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Planning Your Wedding Makeup

Wedding Makeup

Every eye will be focused on you as you walk down the aisle on your wedding day. Makeup does not need to be complicatedly overdone, but most of us are not professional makeup artists. If you are confidently doing it on your own, it can be accomplished with online tutorials, practice and bridal palette kits designed by the pros. Whether you are doing it on your own and looking for inspiration or want to be pampered and prepared with a professional wedding makeup artist, we have all the tips and tricks for a flawless look.

Playing it Safe

The safest way to plan your wedding makeup is with a more natural look. You should avoid caking makeup that will look heavy, drag your features and show creases and lines. Wedding makeup should appear bright and accentuate your features in a way that allows your radiant skin to shine through. Each bride has their own unique skin issues and coverage needs, which might require a fuller coverage. The benefit of working with a professional wedding makeup artist is that it gives you a consultant that can mix foundations to meet your specific requirements.

Foundation for Wedding Makeup

Wedding makeup is more than just a bottle of foundation on the shelf or anything we could mix together at home. Liquid makeup is professionally mixed for a perfect skin match. There are different types of skin, tones and coverage needs to consider, and each type requires a different foundation coverage that a professional can create. Light and flawless looks can be achieved with airbrush makeup. Tattoos and scars require a specific makeup and technique for more coverage. Some brides desire body makeup. Professional wedding makeup can help you achieve the flawless look you want under any light.

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Why Do We Need foundation?

Foundation creates a flawless base. It evens out skin tone and creates a healthy glow. The lightest coverage can be accomplished with a tinted moisturizer. Oil-free liquid or gel foundation in a semi-matte will work best with oily skin. Most skin types can pull off a natural look with mineral makeup. The downside of mineral makeup is that the powdered minerals do not provide a long-lasting wear. Sometimes, the powder can fall into the creases of fine lines. A light powder can help set foundation; however, it can also fall into fine lines and make the skin look dry. Powder is a step that you can choose to skip. Moisturizer can help smooth skin and plump fine lines before the application. The length of the wear will be important on your wedding day. A primer beneath the foundation can preserve the look longer. As with all things, a good foundation is important.

Highlighting Your Wedding Makeup

Highlighter and bronzer can create an illusion that plays with the light and shading to enhance and define features. A light dust of bronzer over the forehead, cheekbones and jawline will create a sun-kissed look. Highlighter creates a light glistening glow that when applied to the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose can bring attention to those features with the lighting to make them pop.

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Matching the Blush

Blush is a sensitive element of wedding makeup. This is a case where less is more. Blush is supposed to create a natural flush of the skin. It should be blended well to avoid streaks. Placement is critical and will change the entire shape of your face. Blush needs to be tailored for your skin type, tone and undertone. Depending on the shape of your face, you might apply on the apple of your cheek and blend upward towards the ear or apply higher on the cheekbone and more in the contour to create a higher lift. Experiment with different types, shades and placements before your wedding day to see what looks best on you. Seeking the help of a professional wedding makeup artist can eliminate many common mistakes with blush.

Widen Your Eyes

Eye makeup should widen eyes and create a brighter appearance. The color, shade and texture should be matched with the shape and color of your eyes. Light shadows will pop, while depth can be accomplished with darker shades. Neutral shades like suede can be blended into the crease and upper lid. Shimmer adds sparkle. Champagne, pink, bronze or golds applied to the crease and upper lids adds a little gleam and dimension. Pale shades in the crease and upper lid create a more sophisticated look, especially when charcoal eyeliner is applied close to the lash line.

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The Timeline for Wedding Makeup

Weddings require a day of event timeline. Getting ready will probably be one of the first items on the list. If the bride takes too long and does not make her grand entrance on cue, every other event will be off. It is important to keep in mind that wedding makeup is unlike a typical appointment with a stylist. Your wedding makeup will take between half an hour and 45 minutes. If your wedding party requires hair and makeup, that should be factored into the timeline. The bride should always take the chair first, and the wedding party should follow.

Prepare for Your Wedding Makeup

Wedding makeup is more than the application on the day of your wedding. Brides and the entire wedding party start preparing their skin with treatments and facials months prior to the event. Avoid chemical skin treatments a few months before the wedding. A week before the wedding, you might consider waxing and tanning. Always use a professional for these services to avoid embarrassing mistakes.

Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor

Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor

Plan your magical moments with Crystal Ballroom at Sunset Harbor, and the perfect look with the Crystal Ballroom hair and makeup artist, 911 Stylist. This luxurious wedding venue makes the fairy tale wedding possible with master designers and planners on staff and at your service. All of the furnishings, décor and banquet staff services are included to create the dream wedding you envision. Walk the red carpet to the magical moments that await you in a ballroom designed by your imagination.


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