I truly enjoy collaborating with my brides to create their perfect wedding day “look.” I find my inspiration by getting to know my brides’ personality, style and their plans for their big day – colors, venue, dress, etc. I’m such a geek… I want to know all the details!
My style is very versatile. I love everything – from the natural, clean and fresh look, to high fashion/avant-garde with lots of color.
Sometimes a wedding dress calls for a vintage look and sometimes for a really modern look. That’s what’s fun about what I do!
I use Temptu Professional airbrush makeup, NARS, Makeup Forever, MAC, Tarte, Laura Mercier, Urban Decay, glo Minerals, La Bella Donna and the list could go on for days.
I always set up a makeup consultation before the wedding! The consultation (trial) is a time for me to get to know the bride and design her look for the wedding. I find that it sets most brides at ease when they know exactly how they will look. A wedding is a huge milestone, and the way your makeup appears in photos is so important. Plus, the consultation appointment is another excuse to have your makeup done professionally!
When it comes to choosing between airbrush and traditional brush application, I love both. They are like apples and oranges. To get technical, an airbrush gun is is a tool just like a brush is a tool. The look and wear-ability of the makeup both really depend on the artist applying it, and the product used in the gun. I use a professional, custom blended, waterproof formula that offers an incredibly natural tone and texture and wears for 10+ hours.
I use nearly all waterproof products for weddings, so fortunately I don’t worry about tears very often!
I recommend that brides book their wedding makeup at a minimum of 5 or 6 months prior to their wedding day. Especially during the peak months, we book very quickly! If there are a lot of bridesmaids and family members then I may bring an assistant, but not every time. We always have a makeup schedule ahead of time, so we plan accordingly.
The type of makeup that looks best in photos depends on the bride’s skin type, tone and texture. The makeup I use might be water based, oil based, silicone based, etc. It is always a good idea to wear more color than you would for a typical day or night because the makeup tends to disappear in photos taken at a distance. There are a few types of makeup to be careful of or avoid for photos. Foundation products with SPF typically have ingredients like zinc or titanium dioxide and can bounce the light back at the camera and make your skin look lighter than it should. Also, some brands of mineral makeup contains Mica, which is a reflective mineral, and can cause the same problem.
I loved working with Linda, pictured below at her grand wedding at the Grand Del Mar. Linda wore three different amazing dresses, and we changed her makeup to coordinate with each one. Her ceremony gown was a beautiful creamy satin with a train and an amazing cathedral veil. She loved the idea of having a soft, radiant face with shimmering cheeks, and sparkling plum tones on her eyes. We wanted to keep the look simple and elegant ,and not let the purple get too overpowering, since her dress was so eye-catching.
Her post-ceremony dress was a gold Mandarin style dress with a lot of embroidery and gold shoes. For this dress, we went for a shiny golden eye, soft bronze cheeks and peachy lips.
Her last dress was a longer length flamenco style dress in red. Because this was towards the end of the reception, we chose a smokey grey & black eye paired with red lips and kept the cheeks really simple. What a fun wedding!