Image: Carley Buick Photography
The Beauty Bible: To DIY Or Not To DIY? Chrys Chapman MUA Explains!
Hello, bride beauties! We welcome you back to our pretty little corner of the internet with a guest feature from the wonderful and oh-so talented Chrys Chapman, Pro Makeup Artist. We have had the joy of working with Chrys before and her lovely self and quite frankly gorgeous work never ceases to amaze. So, what’s better than to hear from the professional herself on a topic that can get Brides in a fluster? To DIY or not to DIY when it comes to all things beauty!
Take it away, Chrys!
“One of the things I see coming up a lot either in bridal Facebook group discussions or talking with colleagues is the do it yourself trend. Whether you’re thinking about taking on a project to personalise your day by making your own favours, maybe roping in a friend to help you do your own wedding flowers, or adding your own creative touch to wedding decorations.
These are all really fun ways to be super hands on in the wedding creation process, but don’t forget, while you might save a few pennies, you will be taking on extra work load, so really be clear as to how much time and money you will REALLY be investing in the jobs you plan to take on yourself. Can you do them to the standard you will be happy with on the day given your own time constraints? Only you can weigh up the benefits of taking on the projects of the day versus outsourcing to the pros.
With that question in mind, lets talk about makeup. I was recently invited to participate in Weducation Webinar with gorgeous team at Wedding Espresso. Basically they invite a team of 3 wedding professionals to come together remotely, share thoughts on a hot topic and then highlight something they know a lot about. Now, I’ve worked with hundreds of brides so I have a lot of insight when it comes to wedding makeup but I wanted to talk about the DIY makeup trend that’s happening amongst brides at the moment. It absolutely can be done and it can be a fantastic part of your wedding day, but here are my top tips for deciding whether you want to bring in a professional artist on the day, or if you are going to opt to do your own. If you’d like to watch my video presentation it’s attached to this blog entry.“
“Let’s not bury the lead. My number 1 top tip for wedding makeup is HIRE A PROFESSIONAL! Even if you decide to do your makeup on the day, call in a pro who is experienced, who can educate as well as create a beautiful finished look, and is completely unbiased. There were times I would get in trouble working in store because I would recommend products from other brands that I didn’t work for. Why? Because they did a better job for my customer for their specific need. I was one of the few. That’s my cautionary note.”
Image: Carley Buick Photography
“And this leads me to my second point. If you are going to do your own makeup book at least 2 lessons with your makeup artist on the run up to your wedding. The first one to determine your dream look, what products you’ve already got that you can use on the day, what products you will need to add to your collection, and ultimately to learn all the techniques you need to know to achieve that look on the day. It’s always a nice idea bring someone special with you — like a bridesmaid, not like your fiance. Having someone by your side who knows you well and will be with you on the day is great. They can learn along with you, so that if you get stuck they’ll remember and can help. This is also the person who will be in charge of keeping hold of your lipstick through the day so you can top it up and will have to remember to put a little bronzer on the back of your neck if your hair is up. (you can have that top tip for free).
Your second lesson, is a bit like going to a second viewing of house, you’re going with an eye for detail. Arrive with your bridal look on, as much as you can, because by practising your application you will figure out what you don’t know. Be inquisitive. Ask anything and everything you need to so that you will be 100% confident on your wedding day.”
Image: Chrys Chapman
“Ultimately, you have to choose what’s best for you — do you want the peace of mind of having someone come in and create the look you’re dreaming of, versus having a really good excuse to close the door for 40 minutes to an hours of your day to focus on yourself? Do you have 40 minutes to an hour that you can be undisturbed or will you need to be available? Are you providing makeup for your entire party, or leaving the bridesmaids, mums, flower girls to create their own looks? If the whole party is doing their makeup on the day, it could be a really fun idea to book a makeup artist for one of your hen do activities (pre cocktails, would be advisable).
Whatever direction you take, make sure it fits with your overall vision of your day. It will come and go so quickly, so my ultimate advice is 1. hire a professional 2. do what is necessary to feel confident on the day 3. make sure to take a few moments throughout your day to take it all in, especially while you are getting ready. Trust me, those will be some of your sweetest memories for years to come.”
Image: Darin Collison Photography
“If you’d like watch the whole webinar from Wedding Espresso, and take advantage of some of the special offers that are available through that Weducation session here’s the link https://bit.ly/2HOzljB and if you’re considering booking a makeup artist for you wedding day or to coach through how to create the look yourself please get in touch with me directly. I would be more than happy to help!”
Image: Darin Collsion Photography
Wow! thank you, Chrys. I’m sure many Bride-to-be’s will find this of use.
Are you getting married, perhaps you’ve found today’s guest feature a huge help for you and your special day plans? Do let us know in the comments section below. Alternatively, you can reach out to the talented Chrys Chapman Makeup Artist through the contact details below.
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