Recently I went on an engagement photo shoot and decided to get my hair and makeup done! I thought I could kill two birds with one stone and make this my bridal hair and makeup trial too! Ashley and Sarah from Be Flawless Beauty Bar gave me a makeup over for this special occasion. If you are looking for a Vancouver bridal makeup artist, read on for the finished look!
About Be Flawless Beauty Bar
Ashley is the owner of Be Flawless Beauty Bar and is a graduate of Blanche Macdonald. As soon as she finished the bridal program, she started her business and quickly started gaining clientele. She has 17 other makeup artists and hairstylists on her team and service the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley area!
Their rates are super competitive and a full bridal package including hair and makeup trial and day of application is $350! If you just want makeup or hair on your wedding day, it is $125 each. The bridal party rates are really great too at $80 for either hair or makeup.
They do really beautiful work and aim to enhance the natural features of the bride. In general, most of their work has a romantic, soft glam vibe but it is definitely up to the bride to determine their own style.
Should I Do a Bridal Makeup Trial?
Weddings are crazy expensive and I know you’re probably looking for ways to save money. But I’d highly suggest you to do a bridal trial and here are a few reasons why.
- Get to know your makeup artist: You’ll likely have to spend 3-5 hours with the makeup artist on your big day, so why not see if you will get along with them! This gives you a chance to see if you might have any personality issues with your hair and makeup artist
- Better sense of timing: If I wanted to do full face of makeup, I usually like to give myself 1.5 hours to not feel rushed. If you budget your time like this on your wedding day, you may be sitting around as professionals are usually faster. Ashley finished my makeup look in about 30 minutes!
- See how the products hold up: Professional makeup artists usually use high quality products but there’s always a chance it doesn’t react well with your skin. If that is the case, you can have a chance to find an alternative.
My Experience with Be Flawless Beauty Bar
My first impression of Ashley and Sarah is that they were well prepared and professional. Ashley has a full complete makeup kit filled with the best products in all shades. Sarah also uses salon quality hair products in styling the look.
I set up a chair near the window so we can have a good source of light. They are a mobile service so they bring everything with them and you do not need to provide any additional products.
One thing that really took me by surprise is how fast they worked. I definitely thought a bridal makeup would take at least 1 hour to do but we were done in about 30 minutes. If you have a big bridal party, it’s a huge plus to have makeup and hair stylists that can be fast.
Before a bridal trial, they’ll get the brides to send inspirational photos before so they have an idea of the finished look. Then they’ll spend time at the trial with the bride to pick the perfect look. My process went really fast and there was not too much back and forth as it wasn’t really a “trial” but more so a makeup and hair session for an engagement shoot. I sent Ashley and Sarah my ideas beforehand and they were quick to respond which helped me feel at ease.
They want to make sure every bride is extremely happy with their look so don’t be afraid to tell them if there’s something you’d like to change.
For my makeup, Ashley started with primer, prep spray, foundation, concealer and then powder. She then worked on the eyes. She used products from: Makeup Forever, MAC, Too Faced, Becca, Anastasia Beverly Hills etc. The final step is to set everything with the Too Faced Hangover spray. The application was very professional and she used palettes and trays to apply liquid products.
I was really happy with my skin makeup especially the cheek contour. It’s smoothly blended but obvious enough to show up in photography. I also really like the way she did the my eyeliner which was done using eyeshadow and followed the natural contours of my eyelid.
The eye makeup however is not how I would normally do it and I was a bit unused to how it looked. I should have brought it up during my appointment but I figured it would photograph differently so I didn’t say anything. So make sure you talk to your makeup artist because they won’t be able to read your mind. They want you to be happy so make sure to bring up any concerns during the trial or even on the big day.
Since I frequently do full faces of makeup myself, here are a few good tips to mention to your makeup artist to enhance Asian features (first photo is right after the appointment and second photo is after I made these small adjustments to my makeup):
- Double eyelid tape: I added double eyelid tape so my eyes can look rounder and more lid space will show
- Move the crease down: Instead of having dark colors above the lid, move the dark colors towards the lash line. This will help deepen the small lid space.
- Contour the nose: This helps to make a more slender appearance and also the contour near the eye area can help create more dimensions as well
For my hair, I wanted to try a sleek low bun. I honestly never looked good in pony tails or up dos but I wanted to try something new. Sarah added volume at the roots, clipped the bun in place with bobby pin, and placed the hair pin. She did a good job executing the style I sent her as inspiration! I still don’t think I look great in a bun but that’s why I’m glad I did a trial to know what works and what doesn’t work for me. I will probably just go with a voluminous hair down look for my actual wedding.
Here are a few photos from the engagement shoot! I like the side profile created by the bun in the first photo and I like how my cheek bones look so sculpted in the second photo!
I was provided a complimentary session by Be Flawless Beauty Bar