Wedding Day Tips from a makeup artists point of view
Photography credit to Cam Grove from Anchor and Hope Photography
You've prob read a few of these Wedding tip posts, but as I get going, I have a few extra things to pass on to future Brides.
1. EAT A COOKED BREAKFAST!
It's a big day (& night) ahead, and you want to give your body the best possible start to help you physically & emotionally. "When talking about the food that we eat for breakfast and how we eat it, this can have a significant effect on how we feel through the rest of the day. Ensuring that you have enough food in the morning and eating slowly to assist your digestion allows for the best start to your day" says Phil Chua - Naturopath & Herbalist. HERE is a great article about having a good breakfast by Phil Chua - Naturopath & Herbalist.
2. STAY HYDRATED!
Its seems like a no brainier, but I've seen this been pushed aside a few times. Keep those fluids up from the moment you wake up.
3. HAVE A RUN SHEET & A FINAL TO DO LIST
Stress less by having all of your vendor contact details written down & what time they are expected to arrive etc so your bridal crew or family members can easy access this information if need. A final to do list is a great idea, then others can help you, or do all the last minute things for you!
4. GET YOUR HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST TO COME TO YOU
It is such a smooth morning if both the hair and makeup are at the same location. Your more likely to run on time.
5. HAVE AN ORDER IN PLACE OF WHO IS GETTING HAIR & MAKEUP DONE (AS A GUIDE)
This is fantastic for me as a makeup artist, we are more likely to stay on track and you girls are aware of whats happening. My suggestion is doing the Bridal party first, then any Mothers of the Bride/Groom and any other family members or guests. That way, your all organised for when your photographer arrives.
5 a) TO THE BRIDE, DON'T GET YOUR MAKEUP DONE LAST!
WHY? In my experience, every Bride who has requested I do them last, has taken me alot longer (we need to try stick to a timeline remember). This is because its the time it all gets busy! Flowers arrive, Aunty Betty pops in, your cousin from overseas calls and you might have to get off the makeup chair to find the certain something that someone cant. My suggestion is for the Bride to have her makeup done 2nd last. You'll be a lot more relaxed, guaranteed. As far as worrying about the longevity of your makeup, don't worry, I focus on longevity & use application techniques and products that are compatible with each other so it lasts, I also crease proof and waterproof your eye shadow! (PS I do touch everyone up & check all makeups before I leave too!)
6. ALLOW MORE TIME FOR HAIR & MAKEUP THAN YOU THINK
WHY? A Bridal party isn't the same as doing 5 or 7 consecutive clients. Your all together on this special morning enjoying each others company, nibbling, then comes lunch & your (usually) sipping on some bubbles and taking the odd phone call, so there is more interaction, therefore making makeup take longer. Remember, I cant paint an expressive & moving face. It is such a special day so allow more time for these things. I now allow 1 hour per face (with individual flared lash application) & an extra 1/2hr ontop of my time there just to have up our sleeve, & that extra 1/2 hour always goes! Your photographer will be happy we are running on time. I'm not the fastest makeup artist either, an OCD blender & would rather put 110% into each face & not feel rushed.
7. MY STARTING TIME DEPENDS ON WHEN YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER WANTS YOU ALL DONE WITH HAIR & MAKEUP
Before asking when hair and makeup should start, check with your photographer when they want you all done by. I work out a starting time from there.