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Ever wonder how you’ll tackle the project of your wedding day makeup? My friend Gabrielle Marcantonio, a Bobby Brown makeup artist, has some ideas to help every bride check that detail off her to-do list. You can see her work this past December 30, Newly Married: Natalie and Drew. If you need some “love and guidance” in the area of your wedding look, read the article below for some of Gabrielle’s ideas. And do you always check out those before-and-after photos? Jump over to the Soiree blog tomorrow for a look-see!
Looking Beautiful On Your Wedding Day
Almost every woman in the world has a vision of themselves on their wedding day. We all want to be the perfect bride, even if we’re not sure exactly what we want to look like. Whether you’ve been planning your wedding-look since you were eight and have scrapbooks of details or have no idea even where to begin, there are some simple things you can do to make yourself feel and look beautiful, both in person and in your wedding photos.
~ Now that we’re all sun conscious I’m going to tell you something shocking; SPF isn't always your friend. It’s better to skip it all together since some sunscreens reflect off the flash of the camera. But if you’re a fair beauty and can’t leave the house without SPF, wear it in your foundation and make sure that it’s photo friendly.
~ Always schedule a run through of your wedding makeup, even if you’re doing it yourself. Try and schedule your hair run through for the same day, that way you’ll have the full look. Wear white or ivory to your makeup run through to help you get an even better idea of how it’ll look with your dress. Lastly, take a photo of your look on a digital camera or even a cell phone. You’ll be able to see how your makeup translates to photos and can adjust if necessary.
~If you’re someone who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, and doesn't know what to tell the makeup artist, consider putting together an Inspiration Board or a Look Book. These are clippings or photos of things that you like, whether it’s clothing, makeup or even themes. This will show the artist your personal style.
~Do you ever see photos of other people’s weddings and notice that in the bridal party there’s always one girl that sticks out because she’s either wearing too much makeup or not enough? If you want a cohesive look, and if your girls are up for it, have them scheduled to have their makeup done as well. The artist can still create an individual look, but everything will be more uniform for your photos.
~Be careful of being too glittertastic. It’s always fun to have a little shimmer on the eyes to make them pop or some gorgeous shiny lip gloss. But be careful not to go overboard, too much glitter can reflect off a photographer’s camera and make the eyes look glassy. Focus on having beautiful eye liner to make your eyes standout (Gel works best and stays put, it’s so amazing! Try Bobbi Brown’s in Black Ink) and give yourself a pop of color; pink blush does wonders and makes everyone look gorgeous and lifted. Do a fun look for your rehearsal dinner or bachelorette party, like a beautiful, bold red lip or a smoky, metallic eye.
~ Come prepared. Have your girlfriends or your mom pack you a little touch-up bag with all your essentials. Include your lip color, a touch-up concealer stick, some Q-tips for clean up, and always, always carry some powder. Use one that is brighter than your foundation to keep you fresh and bright.
Most importantly, remember to try and relax, drink lots of water, and enjoy the moment. Surround yourself with people who make you feel calm and happy, including your photographer and makeup artist- good energy goes a long way. Amidst all the chaos remember that it’s all about the love…and the after party of course!
Inspiration Boards can be a great thing to help a bride pull together the wedding day she visualizes. Plus they’re good for a short mental escape. I see lots of them on popular wedding style blogs, wedding magazines, and every now and then I’m like “Ooooooh! I want to be THERE!” This is one of those boards (plus I’m drawn to any piece of beach I think I can bury my feet in.) I saw these on the June entry at SnippetAndInk.com and thought “take me away!”
2010 was a great year for weddings. I traveled for a few, stayed local for most, and worked with some of the best vendors in Idaho. I’m an A-type list maker and love a Top Ten anything, and isn’t January a perfect time to write my own?
Ten great 2010 wedding memories off the top of my head…
1. Discovering that a groomsman was the former lead guitarist for The Doors.
2. Photographing another NYC bride who holds another stylish job I envied.
3. Watching a bride do a push-up contest on the edge of the band’s stage
4. Coaxing a bride to climb a tree for a photo.
5. Capturing a windy ceremony in breathtaking Oahu.
6. Watching wedding guests in stilettos…on grass.
7. Photographing a bride and groom with equally long, gorgeous hair.
8. Being featured twice on Style Me Pretty. Yay.
9. Experiencing a wedding day with a bride who thought she’d never get married.
10. Having vendor friends with me on the longest, hottest summer wedding days.
I’ve too many moments to count from the past year and all include some of the best wedding vendors and great venues as backdrops. It’s an honor to capture a couple’s wedding day, and having my vendor friends along makes each event fun, not work. Thanks to Miranda who helps with each wedding, and the vendors I had a great time working with (apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone):
Barber Park Event Center
Berryhill and Co
Bobby Brown Cosmetics at Macys
Boise Art Museum
Boise At It’s Best Flowers
Boise Center on the Grove
Breathtaking by Camilla
Captions Photo Booth
Cathedral of the Rockies
MAC Cosmetics at Macys
Shore Lodge in McCall
Silverstone Amenity Center
Sun Valley and Co