Health & Beauty

Wedding Day Beauty Tips


Want to look perfect on your wedding day? Here are five easy tips for wedding day beauty:

  • Use waterproof eye makeup. Most brides cry at their weddings. Even if you don’t think you’re the crying type, with so many waterproof products out there, why take a chance?
  • Use a long-lasting lipstick. When they first came out, most were dry and not suitable for a day-filled with close-ups and endless congratulatory kisses. But the new generation wised up with separate color and moisturizer. Apply the color once at the beginning of the day, and remoisturize a couple of times to keep lips luscious and picture-perfect.
  • Employ a “spot checker”. This could be your maid of honor or another person whose makeup style is similar to your own (your mother is another good candidate.) Ask them to keep an eye on you and let you know if you need a touch up. They might also do you the favor of stashing your lipstick in their purse for easy access.
  • Stash backups: Stake out the bathrooms or changing facility at the venue. Stash an emergency kit including powder to beat down shiny noses, clear nail polish to repair stocking runs, a hairbrush, hairspray, lipstick, and a sewing kit, along with anything else you think you or your bridesmaids might need.
  • Do a test run: Make sure you test out beauty products several times – you wouldn’t want to find out the morning of your wedding that you’re allergic!
  • Relax! A relaxed bride is a beautiful bride. A wedding succeeds as long as you end up married at the end of the day. Every thing else is just gravy!

(Makeup artist in photo- Kelsey Charpentier of SHINE Makeup Artistry)

Prepare Your Face for Camera

Q.   Is there a difference in makeup for digital photographs?
A. The expression “What you see is what you get” is more accurate than ever in the world of digital photography. As the years have passed, cameras, lighting and makeup products have all become more sophisticated. Photo quality and detail is so precise that your makeup must be clean, color correct, meticulously blended, and lightweight- yet still offer the coverage needed to make your skin look natural and feel great..

Q.    How do weather conditions impact my makeup?
A.    Rain, heat and humidity all affect how makeup not only lasts throughout your event but also how it needs to be applied applies.  Cream products such as eyeliners, eye shadows, blushes, lip pencils, and lipsticks all have melting points.  They will crease, run and smudge before you can say “I do”.  Choose powders for eyes and cheeks as well as the new long lasting formulas for eye liners and lip products to make sure you look as fresh at the end of your reception as you did for the pre-ceremony photos.

Q.    How to convey your ideas about makeup looks to your makeup specialist
A.    Here are a glossary of terms to make sure your makeup specialist gets a clear picture of what you mean by “natural”, “dramatic”, “smoky” etc., use photos – good and bad etc., search the internet to find examples of what you like and don’t like.

Q. What should happen at a pre-application, makeup design appointment?
A.  Make the appointment time for the same time of day when you are having your formal photographs taken.  That way you can see yourself in the correct light and make sure the makeup is appropriate.  Allow enough time to try out different colors, products and intensities.  You should know exactly how the makeup will look and feel for the Big Day so you take that walk down the aisle as radiant as you always dreamed.

Q.  Airbrush makeup applications are all the buzz.  What exactly is airbrush makeup?
A.  It’s an entirely new way to apply color to skin. It sprays a gentle mist of air and the colors can be blended and mixed to look incredibly natural. This technique has been used in entertainment, film and TV as well as in live theater and for fantasy special effects. 
It minimizes skin imperfections, while still giving a beautifully natural finished looking result. Lighter than air – this is the cosmetic industry breakthrough
Airbrush makeup has been used for over a decade by leading motion picture and television professional makeup artists. The pressure is so light it feels like blowing on a candle.  The spray-on makeup is so natural looking that it can be easily sprayed on arms, legs and hands without the appearance of heavy, powdery makeup. Airbrush makeup formulations are quick drying and can be layered to cover fine lines, wrinkles, scares, spider veins, and age spots. Even tattoos and skin conditions such as port wine stains, birthmarks, and burns vanish. It safely covers up bruises and scars after surgery.

Q.    How can I get my skin to look picture perfect for my wedding day and beyond?
A.   Top 10 Ways to Defend Your Skin: Sunscreen all year long.  The sun showers us with hazardous rays even on grey days.  We are just fooled because it is cloudy.  Don’t forger that sun reflects off of water so you need to protect your skin poolside even while wearing a hat.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.  Drink plenty of water and reduce caffeine consumption and watch your skin glow.

Practice “barrier” repair and “lipid” replenishment – products that contain lipids keep the skin barrier intact.  This will enhance your body’s natural moisturizing factor, reduce irritation and inflammation, speed skin healing and recovery.

Consume vitamins and anti-oxidants daily topically and internally.

Reduce sugar intake which causes a process known as “glycation” – a naturally occurring process which increases as we age.  Sugar molecules bond with protein molecules which creates a glycated protein and it becomes weak, brittle or fractured making it vulnerable to the dreaded free radical attack.

Reduce the occurrences of inflammation caused by UV exposure and overuse of harsh, acidic and irritating chemicals.

Stop Over-exfoliating.

Manage and Reduce stress.

Get regular professional facials using products that contain ingredients that are generally more bio-available, massage which releases deeply imbedded toxins, floods tissues with fresh re-oxygenated blood that will bring a boost to the skin.

Don’t skip home care – if we are faithful with our home care we have 60 opportunities a month to nourish, hydrate and protect skin against environmental damage.

Q.What are the “must haves” in my day of touch up kit?
Blotting Papers

Pressed Translucent Powder in case blotting papers are not enough

Lipstick, Lip Gloss and or Lip Pencil to retouch after all of the kissing and champagne–Small container of hairspray to keep fly-aways under control

Bobby Pins in case your up-do comes undone while dancing

Toothpicks to dislodge strawberry seeds, celery strings or spinach or even a small package of floss

Tissues to wipe away smudges or other well wishing kisses from your cheek

Double-sided Tape or a needle and thread for torn hems and straps

Foot pads to keep your feet from perspiring and slipping in your shoes

Small band-aids for blisters

Baby powder and white chalk to remove or cover stains

Breath mints, nail file, small vial of fragrance and the pain reliever of your choice just in case a headache comes on during the festivities

Contact Information: Joanne McDonough, Joya Beauty 603.534.3412