I wish I could tell you flawless wedding makeup was as easy as showing up on your wedding morning and letting your makeup artist do her thing.
But you know what they say… nothing worth while comes easy! To have the best chance at that flawless filter looking makeup application, there is a bit of prep in the months prior to help achieve this look!
This is the second part of our 3-part series on how to achieve your best look for your wedding. After reading this post, head back to our blog posts to hear the scoop on hair, but for now let's chat makeup!
I cannot express this enough; beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin! And I don’t mean blemish or wrinkle free. When you hear good skin, that means skin that is hydrated and balanced.
Dry skin can appear patchy once makeup is applied, or even flakey in some situations. Oily skin can cause issues with shine and longevity of makeup.
Figure out what skin type you have and narrow down on those problems with a skin care routine tailored to you. This task can be daunting to those that aren’t necessarily interested in the beauty/skin care world. Step into an Ulta or Sephora and you're bound to feel overwhelmed. If that’s the case, find an esthetician to work with at least 4-6 months prior to your wedding! Your esthetician will be able to thoroughly exam your skin to identify any problems you may have. Then you and your esthetician can create a skin care plan with recommend products and treatments that will help!
If investing in an esthetician isn’t part of your journey, that’s okay too! Do a little research on your skin type and read reviews on what products may help your skin.
Additionally, the easiest thing you can do to help your skin is drink water. Staying hydrated plays a key role in your skin's health.
Implementing a good skin care routine will create the perfect canvas for your wedding makeup.
To Airbrush or Not to Airbrush
First, what is airbrushing and what is the difference between that and traditional foundation?
Airbrush makeup uses compressed air to transmit a microfine mist of makeup to the face. Let’s go over the pros and cons of airbrush makeup.
Pros to Airbrush Makeup
- Long Lasting
- Oily skin could benefit, as it is not as creamy as traditional foundation
- Light layer for natural looking finish
Cons to Airbrush Makeup
- Considered an additional service, so adds to your total expense
- Not the best for dry skin
- Harder to re-blend once settled (tears or sweat marks may be harder to blend in)
traditional foundation on left, airbrush on right
To be honest- it comes down to the artists application. It doesn’t matter if you do airbrush or regular foundation, if the artist applies too much of either- it will look cakey, if the artist doesn’t prep the skin properly for either- it won’t last, etc.
In the end, we love airbrush makeup, but we also love and know that the formulation behind foundations today can mimic the same appearance as airbrush makeup.
If you have really oily skin, airbrush may be a good choice for you! My dry skin girlies, I would opt for traditional foundation! If you’re still unsure, book a trial and ask your pro to do half airbrush/half traditional foundation. Sounds silly, but it’s a true way to test which one will work better for you!
Above, pro Lita is showing traditional foundation, no makeup, and airbrush foundation
Not Everything is as it Seems
I know, I knowww.. we all know that social media isn’t completely real. But I really feel like we must keep saying it because it’s so easy to get caught up in what we see online.
I want to remind you when you are searching for your inspiration photos, these photos may have been photoshopped or Facetuned to hide texture, pores, blemishes, fine lines- all of which are normal and expected when applying makeup.
Also, to add fire to the flames, face tape has been very trendy amongst various makeup artists across social media. Yes, face tape.. tape that will give the appearance of a face lift, hence all the very foxy upward eyes we are seeing lately.
So just your friendly reminder that you are beautiful, skin texture is normal, and stay on top of your skin care.
Be on the lookout for our last part of this series, achieving your best airbrush tan!
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