I often get asked why brides should pay to have their makeup professionally done for their wedding. It is true that you, a friend or a relative that knows the basics can do a good makeup job. It is important to keep in mind that a professional makeup artist will mean the difference between a basic look and a stunning wedding look.
A professional makeup artist understands all the elements of video/photographic makeup. She knows how your makeup will be affected by the weather, lighting and camera technique. Your artist will work with colors and pigments that complement your skin, style and personality.
A professional artist will meet with you for a trial consultation at least a couple of months before the wedding, and will make recommendations on the best ways to prepare your skin for your wedding day. She will address any concerns and/or allergies that you might have to products or chemicals. She should be able to cover any scars, marks or tattoos you don't want to show.
Lastly, working with a professional will put you and your loved ones at ease on your big day. I often get thank you notes from brides telling me how calm they felt for having me around in the last minutes before walking down the aisle.
Allowing yourself to look absolutely radiant on your wedding day is not a luxury, it is an absolute must!
For as long as I have been a makeup artist there has only been one mascara used by professional makeup artists, Maybelline's GreatLash mascara. I have tried so many different brands claiming to be the best and I always return to Maybelline's GreatLash. It lengthens, thickens, colors the lashes beautifully and does not dry up or get clumpy. But, as far as mascara's go, always be aware of the moment you crack open a new mascara, it has an expiration date. Throw away and rebuy every two months. This is for health purposes. The moment you open a new tube you are growing bacteria inside that will create eye infections if used over two months. One way to make sure the mascara last until the two month expiration date is to NEVER PUMP THE WAND! By pumping the wand you are pushing air into the tube and feeding the bacteria to grow faster. So always be safe than sorry, because no one looks good with a red, puss filled, irritated eye infection.
The more often you shampoo your hair, the dryer it will become. Your hair should be shampooed every three days at most. Your hair can not naturally produce it's own oils if it is constantly stripped of them. Start the process of training your hair; by not going any where for a whole weekend. Starting Friday night to Monday morning, don't shampoo your hair and yes, it will become an oily mess hence the reasoning for staying home. It’s a good time to do your Spring cleaning. By Monday morning, you will be dying to wash your hair, but do not apply conditioner to your scalp. Only apply conditioner from mid-shaft to the ends. Your scalp becomes more oiler with conditioner and all the hair training will be for nothing. After this process, don’t wash your hair any more than every three days. The goal is to work up to washing your hair once a week. Understandably in the summer time this could be a challenge, however once you break your routine, you’ll have to retain your hair. Trust when I tell you, your hair will thank you and you'll feel better that you have finally cleaned out your closets.
Just offering a little of my experience and knowledge.