What every bride needs to know... PART 2

What every bride needs to know... Part 2

In this second part of my wedding beauty blog “What every bride should know” we address body makeup, tanning, hiring wedding consultants, hair stylists, makeup artists, and more …

 

TRUE OR FALSE

1. Everyone needs Body Makeup

False - Only those who have visible blemishes, bruises, scars and tattoos below the neck and on exposed parts of the body may require body makeup. This is an additional service and is charged based on the size of the area to be covered and the time involved to do it. This type of service can be done with specialized body makeup or by airbrush application. Both applications give long-lasting, waterproof and transfer-proof results.

2. Tanning is a good idea for the sake of the photographs.

False – Skin tones of all shades will photograph beautifully without tanning. Besides, tanning beds are taboo and if you’ve never used self-tanners before - now is not the time. If you want to safely warm up your skin tone, opt instead for a safe and professional mist/spray on tan instead. This service is offered at both spas and salons and there are mobile artists who can come to you. On another note, strong tan lines are a makeup artist’s worst nightmare.  If you know that you’re in a wedding party later this summer and into fall – be sure to wear the appropriate bathing suit that “won’t” give you unsightly tan-lines. Do like the Europeans and go topless. Throw your nipples to the wind!

3. Touch-Up Services are Mandatory

False – Touch-up service can be very necessary for weddings on unusually hot and humid days and when a significant amount of time passes between photographs, pre-service, and the wedding commencement. It can also be a glamorous, princess experience; indulgence and nod to the Hollywood star treatment. This is usually an additional fee unless it is a part of the service agreement/contract.

4. Hiring a wedding consultant is essential.

False - If you are not good at organizing and can’t assign the task to someone then it’s in your best interest to hire a wedding consultant. A wedding consultant is your fairy godmother or sister. They can be hired to handle your entire wedding day or on an as needed basis. They are especially helpful for large wedding parties. As a self-confessed maniac organizer, I have stepped into this role for many weddings in order to manage time effectively and keep everyone on schedule and happy. 


Bonus Beauty Beats

I couldn’t form the following information into true or false so instead I’ll just give it to you straight.

5. Hiring Hair Stylists

If you want your favourite hair stylist to do your hair on-location for your wedding day, especially if it’s on a Saturday, you better be prepared to pay a high fee and here’s why: a hair stylist makes his/her money based on the number of clients he can service in a day. Most top-notch hair stylists can book as many as 10 clients in the course of a day. At an average price of $100 per client, that hair stylist will earn as much, if not more than $1000 on that day. If you aren’t willing to pay at least that much to them on your wedding day, then you better find someone else, perhaps his/her assistant or a referral. Of course you always have the option of going to him/her on the day of the wedding too. Book early and well in advance.

6. Hiring Makeup Artists

Makeup artists who provide on-location makeup services for weddings are fast becoming a specialty service provider; on-location services have always been on “most” professional makeup artists service menus. Any good artist and smart beauty businessperson will have a website that illustrates their talent, experience, reputation, and quality of service. Fees and rates vary widely (and seem to be the major concern for brides). It’s also important that the artist is confident making up the members of your wedding party. Make sure they know the skin tones, age, and requirements/requests of everyone involved. Bringing in a second artist will cut the schedule in half.

7. Create your Wedding Day Hair and Makeup Schedule

Plan backwards from your target time of when the pictures are to be taken or when the ceremony begins. Allow more time for last minute touch ups. Be sure to include any men who require grooming in the schedule too. Create your own schedule using the sample below. E-mail to everyone and have print outs available on the day. The following example is booked on the half hour with seasoned pros.

8. Dino’s Big Wedding Makeup Tip

When wearing makeup, never scratch or rub your face when its itchy or gets wet. Instead, tap itches and blot perspiration away.

‘Workday to Holiday Party’ Makeup Guide

The Before-Work Face

1. FACE

Start the day with a soft and natural version of your usual look by emphasizing great-looking skin. A long-lasting foundation will provide the base for your quick-change transformation.

  • This is the day to use your favourite concealer, liquid foundation and powder combo that look great with less of everything else. This crucial stage of your makeup application is the base upon which you can build before the fête.

  • Keep cheeks lightly bronzed or softly blushed in a subtle pink, peach or rose. This spells “Happy to be at work today.” (Save the Kim K. contouring for later.)

