How to Look Like the Best Version of Yourself on Your Wedding Day

Your big day is fast approaching and all of the details are starting to fall into place. You’ve chosen your gown, found the perfect pair of Jimmy Choos, and now you just need to nail down your makeup and hair look and although it’s one of the biggest days of your life, you don’t want anything crazy or dramatic, but rather just a polished, enhanced version of yourself. In this blog post today, we’re going to share some tips on how to look like the best, most beautiful version of yourself on your wedding day.

Skin Prep

Believe it or not, proper skin care is crucial for creating a flawless, natural makeup look. If the skin is dry, dehydrated, and patchy, any makeup put on top of it will show this as well. Any good Makeup Artist will know how important it is to properly prepare the skin before applying any type of makeup.

It’s important to have a mini facial before your Makeup Artist puts any makeup on to hydrate, plump up the skin. Not only will your skin look beautiful, but you’ll also love how it feels. Your skin will feel smooth like baby skin, which makes for a perfect canvas.

Not only will a mini facial make your skin feel amazing, but it’s just the thing needed to help you feel completely relaxed and at ease. A quick 10-15 minutes can make all the difference and who doesn’t love to be pampered on their wedding day?

Without this important step, dry or dehydrated skin will suck up all of the moisture in the makeup and leave skin looking patchy, and dry.

As a Bridal Beauty Stylist, this is a step that is a part of your experience before makeup application. Not only will your skin look and feel beautiful, but you will love the pampering.

Lighting

Slater Robinson Photography

You will want to wear more makeup on your wedding day than you are used to. With flash photography, post-event editing, and changes in light throughout the day, it’s extremely important to get ready in the right lighting.

Lighting is an element that is hugely overlooked when doing makeup. Getting ready in the right lighting makes all the difference in how your makeup will turn out. Lighting that is too warm (yellow) or too cool (blue) can result in some major “yikes” moments as soon as you walk outside.

White or natural light is the best lighting to do makeup in. If you get ready in white light, you will look good in any light.

Not only will makeup applied in bad lighting look different in natural light, but it may also read differently on camera as well.

A good professional Makeup Artist will always carry The Makeup Light, a very specific light made just for makeup that is white light, making color matching and application simple and accurate.

Foundation

We all know aside from false lashes and mascara, foundation is a gamechanger. It evens out the complexion and when done right the end result is smooth, flawless coverage that still looks natural. Airbrush makeup is ideal for bridal makeup as the coverage can be sheer to full and have a beautiful blurring effect. Most airbrush foundations are also long-wearing which is great for the long day ahead.

Be sure your foundation matches your skin tone. Always test your foundation on your jawline and bring down to your neck as this is usually where the tone differs. If there is a major difference, mix colors to find a match that will be seamless from the face all through the neck and chest.

Blush

Choosing the right blush can bring the entire look together. Blush is used to add a natural flush to the skin, to show the rosiness and almost bring a liveliness to the face. In our opinion, it is a necessary product to create a natural, soft makeup look. Blush also adds a youthfulness to the face and who doesn’t want to look youthful?

This youthful glow will be what you will look back on in 30 years and cherish and will add that color brides need against the starkness of a white gown.

Hues of pinks, corals, reds, and some oranges are ideal colors for that naturally beautiful flush in the cheeks.  

Blush is also much needed as photographers may use flash, which reduces the color saturation by 30%-50% sometimes leaving photos of a flatter, less dimensional appearance.

The way some photos are edited and filtered can also wash out the makeup, leaving brides looking either very muddy and shadowy (usually the result of dark, moody filters) or washed out (light, blown out filters).

Although you may not be a huge fan of blush adding some on your wedding day will ensure you look natural and youthful on your wedding day.

Bronzer

Like blush, bronzer is one of those things that are needed to create a natural makeup look. Bronzer brings back warmth and dimension to the skin and should do exactly what it says; bronze the skin. Bronzer should be strategically placed on the high points of the face where the sun naturally hits.

Although there are many finishes for bronzer, it’s highly recommended to NOT use bronzer with shimmer or glitter. This can cause the skin to look muddy and unnatural.

Eyeshadow/Eyeliner

The great thing about eyeshadow is that the possibilities are endless. Although the selection of colors, finishes, tones seem to go on and on, we highly recommend sticking to a warm neutral palette as warmer tones are much more flattering and timeless.

For a natural eye look that is still dimensional, it’s important to use a mix of matte, satin, and shimmer finishes properly placed to enhance your eye shape. A shimmery, champagne tone similar to your skin tone is a great option to add brightness and sparkle to the lid while still being the anchor for a natural eye look.

To ensure a long lasting eye makeup, eyeshadow primer should be laid on the eye first.

Eye liner can be applied in many different ways, apply at your discretion as this can be the one of the biggest details that can alter the look. If you usually wear a thin line, go with a thin line, same if you wear a winged liner or smudged out, diffused liner.

Lashes

Lashes are like the little black dress of makeup, they will transform and take your look to the next level.

There are a large variety of lashes available from very natural to very dramatic as well as strip lashes, demis, and individuals.

Strip lashes are good for all eye types and create specific styles and shapes to the eye, while individual lashes are perfect for a customized look, are great for watery, teary eyes, are very comfortable to wear, and blend in seamlessly with your natural lashes.

If you have eyelash extensions, if you love the way they look, get them refilled a few days before your wedding day. If you’d like to use mascara, there are specific mascaras for extensions as traditional mascara will ruin them.

If you’d like a little extra volume, individual lashes can be added to extensions without ruining them. Strip lashes are not encouraged.

When choosing the right lashes for you, it’s dependent on your style and personality.

Lipstick

Lipstick is the final touch and brings the look together. Like eyeshadow, there are many colors, tones, and finishes available to create the look you want.

