Happy New year to you my lovely readers and aloha to the newbies! I know I’ve been bad in posting those sweet bridal stories and do apologize. Hopefully I’ll improve this year *wink*.
Anyway, I just realized that I never mentioned here on the blog I was a make-up artist…silly…I know…but yes I am. It’s actually my first love and I’m very good at it. What propelled me to write this post was my experience with a few brides I’ve worked on since I got back into it as well as the metlholos I see on the popular Mzansi Magic wedding show, Our Perfect Wedding. Some days I see the make up and literally switch channels.
So I have a few tips for you future brides on getting their faces makeup-ready as well as finding the right make-up artist:
- A make-up trial is a must
A trial session eases the stress off on the big day because it gives you an opportunity to discuss your look and for the two of you to play around with the colours that’ll work on the big day. It also prepares the makeup artist in terms of the type of skin they’ll be dealing with. Nothing inconveniences a makeup artist more than having to change certain things because bride is unhappy with the outcome. I always insist on a trial.
- Skin prep 1
Go for a facial the week before the wedding. It does wonders to your skin which ensures make-up sits well on your skin, giving you a flawless finish.
- Skin prep 2:
On the day of the trial and on the wedding day, please cleanse, tone and moisture your face before the make-up artist starts working on your face. This year I had two brides with almost flawless skin. Problem, they had applied Pond’s ahead of the session and had to remove the foundation and start over. Ladies, Pond’s is nice and wonderful but not before you apply make-up. It makes the foundation and powder patch. You literally end up having patches of different tones on your face – quite untidy. Rather leave out moisturizer and go straight to primer or ask your makeup artist for a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. I’ve recently added moisturizer to my kit…just in case.
- Over-plucked eyebrows
This is my pet hate! Working on a bride you know had their beautiful thick brows butchered down to a thin surprised-look line at a hair salon…just grates my nipples!. I’d advise you to check if your make-up artist can groom eyebrows as well. Chances are, they can…and more professionally so. Rather wait for them to do it. They’ll probably charge an extra fee but it’ll be worth it. Trust me.
- Eye issues (Dark circles, dry eyes, puffy eyes, lazy eye & eyebags)
9 out of ten brides have one of these issues. If you know that you struggle with one of these, please please please get some sleep, I’d say 3 days before the wedding DO NOT take chances. I don’t care if the aunties from Musina arrive at 11PM and expect you to be up so they can ululate…no…play dead in that bed. There’s only so much a concealer can do. Try and turn in early the night before the wedding as well.
- Tight braids/ weave
This one is short and simple – please install your braids or weaves at least 5 days before the wedding; more especially if you know your stylist is one of those with the strong, tightening hand. You don’t want to be uncomfortable on one of the happiest days of your life.
- Hair trial
One of the important things black brides tend to not take seriously. Ok I’ll cut you some slack on getting that weave or braids installed 6 days before the wedding but question is…are you going to wear it/them down like that on the day? Thought not. My advise is, try to have your hair done in time for your makeup trial, have your braids or weave styled as you’ll want it done on the wedding day. That way you know how the whole look will come out. I’ve seen brides struggle to style their weaves and braids on the big day, which ends up delaying everything. Bad start to a day. No makeup artist wants to do rushed work because their booked time was taken by hair struggles.
- False lashes are not compulsory
Don’t get me wrong-false lashes are cute. They enhance your look tremendously…BUT…they really aren’t necessary. I’ve worked on brides with not so long nor thick lashes who insisted on just mascara and their make up came out stunning. And they you get those who are gifted with lashes still insisting on false lashes…yup. I say, go to your trial without them on…do your trial and see the results before rushing to get them installed. Remember, you want to enhance your features and looks angelic on your wedding day…not a completely different person.
- No makeup commentators please – ok black brides, I understand that it’s your bedroom and everyone wants to come and greet you and check up on you, but that aunt or friend that decides to appoint themselves as verbal makeup artist are plain annoying. All those “Are you going to apply this?” “What is that?” “Shouldn’t you use black eyeshadow at the corners of the eye?” “Maybe add a bit of gloss”…uuuuurrrrggghhhh. Shoot me now!
I hope this helps. All the best lovies.
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