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I often have brides contact me about their wedding who confess that they’re “not into makeup” but know that they need to wear it for their wedding. They experience a lot of apprehension about the process and are nervous about not looking like themselves. My advice to you natural ladies : stay calm! There is a makeup look for everyone. Here are my 3 wedding makeup tips for women who aren’t into makeup, and honestly, even those who are :
1. You need to wear makeup.
It’s your wedding day. I know you say you don’t wear eyeliner on a daily basis, but this isn’t your usual day! You’ve bought a stunning wedding dress and you're having your hair done; your makeup needs to look as special as the rest of you.
This doesn’t mean you have to be unrecognizable. Lightly playing up your features will elevate your look from ordinary to extraordinary. Adding some radiance to your skin and evening out skin tone will make you look flawless and dewey in pictures. Making sure your eyes stand out with a little eyeliner and mascara is so important; if you can be convinced to wear individual lashes, your eyes will be spectacular! Framing your eyes by filling in your eyebrows will make a huge difference. And a pop of blush on the cheeks and a soft, natural pink lip color will make you glow in pictures.
You hired a photographer to capture every special moment, you need to make sure your features are accentuated in them and that you feel gorgeous in the photographs - and it takes a little bit of all of the above to make that happen!
2. Make sure you have a makeup trial.
Doing a trial ensures that you and your makeup artist are on the same page and that you both know exactly what makes you feel beautiful - and what doesn't. If you have makeup inspiration pictures or pictures of your dress, now is the time to share them. This is where you consult, discuss options, where she gets to know you better and has the opportunity to show you what she thinks would be a good look for you based on all this information.
You want to be comfortable and feel like yourself, but now is also the time to experiment and allow her to maybe take you a little outside your comfort zone and try things you wouldn’t normally try. Clients often end up surprised at how gorgeous they feel in something they might never have attempted on their own.
But generally speaking, your artist needs to listen to your likes and dislikes and make sure that the makeup is an authentic representation of who you are. As I often tell my clients, I might think a red lip would be stunning on you, but if your idea of makeup is tinted chapstick, chances are a red lip isn’t going to make you feel beautiful. So this is REALLY important : your wedding day isn’t about what your makeup artist thinks would be best for you, it’s about making you feel like the best version of yourself. That being said...
3. Make sure you hire a makeup artist who listens to you and understands your style.
There should be dialogue about how much makeup you usually wear, what you like, particularly what you dislike, and just your overall thoughts about the wedding day look. If your artist is focused on you, she will take all these things into consideration. Her job is to take your everyday look and elevate it to the most beautiful version of yourself. This doesn’t mean there has to be an over-the-top amount of makeup involved.
The important thing is that you speak up when you don’t like something so she can adjust it. If you don’t tell her, she won’t know! It’s an easy fix. Remember, it’s about you, not the makeup artist, so your voice needs to be heard! This is why hiring someone who's makeup you like and who's work you identify with and gravitate towards is so important.
So, don't be afraid to be a little picky! It's your day to feel the most beautiful, and your makeup artist should understand that and be willing to do everything in her power to make you feel that way. Check out some of my favorite bridal looks here in my portfolio, I'm always taking on new clients and would love to hear from you! Visit my contact page to get in touch with me, or leave a comment below!