Kymberly “Footsie” Smith, makeup artist, shares some of her professional tips for brides on their wedding day.
C&C: Do you have a favorite quote?
KFS: “Everybody is a genius. But, if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid”- Albert Einstein.
C&C: What made you decide to become a makeup artist?
KFS: Watching my older sister apply her makeup fascinated me, so I began to watch behind-the-scenes footage for television shows and movies. By the age of sixteen, my interest grew into a passion to become a professional makeup artist. Makeup artists are the most important part of the entertainment industry.
C&C: What important makeup tips would you give a bride?
KFS: My Top 10 Makeup Staples for every bride are:
Neutral/Shimmer eyeshadow palette
Nude or Pink nude gloss (not necessarily lipstick)
Soft brush kit (one that contains brushes for every step of makeup application)
C&C: How does a bride choose the right makeup artist for her special day?
KFS: Choose a professional makeup artist who respects your colors for the day, listens to your specific skin problems, your likes and dislikes in makeup style and colors.
Consider a makeup artist who gives a flawless application that YOU like. Sometimes mothers, sisters, and bridesmaids love to give their opinion on how they think the bride’s makeup should look. Brides, as long as you are happy with your makeup, the makeup artist’s job is a success, and you will enjoy your day and your wedding pictures for years to come.
C&C: What is the most interesting look you have created for a wedding day?
KFS: The most interesting look I’ve done for a wedding was when the bride wanted all of her bridesmaids in purple lips and purple eyeshadow to match hers. I’m happy to say, the job was pleased with the makeup palette. It was a job well done!
C&C: How does a bride keep her look fresh all day?
KFS: The bride should always carry a clean cosmetic sponge, especially if she has oily skin. Makeup is NOT meant to last twenty-four hours no matter what an advertisement says. If it isn’t semi-permanent, it will disappear faster.
Dab or blend creasing areas with the clean sponge, then carefully move the makeup that has settled into the creases gently back into its proper location. It isn’t necessary to apply more makeup. Only if the majority of the makeup has completely rubbed off, apply more.
Since the bride will be eating and/or using her lips a lot, I suggest that she keeps a highly pigmented gloss of whatever color she chooses to reapply when needed.
C&C: I LOVE pictures!!! A great picture truly is worth a thousand words. I love to see images of your work.
KFS: Thank you. It is rewarding to see pictures that show a beautiful bride with her face flawless. I word hard to achieve the perfect look for each bride.
C&C: What is one makeup tip a girl cannot live without?
KFS: There is nothing better than a perfect foundation application. Some women really appreciate accented eyes, but if the foundation is slightly off, it takes attention away from the beauty of the eyes. I want my client’s face to look as close to her natural coloring as possible. Natural is always in!
C&C: What are the top makeup items every woman should carry in her makeup case on the go?
KFS: Lip gloss, eyeliner, mascara, and a pair of almost natural lashes with a pinch of drama!
Thanks so much to Kymberly for all her wonderful makeup advice and tips. What to contact her email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. View some of Kymberly’s work below