Makeup 4 Brides FAQs

What brand and type of makeup do you use? Do you use mineral makeup?
We use M4B Pro airbrush foundations and setting powders which give a beautiful finish from a light natural coverage through to a full coverage able to deal birth marks, pimples and even acne rosacea. Mothers of the bride can often experience a lot of red in their face if going through menopause and this can be easily levelled out with the right foundation. As for mineral makeup – this is fine for everyday wear however definitely not for photographic makeup. Mineral makeup consists of, amongst other ingredients, Titanium Dioxide and Iron Oxide – these are the major ingredients in everyday makeup which are to be avoided due to the way they ‘flare’ against the photographers flash resulting in a white face.
How long does it take to do makeup on the wedding day?
When working out timings for your wedding day we would usually ask what time your photographer wants you by and then work back from there allowing enough time to get dressed, etc. It will also depend on whether you use a mobile hairdresser (recommended) or are going to a salon. We allow 45 minutes per face although it usually takes between 30 – 40 minutes each person. We prefer to have some extra time up our sleeve in the event that there is a hold up somewhere or someone would like something changed. With this timing we have never had an occasion where we have run late.
What is airbrush makeup?
Airbrush makeup is the application in which the foundation is applied. The makeup is put on via an airbrush gun in a very fine mist which gives a beautiful fine grained and polished finish. Airbrush makeup is great for all skin types but especially great for blemishes and problem skin as well as brides wearing a strapless dress who like a soft spray across the decolletage area. Airbrush makeup is fast becoming the preferred makeup application for not only the bridal industry but through all fashion and beauty media.
Should I wax my eyebrows?
ABSOLUTELY! This is the most underated beauty essential! We suggest to all our brides that even if they are never going to wax again…do it for your wedding day. You can still maintain the same natural shape however having a wax, as opposed to simply plucking your eyebrows, removes the light blonde hairs that you normally would not see until you start using eye shadow. Waxing not only clears away any unwanted hairs but also gives a nice clean finish for makeup to cling to, as well as opening up the whole eye area and making more room for your eye design.
Will my makeup last all day? What if I sweat in the humid weather?
Your makeup will last all day with virtually no touch ups! Bridal makeup has huge demands placed on it – it needs to last up to 12 hours or longer without budging; needs to look great up close but also photograph well; it needs to resist the humid weather; and be as fuss-free as possible. Because of this,bridal makeup tends to be more on the matte side as this generally lasts the longest. It will be powdered to not only aid in the longevity but also to absorb sweat throughout the day. Any excess sweat should simply bead on top of the makeup which can be dabbed away without moving the makeup. For extra protection you may wish to have a ‘blotting powder’ on hand to keep your makeup fresh. Visit the www.m4bpro.com.au for a great invisible setting powder. As far as eye makeup is concerned – we prefer to use more ‘cake eyeliners’ around the eye instead of pencil or liquid liners. Pencil liners contain oil and wax which when warmed to the body’s temperature of 37 degrees can start to smudge. Cake eyeliners have no oil and wax and therefore do not ‘move’ on your body. The only area you may need to touch up is your lips. More on that later.
Will my makeup be okay for both colour and black and white photos?
This is a good question as makeup for colour photography may not necessarily be suitable for black and white photos. It is important for your makeup artist to get the right colours on you so that you photograph well in both formats. Pale lips and eye shadows may look great in colour photos but can look nude or disappear in black and whites. Very dark red lips may also look fine in colour photos but can end up looking black and gothic in black and white photos. The trick is to get colours that will photograph well regardless of your photo types as well as complementing the brides overall skin tone and wedding theme. And remember a touch of shimmer is nice…glitter is definitely best saved for the night club!
Do you recommend wearing false eye lashes on my wedding day?
False eye lashes look gorgeous and can certainly be added if the bride requests for her wedding day. We can provide the strip lashes for an additional $15.00 per set or can apply yours at no extra cost. We do however usually ask brides if they have ever worn them before…most answer “no”! If you are considering wearing false eyelashes then we suggest you trial wearing them for a 12 hour period prior to your wedding day – perhaps to work or somewhere where you are busy, to see how you go with them. They can take some getting used to and wearing them for the first time on your wedding day is definitely not recommended. The false eyelashes go on with surgical glue which can give you the sensation of something ‘sitting on your lashes’ like a lash about to fall into your eye. This can be a little irritating causing you to blink and can even make your eyes water. Some brides end up pulling them off if they become too irritating but are still left with a bit of glue residue which can also have the same effect. False lashes are worth considering for the effect,but definitely not without having a test run prior. A few good coats of mascara can often give you just as good a result without the hassle.
What about lipsticks? Do I need to buy my own?
