Beauty 101: Tips from the Pros to Create Your Wedding Day Look
by Corrie McGee April 6
It’s all about the look — from getting the bridal glow and face-framing ‘do to finding the world’s greatest shade of lipstick for your perfect pout! We’re getting all the insights from some of the best hair and makeup artists in the Dallas/Fort Worth area including their best pro tips and products they can’t do without.
(It’s all captured by some of the best wedding photogs out there, so keep scrolling for some serious wedding inspo here!)
Get the Glow
What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? It is hard to pick just one but If I have to choose from my kit I will totally keep one product to prepare the skin. A hyaluronic acid serum will lock the hydration on the bride skin and keep that glow for hours.
What is your go-to beauty brand? Definitely Estee Lauder – Classic, elegant yet long lasting and waterproof.
How to achieve a glam beauty look? I always start asking my client what she loves more about her face features: eyes, lips , cheeks. Then I design for her a glam beauty look using a statement pair of eyelashes or a bold lip color. The key: keep the client essence and have fun.
Any advice for a bride who is wanting to use a hair piece on her wedding day? Try to match the headpiece design with your wedding dress and jewelry. Before you select one, try to decide if you want your hair up or down.
Photo: Laning Photography
What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? My must have product on a wedding day is lashes! No better way to make your eyes pop in all the photos then beautiful lashes.
What is your go-to beauty brand? My go to beauty brand is Becca Cosmetics. I absolutely love there liquid highlighter in opal. It truly allows every bride to have a glow.
Matte vs. glossy lip color? Pros and cons! I love a glossy lip! My favorite is moonglow by Marc Jacobs beauty. By placing a little bit of glow in the center of the lip it gives the perfect pout, giving the illusion that your lips are fuller. Matte lipstick is gorgeous in photos but can feel drying at times. Add a little bit of Bite Beauty agave lip mask underneath to keep your lips nice and hydrated.
How to make your lip look last? My favorite tip to make your lips last longer is using a lip liner. Line your lip not just on the edges of your lips, fill them completely in. Dab a little translucent powder over your lips before you apply your lipstick. This will help them last all night!
Photo: Bertha Torres Photography
Pretty in Pink
What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
What is your go-to beauty brand? MAC Cosmetics
How to work pretty, soft pinks into your palette? A great way to work soft pinks into your makeup look is using a cream product. It can simply be swept over you eyes, cheeks and lips!
What is the perfect occasion for a classic updo? Any formal event is the perfect time for a classic updo!
Photo: Lorena Burns Photography
The Sleek Look
What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? This is so hard to answer but I would definitely say Hourglass Ambient Lighting in Luminous Light. It helps create a natural glow that mimics skin and allows the skin to appear dewy without too much highlight.
What is your go-to beauty brand? My go to beauty brand is Morphe. I am ride or die for all their shadows and brushes! Even their lip glosses are beautiful.
How to achieve a sleek makeup look? A sleek makeup look can be achieved with dewy skin, light eyes and a bold lip! It is so important to make sure the skin looks like skin, and not cake-y, while still having the skin look like it is glowing from within. Add a good blush and sculpted contour, a sleek look can be achieved.
Picking the best shade of bold lip for your look? It all depends on the color scheme and the skin tone of the client. Red can be tricky because it can cause the teeth to appear more yellow than they are, so it’s also important to take that into consideration when choosing a bold lip. If choosing any bold lip, it’s so important that it has cool undertones to avoid that!
Photo: Nate & Grace Photography
What is your one product must have on a wedding day? Big Sexy Hair Powder Play. It’s a texture powder that helps tease oh so perfectly. And false lashes.
What is your go-to beauty brand? Anything Kenra or Aquage
What style gown pairs best with a braid crown? A braid crown could go with any gown. I would say the normal would be a boho dress, but it could be super pretty with an elegant sleek satin white dress.
How to achieve a soft glam makeup look? Start with depth in the crease (I usually use brown) and a soft shimmer on the lid. Add a crisp wing liner and false lashes. Do your normal thing with foundation, brows and mascara. Take a neutral pink lipliner and overline the lips just a bit. Fill with a color that’s one or two shades darker than your natural lip color. Use a blush that is in the same color family as your lipstick. Sweep some highlight on those cheek bones to give you that bridal glow!
Photo: Ben Q. Photography
What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? A must have for your wedding day is a lip color for touch ups. For those moments to freshen up before walking the aisle, or after your I do, and before cutting the cake. Where you will be photographed closely by your photographer and guests.
What is your go-to beauty brand? For those who know of me they will say I’m a MAC cosmetic guru. I do add-on products to my kit like my private line WZ Beauty and MUFE. They mix so well and create a stunning masterpiece.
Tell us about your beauty line. I’m passionate about beauty and making other women feel confident and beautiful. So, it was my dream to have a private makeup line that I could share with my clients and brides. It is amazing! It’s a vegan and cruelty free line, packed with Vitamins A, C and E to protect you from free radicals. Highly pigmented and creamy rich finish. Make an appointment for a 1:1 consult or lesson. We would love to treat you like a beauty queen!
How do you get the skin prepped for makeup? I always hydrate the skin with either a toner, serum or oil infused drops and massage into the skin. And don’t forget a must have for my brides – cooling eye pads to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Also, after consulting with my bride we determine what is the desired finish and look to make sure it is camera ready.
