I had the wonderful honor of doing the makeup of Katie Schmid and her bridal party at the home of her mother, Claire. I did her sister Mary’s makeup for her wedding, and we did it the same way, at her mother’s home, friends coming and going, listening to music, and relaxing.
The wedding was at 6pm, so we got an early start to make sure the party could leave for photos by 2:30pm. Amazing hairstylist Sarah Walker-Brittain of the Bee’s Knees Hair Studio in Fort Worth was booked for the entire day, and did everyone’s hair based on their taste. Makeup was also done based on the individual’s style. The styles ran the gamut, there were the “I NEVER wear makeup” variety, and The “I LOVE makeup and wear a TON” types as well.
I pride myself in doing exactly what the client wants. I don’t want to freak anyone out, or make them feel uncomfortable asking to change something. I really don’t get offended if it’s not what you envisioned, and you would like me to change it. I ultimately want you to feel beautiful, and not at all self concious.
Mary, for instance(First photos in the gallery) loves a dark dramatic eye. False lashes, lots of blush. She wants to look like she’s wearing makeup.
The Bride’s sister in law, on the other hand, (Second person) wears no makeup on a regular basis, so I just accentuated her beautiful features, and evened out her skin.
The photos of Katie(she’s the last one) show her without false lashes, and with. Most of the girls opted for lashes, and I provide those. I just wanted to show what a difference they make.
The gallery below is an example of a well planned and executed relaxing wedding day preparation. Congratulations Katie Schmid-Coffee!!
my new secret weapon
Yep, That’s right, Aspirin.
I haven’t taken aspirin for a headache, and I’m not sure why we have it on hand, but I was up Googling what “home remedies” to try for the crop of zits that has taken over the right side of my chin. Seriously, 10 zits.
So I crushed up an aspirin with the back of a spoon(I felt so Sid and Nancy) and made a paste. I put the paste on that family of zits and let it dry.
I rubbed it a little for gentle exfoliation to remove it and then…….
…..It was as if the pimple fairy came and just sucked all the yuck out of those Pimpletons and told them to move the hell outta town. GONE. Immediate gratification. Sayonara.
I did a little more reading, and seems you should only reserve this method for emergencies, because, transdermally, you could “take” a little too much aspirin. But we’re not talking about chronic acne, we are talking about that “morning-of-the-wedding-oh-shit-I-have-a-zit” zit.
Don’t crush 10 aspirin and put it all over your face like a mask, you junkie.
Spot treat a zit and walk away. It’s MIRACULOUS.<—I apologize for the caps, but it’s that good.
Now go wash your face, put down those french fries, and go to bed.
- Be honest
Have a run through a few weeks before the wedding, and tell the artist EXACTLY what you like, don’t like, and if they apply it in a way you don’t like, be specific as you can about what you would like changed. Don’t worry about hurting feelings. There’s no room for ego when you’re a makeup artist, I consider myself providing a service to you. If someone asks me to “do whatever you want, you’re the expert” I may not make them feel confident on their wedding day.
2. Get groomed
Have a facial a week before, get brows threaded or waxed by someone you TRUST, I have a list of people I trust to groom my brows, and they don’t include the back room of a nail salon. Don’t go to someone for the first time just prior to your wedding. Amanda’s brows are really beautifully groomed(photo) I filled them in slightly, but the shape fits her face.
3.Trust your makeup artist!!
If you have been specific about what you want, and don’t like what they’ve done at the run through, give them the opportunity to change it. This is not the time to worry about hurt feelings. A good makeup artist has their client’s satisfaction first on their mind, and shouldn’t take it personally if you need something tweaked.
You would not believe the number of times a client tells me, “I had a bad experience last time I got my makeup done” or”They painted me up like a hooker” or worse,” He/She got mad when I asked them to tone it down”
Your comfort is my #1 priority.
Here are pictures of Amy working her magic before the wedding of Kelly Ketchersids.
Thomas and Kelly Ketchersid
Kelly had been crying for a good 10 minutes and none of her makeup moved an INCH.
Amy working her magic before the wedding.
Kelly says they didn't get many closeups after Amy was done, but she says the makeup looked fantastic!