…and your life. Let’s get real, it’s more for your life than anything else. ;)
I’m not a makeup girl. On a really adventurous day, I’m wearing concealer, blush, and mascara. But the majority of the time, I’m not wearing anything at all. Special events? I’ve always done my own makeup. In fact, when I went to my senior prom, one appointment after the other ran late…really late. I ended up having a whole five minutes to get dressed and do my makeup before my date arrived. I’m not joking – five minutes. I’ve never worked faster, and it made me laugh when a family friend asked if my makeup had been professionally done. Thinking that wasn’t a compliment didn’t even enter onto my radar because she’s a nice person, but I also didn’t need to question my timeline more than I already had been.
To clarify, it’s not that I don’t like makeup. I genuinely like mascara and concealer (obviously!). But when I’m in a hurry to get out the door, makeup is the number one thing that doesn’t stay on my getting ready list. I’m more concerned about my hair (as I should be). Makeup is fun, but it’s never affected my confidence…until a few weeks ago.
Earlier this year, I had new head shots taken for my website (they’ll be revealed with the rest of my updated site soon!). I worked with a wonderful photographer, and I love how they look. I feel like I not only look like myself in the photos, but I’m acting like myself – a double win. But like the rest of the world, I always find something that I don’t love about pictures of me. And I immediately wished my makeup had been a bit more visible. When The Styled Bride invited me to have my head shot taken for their website, a makeup artist was the number one professional on my must-hire-now list.
I’ll never look back. Ever.
My friend, Jacqui, is an awesome makeup artist. She’s crazy talented and also one of the sweetest people. I was thrilled she was available at the partial crack of dawn on a Sunday morning. But I was even happier to be able to work with a friend who’s also a pro rather than someone I had never met before. The first thing Jacqui explained is makeup photographs three shades lighter. Mind blown. That’s why I was unable to see my everyday makeup in my previous photos. And, it’s the #1 reason why you should hire a makeup artist for your wedding.
I went on to request a natural look, and Jacqui used products to achieve exactly what I asked. A quick tip: I said yes to everything Jacqui wanted to do. Eyeliner, curled eye lashes, bronzer, blush, #allofthethings. She’s the pro, and I trusted her. Do the same with your makeup artist. Because I was wearing quite a bit more makeup than I normally do (that’s not hard to accomplish with my sometimes three product regimen), I was nervous about whether I would still look like myself. Again, I trusted Jacqui completely, and I should not have been nervous at all. From the first moment I saw it, I loved my look. But far beyond that, I loved how I felt. I felt awesome and completely confident because I knew my look was polished. Amen. Hire a professional all of the time.
If you’re getting married
or getting ready for your day in the Philadelphia area and are searching for a makeup artist, I cannot recommend Jacqui more highly. You will love your look, and you will love her. She’s fun. :) Please send me a note if you would like to contact Jacqui! I’m happy to introduce you.