A woman's wedding is the most important day of her life. As a bride, you will want to look amazing in person as well as in pictures. Therefore, it is important for the makeup to be exquisite as there is no room for error. You want to look beautiful, glowing, soft and romantic. Below you will find a number of important tips to follow whether you are doing your own makeup or you are having your makeup done professionally.
- The most important tip that I can give you is to not overdo your makeup. You want to look as beautiful as possible but when it comes to your wedding, clean and simple is the best way to go. Its ok to get glammed up for your wedding day if that’s what you’re comfortable with. Awesome lashes and some contour is a great way to achieve that. Make sure that you still look like you, just a more polished version of yourself!
2. Ask around and research online for recommendations on the best makeup artists and beauty products in the business. If you are going to be using a makeup professional, spend some time with him or her to ensure that you both have a clear understanding of the look that you want to achieve. Don't be shy when expressing your vision to the makeup artist. Listen to his or her tips but make sure you are satisfied with the overall look. A good makeup artist will find the colors that suit you best in order to highlight your most beautiful features. It is important to give yourself enough time to PLAN AHEAD in case you need to explore other options.
- Schedule a trial run before your wedding day. It is best to do so weeks before the wedding so that you can get a feel for the products that will be used on your skin. The last thing you want is an allergic reaction or breakout of some sort on your special day. Also, take advantage when doing a bridal portrait session to get your makeup done exactly as you would for the wedding. This way, you will have the opportunity to see how long it would take to do your makeup, how long the makeup will last you, and most importantly how your makeup will look in your photos.
- You may feel tempted to go with the latest trends when doing your makeup, but remember that these photos are going to last you a lifetime. The last thing you want is to look back and think "why did I do my makeup this way"? Keep it classic and go for a look that can be viewed by all generations.
- Take care of your skin as much as possible months before your wedding day. This means moisturizing your skin daily using products that will keep oil under control. Monthly facials help too as long as the last facial before the wedding is done at least two weeks prior to avoid any irritation on the skin. Do not wax or tweeze your eyebrows the day before your wedding as this should be done at least 3 days prior.
- Make sure to use waterproof products and primers of all sorts. There are great eye primers, face primers, and lip primers out there that you can use that well help give your makeup long lasting results. Waterproof mascara is a must!
- If you are doing your own make-up, make sure you use products that will give you long lasting results. Here are some tips: Use an oil-based concealer under your eyes in case of any tears. After applying foundation, use a silica face powder to set your makeup and eliminate shine. Use a powder based blush for your cheeks as they will usually last longer than cream blushes. And for your lips, make sure to experiment with different lipsticks that will go well with your eye makeup and hair the day of your wedding. There are great “lip stains” out there that will last all day/night.
- Stay away from shimmer. Although you may want to achieve a more tanned look by applying a shimmery bronzer, make sure matte formulas are used instead to avoid looking cakey. Rice paper blotting is highly recommended to control shine on your face. You can keep these in your touch-up kit.
- Drink plenty of water before the day of your wedding to keep your skin feeling smooth.
- Last but not least- the big day! On your wedding day, a small travel bag or “touch-up” kit containing lipstick, lip gloss, eye liner, and blotting sheets will help you get through the night (a bridesmaid can hold onto this for you). Don't forget that there will be lots of dancing, eating, and probably tearing so you want to be prepared for any necessary touchups. Feel beautiful and enjoy!