Let's face it, everyone wants their bridal makeup to be picture perfect on their wedding day! Our team of bridal makeup artists, serving Sedona and Phoenix Arizona, can make this happen for you!
The first thing you will want to do regarding this process is to start looking through bridal makeup portfolios. Pinterest, Instagram, and any other social media platform where you can find wedding makeup inspiration are a great place to start. Inspiration photos are the best way to develop your vision as well as show your vision to your bridal makeup artist. We always suggest to provide as many bridal makeup inspiration pictures as necessary. For example, you can send one in which you like the eyes, one in which you like the lip color, etc. This will give us a clear idea of the look you are going for.
Here are a few other things to consider when deciding on your bridal makeup look:
What will the climate be where you are getting married? If you will be getting married in a very humid climate, airbrush makeup is highly suggested as it is waterproof and sweat proof. Also, if you tend to sweat or be oily even in a drier climate such as is common in Arizona, the airbrush wedding makeup is the way to go. If applied correctly, the airbrush should feel like a "second skin". If you don't wear any or much makeup on a regular basis, just know that you will need to wear a bit more on the day of your wedding. However, this does not mean that you have to wear so much that you don't feel or look like yourself! Just let your bridal makeup artist know that you typically do not wear a lot of makeup so that they can gauge how much is appropriate for pictures, and to keep you feeling comfortable and beautiful as you speak to your guests face-to-face. If you have any skin issues that you will want to remedy before the wedding, such as acne, rough skin, dry patches, or dark spots, we suggest that you start working on these issues with your dermatologist/facialist 6-12 months before the wedding so that you can achieve optimal results. This will assure that there is no lingering irritation to the skin that would hinder your bridal makeup application. If you are in a drier climate, you can do a hydrating facial a week or two before the wedding. Also, it is best to do any eyebrow/face waxing or threading at least 2 weeks before the wedding, especially if your skin is not used to these types of services. We have had many brides show up on the day of the wedding with wax burns and skin irritations due to having one of these services only a couple of days before the wedding. Also, if you are prone to fever blisters or cold sores, you might want to consider taking a Lysine supplement or Valtrex for a couple of weeks before the wedding. Of course, refer to your doctor for instructions with Valtrex. We see many brides showing up the day-of with cold sores, and although we can do a good job of covering any type of sore, no one wants to deal with that on the day of their wedding! Our Sedona and Phoenix based wedding makeup artists have a plethora of lip colors in their kits, ranging from bright and bold to subtle and soft; however, lip color is one product that we do suggest our brides test out and purchase before they come to the wedding makeup trial if possible. If this is not possible, no problem; it is just a good idea to try a few colors out at Sephora or Ulta to have a good idea of the color you are wanting to go with. We also suggest going with a matte or lip stain as both of these will stay on longer with minimal need for touchup. It can also be a fun day out with your maid-of-honor or bridesmaid--lunch and lip colors! There will be someone at both of the stores mentioned above that can assist you in choosing a color, and one that best suites your skin as well. Eyeliner can make or break a wedding makeup look, especially if you are not used to wearing it! If properly applied, it can really make your eyes pop. Please let us know the following, as these details will help us to decide the best way to apply eyeliner with your wedding makeup look: Do you normally where eyeliner? If so, do you wear it on top or bottom or both? Do you like a liquid liner or a pencil smudged into the lash line? Do you like to wear it on your waterline (inside rim of the eye)? Do you prefer black or brown? We highly suggest doing a wedding makeup trial before your BIG DAY! It is an extra cost, but it is so worth it for the peace of mind of both the bride and the artist. You will know exactly what your wedding makeup will look like going into the day-off. Secondly, if there are any tweaks that need to be made from the trial to the day of, this can be communicated to your wedding makeup artist well in advance. We do understand that some of our destination brides cannot get to the Sedona or Phoenix area for a makeup trial before the wedding. In that case we would require as many pictures of makeup explaining your vision as possible, and a picture of yourself without makeup. If you are planning on doing a spray-tan before the wedding, we suggest doing a trial for this as well. If you are doing a makeup trial, do the spray-tan trial a couple of days before the wedding makeup trial so that your wedding makeup artist can see what your skin tone will be with the spray-tan, and match it appropriately to your wedding makeup foundation.