Bridal Makeup

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There is a quintessential bridal look. Color intensity and shades may differ slightly, but the look should be timeless and elegant. So many brides I see are a little taken back at our run-through, where we do a full application before the wedding just to make sure it’s perfect. Her reaction is typically- ‘wow, that’s a lot of makeup.’

Very few of us wear a full face of makeup daily, and when we do the intensity is such where it’s more on the subtle side especially for day.. and we aren’t wearing a gown. Your face needs to be as dressy as the gown and the day itself.

This photograph captured by Andrew Clark Photography (girl with the veil) demonstrates the very best in wedding makeup. I used black liner to rim her entire eye, tight lining the top lash line. I used neutral and plum shadow and defined her brows. She’s also wearing false lashes which is a must. I use them on 95% of my brides, they photograph just like long beautiful lashes and you can rarely tell they aren’t real.

The temperature of the lip and cheek are perfect in the photo, but in life the cheeks should look a bit too heavy. Cheek color wears off quickly, so make sure you use a heathy amount because not having enough cheek color is the fastest way to looking drab. I prefer a cream under a powder for extra staying power.

A good rule to follow for the lip if you aren’t a big lipstick wearer and your eyes can carry the bulk of the look, is to make the color just a few shades darker than you natural lip color. This berry tone is perfect to keep the lips visible without being overpowering, and while a hint of gloss is sexy, looking like you just ate a pork chop is not.

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