For today’s blogger style, Elina Mille from Belle Vie Magazine, an online beauty and lifestyle magazine, is here to give her tips on achieving fresh, glowing skin and perfect makeup for your wedding day! Elina not only blogs at Belle Vie Magazine but is also the owner of Bellelina Makeup Studio in Charleston, SC where she specializes in bridal makeup. Read on for Elina’s insider tips as well as images from a bridal shoot featuring Elina’s makeup talents!
Youthful, fresh, adorable, radiant, glowing – these are just a few of the words I use to describe the bridal look. On wedding day all eyes are on you. You are constantly being photographed and perhaps even have a videographer, so your wedding makeup needs to be flawless. It is your makeup that puts the finishing touch to your whole look and makes you feel like a million bucks! Below I am going to share some tips on how to make sure your bridal makeup look its absolute best!
I would really like to stress the importance of hiring a professional makeup artist for your wedding. Bridal makeup is one of the hardest makeup looks to do because it combines 3 different makeup styles in one (natural, photo makeup and special occasion makeup). Professional makeup artists use a wide array of products specifically designed to last all day and withstand tears and sweat. Besides it is your day, don’t you want to relax and feel pampered?
Once you narrow down your search of makeup artists make sure to check their portfolio to see if their style suits you. If you like what you see, don’t wait to call! Good makeup artists can book up to a year out with the busiest times of year March-June and September-November booking first. Once you have secured a makeup artist go ahead and schedule a trial run as it is a great way to meet your artist and discuss the look you have in mind.
Make sure to bring pictures of the look you are going for. Sometimes a visual can be way more helpful than trying to describe it with words! It is also a good idea to wear a top that is a similar color to your wedding gown and wear your hair up. These tricks will help you get a better idea of how the makeup will look with your dress and hairstyle. Don’t be afraid to speak up if something is not to your liking – a good makeup artist will never take it personally and will strive to give you a look you are comfortable with.
However, even the best makeup artist and the most expensive tools are not a “magic wand.” You cannot completely erase bags, wrinkles, dry flaky skin and acne. If your goal is a light, fresh and natural look there are a few easy habits you should adapt prior to wedding day to get your skin in the best possible shape!
Your wedding day skin prep should start at least 6 months prior to your wedding day. If you have problems with acne, uneven skin tone, or minor fine lines a series of superficial chemical peels will do the trick and will help to reveal a fresher, more glowing complexion. For minor skin concerns, such as blotchiness, dull complexion, blocked pores or flaky skin, a few facials will help to deeply exfoliate, increase circulation and hydrate.
Don’t forget about home care in between treatments too – always wash your face at night, exfoliate with a gentle scrub a few times a week, moisturize and protect your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen. The night before your wedding try to avoid too many alcoholic drinks or salty food or you run the risk of waking up with under eye bags and swelling. Get a good night’s rest too, so you are full of energy for your big day’s festivities!
Other important tips for glowing wedding day skin?
- Stop going to the tanning booth or beach at least a week before your wedding. Instead, try a spray tan a few days before for a nice healthy glow.
- Two words: Airbrush Makeup – It is a great way to achieve a perfect complexion, it lasts all day through tears and the Southern humidity and assists in creating fresh, clear skin on camera.
- Don’t forget that your makeup needs to pop and you should go with a bit more makeup for your wedding day. Camera flashes, bright daylight and dim venue lighting “eats up” a lot of makeup and strips color from your face. You need to make sure that your best features are highlighted and you have enough makeup to avoid looking washed out in pictures.
- Shimmer needs to be in the right places. Using too much of shimmery or high shine products can make your face look oily and slick in photos. Avoid using a blush or bronzer with shimmer in them – it looks very unnatural and creates unattractive oily patches in pictures.
- Consider false eyelashes for the day of. Falsies can take your whole makeup look to another lever of glamorous! They make your eyes appear much more defined and larger, helping them stand out in pictures. There are strip lashes out there that look so natural nobody would even know they are not yours!
- Make accents. In bridal makeup, there should be 2 accents. The most popular are “eyes-cheekbones”, “eyes-brows”, or “lips-brows”. Your face shape, features, and style of your dress and hair will determine what accents will suit you best.
- Don’t forget about eyebrows. Well-groomed arches will frame your eyes and bring attention to them in a good way. Make sure there are no stray hairs – it can visually close the eyes. If your shape needs correcting, go to a professional at least a week prior, to avoid any redness or irritation.
Follow these simple tips and you will be the most gorgeous bride on your wedding day!
Photographer: Jose Villa