What Every Bride Should Know {Part 2: Hair & Makeup}

WEDDING DAY HAIR & MAKEUP
I am a hair and makeup artist, as well as a professional photographer. My goal in styling hair and makeup is to consider the perspective of the photographer and the final images. The advice I’m sharing in this post will not only help you look your best, but it will help your photographer make you look your best.

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When it comes to your hair and makeup, be yourself. Your wedding is not the day to do something “out of the norm”. You want to recognize yourself in your photos. Don’t let other people sway you into looking the way they envision you to be. You should always stay true to your own personal style.

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Have your artist emphasize your best features in a style that fits you. For your makeup, pick one feature to emphasize, your lips or eyes.

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Pump up the amount of makeup so it doesnʼt disappear in the photographs. Trust me, a little more is okay.

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Choose a great artist and have a trial makeup appointment. It’s well worth the money to know you will love the finished look on your wedding day

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I suggest airbrush because of the flawless finish and longevity.

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Exfoliate your body and face for weeks leading up to your wedding. I love to make my own exfoliant for the face with coconut oil and sugar, and coconut oil and coffee grounds for the body. Another great way to exfoliate your lips is with and old toothbrush and salve.

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Have the artist curl your lashes, use waterproof mascara, and apply false lashes. If you plan to well up with emotion be prepared with a hanky and lightly dab – donʼt rub the moisture from your face and eyes.

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Don’t forget the brows. They frame those “windows to the soul”. If you have a stylist that waxes your brows, your pre-wedding wax should be 2-3 days before the wedding. This goes for all your pre-wedding waxing.

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Teeth whitening is another great way to highlight the smile on your face. This is the day when everyone will be looking at it.

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Remember the scarf. Drape the scarf over your hair and face as you slip the dress over your head, and you will keep from transferring makeup to the dress.

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Make sure your hair color is fresh (one week before), and don’t get crazy and try anything new.

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Your hair should be slightly dirty (one day) for your wedding style if you want it to have some volume/hold, and clean if you are just going to wear it down and natural.

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It’s important to remember that whatever you do to your hair will be undone later when you are alone with your new spouse. If you add extra hair to you style, you will be taking it out with him. If you plaster it with spray, he wonʼt be able to run his hands through it when you take it down.

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Keep these essential items in a sweet bridal hand bag: oil absorbing strips, touchup lip color and pencil (if you aren’t using a long wearing lip stain), and a mirror compact.

What Every Bride Should Know {Part 1: Photography}

Before the WEDDING DAY

Try to book an engagement session with your photographer so you can get to know each other, and be comfortable working together.

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Make sure your photographer gets an idea of the story you wish to tell before you schedule your shoot. One couple may feel that a sweet fun session is more suited to their relationship story,

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…yet another couple my want something a bit more classic and natural,

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…or the couple’s taste in photos might lean toward urban/city styled images. Tell your photographer if you love black and white images.

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Bringing your storyteller in on some of the details of your relationship may be the catalyst for building a session around some of the story. For example, if the two of you are building a life connected to a rich history of a generational family farm, why not create a shoot that utilizes elements that highlight the past, present, and future pieces of that story?

Tell your photographer as many details as possible to get the best images. Surprise wedding guests, gifts, songs – you want your photographer to know these things so that he/she can make your memories personal and unique. Some examples: The groom and his groomsmen are in a band and will probably be jamming the morning of the wedding; a brother just arrived home after a two-year military deployment;  the bride plans to surprise her love with photos from a boudoir photo session that she did for him.

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These are the precious moments that you hope a photographer captures.

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Make plain for your photographer your expectations, needs and desires prior to your wedding. This helps your photographer anticipate shots.

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Collaboration is important, so don’t be afraid to discuss locations, backgrounds and some poses you’d like to try. However, while it’s tempting to share your enthusiasm for wonderful pictures in the form of extensive shot requests and examples you have seen in magazines and on the internet, curtail your ideas to the few you love the most and share those with your photographer before the wedding day. Great photographers will not be able to capture every image you can think of, but they can deliver images you never dreamed of.

A good photographer can get the shots you want without endless hours of posed shots. Work with your photographer before the wedding to set aside the necessary time to do your pictures. Be sure to include travel time and a little extra time for inevitable surprises and delays. Most photographers should have a shot list of the most popular photos you can discuss prior to the wedding to find what you would like to do, and a really good photographer will create a schedule with you to assure proper time is alloted to give you what you want.

