Planning a wedding can be difficult as there are so many things to consider, the venue, your wedding photographer and wedding dress are just the tip of the iceberg. Spending most of my weekends at weddings means that I’m often in the company of many wedding suppliers and services, and it’s not unusual to swap business cards with those that are offering a professional and exceptional service to their clients. The supplier spotlight on my blog is here to shed some light on some of those suppliers that I’ve worked with and would have no hesitation in recommending them to future couples.
I first met Naomi McKeever at Emma and Kevin’s wedding at Warwick House. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and her work was fantastic. Since then we’ve connected on Facebook and Twitter and it’s been great to follow her work, which has noticeably been consistent at the highest levels.
After studying fine art at University, Naomi moved into the world of makeup. She has since gained 7 years experience as a makeup artist working in fashion, TV, celebrity, bridal and commercial work. During this time Naomi has won a number of awards whilst also passing various make-up certifications.
Recently I asked Naomi if she would share some hints and tips that she’s picked up as her time as a wedding and event MAC makeup artist and here’s what she had to say.
Two months before your wedding make sure you are using skin care that works for you, it’s good to re-evaluate what you use but don’t do it too close to your wedding in case you have an allergic reaction. Even though problem areas such as spots are straight forward to cover, dry skin is trickier as foundation can gather.
I have very sensitive skin so I mainly use Bobby Brown skincare, such as: Instant Long Wear make–up remover, Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser and EXTRA Eye Repair Cream. Then I use a brilliant moisturiser from France called Embryolisse.
Taking natural remedies can help with skin problems, Evening Primrose oil is good for dry skin. HRI clear complexion tablets are great for spot prone skin. You can get both from Holland & Barrett. Make sure to read the information on the labels before taking them in case there are any ingredients that you are allergic to.
I would suggest you get a professional makeup artist for your wedding day as they should use products that last and make you feel your best on such an important occasion. The morning can become hectic so it’ll also give you a chance to relax and feel pampered, however, make sure to have a trial with the makeup artist before your wedding to ensure you are happy with the end result.
Waterproof products: Use water resistant products especially waterproof mascara, just in case you get a few happy tears! I like Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara.
Prime your eye lids before applying eye shadow: I always use a water resistant eye shadow base like MAC paint pot or paint tube, not only does this product help to resist tears, it stops the oil from your eyelid making your eye shadow gather into a tube.
Use a primer on your skin: There are a lot of primers on the market that do different things, one of my favourite for bridal makeup is MAC prep & prime natural radiance primer. This absorbs oil, smooth’s texture and calms redness.
I got a rash across my chest from an insect repellent spay the night before my wedding so I used Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream and it cleared it up overnight. I had a bit of redness so I used MAC face & body foundation. When using foundation on your body use a water resistant formula and not in an area that might transfer onto your dress.
Even when you have a makeup artist do your makeup its worth getting a few key products to keep with you such as:
Blotting powder: It can get very hot in your dress and in your photos excess oil will show.
Lipstick: With all the eating and drinking it’s worth having the lip colour with you.
Concealer: This is optional but I know if I’m out for a long time I like to refresh my makeup by using a touch of concealer around my nose and eyes. My only warning with this is use sparingly as you don’t want it to look heavy.
Lash glue: I use waterproof glue called duo lash adhesive when applying false lashes. This should last all day, but just in case a corner comes loose, it’s worth taking some glue with you. Also have a cotton bud chopped in half to apply the glue to the corner of the false lash that has come unstuck.
You can view more of Naomi McKeever’s work on Emma and Kevin’s Gallery or by visiting http://www.naomimckeever.com/
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