Here's What I Learned after doing Makeup on a Thousand Brides March 10 2018, 0 Comments
Brides have always had a special place in my heart and they always will. Being a professional makeup artist has been my second career but even as an amateur with a special interest in makeup I dabbled in doing wedding makeup for friends and family before it was common to have a beauty glam squad come to do your makeup and hair for your wedding day. While it's true that every bride is unique in her tastes, after doing a thousand brides and bridesmaids in my 17 year plus career in makeup, I've seen a lot of what goes on behind the scenes. Wedding days are more alike than they are different and I've been a part of great days, and some pretty awful stressful out ones where I went straight to a bar to have a drink to calm down. A wedding is a huge life changing event. Even if you think you are going to be a cool, calm and collected bride, come the wedding day morning you may feel emotions that you never knew you had. Here's what I learned and some of my "do"s and don'ts for a happy wedding day start. My wish for every bride on her big day is to have a wonderful happy day from the minute you get up all through the last dance of the evening. These are my suggestions to Make it Go Right!
DO Eat a healthy breakfast ~ even if you don't normally eat breakfast, EAT something with protein in it. It's not the time to diet. What you eat on your wedding day is not going to effect how you look in your dress. You need that fuel to get through the whole day and night. I've seen too many brides faint right before walking down the aisle. They were too nervous to eat or didn't drink enough water and were dehydrated.
If you are getting ready in a hotel or a venue and not in your home, pack a week before and write out and use a checklist. Forgetting something at home that is important to the wedding day such as the license, a bra, shoes, the veil is very common. I've seen too many brides cry and get very upset and then want to run home to get the item. As a makeup artist, having a bride cry unhappy tears while in my makeup chair is also upsetting. If you aren't good at packing or organizing or too time stressed to pack, have a member of your bridal party, your mother, your sister or anyone close to you who is good at to make sure you have what you need. It'll make you calmer and the day will go smoothly.
DO Start two hours earlier than you think you should ~ You won't believe how many disruptions you'll have that day. You'll get calls from people you haven't heard from in years, people will be late and there will unexpected delays and snafus. The time will truly fly that day and you will run out of time and feel stressed and be late if you don't start extra early. You want to avoid this from happening and it happens way too much. It's also a good idea to tell your wedding party to get there earlier to help things stay on schedule.
DO Have lots of food around. People get cranky and anxious when they are hungry or nervous.. Food makes people happier and calmer. Have a variety of foods: fruit, veggies, sandwiches, snack foods, coffee and lots of water ( I need gluten free for me) Happy people means you'll have a smoother start to your wedding day.
DON'T drink too much or stay up too late the night before ~ I can't remember how many times I've had to wake up brides at their hotel room which made the whole wedding day be late because they were hungover or just dragging and tired. It's harder to make someone look fresh and young and pretty when you're dealing with dehydrated skin, red eyes, and a queasy, cranky, tired bride.
DO Keep your favorite people in the world close to you that morning ~ I'd say this is KEY. Anybody who makes you feel supported, loved, protected and wants YOU to be truly happy is who should be with you that day. DON'T invite anyone who who have any angst with as any issues you have with them may get amped up. I've seen too many family fights break out on the wedding day or an underlying tension. Weddings are stressful enough for a bride and the last thing you need to add to the mix is having people's issues of jealousy, divorced parents who don't get along, or sibling rivalry rear it's ugly head. The less people around the better; keep it to 3 or 4 good friends or favorite family at most. The more people around the more personalities and opinions will abound. It's your special day - take control of your getting ready time and keep your circle small and tight.
DO Have extra cash on hand ~ Just a good idea. I've seen too many brides have to stop everything and go to the ATM on the wedding day. Not all vendors want to take checks or credit cards, plus gratuities for exceptional service are always appreciated in cash.
DO Trust your vendors to do the job you hired them to do. If you trusted them to hire them and you confirmed all details and handled the pre-payments, try not to worry and lose sleep about them showing up. They are professionals and they will be there! Offer them food or a drink once they get there. Showing them respect and a little gesture of kindness will go a long way in the extra service and perks you may get.
DO Plan on having the photographer come earlier than they say they will. More times than not, the photographer comes at least a half hour to an hour earlier than they tell. As soon as the photographer comes, the mood will change drastically, believe me. It becomes REAL! The party atmosphere will start to change to OMG! It's crunch time. Instant nerves will appear. So know that going into it. Don't forget to bring your wedding invitation with you. The photographer always wants to shoot that along with your shoes, dress and rings and it's often forgotten and throws a wrench into your plans.
I hope these tips and the wealth of my experience help make your wedding day "behind the scenes" go smoother.
Wishing you love, wishing you a beautiful life!
Makeup Trial Tips: Some info before you go for your trial. May 10 2014, 0 Comments
It's wedding season here with the arrival of a well deserved and long awaited Spring in the Northeast. Brides are putting the finishing touches on their weddings. One of the best parts of getting married and having a wedding nowadays is how commonplace it is to have your makeup professionally done. It's one of the few times that most women focus on themselves. All eyes will be on the beautiful, blushing bride on the wedding day. Your makeup needs to hold up for twelve hours or more, look fresh and real in person, and of course it has to photograph beautifully. In my nearly fifteen year career as a professional Makeup Artist, I've definitely learned a thing or two about making a Bridal Makeup trial go right. And I can recognize when and why it all goes downhill
Here's whats on my mind after a marathon of trials I've been doing recently. You can call it food for thought.
