When planning your dream wedding, you think of every little detail down to the color of the silverware. As time passes, you book your venue, florist, caterer, and other vendors. Throughout booking and planning, you should be creating an overall theme and style to your big day that should carry out with each vendor. Your makeup should be no different! Here are some things to consider:
1- Define a Theme: As mentioned above, you should think about what your whole wedding style and theme are. If you’re unsure of this, take a step back and work with a planner or designer to help! Once you have this set, think about what makeup looks might work. Are you having a Halloween themed wedding? Maybe country chic? Or perhaps a Tuscany themed one? Those looks can all differ quite a bit. What colors and looks will work with what you’re conveying? Your makeup should complement the event and your style. This is also something to discuss with your makeup artist during your trial run. I always ask questions like this to help narrow down an appropriate look.
2- Picture Searching: Pinterest has been perhaps one of the best inventions of all time (let’s be real). Use it to your advantage, and use it wisely. Sure, you can just search “wedding makeup” and tons of photos will come up. Take it one step further and search “brunette wedding makeup” or “soft/ romantic wedding makeup”. This searching tool will help narrow your results down to better fit your style and appearance. P.S.- always bring these photos to your trial run so your makeup artist can see them! P.P.S.- remember that Pinterest is great for getting overall ideas, but the majority of the photos you’ll see are heavily re-touched or done on a model with perfect baby-smooth skin; don’t expect to look exactly like a picture
3- Consult your Artist: Once you’ve secured your makeup artist, schedule at least one trial run before your big day. Not only is it a great chance to get to know them, but they will be able to offer advice of what colors/ textures will work well with your particular face. Often enough, I will have a blonde/ blue eyed bride show me a picture of Kim K with bold, heavy makeup on, and they say, “I want to look just like this”. Remember, you should look like YOU and FEEL like you. Plus, if you are a pale blonde, that makeup is going to look drastically different on you versus Kim K.
4- Pictures are Forever: Lastly, remember that pictures are forever! You spend a lot of money on a professional photographer in order to capture those memories; be sure to look your best! Makeup trends come and go all the time in the beauty world. Before deciding on a glitter cut-crease with huge winged eyeliner, think to yourself, “will this still look good fifteen years from now?”. If that seems questionable, perhaps think of toning it down to a more classic bridal look. Buy hey, if you like bold- go for it! As an artist, I’m here to give you what you want, but also to consult and guide you to your dream look.
False eyelashes can help bring your everyday makeup look to the next level. Some may like to wear them everyday, others, only on special occasions! There are many variations of lashes, and choosing the right ones for your eye shape and style can be overwhelming. I will break down which ones to purchase, and how to get them on (and staying on!). Plus some fun extra tips at the end!
1- Where to Buy: The nice thing about lashes is that they are readily available at almost any drugstore, Walmart, or beauty store. I frequently buy them from CVS and Ulta. My favorite brands are Ardell and Kiss. Both of these brands offer a thin band and a variety of styles. What does that mean? It means, it's going to be more flexible, easier to apply, and more comfortable to wear.
2- Style: If you're wanting a bolder look, I recommend the Ardell Wispies. They will give a full look, without feeling too over the top. If you want something a little more subtle, shoot for the Demi Wispies, or individual lashes. There are always some options in between, too!
3- Glue: Some lash sets will come with glue in the package, but most do not. I highly recommend the Kiss Sensitive Eyes Lash Glue. It will dry clear, and does not contain Latex, which is a common allergen/ irritant. If you have that sensitivity, be sure to read labels! This comes in a white tube with a brush applicator.
4- Measuring & Cutting: Once you have purchased the lashes, now the fun part begins! Grab some small scissors, the lash glue, some lash tweezers (soft ended), and your falsies. Peel out each lash gently, starting from a corner. Next, you'll want to measure it to your eye; do this by holding the lash right above your lash line. Look to see how much excess band is on the outer corner. You'll want to take your scissors and cut that off. Depending on your shape, it's normally about 5-6 Centimeters.
5- Glue & Stick: Once you have your lashes cut to fit each eye, it's time to apply the glue. Gently brush the adhesive across the band. You'll want a thin, non-clumpy layer. I usually apply a tad bit more on the corners. Now, if you get anything from this, remember to LET THE GLUE GET TACKY! Hold the lash in the air for about 45 seconds to a minute before applying. Now you'll want to grab those soft ended tweezers and grip the lashes on the falsie. Bring that up to your upper lash line, and apply to the middle first, then stick each corner down. Try to get it as CLOSE to your natural lash line as possible. Keep pressing down across the band until it feels secure. Lastly, I like to add a small coat of mascara to really blend them in with your natural lashes.
BOOM! You just applied your falsies. Now, don't get too disgruntled if they don't quite work the first few times- that is NORMAL. The best thing to do is keep practicing. Everything I said above is also personal preference, and what works for me. You may find something that works even better!
Helpful Tips: Try applying a thin line of black or dark brown eyeliner to your upper lash line before applying the lashes. This can help them blend in with your natural ones a bit better. When you're ready to take them off, gently pull from the outer corner. You can also lightly pull the glue off, and put the lashes back in their package to re-use. *Do not do this if you're sharing lashes or glue*
Almost every makeup client I work with will ask me what my favorite products are. Now, being that I try new beauty products ALL the time, this is a hard one to answer! Below are five products I find myself continually repurchasing for not only myself, but for clients as well! Enjoy!
