Tips From Your Makeup Artist Before Wedding Day

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-3-26-36-pm For my brides (and any brides for that matter) getting married in the next few months, I thought I would share a few complexion-enhancing tips to prepare you to look your best for the most special day of your life! Over my journey as a makeup artist, I have learned some key points that truly make the difference...


Whether its makeup, hair, nails, brows or spray tanning, schedule a trial for each well before wedding day to make sure each artist knows your style and can deliver your wedding day vision. This is also a great way to get to know each other and see if you connect before wedding day. Also important--you will see how your skin will react to the products and avoid big heartache. I once had a client who had a huge welt from a burn her eyebrow place gave her! Thank God it wasn't on wedding day but thankfully, she went early to trial their services. It's a beauty wedding vendor's job to make you feel pampered, empowered and stunning on one of the most important days of your life. A beauty team is so important as it protects your photography investment and ensures you will have stunning, timeless photos to look back on. 


Sometimes our skin doesn't react well to some lotions, night creams or hair products. Keep to products you know works great for you and if you decide to try out new products, do it several months before the wedding date.

For example, spray tan is notorious for being too dark, cakey and fake looking if sprayed on the night before or day of the wedding. For a beautiful glow that's not patchy, get a professional spray tan 3-4 days before. 


You will really enhance your investment in your makeup artist if you make sure to prep and take care of your skin in the months before the wedding. It takes weeks to repair damaged skin and make a noticeable difference in skin texture. Microdermabrasion or a few pre wedding facials might be the way to go for you as well. The makeup will have a beautiful canvas to lay on--making your photographs even more flawless and stunning. 



What tips would you add to my list? 

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The Makeup Artist's Makeup-Removing Secret Weapon

bioderma Bioderma. The makeup remover you will hear Makeup Artists across the globe RAVE about (including me). And for good reason too. 

Bioderma Sensibio H2O (also known at Crealine H2O) is a French cult-favorite makeup remover that is gentle on skin and can be used by even the most sensitive skin types. It aims to dissolve makeup without smearing and making a mess all over your face. I love that it doesn't strip the skin--leaving the face feeling comfortable and maintaining the skin's moisture balance. It's soothing, hypoallergenic and doesn't contain harsh parabens, alcohol, soap or fragrance.

I like to soak a cotton pad with a few splashes of the formula and then softly wipe away, starting with my foundation and then another cotton pad (or two) for the eyes. I love that I don't have to scrub and scrub at my eyes to get waterproof mascara or liner off. It's tough on dirt and makeup but easy on you.

As a micellar water solution, it doesn't require any cleansing or rinsing after use. I never get that greasy residue that so many makeup removers leave behind. This one is easy peasy lemon squeezie with no worries. I always keep a bottle in my kit and often have clients ask me what I just used on them because they like it so much! It's said that a bottle of this is sold every 3 seconds around the world! 

I believe it.


What is your favorite makeup remover? 

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Spray-On Beauty Wonders

IMG_6552 Simply put, I love spray-on products. They are cooling, refreshing, a lot of them smell good...and there are ones today for pretty much every step of your makeup routine. Avid readers of this blog know I'm all about speeding up my routine lately and spray-ons are the multi-taskers that help me achieve this. I've got a great lineup to rave to you about, covering skin prep to the final touches of your makeup routine...

As a nutritious skin prep:

Urban Decay B6 Complexion Prep Spray- This spray covers a plethora of errs including reducing redness, minimizing pores and helping to absorb excess oil. It's packed with vitamin B6 (apparently the first stabilized form of it--go science!) I spritz this all over my face in the mornings before I apply my facial moisturizer to perk up my tired skin. Recommended for a medley of uses, for instance-- as a quick refresh during the day or as a beginning step before night time cleansing--this product seems to cover it all.   

Boscia Balancing Facial Tonic- I switch out using this with my Urban Decay Prep Spray listed above. I love both of them but I just love the overall smell and feel of this one a bit more. I feel like I can actually see my skin brighten or boost up from its previous, much sadder state. My skin instantly feels moisturized and relieved. It also works to rid the pores of excess sebum and is great for sensitive skin types. 

As a primer: 

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water-  Packed with electrolytes and a makeup locking champ, I use this regularly as a quick, no-fuss primer to spritz on for lazy days. It can serve to refresh and set the makeup after application too. 

As a long-lasting setting spray: 

Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray- The love I have for this product knows no bounds. This is a holy grail, staple in my makeup kit. The mister sprays so well and creates such fine, energizing droplets. It melts powder products seamlessly into liquid foundations and gives you a beautiful, polished look. My makeup always noticeably lasts much, MUCH longer when I use this as my final step. This spray is life changing and I feel like every woman should have this is her kit!  

As a refreshing pick-me-up: 

Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray- I feel instantly transported to a beautiful spa or English rose garden with just a simple spritz of this. This is a staple for me in the summer months approaching. When I feel hot, sweaty (and just gross in general), I whip this bad boy out and it always saves the day. It smells like real roses and calms dry and tight feeling skin. 

MAC Fix+- This is the favorite multi-tasking product of so many makeup artists. It can be used before, during and after makeup application. It soothes skin and melts all the makeup products together for a finished look. 

I use all of these interchangeably in my makeup routine and highly recommend them to anyone and everyone!