Ladies, if you’re preparing to walk down the aisle, listen up! Your makeup should complement your gorgeous dress, the wedding aesthetic and the season, and, as you likely know, the bridal makeover begins long before your big day with well-planned skin care and a trial run.

Today, we welcome professional makeup artist Heather Ryniec Balkunas, founder of HEATHER Boutique and Spa, who shares her top bridal beauty tips and three distinctive bridal looks: the beachy bride, the blushing bride and the vintage bride. Nearly every product in the HEATHER Boutique and Spa cosmetic department is manufactured in America. This locally based line was developed with a focus on purity and quality. For example, her products are paraben-free, cruelty-free, customizable and refillable. Having the ability to showcase Memphis-made skin care and cosmetics makes us extra proud of our fabulous city!

HEATHER specializes in enhancing a bride’s natural glow and was the featured cosmetic company of Southern Bride magazine for 2014 and will serve in this prominent role again for 2015.

So whether you are a soon-to-be bride or not, check out these special occasion looks, including skin care and makeup.

The bridal makeover begins long before the big day with well-planned skin care. | Image courtesy of Southern Bride | Photo credit: Michael Allen Photography

The bridal makeover begins long before the big day. Makeup by Heather of Heather Boutique and Spa. | Image courtesy of “Southern Bride” | Photo credit: Michael Allen Photography

The looks

Beachy Bride

The beachy bride will look sun-kissed in a warm palette with golden hues and subtle shimmer.

Gown: Pandora by Modern Trousseau Earrings: Maria Elena mariaelenaheadpieces.com Bracelet: Justin M. Couture justinmcouture.com Makeup: Heather of Heather Boutique and Spa As seen in Southern Bride Summer/Fall 2014 Photo Credit: MichaelAllenPhotogrpahy.com

The beachy bride: Gown by Pandora by Modern Trousseau; earrings, Maria Elena; bracelet, Justine M Couture; makeup, Heather of Heather Boutique and Spa | As seen in “Southern Bride Summer/Fall 2014,” photo credit: Michael Allen Photography

A palette for the beachy bride from Heather Cosmetics: Tender powder, Amber Glow highlightling powder, Pixie Diva blush and a grouping of eye shadows including hues such as Dazzle, Cashmere, Copper and more.

A palette for the beachy bride from Heather Cosmetics: Tender powder, Amber Glow highlighting powder, Pixie Diva blush and a grouping of eye shadows, including hues such as Dazzle, Cashmere and Copper

Blushing Bride

The blushing bride is a cooler color story, with radiant roses and pinks, combined with a soft, smoky eye.

Blushing Bride | gown, Vera Wang White Collection for David’s Bridal; earrings, Maria Elena; makeup, Heather of Heather Boutique and Spa | As seen in Southern Bride Summer/Fall 2014 | Photo credit: Michael Allen Photography

Blushing bride: Gown, Vera Wang White Collection for David’s Bridal; earrings, Maria Elena; makeup, Heather of Heather Boutique and Spa | As seen in “Southern Bride Summer/Fall 2014,” photo credit: Michael Allen Photography

A palette for the blushing bride from Heather Cosmetics: Harmony highlighting powder, Shell powder, Pixie Pink-A-Boo blush and a grouping of eye shadows including hues such as Lemon Ice, Baby's Breath, Sanction and more.

A palette for the blushing bride from Heather Cosmetics: Harmony highlighting powder, Shell powder, Pixie Pink-A-Boo blush and a grouping of eye shadows, including hues such as Lemon Ice, Baby’s Breath and Sanction

Vintage Bride

The vintage bride prefers a clean eye, bolder eyeliner and a punch of color on the lips.

Vintage Bride | gown, Central Park by Lela Rose; bracelet, Justin M. Couture; makeup, Heather of Heather Boutique and Spa | As seen in Southern Bride Summer/Fall 2014 | Photo credit: Michael Allen Photography

Vintage bride: Gown, Central Park by Lela Rose; bracelet, Justine M Couture; makeup, Heather of Heather Boutique and Spa | As seen in “Southern Bride Summer/Fall 2014,” photo credit: Michael Allen Photography

A palette for the vintage bride from Heather Cosmetics: Blonde powder, Rio De Janeiro highlighting powder, Temptress blush and a grouping of eye shadows including hues such as Satin, Fierce, Delight and more.

A palette for the vintage bride from Heather Cosmetics: Blonde powder, Rio De Janeiro highlighting powder, Temptress blush and a grouping of eye shadows, including hues like Satin, Fierce and Delight

Day-to-night skin care

Begin with Heather’s nourishing, preserving, paraben-free skin care, and prep with Renew and Perfect Hydrating Foundation Primer. Follow with any of her six skin-enhancing foundations to achieve an airbrushed finish using fingertips or a HEATHER foundation brush. The night will fade, but Heather assures us that her brides won’t!

To turn the day to night, add Luminizer to highlight cheekbones and frame the face. Softly smoke and smolder eyeliner with a paraben-free, waterproof gel pencil and smudge with the HEATHER hypoallergenic, synthetic detail brush. Add definition to the eye with a deeper shade of shadow in the same color family, sweeping softly with the angled shadow brush.

Make your lips perfectly kissable with HEATHER paraben-free lip primer, vitamin-enriched lipstick, antifeathering lip liner and high shine gloss. Perfection!

Trial run

Heather strongly recommends preparing for the wedding makeover far in advance of the big day by establishing a skin care routine. Also, she tells brides to schedule a trial run makeup session. Then, when it is time to walk down the aisle, you will feel confident in your customized look.

Garner even more beauty wisdom from this Southern Bride video, which features an interview with Heather about her approach to creating bridal beauty!

Southern Bride Magazine – Interview Series – Heather Balkunas Makeup Artist from Michael Allen on Vimeo.

Thank you, Heather! StyleBlueprint and the many loyal customers you have spiffed up for special occasions in Memphis and beyond applaud your Southern Bride award! 

Many of Memphis’ local boutiques and creative professionals like Heather have achieved recognition far beyond our city’s boundaries. Read about more talented Memphians in the SB Guide: Memphis.