Guest Blogger: Sylvia Farmer, Bridal Beauty Detroit Owner/Lead Artist ~ Are you Ready for Your Close-Up?

makeup just doesn’t cut it for an extraordinary occasion like your wedding day.
Here, the following key points: On your wedding day you will be wearing an
elaborate, often expensive, light colored garment usually exposing your
shoulders, arms, and décolletage, which may be a different shade than your face
and require some color correction. Colors in the white family (even warmer ones
like cream & ivory) can leave you looking washed out and tired unless
your features are properly balanced and accentuated. Speaking of accentuating
your features, realize that as the star of the show all eyes will literally be
on you! From afar, close up, and all day from all angles, for hours and
hours…friends, family, (and your photographer) will be looking at you and
snapping pictures, shooting video, and sharing on social media. These pictures
are going to be looking back at you for the rest of your life and with HD
photography the stakes are definitely higher.

is power! A professional makeup artist will with experience will know exactly
what to do. While each bride’s request is different (some like it natural,
others like a more dramatic look) each will be done perfectly so that it looks
great for the camera.  When you find the
right artist, book them  (and expect to
sign a contract):  When you find a
professional whose work you not only love, but can also get along with on a
personal level, it is vital for you to book them as soon as possible! We
professionals tend to book up quickly (about a year in advance) especially
during wedding season (March-November) so it’s really important to lock down
your  artist as soon as you find the one
that fits you best. Also, any professional working in the wedding industry is
going to contract you; Makeup is no different. 
I know many women see makeup as something frivolous and would never
think it necessary to need a contract, but in reality it is quite crucial and
beneficial for all parties involved. 
Contracts help to keep everyone clear and on the same page in terms of
expectations, and helps to provide ways of resolving conflicts that may occur.
It also keeps the makeup artist from bailing on you last minute (which should
never happen if you’re working with a true professional). Like most wedding
professionals, no dates are set aside for professional makeup artists until the
contract is signed and returned, and deposit is received.

that you are worth it! You have spent so much money on your photographer, your
dress, your venue…why would you skimp on your face?  You will be looking at your wedding
photographs for the rest of your life. 
Although you may do a great job on your everyday makeup, for your
wedding day, hire someone who specializes in makeup for photography. Your
wedding is a special day and looking as good in photos as in real life is
supremely important.

is key to professional wedding makeup!  
Whether  your  artist uses airbrush makeup or traditional
makeup,  they will know what products to
use to keep your makeup lasting all day and all night.  Living in Michigan we know how to keep brides
makeup lasting all night in the heat without sweating off  before the reception is over!  It is not an easy task, but with the right
products it is definitely attainable. 
Bridal  Artists use professional
products,  and  are trained to create looks that compliment
your dress, the theme of the wedding and your personality. Professional Bridal
Makeup Artists understand how makeup will show up with the flash of the camera
or under certain lighting conditions. 
Also we understand the longevity needs of a brides hugs, kisses and
tears of joy. With this education and skill, 
your wedding photos will be “picture perfect”.

Bridal Party will look and feel their very best as well!  A professional makeup artist will take into
consideration each bridesmaid’s coloring and personal style to create a unique
but uniform look for your entire bridal party. 
This will avoid the issue of the one bridesmaid who loves shimmery
silver eye shadow and looks like she has disco balls on her eyelids, or the one
bridesmaid who refuses to wear makeup and looks half dead in your
photographs.  I’m not even kidding! These
are women who will be a reflection on you and will be in your photos 10 years
from now. You don’t want to have only part of your bridal party in sequence and
complimenting each other with their professional looks, while a few of the
girls look out of place with too much of a smoky eye or not enough
bronzer.  Try to have a cohesive look for
you and your bridal party’s’ hair and makeup. 
Some of your bridesmaids may also be inexperienced with what hairstyle
is going to look best for their face shape. Or they may not know how to
accomplish the look the other girls have received if everyone is doing the same
style. A professional artist can help to make sure everyone looks great

on-location makeup artist will come to your location of choice and help make
your special day stress-free.  They will
create an environment where you will feel pampered and totally relaxed before
the festivities begin so you can start your forever with the one you love
looking and feeling your absolute best!

SUMMARY,  Viewing a makeup artist’s work and researching  your makeup artist is so important. You want
to make sure your makeup artist has a top quality portfolio. It can be a
personal website (which is always best because it looks more professional) or  a Facebook Fan page,  Twitter, or any wedding blogs their work may
have been featured on.  You want to make
sure their work matches the quality of makeup you are expecting to receive for
your wedding. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for references.  Even though we live in a technology based
society, and it is super easy to find reviews on just about anyone or anything,
don’t be afraid to get personal.  Ask for
names, numbers, or emails that you check in with, and personally ask how that
client liked their experience with this specific artist. There is absolutely
nothing wrong with checking to make sure you are making the best decision for
you, for the most important day of your life! 
note from your Bridal Beauty Pro Sylvia Farmer, Bridal Beauty’s’ Owner/ Lead
Artist: “The most  important thing
to me is making the skin look soft, dewy, and radiant. I love a highlighted
cheekbone and a soft, glossy lip”

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group shot
Credit Pask Photography
& Makeup by Kimberly Tipolt and Christy Roof for Bridal Beauty Detroit
couples shot  of Bride & her groom
Wyar Photography
by Sylvia Farmer, Bridal Beauty Detroit
shot and the one with black background   
Credit Hugh Anderson, Venture Photography
by Sylvia Farmer,  Bridal Beauty Detroit
Vintage shot
credit Tammy La Bar Photography
by Sylvia Farmer,  Bridal Beauty Detroit
 AA beauty
credit Courtney Dailey
by Sylvia Farmer, Bridal Beauty Detroit