The Joy of Makeup. Joy is a certified freelance makeup artist in the Toronto area. She also is a beauty blogger like myself and that's how I met Joy a couple of years ago. Here she spills all her beauty bridal secrets. Take notes, as she reveals some of her beauty product favourites.
In my opinion, I think brides should start researching makeup artists as soon as they start planning. This way you can compare work, prices, and really find the right one that fits your budget and style. For a good makeup artist who is well known in the wedding industry, I would book a trial no later than 6 months. A good makeup artist will get booked quickly. Otherwise, the latest I would recommend booking a trial is 3 months. If you're not happy there is still some time to find another artist. If you're absolutely sure about the artist and love his/her work, book no later than 1 month before your wedding. I've had some brides do that and even leave it a week before the wedding! Things to look for in a good artist:
- Referrals - Referrals are the best way to find a quality artist. The MUA's has been referred for a reason and usually means he/she does amazing work, are great to work with, and give amazing customer service. No one will refer a bad MUA.
- Experience and portfolio - make sure they have some current work they have done and have a variety to look at. Most MUA's have their work online now. You want someone that not only has experience in weddings, but professional photography as well.
- Style - Does the MUA's style compliment yours? If you're generally a natural gal, don't choose someone who does mostly avante garde work. Not to say that he/she can't do natural makeup, but it may not necessarily be their forte.
- Price - Makeup is just as important as the hairstyle. It completes the overall look, plus your face is what you'll see in all your photos so you want to make sure it looks good. A more experienced artist will charge a little more than someone who doesn't have that much experience. Prices range but I always say you get what you pay for. Find an artist that is within your budget rather than trying to bargain. Most artists aren't willing to budge on the price especially if it is their full-time job. I generally don't lower my prices unless it's someone I know really well. I've even recommended other MUA's to brides who couldn't afford my rates.
Again, prices range from artist to artist. For an experienced artist, brides-to-be should expect to spend on average a total of $150-$175 for the consultation and wedding day makeup for herself.
- Blotting papers or powders
- Lip products or multi-use products that you can use on your lips and cheeks for touch-ups
- Q-tips in case for smudging and eye touch-ups
- Small hand mirror
- Kleenex especially if you're a crier!
Bridal beauty must-haves:
- A good primer: Korres Vitamin E Primer for sensitive skin or dry skin, Make Up For Ever HD Primer for normal skin, and CARGO blu_ray HD Mattifier or CoverFX CleanPrep FX for oily skin.
- Good coverage foundation: Face Atelier Ultra Foundation
- A brightening under eye concealer: Benefit Erase Paste for really dry skin or a new fave Lancome Teint Miracle for normal skin. Find it covers better than YSL's Touche Eclat.
- Blotting Powder and papers: To keep the shine away
- Eye Primer: Urban Decay or Too Faced for drier lids and M.A.C. Eye Paint for oilier lids. You don't want your shadow fading or creasing.
- Water-proof mascara: Self explanatory ;)
- Lash curler: Open up those peepers especially if your lashes are straight and short.
- Fake lashes: a must for brides! It will really transform your look and make your eyes stand out in photos. To keep it more natural choose one that suits your eye shape.
- Bronzer: Warms up the skin and is great as a natural contour. You don't want to look pale in photos. I like CARGO's blu_ray HD Bronzer or Benefit Hoola.
- Blushes: Blush is essential for bringing life to your face. Don't shy away from it. Love CARGO Cannes and Make Up For Ever #7 for peach tones, CARGO Amalfi and Catalina and MUFE #4/5 for pinks, and NARS Douceur for neutral or natural tones.
- A finishing gloss: I say 'finishing" because these glosses don't alter the colour of the lipstick and finish the lips with the perfect amount of shine and shimmer. I have a lot of favourite lippies but I LOVE my Chanel Glossimers in Mica, shimmering pink, and Beige Guitare, shimmering peach. I use these glosses 90% of the time on my brides!
For the bride that can't budget for a makeup artist, I definitely recommend flipping through magazines and trying different looks on yourself. It's all about practicing. Once you find that perfect look practice, practice, practice! Especially if you'll be applying fake lashes yourself. You don't want to test this on your wedding day - it will more than likely be a complete mess. Even visit a beauty counter that has a good MUA that can try a look on you. If you like it, buy the products so you can replicate on your wedding day. Bring a camera with you too so you can capture the look for future reference. And if you have a bit of money to play with I highly recommend booking a lesson with a MUA. They will show you what products and techniques to use for wedding photography.
Hope that helped any of you brides-to-be.
Thank you Joy for sharing your expertise! xo
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