Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and you want to look and feel your best! I’m sorry to break it to you, but it’s inevitable that you’ll experience some sort of drama surrounding the wedding... as a makeup artist, we want to keep the drama on your eye makeup and divert the negativity. Here are some tips to make sure you get the look you want from the perfect artist for you.
Your wedding day is NOT a time to try a new dramatic look. If you don’t normally wear a lot of makeup, don’t request a dark smokey eye. Stay away from all things Kardashian when you’re looking for photo inspiration. You won’t feel like yourself and it has nothing to do with the Makeup Artist’s talent. The perfect wedding makeup is an enhanced version of yourself. Pinterest is your best friend. If you really have no idea where to start, try looking up bridal makeup looks specific to your eye color.
Always always always schedule a makeup trial. I can not stress how important scheduling a!makeup trial is . This is your time to work with your artist and lock down your look to ensure a seamless wedding day. Be HONEST and descriptive. And if you’re able to, have a few inspiration images ready so that the artist can feel out the vibe you’re going for. Notice how I said “inspiration” images above? That’s because the makeup will never be identical to the photo you’ve shown because a good artist will tailor your inspiration photo to your specific needs. Typically, the trial can take a little bit longer than the makeup on the day of the wedding since you’re working in tandem with your artist to nail the look you’re going for! Once you’ve perfected the look, make sure to take photos for reference. Last but definitely not least, if you are booking with a salon, a cosmetic counter / store, a company that has multiple artists please make sure that the artist who performs your trial is your guaranteed artist on the day of the wedding!
Lighting is key. Aside from your venue and food expenses, the cost of wedding photography will be a large investment. If you’re spending all that money on photos, they need to stand the test of time and it’s your makeup artists job to make sure you are camera ready! Your makeup should be tailored to the type of wedding you will have (ie: indoor vs outdoor or daytime vs evening). For example, if you’re having an outdoor daytime wedding, try to schedule your makeup trial around the same time that you’ll need to be ready on the day of your wedding. That way you can have someone snap a couple photos of you in natural lighting so you can see how it photographs.
Lashes are a MUST. Even if you’re going for a very natural look, adding a few lashes will enhance your eyes and give a more youthful appearance. Not only that, but lashes photograph well and complete the look. If you’ve never worn false lashes or if they are uncomfortable, you can request that your artist uses individual lashes. Individual lashes are lighter in weight and give more of a natural enhancement to the eyes. Strip lashes can vary from natural to a more dramatic and glamorous look. Your artist can work with you to figure out the perfect lash during your trial.
Avoid new skincare or invasive facial. Introducing new skincare can c!se you to have a reaction or break out and that is the last thing you want to stress about close to your big day! I’m not telling you to not take care of your skin, I’m just telling you not to change up your routine too close to the date of the wedding (about a month out). Sometimes new skincare can cause your skin to purge and detox so give it enough time to adjust.
Personality is EVERYTHING! Make sure that you feel comfortable and relaxed with the artist that you choose! You should feel at ease and trust your artist to do their job. Use your gut instinct and use the tips above to make sure you book your perfect bridal makeup artist.
I hope this advice helps you find your perfect makeup artist for your perfect day!