When it comes to creating an effortless but gorgeous beauty look, Pati Dubroff has been a go-to in the game for years. The seasoned pro has beautified A-listers including Margot Robbie, Dakota Johnson and Priyanka Chopra, and was recently in Toronto on behalf of Winners, Homesense and TJ Maxx.
For Dubroff, weddings have a special place in her heart. “I met my husband at a wedding, so I do have a soft spot for them,” she shares. The artist has done makeup for countless weddings and says that it’s a special day for everyone, the bride and groom’s family included. We sat down with her to find out what she’s learned doing bridal beauty for weddings, and her secrets to ensure your makeup game is on top for your big day.
How should a bride look on her wedding day?
“The bride should look like the best, most enhanced version of herself. She shouldn’t wear a makeup look that’s surprising or that she wouldn’t normally ever wear, unless that’s what she really wants on her day.”
What is the first step to achieving a gorgeous bridal look?
“Bridal beauty starts with good skin. I’ll make sure the bride’s skin is pampered, whether that be with a jade or quartz roller, to really get a nice canvas for makeup application.”
How do you create the perfect bridal makeup look for each bride?
“I like to take a look at what kind of flowers the wedding will have, what kind of environment it will be in and the bride’s personality. For example, for a beach bride, I wouldn’t do a full face of makeup, and for a spring bride I may incorporate spring hues. If the flowers are darker, for more of a fall wedding, I can incorporate some of those tones and be inspired that way.”
What is one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned when it comes to doing bridal makeup?
“For one wedding, I applied body makeup on the bride’s sister, and they went off to take photos. When they came back, the bride had body makeup all over her dress! I learned my lesson to never apply body makeup on anyone who is going to be near the bride.”
What essentials should every bride have with her on her wedding day?
“After finishing her makeup, I always send a bride off with q-tips, a puff with some powder wrapped in a tissue, eyeliner if she has a bold eyeliner look, and of course her lip colour!”
Where should a bride look to for inspiration for her wedding day makeup?
“Runway makeup is a little tricky and somewhat theatrical, so unless you want a more theatrical look, stick to the red carpet for inspo. It’s somewhat similar to your wedding day as all eyes will be on you, and you can see how someone moves and is in a special event environment.”