Wedding makeup and bridal parties are always exciting combinations filled with expectations, fun, and memories in the making. I was excited to be a part of this Two Rivers Country Club Styled Shoot. The shoot featured two brides of differing skin tones, skin types, and with the same desire . . . to look her best on her wedding day. With that primary goal in mind I chose to style them to best reflect their personality, existing comfort level with makeup, and of course their preferred finished look.
I used a combination of airbrushed makeup for the skin finish with traditional powder product to create the looks featured on our models. When styling bridal makeup, my clients prefer the lighter and ethereal feel of airbrushed makeup, especially for their foundation. I can then add additional touches to the complexion by adding highlighting, contour, and blush with a combination of airbrush and powder product.
I like to finish the look with a light dusting of powder. Powder imbues additional dimension, as well as longevity to the makeup. While it is possible to do eye shadow with airbrush product, I prefer to use brushes and powder product. This allows me to create a much more detailed and multi-tonal application to ensure I stay true to my painterly style of artistry.
Of course no look is complete without a gorgeous set of false lashes to create unparalleled drama for your eyes. Often clients are a little apprehensive about false lashes. They may not be accustomed to wearing them, but the styles I select are very comfortable. Clients typically acclimate to them within 15 minutes and then barely notice them. It’s all about finding the most flattering style.
Products I used to create the looks:
MAC: paint pots
MAKEUP FOREVER: eyeshadows and lip liner
Estee Lauder: lip liner
Viseart: eye shadows
Temptu: airbrush foundations, contour, highlight, blush
HourGlass Cosmetics: finishing powders
Anastasia of Beverly Hills: highlight and contour powders
Bobbie Brown: concealers/correctors, lipsticks, eye liner
RCMA: cream foundation
Urban Decay: eye liner
Skindinavia: setting spray
Real Techniques: sponges
This might seem like a long list of products. However, each item is thoroughly tested to ensure it withstands all the hugging and high emotions encountered during a wedding. While this quantity of product may feel a little intimidating, each product is selected and vetted by me to ensure it is absolutely necessary to contribute to your beauty. Any extraneous product/steps have been edited out for the sake of timely services and to ensure your makeup never looks or feels heavy.
The Benefits of a Professional Wedding Makeup Artist
A professional artist can accommodate women of all ethnicities. As pictured, these two brides are equally gorgeous and their beauty is not limited by the skillset of the artist.
A professional artist will equally adapt when working with women of all ages. Your Mother of the Bride, Mother of the Groom, and grandmothers will also want to be part of the fun! Having your makeup professionally done is a rare treat for most women so make sure your artist is prepared to include everyone for this special and luxurious event!
A professional artist will provide timely service to every person in your party. A professional will provide a timeline and adhere to it. They may even need to corral the ladies to ensure everyone gets her turn in the chair.
A professional artist provides sanitary service to every person in your party. Now more than ever a professional artist must ensure and take full responsibility for the health of the client and guard the sanitary integrity of her kit. This has always been an expectation but now that we have all been touched by COVID-19, we must all double down to protect each other. Your artist should have COVID-19 protocols available upon request, or better yet, provide them unsolicited.
Vendor Shout Outs
All of the other vendors did such a beautiful job with this Two Rivers Country Club Styled Shoot. They worked hard to make sure every detail was perfect and the photos from Heather Hughes Photography were so beautiful. The gowns from Truly Yours Bridal were so gorgeous. I love the off the shoulder neckline of one of the gowns, as well as the flowing trains. The models looked so regal in the glam venue of Two Rivers Country Club.
Just as important as your makeup for your bridal look is your hair! A great hair stylist like Hair by Crystal Dawn can make you not only feel beautiful on your wedding day, but also make sure that you are comfortable. All hair stylists should offer a trial before your wedding day so you can make sure they understand your vision and also make sure that you feel comfortable with the style.
The flowers from Morrison’s were just stunning. I love the tall centerpieces with cascading greenery, as well as the florals throughout the space. A talented florist can help you plan for each space within your venue.
Two Rivers Country Club has so many beautiful focal points within the venue for your guests and also for photos. I love the beautiful blue carpet and the rentals from Big Top Event Rentals looked so elegant next to it. I definitely think that navy blue is a neutral!
Styled Shoot with Heather Hughes Photography
Venue: Two Rivers Country Club
Makeup Styling: About Face MakeUp Artistry
Hair: Crystal Weiss
Video: LNR Productions
Dresses: Truly Yours Bridal & Formal
Rentals: Big Top Event Rentals