2019 has been another year filled with stunning brides, beautiful bridal parties and fabulous venues – and despite all of the different wedding clients I have met, one thing has remained the same… the requests for soft, beautiful, timeless makeup. Music to my ears. Red carpet makeup where you wear the makeup, the makeup doesn’t wear you.
Bridal bookings are a large percentage of my work and I’m lucky to travel around for weddings wherever I am needed, not just in the North East/North Yorkshire area.
Bridal makeup is a specialist area of makeup artistry – my clients particularly rarely ask for a full evening look for their big day. That’s not to say they don’t look glam – far from it. In my opinion, there is something very beautiful about some fluttery lashes, a statement lip or a sultry smokey eye…. even a pop of sparkle, but applied in a way that looks elegant and classy. It’s a fine line between too much and too little – that’s usually the feeling I get from clients when meeting them for the first time at their bridal consultation. I’ve lost count of the brides I have met this year who have gone for makeup trials elsewhere before booking in and the feedback was textbook, I could almost guess word for word what they would say…
“It was too heavy”
“It was like ‘night out’ makeup”
“It didn’t look like anything I asked for”
“I looked orange”
Well, ok – bridal consultations can be tricky as makeup is so personal and if you don’t wear much makeup normally then you might feel like you’re wearing a little more than usual. It can feel strange letting someone else do your makeup away from your usual style… but here’s the thing… your makeup shouldn’t feel you’re caked in heavy products, especially for mature skin clients and also it will never look the same as it does when you do your own makeup. It might be a similar version of, but it will never be the same. This is where the consultation process begins. Your trial is a 2-way conversation. Your Makeup Artist should get a feel for the kind of look you are looking at achieving by talking through how you usually wear your makeup, looking at your inspo pictures and advising you on how the version of the look is best achieved. Hopefully you will love it – however, there might be tweaks you want to make when the trial look is complete. You might want to add an eyeliner, make the eye shadow darker, decide against the false lashes after trying them… those are only minor tweaks and perfectly natural and easy to fix. I always encourage complete honesty when I meet my clients, especially if it’s the first time I have done their makeup. If there is something you’re not sure of, tell me, I’ll change it…. I want you to feel excited for the big day and not nervous about your makeup look.
My bridal style has developed over the last few years and it has come to the point where I just love soft eyes, soft tones and my signature glowy skin. The kind of skin that looks like it glows from within rather than with the use of lots of highlighter. Those regular clients amongst you know I’m not a huge fan of the powdered highlighter look that can be seen from the moon.
So I thought I would share some of my favourite looks from my weddings during 2o19. Although I still have lots of bridal beauties still to makeup by the end of the year, my style will still be the same… unless otherwise requested.
All images are taken on my iPhone camera phone with natural light only. I never edit my images in any way.
As I mentioned, this has definitely become a signature look unless my clients ask for a matte complexion.
Ah brows… when they’re good they’re fabulous. When they’re bad, they can entirely ruin a beautiful makeup look. My own rule of thumb is to add a little definition and fill in any gaps where needed but believe me, the ombre brow, the pasted brow, a heavily blocked off brow – its all a trend and even when done well, I still hate any kind of severely enhanced made-up brow on a bridal look. I’ll be honest, if you ask me for a trend brow, I probably won’t do it for you. I’ve said no to clients before and I’ll do it again. It would break my heart to create a beautiful makeup then add an overdrawn pomade brow. I will always work with clients to create a dream look but the trend brow is one thing where my foot is firmly down. Feel free to add your own but don’t tell anyone I did it for you 😉
But then there are fabulous natural full brows… and how lucky you are if you have them! I LOVE a natural full brow.
With all brows, your eye makeup will look much cleaner if your brows are tidy (threaded, waxed, whatever…). In the same way that an overdrawn brow can make people stare for the wrong reasons, an untidy set of brows change your look. Even if you dont normally bother maintaining them ordinarily, make sure they’re nice and tidy for your wedding. Those photographers love a close-up of your makeup-prep!
Here are some of my favourite naturally full brows…
Whether you go for soft pastels, a subtle smokey eye, a metallic dazzle or a sharp winged liner, eyes are the easiest way to make you feel fabulous. With some clever tweaks, you can make the eyes look bigger, younger, brighter or darker for a smokey look. It’s all personal choice – but eyes really are one of your main features to focus on. Nudes, metallic, smokes… they all photograph beautifully. Pop on some lashes for a bit of volume and you can transform any look to add a little extra something.
So there we have my favourite elements of bridal makeup. I have loved getting to know my brides again this year and still more to come before we see another busy year out.
A special thank you to every bride who drops me a review, a thank you card, or a text message after the wedding. I save everything – its always appreciated. I also love to see your professional images from the big day. Thanks to everyone who sends me photographs, tags me in social media, refers me to friends. When you are a self-employed individual we rely on you sharing the love and it’s wonderful to feel appreciated with your kind words.
Here are some professional images that have been sent to me or I have been tagged in… thanks again!
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