Bridal season is in full swing from May through October! June is the most popular month, but in the 27 years ( YIKES) that have been doing bridal makeup it seems that many other months are getting just as popular!
When it comes to the perfect bridal makeup application I feel the key is really getting to know the bride’s lifestyle, unique personality, as well as her everyday makeup style. Having a consultation, with plenty of time ahead of the wedding date, is vital for me to have good communication. Getting to know my bridal client really allows me to serve her better.
“A picture is worth a thousand words” is an old expression, but it really rings true when it comes to getting to know my bridal clients! I ask to see photos of everything! The gown, veil, bridal party gowns, how she wears her makeup to special events, and in her everyday life. This gives me plenty of feedback and I can create a bridal look that suits her personality, comfort level, and keep the consistency with the theme of her wedding!
There are certain guidelines that I follow when creating the perfect bridal makeup. First, and most importantly, I apply makeup that has staying power! My makeup application needs to withstand all weather conditions, as well as looking fresh all day and evening. The makeup also needs to look just as good in person as it does in photos! I do have my trade secrets, so I can’t tell all!
Bridal makeup needs to be very well blended, with hints of color, nothing too overpowering. I do recommend keeping it classic and not too trendy, as the bride shouldn’t “date” her wedding pics! Wedding photos are forever so the makeup should look beautiful, accentuating her natural beauty, but not be the focal point. The BRIDE needs to stand out, NOT the makeup! To achieve this look I make sure that I apply the corrective makeup and foundation to match her exact skin tone. This achieves a flawless finish. I use neutral matte shades on eyes, as matte shades look best in photography. I line the eyes well defined, but softly. I also am sure to accentuate the lashes, either with extensions or lots of mascara! Soft hues that just add a hint of color to the cheeks look best. A hint of bronzer all over the face adds a nice glow! For lips there are plenty of options! If my bride wants to focus on her lips we can use a red or burgundy, for a softer effect we can use something that is closer to her natural lip pigmentation. A hint of gloss adds a nice touch for the photos. This adds oomph and actually makes the skin look more luminous!
Well, there you have it, the perfect bridal makeup! I love working with women on this monumental day! To me it is more than just a makeup application, it is about making my bride feel as special as the day itself! Congrats to all the beautiful brides out there!