Hey you. Hi! You want to know something? I was in your shoes back in 2010. I know the pressure. There is so much riding on this one day and you want everything to be absolutely perfect. You've probably spent many hours on Pinterest, Google image search, Instagram and various makeup artist's portfolios looking for the perfect wedding makeup look for your big day.
"Wedding pictures are forever," they say. "You want a look that you'll be proud to show your grandchildren," they say. I know that and you know that. I also know that you don't want to be embarrassed by your photos and look back at them and see nothing but trendiness. Because what is cool now, may not be cool a few decades from now (you know kind of how you laugh at family photos from the 80s?). But even considering all of that, this is 2016. And we live in the moment that is RIGHT NOW! So really, how do you pick a timeless makeup look that you'll be proud of decades down the road but that also speaks to who you are right now?
When fashion week rolls around, all the designers display their raw, creative and wonderful ideas. And then before you know it, you'll see the influence of that idea displayed at your nearest Macy's or Nordstrom's. Now you may not see the actual clothes from the runway (unless you are looking at celebrities on the red carpet), BUT, you may see the fabric, or the shape of a particular garment echoed in that year's clothes.
Copying off of the fashion week idea, why can't you do the same with makeup? If there is a trend that you like, you don't have to rock the trend in all its glory. BUT, you can have the influence of that trend displayed in your makeup look. You feel me? Don't worry, I'll explain it in my top 3 makeup trends that brides can rock right now!
Now is contouring really a trend? For makeup artists, it is not. We've been doing this forever. But on social media, contouring is the hot new thing that everyone wants to Youtube and blog about. You see a million products being sold that all produce a very similar outcome (translation: don't waste your money buying every contouring product. They get repetitive very quickly). But you also see people drawing tribal stripes on their faces and putting on layers and layers of very thick foundation that would not look so hot if you saw it in person with your naked eye (clown contouring on your wedding day? No thank you. I'll pass).
But you like contouring. You love how it looks in photos on Instagram. You love how it looks in Youtube videos. Wanna know what I think? I think you should live and let live!...in moderation, of course. Contour, yes. But don't contour so heavy that the "beat faceness" of your makeup look takes away from your overall ethereal and elegant wedding style. Go for a softer contour. Choose a shade with a smaller amount of contrast from your natural skin color. It will still give you dimension in your photos without taking over your whole look.
Who doesn't love to see a good strobing technique in a photo? Personally I do love the visual effect created by using well placed highlighting products in various areas of the face. But does your face have to light up like a disco ball? No. Do you have to shine bright like a diamond? No, we'll leave that to the rock on your wedding finger. BUT, you can have expertly applied strobing (that is hopefully more luminous and less shimmery) to give you healthy glow without making people wonder why your face is so shiny!
You want to also make sure that the product you are using for strobing compliments your skin tone so that it won't clash with the rest of your makeup look. That way, it is more likely that your wedding guests will think you have a nice glow, instead of them thinking something funky is going on with your makeup.
3. NUDE LIP
I think Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez are probably two modern day celebrities that can be credited with making the nude lip a desirable look for the masses! And you know what, I'm right there with them. I love a good nude lip. I love to use nude lips in a lot of the looks I do for my professional portfolio (have you checked it out yet? www.jocelynmorrismakeup.com) BUT, in my humble opinion, a nude lip for a bride should lean a little pink and less beige/skin "tony"...why? because if you go too nude, the lip will blend into the color of the skin on your face. Many brides may look back and not care for a super nude flesh-toned color lippie in their wedding photos.
You always want to wear shades that compliment your natural skin coloring. Bringing a little of a pink shade that suits your own coloring will help to bring life to your face and keep your makeup look from being so flat in photos. There is a shade of pink lipstick that works for everyone. Throw that hint of pink in there. you'll like it. Trust me.
So what have we learned today brides? In summary, moderation is key. It's OK to have the influence of trend without jumping head over heels deep into it. And your sixty year old self will thank you when she looks back at the photos.