Hello! I hope all of you had a wonderful week!
I wanted to write a post about bridal makeup because we are in the beginning of wedding season and it’s my busiest time of year. If you are a bride on a budget and cannot hire a makeup artist I wanted to give you some tips on how to look flawless on your wedding day and products that can help you do achieve that. For the list of products see the bottom of post.
1.Flawless Foundation and Powder
Remember that HD cameras can show a lot more than they used to. Makeup that is HD ready is very important. Things like foundation and setting powder that say they are HD will help filter out imperfections that a HD camera can pick up. I love my Makeup Forever HD setting powder and E.L.F HD undereye setting powder. I use them to set airbrush foundation on my brides and undereye concealer. If you are not using airbrush makeup, you can use any fuller coverage foundation just make sure it has NO SUNSCREEN!! Sunscreen is made to reflect sun rays off so any flash from a camera is going bounce off too and make you look white. A foundation that I will use if not doing airbrush would be Laura Mercier’s Silk Creme Foundation. It has amazing coverage and usually you don’t need face concealer after applying it.
2. Take up a Notch
Say you want a “natural look”, you still have to take your makeup up about 3 times what you would normally apply so that it looks “natural” on camera. Otherwise, it won’t even show up. Plus, you want those guests sitting way in the back to be able to see your pretty face! More makeup makes that a lot easier. So, even if you feel like it’s too much makeup in person for your normal look it will look better on camera. So, pile on that blush and eye makeup! I also always recommend false eyelashes. They look amazing in pictures!
3. Colors to Avoid
There are a few rules when picking out your colors for wedding makeup. Try to not do only browns for your eyeshadow, they can film kind of muddy so, by adding some neutral plums and warm pinks it softens the makeup. For cheek color, you want that peachy pink cheek. It looks amazing in pictures and you will get that “blushing bride” glow.
4. Keep it Matte
Matte makeup looks really soft and pretty. Adding too much gleam or shimmer can makeup you look shiny or greasy and no one wants that. Plus, it will wear a little better. Put a little highlight on top of the cheek bones and under the eyebrow but, other than that just keep it soft and matte. If you are unsure it your makeup is matte just look at it and see if it has any light reflective properties like mica. A little is fine, if it’s layer on top of layer that can give you that “white face” look too on film.
5. Don’t Be So Dramatic
If your wedding theme is drama then it’s okay to wear dark gothic eyes and red lips or if that’s your signature style. God only knows I love dramatic eyes and hot lips! That’s fun makeup to apply! However, for a wedding it can be a bit much if your wedding is on a Saturday afternoon outside. Play up on either eyes or lips because this will create a balance. If you want to wear a beautiful red lip then wear a softer eye with winged out black liquid liner. This is a classic look that is one of my favorites on brides. If you love your eyes and that’s your focus you can do a dramatic eye and a softer more neutral lip. Just make sure there is color on the lips because the flesh colors makeup you look like you have no lips on camera.
I hope that this post is helpful to all you beautiful brides-to-be! Congrats on your upcoming weddings! It is such a great experience for me as a makeup artist to help get to be apart of such a special time in a couples life. Remember that pictures are what you are going to have to help remind you of your special day and that is why makeup is so important. You want to have amazing pictures and makeup can definitely ruin them. Below is a list of products that I absolutely love for brides. Feel free to ask me questions too if you need a little more guidance than this short post.
Foundation: Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation
Powder: MakeUPForever HD Setting Powder and E.L.F Cosmetics HD Undereye Setting Powder.
Bronzer/Contour: Nars Laguna
Cheeks: Sweet Mandarin by Laura Mercier or Trish McEvoy Natural Cheek Color
Eyes: Chocolate Guanache by Napoleon Perdis, Black Plum by Laura Mercier, Rocked by Concrete Minerals, Troublemaker by Concrete Minerals, Sable by Laura Mercier, Topaz by Laura Mercier, Baroque by Laura Mercier. Those a some of them! I have too many that I can’t remember but, it’s a good guide on the colors I like to use.
Lips: I have too many to name because I am always looking for the next perfect lipcolor. Right now, I like using L’Oreal’s Infalliable lipsticks because they look creamy and not dry and wear a really long time. I like color number 423 for the natural lips or 814 for a darker natural lip. If you like pink I like 121 or 145. If you like coral try 479. For red I love Seduction by Laura Mercier for a orangy red or True Red by Laura Mercier.