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Wedding Day Tips
  • If your wedding is later in the day, plan for clean food and drink for you and your party so that you feel your best during the wedding.
  • The room you get dressed in will be a part of your photos, so keep things out of sight that you donʼt want in pictures.
  • Designate a friend to be in charge of keeping the people who are scheduled for formal pics gathered and ready. Make sure everyone that you want in formal photos is aware and knows to stick around after the ceremony for instructions.
  • During the ceremony, make the kiss a good one (a couple of seconds) so the photographer can catch it.
  • If you plan anything special for the ceremony, such as a unity candle, sand ceremony, or communion, donʼt stand shoulder to shoulder, but open up so your guests and photographer can see you.
  • Like the kiss, make your first dance a good one, as well. Donʼt cut it short or have your bridal party join you halfway through it.
  • If you run into a hitch and are going to be late, immediately talk with your photographer about how to adjust your photography schedule to recover some of the time. It may mean you have to curtail some of the posed groups, do away with a third location, or do some of the formal groupings at the reception. Communicate, be on your toes, and be flexible.
  • Ask for an internet link to the wedding images. When a photographer is taking posed or more traditional shots, sometimes guests attempt to capture the same images, potentially slowing the process. If you request an internet link to the wedding images from the photographer then you can send it to your guests later and save time on your wedding day.

Great wedding pictures reveal something special about the people in the photos. As a couple, the feelings you have for one another are unique and should shine through in your shots. When people have fun and are spontaneous, great pictures easily happen. Just go with it!

The wedding is your day, so relax, enjoy it, and let your photographer handle the rest.

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Take a deep breath, take many deep breaths. Focus on the positive and delegate the little details. It’s entirely possible to have a blast at your wedding and, in the process, make great pictures!

Classic Beauty

Red lips and black precision eyeliner (TIGI Cosmetics)… Need I say more?

Photos by Marta Elena Vassilakis

Cosmetic breakdown:

TIGI Cream Foundation in Fair

TIGI Brow Defining Pencil in Blonde: Pencil in your shape by lining against the hair grow (to color hairs) then use the tool at the end of your TIGI pencil to groom and soften the line.

TIGI Vanilla High Density Single Eyeshadow: Sweep the whole eye.

TIGI High Density Split in Glitz: Sweep the crease (gold) and dab the tear duct area with a mix of gold and silver.

Two sets of dimi lashes and a mascara application, top lashes only.

TIGI Black Patent Liquid Liner

I like to use the lashes as my guide.  Lay the applicator on the lashes, slide the length of the brush next to the skin, and glide along the lash line. Start in the middle of the lid (where you want the most concentration of color) and glide to the outside edge of the eye. Don’t reload your wand with product. Use the wand that has slightly less product to apply liner to the inside corner of the eye in the same manner as before.  Don’t forget to lift the brow while you apply product. This will ensure that you get the color close to the lashes.

Hint: If you want a solid explanation on how to get the perfect winged eyeliner, read my first blog post “Demystify the Cateye”.

TIGI Glow Blush in Brilliance

TIGI Decadent Lipstick in Luxury

 Red lips need to be applied with precision so use a lip brush.

These next 3 photos were taken by me.

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Same beautiful technique, just on a different beautiful face. For this model, we switched up some of the colors, but the application was the same. This model had near perfect skin. My advice when it comes to foundation is to  use a foundation that leaves the model/client flawless. (If her skin is already flawless don’t overuse foundation and/or powder. Less is always more when the skin is already nice, especially when she will be photographed.) To even out the shine all I used was Entice Powder Foundation Friend by TIGI. This model has the same winged technique from above, with the addition of a slight line on the lower lid from the outside corner and faded to the center of the eye. She is also only wearing one set of lashes. Only TIGI Cosmetics were used.

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The hair was prepped with TIGI Strong Mouse and Ego Boost (split end mender). Then the hair was blow dried with a round brush, smoothed with a flat iron and roller set. Every section through the top was rolled back except the 2 front rolls, which were rolled forward. The back and side sections were all rolled down. Each roller was placed right on the section base and the base should be the size of the roller. After removing the rollers the hair was shaken and finger combed into place. You should shake the hair by sliding your hands under the hair and placing your finger at the scalp, then gently shake the tresses till the curls break up in a way that is pleasing to you. Then lightly finger comb the hair into place.

…and one more for the road…
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Yes! This technique is fantastic and classic and works on almost all faces.

Demystify the Cat Eye

Does the cat eye makeup technique leave you scratching your head? If so, don’t cry — you are not alone. This is challenging even for many makeup enthusiasts. Here is some instruction that will work for most everyone.

Keep an eye on the eye!

 Believe it or not, this application is as easy as 1 2 3…

Before I give you some of the tricks in my bag, I want to share a tip for a clean liquid liner eye frame. When you apply liquid liner, use the lashes as your guide. Instead of trying to create a perfect line on the lid, place your brush on the lashes and slide along the lash line and you will never get it wrong. This technique can be used for the simplest of eye frames.

 I know this sounds too simple, but every time I teach it, the technique draws a crowd.

 Now, let’s build upon this simple eye line and take it to the dramatic cat eye.

Step 1. With the eyes open (left), mark the intersection where the eyeliner will pass through the crease of the eye.

Step 2. Mark where you want the eyeliner to end. The diagram on the right is what the points will look like when the eye is closed. Every eye has a different shape so these points will look different on every eye.

Step 3. The image below shows your final step. Connect the dots and fill in the shape. When the eye is closed there is strange triangular shape, but if the technique was done correctly, you will end up with a perfect cat eye sweep of liner.