I hope you’re having a wonderful day. This month I’ll be taking you through one of my favorite assignments yet, assignment D3: Bridal Makeup! I absolutely LOVE bridal makeup applications so I’m excited to revisit this one. Are you ready?
For this assignment I had to create a client card, do a practical bridal application, and ask my model to complete a Model Feedback Form. I asked my friend, and real bride-to-be, to be my model for this one. I arranged her hair in a messy updo to give her a more bridal look and asked her to wear a white top. Since she’s getting married in July, I asked her to bring magazine tear-outs of bridal looks she liked so we could try one out. She brought a beautiful and sexy bridal look.
After talking about the look and knowing what she wanted, I started with the application. She had already cleansed and moisturized her face beforehand.
I applied Becca’s Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector to get perfect, matte skin. It’s one of my favorite primers ever for combination to oily skin.
Afterwards I applied Makeup Forever foundation and Eve Pearl concealer and set with Makeup Forever HD Powder.
I did a light contour with Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, highlighted with The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer (Nathan’s favorite) and applied L’Oreal True Match Blush in W 5-6.
For the eyes I used the Naked Palette by Urban Decay. Here’s a step-by-step for the eye makeup.
- First, I primed the lid with MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre and used Virgin to highlight the brow bone.
- I used a bit of Half Baked to highlight the tear duct area.
- I applied Toasted on the upped lid.
- I used Naked as a transition shade, applied with a fluffy brush.
- I added a bit more Toasted on the upped lid.
- I used Hustle for the crease shade and Darkhorse for the outer v.
- Add liner, mascara, and lashes (I used FRENDS D-Wispies on her)
My model was very happy with her makeup and gave me a perfect score on the Model Feedback Form. 🙂
Once I sent the assignment in I just had to wait a few days before Nathan got back to me. I got an A on the whole unit. Nathan’s feedback was that her skin looked very good and that is was a beautiful application. He did say the blush color was a bit low on the cheeks and mentioned that he normally doesn’t line the waterline on brides with black since it gives the looks a more sultry feel. Overall it was a positive feedback.
I think something that comes into play here is the difference in cultures in terms of color choices in bridal. In this unit, the one question I got wrong on one of the assignments was saying that bridal makeup is almost always neutral instead of natural. I live in Puerto Rico, and the makeup trends here tend to be a bit heavier-handed and a bit darker. 99% of brides have black liner all over and full coverage foundation. Most of them feel that if they’re paying for professional makeup, they want to look like they have lots of makeup on. The style here is like a toned-down version of the beautiful traditional Asian bridal makeup applications.
The important thing is that you learn all the theory and the foundation of makeup application here at QC and you can always take seminars around your home to continue your education. I started taking a course with a Makeup Artist here on the island to learn the makeup techniques and trends used here and, believe me, I arrived with a huge knowledgebase thanks to Nathan.
So, if I could give you 3 tips on getting a good grade on this particular assignment they would be:
- Flawless foundation application—Take the time to really make the skin look perfect.
- Color choices—Pick appropriate shades for the application (lighter tones)
- Lighting—Since this is a distance course, you HAVE to take well-lit pictures that really showcase the hard work you did.
Feel free to comment below with any questions and have lots of fun!!
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Great post with excellent tips for this assignment! I’m looking forward to completing it for my course. Thanks for sharing : )
Since my mother passed away when I was young, I never had anyone teach me how to use makeup. I’m so glad that I found this tutorial! So far, I’ve just followed your pictures to put on a base, mascara, and eyelashes. I already feel like I look so much better!