Back when I started this series, I talked about having guest vendors contribute tips on topics in their profession. Back then, which was only at the start of 2019, I didn’t have as many connections as I do now. It’s amazing how things can change in just a few months. So...finally, I get to make good on what I said and bring you the first—in what I hope will be many—guest vendor blog. Following the last installment all about getting ready, I’m happy to bring you a related topic about planning your wedding makeup, featuring some of my own tips as a photographer and former bide as well as pro tips from Pittsburgh makeup artist, Clare Lozano of See Jane Blush.
If you’ve been following my work, then you’ve seen Clare’s work. She is the artist that made Jessie (in the above portrait) look flawless. When I asked Clare if she would be interested in offering tips for brides-to-be, her enthusiasm could not be contained. Or so I imagine. This exchange happened through Instagram DM’s, but I felt like there was just excitement oozing from her response.
Before we get to Clare's advice, I have a few tips myself. So let's jump in, shall we?
Looking Picture Perfect as Told by a Photographer and Former Bride
Retouched or All Natural - This tip has actually very little to do with makeup, honestly. When a bride meets a photographer during a consultation, she has the opportunity to discuss how a photographer handles editing their pictures. And this is something I stress talking about before booking. While I do full skin retouching on the formal portraits and pimple zapping on visible acne in candids, there are photographers who do not. I've heard stories about brides who were unaware of their photographer's editing policies and were disappointed in what they got back. Make sure you know what your photographer's skin editing policies are and that you're happy with the answer.
Nourish Your Skin - As you prep for your wedding, be sure to take care of your skin. A diet rich in nutrients, lots of water, and a good skin care regiment are essential to keeping your skin glowing, especially during the stressful wedding planning. If you have acne prone skin (as I do), be sure to see a dermatologist about the causes and what you can do to clear your acne. Acne can take a few months to fully clear up, so be patient and consistent with your skincare.
Professional Makeup or DIY - If you’re on the fence about hiring a makeup artist, I can assure you it’s worth the investment. A skilled makeup artist will have professional grade products and the education to know which of those products are right for your skin and will last through the day’s events. This is all especially important if you’re having a summer wedding or if you have blemish prone skin. Your makeup artist is essential to making you look flawless. Take the opportunity to be pampered on your wedding day and relax. I did my own makeup for my wedding and it was lacking and barely showed in my photos, except for the Avrilesque eyeliner I decided to rock that day.
Now on to the good stuff. Let's hear from the professional!
Advice for Bridal Makeup from Pittsburgh Makeup Artist Clare Lozano
Presentation Matters - The day of your trial, try to wear the same color as your wedding dress, so wear a white top if your dress is white! Arrive with makeup free skin and clean, washed or styled hair! Although it may be comfortable and convenient to show up in yoga pants post workout, by feeling a bit more polished at the trial, you will have a better idea what everything will look like on the day of!
Picture Inspiration - At your trial, be sure to bring pictures of the look you want for your big day! Choose pictures of women who have the same eye color, hair color etc as yourself. If you have pictures of yourself wearing the makeup you usually wear, this is helpful as well! I have had brides show me photos of looks they do NOT like too. Talk over the look with your makeup artist and tell them what you like about it. Also be open and honest about things you may NOT like ahead of time. Remember though, it is a trial and things can be updated and changed for the day of, but communication about what you want before they start is important!
Keeping Your Look Flawless - Ask your makeup artist how they handle touch ups once they leave you the day of the wedding. Do they provide you with a sample of lipstick? Will they purchase a new lipstick for you? Are there other options available for touch up items like powder or gloss? Even though you may have a longer lasting lipstick, it is always a good idea to have a backup just in case!
Timeline Flexibility - Talk over the day of timeline with your artist a few weeks before the wedding. Ask how long per person they will need that day. Think about when you want to start getting dressed and work your timeline backwards from there. A schedule with a list of bridesmaids is a good idea but honestly, I have never seen a schedule go off exactly as planned, ever! My advice is that the bride should never be last for either a hair or makeup service. That way in case anything is delayed, the bride is never rushed.
Hair or Makeup First? - My last piece of advice is, set up your wedding day getting ready timeline in such a way that you get your makeup done FIRST and then get your hair done. I have done it both ways for brides but I think the former is the best way. If you think about it, while you are staring into the mirror getting your hair done, you can stare at your beautiful finished makeup the whole entire time too!
Huge thanks to Clare for the awesome tips! If you’re still on the hunt for a makeup artist for your upcoming wedding, check out her work. You won’t be disappointed.
And if you're still looking for a photographer for your wedding, we are now booking 2020 and 2021 weddings! Contact us to schedule a meet up.
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