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Ask Metro Look: Bridal Makeup Edition

This question is from Arlene L. from Tampa, FL:

“I’m getting married this summer and I want makeup that will look good on camera while still looking like myself. I never really wear makeup, but my photographer told me that I’ll look better in photos if I wear some. How can I get a natural look without going overboard?”

AM_L7462We do a lot of weddings, and this is a dilemma for quite a few brides. A lot of girls think that wearing any makeup at all will automatically make them look a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant; and that couldn’t be more false! What you might not realize, is that makeup is not as scary as you may think it is. When placed in the wrong hands it can be a weapon of mass destruction, but when used tastefully, it’s amazing. Makeup does not have to be heavy in order to look beautiful, you can look absolutely stunning in your wedding photos while wearing a nominal amount. I’m a firm believer in keeping it simple, so start with the basics: skin, eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Skin –

  • Start off with a clean moisturized face (make sure that you have given your moisturizer at least 15 minutes to absorb).
  • Choose a light to medium coverage foundation color that is as close to your true complexion as possible. Foundation is not supposed to lighten or darken your face, it’s simply supposed to cover imperfections, and even out your skin tone.

Tip: Go to your local cosmetics counter and try out some foundation shades for free, some lines even give away samples. This is a great way to find your perfect match without wasting money.

  • Use a salmon concealer under your eyes to brighten the area (trust me girl, it makes a difference).
  • Set your makeup with a silky translucent powder on your forehead, under your eyes, nose and chin. Setting only the center of your face allows your skin to glow naturally, while controlling the areas you’re most likely to get oily throughout the day.
  • Dust the outer perimeter of your face, hollows of your cheeks, and your neck lightly with a matte bronzer to warm up your complexion.
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Eyes –

  • Prime your eyes with either an eye primer or concealer and then set with powder. This ensures that whatever color you use on your eyes will translate well.
  • To achieve an effortless looking eyeshadow, you can’t go wrong with a neutral palette. You can find an inexpensive one from the drug store (it still does the trick) like Maybelline The Nudes, or if you have the extra coins laying around, you can splurge a higher end one like the Naked palette. Both work just fine to create beautiful, yet subtle eye looks.
  • Define your eyes with a liner on the top lid (if you find black too harsh, try a brown or grey shade). Bottom liner is optional, personally I like to use eyeshadow and blend it out for a less sever look, but if bottom liner is your thing go for it – just use it sparingly.
  • Curl your lashes, and then apply 2 coats of waterproof mascara (you might cry and raccoon eyes won’t be cute). If you want to define your lower lashes, feel free to apply mascara there as well, but BE CAREFUL!

Cheeks –

  • Choose a blush color that flatters your skin tone, and blend it with a fluffy brush after you apply to ensure that it’s sheer.
  • A hightlighter is optional if your skin is not oily, but should be applied very lightly on the cheeks and bridge of the nose.
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Lips

  • Sheer lipstick, nude lipstick, or even a lip gloss are all great options for beautiful lips that aren’t too bold. Creme Coral by Laura Mercier is usually a crowd pleaser with my minimalist brides.

 

 

This is the recipe for a fresh and flawless face. Best of luck to you on the big day Arlene!

Get the Best Results Out of Your Bridal Trial

"I'm so glad I went with Metro Look."

So you have a makeup and/or hair trial scheduled. Let’s say for the sake of this guide that you have a competent artist who shows up on time/early and isn’t hungover/distracted by relationship drama/otherwise mentally incapacitated. How do you get the results YOU want?

Bring some pictures…

A starting point is helpful for most artists. They don’t even necessarily have to all be similar styles. Your makeup artist will see the amount of makeup and level of drama you like and a hair stylist will see that you like texture, or braids, or a super sleek look, etc.

…but don’t expect to look exactly like them.

