4 Important Tips for Wedding Makeup | Tuesday Tips

One of the things we often get asked about is makeup! Now, as a bride I have some experience and as a photographer I have a little more, but I thought it might be even more helpful to go straight to the experts to share some of the best tips for makeup! I reached out to Sara of Elegance Artistry (who did my makeup for my own Anniversary Session!) and asked her to share some of the most important tips for wedding makeup! I love what she shared, so I’ll let her take it away!

When thinking about your wedding day, hair and makeup are important. A bride needs to remember that their face will be in all of the photos from the first look until the end of the night. This is why it is important to hire a professional who specializes in bridal. Many of us feel like we do a great job with our makeup on a daily basis however on your big day you want to be sure that the products and techniques used are meant not only to look great in person, but to photograph beautifully and hold up through all of the tears and laughs.

Trial is a Must

A preview session is a must. This is your time to get to know your stylist and be sure that your vision for the day is locked in. Not only does this save time on the big day, but also alleviates stress. The preview starts with inspiration and ends with a finished look that completes your wedding day look. Bring your hair accessories, your jewelry and wear white. At Elegance Artistry we also ask you to send us your favorite photo of yourself. When we know how you feel amazing it helps to better understand your style. You should leave feeling not only like a bride but like the best version of yourself.

Quick Tip

If you are using separate companies of individuals for hair and makeup do your best to schedule your trials on the same day. It is important to see the look together.

Stay True to Your Style

Pinterest is an amazing tool for wedding planning but it also can be a little overwhelming. We believe that your wedding day is not the time to make a style choice that is drastically different from your true style. If you never wear a smokey eye or a bold lip this may not be the day to take it for a test drive. The style of your wedding is also important to consider. Your dress, venue, and vibe should be reflected in your hair and makeup. It should complement your other choices not fight them

Day- of Prep: Confirm with Your Stylist

Always ask your stylist how they would like you to prepare for getting ready. A general rule of thumb is clean faced and second day hair. If you are someone who washes your hair everyday go ahead and do it, just be sure it is dry and not overly conditioned.

Most stylists allow between 45 minutes to an hour or each service for the bride and 30-45 minutes for the members of your party. It is always better to start a little early then be rushed and stressed in the end.

Have a Touch Up Kit

The products used and application techniques used are made to last. However, there are a few things to have with you to be sure that you look and feel flawless for the entire evening. If you get shiny or are getting married on a particularly hot day, blotting papers or a little powder are great to have. Lipstick and lip gloss are a must. Add a few extra bobby pins and a travel sided hair spray and you will be prepared for anything the day may throw at you!

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