When you’re a bride-to-be, the makeup you choose for your big day is essential to making sure you feel and look like the most beautiful version of you. It’s the day when you will be photographed more than you have been in your entire life combined! No matter the angle, no matter the time, you want to look perfect. You want to feel confident in your makeup and the artist you choose to work with, and rightfully so!
When we look at the history of makeup, we see trends and fads that last a period of time and then fade out as something new ruptures the scene and takes its place. We see styles that we may look back at and cringe at the fact that there is evidence of us trying it. Now, don’t get me wrong, the styles that are current and loved and promoted everywhere are usually stunning, require skill and patience, and they definitely have their place. I’m constantly mind blown at the artists I see doing graphic designs with makeup and shown on different brands Instagram feeds.
Social media has made it so much easier to see what everyone else is doing, learn how to do it, and flaunt it ourselves, however this does not mean it’s appropriate for your wedding day. Here’s a few reasons why:
On this day, you will be marrying your best friend, who loves you for everything that you are. While they may love the way you do your makeup and support you no matter what your face looks like, they generally don’t want to look through layers and layers of lashes to see your eyes when they speak their vows to you.
On this day, you will be photographed constantly, and you will be looking back at these photos for decades to come (hopefully). Bridal makeup should be timeless, classic, and it should emphasize your natural beauty without overly exaggerating. You wouldn’t want to look back at these photos and think, “Why didn’t anyone stop me from doing braided eyebrows on my wedding day?!” Everyone probably did, but when Bridezilla comes through, no one wants to get in the way there!
On this day, you want makeup that is going to last all day long. Adding tons of glitter to your face is not going to go well when that glitter starts getting all over the place on other peoples clothes, on your new husband. You want makeup that will look good in any light, any place, without filters because real life doesn’t have those.
Again, I’m not saying these aren’t fun or pretty makeup looks to try and see (except the braided eyebrow, which in my opinion, is obnoxious and treacherous), but there is a time and a place for those styles. There’s a wrong and a right way to do these styles, especially when it comes to one of the most important days of your life.
So, what can you do to make sure your makeup artist knows the difference?
Do your research! Look at their website, portfolio, etc. If all they have is an Instagram account where they do exaggerated makeup styles, you either want to ask if they have more images of bridal work or look for someone else.
Request a trial! A makeup trial will guarantee that you both are on the same page in regards to how you want your makeup done. This will show you how the artist works, how they prep and setup, and how they prep your skin and produce the look that you want with products that are hopefully a professional grade. This will also help you determine if they listen to you and understand your expectations and if they make your beauty visions come to life.
Speak up! If you ever have questions or concerns about something an artist does for you, they will not know if you don’t say anything. Let them know what you don’t like, and let them show you how they’ll fix it. Makeup artists are not mind readers as much as everyone likes to think so, and just because we don’t get something 100% right doesn’t meant that we can’t do it. Communication is key to ensuring that your artist understands your makeup wants and that you are happy with the final result.
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