Without a doubt, when I was working regularly as a make up artist, bridal bookings made up the majority of my work and I absolutely loved them! I feel like I have the best job in the world when I turn up to clients house on the day of her wedding. I take a lot of pride in providing my brides with a friendly, positive and personalised service so that they stepped out of the chair looking and feeling their absolute best.
As a freshly engaged and easily excited bride-to-be myself, I figured there is no better time to share my top 7 tips for perfecting your bridal look on your big day!
1. Arrive totally naked.
I do my best work on a cleansed and nourished face. Not all make up artists will carry facial care products so the onus is on you to make sure you show up to the booking prepped and ready. It also eats into the booking time if your artist has to remove last nights panda eyes. Ideally, you'd be cleansed, toned and moisturised before arriving. At the very least, be sure to remove all traces of makeup and slap some moisturiser on if you're prone to dry skin. Be sure to stay hydrated in the few days leading up to the wedding and your skin will look the best it possibly can on the day - green tea and water are your best friends!
2. Don't squeeze the schedule.
Having your makeup done with your bridal party can be very relaxing, but not if its a rushed process. Be sure to allocate enough time in your schedule for makeup for everyone. Hair and makeup artists can often work in tandem so keep that in mind when you're drawing up the time frame for preparation. Be sure to put yourself as the last person to have their make up finished, so you're not sitting around in it for too long. Makeup can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour per person, depending on what you're having done.
3. Prep for False Lashes.
If you're not used to wearing fake eyelashes, they can feel very intrusive at first. Instinctively you'll want to tweak and play with them. Try not to do this. Eyelash glue gives way to the oils found on the skin and before you know it, you'll have a loose lash, which can be hard to fix yourself. If you're going down the false lash route, have them applied at your trial as well and wear them for the entire day to get used to them. If you're still worried about wearing falsies on your big day but still want that doe eyed effect they give, book yourself in for lash extensions several weeks before your wedding - that way you'll have time to let them fall out if they're not for you (or you can go in for a simple re-fill the week of your wedding if they do the trick).
4. Use a finishing spray to Set.
Your artist may have this in their kit so be sure to check when you make your booking. If they don't use finishing spray, head to Priceline and get yourself the Australis Make-Up Finishing Spritz. Its a fine mist that smells like roses. This product will set your makeup in place for the day and help it last that little bit longer, especially if you're getting married outdoors in the warmer months. I usually spray a generous amount into the air and have my brides walk through the mist a few times. Try not to spray it in your face from close range, you'll end up feeling very wet!
5. Set your lips, too.
One of the biggest challenges of bridal makeup is lipstick that will last and last and last. Enter the miracle that is Lipcote. Lipcote is a clear varnish that I like to apply over two layers of lippy for my bridal clients. It seals the colour on the lips without drying them out excessively, and allows the colour to last through that glorious first kiss without transferring. It ill also help your lipstick stay the course through a three course meal and as many glasses of champagne as you can manage! Be warned, this product is very astringent and does have a tendency to 'tingle" on the lips for a split second before it settles.
6. Ask your artist for lippy samples.
Weddings generally involve a lot of kissing, eating and drinking and even with the help of lipcote, at some point you will probably need to touch up your lipstick. Every make up artist is different when it comes to the take-home product they include in their booking price. Be sure that you know where your makeup artist stands on this before the big day. I provide my bride with a small chunk of her lipstick colour in a sample pot. If your artist does not include a sample or product in their fee, be sure to take note of the colour and brand they use so you can grab yourself one. If a new lippy isn't in the budget, ask your artist to use a colour you already own.
7. Remember, We've seen it all.
I love bridal bookings because I find it satisfying to make a girl feel her absolute best on an important day in her life. I always want my clients to be frank and upfront with me about what they want. If you've got something that you want covered up, talk to your artist about it! We're not here to judge. I've done cover up work on all manner of things; hickeys, self harm scars, pigmentation; you name it. We're not just restricted to the face and we can do some neat things with concealer. Speak to your artist at the time of booking so she can come prepared. Also, if you don't like something at your trial, speak up! Thats what they're for. A professional artist should welcome your input and feedback and wants to get it right for you.