Bridal Make Up 101

If you're planning a wedding, read on.
This Blog entry is filled with free advice for anyone planning a wedding.

I have been doing bridal make up since 1998 and have seen many trends with this particular genre. For instance, let's start right off the bat with lip colors.
Although the 1990s had a lot of dark red, ruby lips on brides, at this point in time I do not recommend it for practical reasons. Although brides still request it, I make sure they are willing to maintain the look throughout the day before we choose it.
What this means is women who are getting married should take the time to consider what makes sense for their wedding.

Consider these factors when deciding your concept for make up:

  • The time of day you're getting married

  • Is it indoors or outdoors

  • Time of year

  • Are you a "make up kinda gal". In other words, are you particularly comfortable with a high maintenance look (liquid liner or the above mentioned red lip)


  • The amount of kissing, talking, eating, drinking and smiling you'll be doing through the day. (A lot!)

  • Is your complexion oily or dry

  • The lens, flash and filter the photographer will be using

  • Your willingness to touch up during the day and evening

  • Changing your wedding make up to reception make up

  • Budget


Yes, I discuss all of those things and more when I work with brides.  And you would be surprised how many brides don't give a lot of thought to this.  Why is it important to think of all these things?
The practical answer is PICTURES.
Your wedding day will be captured forever on film (or digital- you know what I mean) and these common sense details will improve your photos.
The emotional answer is CONFIDENCE.
When you put the time and attention into your look and appearance, you will feel amazing the whole day and you will totally focus on your groom, not yourself.  

As a bride, you put so much attention into every detail.
You have chosen the invitations and guest list with great care, tasted 8 different cakes, foods and wines for the menu, visited venues for your reception, listened to tapes of bands or read bios of DJs, focused on your dress since you were a girl not to mention your bridesmaids' dresses and your mother's dress!  And there's the rehearsal dinner, traveling guests, transportation and directions - it is an endless list of things brides-to-be have to take care of!      Let someone take care of you.
You can look at it this way: your dress, hair and make up is the only thing specifically for you.  No one else.  The planning for these three things affects only one person- you.  Put some thought into it.                                                                   In my experience, when I ask my clients to put
 their look in order of importance it  usually goes like this-
dress, hair/veil, jewelry, nails and then make up.
So naturally, my work is cut out for me.

I focus the bride's attention on the whole concept.  The bride puts so much attention into what her brides wear on their body, but not much in their make up.
Why is this important?  Just like a guest shouldn't wear white to a wedding, a bridesmaid shouldn't upstage the bride.
Think about it.
The bride sets the tone for how the entire ensemble should look.  And the bridesmaids shouldn't have a better dress or more dramatic make up than the bride.  And I help articulate this to the bride.  I offer packages to brides where I can do the whole wedding party's make up therefor controlling the overall concept and image of the wedding.
It works out beautifully. 

My advice to brides is always do a test run with your team.  Keep going until you feel good about the make up and hair.
A bride's wedding portrait is her lasting, physical memory of her wedding day and the make up should be clean, beautiful and reflect her inner beauty and confidence.

Planning for a make up artist in your wedding budget is well worth the money.  As you can see, the results do last a lifetime.