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 beachy bride will look sun-kissed in a warm palette with golden hues and subtle shimmer.
The blushing bride is a cooler color story, with radiant roses and pinks, combined with a soft, smoky eye.
The vintage bride prefers a clean eye, bolder eyeliner and a punch of color on the lips.
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!
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!
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.