Bridal Glam Makeup on a Budget

Brides are spending so much on their weddings that the last thing she wants to worry about is cutting back on their wedding day makeup. Your wedding day is a day for you to shine and when you walk down the aisle you want to know that your makeup will be just as flawless as the carats on your finger. Whether having a ceremony at home, or a destination wedding abroad, bridal makeup is just as important as the wedding dress, the wedding photos and the wedding cake. So how do you look as fabulous as a Hollywood celebrity on your wedding day, but on a budget? Here is where a glam girl begins:

My favorite budget makeup is L’OREAL PARIS cosmetics. To create this glamxurious look I used the following items:

*L’OREAL PARIS Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base

*L’OREAL PARIS Studio Secrets Professional Color Smokes Shadow in Blackened Smokes

*L’OREAL PARIS HIP High Intensity Pigments Color Truth Cream Eyeliner in Black

*L’OREAL PARIS True Match Blush in Baby Blossom

*L’OREAL Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black

*L’OREAL Colour Riche Lipcolor in Sea Fleur

Makeup by: Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
Photos courtesy of Studio Tran Photography


Brandy Gomez-Duplessis is a Celebrity Makeup Artist who currently lives in New Orleans but will be relocating to New York this fall. Brandy is also a L’OREAL Paris Pro Makeup Artist and the Beauty Editor for Caribbean Posh Magazine in the St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. You can read more of her work on Anti-Bride and Destination I Do Bridal Magazine. She will be in New York working Fashion Night Out & Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in September. You can also keep up with Brandy by reading her personal blog “Inside The Life of A Makeup Artist”, her fashion blog “Black Tie Stiletto” or follow her glamxurious tweets on twitter. = “UA-3446372-1”; urchinTracker();

Saturday Bride:Darla B.

My second bride of the day was a glamxurious bride one that luvs makeup (6 different tubes of mascara)…really. She doesn’t wear fake eyelashes because her lashes are really long and full. I was able to be as heavy handed when applying her eye makeup. Darla request were gold, green, and brown eyeshadow with a heavy eyeliner. = “UA-3446372-1”; urchinTracker();
Below are colors that I used on the bride for her wedding
*L’OREAL PARIS Hip Duo Eyeshadow Mischief
*L’OREAL PARIS Hip Cream Eyeliner in Black
*NYX Cosmetics Mosaic Powder Blush in Cafe
*L’OREAL PARIS Colour Riche Lipstick in Peach Fuzz
*NARS Cosmetics Lip gloss in Giza
Darla selected New Orleans wedding photographer Beebe and Corine Tran with Studio Tran and her FAB hair was done by Heather.
New Orleans and Miami Celebrity Makeup Artist Brandy Gomez-Duplessis
a freelance L’OREAL PARIS Pro Makeup Artist
makeup artist will travel for your wedding

Evening Wedding Makeup Glamour

An evening destination bride always loves a glamxurious makeup look. An evening wedding allows for more of a dramatic makeup application. Brides with or without flawless skin can get away with a heavier foundation. Evening brides can indulge in bold eye shadow colors, eye lash extensions, shimmer, and high shine lip gloss.

When selecting an eye shadow for an evening dramatic eye, I like to use 3-4 different eye shadow colors. I always make sure to use a flat or matte color at the bottom of the eye to help make the shimmer colors stand out in pictures. (On the bride; MAC pigment in Vanilla, IMAN eye shadow in Nutmeg, MAC Pearlized Solar Bits Pigment Cluster in Black Ore, L’OREAL HIP Cream eyeliner in Black)

Eyelashes (strips or individual lashes) are an absolutely infallible feature adding definition to help bring out the eye. Strips are great if you want the lashes for the evening and individuals are great if you want them to make it through the honeymoon. (On the bride; ARDELL flare individual lashes)

Shimmer on the cheekbones is great for many reasons. I love how it photographs in pictures. Shimmer is also pretty on the skin giving it a glow as the bride walks down the aisle and as the candlelight in the room hits the skin. (On the bride; Illamasqua Bronzing Duo in Glint & Burnish)

Lastly, high defined glossy lips. An evening bride can wear both a dark eye with a color lip. I like to use a lip pencil, lipstick, and lip gloss when creating a sexy glossy lip. (On the bride; IMAN lip pencil in expresso, L’OREAL colour riche lipstick in Peach Fuzz, L’OREAL HIP lip gloss in COY)So brides don’t be afraid to get a little daring with makeup for your evening wedding. Your pictures will be stunning, your friends envious, and your husband happy.

Photos: Beebe Tran with Studio Tran
Makeup: Brandy Gomez-Duplessis with BGD Makeup Artistry

New Orleans Bridal & Wedding Top Makeup Artist

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