SECRETS TO LONG LASTING WEDDING MAKEUP
As a makeup artist that specializes in wedding makeup, 99% of my brides ask me “Will this makeup last all day!?” Well the answer depends...On you!
I do have some secrets to long lasting wedding makeup in my trick bag. Over the years I have had the pleasure of doing makeup for a lot of celebrities, photoshoots and advertising campaigns so I have learned how to apply makeup that survived under hot lights. So today I am going to share my secrets with you.
My job as a professional makeup artist for weddings is to create the look you love but give it staying power. My tried and true techniques of how I apply the makeup is just as important as the products I choose. Below I wrote out some of the ways I prep and apply makeup for my clients. Hope it helps!
1. SKIN PREP
Girl, let's talk about the one thing that is the most important before any type of makeup....skincare.
I know skincare is the least sexy when it comes to your beauty routine (for all you color cosmetics fans out there) but the truth is, the condition of the skin is so important for long lasting makeup! Yea. I shit you not!
Last year I had the most horrible time trying to apply foundation to a bride's skin because something she kept the foundation and primer from “sticking” to her skin. If I were being honest, I think she "waxed" her face right before the big day. Why? You know how you get your brows waxed and then you try to apply makeup to it and it doesn't want to "stick?" It was a little like that. It made it very stressful for both her and I on the day of the wedding and I spent more time trying to get makeup to behave on her skin than actually doing the makeup.
If you are looking to change your skincare products or get into a skin care routine leading up to the big day, I just have to ask one thing of you kittens......
Here's the thing, it's not that they are giving you bad advice, I'm sure it comes from a place of love and genuinely wanting to help... but they are giving you advice on what works for THEM. Your skin is unique and you have a different set of needs that your virtual online friends. Seek out professional advice from an esthetician you trust (and not a makeup artist who is NOT an esthetician) and then follow it! Get a facial. Get to know your esthetician. And follow their skin care regime to a "T". Expertise is critical here kittens!
If your skin has problems that are more challenging than normal skin issues, seek a dermatologist. There is only so much an esthetician can do so this isn't time to be fucking around with your skin.
Start as soon as possible in getting into a good skin care routine. Taking good care of your skin will not only be beautiful for your makeup application, it really will help with longevity of your makeup.
A lot of talk going on online about how primer is bullshit. Well I agree...and I disagree.
As a makeup artist I don't use a "one size fits all primer" and I don't use primer every day. But when I am prepping the skin, I do like to use primer to enhance a foundation I may be using.
If I have someone with skin texture issues, I will reach for a primer that will smooth out those imperfections (whatever they may be) and only for that reason alone.
Do I think primer helps with the longevity of makeup? Well, again, yes and no.
Longevity of makeup, believe it or not, depends on the person's skin type. Oilier skin complexions are going to have a tougher time with longevity of makeup than their dry skin friends no matter what makeup products they use. Your mileage may vary. So use a primer that is designed to suit the texture of your skin.
In a nutshell, primer helps smooth the surface of the skin and allows for foundation to glide on evenly. Not all primers are a one size fits all and not all primers do the same thing. Read the label and find out what it's intended for.
Apply a water based foundation, even if you have dry skin. As a majority of weddings take place in the summer months, a foundation that is too hydrating or emollient will fade much faster than water based formulas. If you are super dry, or over 40 mix a little moisturizer in with your water based foundation. Our oil free, water based Photo Finish Foundation lasts 8 hours plus and it's free of sunscreen! :)
Silicone based foundations are great but some don't have the longevity of a water based foundation. You can mix moisturizers and other serums in with foundation to get a more dewy look if you need to add something a little more radiant to the skin.
Apply a sheer, colorless translucent powder to set foundation. Our Invisible Blotting Powder is great for any skin tone and color. (However if using a cream blush, apply the cream blush before setting it with powder.)
2. THE BLUSHING BRIDE
To keep those romantic cheeks glowing for hours, layer a powder blush over a cream blush or cheek stain. Layering is the secret to long lasting wedding day blush.
Our long wearing cream blush in Crush is a winner for every skin tone! A cult favorite in our studio!
Then apply Makeup Forever's ultra fine blush in #8 on top after you use your setting powder.
3. EYESHADOW PRIMER
Removing discoloration and keeping eyeshadow color true is key when working with wedding photography and giving your eyeshadow a base to "stick" to. Applying eyeshadow to a naked eye won't last as long and it won't read the way you want it to on digital media.
Prep with an eye primer like our Eye Shadow Primer in Natural and then apply your color flesh tone eyeshadow from lash line to brow. This will prevent creasing and allow for more pigmented shadows to glide on evenly.
4. Long Lasting Lipstick
To me I was always traumatized by lip pencils growing up in the south. Lip pencil, lipstick and lipgloss seemed so overdone to me. However, lip pencils are a secret to long lasting lips.
Long lasting lipsticks are great but sometimes are drying to the lips...and that never photographs nicely. Creamy matte lipsticks with no shimmer are a perfect choice.
Choose a lip pencil and fill in the entire lip. Then top with your favorite lipstick or gloss then blot. Choose a lip pencil that works with the undertone of your lip and the color you plan to wear.
5. Don't Forget Your Touch-Up Kits!
To keep your look fresh, I do encourage all brides to purchase the products your artists uses to touch up throughout the day. Having your wedding makeup is expensive but cheaper than having your artist on site to touch you up throughout the day. This ensures you are ready for ANYTHING!
At the minimum you need your long lasting lipstick and an Invisible Blotting Powder (If you've been airbrushed) and your blush. Touch up your T-zone and any other shiny areas (especially before photos) with our Large Powder Brush. Apply your lip color as needed.