If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll definitely be familiar with the name Joy Adenuga. Joy has blessed the pages of Blackhair for years, through countless flawless beauty editorials, features and during 2017, she was our beauty columnist. Due to her creativity, hard work ethic, and effortlessly skill at transforming the looks of anyone who comes into contact with her magical beauty wands, Joy continues to be an in-demand makeup artist who is particularly renowned for creating stunning bridal makeup. It’s no surprise then that Joy will be holding her first masterclass of 2018 in association with Smashbox called The Bridal Class For Women of Colour. The class will provide tips on the basics of creating a flawless bridal look and is aimed at makeup artists who want to perfect their skills, as well as brides of colour who are considering doing their makeup on their wedding day. We caught up with Joy to find out more about the event.
Can you tell us what inspired you to create an event for bridal makeup specifically?
I receive numerous emails from a lot of makeup artists on classes. Most of the artists already work in the bridal industry but want to learn new techniques and applications, while a few want to add bridal makeup to their services. Some brides who are considering doing their own makeup (common with most destination brides) want to see how I work to learn some tips for their on application. It can be hard and tedious trying to attend to each and everyone of them, a general class most often helps which is why I began doing them.
What are the most important factors that need to be considered when applying bridal makeup as opposed to any other event ie. social event, every day makeup?
The face of the bride is probably the most photographed aspect of the day. Longevity is a very important factor. The makeup also has to look natural yet emit radiance.
What can people expect to learn on the day, and is the event aimed more at professionals, amateurs or both?
Anyone with an interest in bridal makeup is invited. All steps needed to create a beautiful bridal makeup will be covered – from skin prep to camera ready foundation application, colour blending, enhancing longevity of the makeup and much more.
What one makeup item should a bride not leave home without?
Ooh I can say two – blotting papers and a refreshing spray.
What advice would you give to a bride-to-be who wants to do her own makeup on the day?
Practice a lot and take pictures of the look in natural light to reveal any flaws.
Do you have any wedding horror stories you can share?
I once had a bride whose dress ripped at the back when she tried to sit down for pictures, the sound of that rip still haunts me, she was so distraught! The huge surprise was her father who does not even sew, came up with the idea of using her veil to conceal the rip and turned it into a fashion style using the hotel’s handy sewing kit. The sight of him doing this himself on his knees in his suit brought a lot of people to tears including me.
What a lovely story, thanks for your time.
Joy Adenuga’s Bridal Class For Women of Colour will be taking place at the Smashbox Studio on Wednesday 1st March. To book your ticket click here.