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Should I hire a professional makeup artist for my wedding?
Lisa Johnson of Brides by Lisa - Nashville Bridal Makeup Artist
Of course I'm going to say YES! ...and here is why:
Let's face it -you've spent a pretty fortune on the venue, photographer, your dresses, flowers, food, entertainment and all the little details that go into your wedding day. You're more than likely hiring a hairstylist. Your bridal makeup is generally the last touch before dressing and walking down the aisle.
As a professional makeup artist, I know what makeup works for photography AND in natural light. I believe everyone in my makeup chair should look fresh, beautiful and uniquely them - which is why I craft a personalized look for my clients. To help you visualize, look at my portfolio of work and you will see many looks - not just one style. This shows my range as an artist. This advice goes for any artist’s work you are considering.
I work on location at your venue, and that saves you so much stress and running around. I bring my professional kit full of hand-picked, camera-ready makeup and skincare products that work for all ages, all skin tones and needs. I'm well known not only for my beautiful bridal makeup but also for my women over 40+ clients - and you know your mothers (aunts and grandmothers) will feel especially beautiful knowing they look amazing. Plus it's an incredible bonding experience and memory you all will always share.
Having professional makeup really helps when you're being photographed – and you ARE being photographed on your wedding day – like no other day. You also have the added bonus of a cohesive look for your valuable photography. Simply put, you're all gussied up with your finery and heading to thechurch and reception after – all looking gorgeous!
I’ve been lucky enough to have worked with hundreds of brides over the years and I consider it an honor to help each bride look their very best. It's why I do what I do. So if what I've told you helps you consider professional makeup for your wedding day - hire me as your artist and I promise to show you how beautiful you are.
Lisa Johnson is a Nashville-based makeup artist working in the fields of commercial, beauty, print ad and high definition media. She grew up in both artist meccas of California - Los Angeles and San Francisco - and is formally trained in color theory, painting and art. Known for her clean makeup style, attention to detail and high definition expertise - Lisa stays on the cutting edge through industry workshops and passionate practice of her craft. You can find her commercial work online at www.lisajohnsonmua.comand wedding portfolio with gallery, reviews and pricing at www.bridesbylisa.com - Brides by Lisa is Wedding Wire’s 2011, 2010 and 2009’s Bridal Award Winner for Beauty in Nashville, TN.
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A LITTLE BEFORE & AFTER - a recent makeover for a bride's grandmother for her wedding day. She graciously allowed me to do her makeup and showcase her before & after. These are unretouched iPhone images. I used the COVER FX SKIN PREP and other professional makeup products for her makeover. AMAZING!
As a beauty artist, I'm privy to many new products for all skin types and needs. I have to say, there are some remarkable new anti-aging products out on the market today - that WORK. I recently found the product line COVER FX and their amazing primer product SKIN PREP FX. This is like caviar to your skin - without the smell...or price. Matter of fact, their entire line is amazing.
I use this now on my 40-something face and highly recommend this to all of my clients over a "certain age" - it blurs the lines and nourishes your skin, as well as extending the life of your makeup. RUN DONT WALK!
COVER FX Nourishing Foundation Primer Makeup and Anti-Aging Serum $45.00
~ by Brides by Lisa
Behold ~ the newest makeup creation signed Chanel and titled simply and fabulously Les Fleurs D'Ete.
Check out the wonderful makeup featured in the new Chanel Les Fleurs D'Ete collection for summer 2011 and select your favorites to create a fab uber-sensual makeup look that states pure perfection.
Soleil Tan de Chanel
Offering your skin a natural glow is a must this summer as subtle tanned, radiant skin is a magnet for attention. Chanel's Soleil Tan moisturizing powder can give your skin that subtle enhancer to create the illusion of a perfect, makeup free skin that's just glowing beauty. Four hues are gorgeously mixed on application so you can look amazing.
Les 4 Ombres
The oh-so-fabulous Chanel eye quad created for this collection can allow you to add depth and dimension to your look; the result being fantastic. You can use the lovely Lilium eye makeup quad hues individually or combined to create various fabulous makeup looks. The four fab hues featured in the palette are pink champagne with golden flecks, soft yellow/green, deepshimmery green, gray with bronze shimmers.
Create a luscious lips look that enhances your seductiveness using the gorgeous shimmery lip glosses signed Chanel. Use them individually of to enhance the beauty of your favorite lipstick, as they look amazing either way.
