All Things Wedding Makeup. A chat with Cheryl Quinn.
Nov 18, 2019 | By: Melissa
I don’t know about everyone else, but my wedding day is one day I would want to feel like I am looking like my best self! So I chatted with Cheryl Quinn, who has been a makeup artist for 20 years now, and is currently serving in the Charleston, South Carolina market. Her work is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous. So soft, elegant, classic. She has seriously perfected bridal makeup, in my opinion! I asked her if she would share her top three ‘insider tips’, and she graciously agreed.
Read on to find out what she said about choosing your makeup artist, prepping your skin for the big day, and makeup trials. She even threw a piece of advice in for those doing their own makeup!
Choosing Your Makeup Artist
“Finding someone who specializes in makeup and who has a proven track record of success is important. Research a few makeup artists whose work you like and get a quote- this way you will understand what you need to budget for according to the market your in. Most makeup artists can also refer you to a hair stylist as well. Also, don’t under budget your face! This may sound silly yet makeup and hair are going to be forever captured in photos that will be cherished your whole like long!”
Making Your Skin Wedding Day Ready
”Let’s talk a little about skin. Drink water. Lots of it. Can you do 6-8 glasses a day? Yes you can! Especially that last week before your wedding when you tend to forget about taking care of yourself. And then there’s the night before and morning of.... alcohol. If you can avoid it then great! If not it, you can have a few but don’t overdue it. If you’re drinking mimosas the morning of your wedding day, you may be in for a day of constricted blood vessels in the face which causes more red in the skin than you would have liked for those photos! Try to wait on that bubbly until after the formal photos are done.”
Should you do a Makeup Trial?
“Trials are not always necessary but are very helpful in assessing what your needs are and getting on the same page with your makeup artist. Your idea of natural may be different from theirs. If you are unable to do a trial then communicating through sharing photos and examples of what you do and don’t like is key. What do you like about the makeup in that picture? What don’t you like? Analyze it with your artist. Doing a trial, or “practice run” is also good the day of your rehearsal dinner if you are doing a destination wedding.”
Planning on Doing your Own Makeup?
“Practice! Try your favorite look that you feel like yourself in. Have a friend take some pictures in natural daylight and see what you do and don’t like. What do you need more of ? Less of?”
Cheryl’s career started in NYC, in retail and managing makeup artists in Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys NY. “I’ve always felt very grateful to have had my NYC training and to have worked along side exceptionally talented people in the business.” She discovered, though, her real passion in doing weddings. “Connecting with people is so important me as so many of my clients become friends. My work and the people I meet are always in my heart. My goal is to always make them feel extra special and extra beautiful on an important day in their lives.”