• Marie Richards

Get that make-up artist in... fast

Updated: Jul 25, 2018

Some of my brides comment that although they’ve booked a professional hair stylist, they will be applying their own makeup on their wedding day (or they have a friend who will apply it). It’s at this point I offer my opinion and experience, taking them through a few scenarios to consider should they choose this option.

Many of us think we can apply our own makeup beautifully, and while we often do a great job, we can fail to understand that our everyday makeup is very different from what professional makeup artists apply.

Professional makeup artists are trained in contouring the face, thus accentuating your best features. They are amazing at reshaping your face using brushes for shadowing and blending, much like an artist does on canvas. They use top quality products giving you perfect coverage that will last all day. This is essential if you are to continue looking your best throughout your entire day, with your lipstick being the only makeup required for touch ups.

While all this is very important, a valuable result of having professionally applied makeup on your wedding day will be the results shown in your wedding photos. Bridal makeup is renowned for a soft dewy look, radiating a youthful looking and almost pure complexion. Perfect coverage foundation, contouring and concealing will ensure a flawless looking you, allowing your photographer to capture the best shots of you in the timeframe allocated. A professional makeup artist will know what is required to suit wedding photography.

Applying makeup yourself can result in a few hidden flaws that the camera will expose. Face shine, mismatched foundation colourings and prematurely worn makeup will show up more through the camera lens than will be viewed by the naked eye. While I can work my magic during the editing process, these 'flaws' will take a considerable amount of time for me (or your photographer) to correct, which can be costly and unnecessary.

Another point to consider is your photographer may be taking photos of you while you’re getting ready. These photos are better taken if you’re sitting down, relaxed and enjoying yourself while having your makeup applied, rather than if you were standing up in front of a mirror trying to apply your own makeup!

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