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...

// SCHEDULE A TRIAL FOR EVERYTHING

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. 

// REFRAIN FROM NEW PRODUCTS THE NIGHT BEFORE.

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. 

// TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN IN THE MONTHS (NOT WEEKS) IN ADVANCE. 

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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Winter Skincare Tips

Winter Skincare Tips | www.annemariemitchell.com With the air getting colder-- and Starbucks acquiring their holiday menu minions--it's time to change up our skin care. Dry, cracked skin ain't a good look on most so I've whipped out my favorite winter skin care tips to relieve and soothe even your toughest winter woes.

SAY HELLO TO A GENTLE CLEANSER

Harsh chemicals and scents found in many cleansers can really strip the skin during the winter--leaving it dry and dull. Try to avoid heavy acne cleaners or intense toners and instead opt out for a gentle, rich cleanser. I'm loving Origins Checks and Balances Cleanser for a deep-down rinse that leaves my face smooth and supple.

LOCK IN MOISTURE WITH AN OIL-BASED MOISTURIZER

Water-based moisturizers just don't cut it in the winter months. Oil-based moisturizers do a much better job at sealing in moisture and keeping it there for hours. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is my absolute MUST-have. It will cure even the toughest dry skin problems--even eczema. The colloidal oatmeal in it soothes and antioxidants protect skin against the elements. A good layer of coconut oil on the skin also does wonders and really locks in that moisture.

LOAD UP ON EYE CREAM

The thinnest and most sensitive area on the face, this is the first place that can dry up fast. A concealer over the top will just emphasize the dryness instead of masking it--so it needs to be properly hydrated first. Apply a rich eye cream like Burt's Bees Hydrating Eye Cream or Origins GinZing Eye Cream (for some added brightness) every morning and night to inject some much needed moisture and nutrients.

EXFOLIATE THAT DEAD SKIN, YO

All that dry skin accumulates and will sit on the surface--leaving it flaky and dull looking--unless you exfoliate. A good exfoliator will do your skin a world of good by removing excess skin to unveil the newer, softer skin beneath. Massage a gentle exfoliator like FRESH Sugar Face Polish into your face once a week and a nice body scrub like Soap and Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub for the shower. You can even easily make your own DIY Sugar Body Scrub straight from home.

SPORT A FACIAL OIL UNDER A HYDRATING FACE MASK

Put your hydrating face mask on overdrive by massaging a facial oil into your face before applying your mask. The oil will help give the mask an added surge of moisture for your skin and lock it in. I love the Glam Glow Hydrating Mask and Caudalie Divine Oil.  

How do you combat winter skin woes?

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