It's All About The Base
You've got your dress and now it's time to think about looking like your best you on your wedding day. Simply say "I do" to Jennifer White from Mary Kay and she will have you and your ladies looking flawless on your big day.
Keep in mind, skin care counts. Great makeup starts with a good canvas. Makeup artists can work miracles, but makeup can only take you so far. The best way to have great makeup is to take excellent care of your skin. All Mary Kay products look great on, but they really make you shine when your skin is healthy, hydrated and well cared for. The most beautiful makeup has great skin that is well taken care of underneath.
1. Make sure you schedule your trial with Jennifer at least three weeks, but no more than 5 weeks, before your wedding. If you plan on getting a fake tan for the big day, make sure you have a test run before your make-up trial. This way Jennifer can be assured that the selections made for you are the perfect color and tone for your skin with your tan.
2. Don't skip the primer. Have you ever tried a DIY house painting job? How important is primer? Using a primer means needing to use less paint to get the job done. While painting your house is obviously different from applying makeup to your face, you would be surprised at how most people will take more time to prep a wall then they will their own face! Most people have never even heard of makeup primer, but Mary Kay has got you covered! And for your wedding, its non-negotiable. Using the Mary Kay primer will ensure that your makeup will LAST on your wedding day! Not only will it help smooth out any roughness on your face, it will also make your face “adhere” better to the makeup, blend more smoothly, and last hours longer. It will also look better in your photos.
3. Wear a white t-shirt when you attend your makeup trial with Jennifer. This is they best way to see how the make-up looks against a pale color. When she is finished she is always happy to take pictures of you in natural daylight (with no flash) so you can truly see how everything looks before you purchase anything, as Mary Kay has a "try before you buy" policy.
4. Concealer is always a good idea according to Jennifer. Unless you are among the lucky 5% of the population that gets all the sleep they need and never has any under-eye circles, you will probably benefit from a little bit of concealer. Rather than trying to “cover up” the darkness with a concealer that’s caked on five shades lighter, Mary Kay offers a wide range of skin toned concealers that have a feather light feel on your skin. Less is more. After all, you don’t want to look like you have white circles under your eyes. We would advise against the “reverse raccoon” look!
5. Bring references to your makeup trial with Jennifer. If you bring images of makeup that you really like and identify what it is you like about the makeup in the picture she can make amazing recommendations for what can not only replicate it, but compliment your skin tone as well through Mary Kay's wide range of cosmetic choices.
6. If you’re one of those bronze-obsessed type of bride, then skip this section! The last thing you want on your wedding day is to look like you just got a bad spray tan. As for everyone else, just a touch will help you look less washed-out in photos. The camera can sometimes give the impression that you are a shade lighter than you actually are especially when wearing white. A good bronzer from Mary Kay, when applied correctly in strategic areas, can give your face more “depth” in photos.
7. Always remember that bridal makeup is very different that every day makeup just as there is a big difference between your everyday clothes and your wedding dress. Your cosmetics will need to have enough color to compensate for the whiteness of your dress. Jennifer will begin with making sure your skin looks even and smooth, and then add color to your cheeks and lips to give them a glow. Don’t be afraid if it seems like she may be going a bit too dark on the eyes. This will define your eyes and really make them pop!
8. If you’re a “lash virgin,” don’t worry you’re not alone. Most women have never tried or have even heard of false eyelashes before. Well, if there’s a time to "turn it up a notch,” your Big Day is the day! Fake lashes can be your best friend, just be sure not to do this on the cheap otherwise they will poke you all night long, irritate your eyes, and you will probably end up rubbing off all of your eye makeup! Applied correctly, however, you will look STUNNING in your photos. You will probably be more photogenic then you’ve ever been in your entire life. The camera tends to “wash out” the eyes, so be sure to do something. While fake lashes are certainly “nice to have,” wearing a good quality (waterproof) mascara is an absolute MUST. Mary Kay has a waterproof eyeliner and 20x volumizing mascara that is so permanent nothing will make it budge until you are ready to remove it, so false eyelashes or not, Mary Kay has got you covered.
9. Your brows are just as important as your eyes so don’t ignore them. When it comes to your brows, even a little bit of “something” is better than a whole lot of “nothing.” You don’t have to be an expert. Pluck a little bit in the obvious areas like in between and just under your brows. If your brows are unruly maybe trim them a little. Jennifer recommends a little bit at a time. You’re not trying to look like a completely different person, you just don’t want your brows to look crazy unruly or lack definition. How important to “dressing up a window” are window curtains? Well, if your eyes are the windows to the soul, your brows are the curtains! Even just a little bit of grooming can make a big difference in your photos. Once they are under control, Jennifer will finish your make-up off with the perfect highlighter shade on your browbone to make your eyes even bigger and really pop. This will subtly draw attention to this area of your face.
10. Do not neglect your lips! Believe it or not, this goes for your groom too. Unless you are going for that dried out corpse look, Mary Kay strongly recommends taking care of your lips. You don’t have to go too crazy. Even if you’re not a lipstick or lip gloss kind of girl, Mary Kay offers wonderful lip balms and creams to soothe dry, chapped lips. No one wants cracked lips showing up on camera. They look very unattractive, not to mention will completely wash you out. Even men wear lip balm when they find themselves in the spotlight whether it is on TV or in the movies. If men can wear lip balm, you can at least wear chap stick prior to your wedding. Jennifer also recommends that you select from one of Mary Kay’s moisturizing, satin finish lipsticks. These are really the best for a wedding as they will keep your lips looking their best and will wear off the most evenly and naturally. Applied in several thin layers and blotted between applications the Mary Kay satin finish bridal lipsticks will give the most long-lasting finish. And don’t be scared of going a bit brighter. Neutral, brown, and pale lip colors are lovely for your day to day look, however they can look washed out in photographs. Jennifer has a complete line with Mary Kay designed especially for bridal wear. She can help you select a lipstick that’s one or two shades brighter than what you would normally wear. Mary Kay’s pinks, roses and plums are all great, classic choices for brides.