Toronto Bridal make up

February 17, 2016

I have to admit, I was a fan girl behind instagram – seeing all the bridal make up done by Toronto makeup artist Fiona Man. So when I got a chance to ger her to do my makeup for a night out while I was pregnant, I was delighted. She was more than a make up artist, she was fun, personable and listened carefully to what I was looking for.


(Photo credit: LV Imagery)


So as engagement blog series continues, I have to have her on my blog to give you all bride to be some tips to booking a make up artist and preparation prior to your big day.


What are some of the trends you are seeing for 2016? 

The biggest trend this year is creating healthy looking skin. This can be achieved through two methods: Strobing and luminous foundations.

Strobing is a fancy term coined by the beauty industry that means highlighting. This is the complete opposite of contouring where you’re adding shadows to your face.  Instead, you’re creating more dimension to your face by using illuminating products on the features you want to draw the eye to.  For example, your cheek bones, the inner corners of the eyes, and cupid’s bow. Some of my favourite products that I use in my kit are Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfectors.

Skip all the full coverage foundations and matte powder. Instead opt for foundations that have a natural sheen to them to give the skin a more lifelike and dewy finish.  You want your skin to look healthy and not caked on with layers of makeup.  With technology nowadays, foundations that offer coverage are no longer heavy looking and feeling.  Some of my favourite foundations that achieve this look are Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation andBecca’s Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation.  

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(Photo credit: Nikki Mills)


What are the top 3 bridal make up tips you would give bride to be prior to their wedding day? 

As a makeup artist, you always want your clients to have the best possible skin. Though makeup products can cover imperfections, it cannot fake skin texture. So having a great canvas will make the application a lot easier & quicker and the end result will be magical!

1. Don’t stress and try to get some rest. 

This is easier said than done. But most of the planning has been done, so whatever happens happens. Try to get at least 7hrs of sleep a night leading up to the wedding to avoid any puffy eyes, dark circles, or stress induced acne.

2. Exfoliate and treat yourself to a Cold Laser Facial. 

Try to exfoliate your skin and lips one to two times a week. This will help remove all the dead skin cells and allow your skincare products to be more effective and absorb better into your skin. My favourite exfoliator isAmore Pacific’s Treatment Enzyme Peel. It’s different than your traditional exfoliators; it’s water-activated and contains no abrasive beads. After washing off the exfoliator, my face instantly looks brighter and feels really smooth.

If you have the funds, I highly recommend spoiling yourself by doing a Cold Laser Facial. It’s Hollywood’s best kept secret and the latest innovation in skincare industry.  The Cold Laser Facial is an all-natural non-invasive treatment that noticeably helps soften fine lines, wrinkles and improve skin texture that helps extenuate one’s own natural beauty.  This treatment is not only safe, it has no side effects or downtime. Growing up with acne, I would frequently get facials to remove all the blackheads and dirt off my face. It was a very unpleasant process and would often leave my face really blotchy. Sometimes I would breakout even more after my facial with all the lotions and potions they put on me. When I discovered Vivian from Reflections Laser Clinic, it was a game changer. After doing my first Cold Laser Facial, my skin was left supple and super glowy.  This was the first time I didn’t feel the need to go home and wash all the product on my face.  Rather, I could carry out my day and attend to my errands. The days following, my skin got even better. It was glowing from within, there were no breakouts, my existing blemishes were diminished, my fine lines started to soften, and I wasn’t as oily. Because I am a firmeliever in Cold Laser Facials, I actually planned out all my facial sessions before my wedding!

3. Drink lots of water to keep hydrated.  

Your skin is the largest organ in your body and contains 64% water. Dehydration can cause your skin to look dry, dull, and wrinkles and pores to appear more prominent. By drinking more water, it will help plump up the skin and fill in the wrinkles and pores. For those that are acne prone, there’s one more benefit to drinking lots of water.  If you keep hydrated, it will become more elastic and less likely to crack and let in external particles that can cause irritations and blemishes.


(Photo credit: Rhythm Photography)


Typically, when would you suggest bride to be to decide and book your services? (or MUA in general).

The earlier the better. I find that brides are now booking me earlier than in past years.  These brides are booking me a year in advance to secure my pricing and to get one more thing completed off their To Do List.

Tip: When inquiring for makeup and/or hair services, provide the artist with the number of people that will require the services, the time you’ll need to be ready by and where you plan on getting ready. From there, we will be able to provide you with an accurate quote, availability, and what your start time would look like.


(Photo credit: Lisa Mark Photography)


Do you advise them to have a trial? Would they still be able to change their mind on their wedding day if they decide they want other make up?

I love when brides decide to do a trial.  It gives me an opportunity to get to know them, their personality, and come up with a look that they envision for their big day.  I usually recommend to my brides to do their trial on the same day as their engagement shoot. That way they can see how the makeup translates through their photographer’s lens and if any alterations need to be made on the wedding day.

It’s totally okay for the bride to want a completely different look on their wedding day versus the look from the trial. This happens all the time. We are human and allowed to change our minds…that’s the beauty of makeup! I’ve had clients that wanted one look during their trial / engagement shoot then wanted to try a different look on their wedding day.


What does the bride need to prep before having their make up done? (or night before the wedding)

I would highly suggest that the bride exfoliate their skin and lips a few days before and keep the skin and lips well moisturized.  Avoid trying anything new prior to the wedding.  Don’t want any skin allergies from happening.


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