Wedding Makeup Artist

Finding the perfect wedding makeup artist!

Having challenges finding the perfect wedding makeup artist? These tips are sure to help written by Bella Sera’s Bride, and amazing fashion blogger Rebecca. Check her out at The Novice Native.

Rebecca writes…

I couldn’t be more excited about weddings and sharing my tips from finding the perfect wedding makeup artist for my own wedding.  Having had the perfect wedding at The Bella Sera Event Center (in my opinion), I’m loving every opportunity to celebrate someone else’s big day and reminisce on our own memories! I’m also collaborating with Elisabeth at The Bella Sera to help create and share fun, helpful and inspiring blog posts for The Bella Sera.

Recently I went to Denver’s version of Vegas, Blackhawk, to celebrate a sweet girlfriend and fellow blogger’s bachelorette party!  Be sure and check her out at www.semisweettooth.com

But let’s talk your wedding, and review hands-down the best makeup artist in Denver!

Choosing your hairstyle first

First things first; you may want to determine what your hairstyle will be first before finding a  makeup artist. Referencing a post on my website about this topic will help; see here on Choosing a Hairstyle . Here is my wedding hair style in progress below:

 

 

Wedding makeup

 

Steps to finding your perfect wedding makeup artist

RESEARCH MAKEUP ARTISTS…

  • Ask around!  Friends are a great way to get good, real life feedback.
  • Peruse Instagram and blogs!
  • Google
  • Make a list of your top choices, narrow it down to 10.

REACH OUT TO THEM…

  • Send an initial email to your top 10.  Include your date, wants, and needs, as well as photos if you have them.  Ask for pricing and availability!

CHOOSE YOUR ARTIST!

  • Rule out everyone outside of your budget once you’ve gotten a majority of the responses.
  • Dig a little deeper into your top 3.  Talk to each of them, see if they offer trials (most of these will cost money, be prepared)
  • Choose your artist and sign your contract!

Now that you’ve chosen the perfect partner, you’re ready to set up your trial run!  I HIGHLY recommend doing one, as there were a few changes I needed to make after mine.  Scheduling it in the morning is ideal, as you can see how the makeup wears throughout the day!  You don’t want it to slide off, or smear with the slightest glisten.  Having a photo to bring with you on the day of your trial will be very helpful for the artist.  If you can, bring a few options in case the artist suggests that one may not work with your skin tone, etc.

 

Makeup artist for weddings

 

If you are happy with the way your trial went, get with your artist and determine a timeline for the big day!  You will want to consider how many girls are getting their makeup done, and factor that in to the hair schedule.

I am going to leave you with this little suggestion for scheduling and deciding what work is done… If you are considering paying to have your bridesmaid’s make up done, or asking that they pay for it themselves, one of the best ways to cut down on the cost is to ask the makeup artist if she does “mini facials”.  If she doesn’t understand, you could suggest and ask if she would be willing to do “eyes only” or “full face with no lashes” for each of the girls.  This will cut down on her work load, but also give her the opportunity to earn additional business since she is already booked that day.

 

My perfect wedding makeup artist

For all who have asked– I found my DREAM Makeup Artist, Tori, in the most roundabout of ways… Yes, I followed my steps listed above, but it goes to  show you all methods counts.  I reached out to a friend of mine who suggested her top pick in Denver.

After reaching out, I was recommended to Tori, from Bronze and Beautiful.  Once finding her, I browsed her website and decided to add her to my list!  After chatting on the phone and exchanging emails, I decided to book with Tori.  Not only did she have a fantastic resume, but Tori was more than willing to work with me to create a look for each of my girls that was in my price range…

Wedding lipstick

Wedding makeup eye shadow

The final look

Here I am at The Bella Sera Event Center on my wedding day. My makeup artist did more than exceptional job, she helped make my day absolutely perfect, and even came to my home the day before for a spray tan and brow tint!  Dreams do come true!!!!!!  PS It lasted all night 🙂

 

Beautiful Bride's makeup at Bella Sera

 

I hope this helps you find your perfect match – You’re going to be beautiful!

 

 

Rebecca (Happy Bella Sera Bride)

The Novice Native.

www.TheBellaSera.com

 

…Ready, Set, Pin

A lot has changed in the past 11 years since The Bella Sera Event Center’s team planned and designed the first wedding at our venue. One of the biggest innovations to have a positive impact on our industry in the past 5 years was the launch of Pinterest in March of 2010.

Did you know that your Pinterest board is very helpful to your personal Bella Sera Designer?

Your Bella Sera Event Designers are constantly looking for ways to get to know you and your personal wedding style, as well as add value to and simplify wedding planning and designing for our couples! Prior to your design session, your Pinterest boards are a great tool to help us get a sense of your own personal style for your dream wedding!

