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Choosing Your Look and What to Tell Your Makeup Artist

Today's blog is a guest post by Alyssa Lavelle, Woodland Events Intern and owner of Weddings by Alyssa.

bride with lipstick application at Pinewood Weddings and Events
K Schulz Photography

Some brides think about how they want to look at their wedding for years. Many see a photo of professionally done makeup online and decide they want that same look on their special day. There are even some brides who have no idea what to do about makeup for their wedding day.

What do you do? How do you decide on your look? What do you tell your makeup artist? Can they help?

Today, we're sharing everything you need to know. We sat down with Bre Perez (The Artist Bre), and she was more than happy to share tips on how to choose your look, and how you can work with your makeup artist to get the perfect look for your perfect day!

no Idea What Look You Want?

If you aren’t that into makeup, chances are you don’t have even the slightest idea what sort of look you want for your wedding day. Don’t worry, though! That’s what makeup artists are for! When you don’t know what you want, tell them what you DO know:

  1. Your wedding/flower colors - If you tell your artist what colors are going to be emphasized at your wedding, they can help come up with a look that will pair nicely with the wedding in your vision

  2. What your dress/jewelry looks like - This is important because you want the style and simplicity of your makeup to match the rest of your look!

  3. In what season your wedding is being held - This can play a big part in makeup, much like color schemes. For example, in Spring, you’d typically want lighter and brighter colors, not dark burgundy.

  4. How comfortable you are with makeup - Your artist should know this because if you’re not used to wearing much (or any) makeup, you might want a simpler look for your day, just enough for it to be special, but not layers of eyeshadow and lipstick.

  5. Barely there or bold? - This plays into number 4 a little bit, but also stands on its own. Maybe you wear makeup every day, but still know that for this particular occasion, you want it dialed back a bit. Or maybe you don’t typically wear much makeup and you want to go big for your wedding.

  6. What type of venue setting? - It might seem odd to think that your venue relates to your makeup. While most makeup artists don't actually attend the wedding, they're still incredibly knowledgeable and probably know at least as much about weddings as any of the other vendors working with you! For example, if you tell your artist that your wedding is at a barn with a BBQ buffet lined up, it’s probably more of a laid-back wedding, so they’ll do softer makeup that fits that setting.

makeup artist applying blush on bridesmaid at The APT in NE Minneapolis
Jeannine Marie Photography

Found A Look Online That You Love?

Most brides find a makeup inspiration image on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. They’ll fall in love with the picture, and want that exact look for their wedding. It’s extremely common, but there are just a couple of things to consider:

  1. The model - Consider the look of the bride in the picture vs. your look. If they look completely different than you, the same makeup application may not look exactly the same. Maybe the bride in the picture has much darker skin and hair than you do. Or maybe she has wide blue eyes and you have thin brown eyes. You can tell your artist about how you want a look similar to that, and they’ll be able to recreate it in a way that compliments your look, even if it's not identical to what's in the photo.

  2. Let your artist know - Tell your artist ahead of time, especially if it’s a unique look. Most artists will offer a trial run for your makeup to make sure you get the look you want. If they don’t, or you simply don’t have the time, make sure you communicate with your artist about the look you want in advance to make sure they’ll bring the necessary supplies on your wedding day. You wouldn’t go to your hairstylist to get your hair dyed some bold color, and just assume they have the exact color in stock, would you? It’s just as important to your makeup artist that you get the look you desire, so be sure to give them some warning.

makeup artist applying makeup on bride in a salon
Jocelyn & Spencer Photography

Getting the exact look you want for your wedding is extremely important. Whether you know what you want or you're completely lost, if you communicate with your artist, you’ll end up with a look you are sure to love!

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