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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Guest Blogger: Sylvia Farmer, Bridal Beauty Detroit Owner/Lead Artist ~ Are you Ready for Your Close-Up?

Everyday makeup just doesn’t cut it for an extraordinary occasion like your wedding day. Here, the following key points: On your wedding day you will be wearing an elaborate, often expensive, light colored garment usually exposing your shoulders, arms, and d├ęcolletage, which may be a different shade than your face and require some color correction. Colors in the white family (even warmer ones like cream & ivory) can leave you looking washed out and tired unless your features are properly balanced and accentuated. Speaking of accentuating your features, realize that as the star of the show all eyes will literally be on you! From afar, close up, and all day from all angles, for hours and hours…friends, family, (and your photographer) will be looking at you and snapping pictures, shooting video, and sharing on social media. These pictures are going to be looking back at you for the rest of your life and with HD photography the stakes are definitely higher.

Knowledge is power! A professional makeup artist will with experience will know exactly what to do. While each bride’s request is different (some like it natural, others like a more dramatic look) each will be done perfectly so that it looks great for the camera.  When you find the right artist, book them  (and expect to sign a contract):  When you find a professional whose work you not only love, but can also get along with on a personal level, it is vital for you to book them as soon as possible! We professionals tend to book up quickly (about a year in advance) especially during wedding season (March-November) so it’s really important to lock down your  artist as soon as you find the one that fits you best. Also, any professional working in the wedding industry is going to contract you; Makeup is no different.  I know many women see makeup as something frivolous and would never think it necessary to need a contract, but in reality it is quite crucial and beneficial for all parties involved.  Contracts help to keep everyone clear and on the same page in terms of expectations, and helps to provide ways of resolving conflicts that may occur. It also keeps the makeup artist from bailing on you last minute (which should never happen if you’re working with a true professional). Like most wedding professionals, no dates are set aside for professional makeup artists until the contract is signed and returned, and deposit is received.

Value that you are worth it! You have spent so much money on your photographer, your dress, your venue…why would you skimp on your face?  You will be looking at your wedding photographs for the rest of your life.  Although you may do a great job on your everyday makeup, for your wedding day, hire someone who specializes in makeup for photography. Your wedding is a special day and looking as good in photos as in real life is supremely important.

Longevity is key to professional wedding makeup!   Whether  your  artist uses airbrush makeup or traditional makeup,  they will know what products to use to keep your makeup lasting all day and all night.  Living in Michigan we know how to keep brides makeup lasting all night in the heat without sweating off  before the reception is over!  It is not an easy task, but with the right products it is definitely attainable.  Bridal  Artists use professional products,  and  are trained to create looks that compliment your dress, the theme of the wedding and your personality. Professional Bridal Makeup Artists understand how makeup will show up with the flash of the camera or under certain lighting conditions.  Also we understand the longevity needs of a brides hugs, kisses and tears of joy. With this education and skill,  your wedding photos will be “picture perfect”.

The Bridal Party will look and feel their very best as well!  A professional makeup artist will take into consideration each bridesmaid's coloring and personal style to create a unique but uniform look for your entire bridal party.  This will avoid the issue of the one bridesmaid who loves shimmery silver eye shadow and looks like she has disco balls on her eyelids, or the one bridesmaid who refuses to wear makeup and looks half dead in your photographs.  I’m not even kidding! These are women who will be a reflection on you and will be in your photos 10 years from now. You don’t want to have only part of your bridal party in sequence and complimenting each other with their professional looks, while a few of the girls look out of place with too much of a smoky eye or not enough bronzer.  Try to have a cohesive look for you and your bridal party's' hair and makeup.  Some of your bridesmaids may also be inexperienced with what hairstyle is going to look best for their face shape. Or they may not know how to accomplish the look the other girls have received if everyone is doing the same style. A professional artist can help to make sure everyone looks great together!

An on-location makeup artist will come to your location of choice and help make your special day stress-free.  They will create an environment where you will feel pampered and totally relaxed before the festivities begin so you can start your forever with the one you love looking and feeling your absolute best!

SUMMARY,  Viewing a makeup artist’s work and researching  your makeup artist is so important. You want to make sure your makeup artist has a top quality portfolio. It can be a personal website (which is always best because it looks more professional) or  a Facebook Fan page,  Twitter, or any wedding blogs their work may have been featured on.  You want to make sure their work matches the quality of makeup you are expecting to receive for your wedding. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for references.  Even though we live in a technology based society, and it is super easy to find reviews on just about anyone or anything, don’t be afraid to get personal.  Ask for names, numbers, or emails that you check in with, and personally ask how that client liked their experience with this specific artist. There is absolutely nothing wrong with checking to make sure you are making the best decision for you, for the most important day of your life! 

A note from your Bridal Beauty Pro Sylvia Farmer, Bridal Beauty's' Owner/ Lead Artist: "The most  important thing to me is making the skin look soft, dewy, and radiant. I love a highlighted cheekbone and a soft, glossy lip"

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Photo Credits:
Yellow group shot
Photo Credit Pask Photography
Hair & Makeup by Kimberly Tipolt and Christy Roof for Bridal Beauty Detroit

Square couples shot  of Bride & her groom
Mary Wyar Photography

Makeup by Sylvia Farmer, Bridal Beauty Detroit

Veiled shot and the one with black background   
Photo Credit Hugh Anderson, Venture Photography
Makeup by Sylvia Farmer,  Bridal Beauty Detroit

Blue Vintage shot
Photo credit Tammy La Bar Photography
Makeup by Sylvia Farmer,  Bridal Beauty Detroit

 AA beauty
Photo credit Courtney Dailey
Makeup by Sylvia Farmer, Bridal Beauty Detroit

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