No look is complete without a fabulous manicure, and the nail varnishes in Chanel's vision have been designed to flawlessly underline femininity and create a warm feeling that is simply enchanting. Three fabulous hues which pass from nude to bright, offer you the chance to create lovely simple or multi-colored nail art designs which complete your look. The nail polishes are available in the following hues:
- Mimosa - a lovely warm lemon yellow
- Beige Petale - a feminine beige rose
- Morning Rose - a lovely rose hue
I'm asked often about oil
control and mattifying products - timely because higher temperatures and
Summer are right around the corner - meaning more oil production
usually. Mattifying gels and lotions are great to use either alone
without any makeup - this gives the appearance of perfect pores and
luminosity without that oil slick - also under your foundation - mixed
in with your foundation (as in the Make Up For Ever product) - and
applied over your makeup for extra shine and oil control. This summer
try any of these application tips for your perfect complexion.
MAKE UP FOR EVER
Face Matifying Primer
The All Mat Matifying Primer formula is based on an oil-free and
colorless powdered gel providing extreme comfort. Designed to absorb
the excess of sebum, it leaves the skin soft without a hint of shine.
TIP: All Mat can also be
used as a make up primer. Applied in a thin and even layer (I use a
foundation brush), it makes make up application easier and provides
long-lasting results. It can easily be blended with a foundation or make
up primer to enhance the matifying properties of make up.
FACE TO FACE
Super Matte Antishine
This innovative product has been uniquely formulated to matte the shine
of oily skin. Most of the large makeup manufacturers have tried to
duplicate this product with no success. Super Matte Antishine has been used by leading film and television
actors. It leaves skin feeling fresh and taut and won't produce that
"caked on" feeling you get from powder. It is available in three sheer
shades: light, medium, and dark. Antishine is great not only for women,
but also for men's palms, foreheads and balding scalps. (Always in my
PETER THOMAS ROTH
Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel
An advanced mattifying gel formulated with powerful oil absorbing and
pore minimizing properties. Absorbs shine and controls excess oil and
perspiration on contact without stripping skin’s natural moisture. Helps
makeup stay fresh longer while creating a lasting, clear, satiny
TIP: A perfect product for men too!
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Dior Spring 2011 Makeup Collection
I always love the beginning of a New Year. It's like a clean slate of sorts. It's also the time I like to see what trends are coming back around or what is new and fresh - especially for my love - MAKEUP.
One beautiful trend that is really a bit of the old and new mixed - some older more retro packaging with a fresh approach to color compared to some of the runway's bold fashion color this year - is the trend for soft gray and soft pinks and corals - two of my favorite colors for bridal makeup.
Muted, elegant and refined greys and pinks.
For Spring I am drawn to DIOR SPRING 2011 and will be incorporating these into my bridal palettes for my special clients. SPRING 2011 MAKEUP TRENDS
An "obsession" among brides
If you think you've been obsessing about your hair and makeup, you're not alone. No longer content to simply hire a stylist and makeup artist for the big day and cross the task from their lists, brides are booking with beauty pros months — occasionally, years — before their nuptials. By forming a close bond with their beauty team brides hope to resolve ahead of time such questions as "Should I grow out my hair for the wedding? How do I want my makeup to appear? How will I look in my pictures?"
Makeup artists are responding by providing more customized services, and increasingly, offering their expertise for the other events surrounding the wedding, from the bridesmaids' luncheon to the engagement photos. I think with the greater focus today on celebrities, there is a heightened awareness among brides of the detail that goes into hair and makeup. They also see there's no longer such a thing as bridal hair or bridal makeup (thankfully!) and there is more of a range of modern styles to choose from.
I've been very lucky, having done destination weddings in the Caribbean, Mexico, California and New York. I'm known for my elegant natural bridal beauty as well and calming demeanor, which go a long way toward easing wedding-day jitters. I'm usually a good person to calm the bride, especially when she's far from home, because I'm sort of the neutral party there.
The trial run through
Brides are consulting makeup artists earlier than in the past. Some up to three and six months ahead, though some brides schedule a makeup run-through even before they book the reception site. These run-throughs are strongly encouraged by makeup pros. After a trial the bride is relaxed and happy to see me coming through the door on her wedding day, because she's already confident about what I'll be doing.
Savvy brides tend to already have an idea of what they want, and need some help fine-tuning their vision. Usually a woman who comes to me is very detail-oriented, and so we'll do a run-through first. Plus, she needs to feel good about the people working with her that day. The makeup artist and the hairdresser are going to be working very close to her, so she needs to feel comfortable with them.
More brides are viewing their makeup as crucial to the look of the event. When somebody is getting married at Cheekwood and spending $50,000 for her gown, it's a comparatively small amount of time and expense to make sure you have a makeup artist and hairdresser who's taking good care of you. Just as brides collect photos of hairstyles they like, they should do the same with makeup looks. It's good to have a visual like magazine tearsheets, because your idea of a smoky eye might be different from mine.