The right lip color will not only look naturally perfect, but will also show off those pearly whites and perfectly coordinate with your wedding gown.

For a natural lip, a creamy finish mimics the look of hydrated lips, in a tone that is close to your lip color. Always look for the undertone in your lips (pink, brown, red are common undertones) as this will be the deciding factor between which color is perfect for you.

For a quick makeup change between ceremony and reception, change your lip color to a brighter, more bold hue to take the look from day to night.  

Conclusion

We hope you found this guide helpful and now have an idea of your vision for your wedding day. As a Bridal Beauty Stylists with a combined decades of experience, our Stylists can help you in creating a makeup and hair look that you will love that is timeless, natural, and the best, most beautiful version of you.


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5 Things to Look for in a Wedding Makeup & Hair Stylist

So he did it, he pulled off the perfect proposal. Now comes the fun part; planning the wedding. From the venue to flowers, to photographer, the list of things you need to get done is endless. Sometimes, makeup and hair are one of the last vendors to get booked, but we believe we should be right up there with the dress and flowers. Why? On your wedding day, you will be the center of attention and your face will be one of the most photographed things of the day. In this article, we want to make sure that in your search for a wedding beauty team, you know exactly what to look for.

We’ve created a list of five things you should be looking for in a Wedding Makeup and Hair Artist and how to tell you are hiring not only a professional, but also the right professional for you.

Reviews

Chelsea Abril Photography

Chelsea Abril Photography

There’s nothing more telling and reassuring than testimony from past clients. Reading about past clients’ experiences with the Makeup and Hair Stylist can be just the thing you need to solidify your decision. Brides who’ve worked directly with Stylists can give a great idea of what they went through and some of the things you may be wondering as a client. Ask the Stylists you are interested to direct you to any review links to read first hand accounts of what it’s like to work with the Stylist, it can be the most beneficial tool to narrowing down your decision.

Portfolio

This is one requirement that will distinguish who is a real professional: the portfolio. When looking for Makeup and Hair stylists, their portfolio to should have a diverse range of skin tones, ages, eye shapes, and clients and most importantly photos of clients that look similar to you. Although we all know doing makeup on ourselves is a skill in itself, portfolios full of selfies should be a red flag. As a Makeup Artist who has worked on hundreds of faces, doing makeup on ourselves is an entirely different skill set as working on others’ faces. No two faces are alike, yet a good Makeup Artist knows how to work on any and every face and feature. At the same time, it is important to see clients that have similar features like eye shape (i.e. monolids, deep set eyes) and skin tones (golden, olive, pink undertones) to put you at ease before you make your decision.  

Aesthetic

Alice Ahn Photography

Alice Ahn Photography

With a service like makeup and hair, finding someone with the right aesthetic and style is extremely important. When looking through a Stylist’s photos ask yourself if that is what you would want to look like on your wedding day. Are you comfortable with the amount of shadow or foundation you see the Artist’s clients with or is the hair soft and romantic or slicked back and classic? If you’re a working professional who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup and prefers a more natural look, find a makeup artist whose work reflects a more natural and soft style. This will save you a lot of time and effort if you choose an Artist who not only creates a style that you like, but also wants to talk and collaborate to ensure they understand what your vision is for your wedding day.

Professional Business Practices

In the era of social media, everything from makeup artists to photographers are a dime a dozen. People can now pick up a makeup brush or camera and slap professional “enter profession here” on an Instagram. It’s very easy to create a page with just pretty, filtered photos of work, but how do you really get to know the business and if they are true professionals, what kind of services they offer or if they’re even a good fit? Every legitimate business should have a website with a portfolio, services, and at least a short description about their business. A website will ensure the person or business you’re interested in has taken the time and effort to show that they are in fact a real, professional business.
Like every other vendor, Makeup and Hair stylists should offer all clients a legal contract, the proper licensing if required, and liability insurance upon securing them to work with you. This may be one of the most important things as you will rest assure you are working with a professional who takes their job with the utmost seriousness. Not only do these things protect the Stylist, but they also protect you the Client from any injury, damage that is the fault of the Stylist. A professional Makeup Artist should always work before the wedding with your other vendors to coordinate the proper timing to ensure they are completing their work on time for your to move into the next part of your day. A good Makeup and Hair Stylist should help you to start your wedding day off so you feel relaxed and refreshed for the day ahead. Always ask any vendor you are considering if these practices are implemented as it could save a lot of trouble and headache and allow you to focus on what’s important; enjoying your wedding day.

My One Love Photography

My One Love Photography

Sanitary and Professional Products/kit

A professional Makeup and Hair Stylist should understands just how the importance of sanitation. Aside from artistry, having a sanitary, clean kit is crucial to determining whether you are working with a true professional. Makeup and hair Stylists should have 95% professional grade products in their kit as well as a large kit of disposable mascara, spatulas, and lip wands to avoid directly dipping into product. A big tip to be aware of is if you see artists double dipping into mascara, lip products and applying them, do not be afraid to say something as this can unsanitary practice can lead to infections and the spread of bacteria.
Also be weary of “Instagram” brands which go unregulated as their manufacturers are in China. Although these are currently popular brands, it may made from cheap materials and ingredients. Always ask your Makeup and Hair stylist what kind of products they use on their clients before booking.

We hope this list is helpful in your search for your Wedding Makeup and Hair Artist. We understand there are an endless number of choices out there and we want to help guide you through to refine your choices to find the right Stylist for you. Is there something we missed? What other factors do you think go into finding the right Makeup and Hair Artist? We want to hear your thoughts.

Book a Compliementary 15 Minute Phone Call with us to see if we are the right Stylists for you on your wedding day.