How to Prepare for your Best Beauty Look on Your Wedding Day
I recently had the pleasure of video chatting with my friend, Kristin Luciano, Founder and Lead Makeup Artist of Morristown, NJ based House of Luciano to talk about her recommendations for bridal looks, what to look for in a makeup artist, and her top recommendations of what products to keep with you for your wedding day.
What Makes the House of Luciano the Success that it is? I would say that it is Kristin’s ability to listen to her clients and come to an understanding of their lifestyle and personality. She feels it is important for her brides to look like the best version of themselves. Kristin’s approach is very much in line with someone I formerly worked with, the amazing cosmetics mogul, Bobbi Brown. A clean, elegant, who-you-are approach while enhancing your features for the camera. Kristin also welcomes a dialogue with her clients to be sure they are happy with their results. She is very professional and always welcomes her client’s requests.
Kristin’s first glimmer into the world of makeup artistry began in her senior year of college at Loyola University. She was living off campus, interning as a business major, but it just wasn’t her passion. She had always loved the idea of becoming a makeup artist, and as it was, her landlord was a makeup artist. A very successful, well-known Emmy-nominated makeup artist who works for HBO, Debi Young. Debi was “living proof that I could make a good living and succeed as a makeup artist”. Once graduated from college, Kristin was certified by the Depasquale Artistic Academy in NJ. As she began picking up jobs, Kristin discovered she loves providing her services to wedding clients. Then in 2010, she went out on her own and formed her now very successful House of Luciano.
Kristin’s Top 5 Tips for your Bridal look:
- Wedding day makeup does not have to be ‘heavy’ (think Bobbi Brown). Remember, though, you will be wearing a wedding dress, so your makeup should meet that level of sophistication.
- If you are going to start a new skin care routine, start at least a year before your wedding. Do not make any changes in the 4 weeks leading up to your wedding. Kristin loves the advice and products from Shani Darden, an L.A. based esthetician.
- If you are going to get a spray tan, I recommend that you test it two times before your wedding to make sure you like it. Rather than a booth, opt for someone in person to spray you.
- Eyebrows should not be ignored. The shape, whether fuller or thinner, is important to add balance and structure to the face. And, Kristin, added, they are “sisters, and not twins”.
- Have a makeup trial several months before the wedding and don’t be afraid to speak up about your preferences in makeup. You should feel your best, so if something feels “off” about the makeup, the artist should be willing to adjust it to your liking.
Be Prepared for your Wedding Day
Kristin recommends having these items in your purse, ready for your wedding:
- Shine control – either pressed powder of blotting sheets. Very important for summer brides in NJ with all of our humidity!
- Cotton swabs – to dab away mascara smudges after tears
- Concealer – if you have a stubborn blemish or area that needs extra coverage
- Lip Color – Be mindful to reapply lip color if it fades after kissing, eating, or drinking (Kristin has her own fabulous product line)
House of Luciano is Covid19 Protocol Ready – Kristin breaks down her procedures:
I have separated all of my brushes into individual pre-sealed sets. So for each individual client, I open a pre-sealed zip case of a washed and sanitized set that I only use on that client. When I am done, the used brushes are taken home to be washed with soap and water and handles are sanitized in 70% alcohol (as I have always done to meet proper state board sanitation standards).
Powder products are sprayed down before and after each client with a sanitizing spray designed to kill germs and bacteria. This is the product if you are interested: Cinema Secrets Sanitizing Spray Cream products are scraped out with a palette knife on to a stainless steel palette that is disinfected with alcohol before and after each client.
Single-use disposables such as mascara wands and lip gloss applicators are never double dipped into the product container (as I have always done).
Are sharpened and disinfected with 70% alcohol wipes and sprayed with 70% alcohol before and after each use.
As required by NJ State Guidelines I will be wearing a mask and shield while working on unmasked clients.
I have worked with many makeup artists over my 20+ year career, including the fabulous Bobbi Brown, and I can tell you House of Luciano has it all. Kristin is a listener, wonderful to be around, and will provide whatever team you need to make sure you are beautiful and feeling like yourself on your wedding day! She and I both love Marissa Molnar, a very talented hair stylist.
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