How to Transform the Wedding Day Look into an Evening Reception Look.
Wedding Makeup Tips by Sophie Hendra
I find that most brides I work with opt for a more natural look with specific emphasis on their favourite features for their wedding day. A better version of themselves rather than a mask of makeup. Of course professional tricks ensure that small eyes appear larger and vice versa, hooded eyes look more open with more lid space, problem skin looks flawless, small lips appear fuller etc. Many brides are also interested in something slightly more bold but don’t feel that they want to make such a big statement on their wedding day
The best way to mix it up is to go for two slightly different looks, one for the day/ceremony/photoshoot and another for the evening reception/evening ceremony. There are very easy ways you can do this yourself by discussing it at the trial with your makeup artist. She or he can go through colours with you that suit your skin tone and then for the evening look you can change your look by intensifying the eye colour slightly or the lip colour (never both).
- Talk to your makeup artist about which stronger lip colours suit you and then buy a lipliner and lipstick in the chosen shade to take with you and apply before you make your big evening entrance.
- Eyeshadow is more tricky as it requires the skill of a makeup artist to contour, shade and blend the colours specific to your eye shape. However, you can either book your artist for an additional session for the evening or you can simply add a darker eyeshadow (check the colour with your makeup artist) along the bottom lashline or even a dark kohl pencil inside the inner rim of the eye to intensify the look (check this with your makeup artist though to ensure you’re not making your eyes appear smaller etc).
- With a stronger eye you can keep a nude lip, maybe add a touch of gloss to catch the light and with a strong lip the eyes remain natural but well emphasized, the same as you wore for the daytime look. So one or the other is the general rule of thumb.
- Wearing a red or darker lip can look really stunning for the evening event and definitely changes the overall look, especially if you are wearing a veil in the daytime and not in the evening. This is safer than changing the eyes as it adds drama but leaves the work of the makeup artist untouched.
- You can always add a little extra blusher/highlighter in the evening too, your makeup artist can pop some of the blush that they’ve applied in the daytime onto a brush for you and you can softly apply this (but very subtly).
Sophie Hendra is a professional British makeup artist based in Dubai, specialising in celebrity, bridal, fashion & beauty, photographic, airbrushing, editorial, commercial, runway and TV & film makeup.