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Makeup Tips for apply bridal makeup for yourself

Makeup Tips for apply bridal makeup for yourself

DIY Wedding Day Beauty

Hiring a professional wedding makeup artist could be seen by most as a luxury service. Depending on were your wedding would be held or the artist, this could run you anywhere from $150 to $700. Having an experienced professional will ease the stress and cut the anxiety of knowing your face will look beautiful on your wedding day. A pro bridal makeup artist will have the skills, and several techniques that will assure a flawless finish. What about the bride whose budget does not allow her this choice? She is left with one other option, DIY. With time and a little effort, you can create an elegant bridal face on your own with some helpful tips I will share with you below.

The most important product to any perfect face is the right shade of foundation. Once you have this important aspect down packed, the rest is easy, trust me. I believe you can get away with buying most lipsticks, eye shadow and blush for lost cost, but try not to do this with foundation.

Some women are lucky to find a good match from your local drugstore but remember, professional photographs need professional makeup. Avoid foundations that contain titanium dioxide, which looks ashy on the skin and in your photos. Choose a foundation that is high def which professional high-end brands carry.

Most local drug store don’t sell professional grade foundation and some women are lucky to find a good quality foundation from your neighborhood drugstore. If your being professionally photography that would be a no-no. Poor quality foundations contain titanium dioxide, which make the skin appear caked or ashy in professional photos. When buying professional high-end brand, choose a foundation that is high def.

What is High definition foundation? High definition foundation stops the exposure of crease and wrinkles or blemish when film or photographed. high-definition foundations are lighter than non high def makeup and will still hide uneven skin texture and flaws..

Next, Eyes. Your eyes are the center and focal point of the face. If unsure about how to apply shadow, here is a simple tip: apply one color of shadow to the eyelid. For example, a slightly shimmered or matte rose, soft pinks or beige gold. No matter what skin tone you have, you can find the perfect shade for you. Once you have found your shade, then apply a lighter shade of soft gold or silver on the brow-bone and in the inner corners of the eye. This creates a youthful and lighted illusion.

If you want dramatic or contoured eyes, practice makes perfect. You can research and find tons of ” how you” videos as a guide. As an expert wedding artist my advise would be to honestly get familiar with your face. With this knowledge you will learn the perfect style and shades that will enhance your features. As as you become more confident, began to experiment with bolder colors and popular styles.

Get lashes!  Have a natural looking strip or individual lashes applied on the day of or evening before your wedding. These should run you about $25 to $50 dollars, and will make your eyes pop. Don’t be afraid of eyelashes if you have never worn them, lashes when done naturally opens your eyes and give a more professional finish. Be firm with whom is applying the lashes. Let the tech know you want natural and elegant, unless you’re  a risk taker then go for it! For your brows, have them clean and shaped a few day prior to the wedding. Use a brow stencil when shaping, extending or filling in your brows..They are easy to use with practice and are affordable. Pro tip, unless you’re a blonde, always choose a brown shade slightly lighter than you hair color. Very dark or over exaggerated eyebrows will give your face a hard or comical appearance, so keep that in mind.

Final tip and probably the most difficult, Eyeliner.When applying eyeliner, use pencil or cake liner. Stay away from liquid if you’re not sure how to use it. Make sure you smudge the liner into the lash line whether you will apply it to the top, bottom or both. A thin liner brush will make this easy. If  you make a mistake, that’s okay! Remove and begin again, practice makes perfect. Make sure you keep face powder handy to cut shine (for photos) and your lip gloss or stick close by.

By using some or all of these tips, you will be on your way in creating a lovely look for not only your wedding day, but any special occasion

Author: Lisa Merritt-Lee of Alluring Faces





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Hiring a makeup artist to come on location for weddings or special events has become the latest addition to wedding services.

Most women have a trusted stylist they see on a regular basis. On occasion when styling is only needed and their regular stylist is unavailable, they will usually let someone else style their hair. As for makeup it is a different story. Most women who are not public figures or celebrities do not have a personal professional makeup artist in their rolodex. When a special occasion arises, most do not have a clue on where to find one or even the process in hiring one. They began to ask around or search the internet, or find themselves at a cosmetic counter where they may leave with products they did not want in the first place. In the beauty industry, new makeup artists emerge everyday. Some work at cosmetic counters, some sell for cosmetic lines and others who work in Fashion and Entertainment. Then you have the more extreme artist that work in Special effects, creating monsters and transforming stars into some our most hated Villains and lovable characters. Oh I forgot the artist who did nice makeup on their sister for prom who now is a makeup artist.

There is a major difference in finding someone to do your makeup, and booking a professional makeup artist. Most professional makeup artist have gone to school and most are licensed esthetician or facial specialist. Some makeup artist started from the ground up working for years with hands on training servicing the public. Brides and private events are not their only clients. They make a living without any side jobs working in areas of production, film, television, print and runway. They understand skin types and facial bone structure. They know the proper sanitation and sterilization for their tools, how to prevent contamination of there products, and how not to transfer germs from one client to another. They understand the importance of facial contouring and shading which is used to change eye shapes, correct noses, create cheeks bones etc… They understand skin tones and usage of the right color pigmentation that will match your complexion on the spot, without error, no matter how light or dark your skin may be.

When a professional makeup artist arrives, their main concern will not be to sell you products. If they sell a product that you want to buy, then that is just business and your happy. However, the goal will be to give you a perfect even complexion while enhancing your best features and hiding imperfection. Remember, shopping for a makeup artist with the cheapest price is not a good idea. Good quality makeup and talent cost. The cheaper the price, the cheaper the products and skill quality, you will get what you pay for. Your search should be base on the best artist with the best work that can do the job, even if you have to save for it. A good photo is timeless, look at the makeup in old photo’s of Audrey Hepburn, Rita Hayward, Elizabeth Taylor timeless or what? Do your home work and hire smart. Check credentials; ask if they carry a professional license to perform the services you will need. A licensed hair stylist will either be a full cosmetologist, or carry some sort of license to touch your hair. Hiring a licensed professional protects you, and secures you that the person you’re hiring has the proper training and skills. Would you hire an unlicensed plastic surgeon? No, you check credentials, years of experiences and you want to see a lot of work they have done in the past.

Make them back up the years of experience they are claiming and charging you for. Ask questions; ask to see their work and more work. Trials for hair styling are essential and should be for both client and artist to collaborate. Trials for makeup should be your choice to do and not a suggestion from the artist. A professional artist does not need a trial to do beauty makeup. In production we can not do trials, we are presented with ideas and it is our job as the artist to produce. Do not get caught up in advertisement words, the proof is in the WORK! A makeup artist who has had been in the industry for years, licensed or not, will have a portfolio and a website filled with there actual work (not bought stock photo’s). When a makeup artist is consider for a job any where else in this profession, without the proper creativity, skills, license, resume and images to show, they will not be hired.

All makeup on all photos done by Lisa Lee of Alluring Faces