Here’s how you can use Pinterest to help connect with our Designers:

  • Specify Your Wedding Boards: Making a board JUST for cake styles, JUST for wedding attire, JUST for lighting, JUST for floral accents, JUST for ceremony backdrops, etc… is a great way to show us exactly what you like!
  • Pin Whatever You Like: Seriously!  And be sure to have fun with it!  This is all part of the process of figuring out exactly what the overall style of your wedding will be. Once you’ve created some boards, ‘shop’ around a bit on the internet and simply pin the things you like onto your coordinating boards. Believe it or not, a theme will start to develop!
  • Leave Us Notes:  While you’re pinning, you can leave notes beneath the items that you are pinning to tell us why you liked them or what specifically you liked about the image and how you might like to see those ideas transpire on your wedding day.
  • Peruse Our Boards!: Don’t be shy!We’d love for you to spend some time looking at our latest and greatest! Like, repin & tell us what you love on our boards!
  • Share Your Username: Connect with us directly on Pinterst or send us your username when we set up your design session! Remember, your Pinterest username may not be just your name!  Be sure to copy and paste your username directly from your Pinterest URL (pinterest.com/username)

So if you haven’t already, sign up for Pinterest, create some boards and get to pinning! We promise you’ll become addicted, and have fun at the same time by visually seeing all of your inspirations in one spot.

Dry Ice Wedding Toast

The Bella Sera’s Smoking Dry Ice Wedding Toast is a bubbling hit!

A wedding toast is typically one of the most fun moments of the night! It is a special moment full of laughter and tears! The Bella Sera has created a unique spin on the traditional champagne toast by incorporating signature dry ice smoking cocktails!

The Bella Sera Bar has a unique system that mixes your choice of specialty cocktail and a dry ice snow to create a ‘smoking’ beverage with a definite wow factor for all of your guests and an extremely unique toasting experience.  The smoking reaction appeals to guests in a way that they just can’t get enough of once they see it. The smoking cocktails at The Bella Sera are not just cocktails, they are an experience! They are something that is watched, enjoyed and shared!

The bartenders and event designers at the Bella Sera can work with couples to not only design a signature cocktail for the toast and to be available throughout the evening to the guests but they can also help with customized aspects such as matching the color of the cocktail to the color pallet of the wedding, recipes & the name!

The dry ice smoking cocktails create an extremely memorable moment for you and your guests. Guests love it, laugh and are amazed when they experience this one-of-a-kind smoking toast!

Valentine’s Day Champagne Cocktail

At the Bella Sera, we are lucky enough to get to celebrate true love, every single day! Valentine’s Day is the one day a year when people around the world celebrate with us! As the second most popular day of the year to get engaged Valentine’s Day radiates romance! It is an equally special day for a wedding ceremony! Using the theme of Valentine’s Day as inspiration for a wedding is always something that our designers at the Bella Sera truly enjoy!

In honor of Valentine’s Day this year, we have put together a recipe for one of our favorite champagne cocktails! It is the perfect combination of fresh & bubbly! It is not only a great cocktail for a Valentine’s Day get together, but it works wonderfully as a signature cocktail at a Valentine’s Day wedding celebration, too!

So whether you have that sparkly ring on your finger, or are hoping to get one – Cheers to life, love, and happily ever after!

A Grand Head Table

There are a handful of wedding style elements or focal points that, when done right, can transform the entire dinner ballroom experience. Showcasing a custom designed Grand Head Table with flowing sparkle organza fabric is certainly one way of creating that focal point. This is why Bella Sera’s Lead Designer Elisabeth Montoya custom designed this gorgeous head table linen with lots of bling and romance as part of the Italiano Ultra-Platinum Wedding Package. This ornate linen can be fitted to a head table for 2 or for 22 such as is seen in this beautiful wedding.

By decorating the head table more ornately with bouquets, bling and sparkle, and sitting the wedding party only on one side of the table to observe the guests, it signifies the importance and the head position of the newlyweds.

At the head table, the bride traditionally sits at the groom’s right, with the maid of honor on his left and the best man on the bride’s right. The rest of the party follows suit in an alternating male/female pattern. However, it is very common to see all of the bridesmaids sit on one side and the groomsmen sit on the other also.

Couples are searching for a much more unique wedding design that reflects who they are as a couple, and the head table is a wonderful place to express their unique style. Bella Sera’s design team is constantly creating beautiful decor to help customize each and every wedding.
Venue: The Bella Sera Event Center
Designer: Elisabeth Montoya, Lead Designer Bella Sera
Package: Italiano Ultra-Platinum Wedding Package
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