I can do the same makeup on you as on someone else, down to using the same products and brushes, and it will look different.Sometimes by altering the makeup, I can make it match what you want better than by copying it exactly. For example, if you have a deep skin tone and bring in a picture of a fair skinned woman with cream colored eyeshadow with a taupe crease, this will look chalky on you. I can get the same look in a version that flatters you by using a medium shade of brown on your lid and a deeper one in the crease. I could do either makeup look on you and you might protest it doesn’t match the picture, when in both circumstances, it does. If the person in the picture is neither you nor your identical twin, you should expect to look different. As for hair, braids and twists will always show up best on blonde hair with highlights and lowlights and worst on equally gorgeous, one-tone black hair, and you will have to acknowledge that your haircut is probably not exactly the same as that of the woman in the picture. You want loose tendrils coming out of your updo but you have hair to your butt and no face-framing layers? OK…

Make sure you want the makeup and hair in the picture, and don’t just like the way the woman in it looks.

Here is an example of something that has happened to me a few times: a non-Arab woman shows me a picture of Arabian eye makeup, and once the makeup is actually on, says things like she actually DOESN’T want the shadow darkest in the crease; she wants it darkest by the lashes and to fade as it rises, and oh, could we get rid of the winged eyeliner and make it smudgy, and not bring the shadow out so far to the side? Also, can we change every single color real quick?

When looking at makeup inspiration, really look at the actual colors and placement of them to figure out what it is that you like. If what you are left with is “if I had that face and was also Instagram-famous, I would wear makeup like that”, then save it to a Pinterest and swoon over your girl-crush later.

Trust your artist.

I will do whatever makeup you want, if it makes you happy (and won’t completely destroy my credibility and reputation.) A good hairstylist will do the same for your hair. But we will also politely try to steer you toward the best look for you.

I am not a fan of the Kardashian highlight, but I am ESPECIALLY not a fan of it on anyone with a less than perfectly flat undereye area. See Kim? She doesn’t have bags or hollows. You don’t want to highlight (both literally and figuratively) anything that isn’t perfect. I personally have a slightly hollowed out area underneath my eyes, and there is no amount of light concealer that will change that. I would much rather use a salmon-toned corrector on myself and brighten the area than lighten it. Clients who examine their dark circles after I’m done (um, it’s a shadow, you guys, please don’t make me tell you that fillers are the only thing that will fix it) and then sigh and throw their own concealer at me in a shade called Casper or Wite-Out or some shit are unintentionally sabotaging themselves.

Be careful who you bring with you.

In my experience, it has been 50/50 whether bringing one person with you to a trial can be helpful. (Two or more people though is almost always a bad idea.) Ideally, you would be confident enough in what you like to ask for it and to articulate what you would like changed. Not everyone is, and some people have awesome sisters/aunts/dogwalkers who will be supportive and helpful and make sure you leave happy. That’s great; please bring them and let’s all have fun! Bringing someone who is overly-critical and who speaks over you to tell your artists to do the opposite of what you want is not ideal. Of course, most trials have time to try more than one look, but you are not going to be confident choosing the look you would have otherwise loved if your companion insults it while you look it over in the mirror. I PROMISE that if you are happy and have a good artist and stylist, your mother/cousin/friend-who-is-a-makeup-artist-but-who-you-did-not-hire will tell you how beautiful you are on your wedding day and not say that your lipstick makes you look weird or that you should get a different haircut because the one you have now makes your updo suck.

If possible, have your hair colored the way it will be for you wedding day. Also, get both your hair and your makeup done during the same trial.

You want to see how everything will look all together. And wear a white top! That will help you really imagine how you’ll actually look on the big day (assuming you’ll be wearing white.)

Take pictures.

If you feel like the makeup is too much and your trusted artist promises you it’s not and that you will need that much to avoid looking barefaced in photos, there is an easy way to see. If you still feel that it is too much, any good artist will be happy to tone it down.

Above all, remember that it is your face and head of hair.

Even artists and stylists who work with A-list clients don’t get to dictate how you look. They can politely give suggestions, but should never be pushy and should always let you decide. If you want to rock a tiara and 80’s bangs, then you go girl, that’s your prerogative. Your fiancé(e) also does not get to dictate how you look. If you feel good, you’ll look good. Own it.

Xx Dana