Professional makeup is a must for brides, unless you feel confident applying bridal make up for photographs and long-term wear on your own. But the added stress might not be worth it, besides, you don’t want any makeup residue to end up on your wedding dress. Look for a local make up artist who specializes in wedding make up and fits into your budget. If money’s tight, let the bridesmaids take care of their own using similar makeup colors and application techniques.
Editorial makeup artist and eyebrow specialist Elke Von Freudenberg offers these makeup tips for brides. After hunting for the perfect bridal gown and accessories, you should take similar steps in planning your bridal makeup. Flip through magazines and flag makeup styles that you like, as well as those you’d like to avoid. It could be how the wedding makeup highlights certain features, a great lipstick color, how the skin glows or even how they used too much eyeliner. Show these tear sheets to makeup artists to provide visuals, not just verbal descriptions. “This helps immensely in seeing what you like and don’t like,” Von Freudenberg notes. “Remember, our mental ideas of pink lipstick could be completely different. There is a lot of truth in the adage that says, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words.’”
Brides should bring the following items to their makeup consultation:
- Tear sheets from magazines, of makeup you like and don’t like.
- A picture of your wedding dress, which shows the style of the dress and wedding. Is it romantic, dramatic, elegant?
- The shade of lipstick you’d like to wear. This is also a great test to see how long your lipstick will last during on your wedding day.
- Your favorite waterproof mascara. You’ll likely shed tears of joy at some point. If it’s your brand, you do not have to worry about watery eyes, redness, allergies, etc.
Remember, your makeup run-through is the time to play and to try different ideas or colors. Let the make up artist know when you don’t like something because makeup is easy to remove and reapply. Once you have your look down, make sure the make up artist writes everything out and notes makeup items you might need for that day. If your makeup rehearsal is set for a romantic dinner with your groom, have the makeup artist change the lipstick or eye makeup slightly so you’re not wearing the same look twice.
For wedding day “emergencies,” Advantage Bridal offers Wedding Day Survival Kits for brides, groom, bridesmaids and the mother of the bride and groom. The wedding day survival kit, such as The Bridessentials Kit and Shemergency Survival Kit, takes the guess work out of last-minute essentials by including items such as folding hair brush with mirror, hair spray, clear elastics, earring backs, hand lotion, nail clipper, emery board, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, mending kit, safety pin, double-sided tape, lint remover, shoe shine wipes, stain remover, static remover, breath freshener, lip balm, dental floss, pain reliever, deodorant wipes, tampon, adhesive bandages, facial tissues, etc. (products may vary slightly in each kit).