Category — Bridal Beauty
This week we sat down with makeup artist Kristen Therese to get the scoop on what to expect from your makeup artist for your wedding! Should you wear traditional foundation or airbrushed? False lashes or real? Kristen has the tips to make sure you look your best on the big day!
What should the bride expect at your first meeting?
Your first meeting with your makeup artist should be where you not only test to see if you like what they do for your makeup, but it is also when you get to know each other and make sure that personalities jive. Remember, this person will be responsible for how you look on your most important day. You need to be comfortable voicing your opinion but also feel as though you are in good hands.
The first meeting is usually what makeup artists call the trial. At the trial, you should get a full makeup application, just as how you would on the day of your wedding. Your trial is, after all, a “TRY ALL” so if you are thinking about trying airbrush or false lashes, try it at the trial. This meeting is supposed to be where you both discuss and create your look together. If the eyeliner needs to be a little thicker or you want to try a different lip color, this is the opportunity to try these options. A bride should not expect two complete applications though. If you ask your makeup artist to do one look then take it off completely and do another look, know that you may have to pay a bit more. Most trials are for one application, with tweaks.
Helpful Tip: If you are interested in airbrush vs. traditional foundation you can ask your makeup artist to do one side airbrush and one side traditional so you can see the difference.
What information is it helpful for the bride to provide?
Details like the colors in the wedding, what your dress looks like, what you are thinking about doing with your hair, and where the wedding is located are very helpful. Your makeup is part of the whole look and you want to make sure it goes. So if you’re having a sunset wedding on the beach and wearing a flowing Grecian gown, hopefully your makeup artist isn’t giving you and old Hollywood glam look. It just wouldn’t go.
Pictures of makeup looks are always helpful but you must understand that they are for inspiration. It is hard for a makeup artist to completely copy a makeup look because everyone’s face is different and it will of course, look different on you vs. the picture of the model you brought in.
What is the most difficult request to fill?
The most difficult question I get is “can you cover my wrinkles?” There are so many products on the market that promise budge proof this and wrinkle erasing that, making it sometimes hard to explain to a bride that unless you don’t smile or make any facial expression at all, your makeup will move with you throughout the day and if you have a wrinkle, your skin will wrinkle. The right makeup will absolutely diffuse the look of any lines you have, making your photos appear more flawless, but making wrinkles disappear completely is impossible to do.
We see so many Red Carpet images that are a good 20-30 feet away from these celebrities and we think they are completely flawless, so when you hold a mirror 2 inches from your face and still see some fine lines, you think the makeup isn’t done well, but in all reality, if you got up close to all those celebrities (the ones without Botox) you’d see all their fine lines as well. Makeup needs to move with you throughout the day and be able to still stay on throughout all your smiling and laughing, so the real test of good makeup is if you still have it on at the end of the night!
How many times should she expect to meet with you?
At least once before the Wedding but if you do your trial 5 months or more before the Wedding, you probably want to do a second trial a month before. I find that my brides that book me early (which is always best to do… by April, most bookings are set for the rest of the year) sometimes discover things during their planning and have a different idea of what they might want just before the big day. Also, I find that it is a feeling of security having another trial run closer to the Wedding. It puts a lot of brides at ease.
What is the best advice you have for her on her big day?
Don’t expect to stay completely on schedule no matter how well you plan ahead. There will most likely be at least one thing that throws your timeline off. I always work with my brides to create a timeline for hair and makeup on their wedding day and I pad the timeline because I know it will get thrown off by a late bridesmaid or a last minute craft project that needs to be completed. Even on my own Wedding day, we didn’t stick to the timeline but we all got to the ceremony on time so that’s all that matters! So just keep the end goal in mind and you’ll have a much more pleasant morning!
What do you need the bride to do the day of?
Well hopefully the bride has gotten a facial a few weeks before the Wedding or has been taking really good care of her skin so that I don’t have to use any exfoliant on her that morning. I just want my brides to have a fresh, clean face. Also, if there is any way that the bride can separate herself from her group while she is having hair and makeup done, it is best for everyone. The bride really should have some time to be pampered and if there are people all around asking questions it not only will throw you off your schedule but it also stresses the bride and makes it difficult for the hair and makeup artist to do the best job they can. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to redo the glue on lashes because it dried up as the bride jumped out of the chair to go tend to someone.
Anything else you would like to add?
The morning of your Wedding really sets the tone for the rest of the day so make sure that you are relaxed, are surrounded by people that you know and trust (bridal party and vendors), and have a good time. Oh and make sure there is music playing!
Kristen also provided us with an amazing checklist covering almost anything you could need to prepare for the beauty portion of your day!
- RESEARCH First, do some research on the range of pricing for a makeup artist in your area so there are no big surprises. Generally, the more in demand an artist becomes, the higher the fee, however, there are still plenty of up and coming talented artists that fall into the average price range for your area. If you can’t afford the most experienced, make sure to prioritize what is important to you when speaking to your potential makeup artist.
