Process of Bridal Makeup

Process of Bridal Makeup

Bridal makeup can be quite overwhelming for most people.  When you go to your makeup trial it should be a fun and exciting experience.  Trials are to benefit the bride so you get exactly what you are wanting, bring pictures to your trial and speak up about what you do and don’t like therefore your artist has an idea of what you are into.

I am going to break down step by step the process of bridal makeup, the importance of certain steps and why I do this.  


The way your makeup sits on your skin depends on how good your skin is to start with.  I cannot stress enough the importance of using a good skincare regime at least 6 months before your wedding.  Cleanse, tone, treat (serum) and moisturise morning and night along with exfoliating your skin 2 times a week.  You will notice a huge difference in skin texture, clarity and even skin tone.  By looking after your skin with good skincare your makeup will look flawless and last the whole day.


Once we have prepped the skin with skincare clients have the option of a matte or dewy/glowy finish.  Depending on the look you want will decipher what primer I use, oil control primer or a illuminating primer.  Clients have the decision of a light, medium or full coverage foundation.  I advise my clients to go slightly heavier on the foundation than you may be use to but this is so your makeup lasts all day and night and looks flawless in photos.  Once foundation is applied I highlight under the eyes, in between brows, bridge of nose and middle of chin using concealer.  I then set the face and highlighted areas with powder so that it doesn’t smudge or move throughout the day.   


To create shape and dimension I use bronzer to contour features on the face, where the sun naturally hits to give a beautiful sunkissed look.  I contour under the cheek bones, around the jaw line and hair line to create shape.  I add blush to the apples of the cheek to give a healthy flush of colour to the face.  I then highlight the top of the cheek bones, cupids bow and bridge of the nose, I think every bride should be glowing on their wedding day. 


Brows are a prominent feature of our appearances.  I use brow powder to build up colour to define, shape and create definition.  I create natural like hair strokes with brow powder so that the brow looks perfectly polished.


Many of my bridal clients want their eyes to be the focus point and want to make them pop.  I help decipher what look you are wanting, natural, smokey or dramatic, if you are wanting matte  or shimmery eyeshadow.  I take you through step by step of the process.  No matter if you are wanting a natural eye or smokey eyes, I work with you to create the perfect look.


When choosing a lip colour I recommend to go one or two shades darker than your natural lip colour.  You want a colour that is going to show up in photos and not transfer onto your partner.  I suggest buying a lipstick so that you can top up throughout the day and night.

I then finish with a setting spray and you are all set to go for the day!  On the morning of your wedding day I come to the location where you are getting ready.  We will discuss a time that you want everyone ready by so that I can create a plan of a start time.  The bride generally goes last for makeup.  I do the bridal parties makeup (bride, bridesmaids and mother of bride/groom)  and then when I have completed the whole party I will touch up everybody again so that you are flawless and ready to go.

If you are concerned about topping up throughout the day, I like to keep it as minimal as possible as the day is already so busy.  I pride myself on creating long lasting makeup looks therefore the makeup will last throughout the day and night.  If your skin tone is slightly oily it is not essential but optional if you want to have with you a pressed powder to touch up on the t-zone (forehead and bridge of nose) throughout the day when you feel a slight shine coming through, the only other product I suggest is a lipstick to have on you to top up throughout the day and night.

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