norman's bridal tips and tricks
the biggest trend that brides can take from the runway this season is illuminated skin.
perfecting the complexion with an ethereal glow is timeless (a glow that makes you look youthful).
think of words like “fresh”, “soft focus” and “luminous” when choosing makeup for your wedding day.
remember that it’s about looking timeless and sophisticated more than trendy or sun-kissed (aka don’t wear too much bronzer).
as professional makeup artists, we tend to focus on the complexion when creating a makeup look for special occasions, the red carpet or weddings.
“skin is 50 per cent of the makeup” — francois nars
to keep your makeup fresh and modern you should always prep your skin. A good moisturizer and makeup primer creates longer lasting natural looking foundation.
avoid primers that are silicone based.
the right foundation is critical when preparing for your special day.
“apply or blend foundation with the fingertips to create an undetectable finish and always set foundation with a loose powder … a makeup artist’s best friend.”
with bridal makeup it’s all about the cheeks. every bride needs an ethereal glow. the right blush is key! I love to use the nars multiples and set with a beautiful powder blush. layering textures is the best way to create a 3d camera ready skin.
i love nars maldives multiple (a shimmering pink champagne) applied with the fingertips to the cheeks upward set with luster or super orgasm blush to the apples of the cheeks.
blush should always look like a natural flush or lightly pinched.
bridal makeup is about luminous skin, bright eyes and a beautiful lip color. it’s about enhancing your features and not seeing makeup.
“by layering a cream then powder on the cheeks and eyes your instantly add depth, dimension and wearability.”
“i always recommend a trial run if you are using a makeup artist, and take a few photos to see how the makeup will look in photos. most brides will need a little extra blush against the white dress and camera flashes. wear a white or light colored top close to the shade of your dress when trying on wedding makeup.”
iInstead of touching up with a lot of layers of powder carry oil absorbing sheets and lightly dust the center of the face with a soft focus matte powder.
you should try individual or a set of false eyelashes to add drama and definition to the eyes. it creates a beautiful baby doll eye and is one of hollywood ‘s biggest secrets. it will make a huge difference in the way you (and your photos) will look.
as a rule, gold and bronze tones work best on the eyes while pink and peach tones work for the cheeks and lips. these tones tend to be universally flattering and timeless.
if you want a vintage look, nothing says retro like the classic red lip.
“you should keep lip gloss to a minimum on your wedding day. finish off any lip look by applying a dot of gloss to the center of the bottom lip and press together. too much gloss can cause lip colour to fade or feather and makes grooms unhappy.”
"remember ladies, your wedding day is about creating your own personal “red carpet” moment. after all, once you walk in that church/room/temple/synagogue all eyes are on you: the bride! you need to look luminous and polished but more than anything, you should to look like yourself!"- norman sands