What Coco Chanel’s Philosophy and your Engagement Makeup Have in Common

Coco left many words of wisdom behind. As a woman she’s been described as an innovator and icon. While not a feminist, she liberated women from the constraints of the corseted silhouette and popularized the acceptance of casual chic as the new standard. A staggering accomplishment in the 60’s and one that we all benefit from daily. My favourite, all of nine words, applies to everything in everyday life. All simple words that speak volumes if you take a moment to digest them.


A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.


Use this as a foundation (no pun intended) for your thinking and you’re off to a solid start with your approach to your engagement makeup for your photos. Let’s be real and step outside of the world of Coco for a moment. We’d all love to roll out of bed looking refreshed and vibrant. Bag-less, puff-less, even skin toned … feeling, looking, acting like a million bucks everyday. It’s a tall order, that’s for sure. So asked a few questions to the very talented Brenda Bakker, hair and makeup artist extraordinaire, who was able to share some  words of wisdom for looking classy and fabulous.

Great makeup can play a big role in how your photography turns out and even more importantly, can have a positive impact on your psyche. Here’s what to focus on. It’s easy as 1, 2, 3 …. 4!


Makeup for Wedding Photography

1. Test run your engagement makeup

You taste test the cake right? Taste test the wine? Have several dress fittings? Right. Makeup is no different. Testing it out before your big day is a wise move. And to do one better than that, make it a smart move by testing it out the morning of your engagement photo shoot. Connect with your makeup artist prior to your appointment and share your ideas. What you like about yourself and the style you are considering. Your make up artist will have the expertise to bring out your natural beauty, making you look great and feel great too. Then on the morning of, leave her boutique feeling smoking hot with your new boosted confidence to rock your engagement session.


2. Highlight your main feature

We all have a key feature. Lips, eyes, cheekbones; you know, the one that you thank your lucky stars for. A good makeup artist will work with your main feature by drawing the eye into it using their skilled hand and crafted techniques. In turn, that effort and skill allows the photographer to focus on you, your personality and your essence.


3. Skin skin skin

Skin is at the centre of it all. As we say “nose to toe” and great skin makes an image glow. It is the first giveaway of your lifestyle, it doesn’t lie. Be kind and give it the attention it deserves. Understanding your skin and pampering it will make you stand out any day but especially in your photos.

  • Sleep a bit more if you can in the days leading up to your shoot. It will take down the stress.
  • Hydrate! Drink lots of water at least 24 hours prior.
  • Moisturize. And then moisturize again. It will help you keep your skin fresh.
  • Protect it from the elements. Sun, wind and pollution all have more nasty effects our skin than we like to admit. Use a good SPF all the time.


4. Be yourself

Don’t try to be someone you are not when it comes to your engagement makeup.  The last thing you want to do is shock your partner as you’re making your way down the aisle. Sometimes we fall in love with a particular look that isn’t necessarily the best idea for us. We’ve all done it. Just remember that your makeup needs to match the person you truly are.  This is especially important knowing you’ll be looking at your photos for a lifetime.

Brenda Bakker’s artistic touch, and natural ability to see from behind the camera prompted a career in the film and fashion industry as a hair/makeup and nail artist.
Brenda’s unique approach is now focused to weddings when she is working in her community. She provides her clients with a comprehensive En suite beauty service.
Always helping to create your day’s unique look and feel from initial consultation through full day services. Please visit www.brendabakker.com for more information


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