2. EYES

Lavish your lashes with as many applications of mascara as you like. Adding more later isn’t recommended unless you’re a pro; too much can look cakey and overdone. Apply your most basic brow. You’ll add more eye and brow makeup later.

3. LIPS

Dress lips lightly with a sheer lipstick or gloss that compliments your eyes. Most popular are “goldenized” peach to pink for blue eyes and sparkling rose or plums for green and brown eyes. Darker eyes can carry off coppered/bronzed wines and burgundy.

The After-Work Face

1. Refresh

Blot away oil and shine with tissue or blotting papers. Refresh skin with a spritz of facial water mist like Evian Mineral Water Mist or MAC Fix-It Spray. Use your clean finger or a moist makeup sponge to smooth across and around the eyes. This revitalizes the eyes and reconstitutes your concealer, if you used one, to refresh the eyes’ appearance. Add a few strokes of illuminator pen at the inside and outside corners to open and highlight the eyes. A concealer lighter than your skin shade works, too. The DDB Beauty Mineral Powder Foundation is ideal to lend coverage and finish.

2. Eye Liner

The fastest way to take your eyes from everyday to awesome is with the simple and humble eye liner pencil in dark chocolate brown or ebony/jet black. For sensual eyes, run the tip along the water line/tarsal plate. For a more eye-opening and wakening effect, rim the same area with white, silver, or flesh-tone pencil. Instantly says “I’m awake to whatever the party brings!”

3. Eye Shadow

If you don’t usually use eye shadow, this is the time to give it another try. The right placement of a light, medium, and/or dark eye shadow will add definition and interest. You control the intensity with colour, texture, and placement. If your eyes are deep set, reach for shimmering champagnes, silver, and golds.  Rich, lustrous mink browns, purples, and smoky slates and charcoal make a bold impact on the lid, in the crease, and under and along lower lashes as liner. Any one of these shades can be incorporated into your usual eye shadow choices.

Tip:

Turn a dark shade of eye shadow into an eye liner by wetting a small angle brush with water. Mix it into one side of the eye shadow to form a thin paste. This trick also intensifies the colour.

4. Lavish Lashes

It isn’t always easy to add more mascara after a day’s wear. Consider elevating your eye allure with a pair of fabulous falsies. (Eyelashes that is.) My favourite pair are Quo’s #806, which look elegant and can be worn by anyone. 

5. Bold Brows

Give your brows a little more love by simply deepening their colour with eye shadow 1-2 shades deeper than your natural colour. Use a clean spooley (mascara brush) to brush colour through.

6. Cha-Cha Cheeks

In addition to blush, using a matte bronzing powder 2-3 shades deeper than your skin tone adds structure to your face. Apply with an angle blush brush under the cheekbone and jaw line to accentuate and define. Elevate the high planes of your face with a light-reflective highlighter under the outer ¾ of the brow, and around and under the eye and towards the temples. This sideways ’V’ placement opens--and shows off!--eyes and cheekbones.

7. Lovely Lips

If you are known for wearing a deep or bright lipstick by day, show your softer, sexier side via a naughty nude, pale and glistening lip. The unexpected could be the simplest conversion from work to play. On the other hand, a strong, sensational and sassy rich and “of-the-moment” nearly noir lip could be just the right switch to make a memorable impression… all on its own. You may want to use a matching lip pencil after application to frame and refine the shape. As deep and dark shades can make smallish lips look even smaller and birdlike, layer a shiny, shimmery gloss over top to volumize. 


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Supreme Summer Beauty Tips

Dino Dilio Beauty - Supreme Summer Beauty Tips
  • Wear sunscreen! Otherwise it’s “Rays today, raisins tomorrow.” – Loretta Young

  • Because lip gloss behaves like a mirror, wear a sunscreen-infused lip balm underneath to prevent burning.

  • Check the expiry dates on last season’s sunscreens.

  • Buy sunscreen in multiples and bulk so you can distribute them to family members and loved ones. Tuck extras wherever you’ll need to reach for it: your purse, car, boat, by front and back doors.

Keep-It-Simple-Summer!

E-mail me directly from the pool, the beach, or your local patio. I’ll answer your beauty questions and concerns from the air-conditioned DDB Studio—our version of summer school!

May your lazy, hazy days include sun-safe fun and memorable, magical moments.

- Dino