I spent several years doing photo shoots, and I realized that the best wedding makeup was actually the same makeup tips and tricks used on models for their photo shoot. The dynamics are the same, whether it be a wedding, or a photo shoot. Pictures are being taken. It must stay on all day. The model/ bride wants to look beautiful, yet real.
Are you having a makeup artist do your makeup? Here are some tips that will help you make sure that you get the look you want:
- A lot of time and detail went into choosing your dress, ring, flowers, and even your hairstyle. Don’t let your makeup take a backseat. Take the time to go through magazines and pull out makeup styles that you really like, even tear out the ones you really hate. It could be how a certain feature is played up, or that great lipstick color, or how the skin glows, or even how they used way too much eyeliner. All this is easy to say and show to a makeup artist, like me, with pictures. It helps tremendously to show your desires by pictures rather than endlessly describing it. This helps me immensely in seeing what you like and don’t like. Remember, our mental ideas of pink lipstick could be completely different. There is a lot of truth in the adage that says “a picture is worth a thousand words”. It really gives a lot more information with a visual sense.
- To save some wear and tear on your nerves on that big day, by all means, schedule a consultation, or even better, a complete makeup application before the big day with your makeup artist. Plan it for the rehearsal dinner, or a special evening out alone with your groom, or a get together with all the bridesmaids. Don’t overlook this very important step because this way you can see if you like your makeup artist’s style.
Things to bring to your consultation appointment:
- Tear sheets from magazines, of makeup you like and don’t like.
- A picture of your wedding dress. This gives the artist a great idea of the style of the dress and the wedding. Is it romantic? Dramatic? Elegant? This gives an idea of your style.
- The shade of lipstick that you1d like to wear. If I don’t have it, using yours is no problem. This is also a great test to see how long your lipstick will last during the evening.
- Your favorite waterproof mascara. I highly recommend using your tried and true mascara, and yes, waterproof. You just might be shedding tears of joy. If it’s your brand, you do not have to worry about watery eyes, redness, allergies, etc.
Remember, your makeup run-through is the time to play, try different ideas, colors, etc. Don’t be afraid to say you don’t like something. Makeup is easy to take off and reapply. Once you have your look down, make sure the makeup artist writes everything out, and notes makeup items you may not have that you’ll needing for that day. And don’t forget, if your makeup rehearsal is set for a romantic dinner with your groom, have the makeup artist change the lipstick or eye makeup a little so your groom can’t tell you are wearing the same thing for your wedding day. We wouldn’t want him seeing the same look twice.