Contributed By Jessica O Sullivan from Portrait Beauté
Your wedding day is the one of the key days in your life where make-up really matters. Here are my top tips to achieving a timeless make-up look that will live on forever in your photographs.
When it comes to pre - wedding skincare, there's no such thing as starting too soon. Your skin is your base and a good base will ensure a flawless makeup application for your wedding day. A consultation with a qualified therapist is always advisable before starting a new skincare regime.
A TRIAL IS KEY
Having a makeup trial is important and if in doubt, have more than one. It’s a great way to get to know your supplier and for them to get a full understanding of your vision for your bridal makeup. 3-4 months prior to the wedding is a good time for your trial.
AT YOUR TRIAL
Remember when looking for photos for inspiration, look for real life wedding photos that are not photoshopped or filtered. Look for women with similar skin tones, colouring and eye shape to yourself. Wear a top the same colour as your dress to your trial so you get a better idea of what the makeup will look like against your dress.
AFTER YOUR TRIAL
Take pictures of your makeup from different angles and in different lighting. Take notes of any changes you would like and let your make-up artist know sooner rather than later. Ask your makeup artist what they recommend you buy for top ups for the day.
Only bring someone to your trial if you fully trust their opinion and who knows your style. Seek your bridal party's opinion after your makeup trial but trust your own judgement. Having your bridal party see the make-up artists work will reassure them for the wedding morning.
THE LEAD UP
Let your makeup artist know who the other suppliers will be on the morning, i.e. hair stylist, photographer, videographer. It’s a good idea to have timings sorted between all suppliers for the morning so the morning goes as smoothly as possible.
Every make-up artist works to different timings but generally, leave 1 hour for the bride , 30-40 minutes for bridesmaids & guests. Always leave time for touch ups at the end. It’s always worth having your make-up artist take a good picture of your makeup as they’ll know how to capture good angles and good lighting too. These will sometimes be the first photos you see of yourself before you receive the professional photos.
Trust your make-up artist's advice. You will have more make-up on than what you may be used to but it’s essential for definition in photography. Don’t go too nude on the lip colour, it can look washed out in pictures.
Bridal make-up is supposed to be classic and timeless. Avoid make-up trends that you will look back on in years to come and regret. You should still look like you on your wedding day, just the best version of your beautiful self.
ENJOY THE MORNING
It’s always better to give more time than be rushing at the final hour. The morning goes by quicker than you'd think. Take 5 minutes to yourself at some stage to gather your thoughts.
Don't hesitate to get in touch if you need a make-up artist for your wedding day or if you need some advice when it comes to your bridal look. You can see my work here.