Ask the Expert – Wedding Day Makeup

Toronto-based makeup and hair artist, Rachel Renna, helps brides with their makeup for the big day, both in Canada and in the destination. Aside from working with a host of celebrity clients, the Beauty Director for FACE Atelier at Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay, one of a kind long-wearing cosmetics designed only for brides that photograph flawlessly and elegantly. We sat down with Clayton from Clayton Jane Photography and talked everything photography, bridal beauty and style, get ideas on destination wedding bridal look!

What suggestions do you have for brides who are not sure what type of makeup look they want?

RR: There is no wrong answer. Consider what look makes you most confident, which of your features you like the most, and try not to be in your comfort zone. Your big day is not the day to do something adventurous. Find pictures of bridal look you love and don’t be afraid to experiment on your own before doing your bridal trial with your makeup artist, which will allow you to articulate your preferences and think about your bridal look and style.

Are there any beauty trends for 2017 you think that will work perfectly for you and destination wedding celebration? Are there things that bride should leave at home?

RR: I feel that a lot of bridal trends that work well for weddings at home may not be fit for destination brides. One to leave at home would be super lengthy false lashes because they can create unflattering shadows on your face in sharp rustic lighting. Also, strobing is ideal for body glow but incorporating too much radiance on your face can just make you look a sweaty mess. However, the one makeup trend you should have with you is matte lipstick.

Should brides purchase some of their cosmetics for their makeup artist to use in a destination?

RR: It’s a good idea to have your favorite cosmetic items packed. This will help the artist in knowing the formulas and color palettes you’re most comfortable with. And it’s always best to be more safe and prepared, and they can come in handy in the evening as your bridal touch-up kit…

If brides want to bring a trusted makeup artist to their destination wedding what’s the best way to ask? Do they usually do this?

RR: Yes, Of course! Typically, you should talk to your make up artist a year in advance of your wedding date to ask them to book the time off in their bridal calendar and request a contract that has all their rates in services (check additional expenses like booking the artist’s plane ticket and accommodations). Though it’s not that cost efficient option, you’ll get to do a bridal makeup trial and talk to your artist to plan your look before your big day.

Is there any suggestion in making sure your face is a perfect canvas before the wedding day?

RR: Usually you are in the country for at least two days before the wedding ceremony, giving you enough chance to get some sun – or a sun burn if you are not careful! Make sure you stay diligent with reapplying sunscreen and keeping your face, chest, and shoulders protected from sun burn. Also, try to eliminate alcohol intake and stay hydrated, so your skin looks great in your wedding pictures. Check out Charlottes tips for the best make up.