Being newly engaged means there are a lot of things on your planning agenda: finding your venue, nailing down the date, getting your budget in order. A wedding takes a village to pull off and there are many, MANY things to plan for and consider, and in my (slightly biased) opinion, making your bridal beauty game plan is one of the most important and enjoyable tasks at hand. In no particular order, here are things to consider when it comes to your wedding beauty plan.
Find your perfect makeup artist and beauty team. There are many amazing pros out there but finding the best one for you is critical. You can start your research with suggestions and referrals from friends and family which is always a good place to find great people. Instagram is also a good place to do your research as it gives you a great idea of an artist’s work and style and if you feel it’s a fit for you. Once you find the one, meeting for a trial (or two or three) is key! You will likely forge a super close relationship with your artist and use them beginning not with your wedding day, but with all your engagements leading up to the wedding. I absolutely love this part of my job—forming life-long relationships with my clients is amazing!
Look for wedding beauty inspo everywhere. Check out the world around you and you will find beauty inspiration aplenty. Look to nature, magazines, fashion runways, pop culture. Be inspired by a colour palette from your wedding flowers to tie back to your wedding makeup. If you love a classic and timeless look, tell your artist and ask him or her to put a fresh twist on things. Switching up a lip colour or eye liner style are subtle changes that can really personalize your look.
Consider your bridal party and their beauty looks. Your girls are a big part of the day and will be getting ready with you. You will also play a hand in shaping their hair and makeup look for the wedding day. I always tell my brides to let your ladies rock a look they feel great about, not one templated look for all. I am a big believer of really highlighting each person to enhance their best features.
Nikki Strachan has been working at a professional makeup artist for over 15 years and is currently the key makeup artist for Your Morning, The Social and an instructor at Toronto’s George Brown College with a focus on bridal makeup. She has beautified numerous celebrities and brides and loves to bring a trend-focused eye to all her clients’ beauty looks.