1) Kat Von D Shade + Light: This contour palette is one of my faves because I find it truly does work well on a variety of skin tones. It is also extremely pigmented, so a little goes a LONG way. This product can help carve out cheek bones, slim your nose, and give your fivehead (I mean, forehead) a smaller appearance. Not only does it have the contour shades, but it has highlighting shades! It has three off-white to yellow toned shades that you can set your under eye with, or carve out those cheek bones even more.
2) Urban Decay Optical Illusion Primer: Have crater sized pores like me? Cool, glad I'm not the only one. I have tried literally over 50 primers trying to find something that would help cover the appearance of my pores with zero luck. I finally came across this miracle in a bottle! It has a thick consistency, so a small amount of product goes a long way. I apply this only where I want the look of my pores minimized. Once you have this applied and the rest of your makeup on, you'll be sure to notice the difference! PS- it also helps cover redness!
3) Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer: This product will CHANGE your brow game. Seriously. It is extremely easy to use, and their shade range is great! I typically go with "dark brown" which is similar to the color of my hair, but just a bit darker. It also will last you a VERY long time, so the $23 price tag is well worth it. Use small, flicking motions to create the look of natural hairs on your brows. Fill in any sparce areas, and you're good to go! Brows really do shape your face, so if you're going to skip a step, don't let it be the brows!
4) Lorac Mega Pro 3: This eye shadow palette is one of the most versatile on the market! It has 32 shades that can take your daytime look into a night out look with just a few colors! I am a neutral shadow girl to the core, so the light purples, mauve's, and various brown shades speak my name. The colors allow even beginners the ability to create a soft, elegant look. Of course, there are some fun pops of color throughout it as well for you fun- colored loving people!
5) Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: Better than whaaat? Yep- this mascara is that amazing! Like the primers, I've tried numerous mascara's without much luck. I want volume and length with no messy raccoon eyes. This has been the best I've found! It glides on easily, and after just two coats, your lashes are transformed! I will say, the waterproof version of this flat out sucks, though- so stick with the pink colored tube.
One of the biggest questions I get as a makeup artist is, "how long will this makeup last?" Great question! Let me break it down into 5 steps to help explain:
1) Less is more: Some think that the more makeup, the longer it's going to stay put. Wrong! Excess product can cause excess oils on your face. Those excess oils can create a greasy look, and cause product to break up prematurely. Use proper rations of product to prevent that from happening. Plus, who wants "cake face"?! Not sure how much to use? Invest in consulting with a professional makeup artist.
2) Waterproof Options: In the world of makeup today, there are TONS of waterproof makeup options ranging from mascara, to lipstick and even foundations. While these are not necessary year round, they can come in handy on hot days, humid days, or your wedding day! With wedding clients, I always use waterproof mascara, and at times, water resistant/proof foundation. These are all determined on skin type, weather elements, etc. These are also a great option if you plan on wearing makeup to the beach.
3) Lock it Down: Set. Your. Face. Seriously! If you plan on using a liquid BB Cream or foundation, be sure to lightly set them with a setting powder. This can really come in handy if you have more oily skin. Setting is also important as it protects and sets the base for the rest of your makeup. If it's your wedding day, there will be hugging, kissing, and crying- this powder can help prevent transfer and wear of the makeup. Some of my favorite brands include: Makeup Forever HD Setting Powder, and the Laura Mercier Powder.
4) Know Your Skin Type: It sure would be a shame to buy a $50 foundation designed for dry skin if you are prone to being oily! If you're going to invest in some new makeup products to help with longevity, spend your time researching what will work best. If you're not sure of what kind of skin you have, consult with a makeup artist or Esthetician.
5) Blot/ Press: So you're now on hour 10 of a 90 degree day; sometimes not even the BEST products can hold up to that. What can you do? Carry blotting papers or a powder with you. These are small items that can fit in a purse and make touch-ups easy. If you feel/ see your skin getting "shiny" or makeup starting to breakup, take a blotting paper and gently press it over your skin. This will help absorb excess oils without ruining your makeup! Another option is to carry a powder compact and press powder over areas that are running. Tatcha Aburatorigami makes great Blotting Sheets!
Photo below: Lily on her HOT wedding day! Light application was used, with minimal product. A sweat resistant primer was also used to help lock this look down. PC: Gallivan Photo // Hair: Abbie Gordon
Summer, models, wedding vendors, and equine friends- what could be a better day? I had the privilege of hosting a Summer Styled Shoot that incorporated all of those elements. Makeup may be primary focus, but I also love to network with other Vermont wedding professionals!
This Shoot included some of the best Vermont photographers, florists, hair stylists, stationery designers, dress stores, and cake vendors around! The morning brought a bout of rain which made for a quick rush inside to protect the hair, makeup, and models. Early afternoon, the sun came out and we were able to have all 24 of us outside and shooting!
A huge thank you to all vendors: Eliza Eddy, Nick, Erin Hoefel, Aaron Rose, Lexia Gilette, Danielle Allendorf Photography, Anna Ivanova Photography, Jenna Brisson Photography, Alie Dearie Photography, Margaret Michael Photography, Maddie Good and Sugarhouse Stationery, 1804 House, Laura's Bridal, Betsy Couture, Nidel Dresses, Heather Garrow, Eve Tuttle, Stephanie Lemieux, Crystal Sorrel, Steve Mease, Chasya Mae, Jenn Adams, Jhai Sutton, and Aaron Toth!
Hillary Fay, Vermont Makeup Artist.