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An Interview with a Hair & Makeup Artist

Capture Crew September 9, 2021 36


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This week on The Capture Crew, we are honored to speak with Leann Magrone, owner of BeautyFX in Central New Jersey.

Leann has had over 15 years of experience so it’s safe to say that she knows a thing or two about weddings.

Her most important component of weddings? Knowing the timeline.

In order for the day to run smoothly, everyone has to be on the same schedule.

As a photographer, creating that timeline for the bride and groom is so crucial because that timeline gets relayed back to the hair & makeup artists as well as other vendors.

It’s also very important to carve out an extra 30-45 minutes of “buffer time” for hair and makeup.

There are some weddings where everything runs smoothly and on schedule.

Then there are weddings where the lashes won’t stick and it takes an extra 45 minutes for the bride to get ready.

Having that buffer time will alleviate some of that stress and will prevent photographers from hovering over hair & makeup wondering when the bride will be ready for photos.

Which brings us to another important part of the wedding day; be respectful to the other vendors present. They want to be there just as much as you do & you all have the same goal: make this the perfect day for your couple.

For photographers, that might look like taking detail shots of the getting ready process at more of a distance so not to block lighting or trip on cords.

For other vendors, it may look like having an open communication circuit in case something in running a little over on the timeline.

Open communication between vendors and forming that relationship is so important.

It’s from these vendors that you can give and get recommendations.

Have a DJ that you love working with? Let your couples know.

Is there a specific florist that is just a rockstar all the way around? Let your couples know.

If you’ve built that camaraderie amongst other vendors, you can hope to get a few recommendations yourself.

So, you’ve made friends with the other vendors. How do you know exactly what to focus on so your bride gets that “bridal pop” that she wants?

“Wear the lashes.”

Leann Magrone

A few important things for the bridal look, according to Leann, are making sure you have the correct founding that blends! Blending down to the neckline is so important to create that seamless look.

Highlighter is also an important component because it accentuates specific features on the face.

But most importantly: Wear the Lashes!

Lashes give a definition to the eyes and immediately draws attention to the face.

There are so many more options for lashes than there were even a decade ago.

For brides that haven’t worn lashes before, it can be a bit scary. This is why Leann always suggests a hair & makeup trial run.

Spending that time with your bride is vital in executing the perfect wedding day look. It gives time to experiment with certain looks and colors as well as lashes.

As a photographer, it also gives time to provide feedback on how certain looks or colors will show up in photos. Be honest with brides when they ask how a style looks and how it will look for years to come.

In conclusion, be nice to your fellow vendors and they’ll (hopefully) be nice to you.

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