Putting the glam into Bridal beauty

28 Oct 2013

Putting the glam into Bridal beauty

Wedding photographer, Alexandra Davies’ advice on that picture perfect bridal make-up

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How do you decide on makeup for your wedding day? Is this the moment to try something different or should you play it safe with the tried and tested look you always go for?

Brides generally go one of three ways when it comes to make-up. Some prefer the DIY, play it safe route. Others like the feel good option of a make-up lesson in a department store and a clutch of new products. For the ultimate million dollar treatment on your special day, why not bring in your own professional make-up artist?

Oxford-based wedding photographer Alexandra Davies says that in her experience this decision can make the difference between good pictures and great pictures.

Alexandra says, “It’s an area I wouldn’t recommend skimping on. I was lucky enough to work with Joyce Connor of the incredibly successful Brides and Beauty and I know professionals like her have had extensive training in what they do. They also have the ultimate knowledge in products. They use brands that you and I may not have heard of but are superior to the over-the-counter products. It’s not a case of looking overdone. Most brides want to have a natural look but the professional touch gives them a polish on camera that really makes a difference in the photographs. Even women who don’t normally wear make-up are convinced when they see how good the professional products are!”

A beauty professional will want to understand the bride and the kind of celebration she has planned. The flowers, the dress and the time of day will all feed into the look. A pre-wedding day trial gives the bride confidence that her hair and make-up will be fabulous and allows the make-up artist the chance to choose products appropriate for the bride’s skin type and to discuss preferences. This rehearsal can take up to two hours, but on the day the chosen look can usually be created in half the time.

Alexandra gives her observations on why she thinks having a professional make-up artist behind the scenes is an advantage

“It’s just one less pressure for a bride on her wedding day. It’s quite relaxing and adds to the feeling of being special and pampered. There are no shocks or upsets because the trial has decided on the finished look. So it’s transformation time! And not just for the bride as the make-up artist can do the whole bridal party. The best thing is those professional products, expertly applied will last all day with minimal touch ups and that’s just what you want on your wedding day. If required some make-up artists go back later to do refreshers or complete make-up changes for an evening look.”

Alexandra has picked up some of the professional’s tips for keeping wedding day make-up fresh all day. These include having some light powder and cosmetic blotting paper at the ready to keep moisture at bay on close up shots. Another tip is for the bride to ask her maid of honour or her mum to keep her lipstick handy.

Bridal hair and make-up trends for 2014 are going in the direction of dramatic with smoky colours for eyes, big lashes, pastel lips and hair embellishments all looking likely to dominate.

Alexandra recorded Joyce Connor’s demonstration of two different looks with model Katarina Letkova

“Joyce began with some contouring, a very clever technique whereby anything darker recedes and lighter areas are highlighted. A great way of creating amazing cheekbones! The shoot shows how natural Katerina looks with the make-up reflecting the light beautifully –a photographer’s dream!”

We worked on two contrasting bridal looks. First, a vintage inspired French lace and floral for daytime and then Joyce stepped it up a notch with a change of eye shadow and lips to complement a more bohemian style.”

For more information and inspiration visit www.alexandrajane.co.uk


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