Wedding Make-up

Feb
19
2011

Wedding Make-Up

A wedding is a very special day for the bride, the groom and just about anyone in attendance. A lot of time & planning went into choosing the dress, the cake, the food, the flowers, the music & the vows; the whole occasion was meticulously planned for months in advance to make sure everything will be absolutely perfect. Ladies, don’t let your wedding day makeup take a backseat to all this planning.

Make the most important call you’ll make during the whole process-a call to schedule a make-up artist for the big day. It is absolutely vital to make sure that a make-up artist does the bride’s make-up for her wedding. It will be the best money spent during the wedding because the bride’s face is the first thing you’ll look at in the wedding photos no matter how many years go by.

It also doesn’t hurt to have all the bridesmaids, the mother of the bride & the mother of the groom’s make-up done as well. The bride has a beautiful wedding gown, beautiful shoes & beautiful hair, so the face/the wedding make-up is essential to tie everything together. Like I have emphasized for holiday parties & other big events of the like, such as a wedding, the make-up needs to be more involved than everyday make-up. For a holiday party, I suggested adding eyelash extensions or false eyelashes or a pop of bright red lipstick to stand out.

But for bridal make-up, it’s key that the bride’s look stands out, but is natural, understated & elegant for her big day. With that being said, bridal make-up is NOT everyday make-up, but it’s also not the place for a red lip or a smoky eye. As a matter of fact, stay far away from those. Focus on playing up your best features for the big day. Again I would go with a professional make-up artist on the wedding day, but if you want to do it on your own, follow these guidelines:

Let’s start with the eyes & go from there. First of all, I hope you will have come into the studio & allowed me to do your brows! For the big day, simply comb them with a little spooley brush & fill in spare hairs with ColorLab’s Wonderbrow we sell at Authentic Beauty. Then, apply a matte natural light brown on the eyelid & highlight in the crease with a sand or taupe color. Make sure to blend it all, so the shadow looks natural. Then take a brown pencil and line the upper lashes on the outer 1/2 or 1/4 of the eye. Hopefully you will at least have gotten eyelash extensions with Robyn, but if you didn’t, curl your lashes & brush on lengthening, thickening waterproof mascara. Wait for the mascara to dry & run an eyelash comb through any clumps & glue some fake lashes to the outer corners of your eyes. Use an off-white matte shadow (no shimmer) along your brow bone & in the inner corners of your eyes to illuminate & highlight. You want to make sure your eye make-up doesn’t reflect camera flashes & glittery, shimmery make-up will do just that.

Following up on looking odd in photos, make sure your foundation matches your skin perfectly. You don’t want a line of demarcation anywhere especially if it is noticeable enough to show up in photos. So spend some quality time picking out a shade of foundation that will flatter. You definitely want to make sure to apply concealer to erase any dark circles. If you’re using a pancake type concealer like the 3 in1, pat the concealer on with your pinky. Don’t go 1-2 shades lighter than your skin, as this actually makes the darkness appear more gray & muddy and additionally, will give you odd light circles underneath your eyes in photos (a big no-no). I like to mix your concealer with a drop of your foundation and then apply it, or just use the 3 in1 all over. You want your skin tone to appear one even shade.

To set the foundation & combat oil, lightly brush on loose powder with a large brush. Don’t press powder into the skin with a powder puff. This actually can make your skin look & become shinier more quickly. Make sure you can have time for touch-ups in between photos & especially between photos & the ceremony. You want to look flawless. If you’re naturally more olive skin tones or it is the spring or summer & you are tan, dust bronzer on your face lightly, but where the sun would hit you-on the forehead, chin, bridge of your nose & apples of your cheeks. Top the bronzer on the apples of your cheeks with a bright pink blush. When you have enough on, take a clean makeup sponge and blend back towards the temple. This is key because the blending makes your blush look like a realistic glow, rather than it just simply sitting on the surface of your skin. If you tend to be a little paler, steer clear of the bronzer & simply dust powder pink blush on the apples of your cheeks while smiling. Cream blush is another option as well.

Regarding lips, you want to stay natural & fresh. I suggest lining lips with a pencil that closely matches the natural color of your lips & adding a natural pink lipstick; nothing too beige, brown or red. Top the lipstick with a clear gloss or a gloss with a touch of shimmer. Just enough to add a high watt shine. I also suggest using a blue based pink to make teeth look whiter. When you can, make time in between photographs & the ceremony and the ceremony & the reception to touch up your lips & your face. Remember you’ll be seeing these photos for several years to come & you want to look as fabulous as possible.

Like I said, you want to look the best as you can, so if at all possible, seriously consider having your make-up done. As a matter of fact, if you are a bride, I would strongly recommend that you come see me to learn more about our packages. Also be sure to check our menu online at Authentic Beauty’s website,  call 404-849-0443 or email us at info@authenticbeautyllc.com.

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