- 7 years ago
- Wedding: February 2012
I’ve been a makeup artist for almost 7 years. I thought I’d share a few tricks of the trade tips with all of you, since everyone wants to look the best they can on their most important day!
1. Make sure your skin is prepped weeks in advance. This means moisturizer, eye cream and night cream (yes, it makes a difference), and also exfoliating. If you have the money, invest in a Clarisonic. The Mia’s are great and cost $149ish. If your skin isn’t in tip-top shape, it doesn’t matter what quality of products you use. Your makeup won’t look good. For all of us on a budget, my favorite over the counter products are the Oil of Olay regenerist line, unpetroleum jelly, and aloe vera gel.
2. Get good primers. Buy Smashbox PhotoFinish Oil Free (original) for the face or its cheaper clone Hard Candy Primer (which can be found at Walmart for $7). It really is good. Make sure you allow the primer to dry a few minutes before applying foundation. Eye primers are essential as well — Urban Decay primer or Too Faced Shadow Insurance is good. If you have oily lids, make sure to dust them with powder before applying anything – trust me, it helps.
3. Invest in a good HD foundation. My favorite is Makeup Forever, which can be found at Sephora. Make sure the foundation you use does not contain SPF. Almost all of them do — including Smashbox’s HD foundation. SPF = White ghost look. Please do not use Bare Escentuals as it will not provide enough coverage for you and won’t last throughout the day.
4. Pick up a nice, light translucent powder. Try Ben Nye for HD or Smashbox.
5. Waterproof mascara, liner, etc. Mac has great waterproof liners, and Covergirl Lashblast has been the “go to” mascara of the moment for us MUA’s. The brush takes some getting used to — apply a little more pressure on the lashes at an angle and they will be bigger than you’ve probably ever seen them.
6. Eyeshadow/blush – I’m a girl who loves me some MAC, but you can find comparable colors and pigmentation for a fraction of the price at Ben Nye and La Femme. You can find these online at http://www.makeupmania.com
7. Lipsticks/liners – I still like MAC the best for the price. Revlon and Maybelline have some nice drugstore colors, but I swear they are almost as expensive as MAC now. La Femme has nice, cheap lipliners at Makeup Mania – they are $1.
8. Set your work! Pick up some Model in a Bottle setting spray to ensure your makeup lasts all day, all night, and til the next morning.
Make sure you go darker than you would in normal day to day activities. You can still have “natural” looking makeup, just stay within the same tones of your coloring, but go darker.
My favorite makeup artists online to watch are Pixiwoo. You can find them at:
Hope that helps!