The Makeup Bride Guide

Make Up First Bridal Tips

The business of bridal is the business of confidence! As a makeup artist, it is your job to make sure that the bride feels beautiful on her special day. In spite of the constant cycle of new trends, it is important to remember to keep looks classic and flattering, but also current. Always choose and apply makeup that is suitable for photos and videos, all of which will be shot in high definition. Check out artist Jill Glaser’s guidelines below to keep your bride happy and stress-free!

  • Bridal makeup is a hybrid of both straight-up beauty and media. Be mindful of color selection, highlight/contour, and blending.

  • Anticipate your bride’s needs. Although you may prefer the traditional bridal looks, your bride may want something else—make her happy! Looks include: Classic, Retro, Current Trend, and combination of current and classic looks.


  • Whatever look the bride selects, clean, flawless makeup is key.


  • For flawless skin, most brides believe there is nothing better than airbrush makeup.  DON’T DISAGREE WITH YOUR BRIDE!  Learn how to airbrush and invest in the equipment and products! Remember, you need to spend money to make money, and with one or two large bridal bookings your investment will be recouped.

    The benefits of airbrush makeup:

    a. Very quick application

b. Good for HD film/video and high resolution prints

c. Durable and long-lasting

d. Different, and perhaps less, face prep products and time

e. Easy reapplication

f. Excellent for camouflaging skin imperfections, including tattoos

g. Additional charge may be imposed for airbrush application

*Types of airbrush foundation for beauty applications: Water, Silicone, Water with added Silicone, Alcohol

  • Remember: your primary goal as a bridal makeup artist is to make the bride look and feel beautiful and confident in her beauty!

For more tips on achieving the perfect bridal looks, check out the workshops below!

Justin Talaga