As a professional MUA, it is my business to invest in every aspect of my client’s occasion I’m being hired for. Like photographers and event planners, I need to know what the lighting will be like, I need to know the color scheme, I need to know the temperature. I pretty much study every aspect I possibly can before I even apply any makeup on my client. However, on top of all of the logistical details I have to know about the event, I most importantly need to make sure any/all makeup reflects the personality and essence of my client.
Like we cling to a hair stylist that “gets you,” so too should we connect with our makeup artist. Although most makeup artists generally see clients on a one-time basis, clients who have a go-to makeup artists can attest to the comfort it brings them in knowing someone who "gets them" and knows their style and preferences is doing their makeup.
With all that being said, a large part of my job is making sure the client looks their best and most importantly, is as confident as humanly possible! Nothing is more important than feeling confident on your wedding day!
Brides-to-be spend so much time dreaming and shopping for their wedding dress. Then they pick out jewelry to compliment the look. Hair and makeup always seems to be the last check box! This post encourages you to envision your final look—dress & jewelry, hair & makeup--deconstructs the components, and shows you how to get there.
Consider this post your personal bridal stylist! However, unless you are a makeup/hair pro and know you will have time to do your makeup, I recommend hiring a professional. Check out the 5 reasons why here.
Everyone has their color that brings out the very best, photographs well, and just exudes confidence. The color wheel is a vital tool for artists of any kind!
Lindsay of Everistta Bridal provided me seven gorgeous jewelry pieces (you can totally rock them after your wedding).
After seeing her work, I had these beautiful visions of different complete bridal looks on a variety of clients.
As a MUA, I'm familiar with matching complimentary colors for makeup application but as far as matching the right color bridal gown, I had to solicit the help of my friend Christie and her talented mother-in-law Diane. Diane is a Colors Consultant with Color Me Beautiful. If you want to know what "season" you are, check out this fabulous source here.
The general rule of thumb is silver are for those with more cool undertones and gold are for those with more warm undertones. Sometimes, you need to set aside personal preferences when selecting your bridal jewelry and/or wedding dress color!
So without further adieu…let’s start daydreaming.
This beautiful set pairs perfectly for brides with a gardenia colored gown with naturally has cool undertones.
The bride can go so many ways on the eyes but a cranberry with more purple undertones lip will compliment the crystals. Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick is what I’m envisioning. It could be applied as a light tint with a hint of light pink gloss on top for the ceremony and full coverage for the reception). An ombré eye would be beautiful, subtle, chic, and timeless--Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette has the perfect colors to create a look to compliment the ensemble.
These beautiful swarovski crystal/freshwater pearl chandelier wedding earrings will pair beautifully for brides with an ecru gown, and who has yellow or peachy (warm) undertones. Ecru is the deepest shade of ivory and borders more on tan/beige, the raw color of linen. Many wedding invitations are ecru colored.
Envisioning a matte eye straight from the Lorac Pro Matte Palette. Crease color brown matte (1-2 shades darker than brides skin tone) and 1 shade lighter than bride skin tone on lid. A well-bronzed cheek with highlights is all that would be necessary. Benefit’s Hoola or NARS Laguna with a hint of Becca’s Opal on top would be gorgeous. A coral lip will add a pop of subtle color to complete the look. MAC’s lipstick shade in Ravishing would be just that, ravishing!
For the bohemian brides, I’d do a natural, light brown lid atop a pearly base with a subtle dark brown in the crease, and pearl highlights in the corner and below the brow bone. Urban Decay’s cult-favorite Naked 2 Palette would be on fleek! Depending on the personality and style of the bride, a subtle black winged line may be awesome. Alternatively, a gray/silver lid with a deep grey crease would make for an unforgettable, dramatic yet classy look. With either eye, I’d recommend a light violet gloss lip for the ceremony and a more intense ombré violet lip, flat & matte for the reception. I’m envisioning a shade similar to Kat Von D’s lipstick in Pearly Cranberry.
This gorgeous rose gold and sterling silver bridal bracelet pairs perfectly with natural redheaded brides with off-white dresses and yellow or peachy (warm) undertone skin.
A smoky emerald/chartreuse eye on top of a light gold base. Smoked out with a deep, gold tone brown and a pearly gold in the corner of the eye, same color highlighted on a blushed cheek, Kat Von D just came out with her mini palette pictured below. Anastasia Beverly Hills also carries what could be the perfect Emerald eye shadow single as well. A crimson lip tint for a softer look for the ceremony and a deep crimson for a bolder look, perfect for photos and reception. Charlotte Tilbury makes the perfect Crimson lipstick for this look.
This gorgeous set pairs perfectly for the unconventional bride who has chosen a soft pink hue wedding dress and who has cool undertones.
This look would be all about illuminating and strobing. Want to keep the look as glowy as possible. The blush will match the color of the dress, maybe one shade darker but in the same color family. The lip too will match the dress! A simple, carved out eye with silver/champagne corners and a sheer silver/nude lid with a light dark gray eyeliner would be perfect!
This jewelry pairs best for brides with ivory dresses and warm undertones.
Since ivory is one of the most universally flattering colors, the bride can be most creative with her makeup look. However, I would opt for a dark brown smoky eye and a nude lip, 1-2 shades darker than the brides natural skin tone. Becca makes an amazing palette to accomplish this look. If the bride wants to contour her face, this would be the perfect setting. To finish the look, I would recommend a color similar to Jouer’s Meredith, a hydrating lipstick that will have dimension and not fall flat on the lip.
This freshwater pearl bracelet is perfect for brides with cool, pink/blue undertones. A candlelight white dress would be ideal. Candlelight is a somewhat deeper shade of ivory with a beige-cream undertone. The name refers to the fact that it is meant to appear white under candlelight. It’s especially fitting for evening weddings, when its richness and depth will be set off to best advantage (http://www.herecomestheguide.com/wedding-party-ideas/detail/choosing-the-right-wedding-white/).
Because candlelight dresses are prettiest for sunset/evening weddings, I would totally create a look that really picks up the hints of gold in bracelet. Gold is such a great complimentary color for blue and the colors in the Anastasia Beverly Hills World Traveler palette would help to put a cohesive look. Although the palette is no longer available, many of the colors are available in singles. Since the colors on the eyes will be more dramatic and metallic, a lipstick like MAC’s Taupe is the perfect balance for the look.
Meet MakeUp Artist Natalie Setareh
Natalie is a professional makeup artist and owner of Setareh Beauty. She has a true passion for bringing out her client’s confidence and natural beauty through the art of makeup application. She is currently based out of Augusta, Georgia but is happy to travel domestic or internationally to serve her clients. She also offers virtual consultations and makeup bag ransacks to help each client optimize their beauty routine, regardless of budget.
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