Based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, mobile hair & makeup artist Jessica Berg is all about making brides look and feel their absolute best. She shares her advice on preparing for the big day and perfecting that bridal beauty look.
Do you have any advice for bride’s skincare routine leading up to their wedding day?
A bride's skincare routine is really important, leading up to their wedding day. I always recommend upping their water intake, because being hydrated is the best way to keep your skin looking clear and healthy. 2-3 litres of water per day will give them the best chance at great looking skin. It is also important NOT to change your skincare routine too close to your wedding day. Your skin needs at least 3 months to adjust to any new products you may have been recommended to try. Facials, Microdermabrasion and Peels are popular treatment choices for brides who want to have beautiful skin on their wedding days. 6 months prior to the big day, is a great time to start any packages (for example, 1 peel per month), in order to see great results. Make sure your last facial or peel is no sooner than 2 weeks out from the wedding day, to ensure you don't have any little break outs as a result from your treatment.
What is your favourite makeup look to do for a wedding?
I love fresh, natural looking skin with emphasis on the eyes. A soft, smokey eye using earthy tones, fresh skin and a soft petal cheek is a perfect combo for any blushing bride. My biggest tip would be to ask for makeup that allows brides to look like themselves in a better version for the big day.
Do you have a go-to product to use on the wedding day?
I love a primer to use under foundation, that allows the skin to look incredible even before you put makeup on. My favourite is Laura Geller Spackle Hydrating Primer with a Champagne tint....it hydrates the skin and smooths out the surface (Hence the name Spackle). I also love a really great highlighter. When a bide has the right highlighter placed just above the cheekbone and below the brow, it can "wake up" and add a "lit from within" glow that is amazing. My favourite highlighters are also from Laura Geller- They are the Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminators and I love "Charming Pink" or "Peach Glow" for brides.
What is the best place for brides to start looking for inspiration?
Brides are so savvy and begin looking for inspiration for their look, almost as soon as they get engaged. I often have brides bring in Pinterest Boards or Mood boards with photos they found off Google Images. I have to admit, I am also a big fan of wedding magazines for inspo. Also, I often give advice to brides based on images that they have shown me, so it's important for a bride to connect with someone they trust and seek advice on what best suits them, as all looks might not be 100% achievable, depending on skin type and hair type etc...
What is one of the most popular looks brides choose for their wedding makeup?
Brides are loving their eyes enhanced and often find a winged liner makes their eyes pop! Adding extra lashes on the day, or getting lash extensions can also add a lot to the overall makeup look. The most popular look, however, seems to be in line with what I love to do and that is a natural, fresh looking skin with emphasis on the eyes and a soft pink cheek with soft lips. Although, I did have one bride recently say to me..."I want to look like a cross between Dita Von Tease and Amy Winehouse". That was so much fun and she looked amazing!
What is one product the bride can’t go without on their wedding day?
The one product brides should always carry for touch ups is a lipgloss or lipstick. If you makeup is done right, you should not need any other touch ups that lips. Oil-Blotting papers are also key, as they remove the oil without removing makeup.
To find out more about Jessica Berg’s work, visit her website.