In the wedding industry, many times we find that couples don’t know what they don’t know. If you have caught the Facebook live series that Priscilla Rose Events hosts with Embrace by Kara, you may have caught some information that will help make your big day a lot less stressful with advice from the pros! This mini blog series (Snapshots) will feature local wedding professionals that provides a little more insight into the wedding industry one company at a time. Sit back, grab your favorite drink (my go to is always a daiquiri) and read about some of the best and award winning wedding professionals in Central Florida.
Meet the Pros
Rebecca Alicea, Make Up Artist
Mood and Trends: Let’s FACE it, you have a picture perfect vision of what you want to look like for your wedding. With the help of the ever-growing use of Pinterest and Instagram, now more than ever brides have so many looks and trends to adhere to. **I want Beyoncé’s smoky eyes and T-Swifts red lip with a hint of Kate Hudson’s contour. Uhm, help!
How does a MUA want their brides to describe their desired looks?
Rebecca: The more details a Makeup Artist has from the bride and the bridal party, the better. COMMUNICATION is the key. Bring your Pinterest boards and what you like about each celebrity’s look. The key is tying in your look and theme of the big day to match what happens on your face. The first important item is to talk with your MUA about your routine. For example, if you absolutely hate the look of eyeliner under your eyes, your makeup artist needs to know. If you normally don’t wear makeup let your MUA know that as well. Bring any pictures of your desired look. Your makeup artist will ask you different questions as well to get to know your style and your skin type.
What are some trending looks for weddings?
Rebecca: The most requested trend that most brides ask for is a clean elegant look. For example: smokey eyes, simple eyeliner, pink/glossy lips with highlight and rosy cheeks.
Wedding TIP: You should book your wedding professionals as soon as possible, your deposit is what secures your date! Make sure you have scheduled for your makeup trials within 1-2 months before your wedding to ensure you have the look you envisioned, as well as the right supplies!
Let’s chat about makeup trials. What should brides expect during their makeup trials?
Rebecca: The trial is one of the most important; slightly overlooked to do for brides. The trial is the time you will try different looks for your big day. A trial meeting will actually be full application of makeup and playing with different looks (whether that’s having eyeliner or not or different eye shadow colors.) Also, the makeup artist will be discuss any allergies in advance. Typically, we will try 2-3 different looks based on what the bride has explained and photos she has brought in. Then we will
compare the parts (eyes from look #1, lips from look #2 etc.)
· Should they have anything that they bring with them? Yes, bring any photos/boards of the desire look you as the bride are seeking. Also, bring any of your jewelry you would be wearing, wear a white shirt and come with an open mind.
· How long does the trial take and can their bridal party be part of the makeup trial? Typically a trial can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours. Most of the time the trial is just for the bride, but there are occasions when the bridesmaids want a trial. In that case add an additional 30 to 45 minutes per person.
· How far in advance should they schedule their trials? Usually a trial is scheduled 1 to 2 months prior to the wedding date.
As a wedding planner, I will be the first to tell you the importance of a timeline. Yes, that 4-5 page agenda that dictates the day, so the couple is stress free and your MUA is there to make sure you do so looking flawless. How
does the MUA fit in the day? On the actual wedding day, what should the bride plan for as far as timeline?
Rebecca: The breakdown for getting ready is this:
Bride’s hair: One hour. This gives enough time to get it right and make any tweaks or changes from the trial run.
Bride’s makeup: 30 to 45 minutes, recreating the desire look that the Bride agreed on during the trial.
Bridesmaids’ hair: 30-45 minutes per person.
Bridesmaids’ makeup: 45 minutes per person.
What about touch ups? Yes, plan on a few minutes for that throughout the day, depending on your skin type. For instance if you have oily skin plan on adding powder to the oil spots or blotting the oil spots. Also, throughout the day (because of food being involved) lipstick should be touched up as well.
Wedding Tip: Prepare for the type of wedding you are having including the venue and weather. Ladies, we all know what our hair does on humid days! Let your MUA know the details of your day and ask them what they suggest as far as moisturizer, touch ups, and maintenance throughout the day. Also, keep in mind that you will have formal photos. Ask your MUA if they charge to stick around for touch ups. Usually, formal photos are during the guest’s cocktail hour!
The days leading up to your wedding can be stressful with last minute details and tying the loose ends together. (Unless you have a professional wedding planner that is!) The last thing a bride should have to worry about is their makeup. Let’s make sure we are taking care of our beautiful canvases ladies! What should a bride try to avoid before the wedding?
Rebecca: The makeup trial! Don’t skip this important step. Also, avoid tanning! If you desire that golden brown look for your wedding, it should be done 3-5 days prior to your big day. Facials need to be scheduled 2 weeks prior to your wedding. Remember that the wonderful thing about a trial is not to just get a look, but to test anything that touches your skin, especially things like self-applied tans or new lotions your skin is not familiar with.
· Are there any trends/makeups brides should avoid?
NO-Makeup look. Although, the “natural” look is very popular right now (thanks Kim K) the no makeup look still requires some makeup to look good and believe it or not, “natural”. If you go completely without anything on your face, you’ll just look washed-out and tired in your formal photos.
Sparkly smoky eyes glitter is a no-no!
Too-dewy skin – Too much shine though and you’ll run the risk of looking oily.
The too-tanned look Avoid using a darker foundation or piling on super dark bronzer.
Pink eye shadow Keep the rosy tones on your lips and cheeks
Finally, how should brides and bridal parties prep their canvases? Drink plenty of water that helps to hydrate the skin and it flushes toxins out of the body, Cleanse and Moisturize at least twice a day six months prior to the wedding day. Apply Sunscreen whenever you go outside. Eyebrows should be waxed 2-3 days prior to your wedding day. Exfoliate your lips (brush with toothbrush twice a week 2 weeks prior) and get plenty of sleep.