Even if you never, ever, ever wear makeup (ha. yeah that isn't me) you still wan't to look flawless for your wedding day. This is after all, your wedding day. The best day of your life (unless/until you have children) and the most photographed (unless/until you run for office or are in a beauty pageant). Okay, enough with the qualifiers, check out this weeks post with expert advice from Amber Budd, licensed esthetician and owner of Amber Budd Atelier.

What is the best thing a bride (or groom) can do before their wedding for their skin AND what about afterwards? Is there an important step we don't know about!?! The best thing a bride can do for her skin prior to her wedding is to see a reputable esthetician who can get her on the right track to a skincare routine. A custom built routine for morning and evening skincare is really where she'll be able to see a noticeable difference in her skin long term.

As for right after? There really isn't anything that needs to be done except full removal of makeup, and continuation of the routine.

Okay, phew. I always take my makeup off and most brides I know have cried, laughed, and sweat the bulk of theirs off, at least to the point where face washing is manageable and doesn't require a heavy duty detergent and car-wash sponges. Speaking of crying, what's your opinion on the mascara vs. false lashes debate? I honestly have given up wearing any because I cry often (too often?). Mascara - waterproof of course - AND false lashes.  There really is no substitute for false lashes in photos. 

Photo by Amber Rae Photography

Photo by Amber Rae Photography

Good - I totally agree! So, that's a pretty easy choice Amber, but what about the rest of the face? How do you pick what color to be? And I am not talking about your skin color - you get what you're born with, pretty much (restraining for extraneous comments), but what about your cheeks, lips and eyelids? Picking a palette involves several things: colors of your wedding, your skin tone, do you have a white, champagne, ivory dress...or something different like pink? What flowers will you be holding - what color are they?  What is your eye color, and hair color?  Beyond that, it is important to know if your photos will be outside or inside, or both. 

Okay, so more complicated than I thought! But totally manageable, I bet these are all questions that you ask during the trial run. Yes, a trial run is so important. I know many brides are tempted to skip this step, but it really does make the day of your wedding so much smoother, and relaxing. Just think: You already know exactly what you'll look like, and you've spent some time with your artist, so you know you're comfortable with that person, and their style. Makeup artists are right up in your face, so it's really important to be working with someone you can trust, and you communicate well with. 


AS for what happens at a trial run? if you were coming to meet with me, I would have you fill out a questionnaire about your event, colors, time of day, etc. I would also ask you to have a few photos available for us to look at together. They can be makeup you like, or even things you don't like, so I can get a feel for what you're looking for. Then we take bits and pieces of the looks and colors and put together a custom idea for you - followed by skin prep, makeup, and photos. If at that point we want to adjust things (darker, lighter, etc) then we do, and we take more photos.  About 24-28 hours after the trial run, I email or text to see how things wore...did the makeup wear off differently in some spots? How did the eyeshadow look after a few hours? Was there anything we need to adjust?  After that, I make sure my notes are solidified, for reference the day of the wedding.

That's great, and I like how you look at the wear of the makeup, maybe they touch their face a lot and that won't be a habit their likely to break before the wedding. Some brides are really chill and aren't worried about apply and reapply, except for when it comes to lip-wear. So, we've just got to know: How do we make our lips look great at all times during the big day? Lip products will need to be reapplied, even if you use a long wear product, you'll need a lip balm or gloss to keep your lips hydrated, so expect no matter what, to need to purchase your lip touch up product before the day of your wedding. You'll kiss it off, you'll drink out of a glass, you'll smile, you'll eat...every one of those things will contribute to some fade or transfer of color, so, you'll want that touch up. There are definitely things makeup artists do to keep the color on as long as possible, but a touch up product is a necessary part of your bridal arsenal.

Photo by Sarah Martinsen Photography

Photo by Sarah Martinsen Photography

Okay 10-4. That sounds like a stern warning (not a lackadaisical suggestion). What's one last thing you want to tell us, something nobody ever thinks to ask? Or one thing you always end up telling people? Make sure your artist is licensed, and insured. Make sure they have the proper permits to be onsite.  Yes, I realize this is a boring answer, but it's really important to make sure everyone is legal and well protected. Also, get a contract in place - I've filled in at the last minute (within 24-48 hours) for more than five weddings in the last two years, where the makeup artist cancelled on them at the very last minute - not only is this not professional, but it's very stressful for the bride. Protect yourself and make sure the makeup artist will have a contract for you both to sign, and get a copy from them as well.

Superb! Wonderful! We are all so much wiser now (and prettier?). Thank you Amber so much for taking the time to educate us all. As a special reward, a hooray-you-made-it-to-the-end-of-this-blog-post we are offering you a copy, for FREE DOLLARS, of Amber's Bridal Beauty book! Click here to download it on your kindle from Amazon.

And in the meantime, go wash your face. Just kidding, unless you are reading this before bedtime, in which case - how cute! I love bed time stories! 

Prosperity, Love & Happiness,

Josey

Header photo: Amber Rae Photography

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