Monday, August 20, 2012

Makeup 101
 Makeup Artist: Karla Schmidt
Soooo....Your big day is coming and you want to look like a glorious princess as you go to meet that Mr. Right down the aisle. Here are my thoughts on that.
Don't freak - this is a day to celebrate, not one to notice all your flaws and everything you aren't. Do the best you can and then let it go and enjoy this moment. The most beautiful woman is the one at peace with herself - not the one with the perfect face. See, beauty is something you possess just because you are a woman. It's yours already. Beauty is NOT something you create, it is something you express. It comes from who you are on the inside and displays itself on the outside. So if you REALLY want to be beautiful on your big day, find out who you are, what your beauty is, and then be ready to put in on full display!!
Once you've got all that deep inner self stuff nailed down (could take months, so start digging :)), it's time to figure out the makeup. Beauty can't be created, no, but it CAN be highlighted! The best makeup is a look that compliments and highlights your features - not one that competes with them. I LOVE dramatic looks. Bring on the glam, bring on the color!!! But bright blue shadow (my current fav) that works amazing on the town will draw attention to the shadow itself and not so much to your doe brown eyes. That doesn't mean you can't use color, it just means use enhancing color and not overpowering.
 Be yourself...with a little push. You want to look like you, and if you normally don't wear much makeup, this is not the day to suddenly go drama. If you aren't used to makeup and you decide to wear lots, you will feel self conscious, even if you look amazing. Either start wearing lots more makeup several weeks before you wedding to adjust to the feel, or keep it natural. But don't be afraid to try something different! If you want to stand out from your normal day look, a longer eyeliner or deeper lip color can do a whole lot more than you would think. A few extra layers of mascara can also add without overdoing. Practice and try new things. Check out makeup looks, get a friend to come help you, or set up an appointment with a makeup artist. The more practiced you are in the look, the more confidant you will feel in it.
 However...and this is a big HOWEVER...think about pictures. Pictures do not show your face nearly as clearly as you see in a mirror. Whatever look you feel comfortable in, deepen the color about 30% for the sake of pictures. You might feel a little off, but remember, you will be on stage and behind a camera most of the night and the lights will wash you out a lot more than you realize. If you need to, create your look, then take far away pictures to see how it turns out. Layer your colors a little at a time until you have the look showing up just perfect for the camera. 
Last but not least - consider a makeup artist. Most artists will do a trial run so you get the benefit of knowing exactly what you will look like in your white dress. Also, a MUA can bring an element of being pampered - why not let her worry about the stress of a makeup bag and making sure you have everything you could possibly need? Not to mention, many artists will travel to your location, so you can do everything in one place, and she will be more than happy to do your bridesmaid faces and any others in your party.

There is so much more I could go into, so I will simply bullet point a few more tips.

1. Waterproof. You're happy. You cry. He cries. Everybody cries.
2. Blend foundation/bronzer on the neck/shoulders as well. Face and body need to match colors.
3. Hair up or down can affect your makeup, so practice with what you want.
4. Don't panic about zits. Good concealer conceals. It's in the name.
5. Get lip stain. Lips complete your look and warn-off color won't show up in pics.
6. Consider the number of people if you get a MUA. If large enough with little time, you may need two.
7. You're already beautiful - time to show off!

For any further questions you can contact Karla at:
Karla Schmidt
Freelance Makeup Artist - Kansas City Metro

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