Photos: Sami Kathryn Photography
Get the Look
What’s your makeup pro tip? Bronze and gold shadows light up green eyes, cheeks get definition with a peachy pink cream blush, and the whole look comes together with a custom blended bold burgundy/wine lip.
Describe this hairstyle. A redhead with a bold fringe gets a simple half-up style to show off gorgeous waves.
What’s your one product must-have for a wedding day? Tarte – shape tape concealer, flawless full coverage.
How do you get the skin prepped for makeup? Sonia Roselli Sexapeel instant exfoliator, Waterbalm Skin Prep, Dr. Jart V7 Priming Moisturizer and Joeur Lip Conditioner.
Photo: Nevile Wedding Stories
What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? A good primer and finishing spray is key! This helps the makeup endure the entire day and gives you a flawless finish from start to finish.
What is your go-to beauty brand? We are always trying new products, but right now we are loving Two Faced and their melted lip collection.
Lash 101 – how do you get the voluminous lash effect? We include false lashes in every service. We love a good Demi-whispie lash to draw the eye out and create a doe eyed effect. We finish it off with adding mascara and a fine liquid eyeliner line.
Tell us about how to achieve the perfect highlight? Step 1 is choosing a highlighter – we prefer a powder highlighter that is applied as the last step in the makeup process. Step 2 is application method – we like to use a fan brush which provides the lightest coverage and looks dewy but still natural. For more shimmer payoff you can use a stippling brush or a beauty blender sponge. Step 3 is application – the goal of highlighting is to bring out the high points of the face. This means we want to use highlighter on the brown bones, nose bridge, cheekbones and Cupid’s bow. Use a brush to sweep your highlighter in a windshield-wiper motion over the designated areas. Be sure to avoid the T-zone if you are prone to oiliness in that area.
Photo: The Lockharts
Warm Tone Look
What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? I would have to say setting spray to ensure the makeup holds all day through sweat, tears and dancing!
What is your go-to beauty brand? Oh jeez! I just love so many brands! If I have to pick, it would be Makeup Forever! Each of their products are great quality and work so well on all skin types!
When are warm tone beauty looks a must? I personally always love a good warm tone beauty look! It’s sexy and sultry! However, it’s definitely a must on women with warmer, yellow undertone skin!
When is a pulled back hair look ideal? When a bride is worried about their hair falling flat or thin, or even falling in their face throughout the night, I recommend setting the hair and pulling it back. It is an easier and more secure way to hold the volume and to avoid sweating hair from dancing all night. I also love the hair pulled back with a high neck or a gorgeous back dress!
Photo: Catie Ann Photography
Make a Statement
What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? For makeup, we CANNOT do makeup (okay, we can because we are professionals) without Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer! This primer smooths skin, minimizes pores and sets the perfect base for our airbrush foundation application. GAME CHANGER. For hair, our tried and true finishing spray is Kenra Volume Hairspray 25. The best hairspray for all hair types and styles!
What is your go-to beauty brand? This changes often, but our signature brand for almost every makeup look is Charlotte Tilbury. Her lipsticks, blushes, skin care products, bronzers… you name it, we buy it from CT!
How to make a statement with your wedding day beauty look? An easy way to turn heads is to make subtle changes to your bridal style throughout the event! If you are wearing your hair in a low, tousled bun, take your hair down at the reception and rock your worn waves! If you’re starting out your event with a bridal, nude lip, switch to a bolder hue for the dance floor.
What type of makeup look pairs well with a bold hair style? If you are wanting your hair style to be the talk of the party, we love pairing this look with a natural, glowing makeup look with a nude lip, bold lash, and light contour! Don’t be afraid of the highlighter, ladies!
Photos: Rachel Elaine Photography
Add Some Shimmer
What is your one product must-have on a wedding day? NARS American Woman – it’s the perfect color!
What is your go-to beauty brand? Redken for hair, Laura Mercier for makeup.
What to consider when planning your updo? The neckline and back of the dress! You don’t want to cover any big details of the dress or take away from the design.
Shimmer vs. matte eye looks – pros and cons! A little shimmer is great for brides and bridesmaids. It adds a nice bridal glow (too much and it can look too junior or too costume-y). Matte is great for moms. It gives a more natural look and is more age appropriate.
Photo: Avery Earl Photography
- Too Faced Melted Lip Collection – Grand Slam Glam
- Becca Cosmetics Liquid Highlighter in Opal – Ashley Drew Artistry
- Mac Cosmetics Prep + Prime – WZ Beauty Studio
- Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – Baleigh Kerr Hair & Makeup
- Makeup Forever Artist Pencil in Free Burgundy – JM Glamour
- Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer – Etoilly Artistry
- Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder – Styles by Vero
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting in Luminous Light – byLOMUNS
- Big Sexy Hair Powder Play – Tease to Please Hair & Makeup
- Tarte Shape Tape Concealer – Jennifer Trotter
- Nars American Woman Powermatte Lip Pigment – The Styling Stewardess
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Other Local Vendors: Neville Wedding Stories, Ben Q. Photography, The Styling Stewardess, Rachel Elaine Photography, Nate & Grace Photography, Tease to Please Hair and Makeup, Styles by Vero, byLOMUNS, Baleigh Kerr Hair and Makeup, Bertha Torres Photography, Avery Earl Photography