- NUMBERS Know who is having makeup done on your wedding day. You may want decide if you will pay for your bridal party or not and have a discussion with your bridesmaids about this before your research. Knowing the number of people helps the makeup artist properly quote you and block out time for your day, plus can sometimes give you some bargaining power if you have a large group. Hello bundle pricing!
- LIST Make a list. What are you most concerned about for that day? Is it problematic skin? Do you have a limited timeframe yet have 12 bridesmaids? Writing out all of your questions and concerns ahead of time will only help the research process and will easily weed out the artists that cannot accommodate your requests. Also, collecting images for inspiration will help give you direction in your research and give you a better eye on what to look for in an artist’s portfolio.
- REFERRALS Ask for referrals from friends and vendors. A lot of this business is based on referrals. Check out these artists’ website or blog. If you cannot find a web presence, be cautious as their level of professionalism may not be on the level you are looking for. Browse their portfolios and read through their sites. Does anyone stand out to you? Sometimes the look and feel along with the tone of voice of someone’s web presence can give you a nice look into their personality. Make sure you like that person. Check for pricing and make sure they are in your range and then reach out to two to three artists.
- TRIALS Bring lots of questions to your trials. I cannot stress enough how important it is to like the person who will be responsible for how you look on your Wedding day. Ask them how they got into the business and how long have they been doing this. Ask for advice on skin prep leading up to the Wedding. Also ask for fun or crazy stories from past Weddings. I always love to tell my clients about my “black eyed bride” and the random products I used to cover itJ Throughout your trial, make sure your artist is listening to you while giving his/her opinion. You want the look to be your vision with the guidance and execution of the artist.
Note: if you bring pictures to your trial, try to have an open mind about what you will look like in comparison to the picture. Keep in mind that images we see in magazines are highly retouched. Also, if you are blonde with blue eyes, chances are the look on a brown eyed, black haired model will not look the same.
A big thanks to Kristen for sharing her knowledge!
Photos via Ashley Therese and kristentherese.com
This year’s Holiday party in NYC was one to remember! From fantastic vendors providing make-up tips to cupcakes, and DJ Matty laying down some jams on the dance floor, there was not a dull moment. The talented Sarah Seven was in attendance as well as our whole Lovely NYC crew. It was such a glitzy way to kick off the Holiday season!
HanaKyle was on hand for her gifted massages and she brought an array of fabulous scented oils to complete the experience. She specializes in wedding day massages, what an amazing gift to give your bridesmaids (or yourself) on your big day. This would also make an amazing shower activity, who needs games when you could indulge in a little pampering amidst the planning?
Beautiful wreathes and floral arrangements were from the wonderful Rebecca Shephard Foral Designs. For more of her inspired creations and for information on having her on your wedding team check out her blog.
The tastiest mini winter wonderland cupcakes from Madison Lee graced the table. Believe us when we tell you, these little guys were way too delectable and we have tasted her full on cakes which are the best! And we should know, we practically taste them for a living.
Diptyque provided the gifts, the most blissful candles in the world. They offer little scent creation classes. If you are lucky enough to be in the vicinity of one of their locations we love the idea of starting your bachelorette party here. Get your best scent on before heading to the dance floor!
DJ Matty from Jarrell Entertainment spun just the right tunes into the night. Seriously, he knew exactly what the crowd needed and kept us all dancing with his mad skills.
We must send out a huge thank you to ELAN ARTISTS who put us in touch with our DJ. They are the best when it comes to linking you with just the right artist for your event!
On the search for the coolest girl to hang out with and do your make up for your big day? Found her! Kristen Therese matched Cassandra’s lipstick to her dress perfectly!
Beautiful Images thanks to Jorge of de la Barra Photography. You can contact to him to document your day. We are in love with him! He got all of the best shots and was so fun to have around. Nothing was missed!
Thank you again to all of our vendors, and everyone who attended that made it a fabulous night!
Even as a bridal stylist, girls ask me all the time what exactly goes into a hair trial. “How far in advance should I do it?” “Should I schedule both a hair trial and for the actual day at the same time?” “Do I show up just as is?” “Do I need to bring anything?”
Well ladies, I will be completely honest with you. I had no idea myself. But being in the wedding world, I have met and made connections with quite a few within the bridal industry and one of them is now my dear friend Aubrey of Aubrey Marie Beauty.
Aubrey and I decided to do our own mock hair trial to help you lovelies know the 411 on what to expect. It can be a little intimidating meeting someone you don’t know to help you look amazing for your special day. But no worries, I’m going to take you step by step on how Aubrey works and how easy it all is.
I met up with Aubrey at her super cute home, and with a cup of coffee, we sat down, and I showed her my Pinterest board. Aubrey also said that clients could send her any inspirations they have ahead of time to give her an idea of what the vision for the entire wedding is. And upon viewing my own “Special Day” board we saw that I myself am not quite traditional but not eclectic either. Bohemian wasn’t really my style, and I don’t think I’d go very 1920s. We looked at hairstyles that I loved, and makeup inspiration photos I adored. I wanted my look to be very classic and natural but possibly a little hint of glam in there. Not too done, a little messy and somehow make it look effortless. Aubrey was all ears and helped me really zone in on what I wanted.
