Last night, I attended the MAC PRO Bridal Makeup Class by Senior Artist John Stapleton. John has been in the industry for 15 years and has worked in Fashion Week, theater, film, concerts and with celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Kelly Osborne. Read on for some of my favorite tips I picked up from John!
• Forget the trends and stick to classic, timeless makeup. Think smoky eyes, cream liner, peaches and cream complexion, neutral lipstick and red lips (John likes MAC Viva Glam I).
• For acne skin, go matte to help wash out the bumps. Avoid applying color directly on textured skin and try to distract from problems areas by focusing on the eyes or lips. If the client insists on a glowy look, highlight only above the cheekbone and under the browbone.
• Instead of using a waterproof mascara, John likes to coat lashes with MAC Liquidlast Eye Liner for maximum wearability. I too am a fan of the product and it does stay on well until you remove it with oil.
• Got a mascara smudge? Let it dry and it will come right off with a q-tip.
• To apply fake lashes, John swears by one of my favorite methods – gluing them from underneath. Basically, what you do is cut up your strip lashes, apply glue on the top (instead of the bottom) of the strip and apply directly underneath your natural lashes. It looks a lot more natural this way and will prevent that ugly white space you get between your natural and fake lashes.
• To cover up tattoos (which is definitely something all bridal makeup artists should know), John first applies MAC PRO Longwear Lipcolour to counteract the blueness before applying MAC Face & Body Foundation. He uses the peachy shades on light skin tones and the reds on darker skin tones.
• The rule of thumb to figure out which two colors counteract each other: – Mix two primary colors and the remaining one is the complementary color, i.e. red + yellow = orange, counteracts blue ; yellow counteracts red + blue = purple; yellow + blue = green, counteracts red.
• When working on really dark skin tones, be creative. Use your purple lipstick to contour or a bright/yellow eyeshadow to highlight.
• Check all sides to make sure the makeup looks good from all angles.
And a few tricks to being successful as a bridal makeup artist:
• Referrals are extremely crucial. Team up with photographers, wedding planners and hand out your card to hotel concierges, salons etc. to build up a greater potential clientele.
• Create an online presence with a Facebook page, website and blog.
• Trial runs are key. If you do not feel comfortable doing the client’s makeup during the trial, walk away.
• Have your client come in with her regular makeup on to get a feel of what she likes.
• Protect yourself. Have a mutual understanding of how you will be paid and come up with a cancellation policy or contract.
• Take pictures of your work whenever possible.
Got more tips for bridal makeup? Share with us and don’t forget to follow John on Twitter!