The beauty team
Though a bride may be in love with a look that's hot this season, pro makeup artists advise against following anything too current, at least when it comes to the wedding day. I like to notice the woman, not the makeup ~ so I generally do a very natural bride. I make sure the skin looks really perfect and the colors are of nature. Nothing too trendy or dated.
Picking the right beauty team for your wedding may be one of the most important things you do. At the end of the day, all you have are your photographs, and if you hate your hair and makeup that will haunt you forever.
Okay, a little levity and fun here! When preparing for your wedding many women think this means more makeup, more hair. Think again...
:: THESE IMAGES ARE DEFINATE DON'Ts (except for Liz) ::
DON'T 1. Too Much! — Less is more. Let your makeup and hair compliment YOU, your dress and accessories. You want a complete and finished look that compliments you and makes you feel at ease.
DON'T 2. Too Trendy — Sure today everyone is wearing Hello Kitty pearly pink, but 5 years from now you want to look at photos that have a timeless, classic and clean face. Don’t "date" your photos with super shimmer. Go with matte, neutral makeup colors and textures - you'll thank me later.
DON'T 3. Makeup that is not you —If you never wear much makeup, don’t walk down the aisle or show up at a party looking like you lost a fight with a Drag Queen. Let your professional makeup artist help you determine the most flattering makeup look for you. Or as I always say - You, only better! ;)
DON'T 4. Matchy-Matchy — Let your wedding party keep their personalities (and dignity) in tact and wear looks that suit them. Don’t give everyone bright shadows to match the dresses. Also, and I'm just going to say it - don't let that one friend who wants to shine above THE BRIDE do so. You know the one! Keep a cohesive, polished look for the entire party. That way everyone will get their chance to shine - especially for the formal pictures. Again, pretty and classic will win the day for most all weddings. (Yes, I'm showing bridesmaid dresses, but I think you get my point.)
DON'T 5. Waiting until the last minute to look for your hair and makeup artist — I get a lot of last minute, frantic wedding day makeup inquiries. Please look a year ahead or so to find and book your wedding makeup artist and hairstylists - if you're spending a small fortune on wedding photos - do hire a professional to be a part of your "team". Compared to florals - which don't last past the week (don't get me wrong, florists are essential too) - your makeup and hair will be showcased in your photos for life. Just a consideration. :)
Liz or Donatella? Which one are you?
DON'T 6. Doing Too Much — so many brides rush out at the last minute to do too much - spray on tans, fake nails, facials - and end up with major flare ups, skin eruptions, bad tan jobs, etc. You've seen the pictures. You've heard the stories. Try not to deviate from you regular skincare routine. Continue to eat well, exercise, drink lots and lots of water, sleep 8+ hours (ha!) and try to avoid excessive intake of alcohol and caffeine (haha!)
This is a MAJOR NO-NO to do too much all at once. Plan months ahead for any of your skin care changes, tanning (please don't be an OOMPALOOMPA!) and such. Please be a Liz and NOT a Donatella - in the tanning department...just sayin...
DON'T 7. No Touch Ups — any great makeup artist will tell you that you do need a touch up or two. You will need blotting papers or powder to control face shine before photos, lipstick to reapply. Have a designated "beauty helper" to keep an eye out for you if they see you may need a little something and touch up.
DON'T 8. Wrong look for you and your wedding style — magazines are great tools for inspiration - but remember we're talking about models, plastic surgery in some cases AND major photography editing - plus what looks good on someone in a magazine may not suit you. A common mistake is choosing a look that is super glamorous for their simple garden theme (the smokey eye and the pale Pam Anderson lip are common- OY!) Coordinate your look to the time of your event and wedding. And remember you can NEVER go wrong with classic clean beauty for your wedding. (I love Pammy, but not for most wedding looks... unless it's Vegas!)
DON'T 9. Too shiney — I haven’t met a bride who didn’t want a “dewey” shining cheek. Careful because it can look super oily in photos. Opt with a small bit of highlighting on cheekbones or eyes, but not your entire face. This is the time to ditch the mineral makeup look as well - shimmer is not your friend for pictures. Pro brands are your friend and a professional makeup artist will know these particular brands (not retail, generally).
Careful - slippery gloss ahead...
DON'T 10. Sticky situation — Weddings mean you kiss a lot and tend to dance a whole lot! Smears are not fun. Keep lips creamy, stained or matte for best results. Too much gloss is just a sticky mess usually - difficult to maintain.
YOU, only better! TM