So, you found the man. You found the dress. Now…time to find the right Makeup Artist.
By Vanessa Hypes-Howitt & Danielle Morrida Flanagan. Photo by Kathleen Geiberger Photography.
Looking good means feeling good, so what day is more important than your wedding day to look and feel your best?
Makeup for a bride is not a one size fits all operation. Each woman is unique with her own style & areas that need to be highlighted or camouflaged. The goal is to look like the very best version of you possible, whether you’re a glamour girl or an au-natural type…or something in between.
For example, one of the things I often hear is that women have had their makeup done in the past, whether at a friends wedding or at a makeup counter, and they left feeling like they were wearing a mask so they want to wash it off immediately. For this reason, many brides fear that this is going to happen if they hire someone to do their makeup for their own wedding.
This is simply not true.
A good makeup artist is exactly that. An Artist. One who is also a good listener and actually hears what you are saying! It really is important to communicate what you are looking to achieve with your Makeup Artist. I always recommend that my brides bring pictures of makeup they like & that they come to their trial wearing their normal makeup OR bringing pictures of themselves with everyday makeup. The reason behind this is so I can get an idea of the amount of makeup and the level of coverage they’re comfortable wearing. (Some ladies like full-on, heavy coverage while others like a sheer, dewy glow) My goal is to bring out the natural beauty in my client & not overdone, insuring that the makeup will photograph well & last all evening.
Now, let’s not forget about the Bridesmaids! Obviously, makeup needs to be customized for the individual, however I find creating a look that is simple, elegant & consistent with each girl unifies the group and compliments the dress. Each woman will look their best while allowing the bride to stand out. (Afterall, it is sorta all about the bride on her wedding day. Wink Wink)
So remember, it IS ALWAYS a good idea to have a trial makeup application before your wedding. You need to feel comfortable with your makeup artist. Don’t settle-good makeup will make you feel amazing and beautiful & last all night. I have met brides who have gone through several trials before finding me, so don’t feel obligated to book anyone you’re not comfortable with! It’s YOUR day and it should be all your hope for and more.
Here are some questions to ask when choosing your makeup artist:
*How long have they been doing professional wedding makeup?
*What types of products do they use?
*What education/training did they have?
*What are their fees? (Don’t skimp here…a good makeup artist knows their value. In other words, you get what you pay for)
*Do they bring an assistant for large weddings?
*Are they experienced with applying lashes?
*Is there a charge for the trial? If so, is it applied to the wedding day?
*Are they willing to travel?
*Can they recommend a good hairstylist & skin care specialist?
Remember, this makeup will live on forever in photographs and video, so you want to be satisfied with your look. Most of all relax & enjoy the experience. It isn’t everyday that you will have this kind of pampering from a highly skilled, professional makeup artist.
**Vanessa Hypes-Howitt is a Palm Springs-based professional Makeup Artist & Dermatechnician. She has over 13 years experience in the beauty and wedding industry. Vanessa's experience includes work for Trish McEvoy, GloMinerals and Color Science. Also, she has now been doing permanent cosmetics for 10 years and has added permanent makeup correction, scar camouflaging, areola pigmentation, collagen stimulation, and brown spot removal to her list of services. She works at the Cosmetic Surgery Institute of Palm Desert.
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