Bridal Trial: A gorgeous natural glow for Carol

I’m so glad I will be the wedding makeup artist/hair stylist for this gorgeous bride Carol Le, who’s a software engineer by day, and a photographer by night/weekend. Carol seems to have it all: brain, beauty, creativity… and a stunning smile to boost.

Prior to the trial, Carol was very very good at telling me what she would want:

“For makeup, I don’t wear a whole lot of makeup on a daily basis, but I’m not the type that is scared to put a good amount of makeup on for special occasions. If I had to pick between a “natural” look or a “dramatic” look for my wedding, I prefer to be on the more natural side — however, I also don’t want it to be so natural that you can’t really tell I’m wearing any makeup. Overall, … I’d prefer a generally natural/glowing look with nudes or pink-ish hues, with just a touch of smoky-ness…”

For hair, because Carol will wear the traditional Vietnamese head-piece/hat for her “Ao dai”, therefore, the hairstyle has to be an updo that’s not too high or too low.  Here are her ideas, either clean or pin-curl style:

On the trial day, I noticed that though Carol has really nice skin (no blemishes nor big pores) however, it’s not the easiest type skin to work with. Reason is her skin is beautiful by the look, but when you feel it, it’s actually very dry, especially around the eye area. Dry skin doesn’t like to have too much foundation or concealer covering it up, and if you force it, the foundation or concealer will start to crack or sets into fine lines and exaggerating those lines 10x more later. Less is more and it’s all about hydration for her skin.  And of course, more often than not, my clients with dry skin will ask for a glow-y, dew-y look (almost always)! And vice versa, those with oily skin loves a more matte or sheer finish. We love to have what we naturally don’t  :)

So, with the mission of giving Carol a “natural/glowing look … with just a touch of smoky-ness” on the eyes, below is what we came up with. I purposely asked her to wear this dress and we did plan for a 30-40m shoot together after the hair & makeup application. Why not, right? I already knew she wouldn’t be camera shy since she’s a photographer herself  :)  And Carol helped me fixing some settings in my camera for the best result too. These gorgeous photos wouldn’t be possible without her. Thanks Carol!

I spent a good amount of time on her skin including moisturizing to airbrushing for a flawless dewy finish. I kept her brows real simple (as it’ll help making her overall look softer and more natural), I then enhanced the eyes only at the right places and stayed away from strong colors… And lastly, I finished up the look with a coral peachy pink lip color and it looks so beautiful on her. Also, I did a very quick job for this hairstyle because we actually already had a hair trial before. But to envision the whole look better and for picture purpose, we had to put the hair up again.

And here’s Carol’s photography website if you’re curious about the work behind this beautiful face:

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