Get ready for your close-up

Makeup artist Al­li­son Kirby on how to pucker up, blot out and en­sure you put your best face for­ward.

The Coast - Halifax Weddings Guide - - Expert Advice - BY REBECCA DINGWELL

PHOTOS MAT­TER

“Pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­phy ac­tu­ally takes away 75 per­cent of the makeup,” says Kirby, so that’s im­por­tant to con­sider that when hir­ing an artist or do­ing your own makeup. “If you don’t have your makeup kind of bumped up and ap­plied with the tech­nique and the prod­ucts prop­erly, you’re gonna be com­pletely washed out in your photos.”

DON’T EX­PER­I­MENT

Your wed­ding—and the days lead­ing up to it—is not the time to try some­thing you’ve never done be­fore. A new cleanser or cream, for ex­am­ple, could cause a break­out. As for makeup: “If you never wear a red lip, you don’t want to wear a red lip on your wed­ding day,” says makeup artist, Al­li­son Kirby. “You want to feel like your­self and still look like your­self. Years from now you don’t want to look back on your photos and be like, ‘Why was I wear­ing that red lip?’”

PRE­PARE FOR WA­TER­WORKS

Sweat and tears (but hope­fully not blood) are cer­tainly things you’ll have to deal with. Kirby sug­gests us­ing primer and set­ting spray to en­sure your foun­da­tion doesn’t melt off, even if your wed­ding is hap­pen­ing in the mid­dle of Au­gust. What­ever the sea­son, the pos­si­bil­ity of cry­ing also needs to be kept in mind “if you do makeup for the mom or the sis­ter or even the bride her­self,” says Kirby. “Ob­vi­ously have tis­sues with you, and in­stead of drag­ging the makeup or wip­ing the makeup you just wanna dab.” Wa­ter­proof mas­cara is a must, and Kirby finds it best to skip eye­liner on the water­line or lower lash-line. “What I do is ac­tu­ally take an eye­shadow in a darker brown and just kind of smudge it un­der­neath the lash-line and the water­line, so if some things do get a lit­tle smudge it will ac­tu­ally kind of en­hance the look.”

CAN­DACE BERRY

“You want to feel like your­self and still look like your­self,” says Al­li­son Kirby.

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