When you go for a trial, whether it's with me or another artist, it's important to have realistic expectations for yourself. I usually ask a bride-to-be to bring a photo of makeup looks she likes. I like to see the pictures as a point of communication. It's not meant to be an instruction manual for me to duplicate because any photograph I am shown is an unreal image. So much alteration goes into creating a magazine photo. Besides the obvious of retouching and airbrushing, professional lighting and printing perfects an image to unreal proportions. Another obvious element is difference in coloring and bone structure of a model compared to a bride/ subject/ client in my chair. It's so much more than the same hair and eye color. An image is one dimensional. The face in front of me is three dimensional. Bone structure, eye type and structure, skin tone, skin surface, skin type and one's own chemistry. It all needs to be taken into consideration in creating a beautiful face and the art of makeup. Some eye shapes simply don't look good with false lashes applied. That's the truth and the way it is. Sometimes its better to use several coats of mascara. Just because it's very popular and looks great when it fits some models face or your friend's doesn't mean it will look good on you.
It's similar to perfume. One perfume does not smell the same on everybody. One lipstick that looks good on so and so will not look the same on you. Be flexible and open to an Artist's advice. I work with makeup, study formulas, test and practice and have worked on thousands of faces and I am still amazed at how radically different a color will look from the tube to when its on a face. These are the little facts and details that most women don't know and I guess one wouldn't know. A true professional artist knows these facts but very few share them. It's so much easier to choose a few different face palettes or color looks and do the same look on rotation for clients. Not for me. That's cheating a client out of a real experience and knowledge. This is why my trials are two hours plus. Any less time on a makeup trial you are getting a "fast food" version. I am letting you know the truth. Sometimes it's true that you pay for what you get when it comes to makeup. Sometimes you are not. Know the difference!
The bottom line about trials to me is this: Let a Makeup Artist know what you're preferences are for your wedding day look but don't be locked into it. When I do a makeup trial and I see what a client wants is just not working on her and I know its not looking good, I tell her and change it. Sometimes I just adapt it according to what the makeup needs to be to bring out her beauty, photograph well and be long lasting. Most times she loves it. Other times and these are the times when I know that there was no "click" between us, is when she is disappointed that I didn't make her look just like Taylor Swift, or Brooklyn Decker, or Eva Langoria, or whoever is hot that month in the media. It's impossible to do that unless I am working on Taylor Swift, Brooklyn Decker, etc.
Some advice to a bride: Don't fall into a cookie cutter look that's currently on trend. Think timeless, elegant, soft, seamless. Think customized makeup that makes you look like your best you've ever looked. Less is more, too. Most fiancé's will agree with me, too.
Until next time...
Yours in beauty,
It's Bridal Trial Season January 20 2014, 0 Comments
Doing three different makeup trials this weekend has given me a great refresher on some advice for newly engaged brides. If you are engaged from the holidays and you are having a Spring, Summer or Fall wedding now is the time to step up or even start an effective skincare system if you haven't kept up.
It's a great start to make sure your skin is in the best shape it can be for your big Wedding Day. A few very effective products can take your skin from dull, dry, broken out to smooth, hydrated and clear.
I tell nearly every bride that they need to start or step up their exfoliating regime. It make the skin so much smoother and will make your wedding day makeup go on smooth. The better the skin, the closer the Airbrush Makeup will adhere to the skin making for a Flawless Face. Micro Derm Scrub from my line of skincare does the job safely and pleasantly. The Micro beeds are the same as used in a full Microdermabrasion treatment. Now with my product, you can give yourself a home Microdermabrasion treatment.
I suggest exfoliating your skin in the morning.
~If your facial skin is oily but not broken out, I recommend using it three times a week.
~ If you have combination skin, two to three times a week, depending on how sensitive your skin is.
~ Very dry skin needs at least two times a week.
The key is to be very gentle. Go easy but concentrate on making a rotating motion all around your face. Don't forget your neck. Then follow up with a serum and/or a moisturizer. Of course, I recommend my Vita Firm Serum and Hydrating Night Creme. (I use the Hydrating Night creme in the daytime, too. Disregard, the "Night" part.
Even if you don't try my Micro Derm Scrub, please don't use an exfoliating using products with nuts and seeds. They are too large and course and can scratch, redden and irritate your skin. Some of the so called "top selling" products may be inexpensive and popular but they are not kind to skin.
Next steps coming in my next blog.
Wishing you love, wishing you beauty
Available To Do Your Makeup During The Holiday Season!! October 28 2013, 0 Comments
I've received numerous emails from you asking if I have stopped doing faces. Oh girls, absolutely NOT!! I love doing makeup and bringing out your beauty.
I am still available for bookings. The holiday party invites are going to start coming in, so book me early, and if you have a few parties in the upcoming months, don't feel bad about booking me several times, I'm will make myself available as often as possible.
In the meantime, check out some of my gorgeous new colors for fall! These are must-haves, and also make great gifts during the holidays!! Thank you for keeping my makeup line in mind.