Guest blogger Jennifer Jane is a bridal make-up expert and launches The Bridal Makeup Academy in October. We asked her to share her top tips to ensure your brides are blushing, not flushing for hot summer weddings.
As things heat up this summer season it’s vital that you’re fully stocked with a selection of products that will help your bride with any skin concerns she might have. I know the dewy look will always be popular to some degree but there is a very fine line between dewy and sweaty! It’s your job as a makeup artist to bridge the gap between the two so knowing what products to choose to achieve this in the heat is vital.
However, there is so much more to being a Bridal Makeup Artist than meets the eye and having a few little tips and tricks up your sleeve for the big day will pay dividends to keep the bridal party cool, calm and collected throughout the day.
As a Bridal Makeup Artist myself, I’ve learnt over the years how to spot micro expressions in my clients. These are facial expressions that are so minimal you could blink and miss them, they’re also the kind that your bride will try her hardest to conceal in moments of stress. If you have the ability to recognise these reactions and counteract them with your own, it will keep everything in order and allow the day to flow more easily. It will also make you a more well-rounded artist and a very busy one for years to come!
Music – I can’t express enough how important the right playlist is when getting ready on the big day. I know the bridesmaids may already have this covered but it’s a good idea to have your own on standby just in case it doesn’t quite hit the spot. When your bride sits down in your chair, you want her to feel calm and relaxed and enjoy the experience, not be overwhelmed with loud renditions of ABBA or 50 Cent. It also allows for an easy makeup application yourself. This is the point where concentration is key, so select something that you can flow with.
Cold water – and no, I don’t mean the drinking kind. One thing I’ve noticed, especially doing destination weddings, is that heat causes stress and anxiety, especially with the Mother Of The Bride. Have a washing up bowl or something similar on standby in the boot of your car in case you need to cool someone down quickly. Just fill it with some ice and cold water and ask your client to place her feet in it as you’re applying her makeup, she will sweat less, stress less and it will make for a more relaxed experience.
Oil blotting sheets – Most of your clients will be aware of what these are but may not have thought to bring any along with them. Have a stock of them in your kit that you can give out to your clients. It will immediately make them feel more relaxed knowing that they can tend to their own face long after you’re gone and keep any summertime shine at bay.