beautiful and not too 'in your face'.
Skin for me is always important so generally covering blemishes or any areas of unevenness come first. Swapping your foundation for a BB cream or tinted moisturiser is great but keeping it on all day is essential because you won't want to be doing touch ups. Always Prime the skin and use the months prior to really adopt a good skin regime.
I really love the Laura Mercier radiance primers because they enhance great skin. They give a glow to the skin which feels youthful and when you add make up over the top it becomes so subtle that it's not like makeup but like naturally great skin. I also like the texture of these because they're liquid and you can't feel them on your face like some other primers.
Getting colour into the look can give life to a natural makeup and the Becca lip and cheek tints are good because they are waterproof and last all day. They're also lightweight. I just got the grapefruit flavour one and it smells amazing. I apply them on the cheeks with my Emmy brush (my range). It applies the right amount and to the right position of the cheek when you use the tip of the brush rather than the flat side. Smile and apply from the apples of the cheeks up onto the cheekbones. Also apply a layer under your lippy so you have a long wear colour no matter how much kissing of guests (or hubbys) you do.
When you're choosing your lip colour you have to also think about the texture. Don't just go for your usual pick. Think about what you want it to achieve. If you want lips to look fuller and prettier often a gloss is the way to go. Choosing one with tiny bit of sparkle catches the light and catches people's eye. I like the Christian Dior Addict Ultra Gloss which has a mirror shine film and makes the lips plumper, ultra glossy and also acts like a balm because they're really hydrating.
There are so many tips for bridal makeup and it can become a bit overwhelming. That's why most of us find it easier to go for a professional. Finding the right professional can sometimes be harder than doing it yourself. I always think you should go off recommendation because you want this experience to be the best possible.
Look online for websites. They often display professional work that will show the quality of the artist. Prices will go up the longer the makeup artist has been doing it but I think the more experience the better because it takes away any worries of anything not going to plan.
You don't need to have a million trials. Spend longer researching the style of the artist you want and when they do your trial work with them to help them get it right. It's always tricky doing someone for the first time because we don't know your style, what you like and what's in your head. It's a joint effort to make you the most beautiful bride you can be. On the same note they aren't just there to apply makeup. They should advise on colours, how to prep yourself in advance and be a real helping hand on the day, assisting any way they can. That is how you know you have got someone good. If they make you feel special then that's what you want.
A brides big day is just that. The biggest day you have had and will ever have. Brides not only want to look their best but the feeling has to be one of a princess too.
I teach courses for artists who want to specialise in bridal makeup. It really is an art in itself. Each artist is their own brand and should be able to create whatever you desire. We teach makeup and focus a lot on the etiquette because these are days which cannot be rewound. It has to be 100% perfect in every way.
If you like this blog don't forget to leave your comments below and feel free to ask any questions if you are a B2B or a makeup artist wanting to expand your bridal clientele, i'd love to hear from you.
Always remember to subscribe to be the first to hear a new blog is out.