Here are some guidelines to help every bride figure out their perfect look to take to a makeup artist or plan for themselves. These are the four factors I review with each of my brides while helping them determine the perfect look.
1) What’s your style and what are you attracted to? Go through lots of magazines looking only at makeup to get an idea of what you like. Tear those pictures out. Figure out what exactly it is that you like about the makeup. Is it that each picture has a vintage look, nude lips, or very long eyelashes?
2) Consider the over-all look or "feel" of your dress and hair. Is it sexy, princess-inspired, flirty, or casual? You may love a dark, smoky look on eyes but have to consider whether that look will fit your tea-length beachy slip dress.
3) Consider the time of your pictures, ceremony and reception. What kind of lighting will you be dealing with? For warm light like a sunset you should also use warm makeup colors so as not to be washed out by the neutralizing effect of cool colors. If your pictures are in daylight but your ceremony and reception are in the evening, you’ll want a transitional look as opposed to a very contoured "evening" look.
4) What is your color scheme? If you love color, a hint of the shades involved in your flowers and décor will flatter you most because the entire environment will combine to frame your beauty.
-Sally Sheets, Makeup Artist
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