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Why a Wedding Makeup Artist is So Important

For many, the sight of the red breasted robin signifies that spring has sprung. Winter has come to a close, the sun is shining a little brighter, the wind is blowing a little warmer and buds of life are blooming all around. Yet still, for those whose ears are tuned, there is another season whose music plays in the background...can you hear it? Wedding Bells. Spring is when the height of wedding season begins and a lifetime of memories are nearing their birth.

Your wedding day is a day when you should feel your most confident and most beautiful. You spend countless hours and days searching for the perfect dress. Much thought is put into how you will look on your big day and rightfully so as all eyes will be on you, especially those of your love to whom you are pledging your life. You want to be able to look back on your wedding be it in memory or in photo and still feel as beautiful as you did the day of your marriage. And while you have sought out the perfect wardrobe, accessories and hair, what about your makeup? Is hiring a makeup artist worth it? Is wedding day makeup really any different from your everyday makeup routine? What if you don't wear a lot of makeup? The answers to these questions may surprise you.

Is bridal makeup different from everyday makeup?
Absolutely! Bridal makeup must be timeless, waterproof and photo appropriate.

You want to look back years from now at photos from your big day and feel nostalgic about your wedding. You don't want to look at your photos and see your makeup and say, “What was I thinking?” Your wedding day is not the time to try trendy makeup looks. You should look like you just a more beautiful polished version of you.

Bridal makeup must be waterproof to prevent it from being ruined from crying, sweating and possible weather conditions such as raining. Using the right products will put your mind at ease to be the best you without worrying about your makeup.

What does photo appropriate makeup mean?
It may surprise a lot of brides to know that the makeup you see in the mirror is not the makeup you see on camera. This is especially important when dealing with flash photography. Have you ever seen someone with beautiful makeup and then seen a picture of them with that same makeup and they look pale as a ghost? More than likely, if the foundation was the right color, there was an ingredient in the makeup that reflected the flash that made the person look pale. How about makeup that looked so pretty and glowing in person, but then looked liked the person just got done a high intensity aerobic workout in the photo? Shimmery bronzers and highlighters are wonderful, but knowing how they react to that camera flash is very important. These are just a couple of things that can go wrong with makeup in pictures if the right products are not used. A good makeup artist will know what to use and what not to use so that you look just as beautiful in the mirror as you do in photos.

I should also mention that we live in a world of HD (High Definition). Most cameras see images at least 6x's or more clearer than the naked eye...take this into consideration when thinking about wedding makeup and your skin.

I don't wear a lot of makeup, do I still need to have wedding makeup done?
You know all those images in magazines of beautiful fresh faces that look free of makeup with a freshly washed face? I am here to tell you they all have makeup on.
This is where a good makeup artist really is important. A good makeup artist will know how to give you beautiful makeup, without looking like you have too much on. I will say that if you are used to wearing close to no makeup, even a little bit of makeup may seem like a lot. Here is a tip, take a picture of the makeup. I can't tell you how many times I have worked with Brides and at first they felt their makeup was a little too much, I took their picture and then they were totally at ease when they saw it in a photo and they still looked beautiful and natural. When the camera flash hits your face, the colors on your face are a little downplayed and don't look as intense. However, this doesn't mean you have to have a ton of makeup on either nor should it looked “caked” on.

What is a makeup trial and do I need to have one before my wedding day?
A makeup trial is a time where you try out different makeup looks until you find the perfect one for your day. I absolutely recommend having a trial beforehand because it makes certain that you are going to be 100% satisfied the day of. Remember, your wedding day is when you should feel your most confident and most beautiful, the last thing you want to be doing is figuring out how you want to look right before you get married.
Also, you may have an idea of how you would like your makeup to look, but after you see it, decide it's not what you wanted. A makeup trial will help you make that decision.

What should I do to have a successful makeup trial?
  • Have pictures of makeup looks that you think are beautiful. This will really help the artist get an idea of what you are looking for.
  • Wear a white top even if you aren't wearing white the day of your wedding. White will help you see your makeup in it's truest form without having other colors reflecting off your clothing helping you to make a more sound decision.
  • Take a picture of your makeup. Remember, makeup reads different on camera. Taking a picture will allow you to see a true read of how the makeup will look. A camera phone is great for this. Taking the picture outside in the natural light is even better.
  • Communicate to your artist any sensitivities or skin concerns you may have such as latex allergies, dry or oily skin, do you wear contacts, oily eyelids, etc.

Is airbrush makeup better than conventional makeup?
Airbrush and conventional makeup are different. I wouldn't say that one is better than the other, but can yield different results.

A lot of brides like the look of airbrush makeup because they feel it makes them have a more flawless blended look. This it true when applied correctly, however, conventional makeup can garner the same result providing the artist's abilities are of that caliber.

Many airbrush foundations are waterproof which is a plus, but so can conventional foundations if the appropriate ones are used.

What makes a good bridal makeup artist?
A good bridal makeup artist is first someone who is going to listen to you and what you want or don't want your makeup to look like. A good bridal makeup artist will know what to suggest if you are uncertain about your look, be patient as you are deciding and be able to cater to you on your day. Your makeup artist should have full knowledge of which products to use so that your makeup will be just as beautiful in person and on camera and be able to provide you a good makeup application that will last you all day.

A good wedding makeup artist is worth her weight in Gold and is an investment that will last you years to come as you look back at images from your day. You deserve to feel like nothing less than a queen on your day. Your makeup should enhance you and your beauty making you feel like the best you that you can possibly be. Wishing you years of love and happiness!

Beauty and blessings,

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Michael on Thursday, April 5, 2012 10:24 AM
Thanks Mariluz for answering questions that I've thought about for a long time. I enjoyed reading your post, as usual, especially the introduction of the elements of spring. You definitively answered of the question posed. I have many questions and feedback. Inbox me or email me if you'd like some feedback. Michael
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