We carry a large range of lipsticks with us of which we are sure one will suit. We do suggest that you get a sealable lip brush (available through M4B Pro www.m4bpro.com.au) and we can give you a scraping of the lipstick used for your touch-ups later. We often have brides who decide to actually purchase their own lipstick which is fine, or they may have a favourite one themselves already that they would prefer to use. Visit the www.m4bpro.com.au website for a great range of bridal lipsticks, lip glosses and lip brushes.
Will my makeup run if I cry?
This is always a tricky question because you will have waterproof mascara on,and your foundation will be water resistant, however you will also be wearing powder and powdered eye shadows. What we usually suggest to brides is if you are going to cry, simply wrap a tissue around your finger and catch the tears close to your eye before they fall and this will not disturb your makeup. If you let tears run down your face or, heaven forbid, rub your eyes, then of course you will end up a bit of a mess. Ask us in person about this and we will demonstrate it for you.
My mum doesn’t like to wear much makeup, can you still do her makeup without making her look overdone?
Absolutely! Believe it or not it does take the same amount of work to achieve a ‘natural’ look, however she will not be overdone. We always check with every mum how much makeup she is comfortable with wearing and what colours she would like. Most are happy to have any redness counteracted as well as to have their eyes defined without being too heavy. If your mum is anything like ours, she can’t see up close to do her eye makeup once taking off her glasses so it is a nice treat for mums to have their makeup done professionally.
Do I need any special products to carry with me on the day?
Many brides choose to purchase their own lipstick or lip gloss for touch-ups as well as an invisible blotting powder for the day however these are not essential. Invisible blotting powder is ideal for hot, humid conditions or for brides with oily skin who want to maintain a matte, shinefree finish. Visit the M4B Pro website www.m4bpro.com.au for a great range of beautiful bridal lipsticks and lip glosses as well as the invisible blotting powder compact Professional quality lip brushes are also available.
Can you cover tattoos?
Makeup 4 Brides makeup artists carry the latest in tattoo covers.These work in a similar fashion to children’s stick on tattoos however they come in a range of 4 different skin tones and are simply applied over the tattoo to cover. Unlike makeup products used to cover tattoos, they are transfer resistent and suitable for sensitive skin. One tattoo cover patch can cover a tattoo up to 10cm x 7cm. For larger or very dark tattoos multiple cover patches may be required. They are provided at an additional cost of $10.00 for each patch. Tattoo covers are also available via the www.m4bpro.com.au website.
Can you make me look like the brides in the magazines?
Well…yes and no! If we compare apples with apples we will get very close. What we need to understand is what exactly makes that picture in the magazine so great: 60% is the fantastic lighting, 30% is the makeup and 10% is the touch up person on the computer afterwards removing any imperfections! We need to be realistic and realise that if the model in the magazine was put in everyday lighting without any computer touch-ups, they will look very much like the bride next door. The other things we need to take into consideration when looking at models in bridal magazine is that a) they are models and therefore b) they were probably hand-picked because of absolutely perfect skin, bone structure, balanced space around their eyes, full lips, and perfectly shaped eyebrows, and c) the model is probably only in her late teens or very early 20?s, so girls, lets be realistic here!
  • Definitely book early for all your wedding day services including makeup and hair.Brides are booking as far as 18 months in advance.Check availability for your wedding date when you ‘request a quote’.
  • Gently exfoliate dry lips with a soft toothbrush – after brushing your teeth in the shower rinse your brush and gently brush over the lips to remove any loose dry skin. Apply Blistex Lip conditioner daily.
  • Exfoliate your face weekly to remove build up of dead skin on your face. Again, this is easiest done in the shower – when your conditioner is in your hair quickly scrub your face concentrating around your nose and forehead. Apply a generous amount of moisturiser straight afterwards.
    Consider having your eyelashes tinted at the same time as your eyebrow wax. One less thing to worry about on your honeymoon and less mascara needed on your wedding day!
  • If considering a spray tan – opt for a ‘caramel’ based colour rather than a ‘golden’ base which can often look orange if over-applied. Ensure you moisturise any dry areas such as ankles, elbows and knees the day before having a spray tan as the colour will tend to ‘grab’ more in the drier areas. Airbrush makeup is especially good for blending your face in with your spray tan.
  • Ensure you wear a buttoned front shirt when having hair and makeup done on your wedding day so you are not having to lift anything over your head. If having airbrush makeup done, a strapless ‘boob tube’ top is ideal to allow for the decolletage area to be sprayed.
  • Opt for Airbrush Makeup to cover strap marks in your suntan
  • This may seem like a strange point, but don’t forget to plan some lunch or a substantial snack when getting ready on your wedding day. With all the excitement preparing for the wedding often brides forget to actually eat and drink prior to the ceremony and it can be quite some time before getting a meal. Make sure you are fully hydrated with plenty of water during the preparation time and visit the loo before putting the dress on. This can help avoid some interesting moments later on especially for brides wearing full gowns when nature calls!