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In case the dozen wedding invites tacked to your bulletin board or hung on your fridge weren’t indication enough, it’s wedding season. And whether you are attending a slew of nuptials this summer or are the actual bride-to-be, getting the right beauty look that’s impervious to bad lighting or the wrong camera angle is key in cementing the prettiest memories to last a lifetime (and post immediately on Instagram).
Celebrity makeup artist Jenn Streicher understands a bride’s needs well. From getting her longtime client Emily Blunt prepped for numerous red carpets, to helping her friend, Pitch Perfect and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actress Anna Camp, get ready for her wedding day, Streicher has mastered the art of high-stakes situations when it comes to getting gorgeous makeup.
Streicher and Camp, who is engaged to Pitch Perfect co-star Skylar Astin, recently got together for the actress’ wedding makeup trial to ensure the beauty look was locked down and also so the artist could coach Camp on what else she could do leading up to her upcoming wedding so that her skin would be guaranteed to glow.
For Camp’s bridal makeup, Streicher and the TV star collaborated to achieve what Camp calls “dewy, bronzed skin with lots of lashes.”
BLUSHING BRIDE: Jenn Streicher does a trial run of Anna Camp’s beauty look for her big day. (Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision)
On the actress’ eyes, Streicher started with a bronzy shimmery eye shadow from Make Up For Ever. “We added a little bit of a smokey eye, then used this great Hourglass liquid eyeliner ($45) in black.” Adds the makeup artist, “I used a lot of individual Ardell lashes on Anna. Individuals always look so much more natural. We used waterproof glue from DUO ($9), which is key for your wedding day and same with the waterproof mascara — we used one called Hypnose from Lancome ($28).”
For that glowing complexion, Streicher prepped the skin with Kate Somerville hydrating balm as well as a foundation primer, which she says is important for brides who need their look to last for hours. “The primer I used on Anna is from Laura Mercier, called Radiance ($36),” she says, adding, “it has a slight shimmer that gives that glow from within. The foundation we used was also from Laura Mercier and it gives sheer to medium coverage with a dewy finish that gives off a luminous look.”
The blush used was by Hourglass ($38), which was an ambient powder that provides great color and also acts as a highlighter.
On Camp’s lips, Streicher blotted a little foundation over the mouth to provide an even base for color. “We used two pink Laura Mercier lip colors to finish Anna’s look.” she noted. “Anna has been using Crest Whitestrips so her teeth look great, her smile really popped with the pink tones and bright white teeth.”
Here, Streicher lays down the tips she gives to brides in order to have gorgeous skin come wedding time, plus how to stave off sweat and, of course, look incredible for every single selfie.
PICTURE PERFECT: Anna Camp and Skylar Astin at the season two premiere of ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.’ (Photo: Getty Images)
Bridal Beauty Checklist: 5 Tips to Follow Leading Up to The Big Day
1. Start with Crest Whitestrips once per day for two weeks prior. One box of the Supreme Flexfit strips will be enough and can be done just two weeks out from your wedding! Having white teeth will make your smile look youthful and fresh.
2. I would also recommend monthly facials beginning three months in advance. This will help your skin look more radiant and perfectly clear on your big day.
3. Whether you are using a professional makeup artist or not — always do a trial run. I would suggest doing the trial at the same time of day that your wedding will take place so that the ambient light is the same. When it comes to makeup, lighting is everything!
4. Start seeing an eyebrow professional at least three months in advance. Fuller brows give you a more youthful appearance and they frame your face. This is also a great time to explore what your favorite brow tamer and fill in product should be for the big day. And if you are having difficulty growing in some sparse hairs, apply castor oil to your brows at night.
5. Everyone will be focused on your hands, specifically to see your ring. It’s paramount that you have impeccable nails. Getting regular manicures leading up to the big day should be high on your list of wedding prep.
PREP TIME: Jenn Streicher and Anna Camp. (Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision)
Bridal Beauty Checklist: 5 Must-Haves for the Day Of
1. Oil blotting papers: We tend to go for the powder to remove shine, but we are just adding more layers of product — instead use something that takes it away! These papers are great to reduce shine and extra sweat so you look flawless for all of the professional photos and selfies.
2. Lipstick or gloss: Don’t forget to pack your go-to lip product for touch-ups throughout the night. Your smile will always want to look like it did when you first walked down the aisle. Having used Crest Whitestrips, that beautiful smile will pop even more!
3. Makeup setting spray: A wedding is a marathon, not a sprint, so make sure your makeup is prepped to withstand the full day. Once your makeup is final, spritz a makeup setting spray in the shape of a “T” on your face and let the product set in. Blot any remaining product with a tissue.
4. Waterproof … everything: Don’t let your tears of joy ruin your makeup! Opt for waterproof liners and mascaras for longer wear. And if your day-of bridal style includes a bold lip, a waterproof lipstick is a must. The trick with waterproof is applying the product directly to skin, don’t apply it over any other primer on your lids or balm on your lips as the oil in those products could breakdown the waterproof ingredients.
5. Body makeup: For brides wearing strapless, it’s so important to give your decolletage a little TLC. Our chest is where we tend to get the most sun, so you may need to tone the shade slightly to ensure it matches your neck and face. Plus, I love adding a bit of shimmer to the collarbone for the bride who wears strapless!
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