How to Make Sure Your Makeup is Perfect on Your Big Day
It’s your wedding day, one of the most important and magical days of your entire life, and everything is perfect. Your dress is amazing, your hair cascades softly onto your shoulders. You have the perfect venue, the flowers are gorgeous, and you get to marry your best friend and the love of your life. And then, you look into the mirror, and you want to cry your eyes out, Why?
Your makeup is not what you expected!
What went so horribly wrong? For starters, it’s super important, if you’re a local bride and you have the time and budget, to have a makeup test with your hair and makeup artists. But, we understand at ElopeToNola.com that most of our brides are non-traditional brides and are either coming from out of town for a destination wedding, or may not have the time or budget to afford such luxuries. When you have a limited budget, the last thing you want to spend money on is makeup application that no one’s going to see but you—- why, so you can wear it to the grocery store?
Here are some tips and tricks that you can use to make sure that your wedding makeup is going to be the best it can possibly be on your special day:
1. Do a phone interview (or video chat) with your top choices of makeup artist - Be extremely clear about what you want, what your goals for the day are, what the temperate and climate will be like, and what rubs you the wrong way (blue eyeshadow, or lip liner, for example). If you can video chat, you should wear the same amount of makeup that you would normally wear, so that the makeup artist can get a feel for who you are and how you normally present yourself. For a list of recommended New Orleans Makeup Artists, click here.
2. Check out your makeup artist’s portfolio — Ask to see your makeup artist’s portfolio— If they don’t have one, you should be extremely concerned. Everyone, even interns and student artists have Instagram and social media accounts where they’ve uploaded their work. Browse through the pictures. If you constantly see glitter eyeshadow and glitter lips, the chances of you getting an extremely natural look might not be as good as you had hoped for. Your makeup artist can be extremely versatile and probably is, but it’s best to find someone who matches your natural beauty and aesthetic in general. You’ll communicate much more easily and effectively if you get someone that gets you. The same is true for a mate — you probably could have married anyone, but you’ll have a lifetime of bliss with that person who understands you, and what you’re all about.
3. Be open to your artist’s expertise — You should be at least a little flexible, after all, you hired your artist for a reason. You’re probably not the best at doing event makeup, or at the very least, it’s not something that you want to fool with on the day. Trust your makeup artist that he/she knows what they’re doing, after all, you chose them for a reason. They also may be more familiar with venues and climates than you are. For instance, your makeup artist may know that your venue has white walls, and so she has to use a powder that won’t wash you out. Or, she may know that in the New Orleans heat, you absolutely have to have a setting powder (and blotting papers) to keep your makeup from dripping off. In general, makeup artists usually apply makeup a little darker than most people are used to because of the way it appears in photographs.
4. But, don’t be afraid to speak your mind — Ultimately, you are the customer, the customer is always right, and this is your special day. If you don’t like your lip color, say so. Makeup remover was created for a reason. By speaking up early, you’ll be able to save everyone a lot of time and frustration, and you’ll be able to enjoy your big day even more.