So now I’m sitting in her beauty chair and we are chatting away. Now, I know that Aubrey is a friend of mine, but when I first met her, I immediately felt comfortable. She definitely has that affect on people and I think that’s incredibly important. This is a big day, and every part of the journey to the altar should be a wonderful experience.
But back to sitting in the chair, chatting away, Aubrey starts with curling my hair and pinning them to my head to hold the curl. Once my whole head is covered in pin curls, she starts on my makeup. Now, it was brought to my attention how sanitary Aubrey is. She never put a used sponge on my face, and always sprayed brushes down with alcohol to disinfect any germs. She also never put any foundation on her hands, only on a freshly cleaned palette. I believe this to be very important as well when looking at who is doing your makeup. Germs and breakouts are not fun, and if we can avoid this, that would be awesome. I mean I would want to be clean and clear on my honeymoon, wouldn’t you?
During the makeup portion of my trial, Aubrey asked me questions all along the way just to make sure I was getting what I wanted. Be sure to pay attention and don’t be afraid to ask questions or have them use a different lip color. Did I want a smokier eye? Did I want more color on my lips, or more of a subdued natural color? I really appreciated this, and in the end, got exactly what I was thinking for my makeup and felt like a million bucks! Now to finish my hair…
Because my imaginary dress is a backless gown, I would want my hair up. And with my inspiration pictures, Aubrey twisted and curled, and pinned my hair up into the perfect up-do. It was done in a flash, and I loved it. My look was complete! But since this is a hair trial, we tried a different “do” to make sure it was the one I would go with on the actual day.
The second time, Aubrey put my hair lower and added this awesome braid down the center. See, now I was in a dilemma because I really liked this look too!
Then, Aubrey surprised me again with pretty much reading my mind. I had the thought that I would wear my hair up for the ceremony and then take it down or half down for the reception. Aubrey already started showing me that I could do this, and what I found really awesome, was that she kept the braided part still intact. She showed me how easy it is, and that I could definitely do it myself or have a bridesmaid help me for when I would chose to make this change.
I truly was very impressed with how Aubrey worked. She asked questions that I would not have even known to ask, and definitely followed through with my answers on how I wanted things to be. If there was any advice I would give, which of course is the whole point of this blog post, I would for sure take part in the following:
1. Come prepared with pictures of what you are imagining for your special day. Or send them to your hair and makeup artist before hand.
2. Come with a clean face and dry hair (sometimes day old hair works great too), and be prepared to stay for a couple hours.
3. After the hair trial is all said and done and you have decided on your “look” for the special day, go ahead and schedule your time with your artist for the wedding day. That’s one more check off your list.
4. On the wedding day, before your artist comes to get you all ready, and any bridesmaids or Mother of the Bride, have them pay you for the services before hand or with a designated person. Of course letting your artist know all the specs at your hair trial about how many girls and if it’s both the hair and makeup for them all, or just hair, etc.
5. On the day of, have an area for your artist to work. It’s so nice and considerate to have a table set up with a chair and mirror for them so all they have to do is set up and do what they do best.
Now I hope this little mock trial helped you understand what to expect for your own hair trial. And if you need any more questions answered or are interested in the fab Aubrey of Aubrey Marie Beauty, check out her blog and website. Aubrey is always more than willing to assist and she’s a pretty cool chick anyway. BIG thanks to Merrill Melideo from Sweet Little Photographs for helping us document this lovely mock hair trial, and allowing you lovelies to see all of this in action.
Aubrey will also be doing a mini consultation during the Sarah Seven Trunk Show to provide a little up-do to go with a dress you pick during your appointment. That way you can see the whole image coming together for your special day!
You can also meet Aubrey at her Braid Bar at this year’s Christmas Party at Lovely Los Angeles on Dec. 13th from 6-9pm! This year’s theme celebrates the new GOLD LABEL from Sarah Seven, so make sure to wear GOLD!
Taking a minimalist and modern approach to Nicole Miller’s Spring 2014 collection is not hard to do and will ensure a clean, crisp, and timeless wedding day. The “Meme” gown is an elegant mermaid silhouette that is to die for with a train that lengthens any body type. A truly flattering dress that speaks volumes and stands alone. And that slight touch of lace is exemplified against this simple styling and makes this One Great Dress!
Nicole Miller Bridal/ Straight Voluminous Hair/ Moon Drop Earrings/ Gold Rose Ring/ Soft & Simple Makeup/ Detailed Bear Candles/ Herb Bouquet/ Minimalist Save The Date/ Modern Purse/ Minimal Flutter Cake/ Gold Votives/ Outdoor Space/ Modern Art Gallery
Orange lips are popping up all over the place, and I for one can’t wait to try this trend come Spring!
Think a completely neutral face, and then a burst of beautiful orange on the mouth. The look below is from the recent Creatures of the Wind show. James Boehmer, director of global artistry at Nars, is the man behind this face.
The inspiration comes from the artist Eugene von Bruenchenhein’s psychedelic landscapes.. which are pretty darn groovy.