I had the chance to work with Sharon Rai from Sharon Rai Hair and Makeup Artistry. She is located in Victoria and does work that gives you goosebumps (in a good way!)
She is glam and chic all in one.
The Sharon Rai team specializes in Luxury Bridal, Fashion & Editorial Services on all of Vancouver Island and Vancouver BC!!
Not only is she super cute but she understands how to bring out the best features in her clients!
One morning I woke up with the brilliant idea of educating our brides regarding their makeup and who better to interview than one of Victoria’s BC best- Sharon Rai herself!
(Photo taken from her website)
1) How long have you been in the business?
7.5 years, almost 8 years now!
2) How do you get your inspiration?
Styles and trends are ever evolving, new trends, new formulas and new technologies allow me to
continue learning fresh techniques. I find inspiration in everything from my brides that I work so
closely with to the trends you find walking the runways.
3) What do you love most about what you do?
I love working with women to enhance their natural beauty, I love bringing a vision to life by
creating a customized look with hair, makeup & styling!
4) How important is a makeup consultation/trial ?
Peace of mind is very powerful, knowing what your look will be on your big day takes away the
anxiousness & stress, allowing you to enjoy your day the way you were meant to. When we
work with our brides on their wedding day preview, we create their dream vision, as it would be
on their wedding day.
5)Do brides need to bring anything (makeup related) on the day of their wedding?
We like for our brides to be able to relax on their big day, that is why we provide many products
and style choices. If you have a product that you love to use or any allergies then bring anything
along that may help put the total package together.
6)Airbrush Foundation vs. Traditional Foundation? And why?
Airbrush makeup has gained popularity with brides, and there are pros and cons to this
technique. There are two basic formulas, water-based or silicone.
A water-based formula feels
very light on the skin, and looks quite natural.
The silicone finish illustrates the “flawless” face
that many see in magazines, but it has a plastic appearance in person, and you can feel it, so it
doesn’t really translate well for bridal makeup. You will enjoy your day and remember the
pictures for what they were and image of the perfect feeling.
However, a highly skilled artist can
provide beautiful results through traditional makeup methods just as easily.
Airbrush is a method of applying makeup base, just as sponges, brushes and fingers are. What
matters most is which makeup base is being used, and is it the best one for your skin type.
I prefer to use traditional makeup applications on my SR Brides. Generally, this is a case-bycase
decision that is discussed during the wedding day preview. Airbrush is a great option for a
bride who has problem skin, and needs a waterproof option with full coverage. The other
technique is a custom blended method that can be modified to accommodate for skin type, color,
and texture. Both are great, and both are available!
7)What advice do you have for brides for ‘pre wedding care’ so that their face is glowing and
ready for their wedding day?
The best tip I can give is to take care of your skin, exfoliation and hydration make a huge impact
on the surface quality of the skin, which directly affects how your makeup will look on your
wedding day. Remember to also exfoliate and moisturize your elbows, feet, hands, legs and
shoulders, these areas of your body may be on show depending on the style of your wedding
dress. You really need to start paying extra attention to your skin-care routine at least six months
prior to your big day.
8)What can brides do, throughout their wedding day to make sure their make up lasts?
Avoid makeup transfer by avoiding contact with your face throughout your day, for example
hugging relatives cheek to cheek, if you cry – pat your tears, try not to wipe your face. Once your
makeup is complete try to eat with a fork and knife and drink with a straw to ensure your
9)What is going to be the ‘trend’ for weddings (makeup related) in 2012?
Your bridal makeup look this year, should be all about bringing out your best feature in your
face. As always, a bride’s skin should look flawless, fresh and glowing. The warmer season
brings warm, luminous faces with just a hint of color, bronzer for a sun-kissed glow on the
cheeks and on eyes, metallic and sparkling shadows in lighter shades paired with soft pink, coral
or nude shades on the lips.
Classic Bridal: bright red lips, colors varied from subtle to striking pinks, oranges through to
tomato reds, a rosy pink blush, and black liquid eyeliner.
Traditional Bridal: a clean natural looking makeup with warm and natural shades, nude lips,
beige cheeks, but still bold enough to pop in photos.
Outdoor Bride: fresh & romantic look, berry-stained lips, rosy cheeks, and soft eyes.
Chic Bride: a pop of silver iridescent powder on the eyelids, lined with pastel shades of green, lavender, silver and soft baby blues. For a sophisticated look, use shades of yellow, copper, and
gold on eyes, with a wine-color on lips.
10) Brides are always a little bit nervous trying false eyelashes- do you have any advice for them
To make your eyes standout you should definitely consider false eyelashes, either strips or
individuals, to make those lashes flutter. Try the lashes on at your preview, and see how they
feel and how they look, we can customize them to suite your eye-shape, and makeup style.
11) Wedding day beauty timeline- how much time is needed?
A full bridal look, with hair, makeup & styling takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, depending on
the customized look created.
12) One thing a bride should consider on her wedding day (makeup related) is ______?
To change her look for the reception, this has been popular with our 2012 brides, going from a
day to evening makeup look, and an up-do to a down style. We offer a same day reception look,
and we create an evening look working with your existing look.
13) Do you have any other tips/tricks that you would like to share with our brides?
The most important advice that I can give to women is make sure your brows are neat and
groomed, tweeze any stray hairs, and define your arches.
Thank you SO much Sharon sharing your knowledge with us!!
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