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  • Katy Reddell

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

Most brides fall somewhere in the middle of wanting a look that that appears fairly natural, but still glam enough to makes their eyes, bone structure, and lips pop in photos. But if you’re someone who wants as natural as possible, or completely glammed up, no worries. My team is trained to do a little bit of everything! We always suggest brides to bring a few photos of makeup looks they love as well as a photo of their everyday/go-to look that they’ve done on themselves. This helps us to see what looks you’re comfortable with as well as what exactly you want to look like on your big day!

We’ll then compare the difference between the glammed-up photos and your day-to-day look. Understanding how much coverage you’re hoping for with you wedding day look is what we focus on first. It’s important to start here, because we can also go over whether you want to sheer, medium, or more full coverage! Next is the eyes. Do you want a shimmer or a matte look? If you want false lashes, what size and look is your favorite? We will also go over whether you want winged or smoked out eyeliner, and any other details about the looks you bring in with your photos! Something I always tell my clients to keep in mind is that photos tend to make it look like you’re wearing 20-30% less makeup than what you’re seeing in person— so for my brides who love the look of darker makeup in photos, we usually go a bit heavier!

For my clients on the fence about wearing a more natural application or going for more of a glam look, don’t fret. I’d be more than happy to help you figure out the perfect look for you on your special day. At the trial, I’ll begin with a more natural look, take a few photos, and then build it up to a more glamorous look. This allows them to see what aspects of each look they like, or if they prefer one more than the other altogether. Don’t worry ladies, there’s no such thing as a traditional bridal look that you have to go for or achieve! I’ve had clients who just hired me to do a bit of concealer over their problem areas, brow mascara, a hint of shimmer on the lid, and a nude lip on their wedding day. I’ve also had clients who love a good glittery cut crease, paired with full lashes, and a sculpted contour. As trained makeup artists, my team and I have the tools and education to make your makeup dreams come true, and the goal is simply to make you feel like the best version of yourself!

“Don’t worry ladies, there’s no such thing as a traditional bridal look that you have to go for or achieve! I’ve had clients who just hired me to do a bit of concealer over their problem areas, brow mascara, a hint of shimmer on the lid, and a nude lip on their wedding day. I’ve also had clients who love a good glittery cut crease, paired with full lashes, and a sculpted contour. ”

After the bride and I have had a thorough consultation and it’s finally wedding day, I always begin with a slightly conservative approach as I’m creating the look we’ve decided on. I’ll usually stop and check in with the bride at certain points of the makeup application— for example, once I’ve highlighted, contoured, and added blush. Letting them peek at what I’ve done so far gives them the chance to tell me if they want to add or change anything about the look. I’ll do this again after applying lashes to make sure they’re the size and fullness they love. At the end of every appointment, I hand the mirror to my clients and have them make sure everything is to their liking, and then if necessary, make adjustments according to their requests. This is when I also like to take pictures of the finished look to show the bride how it appears on photographs, just another precaution I take for any last-minute changes she may want.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that the bride feels beautiful and confident in the look she has chosen. Let me or any member of my team know if at any point you want to change something about your look. It’s YOUR wedding day, and your satisfaction is our top priority. Whether it’s full glam, a natural look, or somewhere in between, any bride deserves to feel and look her best on her wedding day! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email! I’d LOVE to chat with you!


Katy Reddell

Instagram: @katyreddellbeauty

Email: kreddellbeauty@gmail.com

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

Wondering about which type of foundation you should wear for your wedding day shouldn’t be something you stress about. We want you to look AND feel good on your wedding day, and this often starts with being confident in your foundation choice. So, I took the time to break down the pro’s and con’s for both traditional and airbrush foundation:

First, let’s get a few things straight here…

  • NOT all airbrush foundations are the same. Just like there are thousands of variations of traditional foundation (liquid, cream, or powder), there are many different airbrush foundations. We are positive that we can find you the right foundation to match the look you are going for!

  • The airbrush foundation we use can be made to give you the dewy/hydrated look, natural, or even matte. It all depends on which powders and sprays we set it with!

  • Most companies “don’t like” airbrush because it’s more expensive, requires more equipment, and requires more cleaning supplies. It is also much harder to find artists willing to invest in it since it takes time to learn the technique. However, my team and I don’t shy away from a challenge. If airbrush foundation is what the bride thinks that’s what she needs to look absolutely fabulous on her wedding day, then we are more than prepared to do that for her!

