Spotlight On: Robert Hudson-Make Up Studio

Bella Bleu is excited to introduce the king of the south, Robert Hudson! We’ve also had the opportunity to chat with him, discussing bridal makeup trends and advice for brides to be. With over 32 years of experience in the makeup industry, Robert has worked with supermodels like Giselle Bundchen, designers like Carolina Herrera, publications like Vogue, shows like TLC’s “A Makeover Story”, and companies like MAC cosmetics. Seems like an impressive resume right? You haven’t seen anything yet.

The man, the myth, the legend, is Robert Hudson of Robert Hudson Makeup Studio in New Orleans. His work varies from avant-garde to neutral bridal makeup and  trust us when we say, his work is marvelous. He has truly become a local celebrity and sought out by the most notable names all across the country. While he regularly works his magic on celebrities and famous faces, his favorite clients are those of us normal people who love to be beautified! (Try to ignore the natural beauty of this stunning model)

His beautiful work extends to blushing brides who recognize his talent and worth. As the #1 bridal makeup artist in New Orleans, Robert surely knows how to make any bride feel amazing on her special day. Here’s a piece of the conversation we had with the magic makeup man:


What’s a huge trend in bridal makeup right now? And what’s the best way to achieve this look?

  • The biggest trend that I am seeing is that most brides no longer want what we always knew as a traditional “bridal” look. For many years, brides opted for a look that was simple, soft, “barely-there”. Always soft pink or peach lip, not too glamorous, eyes not too strong. Now, everyone wants to look like a Supermodel. On 90% of my bridal customers, I do false lashes, strong, smoky eyes and a sheer, shimmery gloss. The smoky eye is a little different now. It is being done with more Bronze/Gold or Purple/Lavender rather than the original version of the smoky eye, which was Charcoal/Black. For a smoky eye, always keep your darkest part of the eye next to the lashes. I start with a medium tone on the lid, blending up to the crease, then follow with my darker shadow, applying directly over top of the medium, but fading it away before you reach the crease. This gives a graduated depth of color, starting strongest in the lashes and fading as it goes up. Follow with liner that is a little darker – I prefer to wet the shadow, so that I can get a clean line w/out the harshness of liquid liner. Pencils don’t work for this look – they really only work for me to line the inner rim of the eye. They usually don’t hold up well, and the long-wearing/waterproof ones are dry and ugly on the skin – especially a few hours later.

What’s your favorite thing about doing bridal makeup?

  • I love to make a bride feel like a million bucks on a day that is very special to her and her family.  After all, the reason I got into this business was because I liked making women look and feel beautiful. Most of my brides remain loyal customers and I do their makeup for lots of special occasions. My least favorite thing is dealing with a bride who has unrealistic demands or expectations. These are brushes, not magic wands. 












If you’re loving Robert’s work as much as we do, visit his website today for more information!

Here’s a few fast facts about Robert Hudson Makeup Studio:

  • Where: 4514 Magazine Street. New Orleans, LA. 70115
  • Number: 504-473-8167
  • His services include makeup application, makeup lessons, false lashes application, and brow shaping.
  • For wedding parties he also employs his team of elite artists which he closely supervises and it can be done either at his studio or at the wedding site.
  • Allow as much notice as possible, he is in very high demand and some brides book him up to 18 months in advance!!
  • PLEASE ask for a trial run before deciding on any makeup artist for your wedding day.

Special thanks to Robert Hudson for being our first ever sponsored post! Make sure to visit his site right now!