Bridal makeup: Putting your best face forwardWritten by Guest Author | | GuestAuthor@toledofreepress.com
By Natalie Pohorecki
Brides are my forte, my niche, my cup of tea … I love wedding makeup!
My technique doesn’t change much as I move from summer weddings into beautiful fall and winter weddings, but I do make adjustments for weather, skin type and of course personal preference so that each beautiful face I get to work with feels comfortable and confidant. I want my brides to walk away feeling like this is the way they always dreamed they would look on their wedding day
Here are a few quick tips to achieve flawless photo-ready makeup that will last hours into the night, whether a professional makeup artist like myself is doing your makeup or if you are doing your own.
- Foundation: Even if you do not normally wear foundation, your wedding is the day to start. Your photographer will thank you later! If you have a professional makeup artist he or she will help you pick what works best for your skin type. I typically do not use powders because they do not last throughout the day and need more touch-ups. Airbrush is the new trend I have been using for years on my clients and they love it! It is transfer-resistant, tear-proof, sweat-proof, looks flawless and feels like nothing is on your skin. Perfect for those who do not want the heaviness of most foundations. If you are choosing your own foundation look for one with a great color match, something made for your skin type for great wearability.
- To prime or not to prime: Primers are an amazing part of your everyday makeup routine that add longevity to makeup, but also help to fill pores and fine lines. Some also help to color correct. Some of the new BB or CC creams can be used in place of face primers and include your moisturizer and sun protection as well as a lovely added bonus. Eye primers are a must, especially on your wedding day. They will keep your shadow and liner in place just in case any tears may come.
- Perfect colors: Picking colors is not rocket science. I ask simple questions such as “What do you normally wear?” “What are your girls wearing?” “What color are your flowers?” Sometimes I do get a little wrinkle of the nose at the last one, but at times the flowers help me pick an appropriate lip color! If a bride usually wears soft neutral tones on her eyes or a soft smoky shade, that is what she should do on her wedding day. Keeping it looking “bridal” may mean softening up on the black liner or adding a softness to the smoky effect, but your wedding is not the time to try a completely new color palette from neutrals to greens or bright red lips when you have only ever worn gloss. Be sure to have both bronzer and blush to help enhance the color and contour of your face shape. Bronzer has come a long way and comes in many colors. There is one to match every skin tone, so make sure you have the right one to avoid the overdone look.
- False lashes: Yes please! For the photos you will thank me for this one. Even my most resistant clients end up loving them.
The rule to follow is always be you — and on your wedding day be the most glamorous version of yourself! Makeup should enhance the beauty you are and make your confidence soar. This is one of the most special days of your life, so own it!
Natalie Pohorecki of Bridal Makeup By Natalie is host and executive producer of “Living Today” on WNWO 24. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Photo by Holly Omlor Photography.