  • Most brides think that because celebrities aren’t always airbrushed for the camera, then they don’t need to be either. However, that isn’t necessarily true. Celebrities who use makeup instead of airbrushing are usually just preparing for a photoshoot or a fairly short evening event. Their makeup doesn’t have to hold up through the happy tears, Texas heat and humidity, or the smile lines sure to appear from smiling all day on one of the most special days of their life. These things aren’t a problem with airbrush foundation! The airbrush foundation we use is water-resistant and sure to hold up through hours of dancing and photos, and of course, all the while making the bride feel even more beautiful in her own skin.

  • Most properly done makeup applications will show up well in photographs, but airbrush tends to provide a more flawless look. That is one of the reasons why I love airbrush foundation - it makes brides’ skin look picture perfect AND holds the look for the entire wedding.

Benefits of Airbrushing:

  • ZERO chance of seeing streaks, smears, or a cutoff line with the foundation. Rain or shine, your foundation is sure to look perfect in person and photos. FYI - we always airbrush down the neck to make the look appear even more natural!

  • Easy to CUSTOM mix the perfect foundation shade & adjust undertones such as red or yellow to get the perfect match.

  • EXTREMELY lightweight and buildable. Whether the bride wants sheer coverage, full coverage, or somewhere in between, airbrush foundation can achieve any look desired without your face feeling heavy with makeup.

  • 12-15 hour wear, water-resistant (will not streak/ run with tears or sweat), & very gentle on all skin types. If you’re a happy crier or expect to dance your wedding night away, airbrush foundation might be the right choice for you!

  • Can set and apply highlighter, contour, bronzer, and blush over the foundation. Like I said earlier, airbrushing is SO easy to work with when it comes to creating a bride’s desired look!

  • Can accomplish a matte look with specific powders and setting sprays, or create a more dewy look just depending on the products used. Just let us know what look you’re going for, and we can make it happen!

  • Transfer resistant— meaning it won’t come off on your hands or clothes if you touch your face. This is KEY if you’re someone who touches their face often, even without realizing it. Being transfer resistant also keeps you from worrying about messing your look up even if you accidentally touch it, or if a piece of cake gets smushed on your face by a special someone…

Downsides of Airbrushing:

  • Some companies up-charge for airbrush due to the equipment and skill needed for perfect application. We are happy to say that we are unlike most companies and do NOT up-charge for airbrush!

  • It can be difficult to get in the crevices of very mature or aged skin. If you fall under this kind of skin type, we suggest a thin coat of traditional foundation and then a blow over of airbrush to lock in your wedding day look.

  • You have to use specific primers and concealers underneath the airbrush foundation. We have a few favorites that we usually recommend.

  • Requires more knowledge and skill with products and equipment to execute the perfect look. But don’t worry, those of us on my team who would apply airbrush foundation are highly trained and ready to make your skin look FLAWLESS with the foundation of your choice.

Benefits of Traditional Foundation:

  • Wide variety of foundations on the market to choose from. If there’s a particular one you like more than others, we are more than happy to work with your foundation of choice.

  • Easier to find artists and companies to do traditional makeup. Even though my team and I offer both, it is typically easier to find an artist to do traditional foundation application rather than airbrush.

  • You can use a brush or beauty blender to easily apply, in comparison to the applicator used for airbrush foundation.

  • Traditionally less expensive than airbrush foundation. However, for me and my team, our price for both traditional and airbrush foundation is $95.

Downsides of Traditional makeup applications:

  • Typically harder to find formulas that are as long wearing as airbrush. If you’re planning a longer wedding, traditional foundation might not be the choice for you. Traditional foundation usually starts to wear off within a couple of hours, whereas airbrush can hold a look up to 12+ hours.

  • Can be easy to see where you blended the foundation into the neckline. This isn’t a problem for everyone, but definitely something to consider for pictures or if it’s just something a bride struggles with when it comes to her own makeup!

  • Some foundations oxidize over the day (meaning they change tone or get slightly darker). This is also something to consider for pictures. These also tend to smear easily and crease (hello smile lines!!) faster than airbrush foundation.

Hopefully this helped you to make a confident decision in what foundation you believe suits your skin type/ wedding day best. Like I said earlier, a bride feeling confident and beautiful in her own skin is our TOP priority. Whichever foundation style you choose, my team and I are so excited to help bring your dream wedding look to life! Do you have more questions about which foundation is right for you? Shoot me an email at kreddellbeauty@gmail.com Be sure to subscribe for the best tips on bridal hair and makeup and wedding day tips and tricks.


Katy Reddell

Instagram: @katyreddellbeauty

Email: kreddellbeauty@gmail.com