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Monday Fast Tips for Brides #22 - Choosing Makeup or No Makeup Artist

Over the next few weeks experts will be writing Allebach Photography's Tips for Brides! Here is the first installment.

To Hire or Not To Hire a Makeup Artist

There are many reasons to hire a professional for your special day. The main reason is to make sure you will look and feel your best and not stress in doing so. The best way to pick a makeup artist is to review their work. See pictures of their past brides and take note of how they do their own makeup. This is an important day and also a big investment for you so don’t be afraid to interview your artist. A good artist will understand and be willing to honor your requests.

So why do you need a makeup artist?

Let’s face it, on a normal day, you will never, ever wear as much makeup as you will wear on your wedding day, so sometimes this can be a little intimidating for a bride, especially if you don’t normally wear makeup! However, it is important to understand why we need to wear more than normal. Your professional photographers’ lighting is very bright and can virtually make your makeup disappear with every flash he takes. Also, artists know how to apply makeup to accentuate your best features and to work with the lighting in the room. The bottom line is you want to look great for the entire day. You will be paying top dollar for a great photographer, so you should also make sure that you look your best in those photos. These photos are your memories. You wouldn’t want to look back and say, “why can’t I see my makeup? Or why do I look pale?” Keep in mind if money is the issue you can almost always negotiate prices with an artist. Never be afraid to ask for a discount, or a package deal. Most artists will work with you.

So, what if you don’t want to or can’t afford to hire a professional makeup artist. Don’t be alarmed; it’s not impossible to pull it off yourself. With a little practice and a few trial photos to see how you are doing, you will be just fine!

Whether you decide to hire an artist or do the job yourself, just follow these simple steps and you will be on your way to a gorgeous complexion for your special day!

  • About 6 months before your wedding, be sure to start a good skincare regimen; Makeup remover, cleanser, toner, repair product (this is to smooth fine lines, tighten pores or lighten any discoloration), and finally moisturizer for morning and night. Also, once a week on different days you will want to exfoliate with a face scrub and apply a deep cleansing or hydrating mask depending on your skin needs. Don’t forget DRINK WATER from this point forward so your skin can be glowing!)

  • At the 3 month mark, make sure you have your eyebrows properly shaped so you can keep up with them.

  • One month before the wedding, (if you have decided to do your own makeup) take a trip to your local cosmetic counter and have a consultation with a makeup artist. Usually they require you to purchase 2 products, so I recommend buying your lipstick which you can use that day for touchups, and the foundation since it will be most important for your at home application. Ask the artist to map out what she did for you on a face chart.

  • Next step is to practice. Have a friend take some pictures to see how your work looks on the camera.

  • The week of the wedding, pack your makeup kit to include the following:

Tweezers, moisturizer, eye crème, makeup remover, q-tips, cotton pads, sponges, brushes, primer, foundation, blush, bronzer, eye shadow base (primer), eye shadows, eyeliners, waterproof mascara, highlighter for brow and cheek bones and any other items you find necessary for your day. (don’t forget your jewelry!)

  • Night before the Wedding be sure to get your rest!

  • Wedding Day! Try to stay calm and enjoy your day, it flies! You will be a beautiful bride whether you hire a professional makeup artist or you decide to take the job yourself.

Bridal Tips kindly provided by: Laura Martilotto Professional Make-up www.lauramartilotto.com or ph: 732.735.7414


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the useful tips.

Here I would like to share some information about makeup schools. Recently I found some makeup school which is offering the courses like image consultant, fashion stylist, makeup artist, etc… in correspondence mode. I think this information would be useful for the people who are willing to learn makeup artist courses from home.

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