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Bridal Makeup How To

Bridal Makeup and Beauty
Bridal Makeup and Beauty

Bridal Season is here and for most women, their wedding day is the day they have dreamed of since childhood! Some have an idea of what they want to look like on their wedding day, while others need a little guidance and reassurance of the look they would like to achieve on their wedding day. A Makeup Artist is a Bride’s best friend who ensures that the darkness under her eyes from lack of sleep will soon be gone, listens to her concerns, deals with her jitters and reminds her that if she keeps sipping that champagne, she may soon be unable to walk down the aisle.


Makeup For Brides

The idea of Bridal Beauty is for the Bride to look like her most natural self while accentuating her very best features. Makeup should consist of soft, natural tones. It is important that the Bride feels comfortable with how she looks on her wedding day. There should always be at least one Consultation and Trial appointment followed by the Wedding Day Makeup appointment.

First Appointment

In the initial consultation, the Makeup Artist and Bride-t0-be will both need to make decisions about the makeup for the wedding day. It is important to plan ahead for the Wedding day makeup. Here is what is discussed:

  • Skin type, allergies, and sensitivities to cosmetics
  • Type of dress
  • Hairstyle
  • Color of bouquet
  • Time of ceremony
  • Details of the reception and lighting
  • Whether the wedding will be photographed, videotaped, or both
  • Whether the Makeup Artist will be doing the makeup of other members of the wedding party
  • Whether the bride-to-be will need to purchase an “Emergency touch up kit” or need the Makeup Artist to touch up throughout her reception.

The Makeup Artist should make some general recommendations to the bride-to-be such as:

  • In the summer, brides should use sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
  • A good diet in the months preceding the wedding is essential as proper nutrition will make the skin glow.
  • Increase water intake to at least 3 liters a day which will enormously benefit the appearance of the skin.
  • In the weeks prior to the ceremony, the bride-to-be should rest properly (haha, I know. Try anyway, even if it is laying down and attempting not to think of anything)
  • Wax the brows at least four or five days in advance so there is no redness or irritation on the wedding day.
  • Get a facial a few days to a week before the ceremony. Some salons and spas cater to the special skin care needs of brides. Take their recommendations seriously.
  • Fair-skinned brides who will be wearing the traditional white or ivory dress should consider getting a light tan through several tanning sessions, but not to go overboard. The idea is to look sun-kissed.

Some Makeup Artists offer complimentary consultations that involve the steps discussed above by phone or in person and the bride can decide whether she will want to schedule an appointment for a Trial Makeup appointment at another time. Some Makeup Artists do the complimentary consultation as well as the Trial Makeup appointment on the same day. Decide what is best for your time and schedule.

Trial Makeup

The trial makeup is where the Makeup Artist will prepare the necessary materials for the type of makeup based on the information gathered from the consultation. The Makeup Artist will then create one or more “looks” until the bride-to-be is satisfied with the outcome. The Makeup Artist should record the exact products used, preferably by using a Face Chart. Also, it is the time to check for any skin sensitivities and allergies to the makeup. If an allergic reaction occurs, do not panic (it can happen no matter how “hypoallergenic” a product claims to be). Simply, have the bride wash off the makeup immediately.

If you need to, reschedule the appointment for a later time and use a different product on her skin. Trust me, it would be much worse than if it happened on her Wedding Day! Trials are important!

Makeup Application:

  1. Clean and care for the specific face and skin type. It is important to work with cleansers and moisturizers that will not be too oily, unless the bride-to-be has dry skin. Apply a dime sized amount of serum to refine the skin and give it a healthy appearance.
  2. Apply a primer.
  3. Apply the necessary correctors and concealer.
  4. Apply a foundation to match the client’s skin tone. The objective is to emphasize the beauty of the skin, not to cover up the skin.
  5. Depending on the type of skin, you can then use a puff or brush for color application.
  6. Create a look on the eyes according to their eye shape, client’s style (modern or classic, etc.), age, and the hour of the ceremony. Follow the guidelines for eye shapes.
  7. Line the eyes softly with a powder liner or long lasting (preferably water resistant) gel liner.
  8. For the brows, use a shadow to fill them in so they look more natural than when using solely an eye pencil.
  9. Use water-resistant and smudge-proof mascara.
  10. Apply bronzer to warm the face and neck.
  11. Apply blush to the cheekbones in a neutral rouge.
  12. Use a neutral lip liner to line the lips and shade them in. Apply lipstick over it, then a touch of gloss.
  13. Use an illuminator to highlight the T-zone of the face.
  14. Set the makeup with a specific spray product or powder.
  15. Once the makeup is done, the colors will be filled in on a chart to be used as a reference on the day of the ceremony. The makeup artist and bride-to-be will evaluate the results and make a note of required changes.

Wedding Day 

  1. The Makeup Artist will have prepared the kit with the products and tools needed for the day.
  2. Arrive at the appointment on time to have at least an hour to perform the makeup.
  3. The steps of the makeup are the same ones carried out on the day of the test.
  4. Every bride is a star on her wedding day! Make her the center of attention!
  5. Remember that the bride will be photographed constantly and it is important to pay special attention to the foundation and finish of the skin.

So that she can perform her own touch-ups through-out the day, the bride will want to have certain products handy. For example, I offer Brides an “Emergency Touch Up Kit” that should be requested in advance which includes:

  • Blotting papers
  • Lipstick and gloss
  • Tissues

**We can offer them a better deal than going to a store with our professional discounts.

Types of Cosmetics to Use 

Foundation: Select a foundation that will match her skin tone exactly and is suitable for her skin type.

Powder: Use a loose powder that is similar to her skin tone.

Eye shadow: Select a color that naturally emphasizes the Bride’s iris, or, if you want to divert attention to another part of the face, use a quiet neutral tone. Another idea is to select a color that coordinates with her bouquet (roses and salmons which are natural). Use a beige pearly eyeshadow to illuminate the look.

Lining the eyes: Thicken the eyelashes with a pencil of a similar tone to the lash. Mark the contour of the eye with the pencil and smudge the line so that it looks soft and not harsh. Another idea is to wet an eyeliner brush and dip it into a powder to create a soft liner.

Mascara: Use mascara that thickens and lengthens the eyelashes. Also make sure it is smudge proof.

Rouge and corrector: Use a flesh-toned blush to correct the face shape, taking special care to blend in the product so it is not obvious. The makeup artist can select the color of the rouge following the rule of contrast (warm eyes and lips, cool cheekbones, vice-versa). Or, you can apply the rouge according to the skin tone of the bride. For example, if her skin is fair with pink undertones, use a blue-toned blush. On warmer skin tones, use a bronze or earth tone. Brush the blush light on the apples of the cheeks to give a healthy, pinched-cheek glow to the face.

Lips: Use a lip liner and dab on a natural or favorable tone. Always apply lipstick with a small synthetic brush and set the color. If the bride has dry lips, put a touch of hydrating brightener in the center of the lip. Put a touch of light in the center of the lip if you want to emphasize it and make it appear thicker using a clear or shimmer gloss.

Illuminator: Illuminator plays a very important role in wedding makeup. It will give that special touch to the makeup. The Makeup Artist can use a powdered, cream, or liquid illuminator. The ideal color to use is silver, but if the bride’s skin tone suggests it, you can use a bronze tone. Light up the T-zone and brow bones.

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